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[[影帝]] (yǐngdì): movie star
  
The label “movie star” is often applied to Wen Jiabao, China's premier. It is also in the Chinese title (中国影帝温家宝) of a book written about Premier Wen. (The English title is, China's Best Actor: Wen Jiabao.) The author of the book, Yu Jie, has been threatened with a long prison sentence by the Domestic Security Department if he goes ahead with his plans to publish the book (see here ([http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/07/police-detain-china-writer-over-upcoming-book/ English]) and here ([http://gb.udn.com/gb/udn.com/NEWS/MAINLAND/BREAKINGNEWS4/5707428.shtml Chinese])).
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[[File:wen.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Wen Jiabao wins for “best actor.”'']]Nickname for former prime minister Wen Jiabao, with a nod to his many “performances” in photo opportunities with ordinary people, especially at disaster zones. His charisma and expressions of concern for the downtrodden made Wen extremely popular. However, critics perceived his words and actions as disingenuous, designed to conceal the repressive nature of the Party.
  
Because of his charisma and expressions of concern for the downtrodden, Wen Jiabao is by the far the most popular leader in China. However, critics have given him the nickname of “movie star” because they perceive his words and actions as being disingenuous and serving to conceal the repressive nature of the Party.
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In 2010, democracy activist [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/yu-jie Yu Jie] published the book ''China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao'' ([https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%BD%B1%E5%B8%9D%E6%B8%A9%E5%AE%B6%E5%AE%9D 中国影帝温家宝]), literally ''China’s Movie Star: Wen Jiabao''. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/07/police-detain-china-writer-over-upcoming-book/ Yu was detained in Hong Kong before publication.] He fled to the U.S. in January 2012 under threat of being “[[buried alive]].
  
[[File:wen.jpg|400px|thumb|left|Wen Jiabao portrayed holding an award for "best actor."]]
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After the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/2013-sichuan-earthquake/ April 2013 Sichuan earthquake], Wen’s successor, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/04/sensitive-words-sichuan-earthquake-xi-jinping/ Li Keqiang], was photographed eating instant noodles in a tent and viewing the damage with local officials. Now he is China’s “movie star.”
  
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See also [[I’m late]].
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Revision as of 19:43, 2 February 2021

影帝 (yǐngdì): movie star

Wen Jiabao wins for “best actor.”

Nickname for former prime minister Wen Jiabao, with a nod to his many “performances” in photo opportunities with ordinary people, especially at disaster zones. His charisma and expressions of concern for the downtrodden made Wen extremely popular. However, critics perceived his words and actions as disingenuous, designed to conceal the repressive nature of the Party.

In 2010, democracy activist Yu Jie published the book China’s Best Actor: Wen Jiabao (中国影帝温家宝), literally China’s Movie Star: Wen Jiabao. Yu was detained in Hong Kong before publication. He fled to the U.S. in January 2012 under threat of being “buried alive.”

After the April 2013 Sichuan earthquake, Wen’s successor, Li Keqiang, was photographed eating instant noodles in a tent and viewing the damage with local officials. Now he is China’s “movie star.”

See also I’m late.

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