Obamao visits China

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US President, Barak Obamao..er Obama is set to visit China – much to the excitement of legions of adoring Chinese fans. Commencing his ‘tour’ in Shanghai, he’s then set to spend several days talking with government leaders in Beijing.

A China based CNN reported named Emily Chang was detained for several hours for possessing a t-shirt with a graphical representation of Obama appearing as everyones favourite dictator, Chairman Mao. China is rife with this kind of stuff, where it’s not uncommon to see t-shirts sporting comic style representations of people such as Saddam Hussein, Stalin and Osama Bin Laden. Regardless, Chinese officials were worried that such a t-shirt might offend the ever popular President – but much to his credit, I somehow doubt it.

Obama is reputedly amazingly popular with the Chinese youth, who are both passionate and patriotic for their country. Obama represents taking affirmative action and the promotion of peace, things that are important to the younger generations of Chinese. In my opinion, having Obama as a role-model is not a bad thing at all. It will be interesting to see how China changes as this current generation grows up and eventually takes power.

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2 Responses to “Obamao visits China”

  1. euandus2 Says:

    That the Chinese government managed, or scripted, Barak Obama while not budging on the issues says something about the Chinese character that few outside of China realize. I’ve just posted on this at http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/china-stage-managing-barak-obama/, drawing on my visit to China.

  2. Marcus Says:

    Interesting comment. I read your own article and FYI it’s not possible to post comments on your site for some reason.

    I think it’s more that the Chinese are absolute sticklers for procedure, paperwork and doing things the way they believe it should be done. If there needs to be any deviation at all from that straight and narrow, they don’t have the ability to think on the fly and alter course.

    I have had so many instances with things such as – well as an example – the amount of paperwork and messing around needed to get an entry visa. You go to massive lengths to achieve this, and then when comes time to actually entering the country….no-one remotely cares. Hell we didnt even get x-rayed originally. I could have stepped off the plane leading an elephant and wouldnt have had issues entering. Yet if i didnt fill the paperwork in advance…forms for forms as they say…oh my god, hell to pay.

    Of course that also includes things such as downloading the correct form from the consulate website, taking it in filled out, only to find out that it is of course the wrong form and of course, nothing can be done because the correct form MUST be filled out. Tangent tangent but yeah.

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