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China’s 60th anniversary : Live

September 30, 2009

4:30 pm : China celebrated its wealth and rising might with a show of goose-stepping troops, floats and nuclear-capable missiles, 60 years after Mao Zedong proclaimed its embrace of communism.

The two hour-parade of picture-perfect soldiers, tanks and missiles, floats and 100,000 well-drilled civilians was a proud moment for many Chinese citizens, as reporters Ben Blanchard and Lucy Hornby write.

The weather was perfect too, with the Chinese air force deploying a "magic-like" range of chemicals and technology to clear Beijing's smoggy air.

Here's another image from the grand parade:


2:40 pm
: Here’s a video of the parade shot by photographer David Grey.

2:00 pm : On a street corner at the end of China’s 60th anniversary parade route a crowd of ordinary but excited Beijingers gathered to wave flags and snap pictures of the floats as they trundled off to a temporary parking lot, reporter Emma Graham-Harrison writes

They were lucky — stringent security meant probably only a
few thousand people, in a city of well over 10 million, got a
live glimpse of the government’s celebration of its own success.

The leadership’s apparent conviction that ordinary Chinese
people could not be trusted to join in the celebration led to a
strange atmosphere downtown, with empty, echoing streets
occasionally filled with the rumble of an airforce flyover.

By the time the parade reached areas that – although partly
sealed off — still held some ordinary citizens, the thousands of
dancing, marching escorts that accompanied each display through Tiananmen Square had already peeled off.

Those on the floats looked off duty; many had sat down or were chatting among themselves.

But the small crowd still waved, shouted and snapped at the lavish representations of everything from the Olympics to agricultural advancements as if they were at the heart of the celebrations.

The fervour of those who could get close stood in sharp relief to the cordons of armed and aggressive cops — and to the mistrust of a leadership that claims to serve the people but appears somewhat afraid of them.

But it also suggested that the biggest security danger in throwing open the parade might have been not the terrorism Beijing claimed to fear, but a simple excess of enthusiasm among an increasingly patriotic population.

1:30 p.m.: Security for China’s 60th anniversary parade was tight, with access to many areas blocked by multiple cordons, which meant that Reuters journalists  had to sleep in the office to ensure that they would be able to cover the parade.

Reuters’ Graham-Harrison writes about her night in the office ahead of the parade :

For a moment on waking up I savoured the one unquestionable benefit of sleeping in the office — my commute was cut to about 30 seconds. I could be up at 7.59 and still at my desk by 8.00.

It became obvious a couple of weeks before Communist China’s 60th anniversary parade that covering it was going to be complicated.

The government is putting on the spectacle for 1.3 billion  people, and apparently considers the several million people who actually live in the capital more of an annoying security problem
than guests at the party.

Our office is on the parade route and so the surrounding  streets would be shut down and all buildings emptied from nearly 24 hours before the parade to 24 hours after it, we were told.

The only way we could access stable, uncensored connections to the outside world was by staying at our desks the whole time. We persuaded building management to let the bureau chief, chief correspondent, a Chinese colleague and me to stay overnight  — but we wouldn’t be allowed out, they warned.

So preparing for work on the 30th felt more like getting  ready for a camping trip. I lumbered into the office with a backpack stuffed with sleeping bag, toiletries, pajamas, books (we expected a quiet evening) and mountains of food.

I find it hard to work properly when I’m hungry so — much to  the amusement of my colleagues — I had brought stew, Chinese pancakes, a loaf of rye bread, cheese, tomatoes, apples, oranges,
cereal, soya milk, tuna (with can opener), baked beans, and a jar of tomato sauce.

My more modest colleague just opted for instant noodles.

As for spending the night in the office, it was dull but less of an ordeal than I expected. I curled up on sofa cushions from the pictures department and slept quite well.

(Reuters pictures by Nir Elias, David Gray, Tyrone Siu, Jason Lee)

12:00 : The military parade is followed by floats with huge portraits celebrating four generations of top communist leaders  – Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and one which looked like Hu Jintao.

There are also floats depicting environmental protection featuring trees, shrubs and giant model leaves – lots of people waving flags that are a very unnatural looking green. Another float celebrated China’s success in swimming and diving at the Beijing Olympics, with what looked like medal winners.

As reporters Ben Blanchard and Lucy Hornby point out in this report Hu wants the day of extraordinary spectacle and security to make the case that the formula of one-party rule and rapid growth remains the right one for hauling the world’s third-biggest economy into prosperity, ruling 1.3 billion people and elevating China into a superpower.

11:10 a.m: Security arrangements for China’s 60th anniversary parade to make sure the televised show went without a hitch left many ordinary Beijing residents and citizens feeling left out.

As Lucy Hornby reports, five miles is a long way away, and so the small crowd that gathered by the China World Hotel to try and catch a glimpse of the National Day military parade on Tiananmen Square might be described as unduly optimistic.

But then again, the security for this parade could also be described as unduly restrictive. Even five miles away was too close, it seemed, as police with bullhorns ordered the grumbling crowd even further back, beyond the third ring road, and then even further and further east.

“Well I figured I could at least see the airplanes in person. We’ve got the TV set to record at home,” said a middle-aged man who had come with his family from the nearby province of Hebei.

The police and security guards were reasonably sympathetic with the crowd, most of whom looked like migrant workers from outside the city.

“”I understand you, I understand that you want to see the parade. Believe me, I’d like to see the parade too!” one yelled, as he shooed a few stragglers further from the police cordon.

But it was hard to understand what would be the problem with patriotic citizens actually seeing the parade, which viewed from a TV did indeed turn out to be very impressive.

“Now, if its such a great thing for China, why are they trying to stop everyone from having a look?” said Chris Hill, an Australian businessman whose efforts to see the parade were proving to be utterly unsuccessful.

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10:50 am :Tyra Dempster, a TV producer standing just in front of Mao’s portrait in Tinananmen Square, says the whole place reverberated with the cannons as the parade began.  It felt as if all the masonry might come tumbling down. It is still very noisy, with all the marching and shouting. The troops are female soldiers marching past in what look like quite short skirts, which doesn’t seem like practical military kit.

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10:15 a.m:10:15 a.m: TV shows Hu driving along the Avenue of Eternal Peace, in what looks like a Chinese-made red flag limo, inspecting immaculate ranks of soldiers, male and female, from the army, navy and air force.

At intervals he shouts “Hello comrades! hardworking comrades!”. The troops are so well trained their heads turn in exact unison to follow his car. They reply “Serve the people!” or “Hello commande

Reuters pictures by Nir Elias,David Gray,Tyrone Siu, Jason Lee)
10 a.m:Hu Jintao has appeared on top of Tiananmen gate,  wearing a dark modern take on a Mao suit. The rest of the top  leadership appear to be in business suits and ties.

9:45 a.m: Hundreds of people are stranded at Beijing train station because several bus and metro services have been suspended and there aren’t enough cabs. Many were complaning bitterly, some saying they will never come to Beijing again, Kitty Bu from the television department said.

And in Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators gathered at the venue of the national day celebrations, carrying a mock coffin, symbolising those who died in the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

9:30 a.m: Ben Blanchard reports the weather is perfect for the national day parade after days of overcast gloom. Looks like clouding seeding worked ? Far from Tiananmen Square in the fashionable  Drum Dowar area there is little security evident, he says. The narrow streets are lined with large red Chinese flags. It’sd all very quiet – perhaps people are still in bed.

Downtown Beijing has been awash with black-clad security troops sporting reflector sun-glasses, automatic guns and hulking black hum-vees and anti-riot vehicles, guarding the city for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Correspondent Chris Buckley says many of them look quite pleased with their expensive bling, even if their leather loafers can look a tad prissy and the

What’s the inspiration for this all-black chic? Some will blame the Bat Man film franchise. There are also plenty of menacing new buildings around Beijing that look like they were pinched straight from Gotham. The Reuters bureau is housed in one.

But the real inspiration may be “Black Cat Police Sergeant” (Hei mao jingzhang), a clunky but enduring Chinese cartoon series about a cat-cop who, when he is not vanquishing evil-doing animals, stands around looking very cool — if you’re a six-year old.

No Chinese childhood is complete without a dose of this cartoon, and locals can see Black Cat’s influence in the latest police fashions.

There is also the more recent Japanese import, Ultraman. a team of sleak, leaping superheroes who have entertained Chinese kids for many years, and apparently also inspired the couturiers at the Ministry of Public Security.

8:30 a.m. Police and journalists were up in the wee hours of Thursday, getting ready for China’s National Day parade. “That led to some friendly, pre-dawn comraderie with the hearty policemen manning the barricades at 5:30 am, while we all waited for some floats to roll by — the only glimpse either they or we will catch of this perfectly orchestrated parade,” correspondent Lucy Hornby reports.

There may be about 200,000 marchers, but the spectators are all being kept several city blocks away from the main parade route.

Even one cop, a stocky, cheerful 48-year-old with a strong Beijing accent, thought that was a bit excessive.
“Nowadays they have everything under tight control. They can’t let a lot of people near it, there would be too much potential for trouble. But when I was little we used to run right up and stand on the sidewalks as the parades went by. That was fun. Now everything’s much more strict.”

The People’s Republic of China will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding on Thursday with a military parade showcasing its growing political and economic clout.

Reuters correspondents, photographers and television crew will be blogging live the anniversary, tracking key events in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and elewhere in the country, through the day.

Ahead of the celebrations, correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison takes a look at China at 60 and Benjamin Kang Lim and Lucy Hornby report on the country’s plans to cut back its army and boost the air force and navy, a strategic move that could stoke regional tensions.

Comments

why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days.Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?

Posted by luoweilw | Report as abusive
 

I wonder why news MEdia shows how bad or unorganized are such events like this. it makes me think that reporters or news media got paid to report this kind of issue in countris like china, India, Russia, etc. but this almost never is seen in western countries (they are not perfect either). How politized are news and media networks in these days, always publishing negative aspect of the whole world except those countries that share the same political spirit or Represent interest at some point for Europe or US.

Posted by HAns | Report as abusive
 

i know that this report has been done by some india” friend” i fully understand why he like this kind of express, honestly, it is mostly opposite to the picture showed by him at here. Come on, my India friend, hope to see your country’s beautiful picture in 100 years :)-

 

best wishes for china?? ? ? ???? ?? ??????

Posted by sunshine | Report as abusive
 

because he is just one of jealous friends.

Posted by Nan | Report as abusive
 

Black Cat police?! Ultraman?! You are sounding more and more like a tabloid. hmmmm.

Posted by yifan | Report as abusive
 

You do not understand China’s national conditions, so you are obviously biased.You are not a qualified journalist,I am very disappionted with Reuters!

Posted by tiantian | Report as abusive
 

‘why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days’well, since the author wanna show off his ‘knowledge’ or something else. What I feel strange is …for someone behaves like this, they still always feel strange why they are disgusted by most Chinese people. Hello, people …your behaviors are so disgusting, what can you expect?

Posted by orsino | Report as abusive
 

I remember one famous saying that “if you want to learn from someone you should forget yourself firstly”. The fact that china begans to take the leadership around the world has been recongnized WW. one suggetsion to India is that: no need to waste your energy and time to competite with CHINA as a same level since you are really lack of the real leadership in the 3rd world organization, and WW as well; stop any stupid action to fight against china it will destroy your fragile structure of India in the end. find your way to develop your core competitiveness. i also work with some real talent from india, they also agree with me on that point.

 

why not report some positive news about china

Posted by xwjtwins | Report as abusive
 

Something is wrong in the reports, so please release the truth after know the China better

Posted by robin shen | Report as abusive
 

In reply to luoweilw’s post:Because they want us to be their enemies!If that’s the case, so be it!

Posted by Kenny Kang Sun | Report as abusive
 

This anniversary march pretty much sums up China as a nation and people.A military threat to other nations, lines of robot-like soldiers with no independence, and legions of nationalistic people worshiping the very dictatorship which represses them.For them, such things are a source of unending pride. And a sign that they truly deserve all that they now have.

Posted by Hahaha | Report as abusive
 

Why are Western leader and the Western media lavishing China with such praise?2 decades ago, the Chinese army marches into Tiananmen Square killing students calling for freedom.2 years ago, the Chinese army marches into Tibet killing members of the Tibetan ethnic minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Tibet.2 months ago, the Chinese army marches into Xinjiang killing members of the Uyghurs minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.2 weeks Chinese government makes it illegal for foreigners to travel to Tibet.2 days Chinese government makes it illegal for Uyghurs to use the Internet to disrupt the harmony by making posts that refer to Uyghur freedom, independence or complain about the Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.Today, the Chinese TV is full if video love messages from Western leaders praising the Chinese government.

Posted by han-watch | Report as abusive
 

Chinese people can’t open windows of their own houses, can’t stand on the balcony, confined to their houses, can’t pick there own cellphone ringtones, can’t go to youtube or google, can’t talk freely!Are these the achievements of Commis in past 60 years?Chinese people don’t deserve any human rights, liberty, freedom, democracy?

Posted by Sammy | Report as abusive
 

Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?- Posted by luoweilwHappy for who, the oppressive communists or the oppressed Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetians, Uigers?Who is happy?

Posted by Don | Report as abusive
 

Any Chinese person that complains about “unfriendly” reporting on China is being hypocritical beyond what anybody who never lived in China could imagine.Chinese media is constantly broadcasting unfriendly reports about America and the West. Chinese schools books from the 1st grade to collage make unfriendly depictions about the America and the West. Start a conversation with virtually any Chinese and this unfriendly reporting and depictions will be thrown it your face in an instant.

Posted by han-watch | Report as abusive
 

Shame on Reuters for posting such an article!!

Posted by Wang | Report as abusive
 

thanks Sanjeev Miglani, you can back to your sleepbag and have a good rest with your boring meaningless garbage reports!I’m afraid you will lost you job because of your worthless personal experience for muddling through.

Posted by robin shen | Report as abusive
 

China is the best, I love China.

Posted by ripper | Report as abusive
 

What are China’s core values, ethical standards and human rights achievements?

Posted by Randy | Report as abusive
 

This Parade looked like USSR or N Korea’s parade? How come all commies have similar parades?

Posted by Javed | Report as abusive
 

why do you always say something unfriendly about China, enen in the happy days.Why not report some news about our happiness about our motherland?- Posted by luoweilwTruth hurts! 3% Chinese are celebrating while 97% are suffering. Are the Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese happy?Are those people happy who lost their children to school collapse in earthquake or those whose children got poisoned from milk or Aluminium plant?How long can the communists march on dead bodies of it’s citizens?

Posted by Peter | Report as abusive
 

happy birthday TO MY MATHER COUNTRY.

Posted by CANDY | Report as abusive
 

After 60 years, China’s best friends are N Korea, Iran, Pakistan!Nukes proliferation to Pakistan, N Korea, Libya, Iran!http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/ne ws/world/asia/article6839044.eceGreat achievement and contribution to the world peace!THANK YOU for making the world a safer place for all!

Posted by Sandy | Report as abusive
 

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Posted by china | Report as abusive
 

Why do you always write something bad, rather than to write some good things, your view of China’s attitude is very friendly!

Posted by china | Report as abusive
 

I don’t like the tone of this article. It’s just like every other bit of American footage on the Chinese scene – focusing on the trivial problems and negative aspects of a very positive event. Apparently, these American reporters have nothing else to talk about. Sour grapes, America.But I’m not worried. People are beginning to realize how much of American media is bull****.

Posted by Charles | Report as abusive
 

I just don´t understand what´s in those peoples´ pathetic minds, all things, even better than their own countries must be interpreted as something bad, as ¨against humanity or democracy¨ or whatever. And at the same time they don´t even want to listen to our side, by simply claiming that chinese people are brainwashed. I have to ask, who is more brainwashed? Who holds a biased prejudice against a whole country without any investigation and thinking but only with what they have heard from their goverment. This is the real definition of brainwashing, just like what the germany media did to the jews in the last century. So I suggest the reporters can carry a Swatiskas on their uniform so we can know, they are reporters.

Posted by Jun | Report as abusive
 

Cannot you understand? It is because these guys knew little about China. They are somebody knowing-nothing.”Look like” is the word he has used frenquently. What does it mean? It means that he does not know what he is writing. I am not sure why the reuters send them to China for interview. Just because they are ignorant. That would be funny as we do not need to pay attention to what the ignorant guys said. He is the representative who shows the fact of the world, however what they showed? They have indicated the wrong information which we should be happy because that would make those foreign guys who thought to be smart stupid. As they cannot get the fact and they can see the sky through the small hole made by the retuers.

Posted by John Huang | Report as abusive
 

You know why , because they don’t understand chinese. They don’t understand China, but they think they do.They don’t want to see us to be happy. They think they know the truth. They think they have the right to tell the ‘Truth’. You know what the truth is? The truth is whatever they say. They believe what they want to believe. They see what they want to see. That’s it.\Don’t be upset. Our country is so much better than before. To let the facts speak for themselves.And it will be better and better. Look what we did in the past 30 years. Yes, it has many and many problems,China is not perfect. any other country is perfect?If you are not perfect, then you have no right to criticize others.

Posted by Lily Song | Report as abusive
 

Hello Reuters,Let us have a call here:2012 London Olympic games: Please let all ordinary Londoners flood into the Olympic stadium and also the opening ceremony? Please do not let your cop stand on the street and wander around the downing street NO.10. However you cannot and you always have many many cops. Are all those Londoners terrorist? Are you scared of them? No they are not. However you are scrared of them. Why do you scare at them? Why do you trust them? Ah…

Posted by James | Report as abusive
 

I guess it is because they are getting jealous and worried about China’s amazing development. Forget it! Their unfriendly report can only make us stronger and stronger!

Posted by Li Suping | Report as abusive
 

This is our Happy day.After years of suffering and foreign aggression, we have finally developed into today, if you do not understand China, and invite you to personally come here to look at, and we will be very friendly and welcome the arrival of your

Posted by R2Hw | Report as abusive
 

Every one is celebrating the great day here.We Are very Happy.But I don’t know why media in your country are just reporting how ” CP is ‘controlling’ the nation” and “how people are ‘sufferring’ here”.It can’t be too silly to report a country like that(instead of telling the truth) just in order to meet your prejudice on this nation.Why not go to China to have a look yourself instead of being fooled like this?

 

I understand anti-Americanism, because America has DONE many things to many people all over the world, and has the power to still DO many more things, but I don’t understand anti-China media. I know some people don’t like communism, or one-party rule, or an authoritarian government, or state influenced media, but China is not trying to make other people accept or live under these conditions. So, why? I don’t understand why the English speaking world is so antagonistic and negative about China. What’s it to you? I am Chinese, and I love China, and I may criticize China about certain aspects, but out of love, not out of arrogance or antipathy. And most importantly, I usually don’t criticize how Americans run America, or how British runs Britain, because that’s none of my business, and also because I respect other people enough to let them run their own lives. When will the western media learn that about China???

Posted by AutobotAlex | Report as abusive
 

Chinese people can’t open windows of their own houses, can’t stand on the balcony, confined to their houses, can’t pick there own cellphone ringtones, can’t go to youtube or google, can’t talk freely!Are these the achievements of Commis in past 60 years?Chinese people don’t deserve any human rights, liberty, freedom, democracy?- Posted by SammyHi Sammy and all those who are “high moral standard” and “well thought”. Just a question to ponder, do you guys know Chinese history? Current China has a lot of problems – politically and socially, but tell me one country dosn’t. And when you talk about freedom and democracy, do you know just a little more than 100 years ago, Western countries were robbing, killing, raping, selling drug in China. For a nation experienced 100 years of oppression and discrimination, it is undersandable for a celebrate like this. Communism is not evel, just like capitalism. Both are just ideaologies. When Ruissa turned itself from communism to capitalism over night and suffered chaotic economy, you guys were probably laughing. This cry against China in general is pathetic.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive
 

Man what’s with all the China-bots around here…some of the Anti-China bots don’t seem much better either. Compared to a lot of press I don’t think this was too bad, in some ways positive (showing how there is obvious dissidence within China). The Western Media generally portrays a bad image because democracy is valued so high over here, and stories that tug-hearts (i.e. People living under authoritarian government) sells. It’s that simple really. And I know Chinese people, and their broad opinion is that leave China alone, they will get democracy soon. Quite a fair point I believe, they are definitely progressing, just slowly. But for such a huge country it may be the safest way to do it.

Posted by Eoghan | Report as abusive
 

In 20 years time the real problem will begin, China and America will have the same military and technical capabilities, and China will certainly want to extend it’s borders(India, Tiawain, etc), as it has with Xinjiang and Tibet and is currently doing with the new China/America Space race. Our only comfort is that history shows the quicker a power rises the quicker it falls. Is World War III comming?

Posted by James | Report as abusive
 

It is a sad day indeed to read how the westerners still fail to understand China. True, many more ordinary people would have loved to join the parade – but this is precisely the problem. Can you imagine 10 million Beijing residents PLUS an additional 20 million citizens from neighbouring provinces try to join the parada? Hundreds of anti-riot police have problems breaking up riots and a football match – can you imagine what it would be like (and the number of police required) should the high-enthusiastic citizens get out of control? The writers of this blog certainly did not – out of pure ignorance perhaps.Give China a chance. Give yourself a chance. Try understand it from a neutral perspective. It is a great country for what they have done and achieved. It is a great country if you try to understand it from the inside.

Posted by JP | Report as abusive
 

“I understand anti-Americanism, because America has DONE many things to many people all over the world, and has the power to still DO many more things, but I don’t understand anti-China media.”People have an anti-china view because of the following reasons:-Chinese participation in Korea and Vietnam (You probably see it as heroic resistance, but the rest of the world saw you attempting to remove democracy from people by force of arms).-Tiannamen Square (the next time you are overseas, look it up on wikipedia. You probably don’t know, but an important event happened there a few decades ago which is not told to chinese children)-Your nation is a dictatorship (not a slur, but actually the truth in every sense of the word).-Your nation artificially devalues your currency, and treats the worker class like slaves.-The Han racial group oppresses the other Chinese minorities such as Tibet, who no longer want to be part of China.-China supports repressive regimes in Africa, by dealing with them when nobody else will.-China tried to sell weapons to Mugabe and ZANU-PF (another corrupt single party government) during the last Zimbabwe elections.-China prevents international action against Iran and North Korea, and in fact support those nations.-Your government is plagued by corruption and resembles a dynasty, because it is immune to civilian oversight.-Most of the Chinese people do not get to see any of the wealth your nation produces.-The Chinese government controls all media, freedoms and business.-Your people have no ability to do or say what they want.-Even mentioning the word democracy in China is enough to get a chinese citizen arrested for “disturbing the social order”.-People who criticize the Chinese government can end up with them and their families arrested, possibly for many years.-You actually need to be told all these things, because you don’t seem to notice it. Or perhaps your media doesn’t even let you know.That’s most of them, but I may have missed some.

Posted by Hmmm | Report as abusive
 

Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China for its 60th anniversary. My respect will be complete when :1 – President Hu will meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to find an intelligent solution to integrate Tibetans in China.2 – Tibet will be open to anyone with a normal Chinese visa (and not a special Tibet permit).Long live to China and Tibet together with mutual respect.

Posted by Erick - London | Report as abusive
 

U know why the media always criticise Chinese Government? fear!!!!!!

 

Wow. I am a Chinese-American, born in America, educated in America, and the ignorance of many of these anti-China comments are astounding. My grandparents and parents fled China, as Nationalists, and moved to Taiwan prior to gaining US citizenship. Despite their opposition to the communist party, they are not “suffering” watching this event. Rather, they are happy that there is far less suffering in China today than there was 60 years ago.Although the comments are irritating, the coverage by Reuters is more upsetting, clearly written by people who have little respect for the style and culture of another country.Perhaps one should consider the readership prior to making the journalistic equivalent of childish giggles and pointing when introduced to something foreign.

Posted by Emily | Report as abusive
 

Wonderful parade.Hopefully China will bring some sanctity to this world be capitalism totally destoys it.

Posted by peter gill | Report as abusive
 

How many Chinese communist leaders are billionairs, millionairs? how many Chinese people are happy with these oppressive leaders? LOL.. are you still happy? if you are then you are a rock.

Posted by nguyen | Report as abusive
 

I’m not in Beijing but was there just a few days ago. Notices where almost in every news paper and on the news notifying locals of the temporary service interruptions around the time of the parades. Also blocks around Tiananmen were already blocked off or redirected before I left. Most know to stay clear of the area if they don’t want to be stuck in traffic… It was more like “stay home to avoid being stuck in traffic” rather than “stay home or get arrested” as suggested by the article. You can blame it on terrorism if you want… but this is usually what happens in a BIG celebration… I’m from the US and this kind of notices to the public happens all the time…. But maybe it gets interpreted differently by the media because … well its America. Its like Smog warning stay home, don’t drive, if must take public transport. If this happened somewhere in China it would be reported as “Citizens Banned from driving.”People here where I am have been celebrating by lighting up fireworks since this afternoon. Seems like the General population is very happy unlike what some post have suggest. Little Chinese flags are being waved around by little kids… and NO I don’t think their parents made them do it… its just fun like 4th of July.You’ll easily find negative post about China – look at the Olympic blogs as examples. If it was a “Democratic” China then things may be different. Westerners will always have a negative perception associated with the word “Communism.” Many out there don’t even know meaning and events behind the Communist movement. How can we assume that they can have any idea how things are in present China. They only know what their history books choose to show them or what biased media want them to know. It may be ignorance or just an utter unwillingness to open their minds. Yet they often feel justified in posting comments such as 97% of the Chinese population is unhappy, he stated a few minority groups and Taiwan but if that is his logic it still would not make any mathematical sense. Wonder where he gets those figures… Why would Taiwan be celebrating anyways, they have their own national day? Do you expect people in the UK celebrating 4th of July?I was very young during the Tiananmen Square incident, and wasn’t in China during the riots in Lhasa, but the Urumqi riots were recent enough. It’s odd but I don’t remember the Xinjiang having any ethnic cleansing incidents…. And the riot was surely not because of that. The guy who wrote those posts should look up the facts before publishing them… makes him look like an idiot.

Posted by joe Schmoe | Report as abusive
 

I’m watching the evening celebrations on TV and I can somewhat understand why they closed off blocks away from the center of the celebration… it’s incredibly huge. The stage is in a span of a few blocks itself. An open stage for about a ½ mile or more with performances after another… It’s hard imaging how one could keep things in order and safe before and after the ceremony. I doubt you would be able to see anything or even come close to the center of the ceremony even if they allowed people to go in there. I’m guessing its 3-4 times the size of the Olympic ceremony or 3-4 foot ball stadiums. If they you put up screens on the outskirts and invite citizens to watch its way too big to control, the whole district would be flooded with people.

Posted by Joe Schmoe | Report as abusive
 

Truth hurts! 3% Chinese are celebrating while 97% are suffering. Are the Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese happy?Are those people happy who lost their children to school collapse in earthquake or those whose children got poisoned from milk or Aluminium plant?How about you actually get to know a little bit about the truth before you’re claiming you know it?97% are suffering.? You’re saying Tibetians or Uigers or Taiwanese represent 97% of Chinese?As for Happy ?How about the people died of Katrina and your government’s slow response? Or your solder died in Iraq?

Posted by Liu | Report as abusive
 

I have to say ,there are some questions with your philosophy.

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After 60 years, China’s best friends are N Korea, Iran, Pakistan!Nukes proliferation to Pakistan, N Korea, Libya, Iran!http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/ne ws/wo rld/asia/article6839044.eceGreat achievement and contribution to the world peace!THANK YOU for making the world a safer place for all!- Posted by SandyFor the world peace!!We should also thank those countries that actually intrude into other countries’ land and kill their women and chilren for oil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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China born and China bred,I feel proud of all the achivements it made.And please don’t judge when you are just misled by some unfriendly report and know nothing true about China!!!

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It’s not the truth! We are all happy in front of our TVs and celebarating together with all of our people because it’s such pround period that to show our developement and archievement!!We are all moved with the growth and we believe our country will be moreeeeee stronger!!You will change your mind!No country could be perfect in its history! Please tell the truth!

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There are alway prejudices about China.My suggestions are as follows: comment China after you have come to China and face the truth of growing-up China

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I LOVE CHINA

 

Maybe i should say that you are objective, figuring out that you emphasized on another special view,which all the medias in China will not do . However, i couldn’t identify you are right enough in the way. Everyone cann’t be perfect no matter how hard he try, so does China. China is much much better than ever before, most of the citizers embraced the happiness that never come before. That’s the turth you cann’t denny, so you just avoid that.Do China really makes you disgusted ? if China does, why are you still living in China,woking in China, and writing this article in China? If China doesn’t, just try to love her just as the way you love your motherland, what’s more, try to write sth from the truely objestive view.

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Just because you don’t know what is going on in China, does not mean that amazing things are not going on. by Mark Ritson

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How can the writer represent people sitting in front of the TV? We feel proud and we totally understand the reason for Tian’anmen square sealing down temporally. The western world like to comment on China, like they konw everything about her. Accually they only believe whatever they want to believe. China is far from perfect, but she will be better and better.

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We need a diverse international community, don’t we?Love China,despise China,dislike China or even hate China, it’s up to you guys!We Chinese are following a path that’s ours. Just like you Americans chant democracy and liberty, our favored slogans are “Long live socialism!” “Long live the Communist Party of China!”, etc.If you think this is funny or insane, try to investigate, and you’ll be amazed to find that 7 out of 10 Chinese are content with what China is now, either in terms of politics or economy.I just can’t wait to label those linking China to poverty and dictatorship NUTS?I guarantee you guys that someday in the very near future China WILL once again take the lead, just like it had done in the past!Don’t you ever imgine containing ambitions of China, for it’s never meant to be the second!Want to argue? I’ll be waiting for you at somehow30@163.com

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Response to han-watch”2 decades ago, the Chinese army marches into Tiananmen Square killing students calling for freedom.”It seems you had never made a mistake. Well, the Tiananmen thing happened because the Party had done something wrong during the economic reform,but they have changed and improved themselves, why don’t you ask students now in China,do they hate Chinese army?I am a college student,and my answer is:No!”2 years ago, the Chinese army marches into Tibet killing members of the Tibetan ethnic minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Tibet.”Hah,you idiot!Do you know the word:Primitive society? Before the Chinese army builded the new China,do you know how miserably lives Tibetan lived? Those so called Tibetan ethnic minority actually come from certain organizations for some political purposes. So you really think those organizations care more about Tibetan’s living life standard in stead of their own interests?”2 months ago, the Chinese army marches into Xinjiang killing members of the Uyghurs minority who were calling for freedom and independence and protesting the Han Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.”like things happened in Tibet, if you have no idea about the evil organizations,which are controlled under certain interests groups, please shut up. Ask how ordinary Uyghurs think first.”2 weeks Chinese government makes it illegal for foreigners to travel to Tibet.”So when one room of our house were robbed and we want to rebuild it, but we are not allowed to clear up people unrelated,even just a temporary moment, right?”2 days Chinese government makes it illegal for Uyghurs to use the Internet to disrupt the harmony by making posts that refer to Uyghur freedom, independence or complain about the Chinese ethnic cleansing policy in Xinjiang.”I agree this point actually.But you still can not distinguish Uyghurs and Interests organizations.Since there are so many dull people like you on line, it is efficient to prevent others from being infected.”Today, the Chinese TV is full if video love messages from Western leaders praising the Chinese government.”Then thank you!You.are.really.lovely!But apparently your teacher did not teach you how to think with full view and look into complexity.

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China is becoming stronger and stronger, and Chinese people are living better and better. That’s the core value of the New China. The disgraceful slanders of biased foreign mass media can only create more and more younger supporters of C.C.P. Remember, C.C.P is now the biggest creditor of U.S.A.

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I am English, I have lived in China for nearly 5 years now.The people are not supressed. There is plenty of freedom. Its a wonderful country.I live in Sichuan, far from any westernised cities, so I know the true China. Like many countries it has its faults but it is definitely going in the right direction.I know many people from different walks of life. Mountain area farmers to deputy leaders of the Sichuan prison service. There have been few complaints about the government apart from too many RED envelopes and RED tape.The big majority of people are happy

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pls come to china before u talk about china. don’t be a fooled man.

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I’m beginning to feel sleepy, damn sleepy, for i’ve seen posts about Tibetans and Uyghurs, saying these minorities are being discriminated!!!Hi, guys, tell me how much do you know about these minority races??? I’ve stayed in Xinjiang for almost 20 years, and please mark my words: Uyghurs can’t live without Hans! You’ve been mis-led by politically-motivated media of your country! Just think about it, anyone trying to contain China surely will be pleased if Tibet or Xinjiang is destabilized, and they favor anything that can help with such destalibzation. I really feel sorry for those mis-led by distorted reports on relations between Hans and other minorites in China. Let me teach you a proverb invented byChairman Mao, one that applies to everything you do, “?????????? ?No investigation, no right to speak?”.When it comes to national unity, anyone standing in the way will be eliminated, even if he or she is backed by so-called democracy!

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On National Day:Congratulations on National Day. All the videos are impressive! I know that everyone has been practicing a long time.On Anti-China remarks:It’s not a bad country at all. Whatever anyone has to say about how the country handles it’s minorities you should look around the globe. MANY other nations have this and have had these experiences in their past or present. What the Government does to the people is attempted stability and control, the US does it also just so you know. The only difference is that here in America we control our media by only giving you limited information on topics so you think you know the topics well. Get outside of the North American island that our country has created and see the world for what it is. All nations have their problems in comparison to each other and all problems are in the eye of the beholder, for your views to be valid they must come from experiences not from what you read and have heard.Once again, congratulations on National Day to all Chinese

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China has done it yet again. Captured the attention of the entire world!!!I find it hard not to get impressed with China.

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All the Chinese people here, just ignore those silly westerns who are showing their “Knowledge” of China here, they are pathetic, and arrogant, they thought they are the universal people knowing everything in the world, but without a mind to know something that is different from theirs. From these half century, China progresses, that is the best thing for Chinese people. Anyway, those westerns don’t live in China. Let them talk.

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Hi, I am sitting in front of my computer in Beijing and writing this comment.I still remembered that years ago I had a chat over Internet with a guy in America.This guy in America asked me a quite strange question “Are you able to own and have a computer?”I pointed it out to him that I was using a computer chatting with him over Internet. This guy told me that it is the reason he does not trust media in USA.Things seems not improved a lot in USA and Europe when some guys and media talking about China.You need to make change.

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I am from Pakistan living in US. When ever I go out to buy any thing almost always I come across Chinese products. It’s a great achievement for a country that liberated only a few decades ago with no technologicalI guess the media should leave the Chinese alone at least for a day to let them celebrate their successes.No body in US mentions Katrina on 4th of July. Just like that we can leave Chinese alone for 1st of October.

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So many people are lying! Do not have prejudices against China! Do not comment on China before you have come to China. We are very happy today! Welcome to China, and you will see a real China!!!!!

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i lived in china for 6 months and loved it there ,the country is not perfect , but no country is..when i was out there , i felt safe , was treated honestly , and cant wait to go back again …if i could find an IT job out there , i would be there now !Jay Yau Jung Wor …Lets go china !!!!!

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our country is really getting mighty up

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to Hmmm:Have you ever been to China? Or have you ever known about it? try not to concentrate on the negative, be more fair. I am a girl born in 1989, the year you may think we know nothing about. but indeed i can search sth on the ie. i love my country but i don’t only try to find its great, i want to know all about that, both good and bad, and after that i still love it. C? what you say just let me see how shallow you are.

 

Patronization and sour graping are the core of western culture.

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I guess you should not comment China if you are not Chinese citizen, just like you should not comment your neighbors if you have no idea how they live their lives.

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I will congratulate China when they stop trampling human rights.

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I’m half Chinese, and having grown up both in China and Europe, I love my mother’s country a lot, as much as I do my father’s country. It’s true that Western media in general have an anti-China slant, wont to report more on the negative side of China than anything else. But it’s also true that China is still very much a dictatorship. That’s plainly seen in the way Beijingers can’t even witness an important holiday right from their own houses/streets. Another example is the very strict censorship of books and movies that would otherwise be shown freely in the West, or even in Hong Kong. The lack of freedom of expression and of the press is something that riles every journalist subconsciously; perhaps that’s where the animosity toward China springs from.

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It is in westerners nature to hate everything, that they can not control and own. If they could colonize China then they will say that It is democratic, just like it happened in my country Russia. We were stupid to listen to their propaganda. Look where we are now. And it is a very good sign that their reports are negative. When they will start to write nice things about your country, then you will have to worry. I was watching parade and celebration and cried. China accomplished what Soviet Union started. But our leaders betrayed us. Congratulations to all Chinese people!

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Looks like only 4000 communists are having the party and celebrations.http://www.nytimes.com/slid eshow/2009/10/01/world/20091001-CHINA_11 .htmlAnd the rest 1.3 billions suspected trouble makers, kept out controlled. This doesn’t happen in a democracy!http://www.nytimes.com/slidesh ow/2009/10/01/world/20091001-CHINA_8.htm l

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Does that make you feel better that you always say bad things about us? That can make you feel you are still better, right? Focus on someone else’s problems is easier than facing your own problems, to make is worse, Have you found the solutions for them. Since that,Why should we care what you think?3% Chinese are celebrating while 97% are suffering. Give me a break. I bet you have never come to China before, right? You heard that, right? Who told you that? Your media, right? Bingo!Let me tell you this:My parents are retired teachers. The salary they get is 12,000 RMB per month in Guangzhou, China. It is still growing. 40 years ago they get 25.6 RMB per person per month. Ten years ago, I graduated from university and worked in a big company, my salary was 240 rmb every month, now I make 100,000 rmb per month, I start my own company. We have an apartment and a car.Many people and families here they work harder than me and have better life. Yes, some of the chinese are still suffering from poverty. I agree with that,but 97%? That is so not true. What I can see is that everybody life is much more better. From what I see here, some people always try to find that 3% and try very hard to make it look as big as 97%, and then tell your own people, ‘You see, a lot of people on this planet are miserable, while you live here comfortably and keep complaning about anybody and everything, stop it and vote for me.’Do you think your country has the real democracy? I think your country rules by a few huge companies, is that right, if I say so? My country is ruled by a party, I think that is good, cause they can make a long term plan, not a new plan every four years. I think it is horrible to be told by a so-called smarter guy that what you have been trying to do for four years is wrong, isn’t it? Who you can trust? What you can trust? You might ask yourself, after this happens every four years.

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lol these americans just make me LMAO, these clowns should entertain us more

 

As a Chinese who live overseas, I am proud of being a Chinese and I couldn’t hold my tears when watched the parade.The American people know very little about China and the media always report biased news about China.

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Reminds one of Nazi Germany. They better become democratic otherwise 1.3 billion people are doomed, as they are held as captive.

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China is moving forward by getting richer and more democratic every year, no matter you like or not. The difference from 60 years ago is that western countries can beat up China at their will, today none of them will even try it.

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China should be stripped of UNSC seat. Because:1. China is not democratic, it is communist2. China hides and saves dictators and rogues like N. Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Burma, Taliban(LeT, JuD) at UN.3. China is the only Govt at UNSC without the mass support of Chinese people. Only the communists prosper and ordinary Chinese suffer.UNSC seat should go to Japan, India or S Korea who are more civilized.

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A US professor, who had lived in China for two years, made a comment when I met him in 2007 in Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Why the Western mass media are always so biased against China? “The FEAR,” he said.It is proved true. China has now become the biggest creditor of US, NOT by means of exporting opium, wars or riots to other nations as the anti-human rights Westerners did or do.A peaceful, strong and united China is surely a “threat” to some pathetic ones. And I’m sure Chinese and overseas Chinese are all pround of it.

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“China should be stripped of UNSC seat.” Javed, good daydreaming, without China, there will be no such thing called UNSC. But I do think China should withdraw from this s**t organization since it is kidnapped by some ‘democratic’ killers.

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Sanjeev, this is clearly a biased report, particularly by showing your picture on the sofa

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I have to comment again…Can Retuters get some educated reporters? No offense to Sanjeev but that’s really what I question after reading this

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Bravo! Don’t get jealous of the Chinese, rather we should learn from them.China will become a super power in the World in next……………..?Congrats…Long Live China!

 

You foreigners know very little about our China and the media always report biased news about China.I am very anger.Why do this?

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As a Chinese, I am proud of being a Chinese and I couldn’t hold my tears when watched the parade.yeah,everyone have done something wrong include you foreigners,but we are happy now.and we are changing.we are all happy.your thought are wrong!!!Foreigners know very little about China and the media always report un-true news about China.

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I love China, I love USA, I love VietnamI hate corruption, I hate hamburger, I hate communist.China, USA, Vietnam is just a name.whoever oppress my freedom, I will named it a TRASHTRASH = Communist Party is what I detestnot your mother or father land I againstWhat can I say…I am lucky to be in the US

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I ‘ve lived in China for many yrs,i witnessed China ‘s changes.I don’t know why many guys dislike China so much.Come to see China,and study the history of China,you’ll surely know how much progress China has made in the past decades.China’ll definitely be a active player in int’l affairs soon,the globe will not be a globe without caring China.

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Whether we like it or not China is gradually assuming the status of the world’s most powerful nation. Mark my words.

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I saw the videos on newsx. The show was grand, mighty, and I was awe struck. Hats off to Chinese for such a fine display. This should serve as lesson for India so struck with secularism, Christian concept, finer refined version of Christianity, and all it can do is concentrate on religion.The way congress has led the nation, the Indian army still looks no better than headless chickens that they were made by Nehru in 1962. God knows what this secularism of Gandhi and Nehru will make out of defense forces of India with plans to implement Sachar Committee report.

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I am surprised that nobody bothered commenting on my initial comment. Ignoring the Tibetan issue will not make it go away unfortunately. So again:Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China for its 60th anniversary. My respect will be complete when :1 – President Hu will meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to find an intelligent solution to integrate Tibetans in China.2 – Tibet will be open to anyone with a normal Chinese visa (and not a special Tibet permit).Long live to China and Tibet together with mutual respect.

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China has grown and select few elitist achieved property. But the growth is because of US and Europe. However that equation seems to have peaked. Now they should grow on their own with better domestic consumption. However that is something will come with generational change and more freedom and openness. I am sure elitist who enjoy power in china are not going to allow this to happen. So china is in need of huge restucturing but that may be scuttled by its own elitist. So what is the future of China?

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“It seems you had never made a mistake. Well, the Tiananmen thing happened because the Party had done something wrong during the economic reform,but they have changed and improved themselves, why don’t you ask students now in China,do they hate Chinese army?I am a college student,and my answer is:No!”That was not a mistake.That was absolutely necessary thing to do.Otherwise you wouldn’t have what you have today.Yes, government some times has to take strong actions to protect majority of the people. Soviet government failed, and country was destroyed.And much more people died and suffer.Look at western countries. They don’t hesitate to kill millions for their own gains. They destroy civilizations. Government must protect their citizens, and what your leaders did, was protecting country from anarchy and destruction. And today we see that they were right.

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Do chinese posters want to know why the West so anti-china so much?First, you are tricked. China’s people are not Chinese government. The West do not hate China. The west hate the government of China.You want to know why? I give a challange, to those who live in China now.Go to your government officials. Ask your government why you are not free. Ask them why you have no say in what the government does. Ask them about democracy, and freedom of information. Ask them about human rights.The chinese government will arrest you, and punish you for asking these questions. Because the Party are no different to the old Kuomintang, or the British.Mao created the idea of a People’s democratic dictatorship. Sixty years have passed. Where is your democracy, China? Does the People’s Party obey the people? Does the People’s Army obey the people? You have no democratic dictatorship. Only dictatorship.The Party and the Army rule the people. And you wave to the Party and Army, and cheer them, even as they step on the necks of your countrymen.Because you are raised to love the Chinese government. Because the Chinese government is your emperor now. And you love the emperor no matter what he does to you.That is why the West hate the chinese government.

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“3. China is the only Govt at UNSC without the mass support of Chinese people. “How do you know it?I have lived in China for 18 years, and I have been living in Canada for 8 years. This is the first time I know this. Though many Chinese people complain about the government just as many people do in other countries, the majority population of the 1.3 billion Chinese citizens and Chinese immigrants living in other countries support this govt because this system works for such a huge country. Don’t believe what you see from those biased TV.

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NO, We don’t hate Chinese people. We sympathize with them!Don’t tell me you have a shiny new car or a sparkling new highway! You need freedom, liberty, justice and dignity for you, for your family, for your countrymen and for future generations.Can you change you govt if you don’t like? You are stuck with the communists!Chinese people need to fight non-violently and liberate themselves! We can advise you but we are not going to fight for you!There is nothing wrong in asking your govt for your rights, which you deserve and citizens of all other countries take granted and enjoy!You will feel inferior as long as you have the oppressive communists ruling you! Get rid of them! Be equal to your brothers and sisters across the oceans and around you!Your vote has more power than the bullets or tanks of communists! People in democratic countries realize this!

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please go to china and have a look before making any nonsence comments

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I’m one of the 99% of the happy Chinese that are ruled by the oppressive communists. We are too feable and unwilling to sponsor an uprise as you wish. Please invade China and set us free, like you did in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is another way to get rid of your debts. But take care, China’s intercontinental long-range nuclear missiles are no Sadam’s toys. But to shed others’ blood for the cause of the so-called freedom and democracy of your own is surely a bargain for U.S., after the reign of the King of England is over.

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All China supporters.Go ask chinese police for democracy, and have whole family arrested, before making silly comments about goodness of China.Go post internet site in China asking for freedom of speech and get forever house arrest, before making comments about goodness of china.Go do it. Are you scared to? Or are you paid by government to be making comments about good China?

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NO, We don’t hate Chinese people. We sympathize with them!We hate the immoral communist Govt:1. Which sells nuclear weapons to Pakistan, Libya, N. Korea, Iran and so on …2. Which occupies Tibet and kills innocent Tibetian monks and unique their culture3. Which occupies Xinjiang and kills innocent Uigers and unique their culture4. Which tries to denies it’s people democracy, freedom, religion, free-speech, Youtube, Google, free press, phone ringtones,

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No offense. But those ‘domocratic’ killers did quite a bad, dirty and selfish job to the former communist countries and resource countries, which has made world infamous the hypocrisy and double-standards of the western-style ‘democracy’ and ‘morality’.I’m lucky and proud to be Chinese, especially in this century.If you are unable to finance yourself a field trip to China due to submortgage crisis, or if your were unable to watch the overseas Chinese students’ actions during the worldwide torch relays before Olypic Games 2008 and during the 60th anniversary of China from the ‘free’ and ‘neutralized’ western media, please at least study the history of Tibet and learn what the serf system was.Seems someone has fogotten the L.A. Uprising, too.

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May 29, 2009 | The United Nations has released a new report on accountability for human rights abuses by the United States, focusing mostly on transgressions during the Bush administration’s so-called war on terror. In a word, accountability in the U.S. has been “deplorable.”

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All chinese happy while most of western people who do not like to see china’s strong strength feel unhappy..hahahahha…..

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Pro-China supporters:I make you a challange again. Go to chinese policeman and ask for democracy. Create website in china asking for democracy. See what happen to you and your family.Don’t waste time saying to me “Go to China” or “West breaches human rights”. You are avoiding questions and you know this.Does truth hurt so much for you? Or are you paid by government to post?Iraq, Afganistan. Invasions to remove dictators. American soldiers do not kidnap or make carbomb to kill thousands of civilians. Terrorists do this.In China, you are arrested for asking democracy. That is truth. Not bias western media. Not American lies. It is truth of China. And you know it is truth.Chinese government has enslaved people of China. You may love china. But you are still slave of government. Slave who loves his chains, no different to Kuomintang or British chains.No democratic dictatorship in China. No democracy. People have no control Party. Only Party controls Party.If you think it is lies, then ask Police and government for democracy. And you will see truth then.

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Well, so the anti-China brigade comes out in full force again. What else is new?! Frankly, their antics are tiring and their rhetoric stale. Of course it is infuriating but should we honestly argue with nut cases?! Waste of energy and time. I wonder though who are these people who clearly write from the same script and are well orchestrated. Why else troll these China related sites and all have misleading IDs. Well, there are lots of people out there who want to see China fail, who rejoice when disaster strikes China, and who refuse to allow the Chinese people to celebrate, so I hope the Chinese people know this and remain vigilant.As for this Reuters coverage, again, this is the same old story: The western media will spin everything into the negative, find fault in everything, hype up anything negative, and bury anything positive. In short, they only report bad things about China and stay mum about the good things. So they give a distorted picture of China to their readers which is pretty much their intention. Great job in promoting understanding. Why they bother to send correspondents to China is a mystery as based on their CHina-is-Bad template, they could have stayed home and just spin their stories from there.

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Yes, you people probably have more freedom than us, you can question your government about anything and anytime?If you government listen to you and change it into something you like, I wonder what kind of government it will be?

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After all these years, China has changed a lot. If you come to China, you will know the real China. so don’t say anything unfriendly before coming to China. China is the greatest country. Chinese government is peace loving. Chinese people are friendly and open minded. go to China and you will find a totally different China from the biased reports by the western media.

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Peace and harmony by Police!House arrest and harass journalists, ban internet and cell phone, pretend like everything peaceful!Communists are more insecure and panicky everyday!http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia -pacific/8291648.stm

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China has come very far over the course of 60 years. Remembered the humiliation of the Opium Wars and the Sick Man of the East label? Also those signs displaying “No Chinese or Dogs” allowed?I am an overseas China and am extremely proud of China’s achievements. Despite that I do have my worries. With Great Powers come Great Responsibilities, I hope that China will make use of its now extremely substantial military and economic muscles to make the world a much better place to live in.

 

After all these years, China has changed a lot. If you come to China, you will know the real China. so don’t say anything unfriendly before coming to China. China is the greatest country. Chinese government is peace loving. Chinese people are friendly and open minded. go to China and you will find a totally different China from the biased reports by the western media.I LOVE CHINA,I LOVE ALL FRIENDLY FOREIGNERS!!!NOT THE western media WHICH WRITES biased reports !!!

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I am a chinese, but study in england, i want to say there are some problems in china, but not all things you see from TV is ture. Believe your eyes but not others.Before i came to england, i think that english will look down upon chinese, however, they are very friendly to me.please see others advantage!do you like other people say some bad words to you when you have 60th birthday?

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