Streetwise Professor

November 29, 2019

More Flagrant Chinese IP Theft

Filed under: China,History,Politics — cpirrong @ 6:43 pm

Communist China is notorious for IP theft. It’s gotten so bad, that maybe even the KGB should sue them.

Back in the day, the standard Soviet response to American criticism of the USSR’s human rights record was to say something along the lines of “well in the US you lynch negroes.” Supposedly this originated with Russian Minister of the Interior Vyacheslav von Plehve who “The Russian peasants were driven to frenzy. Excited by race and religious hatred, and under the influence of alcohol, they were worse than the people of the Southern States of America when they lynch negroes.” Variants on this were standard fare over the years up to 1991.

Today the CCP is freaking out over Western, and particularly American, criticism of treatment of Uighurs and its handling of Hong Kong. So, how to respond? By stealing a page from gospodin Pelhve’s playbook (or maybe from Matthew 7:5).

Lijian Zhao, “Deputy Director General, Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China. Try my best to tell the story of China & spread the voice of China” (according to his Twitter bio) replied thus to Trump’s signing of the (entirely symbolic) act criticizing the CCP’s handling of Hong Kong

It goes on. Check out his T/L, which provides numerous variations on the theme. All totally unoriginal, and a rather lame imitation of the Soviet original.

But maybe Mr. Zhao has a future. I hear there are openings on the Democratic Party platform drafting committee. He’d fit right in.

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1 Comment »

  1. Can you copyright propaganda? I never knew that. Didn’t you write that the US should sit on the sidelines re Hong Kong?

    Coincidentally I’m in the process of trying to convince a couple of US companies to defend their IP in light of a tsunami of infringements on and other such platforms. TBH they don’t seem that interested despite a couple of recent rulings in their favour – its almost as though they’ve given up.

    Comment by David Mercer — December 1, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

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