A Moment of Chinese Propaganda Failarity (Christian Science Monitor)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    The official Chinese media really have it in for US Ambassador Gary Locke. But now their angry attacks against him are backfiring.


    That setback does not appear to have chastened Beijing Daily, however, and today the paper put its foot in it again.

    Editors used the daily’s account on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, to post a snide request, responding to another post about Locke’s wealth.

    “Will Gary Locke please disclose his personal assets?” it asked.

    The question was, perhaps, conceived as a sideways commentary on the lively debate currently underway in China about the need for top officials here – often accused of corruption – to disclose their wealth.

    But of course, the editors simply revealed their ignorance. As scornful readers quickly informed them, Locke HAS disclosed his personal assets, just like every other member of the US government. (According to his 2010 declaration, he is worth between $1,356,025 and $7,615,999, which makes him the sixth richest person in the executive branch.)

    “Of course Gary Locke’s personal assets have been disclosed,” read one comment on the Beijing Daily post. “And what about the assets of those imperial officials [of ours]?



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