I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Not true at all. This is not to say China does not consider the U.S. a threat, it would be stupid for them to consider otherwise. Still, their attitude is hardly one of disdain, more like restrained optimism.The Chinese government has and still does regard the U.S. with disdain.
Why is it that whenever the Chinese explode in a nationalist fervor it must always get described by people like you as being against something? I mean, we bombed their embassy and killed several of their people. They had a right to be pissed. Expressing pride in your country is a normal response in that sort of situation.I was living in China when the bombing of the embassy in Yugoslavia occurred and the anti-American propoganda (which this song played a part) that went on for weeks on end.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
Likewise, would the reverse be interpreted the same and accepted?
Do I think it was tacky and disrespectful to play what is in effect the Chinese national anthem at a US state dinner? Yeah, I do. However, Obama's people were indeed told what songs were going to be played, and if his foreign advisors are so obtuse that they didn't at least do a google on those tunes, then my suspicion is correct. He did pull people from his campaign accounting office and put them in charge of foreign affairs.
That said, there much overreacting and gnashing of teeth in this thread. This is basically the equivalent of Obama being invited to a state dinner with Britain's prime minister, having one of the USA's most popular singers there as entertainment, and having said singer belt out The Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem which discribes how we whipped British ass once upon a time.
Really, folks, choose your battles. Me, I'll foam about Chinese disrespect the next time those effers force one of our fighters down so they can strip the damned thing and reverse engineer it.
Who cares. If this is as close as they can possibly get to an open expression of disdain, it only indicates cheap shots are the best they've got at the moment. Most Americans were probably watching American Idol or Jersey Shore.
The Ultimate Excuse.