Saturday, February 26, 2011

What is US envoy doing in China's aborted revolution?

The clipped YouTube video shows US ambassador to China Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. in the crowd of the foiled pro-democracy demonstration in front of McDonald's at Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing last weekend.
The envoy's controversial appearance in public demonstrations raised suspicions that Washington is implicitly interfering with Beijing's internal affairs, adding to the fact the former has recently been warned by the latter for initiating online discussions over microblogging sites that incited issues such as Internet freedom, a sensitive issue in China.
In the video, a man recognized the presidential hopeful Huntsman in the crowd, sporting dark eyewear and black jacket with the US flag patch on the left arm.
The man said to Huntsman, "Hey Mr. Ambassador, what are you doing here?"
Hunstman responded, "I'm just here to look around."
The man asked again, "You want to see China in chaos, don't you?"
"No, I don't," he replied.
After that, many people recognized the fluent-Mandarin speaker emissary who realized he better get out of the crowd.
Embassy officials later clarified that the former Utah governor accidentally came to the gathering while shopping.
China responded by blocking the Chinese name of the ambassador in search engines.
As well, the networking site LinkedIn was blocked after it was found that the job and recruiting site is being used to promote Jasmine Revolution that ousted the long-reigning rulers of Tunisia and Egypt.
Details of this story here.

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