Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Chinese Ambassador Speaks on Taiwan, Iran, at US college

China's man in Washington has been traveling around the US attacking democracy, Taiwan, and the US role in the world. His latest appearance was at Knox College in Kentucky Illinois. There he hilariously asserted that China promotes democracy:

Wenzhong, who spoke for just under 20 minutes, fielded questions for about half an hour. The first question dealt with Wenzhong's assertion that China promotes democracy.

"How does China rationalize that statement with China's desire to stop Taiwanese elections," one man asked.

Frickin' right.


cfimages said...

I particularly liked this comment.

"Wenzhong said China plans to reduce both its consumption and pollution by 30 percent by the year 2010. He said the country is committed to "sustainable" development, meaning conservation of resources."

Yeah, right.

I just hope GWB isn't taking any ideas about democracy from the PRC.

FarAway said...

For a moment there, I thought he was traveling around in one of those little blue trucks in the picture. Then I realized the US doesn't have that kind of truck. Too bad for him - people would at least come to gawk at him if he was parading around like that.

Jason said...

Sorry to pick nits, but when are US journalists going to start figuring out that Chinese surnames go in the front? I know we're talking about a college paper in this instance but I see this all the time in the MSM and, like the pirate who walks into a bar with a steering wheel sticking out of his fly said, it's drivin' me nuts.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Michael, it seems that the average American citizen is smarter than the average American policy official, particularly those under the Bush administration or those who have no clue as to what is really going on regarding China and Taiwan.

Hell, I wish a U.S. official had publicly asked that embarrassing question rather than a very wise American observer from the audience.

dtwja said...

I'm sure there are a whole lot of books written on the subject, but one came to my attention recently.

I believe China is promoting capitalism. And in fact, I think they are even promoting a "purer" form of capitalism than the west is used to (hence the uproar).

The book in question is available on Amazon. I haven't read it, but I have a pretty good idea of what it says:

China had better conform to western market strategy if it intends to succeed.

The author, as usual, forgets the old joke: "What would happen, if every single person in China jumped at once?" That's eighty-two billion kilos of people. A nearby asteroid weighs forty-six billion kilos. It is of course traveling a lot faster, but the thought exercises exposes the one problem with analyzing China: its enormous scale.

Instead, I expect the exact opposite will happen, and western markets will have to adopt traditionally Chinese business practices they long ago abandoned.

And let's not even get into the Chinese economic seeding of Africa.

Anonymous said...

Knox College is in Illinois, not Kentucky.