Blogs Vent China's Anti-West Ire

Chinese see outcry over Tibet, torch as effort to sap newfound strength
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 8:32 PM CDT
Tibetans nuns pull their colleague to resist arrest during a demonstration outside Chinese Embassy in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, April 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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(Newser) – The Chinese Internet is aflame with vitriol at Western governments and news organizations for “insults” over Tibet and recent Olympic torch incidents, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Chinese authorities, usually quick to censor the Web, have let the sentiment flow, believing "the West is trying to humiliate them again," according to a US political scientist.

"They have economic achievements to show, and they have advanced without wars, and without upsetting the international apple cart," says the professor, yet the perception is “the West will give them no credit." Rep. Nancy Pelosi and CNN commentator Jack Cafferty have been objects of derision for recent comments—indeed, T-shirts reading “shut up CNN” are available on a Chinese auction site.