- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 25, 2011

CHINESE CRITIC RECANTS

A writer for a Chinese Communist Party newspaper claims he got death threats after criticizing U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke, the Chinese-American diplomat who is wildly popular among Chinese bloggers.

Xiang Xiaodong retracted his stinging attack on Mr. Locke on Sunday, the Epoch Times website reported.

In an article in the Guangming Daily, he accused Mr. Locke of “neocolonialism” and claimed the ambassador’s modest habits are part of a U.S. plot to gain influence among the Chinese people.

“Because of this article, I have received many threats,” Mr. Xiang said on his blog.

One of the threats he posted read: “If you continue to speak for [the Communist Party] openly and shamelessly on your blog, you will not have just one enemy like me. …

“It might not have been easy for your parents to raise you, and you don’t want to lose your life too young.”

Mr. Xiang’s article carried the headline: “Be warned of the neo-American Colonialism of Gary Locke.”

He ridiculed Mr. Locke for carrying his own briefcase, flying economy class and eating noodles at street vendors.

“It’s trying to buy Chinese people’s hearts and to increase the weakness of worshipping a foreign ideology and dividing China, ” Mr. Xiang said. “This is the real intention of the Chinese-American ambassador.”

Another blogger, identified as “Green World,” mocked Mr. Xiang and the Communist Party.

“I’m at a loss for words to describe such a weak government which makes a connection between a bowl of noodles and diplomatic policy,” the blogger wrote.

NO BUNDLER

The Washington lawyer nominated to serve as ambassador to Sweden is a prominent contributor to Democratic candidates but did not serve as a major fundraiser to President Obama’s 2008 election campaign.

Embassy Row, in a Sept. 9 column, mistakenly reported that Mark Brzezinski collected more than $680,000 for Mr. Obama by “bundling” contributions from several sources. That money was raised by the current ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun, according to the website OpenSecrets.org.

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