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[[File:Old friend.jpg|200px|thumb|left|''Mourning an [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/10/cartoon-qaddafis-last-words/ old friend]: photoshopped image from the time of Mao’s death.'']]In official parlance, these are world leaders who have visited China and shown their support for the country. The “friends” most discussed by netizens include the late Libyan leader [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/qaddafi/ Muammar Qaddafi], former Iraqi president [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], and Syria’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad Bashar al-Assad]. In the early days of the People’s Republic of China, the honorary description was first bestowed on [http://www.fangkc.com/2011/03/who-are-old-friends-of-the-chinese-people/ Canadian James G. Endicott] in 1956, for his support of the revolution. Early on, “old friends of the Chinese people” were ideological supporters, but as China’s foreign policy has become more pragmatic and economics-driven, the phrase has been used to describe trade partners and leaders of international organizations.
 
[[File:Old friend.jpg|200px|thumb|left|''Mourning an [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/10/cartoon-qaddafis-last-words/ old friend]: photoshopped image from the time of Mao’s death.'']]In official parlance, these are world leaders who have visited China and shown their support for the country. The “friends” most discussed by netizens include the late Libyan leader [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/qaddafi/ Muammar Qaddafi], former Iraqi president [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], and Syria’s [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad Bashar al-Assad]. In the early days of the People’s Republic of China, the honorary description was first bestowed on [http://www.fangkc.com/2011/03/who-are-old-friends-of-the-chinese-people/ Canadian James G. Endicott] in 1956, for his support of the revolution. Early on, “old friends of the Chinese people” were ideological supporters, but as China’s foreign policy has become more pragmatic and economics-driven, the phrase has been used to describe trade partners and leaders of international organizations.
  
The description of late Cambodian ex-king [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norodom_Sihanouk Norodom Sihanouk] as an old friend of the Chinese people in state-run media provoked netizen ire, as [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/10/beijing-flags-at-half-staff-for-cambodian-king/ many felt he did not deserve the outpouring of official condolences]. The main point of their concern was that the government lowered flags to half-mast for the foreign political figure, while failing to make any similar demonstrations of sympathy for the many Chinese who had died in natural disasters and accidents during that time period.
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The description of late Cambodian ex-king [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norodom_Sihanouk Norodom Sihanouk] as an old friend of the Chinese people in state-run media provoked netizen ire, as [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/10/beijing-flags-at-half-staff-for-cambodian-king/ many felt he did not deserve the outpouring of official condolences]. The main point of their concern was that the government lowered flags to half-mast for him, while failing to make any similar demonstrations of sympathy for the many Chinese who had died in natural disasters and accidents during that time period.
  
 
Despite the phrase “old friend of the Chinese people” being most commonly used to describe dictators, Xi Jinping [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/04/xi-jinping-huntsman-an-old-friend-of-the-chinese-people/ previously used the phrase to describe the departing U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman].
 
Despite the phrase “old friend of the Chinese people” being most commonly used to describe dictators, Xi Jinping [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/04/xi-jinping-huntsman-an-old-friend-of-the-chinese-people/ previously used the phrase to describe the departing U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman].

Revision as of 21:14, 27 June 2013

中国人民的老朋友 (Zhōngguó rénmín de lǎo péngyou): old friends of the Chinese people

Mourning an old friend: photoshopped image from the time of Mao’s death.

In official parlance, these are world leaders who have visited China and shown their support for the country. The “friends” most discussed by netizens include the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, former Iraqi president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. In the early days of the People’s Republic of China, the honorary description was first bestowed on Canadian James G. Endicott in 1956, for his support of the revolution. Early on, “old friends of the Chinese people” were ideological supporters, but as China’s foreign policy has become more pragmatic and economics-driven, the phrase has been used to describe trade partners and leaders of international organizations.

The description of late Cambodian ex-king Norodom Sihanouk as an old friend of the Chinese people in state-run media provoked netizen ire, as many felt he did not deserve the outpouring of official condolences. The main point of their concern was that the government lowered flags to half-mast for him, while failing to make any similar demonstrations of sympathy for the many Chinese who had died in natural disasters and accidents during that time period.

Despite the phrase “old friend of the Chinese people” being most commonly used to describe dictators, Xi Jinping previously used the phrase to describe the departing U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

China also occasionally describes its relations with other countries in terms of friendships, referring to Pakistan as an “all-weather friend.”