【国际钝评】彭斯1发言，国际军事消息。 When President Trumpspoke, the whole world laughed; when Pence spoke, Chinese netizenslaughed, said a Chinese netizen. But now the jokes are over, andit's time for China to get back to the serious work of addressingthe problems the country still has to solve along its path towardsdevelopment. Because, regardless of Pence's barrage of criticism,China will continue to move forward, to build partnerships withcountries around the world, and to play its part as a responsiblemember of the community of nations – and not be the butt of a jokefor the world.
Another netizen pointedout that Pence has always been seen to play a more neutral andmoderate role in the Trump administration. This is why the manysmears in his speech left many people in China feelingdisappointed. In early September, The New York Times published anarticle by an anonymous senior official of the White House called"I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration",which complained about President Trump's "amorality" and "recklessdecisions". The American media was rife with speculation aboutPence's role in its publication, which is why some observers inChina see Pence's fiery speech as some sort of misguided show ofloyalty to President Trump. Chinese people have always believedthat it is important to set your own house in order before youcriticize someone else, but this is not, it seems, a sentimentshared by the American Vice President.
Just last month,President Donald Trump bragged about his achievements and promotedhis policy of "America First" at the United Nations. It triggered aburst of laughter from the participants at the General Assembly.We've become the laughing stock of the world, said many Americanmedia commentators.
But the biggest laughthat netizens got from Vice President Pence's speech, which alsosparked the ridicule of many American netizens, was his accusationthat "China wants a different American President." Many Americanson Twitter started replying "So do we!" And as some Chinesenetizens noted, isn't interfering in the domestic politics ofanother country a longstanding habit of the United States? And somewere quick to point to the tight race the Republicans are facing innext month's mid-term elections, which is why Pence fell back onthe old trick of using China as a scapegoat for America's domesticproblems.
Pence also said, "At theUniversity of Maryland, a Chinese student recently spoke at hergraduation of what she called the ‘fresh air of free speech’ inAmerica. The Communist Party's official news*** swiftly chastisedher. She became the victim of a firestorm of criticism on China'stightly-controlled social media, and her family back home washarassed." This observation led to more ridicule from Chinesenetizens, as Pence grossly mischaracterized why she came in forsuch harsh criticism in China. Many Chinese netizens attacked herwords because her decision to launch a broad-brush attack on Chinawas little more than an insincere attempt to please her Americanhosts and her audience. As a Chinese netizen said, "Mr. Pencedoesn't know today's China and the Chinese people. No wonder hisremarks were not to the point and opened him up toridicule."
The Vice President alsosaid, "We rebuilt China over the last 25 years." Twenty-five yearsago China was at a crossroad, deciding on its path to development.It was then that China's leader Deng Xiaoping said, "Let whoeveropposes reform go to sleep." He said this during his history-***Southern Tour, which gave a massive boost to the country's policyof Reform and Opening up. It was at this moment that China steppedup the pace of its move towards becoming a market economy. At thesame time, the United States was busy celebrating thedisintegration of the Soviet Union, and warning that China would bethe next big global threat. In 1992, China's GDP was 2.72 trillionyuan; by the end of 2017 it was 82.71 trillion yuan. This was, assome Chinese netizens said, the result of hard work by the Chinesepeople, and not some gift from the United States.
"It is remarkable tothink that only five years after our nations had fought together,we fought each other in the mountains and valleys of the KoreanPeninsula. My own father saw combat on that frontier of freedom,"he said. Some Chinese netizens were quick to point out that theUnited States military smashed and burned its way up towardsChina's doorstep. In order to defend their country's sovereigntyand territory, the Chinese People's Volunteers "crossed the YaluRiver valiantly and spiritedly", as says a classic army marchingsong.
In his speech, Penceunleashed a verbal attack on the greater part of China's historyover the past one hundred years. Some young netizens who paidattention to the speech decided to brush up on their history, andfound that Pence's view of events was often laughable.
During the National Dayholiday in China last week, United States Vice President Mike Pencedelivered a speech in which he boasted about the strength of theUnited States, and criticized China's development ambitions. Thespeech was translated into Chinese and published by the U.S.Embassy in China on their official WeChat account, enabling it tobe readily ridiculed by Chinese netizens.
Note: The following is anedited translation of a commentary from the Chinese-language"Commentaries on International Affairs."
United States VicePresident Mike Pence. [File photo: VCG]
Mike Pence's speech arouses laughter on China's socialmediaPublished: 2018⑴0⑴022:08:53
------Mike Pence'sspeech arouses laughter on China's social media