Hu Xijin: The Deep End

Global Times Chief Editor Hu Xijin has attracted colorful commentary to his Weibo account since he first said hello in March 2011. On March 22 he posted a preview of his editorial on a changing, rising China:

China’s reform and China’s rise have simultaneously been plunged into the deep end. These are two separate zones, not just one. They both are impacting the future of the Chinese people. We cannot attend to just one; both must be taken into account. China is groping for stones in the midst of the great river of human history. China was pushed into this river. There is no escape route from reform, nor is there an escape route from ascendance. The only way out is to move towards the other shore.

“Retweeted” 577 times and left with 487 comments as of May 14 (a few retweets have since disappeared), Hu’s post has its supporters and detractors. But as often happens on his Weibo, the detractors here are more vocal. Deng Bolun has translated select comments. Read the original post and all of the comments on Weibo.

PinchHim: What does “rise” mean? Is it the ability to face off with the U.S. military? Based on this standard, the 200-some small- and medium-sized countries never have and will never rise. They’ll never cross the river, will they? China’s rise won’t be marked by a military rise, but the rise of human rights. If there is no rise of human rights, China won’t withstand a single blow in a military face-off.
把掐他:“崛起”是什么意思? 有能力与美国军事对峙才叫崛起?按照这个标准,世界上二百多个中小国家,从来没有,也不可能崛起,它们是不是永远过不了河了?中国的崛起,标志不是军事崛起,而是人权的崛起。没有人权的崛起,中国在任何军事对抗中都将是不堪一击的。

FutureOfFutureOfFreedom: The officials aren’t even willing to publicly announce their personal wealth. What’s the use of reform!
自由未来的未来:官员连个人财产都不敢公布,改革有嘛用!

SillyLittleWeasel: Groan. Editor Hu wants to outline an even scarier future for those of us who can’t afford to see a doctor or buy a house. He tells us, “You’re all very happy now.”
傻瓜阿狸:哼哼,胡编想给看不起病,买不起房的我们勾画一个更可怕的未来。告诉我们,你们现在很幸福。

DesertPoplarHy: What is the opposite shore like? Like North Korea or Taiwan?
沙漠胡杨hy:对岸是什么样的。是朝鲜还是台湾?

SunJianguoOk: Where is the opposite shore? What’s there? Does it have the human rights, freedom and constitutional democracy that other earthlings enjoy? Solid policy comes from deliberation; a country’s nature and fundamental structure are very important. Ours needs to be reconstructed. A foundation must be lain for long-term development. The one-party system is definitely not going to work. Peaceful, rational and good-intentioned competition must be allowed! Oppose civil war, palace coups, brutal in-fighting and disgusting internal conflict! China will go toward a civilized rebirth! With freedom lighting the way!
孙 建国ok:对岸在哪儿?对岸有什么?有地球人都有的人权,自由,宪政民主吗?具体的政策出于商讨,国家的性质与基本架构很重要,需要建立重构,以为未来长 远发展奠定基础。一党制肯定不行了,要允许和平理性善意的竞争!反对内战,宫廷政变,残酷内斗,恶性内讧!中国走向文明新生!自由照亮前路!

JiaoChengJun: I completely disagree with the notion that Chinese reform has gone into the “deep end.” The concept is vague, it confuses everyone. Just say it. Should China Westernize? Should it have a separation of powers? Should multiple parties rotate through power? Why are you so talkative?! You should just ask the people.
焦成君:非常不同意中国改革进入到什么‘深水区’的提法。概念模糊、让百姓糊涂。就直说吧,中国要不要全面西化、要不要三权分立、要不要多党轮替不就完了吗还啰嗦个啥!下面就该问问百姓吧。

UnmatchedHunger: Mr. Hu’s ass-kissing garbage talk. Two deep ends? Reform and rise don’t happen simultaneously? So-called logic and complexity are just fig leaves to coverall you  lackeys! Grope your mom’s stones and cross the river, there’s obviously a bridge!
盖世太饿:胡氏舔菊废话体。两个深水区?改革和崛起没有交集?所谓理性、复杂都你们这些狗奴才的遮羞布!摸你妈的石头过河,桥明明就在那!

MaoMaoLovesFreedom2010: The masses crossed the river long ago. It’s just you and your master that still pretend to be holding on to the river stones as a matter of life and death!
毛毛爱自由2010:人民群众早就过河了,就你和你主子还假装摸着石头死活不放手呢!

YuZhengzhi: The only way out is for the Chinese Communist Party to pocket its pride and stop making empty calls for “serving the people.” Instead it should accept accountability to the people by realizing competitive elections for People’s Congress representatives, then gradually establishing a civil society of freedom, democracy and rule of law.
余正之:唯一的出路就是中国共产党放下架子,不是空喊“为人民服务”这样的假话,而是接受人民的监督,先推进实现人大代表公开全民竞争选举,逐步建立自由、民主、法治的公民社会。

DukeOfHarmony: Sh*t, ten years into reform we were told we’re in the river, 20 years later we were told we’re still in the river, and 30 years on we’re still told we’re in the river. It’s getting deeper and deeper! If we keep going, won’t the entire population be “reformed” into the sea? How come we never make it to shore?
大公大同:靠,10年了告诉我们在河里,20年了告诉我们还在河里,30年了告诉我们仍然在河里,还越来越深!继续下去,是不是把全国人民“改革”进大海里啊?怎么老是上不了岸?

GraceLHY: Editor Hu’s style is my favorite. Every character is a Chinese character. Each sentence is disconnected from the next. He wrote 140 characters but said absolutely nothing. None of it resembles the Chinese language~
雍容LHY:胡总这种风格我最喜欢了,每个字都是汉字,每一句都和另一句没关系,写了140字还是啥都没说,全不像汉语~

Pekinggdq: The problem is you’ll never reach the other shore.
pekinggdq:问题是你永远到不了对岸.