‘Chinese netizens react to X’ is a well-worn trope of debatable value used by China reporters looking to write some easy filler posts, sometimes in a blatantly, almost offensively self-aware manner.
The official boilerplate reaction from CPC Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei:
As chairman Hu Jintao said, over the last four years, China-US relations achieved great progress through efforts on both sides.
China is willing to work with the United States, focus on the future, and make more efforts to push forward China-US co-operation, to attain better development and to benefit the people of the two nations as well as the world’s population at large.
Hu Jia, AIDS and democracy activist, on Twitter:
— Hu Jia 胡佳 (@hu_jia) November 7, 2012
“As a Chinese person I am indeed celebrating the US Presidential Election. Do not be concerned about who is running for office or their philosophy. Pay more attention to how the democratic process works. The electoral process in every democratic country should be witnessed and studied by those on the Chinese mainland. Because we want to achieve these in our own country.”
ChinaSMACK does a typically excellent job of rounding up awful/offensive/hilarious Weibo comments:
尼安孜：Have to look at the same face, for another four years.
每一次看看：Good news. America is doomed!
小格格同学：Yeah! Tuition won’t increase anymore!
90后张发旭：How come China doesn’t have this kind of hair-raising election?????
gmail被封：Congratulations Obama, that stupid cunt who said he wants to label China a currency manipulator deserves it.
杨璟陈璘：Win or not has nothing to do with China, they will all be against China, containing our development.
高中这三年：Should I be crying, or crying, or crying, or crying, or crying?
Tea Leaf Nation, where China is serious business, collected a more high-brow set of Weibo reactions:
黑tian长政: Obama is re-elected, why do I feel happy too? But I don’t feel that about the 18th Party Congress…
李承鹏: Every time I see someone say ‘swing state,’ it’s a disgrace. How can there not be unity about something that important in a great country? We have ‘firm support, eternal following, absolute loyalty’ in every province, city and administrative region. Yesterday, I saw these representatives on China Central Television, and their expression told me, they won’t ‘swing,’ they will pass [measures] unanimously without blinking.
金仑V5: Obama re-elected! A difficult first term — was not spetacular but quite stable. Did not put pedal to the metal, but kept it under control. Seems like the majority of Americans still approve of the ‘People’s President’.
Quartz found one nostalgic Hilary supporter on Twitter (Clinton/Booker 2016 y’all):
@liushui1989: I always feel it is such a shame Hillary Clinton was not elected four years ago. She has been much more outspoken on human rights in China than Obama.