Pence’s sur­real speech was at least good for a laugh

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

A so­cial me­dia poster, Ni­u­tan­qin, whose name con­veys the mean­ing talk­ing to a brick wall, re­sponded to US Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s speech at­tack­ing China at the Hud­son In­sti­tute on Thurs­day last week. The fol­low­ing ex­cerpts were pop­u­lar and have been widely re­posted:

Dear Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, There is ac­tu­ally noth­ing new in your speech, which is full of the fusty ar­ro­gance, if not self-de­cep­tive short­sight­ed­ness, of the United States. Your fear­less­ness has made you a laugh­ing­stock of the Chi­nese.

Your tirade has made us all laugh. It was un­ex­pected that a veteran politi­cian would wag his tongue in this way. How sur­real some of your views are!

How much imag­i­na­tion and

courage does it take to say that the US has re­built China? The only thing you have re­built is peo­ple’s views of the US ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The thought shared by many is it is the rest of the world that has brought up the US, which is un­grate­ful and spoiled.

Time mag­a­zine elected Chi­nese work­ers as Per­son of the Year in 2009, to­gether with Ben Shalom Ber­nanke, then chair of the Fed­eral

Re­serve, for their hard work, which it ac­knowl­edged was cen­tral to the global eco­nomic re­cov­ery from the fi­nan­cial cri­sis that orig­i­nated in the US through its ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior, and which still has world­wide reper­cus­sions now.

Again, China pro­vides Wash­ing­ton with an ex­cuse to beef up its mil­i­tary spend­ing, which is al­ways a boon to the US econ­omy.

As for the South China Sea, it is

the US that is try­ing to bully China on the lat­ter’s doorstep.

China-bash­ing is al­ways po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. But it takes more knowl­edge and logic than you have dis­played to ex­tend the reper­toire.

I would like to echo the sen­ti­ment of Lu Xun, the Chi­nese writer you sur­pris­ingly quoted at the end of your speech: It is still be­yond me this time that some­one can be so mean in spread­ing such non­sense.

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