I am sure many of you have been following Chinese President Hu and U.S. President Obama’s speeches and Q&A’s with the media over the last couple of days. The governments are absolutely trying to be constructive in their relations. For that, it’s been refreshing to see.
After hearing them speak directly, I must say though, the nuances in the Western media are largely lost. They are not going to be respectful of China having a different political system as Obama acknowledged. They are not going to accept that China has a different history as Obama apparently understood. They are not going to be respectful of China as Obama has shown.
What that means for me personally is the realization that to understand the world around us, it is always better to hear or read from the sources directly when possible. We should minimize our views of the world from media spin as much as possible. The Western media are foremost for themselves. We should never forget that.
China Daily has highlighted Hu addressing the human rights issue: “Hu Jintao addresses human rights issues.” I am glad to see that this is a continuation of that same message Premier Wen Jiabao been articulating over the years. (See, “Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao interview by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria ignored by English ‘China’ blogs“)