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Global Times blasts social media's 'excessive' supervision of luxury military vehicles

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 May, 2013, 10:44am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 May, 2013, 11:05am

After China’s online community posted startling photos of luxury cars bearing military licence plates - flouting new restrictions that came into effect on Wednesday, China’s nationalist tabloid newspaper The Global Times promptly fired back against what it called “excessive” supervision.

The editorial entitled “military cars should get used to excessive supervision” pubished on Thursday  argued that netizens with an ”idealistic and extreme attitude only exacerbate resentment.” Instead, it said, people should face reality and understand the complicated nature of the society.

If not anything else, the editorial surely got the newspaper its own share of “resentment.” By Friday morning, the story was reposted thousands of times on China’s social media and drew an outpouring of criticism.

“Who’s entitled to say if it’s excessive? ”said Cao Lin, a Beijing journalist, “In a country ruled by law, only the law can judge if any action is excessive.”

“Does it mean ‘tolerable corruption’ is OK, but not ‘excessive supervision’? ” said another netizen in an ironic manner.

The Global Times had claimed in an 2012 editorial that “since no country can completely kill corruption, a realistic aim for China is to 'keep it under control'.”

Meanwhile, new photos of luxury cars bearing military licence plates were being posted on Weibo, attracting angry comments from netizens.

President Xi Jinping has urged the military to be more disciplined and improve its public image. In a recent editorial, the People’s Liberation Army Daily - the PLA's own mouthpiece - said issuing new licence plates would symbolise a “new start” for the military's public image.


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I'm sure Global Times bosses get driven around in 军牌 cars... all the supervision was getting a little too close to home...
Absolutely - "The people should face reality and understand the complicated nature of the society". Because the people are here for the Military (say Communist Party) and not the other way around!
Global Times again scores. What a rubbish newspaper. After being tricked twice by them in interviews, distorting what I had said, I now refuse any interview with them. In this respect, China Daily is doing a much better job: I am right now checking the draft of a long interview with me, allowing me to correct any mistakes. With Global Times, you have no say.
The original post in Global Times is entitled "Military Vehicles should get used to excessive supervision", not "excessive supervision should not be tolerated" and a far cry from "blast". Only 5% of the opinion piece speaks of today's public supervision as extremist and idealist. Much of the "blast" is to the government for it to take no chances in disciplining itself. On the whole, it was a measured write. I do not mean to side with this professor from Xinjiang, but I question why Amy Li hide his other words and only highlight one side of his opinion? He also questioned why use a sweeping cut-off line of RMB450,000 for ALL military passenger vehicles and the desirability of government's caving in to every shriek of the media, which is a main point of his post. Is this not a sensible point?


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