General Zhang’s Kiss of Death

Zhang Zhaozhong, a major general in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), is known for bringing doom by showering praise. Frequenting talk shows, he predicted successful futures for both and Muammar .

Netizens don’t have to work very hard to subvert Zhang. Oftentimes, Zhang does it himself. user @IdleDairy (休闲日志) recently shared a screenshot of the major general on a CCTV talk show saying “China’s political situation is stable”:

Even an image from CCTV can get a Weibo user into trouble, however. A number of IdleDiary’s posts have been removed by the user, possibly after receiving warnings from . One such missing post is labelled with the warning “A Weibo user reported this post as false. Please do not believe rumors.” The Zhang screenshot is gone, too.

A snarky prediction for China’s political future also appeared on an unverified (and probably joke) Weibo account:

GeneralZhangZhaozhong: Okay, since so many followers will ask, I’d say give it about three years. // GeneralZhangZhaozhong: The Chinese Communist Party will definitely not collapse!

张绍忠将军:好吧,我豁出去了,应广大粉丝要求,给个时间,三年之内 // 张绍忠将军:中国共产党绝不会垮!

This post has disappeared, but GeneralZhangZhaozhong’s guesses at Euro 2012 soccer match outcomes remain.