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Jul 13, 2022
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Walking on the streets of China, you will find that people with dull faces in the first half of the year are smiling in the second half of the year. Today, they are proud of their country's achievements in epidemic prevention, and accountability and complaints have long been left behind. But as soon as the wind blows, this pride becomes a frightened bird. A retired executive of the CCP’s official media bluntly said that the government’s strong epidemic control and publicity power, coupled with the ineffectiveness of epidemic prevention in Europe and the United States, make the pride instilled by the Chinese authorities attractive. However, he reminded that the scars of people's fear of Wuhan's closure are still there. They are afraid that once their home becomes an epidemic area, or even a case, under the strict official control and the "health code" system, no matter photo background removing whether they are infected or cured, or even just live in the epidemic District, will be unable to move an inch. As for this pride in epidemic prevention, it is fully reflected in the face of Xiaohui, a Beijing artist who is less than 30 years old this year. In Xiaohui's words, China today is "the safest place in the world", and "isn't the vaccine coming out soon?" When talking about the fact that many of her foreign relatives and friends are still being held back by the Chinese official "strictly guarded" and unable to return to the country, what Xiaohui revealed was not only worry, but more affirmation of the official epidemic prevention. Xiaohui said proudly: "China's living environment is not good, so everyone runs out; but the epidemic is not well controlled abroad, so everyone runs back; this is 'voting with your feet'." Of course, not all Chinese think that way. But similar words can be heard from the mouths of many ordinary Chinese people, from high-ranking officials, down to the food delivery courier brother and the little girl delivering food in the restaurant, and a considerable number.
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Jul 13, 2022
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On 7 December 1970, Prime Minister Willy Brandt's official visit schedule included a few minutes in front of the Warsaw Jewish Memorial. There, he laid wreaths for the victims of the uprising. After straightening the silk knot on the wreath, Brandt stepped back and suddenly fell to his knees. The move was not planned in advance, and it requires no verbal explanation. Brandt is said to have said afterwards, "I did it because the language had lost its expressiveness." The picture of the German Chancellor kneeling in apology has spread all over the world, and it has also caused different reactions in photo background removing Germany. Many criticized and blamed, but more respected. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, then Germany's interior minister, recalled: "I was deeply moved by this move. Brandt made it clear to everyone with all his personality. I have great respect and admiration for him.” The communist rulers of Poland did not expect Brandt's actions, and they were excited but also uneasy. After all, in the context of Polish propaganda, the image of Germany is still an "enemy" or an "aggressor". A penitent German chancellor is too out of character to fit that image. Perhaps it is for this reason that Brandt's act of kneeling to apologize did not attract strong attention in Poland at first, because except for a few high-level people, almost no one knew about this move in the public. Polish textbooks did not include this photo until 1989. However, the reason for Brandt's visit to Poland was not to kneel down and apologize. First recognition of German-Polish borders Forty years ago, Brandt visited Poland not seeking forgiveness, but as a partner, hoping to normalize relations between the two countries. Dialogue with Poland plays a pivotal role in the process of "transformation through engagement". The precondition for Brandt's approval was the recognition of the new border between the Oder and Ness drawn by the Allied forces after the war, which the post-war Federal Republic of Germany had not officially recognized until then.
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