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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday January 15 2015, @05:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the schadenfreude dept.

The religious and cultural tensions the West faces are "payback" for slavery and colonialism, a Chinese state-run newspaper said Tuesday in the wake of the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The editorial in the Global Times newspaper — which often takes a nationalistic tone — dismissed the weekend's huge marches in Paris and elsewhere as "painkillers" that cannot halt the intensifying "clash of civilizations".


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Phoenix666 on Thursday January 15 2015, @02:40PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Thursday January 15 2015, @02:40PM (#135126) Journal

    Everyone does propaganda, this is simply an example of China pushing theirs. See, if they can point the finger at the West for colonialism, then they can better draw attention away from the Han colonization of Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Tibet, and Yunnan. Most people outside China and East Asia don't know that, but Beijing is still in the process of assimilating large swathes of territory comprised by its national boundaries. And it's only since 1988 that Mandarin was the official language: most of the country speaks dialects of Chinese that are mutually unintelligible (that's why when you watch Chinese programs they're always subtitled in characters, so that Fukkienese, Cantonese, Shanghainese, etc speakers will understand). Then there's the whole North-South divide that has been more, or less, formal throughout the Middle Kingdom's history. And city vs. countryside, where 90% of Chinese still live.

    So to keep a lid on all that, Beijing uses the West, frequently the Japanese, and basically all the barbarians on the fringe (translation: all the rest of us) as an eternal enemy/threat, in much the same way that we use terrorism these days, Russia uses us, and Israel uses Iran and Hamas.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 16 2015, @03:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 16 2015, @03:35PM (#135388)

    90% live in the countryside?
    Tone it down a bit and more people may take you seriously...