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August 01, 2014

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ajay

It may have lost something in the translation. Doesn't Chinese political discourse tend to be fairly scatological? Mao had some line about trying to emulate foreign examples of development - "sniffing after foreigners' farts and calling them sweet", IIRC.

Brendan

"Farts" is presumably 屁, of which it's a more or less straight translation. This is more or less the rhetorical level of a lot of the internet-based crowd: Ai Weiwei's Twitter account, for example, is nothing that a simple chatbot couldn't produce given a built-in vocabulary of about 20 curses.

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