Old friends of the Chinese people
From China Digital Space
中国人民的老朋友 (Zhōngguó rénmín de lǎo péngyou): old friends of the Chinese people
In official parlance, these are world leaders who have visited China and shown their support for the country. Netizens pay attention to a particular type of “old friend”--friends like Muammar Qaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Bashar al-Assad.