Con­test inspires China ne­ti­zens to of­fer takes

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MATTHEW TURNER in New York matthew­turner@ chi­nadai­

As the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion re­sults be­came clear, Chi­nese so­cial me­dia users didn’t hold back in as­sess­ing the race and the can­di­dates.

Weibo user “Su­per­fi­cial NaOH Bac­te­ria” said that the elec­tion was “more dra­matic than a Korean soap opera”.

User “Plum Wood L” said that it was im­per­a­tive to “sup­port Trump. I think there will be a good fu­ture for trade with China.”

For some, how­ever, the al­lure of Trump’s pres­i­dency was its new­ness.

“Zi­jin Stu­dent” wrote that “Hil­lary is a typ­i­cal politi­cian, while Trump is en­er­getic and he has an ex­cel­lent daugh­ter — so I am in fa­vor of him. ... it will also change the his­tory of US pres­i­dents, just like the first black pres­i­dent, Obama.”

Me­dia out­let Global Times also ran an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled Trump’s vic­tory: Chi­nese Amer­i­cans can fi­nally go to the toi­let!

The ar­ti­cle, which showed a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive view of Trump, took is­sue with Obama’s open­ness to the LGBT com­mu­nity. In par­tic­u­lar, that a woman should “go to the same toi­let as a man”, echo­ing the cur­rent Amer­i­can de­bate over trans­gen­der pub­lic re­strooms and North Carolina’s HB2 bill.

The com­ments sec­tion be­came a sound­ing board for ne­ti­zens to com­ment on Trump’s poli­cies broadly.

“Trump’s for­eign pol­icy is very prob­lem­atic. Now he is in power and he doesn’t know what im­pact it will have on global busi­ness in the fu­ture,” wrote “Saint Panda”.

“Sharp User” wrote that “Trump should un­der­stand that life won’t be easy if he of­fends Rus­sia and China”.

“Lit­tle Peach Wu” wrote, in re­sponse to the Global Times ar­ti­cle: “Don’t try to brain­wash us Chi­nese — an un­e­d­u­cated per­son as pres­i­dent? What a joke.”

Else­where ear­lier on Tues­day, ne­ti­zens com­pared the can­di­dates.

“If Hil­lary is elected, the world will be ter­ror­ized,” said Weibo user “MinkLaw”.

“Bright Fu­ture 42” said that “liars get along bet­ter than mad­men, so the like­li­hood of cat­a­strophic events in the world will be lower”.

Many posts sounded sim­i­lar to US so­cial me­dia in their sarcastic tone as well as their pol­icy con­cerns — whether cor­rect or in­cor­rect. Like so­cial me­dia in the US, many posts were driven by a sense of the can­di­date’s per­sonal his­tory.

“I don’t like Hil­lary be­cause of her po­lit­i­cal scan­dal, but she is peace­ful and will not put the US on the of­fen­sive,” said “Squid01”.

Most Chi­nese ne­ti­zens seemed cyn­i­cal, as one put it: “One is a scoundrel, the other is a hyp­ocrite”.

I think there will be a good fu­ture for trade with China.” “Plum Wood L”, Weibo user

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