Scrolling through my Twitter feed this afternoon,” I stumbled across this incongruous pair of tweets:
The first tweet relates to the American [foreign policy] “pivot to Asia” and China’s annoyance that the US has involved itself in the South China Sea dispute between China and just about every other Asian country in the region.
Protesting America’s involvement in a “local matter,” a group of ex-People’s Liberation Army soldiers in Shenzhen donned their old fatigues and pledged that they were ready to die for their country in order to “protect its borders.” They also, apparently, spent a lot of time shouting “Get the Hell Out of Asia, American Bastards!”
Their protest took place over the weekend, but I’m sure their anti-American sentiment has only been further fueled by today’s FBI-produced “Wanted” poster indicting five Chinese military officers for hacking US commercial targets.
What is the advantage to the US of essentially “flipping the bird” at China in such a public way? I’m not sure.
One thing I am sure of: now is not the time to follow the advice of the second tweet via @expatexplorer and
“find any excuse to talk to locals (taxi drivers, hairdressers, waiters etc.). It sounds simple but often the best tips and insights will come from them.”
Maybe those Shenzhen veterans have a great tip on an unknown Sichuan restaurant. And maybe they’ll share it with me between shouts of “Go home Yankee!”
(I suspect Chinese expats in Vietnam are also not talking to locals about the nightclub in scene in Hanoi this week.)
- Expat Explorer: I love you and I understand (and agree with) the sentiment of the tip, but I couldn’t help myself!
- Read about the Shenzhen veterans’ protest here (links to the article in @zhongnanhai ‘s tweet).
- For more on the FBI’s charges and wanted poster, see the BBC article here.