Sunday, April 13, 2008

China's Official Media Blasts Pelosi, But Skips 1989

China's official media People's Daily carried a very strongly worded article today, criticizing Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House. It started with the speculation that, if a poll were conducted in China for the least likable characters, Pelosi would be among the top few. Because she "had mixed truth and falsehood and reversed black and white on the Tibet issue; she had held up a double-standard and repeatedly interfered with China's internal affairs; and she had continuously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged the Sino-US relation."

The article listed many of Pelosi's past "sins" regarding China, including her decade-long opposition to China's "Most Favored Nation" status, her criticism on the US government's sold stance on China's human rights issues.

The article also mentioned the fact that Pelosi had once unfurled a banner in Tiananmen Square with two other members of House Representatives in 1998. However, it failed to mention what was written in the banner and what the purpose was. Pelosi's banner read "To those who died for democracy in China", a clear reference to those who had perished during the Tiananmen Massacre. The article simply called it "an ugly anti-China act".

More importantly, the article neglected to mention any of the actions Pelosi taken in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, while a new comer to the political scene, including the Chinese Stduent Protection Act.

The flamboyant article concluded that, should Pelosi not change her ways, she would forever be a persona non-grata in China.

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