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好五倍 (hǎo wǔ bèi): a good five times better than

This comes from a statement made by Sha Zukang when he was the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva. At that time he claimed:

I have openly remarked that the human rights situation in China today is better than that in the United States. The population of China is five times larger than the population of the United States. If you look at it just in terms of comparing the populations, one would expect China’s problems to be at least five times greater than those of the US in order for our human rights situations to be the same. But the reality is that our human rights situation is better than that of the US—this shows that China’s human rights situation is a good five times better than that of the US…..America has highly politicized the concept of human rights to serve the nation’s political aims. They have used human rights issues as a tool; this way of doing things goes against the will of the people.


After this statement, netizens latched onto the phrase “a good five times better than” and used it to parody the fuzzy logic of Sha’s comments.

Sha: "China's human rights are the best."