hile China has previously drawn comparisons to a dragon, sleeping or otherwise, it is now attempting to portray itself as a still large but much more lovable creature.
At the start of a regular press briefing on Thursday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was posed a clearly pre-planned about two recent articles from Western media which argued that fears of China had grown too paranoid and unproductive — those articles being by Fareed Zakaria in Foreign Affairs and James Curran in the Australian Financial Review.
Hua responded that, in fact, she just did happen to see both articles before going on to complain that some Western media and politicians were “plagued by China phobia and paranoia,” wantonly slandering China without moral compass at every opportunity.
“We have not initiated wars, interfered in others’ internal affairs, occupied a single inch of other countries’ territory, or violated international rules and order,” Hua said. “We are open and aboveboard in our policies and actions. We are just living a better and better life through our own efforts.”
“When China’s sovereignty and security are threatened or infringed upon, we have shown greater ability and confidence to safeguard our legitimate rights and interests,” she confused. “When others throw dirt on us, we are now able to wipe off it more swiftly and effectively. We fight the necessary battles just to win the equality and dignity we deserve.”
Finally, to illustrate her point, Hua went to a metaphor: “China is big, but its size has nothing to do with threat. A giant panda is big, but is it more dangerous than a bald eagle? Even the Kung Fu Panda is always defending justice and being a good neighbor and friend.”
Appreciate #JamesCurran & @FareedZakaria vision & objectiveness. Big doesn't mean threat. Giant panda more dangerous than bald eagle? KungFu Panda adored by all. ONLY THERAPY for dangerous #Chinaphobia: Openness & Inclusiveness.https://t.co/iJ41tLWSZShttps://t.co/CyhCC2a9Gn pic.twitter.com/esgShCrUmj
— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) December 12, 2019
However, there are certainly some flaws in Hua’s comparisons. As we’ve documented time and again on this site, while giant pandas may generally be useless, lazy creatures with barely enough libido to stave off extinction, they will fuck you up.