Moammar Gadhafi’s (卡扎菲) death on Thursday shocked the Chinese nation, where attitudes toward the former Libyan (利比亚) leader are changing.
There was a time when China described the former Libyan leader as “strongman” in the middle east. But recently, State-owned media like Xinhua and People.net have referred to him as a “madman.”
It seemed that public opinion was turning on the newly dead dictator.
Simanan (司马南), a critic who appears on TV and was named one of 10 Most Influential People in Cities by Southern Weekly in 2003, was very vocal about the reasons why Gadhafi is not a friend of the Chinese people.
First, he said:
Reason number one It’s apparently been said that Gadhafi once trained at the anti-Communist training camp in Taiwan. Even though China and Libya established diplomatic relations in 1978, the Taiwan diplomatic organization in Libya still had the crowned title of the Republic of China until 1997. This was a rare thing to happen with countries that have diplomatic relations with China.
In a separate post, Simanan said:
Reason number two Gadhafi doesn’t dare tear up the contract between the oil companies of the West and Libya, but they didn’t explain at all when they canceled the 2 million barrels of oil that China provided them. The reason might be the vote that China cast for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1970. China cannot get one discounted project in Libya, but only the manual labor jobs building houses and roads and picking up jobs that other people don’t want, even with this Gadhafi was still blamed China for plundering Africa.
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