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China Weighs in on Midterm Elections, the Tea Party, Christine O’Donnell, and the “Chinese Professor Ad”

2 Nov 2010

China has dismissed the surge of the GOP — especially its extremer elements — in today’s midterm elections as a mere phase.

But more important on our agenda: How did locals react to the offensive “Chinese Professor Ad”? The New Yorker notes that “[Chinese netziens] are interpreting it as either 1) anti-Chinese propaganda put out by the U.S. government; 2) evidence that Americans are really scared of China’s rising power; 3) a nationalist video made by people who believe in the future of China.”

According to the hardly impressed China National Radio:

As the economy gets back on track, with more income and more stable jobs—when the country is richer, and people will be more at ease—the Tea Party will probably not have as many supporters…When that day comes, we will realize that the Tea Party movement had pushed forward some rather insignificant figures in the world of American politics.

As for Delaware’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Christine O’Donnell whose rhetoric on China has been antagonistic, to say the least — the Beijing News had this to say:

At her nomination celebration, O’Donnell, dressed in a business suit, looked just like an office worker, but her words made her sound like the head of a guerrilla army on the eve of revolution.

Finally, some good sense in U.S.-China relations!

[via New Yorker]


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