From Mia Farrow to François Bayrou to US Congressmen, every news or report about boycotting Beijing Olympics has provoked rounds of anger from China's netizens.
In a widely cross-posted blog post Boycotting Olympic: A farce doomed to failure, Wang Chong, a political commentor, grouped the boycotting Beijing Olympics advocators into three categories.
First, those who use Olympics to get their ends.
Wang Chong believed François Bayrou had his hidden agenda when he advocated boycotting Beijing Olympics. François Bayrou wanted to take advantage from this topic to campaign for votes.
Second, those right-wingers who are anti-China, such as Shintaro Ishihara from Japan.
Third, some NGO and Right-wing tabloid. For example, RFA and the Washington Times
Any words and deeds of boycotting the Beijing Olympics will have no market and will be doomed to failure.
In response to US Congress raps China over Darfur, blogger Yingzi wrote Darfur problem exposes the selfish American hegemony.
What is this all about? It's going too far. It's none of your American business.
…Despite the absurd remarks, it can reflect their inner secret.
It is because of China's rapid economic development. China's rise frightens them.
In this case, a civil war broke out in the Darfur region, it has made the Western oil companies withdraw, while Chinese companies have seized the opportunity to enter and import the oil. This makes the Americans feel bad and they are alarmed. Some Americans are resentful, so they must find an opportunity to vent their anger.
In fact, the main reason is that American's own interests are damaged, but China is able to benefit. The Americans are jealous. More importantly, Americans are afraid of a strong China. They worry that they will lose their leading position (in the world).
ShiShao believed that the US is playing a political game.
In recent years, China's influence in Africa has kept increasing. Previously, French-led Europe and the US are the main powers in Africa. But, now, the West consider China's presence in Africa has affected the interests of their countries. So they view China “in a new light.”
The United States and Europe think it is a zero-sum game. They believe if one party's interests are increasing, the other party's interests are bound to decrease. They think that China's increasing influence in Africa would be damaging to their interests, so they are crowding out the Chinese presence in Africa. In fact, it is time to stop thinking in this way.
…Western countries’ interests in Africa can still maintain and grow in this continually developing space. It needs China, the US and all the countries of the world to work together to eradicate poverty in Africa and to develop Africa, so that we can have a “win-win” situation. This is the correct choice.
John Zhou had a similar opinion. He wrote
My feeling is that some Western powers will use every opportunity to contain a rising China.
But there is a rare voice in this post's comment. An anonym commented,
The author has been brainwashed by the Chinese Communists Party. Once foreign countries are making troubles to China, the author consider that they are trying to contain the rise of China. But does the author know that the Darfur crisis has made tens of thousands of refugees and tens of thousands of deaths? Looks like the author needs stay in the refugee camp for a few days.
China provide the Sudanese government weaphons for its interests of oil. This has worsened the problem. This should be condemned.
“China provide the Sudanese government weaphons for its interests of oil.”
Well, like most American in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting or the Columbine school shooting would say: “It is not the gun manufacturers who are at fault, but the people who uses it”. So in this case, they should understand, it is not the weapons manufacturer that sells weapon to Sudan that is at fault but how the people who uses those weapons.
Two, years ago I attended a meeting of human rights groups and labor organizations in New York about how to organize campaigns around the Olympics in 2008. I remember the Chinese representatives were very clear about the danger of hurting feelings of national pride. What to do? Is any attempt to campaign for better conditions for workers that manufacture sports good etc bound to create a national lash back with tensions so high already?
This is one place they are following the issue (from a western perspective): http://www.playthegame.org/
Thanks for this post and the translations Jacky as it is very much appreciated. We who write prolifically about issues and news in and out of Africa have been keeping a very close eye on Beijing’s new love affair with African leaders and the business elite.
I have been waiting for such reactions from citizens of the PRC re: the increased international pressure to get Beijing to stop supporting the murderous regime of Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Sudan. I must admit that the words from the “anonymous” commenter was a bit of a surprise.
I featured your brief post in a detailed article I wrote and published today over at my blog and trust me it was not kind toward the Yuan-Yuan diplomacy of Beijing’s greed-driven invasion of the African continent in search of natural resources and corrupt, despotic African leaders. If you ask me, it seems that Beijing is “going for the gold” in Africa but in the end will end up with a bust.
I think China’s presence in Africa is a lot more civil than that of America’s in Iraq.
Thanks for translating this, Jacky – very important to see the reactions to this idea from Chinese bloggers. I think this post is a great example of the importance of translating blog posts for a wider audience…
Most China’s people believe that the Olympics is and should be a pure sports event. I think this is one important reason why China’s people question the intentions and dislike the idea of boycotting Beijing Olympics.
Playfair Alliance accused China used child labour in manufacturing Olympics products. The reactions of China’s netizens in this case are much more balanced.
To clarify, Mia Farrow has never called for a boycott of the olympics. To learn more abour Farrow’s campaign, please visit http://www.dreamfordarfur.org.
I’m sorry, but given the complete callousness with which so many Chinese people treat each other, I just don’t think most of them can work up much concern for some black people in Sudan. Most Chinese seem to view world affairs the same as they view their own society: everything has an ulterior motive, and just as somebody getting robbed on the street is “not my business” for most Chinese people, campaigns of mass murder and rape are, in the eyes of Chinese, not the concern of any but the parties involved.
I’m very happy to see the exception in the last comment, but unfortunatley, in my experience, when it comes to anything that puts China in any way at odds with other countries, the ratio of reasonable or balanced comments to pure garbage is even worse that the sampling here.
And Mahathir_fan, your comment is awfully glib. It’s far, far too late to play the “oh, how could I know that the weapons would end up in the hands of the janjaweed” card. China has been accused of breaking the UN arms embargo to continue to sell arms to Sudan; selling a legal gun to someone who ends up shooting someone with it is one thing, knowingly selling a gun under the table to a convicted killer is another.
I hope those organizers and promoters of boycotts will finally get to their head that majority Chinese will not support it, but I doubt they will stop. They have a “job” to do, so to speak, and their funding depends on how much noise they make.