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China and North Korea: Kim is like Chairman Mao?

Categories: East Asia, China, North Korea, South Korea, Governance, International Relations, Politics, War & Conflict

On 4 July, the United States’ National Day, North Korea has launched seven missiles tests again and some of them were medium-range rockets that pose threat to Japan and South Korea. While Kim Jong Il has been portrayed as a crazy and authoritarian figure, Chinese netizens are eager to compare him with Chairman Mao.

An article titled “Kim Jong Il is just like Chairman Mao!” received a lot of attention in the Qiangguo Forum [1], a website run by state-owned the People’s Daily. In the article, chibilanting associates Kim Jong Il with Chairman Mao when dealing with military threats. As chibilanting [2]argues,

我们看看毛主席的时代。新中国刚一解放,美国就联合诸国侵略朝鲜。我们保家卫国,支援朝鲜,我们打了过去,美国还是在自己没有胜利的协议书上签了字。印度占我领土,我们打了过去,剑指新德里。苏联占我珍宝岛,我们打了过去,珍宝岛还在我们手中。

Let's examine Mao's era: the United States joined force with other countries to invade North Korea soon after China has been liberalized. We defended our country and supported North Korea. We survived through the war and the U.S was forced to sign the peace agreement without victory. India occupied our territories, we targeted at New Delhi and survived through the war. The Soviet Union invaded our Zhenbao Island, we fought and now Zhenbao Island is in our hands.

朝鲜射出了卫星,美日韩没敢拦截,成了这一世纪的笑柄!紧接着,朝鲜又进行了核试验。联合国出了个什么几号决议,朝鲜的立场更加强硬。自称可以根据联合国决议可以检查朝鲜“江南号”货船的美国,动用了第七舰队,可是最后还是没敢拦截检查!朝鲜人在挨饿!这也许是真的。但是,金正日没输给奥巴马、李明博、麻生!正像中国的毛主席,没有输给世界一样!金正日就像毛主席!

When North Korea launched the satellite, USA, Japan and South Korea dare not intercept. It is such a joke! North Korea then launched a series of nuclear tests and the United Nations proposed several resolutions, but North Korean became ever stronger in its stand. The United States claimed that they could check upon North Korea's Cargos under the United Nations’ resolution, eventually its Seventh Fleet did not make any interception. North Koreans might be starving, but Kim Jong Il did not lose to Obama, Lee Myung-bak and Aso. Just like China’s Chair Mao, who did not lose to the world! Kim Jong Il is like Chairman Mao!

A lot of comments followed, 221.205.34 [3]said,

金正日只不过是毛主席的一名学生罢了!!!

Kim Jong Il is only one of the Chair Mao’s students!!!

Another netizen, Caiyunchangzai also agreed,

金正正在学习毛泽东精神,正在学习和运用毛泽东思想!

Kim is learning Mao’s spirit and his beliefs!

Gaoshanmei [2]said,

不要说,金正日的硬骨头的确像毛主席!我们如果有这样像毛主席的领导,人民会感到多么幸福啊!

Needless to say, Kim’s bones are as strong as Mao’s. If our leaders resembled Mao, people will be very fortunate!

222.50.82 [3] also said,

和老毛不是一个级别的,不过骨气倒不错,至少比我们的政府强

He (Kim) cannot compete with old Mao, but his bones (characters) are stronger than our government.

Another Chinese blogger, Enjoy Drawing, [4]also compares Kim with Mao in his comment on Kim's portrait,

当年毛主席说:“枪杆子里面出政权!”现在时代进步了,应该说:“核导弹可以保政权!”

Chairman Mao has once said, “regime vests in gun”. Now the world has advanced and it should become “regime vests in nuclear bomb!”

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The blogger explains why Kim was portrayed in an upright position:

他也很明白,他和萨达姆不一样,萨达姆在中东是孤家寡人,孤军奋战。而朝鲜身后—站着一个比上世纪抗美援朝时更加强大的中国!

He understands that he is different from Saddam Hussein, Saddam was alone fighting. While behind North Korea, stands a strong China, which is much stronger than the time when it fought against the United State during the Korea War in the last century.