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An American in China

Peaceful Rise of China- Oops Thats a Miliatary Show

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 12, 2010

I took this picture of a show that frequently airs on one of the uncle chicom (chinese communist party) stations. This guy is dressed up in military attire, and seems like a decent bloke. The problem is that, as you can see, he’s talking about weapons, the military and such. If one could ignore his “Rambo-esque” gear, and the pictures in the background of tanks or missiles, as in this case, then one might consider him to be just another communist party commentator.
The truly odd thing of this show is the fact that to me, a person ignorant of Chinese, is that it seems to be very very very nationalistic. From what i gather, the host is frequently talking about China’s weapons capabilities and I also here a lot about the United States of America and Ta.iwan.
Its interesting to hear China go on about her peaceful rise and harmony, and then turn on the chicom channels and at any one time see shows like this or many others, that seem to stoke nationalistic zeal by bemoaning the Japanese attacks and occupation of China, or by showing China’s latest military gear. In the end, one has to wonder just how peacefully these people want to rise.

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