China’s Real Friends WeChat Post Goes Viral

The facts speak for themselves as to who the true friend of China is. (pixabay.com)
The facts speak for themselves as to who the true friend of China is. (pixabay.com)

Mainland China’s social media platform WeChat recently circulated a post entitled “Who is China’s real friend and who is the real enemy?” The post consisted of questions and answers to actual historical events. The answers are contrary to how the Chinese state news media portrays China’s relationship to Russia and the United States.

Following is our translation of the post:

Q: During the Boxer Uprising and the massacre of the Chinese people, which country acted alone by taking the opportunity to send troops to occupy the entire Northeast territory and forced the Qing government to sign an agreement to give up this territory?
A: Russia.

Q: After the Boxer Uprising, which country took the initiative to return the excess reparation sum to establish Tsinghua University, provide funds for higher education, and sponsor Chinese students oversea for study?
A: The United States.

Q: Apart from Japan, which country recognized and established diplomatic relations with the puppet government in Manchuria during Japan’s occupation of Northeast China?
A: Russia.

Q: Which country was determined not to recognize the puppet government in Manchuria and requested Japan to withdraw from the Northeast?
A: The United States.

Q: After the July 7th Incident, which marked the invasion of China by Japanese troops, which country sent troops to Xinjiang in 1938?
A: Russia.

Q: After the July 7th incident, which country requested that Japan withdraw from Northern China and imposed an embargo against Japan and sent a voluntary aviation team to support China?
A: The United States.

Q: During the Nanjing Massacre, which country wiped out the Chinese people from the territory that they occupied?
A: Russia.

Q: Which country was against China becoming one of the five permanent members in the United Nations?
A: Russia.

Q: Which country supported China in becoming one of the five permanent members of the United Nations?
A: The United States.

Q: When China needed assistance in the late 1950s, which country withdrew all of their experts and immediately stopped some construction projects in China because of some differences among political leaders?
A: Russia.

Q: When China developed its economy, which country was the one that opened their markets to China?
A: The United States.

Q: Who threatened to attack China with nuclear weapons nearly 50 years ago?
A: Russia.

Q: Which country was determined to prevent Russia from attacking China with nuclear weapons?
A: The United States.

Q: Which country requested China implement 5-day work weeks during the negotiations to admit China into the World Trade Organization?
A: The United States.

Q: Who gave China the most favorable trade agreements?
A: The United States.

Q: Which country exported the most advanced technology to China?
A: The United States.

Q: Which country’s CPU chip is used in everyone’s computer?
A: The United States.

Q: Which country has the most Chinese students?
A: The United States.

After this was circulated, it triggered a heated discussion among netizens. Before this post, most Chinese would have answered that Russia was China’s real friend, while the United States was an imperialistic foe based on reporting by the Chinese news media. Some comments compared the Chinese state news media to brainwashing, and added that the “brainwashing” has obviously failed since so many Chinese like to travel to the United States.

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