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Chinese website goes after U.S. Amb. Huntsman for "cheerleading" protests

M4.cn is a Chinese website that describes itself as "youth thought portal". It's a new incarnation of Anti-CNN.com, which became famous in 2008 by pointing out inaccuracies and biases in the foreign media reports about the unrest in Tibet in 2008.

Today, M4.cn published a story and video showing U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. at Wangfujing on Sunday afternoon, when the "jasmine protests" were supposed to take place. The video was also posted to Youtube (see above).

The story and video insinuate that the U.S. and Huntsman's hand may be behind calls for protest in China.

The U.S. "Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan told AFP he was on a "family outing" and his presence was "purely coincidental".

Update: Shanghaiist: US ambassador Jon Huntsman now a sensitive term on Chinese microblogs

Update 2: A report about the video has now been broadcast in the U.S. by KSL 5, a Utah-based NBC affiliate.

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I'm pretty sure that's his adopted daughter next to him. I'm pretty sure he came wearing an American flag patch and with his daughter to incite revolution. I swear to god Chinese people's paranoia makes me so crazy I wish I had never gotten involved with this country.

The masses have sharp eyes as bright as snow. --- Mao Zedong

Polishing up his "foreign policy democracy cred" before stumping for the White House in '12.

Mormons: Dum de de dum dum DUMBBBBBB...

Yeah, really looks like Huntsman is feeding the protest fire by his standing around with his hands in his pockets not saying a word.

@Brandon

Well, how the feed a fire that is not there? Of course he is standing around with his hands in his pocket and not saying a word.

Paranoia much?

He's just standing there not doing anything. He was probably an onlooker, or just a shopper. Are all the Chinese bystanders there also "cheerleading" the protests then?

@latinking,

There is one big difference between Jon Huntsman and the other onlookers.

Most Chinese shoppers would not have known that this was the place where the "jasmine protest" was scheduled to take place.

It would not have been possible for the US ambassador and his advisors to not know.

His presence there could not possibly be coincidental.

Protest housing prices.. then you'll get a revolution

1. Mr. Huntsman was there to seize the opportunity to cheer-lead.
2. Mr. Huntsman and his advisers are so politically insensitive/retarded/uninformed that they didn't know anything about it.

Choose one.

The reporter is way out of line and rude. The ambassador is not doing anything and is clearly not part of the protest. Paranoia is not a virtue.

So the implication is that the Chinese security services are so bizarrely incompetent that they couldn't prevent this man from inciting these protests, or perhaps he attracted them using the awesome magnetic power of his mind. Wow, you got him there!

r00fles!

I didn't say his presence was purely coincidence, I said he was an onlooker, possibly alerted by the US embassy. That's what diplomats do. Does that count as "cheerleading" for the paranoid nationalists out there?

Chinese ambassador to US should take a walk in Wisconsin.

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