Recently, it’s all been about the Wikileaks hullabaloo and cable gate keeps on getting bigger and bigger, what with..
- The US still trying to recover after it’s less than nice comments about China was revealed. Documents show how exasperated America is with “muscle-flexing” and “difficult” Chinese politicians. One cable describes China as a country who is “losing friends worldwide” and that “stomp[s] around and carry a small stick.”
- But on a brighter note, the US kept up the pressure to release Liu Xiaobo. Ambassador Huntsman wrote a letter requesting his release but got rudely told not to use human rights as an issue to meddle in Chinese affairs
- Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd previously urged Hilary Clinton to be forceful with China saying “prepared to deploy force if everything goes wrong.”
- China blocked a UN move to sanction anti-India terrorist group JuD at Pakistan’s request.
- Kenya would rather not have the US and China get along because China plays a convenient counterbalance to American and European power in the region and the competition China creates gives African countries more leverage.
And while there are many strange stories floating around out there (like the one that China is pursuing
teleportation), we’ve also gotten a peek at the movie tastes of the man who is to succeed as China’s next president.
So what does the man next in line to Hu like in his movies anyhow? Well, he liked Jia Zhang Ke’s I Wish I Knew documentary that played at the Expo as well as The Departed. He gave two thumbs up to Saving Private Ryan and particularly enjoys Hollywood movies about World War II, which is all swell until you hear Xi’s reasons for liking them. The leak has Xi saying, “Hollywood movies are grand and truthful. Americans have a clear outlook on values and clearly demarcate between good and evil. In American movies, good usually prevails.”
Oh okay, because in real life, the forces of good always triumph over evil. Sounds like Xi needs to stick to watching the Disney channel. But wait, there’s more.
“Americans say what they should [emphasis Shanghaiist] say…In contrast, Curse of the Golden Flower, a recently popular Chinese movie directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li (she of Miami Vice movie stardom) had been confusing to Xi. Some Chinese moviemakers neglect values they should promote.”
We forgot about how the Chinese government likes to blot out all the “confusing” things in cinema for it’s people. It’s not everyday that you see the US acting so openly like China–busying itself with the censoring of it’s state secrets–or that you see a top Chinese leader praising American film sensibilities but there you have it.