(SCMP) China’s nationalist left is getting really agitated by criticism of protest violence

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September 21, 2012 by Water Wisdom

John Kennedy Friday, 21 September, 2012, 8:53am


John Kennedy is Canadian, and a longtime resident of southern China. As a veteran member of the Chinese online community, most notably through his six years as a former editor with Global Voices Online, John knows more than is useful about China today but enjoys sharing his findings on Twitter as @feng37 and @28wordslater.

Mao, then and now.Behaviour witnessed in a few incidents accompanying the protests have also stoked fears that Cultural Revolution-style politics might also return.

The way Gary Locke’s car was swarmed, for example, has evoked references to the Boxer Uprising, and the assault of a elderly man by Han Deqiang, a high-profile member of China’s Maoist community this weekfollowed a similar incident in Henan province last week.

These can be explained away by the scale of the crowds alone and the degree of online criticism of the recent violence has far surpassed that seen in previous protests, but for a taste of what’s behind the Cultural Revolution comparisons, here’s just some of what Central University of Nationalities professor and leader among China’s nationalist left, Zhang Hongliang, has written recently on his Sina Weibo account:

Compatriots, if we don’t eliminate the traitors among us, a chaotic war is inevitable! The race traitors are making a commotion, wantonly demonising the anti-Japan protests, and the government of Guangdong has arrested “thugs” from the demonstrations, and throughout the country is conspiracy to falsely slander patriotic scholar Han Deqiang, giving Japan the courage it has long sought. Japanese naval ships and jet fighters have already begun dispatching to the Diaoyu Islands, and Japan has given rise to a wave of persecution of Chinese people. The race traitor culture that has inspired our invaders since the First Opium War is now back. The people of China are in danger! September 20, 12:29

The spread of race traitors will inevitably bring ill fortune upon our people. Russia’s strength comes from Putin, and Putin’s strength comes from the 100,000 Russian youth ready to “defend Russia with their fists”. All the patriotic scholar Han Deqiang has done is smack a race traitor, and is now under rabid attack from all major websites and media. In particular, many verified real-name microblogging race traitors have publicly exposed themselves. China has never lacked in race traitors, but race traitor culture has never been so brazen. September 20, 12:37

Aside from the posters of Chairman Mao which covered the motherland during this glorious September 18 patriotic movement, another major achievement has been that all the race traitors are now exposed. The conditions are now right for a large-scale movement to eliminate race traitors. The patriotic broad masses can now get these race traitors on record to avoid any cases of false charges or injustice as the fifth column is eradicated with precision. By staying firm in our convictions, we will wipe out the race traitor forces among the Chinese people, and become the greatest and most unmatched nation on earth. September 20, 13:31


Morning Clicks

Calgary Herald
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Canadian Press
— CSIS warns of dangers of foreign takeovers as Nexen shareholders approve Chinese bid The same day shareholders of a Calgary-based energy company agreed to a takeover bid by a state firm from China, Canada’s spy agency is warning such purchases can pose a threat to national security.

China Daily Mail
— Modern Chinese ethical dilemmas At the heart of this problem is the creeping loss of legitimacy the CCP has with the average citizen. Many of the middle class and working class no longer want to the see Chinese government involved in social issues. They are content to have them manage the economy.

China Media Project
— Total Denial and the Will to Forget …how will the political report to the 18th National Congress deal with the Cultural Revolution, that period of political and social upheaval from 1966 to 1976 in which millions of Chinese were persecuted?

Deutsche Welle
— European bonds “made for China?” I intentionally avoid using the term eurobond because it is already loaded. When some hear it, they say ‘hooray!’ while others pull out their knives. A European bond would have to be a product specially designed for the Chinese.

Global Voices Online
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— Being a Teacher in China Sounds a Little Like Being in the Mafia Teachers in China aren’t duking it out with Gotham City villain Rahm Emanuel for higher pay and more assurances that a sloppily bubbled-in scantron won’t be the difference between teacher of the year and second career as an Uno bartender — they’re getting all kinds of free stuff from parents…

Kyodo News
— Japan seeks dialogue with China to repair frayed ties It remains unclear, however, whether Beijing would ease its stance of criticizing Tokyo anytime soon, with another wave of protests possibly taking place this coming weekend.

Malaya Business Insight
— Trillanes clashes with Enrile on China ‘mission,’ bolts majority He walked out of the session hall as Enrile started to answer his allegations and raised the issue of backchannel talks with China, saying Enrile could not discuss sensitive information on foreign relations and national security, as well as Trillanes’ trips to China.

Pew Global
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The Australian
— Building links with China to secure future prosperity As Australia navigates its way through the Asian Century, one of the false dichotomies often propagated is that Australia will need to choose between a close relationship with China or a close relationship with the US.

The Asahi Shimbun
— China suggests economic sanctions over Senkakus China is condoning boycotts and suggesting export restrictions against Japan as Beijing’s psychological warfare in the dispute over the Senkaku Islands shifts toward hurting the fragile Japanese economy.

The Diplomat
— The Interview: Robert Kaplan The most important message about the Asia-Pacific in my book is that China is both big and small at the same time. China is big in that its influence extends all the way into the Russian Far East and Central and Southeast Asia.

The Philippine Star
— Shut up on China, Trillanes told Enrile said Trillanes was protecting the interests of China more in his proposals and even called Del Rosario a traitor. He said Trillanes himself was committing treason when he tried to usurp the authority of the country’s diplomatic officials, based on the notes of Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady.

U.S. Department of Defense
— Panetta Calls Beijing Meetings ‘Substantive, Productive’ Key discussion points throughout the meetings, the secretary said, included territorial disputes, ballistic missile defense and North Korea, and cyber attack and intrusions.


Media Roundup

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China Daily
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— Expo promotes cooperation in SE Asia
— Shaanxi declines to reveal official’s salary
— Rising Japanese militarism

Global Times
— Xi calls for removal of military barriers
— Two more satellites launched for GPS
— Election rhetoric drives China to speak out
— Violent demonstrators not representative of real issue

People’s Daily
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— Premier puts forward proposal for development of China-EU relations
— QE3 to enhance Australia, China economic ties: Australian banker
— Africa stands to gain from China’s economic transition: expert


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