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Not all Chinese Web users like Obama

US President Barack Obama was treated to a grandiose welcome in Beijing, where he met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Tuesday. The pair agreed to strengthen ties between the two countries. But on the Web, feelings were not so warm. Read more...

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US President Barack Obama was treated to a grandiose welcome in Beijing, where he met his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Tuesday. The pair agreed to strengthen ties between the two countries. But on the Web, feelings were not so warm.

Forty-six percent of Chinese Web users say that they "do not like" Obama. Looking at online forums however, the extent of this dislike appears to be much stronger. For Lin20000xin, "This meeting with the American is stupid and pointless". 

Contributor Wugu Shenlong says that "There's not one good thing about those American fiends". ‘Map' suggests that "The Senate has passed a law that means Americans have to kneel in front of a statue of Barack Obama when they get up and go to bed". There are also racist comments, like the following one from Milkman 007: The nigger is a cross-breed trying to conquer the world and mankind". 

Source: hecaitou.net

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“I don’t like the ‘Obamao’ concept – we should respect the image of our leaders”

Zhang Xin runs a stationer's which sells notebook with famous people's faces on them.

We started making Obama notebooks about two months before his election. They sold very well; much better than Mao Zedong for example. I can't say if I like him or not, I think Chinese people have complicated emotions. I'd rather say that, along with Mao Zedong and Hu Jintao, he has some admirable qualities. And that's why I'm happy to see him come to Beijing.

I'm a shopkeeper; politics doesn't really interest me, but I do hope the two leaders will manage to get America and China to stay friends. I don't like the ‘Obamao' concept though - I don't think the two are anything alike. Also, I believe that we should respect the image of our leaders."

“His visit to China is important”

Wang Zihan is an estate agent from Beijing.

I'm interested in what Barack Obama has to say to us. He is after all the president of the world's biggest economy and the first US president to come to China in his first year of office. It's important for the two heads of state to talk about their problems. I like Obama a lot; he's so cool. Not only for dancing on TV, but because he shows that his visit to China is important. Not many people - even among the Chinese - know that 300 years ago a boat left the US for China. By saying that in his speech, it means he's prepared well. Not like other presidents who just make polite gestures."