While many foreign experts are still trying to figure out what “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” actually means, it appears that there’s at least one American who really gets it.
Surrounding China’s big 19th Party Congress last month, 21-year-old Dylan Austin Walker has been featured prominently on Chinese television and state media. Walker is a student at the Beijing Language and Culture University and a Communist Party USA member who loves China and its leaders, making him the perfect person to star in state propaganda.
On National Day, he appeared on a special TV show, “Sing It Out Loud for China” (唱响中华), which invited foreigners to praise China in song, with Walker belting out the Xi-centric classic “Chinese Dream, My Dream” (中国梦我的梦).
A few weeks later, he was the focus of a video published by the Global Times in which he talked about how reading the “Quotations from Chairman Mao” had changed his life. “If I hadn’t learned from the quotations, I wouldn’t have joined the Communist Party USA,” he told the state tabloid. “So Chairman Mao and the Communist Party of China have a special place in my heart.”
In yet another propaganda video released last week by China’s official Xinhua news agency, Walker can be found giving his fifty cents worth. In the video, foreigners are asked about their opinions on the Communist Party of China and its leader Xi Jinping.
“As a Communist Party USA member, from that point of view, I think the majority of the (CPC) members truly have this faith of Communism and Marxism. They serve the people whole-heartedly,” he said when asked what he thinks about Communist Party members.
“Right now today, he’s one of my favorite leaders. I think in the whole world, he is the strongest leader we have right now,” he said about Xi.
“The CPC took on a big role amongst the world of communist parties. Kind of like a teacher and like a guide for us. We have to follow her, follow the CPC, and try to learn from her,” he said about the CPC
In Global Voices, Oiwan Lam writes that all this exposure has turned Walker into a star on Chinese social media. However, while he may receive mostly praise from within in China, he’s being called a “foreign 50-center” and worse on Twitter.
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