Anyone who spends a lot of time researching China news (i.e. us) has probably noticed: editors love using the China as dragon metaphor. Heck, just a cursory search for one publication’s (The Economist) editorial cartoons immediately brought up three dragons. India gets the treatment too, often being represented as an Elephant or a Tiger, depending on how dangerous they need to sound to Western audiences. Other stereotyped images: Pandas, rickshaw/junk boats and Mao Zedong. Foreign Policy has helpfully compiled a list of China/India cliches for our amusement (and hopefully for future news desks to avoid). But as they note on the last panel, Chinese are suckers for hackneyed imagery too.