“I agree that loving the country is not equal to loving the government. But I think it would be even more correct to say that loving the country is not opposing the government. Is there anyone who opposes this point? It is common sense that the country is different from the government. The US government is not going to care more about China and the interests of the Chinese people than the Chinese government. Isn’t it plain common sense? Patriotism will always contain impurities. Even if it isn’t as pure as 24K, it’s still gold if it’s 18K. Otherwise how did the Chinese resist the Japanese so unanimously in those years? Patriotism doesn’t split according to political attitudes. Those of you that are against the system, don’t use patriotism as an excuse. OK?”
-Global Times editor Hu Xijin appealing to people on Weibo to stop using patriotism as a justification for criticising the government.