Chinese TV praised Libyan leader Gaddafi as thinker, revolutionist

February 23, 2011Jing Gao6 Comments, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Anthony Yuen: This man, unlike what Western media demonized him to be, is a thinker.
Anthony Yuen: I read the Green Book written by you. It is very admirable.
Qaddafi: The people can fight for themselves. That way, they can keep the peace.
Qaddafi: Now we Africans can rule the United States. We will support him (President Obama), as he is our child, is an offspring of Africa.

Violence is escalating in Libya. The deputy ambassador, Ibrahim Omar Al Dabashi, told BBC World, “The information that we are receiving from the people in Tripoli is the regime is killing whoever goes out to the streets…It is a real genocide.”

Ironically, we’ve dug out the TV interview of Gaddafi broadcast on China’s famed Phoenix TV on July 18, 2010, and found that Anthony Yuen, one of China’s most celebrated TV anchors, lavished praises on the Libyan leader Gaddafi (aka Kadafi, Qaddafi), saying that life in his country is peaceful and happy, that he is a thinker that pushes forward with revolutions, and gave him a replica of the Imperial Seal of China, which symbolizes hereditary imperial rule, at the end of the interview. Gaddafi’s current atrocities also run afoul of his eulogy of democracy at that time. We’ve chosen parts of TV transcripts from online and translated them into English.

Anthony Yuen interviews Gaddafi in front of the camera.

Anthony Yuen (front right) talks to Libyan leader Gaddafi

Yuen: We have always been hoping to learn what kind of person Gaddafi is from a Chinese perspective. For example, he has been ruling Libya for 40 years. This is the 41st year. Why his country can remain so peaceful? What charisma does the person have? He is the head of a Muslim country. However, on his land, he promotes and advocates for women’s rights. Is Gaddafi, like what Western countries have portrayed him to be, a real ferocious looking man who bares fangs and brandishes claws?  We believe that through his talk, everyone will know much more about Gaddafi.

Yuen: Sir, in retrospect, for the past 40 years of your rule, what achievements have you accomplished during the process?

Gaddafi: It is not I who am ruling. It is the people who are ruling. I think the most important achievement is having built a people’s regime and founded a republic.

Yuen: I read the Green Book written by you. It is very admirable. From my point of view, the Green Book is not only a solution to Libya’s problem, but also theories that apply to the entire world?

Gaddafi: No matter what, it is a universal value. The people can champion their own rights and realize peace, which the people deserve. The people can fight for themselves. That way, they can keep the peace.

Yuen: We might have the impression, from the several minutes of dialog, that this person, unlike what Western media have demonized him to be, is a thinker. He pushes forward with revolutions in his country, and calls himself a “greenist.” So I feel it is very interesting to talk to him.

Yuen: In terms of population, Libya is a small country. But your foreign policies and views are well-known in the world and have a far-reaching influence. As far as you know, where should Libya go on the path of diplomacy?

GaddafiOnly the people can rule themselves. No one else can rule them. The obsolete systems have caused severe crises. We wanted to break the shackles and build a new era. This is Libya. It’s a pioneer. (What a prophet! He foresees his ending!)

Yuen: After the end of the Cold War, the United States is an absolute dominant superpower in the world. How are the relations between your country and the U.S.?

Gaddafi: Under the Obama’s administration, we have a pretty good relationship with the U.S. Now we Africans can rule the United States. We will support him (President Obama), as he is our child, is an offspring of Africa.

Yuen: Last week, we’ve lifted the mysterious veil of Libya and its leader Gaddafi. We have had so many thoughts and feelings. Many little things have made us think that the country is incredible. People are less rash and superficial. The happiness that this country enjoys is beyond our imagination. Today, we will continue to broadcast the latter half of our interview.

Yuen: You once tried to establish an African alliance. How many leaders of African countries supported your Proposal?
Gaddafi: People, including the youth and women, need a unified, powerful and dignified Africa. African people need to defend their dignity. However, most African leaders only think about their own interests, election and reelection. But people are thinking about their future.

Yuen: Many heads of states in the world have considered or are considering passing down their ideals to their successors after they step down. Will you also seek a successor for passing down your ideals?
Gaddafi: First, I don’t have imperial power. I am not a king or a president. The question of considering a successor doesn’t exist. In Libya, the regime belongs to the people. People rule themselves. Why do we need a successor? I don’t have the authority to intervene either. Since the regime is in the hands of the people, people can choose whatever method they please.

Voiceover: To express our gratitude to Gaddafi for accepting our interview, Anthony Yuen had a gift custom-made to show the good wishes from the Far East.

Anthony Yuen: This seal is supposed to have been used by ancient Chinese emperors. You are the No.1 person in Libya. This has your name on it. The outside wrap is yellow. In China, yellow is the exclusive color for emperors.

Selected comments from KDnet:

意往神倾:

Why it sounds like the tone of the former Egyptian president who has just been overthrown?

双眼皮:

This person, in my opinion, is the sickest anchor in the world. Confuse white and black, or right and wrong, is a job that he does almost every day. He is in fact a sheer party mouthpiece. Besides trying his best to sing praises for dictatorship and authoritarianism in a bid to lead everyone to get used to obscurantism, he has done almost nothing right. I have always been looking for a chance to slap him in the face, but never managed to find any chance to get close to him. I beg those who have access to Rubbish Yuen to fulfill my dream of slapping him for me. I will definitely thank him.

饕餮:

Looks like a Japanese, sounds like a Taiwanese, an American on paper. When he talks, it turns out he is the Party’s friend! — A vivid depiction of Evil Yuen.

hhc0704:

The phrase “patriotic bandit” is as if tailor-made for him. On seeing the phrase, I think about him.

老其:

Haha, exactly. The old ass makes people sick when looking at him. His talking makes people sicker.

展望期待1911:

What Yuen said is really off-putting. Makes people sick. (I) feel this guy is a good fit for Gaddafi’s Propaganda chief.

岁岁枯荣:

An old ass.

wym261:

A repulsive clown.

落花随着流水:

Scumbag.

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6 comments to “Chinese TV praised Libyan leader Gaddafi as thinker, revolutionist”

  1. King Tubby | February 23, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Emperors sitting on plastic chairs!! The deranged tent dweller has a wide range of cool threads, but he should ditch Bono as his adviser on sunnies.

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  4. Nikos Alexiou | March 1, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    I don't know how Gaddafi has evolved in the last years, but he overthrew a corrupt king and gave relative wealth and a social welfare system in a country that according to UN statistics then, had the poorest people in the world. Don't take my word for it. Read "The world challenge" by the acclaimed french politician Jean Jacques Servan Schreibe,

  5. Mick C Loong | March 30, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Qaddafi is very anti-China, as much as he is anti-Western, if not more.

  6. Kent1978 | April 12, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    China have to help Gaddafi! It's moment to show your power…

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