As you all already know, there were calls on Twitter few days ago asking Chinese citizens to protest and overthrow their government. (raventhorn2000 weighed in few posts ago.) One of the rallying locations was a McDonalds at Wangfujing in Beijing. The video below was taken by a Chinese citizen catching U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman at the scene. It’s pretty hilarious actually. A Chinese man asked him: “Hi Ambassador, what are you doing here?” Huntsman replies, “Just joining the fun.”
The Chinese man then teased, “you want chaos for China, don’t you?”
Obviously, the “Jasmine Revolution” did not brew. It was interesting how this non-event was covered in the Western Media though. ESWN has a good sampling of this madness. (Might need to scroll down the page.)
Of course, this came at the heels of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking Internet ‘freedom.’ And, after Jon Huntsman’s efforts to engage Chinese citizens through Sina and other Chinese internet services were censored by Chinese authorities.
The “anti-cnn” crowd is certainly not amused.
Apparently, this video was shot by a Chinese citizen who is aware of the call on Twitter for the protests. He went out to Wangfujing to protest against the protesters.
With Huntsman caught on video, a fizzed “Jasmine Revolution,” an government overthrowing tool Twitter, and an overzealous Western Media, they created a perfect toilet bowl to flush down whatever Hillary Clinton had to say few days ago about Internet “freedom.”
Indeed, “Epic fail!”
Of course, the Western Media is now very bitter about this whole affair, because it fizzled. Peter Foster at the UK Telegraph writes:
The Communist Party monopoly on power may have delivered rising prosperity, but living in China still requires a daily act of doublethink to make sense of the corruption and cronyism; the high-handed officialdom and the heavy-handed censorship; the rigged courts and the rubber-stamp parliament.
These, the party says, are the price that Chinese must pay for “economic growth” and “stability”, but the fact that the majority acquiesces to the system, doesn’t mean they don’t see that the system’s gaping limitations and aspire to something better – even if its not Western-style democracy..
As this blogger says, “No, the CCP DOESN’T say that. It’s a wholly unnecessary misrepresentation.” This is coming from someone who actually accepts the rest of the article. I don’t.
My view for people like Peter Foster is that they should try to brew a Jasmine Revolution of their own in their backyard. As I have said in the past, I think the Chinese people are in some ways lucky, because their government is strong enough to withstand these foreign meddlers. If China is much weaker today, I have no doubt she will become a playground for foreign “revolutionary” forces.
People like Peter Foster will continue to label the Chinese government “insecure.” Whatever. The lesson from 1989 is that when these type of things get out of hand, they become crisis. It is much better to nib them at the buds.
Below are couple of reader reactions at the UK Telegraph to Peter Foster’s article:
In another of his articles – to which no comments are permitted – Peter Foster writes as follows:
“anonymous overseas activists called for non-violent demonstrations ….The activists, signing themselves anonymously as “organizers of China’s Jasmine gatherings” urged people to shout, “We want food! We want work! We want housing! We want fairness!”.
Let’s be clear, therefore – this is not some indigenous popular movement inspired by local government corruption or contempt for the CCP – this is a populist mantra chanted by anonymous foreigners whose calls for food, work, housing and some nebulous concept of fairness are no more relevant to China than they are to the UK, sub-Saharan Africa, the suburbs of Rio, Detroit, a council estate in Dumfries or for that matter Imperial Rome.
Having travelled regularly to China on business for over ten years, I can honestly say that 99% of the Chinese population do not want a revolution! They want to make money, buy a house, a car and send their kids to university. The pains of foreign occupation, force-fed opium, the “great leap” famine, the cultural revolution are memories most Chinese will want to forget – and lessons to be learnt.
Whilst the system is by no means perfect, it does seem that the only ones wanting a Chinese revolution is the western media.