The China News Service has decided to run some hurtful, and frankly sloppy, attacks on Ambassador Locke.

“Gary Locke is a U.S.-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana — ‘yellow skin and white heart’ — became an advantage for Obama’s foreign policy,” opened the commentary, written by a person identified as Wang Ping…

“However,” the commentary continued, “after a while, a banana will inevitably start to rot.”


Then there was this nugget:

“When Gary Locke arrived, the skies in Beijing became hazy. When he left, the skies suddenly became blue.”

First, I’m not 100% sure that’s how pollution works.

But more importantly: What? That was China’s state run paper. I don’t know that much about his tenure. I followed it a bit closer than I might have otherwise since he was governor of Washington for 8 years. It seemed like he was mostly well liked and respected. Seems like some strange parting words.

It would be one thing if that was just someone freelancing. But I guess that’s the thing when the state tries to control the media, they have to own the things that get said.


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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Apparently they forgot he’s an American and expected him to be their subservient lackey.

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    Ekim spews:

    Blue skies in Beijing?

    China’s Smog Is So Bad They’re Now Calling It a ‘Nuclear Winter’

    On Wednesday morning in Beijing, we fitted our two boys with their minimasks and sent them off to school. Air pollution, according to the U.S.-embassy index, had hit a dangerous particulate concentration of 497. (The World Health Organization warns against daily exposure to PM 2.5 — fine particulates above 25.) At 500 on the Beijing scale — which the U.S. embassy has dryly dubbed “beyond index,” because who would think air pollution could climb so high? — school would be shuttered. Three index points were all that were keeping our kids in class.

    By the time our children, ages 6 and 4, were starting school, the U.S. air-quality index had hit 512. By 11:00 a.m., it had reached 537. The air is off-the-charts bad. The U.S. embassy cautions that at this level, “everyone may experience more serious health effects.” Even the Chinese government, whose own air-quality monitoring often records pollution at a lower intensity than the American embassy does, recommends that residents should wear masks and avoid outdoor activities.