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You know that neighbour who seemed really nice when you first moved in, but as time went by you realised that he had a bit of a drinking problem, and then it became clear that he was a violent drunk and beat his girlfriend? And you were left unsure of what to do, wishing that he was still the great guy that you remembered but unable to ignore the fact that he’d become an insane, violent dick.
Chinese leaders may still be mulling over how exactly to respond to their insane, violent dick of a neighbour’s latest provocation, but Chinese netizens are pretty clear about the need to cut him loose.
Weibo posts translated by ChinaSmack:
Those people who still think North Korea is our watch dog have IQs lower than dogs.
I wonder if our government will do anything specific in response or to sanction North Korea’s dictator, other than protesting. If nurturing a tiger is to invite a calamity, what about nurturing a mad dog?
The mainland has consistently pressed for Six-Party Talks to get precious time for the Kim family to research and develop nuclear weapons. The problem remains that no one has said anything good about the mainland. Even North Korea who benefited from such shows a despising face [towards China]. Is this spirit of selflessness and devotion [to North Korea] really great [worth it]?
There’s one thing I simply cannot figure out. Big Brother China gives rice, oil, money, guns, and gets beat up all day long wiping this Little Brother’s ass in the international community, yet North Korea chooses the China-North Korean border for its nuclear test, threatening the Chinese people in northeastern China. If Fatty Kim III is that tough and interested in showing off his military strength, screaming all day and night about destroying South Korea and catching Lee Myung-bak, why the fuck didn’t he test it at the 38th parallel?
Responses collected by Agence France-Presse:
“If you pursue an unjust long-term diplomatic policy, then people will dare to explode a stinkbomb at your door while you are on holiday,” said Yu Jianrong, a director at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
“You are inviting your own humiliation,” he added on Sina Weibo.
But an online commentator using the handle Wuyuesanren slammed the idea that North Korea’s nuclear programme boosted China’s security, likening Beijing’s policy to “keeping a crazy dog to guard the house”.
North Korea “simply doesn’t trust China and is not willing to be inhibited by China”, wrote Weibo user Zhuanshengben. “For China alone to emphasise China and North Korea’s so-called friendship, this is the ultimate stupidity.”
Another user called Long Can declared that “if America mobilises troops against North Korea, I will give its government my entire year’s salary”.
Meanwhile on Twitter – which is blocked in China – one of the country’s most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, called it and North Korea “the most despicable big rogue and ruthless little rogue”.
Hu Jia also telephoned the North Korean embassy in Beijing and told them: “I just want to say, I am Chinese citizen Hu Jia, and I want to express my opposition to your carrying out a nuclear test.”
The diplomat who answered Hu’s call said: “Are you out of your mind?”
Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times and Shanghaiist favourite,
wrote on his Weibo: “North Korea is going down a wrong road. Its people will pay for the nation’s mistakes. North Korea’s political power must be re-considered.”
Even Zhang Hungming, the Xi Jinping fan/stalker who had supposedly shut his blog down, came out of retirement to comment on the nuclear test:
Zhang Hongming’s blog appeared several hours after reports that Pyongyang had conducted a third nuclear test. He urged North Korea to pursue peace – saying: “An earth without nuclear weapons should be the ultimate goal of everybody.”