On May 25, the official Weibo account of the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong published its “Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily.” The humorous and sarcastic tone of the comments caused large scale re-posting and commenting. One sentence that particularly garnered attention– “Why do you always delete me?”–earned the consulate the nickname “American Imperialist Acting Cute.” Soon after, the official Weibo account of the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai joined the cuteness brigade:
@USConsulateShanghai: Yeah, One World, One Dream! //@usainhkmacau: Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily #1: “Developing democracy and guaranteeing human rights have always been the goals and values of Chinese Communist Party members.” (Huh! All this bickering and our goals are democracy and human rights. There’s no conflict!)
@usainhkmacau: Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily #2: “We should actively participate in and promote democracy and human rights through political dialogue. Because of each individual country’s different social structure, level of development and traditions, we understand the concepts of democracy and human rights differently. This is totally normal. The key is to seek common ground in spite of the differences.” (Then why do you always delete me?)
@usainhkmacau: Thoughts on Reading the U.S. Human Rights Report in the Style of the People’s Daily #3: “Democracy and human rights have long been pursued by all people. They are important qualities and signs by which the development of human civilization is measured.” (Then what are we fighting over? We are all on the same page!)
Below is a selection of netizen comments on the consulate’s thoughts. Read more from CDT Chinese here. Translation by Little Bluegill.
Ambiguous_Yu: To be deleted you means you are in their hearts.
piggyogre_Jr: I strongly condemn the American imperialist attempt to interfere in my country’s domestic affairs by acting cute.
DuduCola: Don’t you know how to punctuate? Political dialogue means you can’t speak unless your politics are correct [“dialogue” (duìhuà 对话) becomes “correct, speak” (duì, huà 对, 话)]. If your politics are not right to begin with, of course your comments will be deleted.
EscapeFish: I’d like the consulate in Hong Kong to add it up. How many of your posts have been harmonized in all?
BorntoBirth: A little deletion is good for your health.
PeopleWantJustice: Deleting Weibo posts is something a temporary worker would do. What has this to do with the glorious Party and government? …Anti-revolutionary rumor-mongering! Delete!
PasForty: …Let’s just go ahead and delete this post as well…
IAmLongSpear: The People’s Daily Online has said, “That was deleted by Sina, it has nothing to do with us.”
OldTiansField: If the consulate’s posts are fanned [bèi shān (被搧) homonym for “deleted” (被删)], all it can do is act cute…
HuZhimingviking: Constant struggle without breakthrough is a long-held tradition of the Chinese Communist Party.
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