Posted by Joel Martinsen on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 12:14 PM
China's blogs and online forums have reacted in different ways to the official indignation over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dаlаi Lаmа.
Boycotts, which played a large role in the anti-French sentiment during the Olympic torch relay earlier this year, were the subject of heated discussion (see Global Voices Online for more details).
But other netizens were inspired by the words of the deputy foreign minister; "The meeting grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, severely undermined China's core interests, gravely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and damaged the political basis of China-France and China-EU relations."
How many times have the Chinese people's feelings been hurt, anyway? Blogger FangKC searched through the electronic archives of the People's Daily between 1946 and 2006 and discovered that 19 countries and organizations have been accused of hurting the feelings of the Chinese people:
Feeling that FangKC had undercounted, blogger Arctosia at Bear's Blog created this map of countries that "have been clearly fingered by state media or representatives of the Chinese government of hurting the feelings of the Chinese people."
Countries that have hurt the feelings of the Chinese people in black (Arctosia)
The blogger, who also keeps an English-language blog about life in New Zealand, listed 42 countries by region and provided citations (we've just reproduce the list of names):
Update (2008.12.16): The creator of the above map has started an English-language discussion on Fool's Mountain which poses a few questions about the list of countries:
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