There was little applause for George W. Bush's victory on the streets - real and virtual - of the Chinese capital. 'The American people have once again made another major mistake,' said one writer in the popular chat room sohu.com. Another, who described the US president as 'rubbish', wrote: 'I really cannot understand why a person like Bush could win a second term. This is really mind-boggling.' 'Bush, the black hand behind terrorism! His re-election is one of the most horrible things in the world,' said another. The displeasure at the success of Mr Bush in winning a second four-year term - despite the mainland media's low-profile coverage of the often bitter campaign and the issues it involved - was also evident on the street. 'Like most Chinese, I don't like Bush because of his unilateralist approach in handling foreign affairs,' said Wu Meng. He said he thought the foreign policy of the United States had become increasingly arrogant during Mr Bush's first term. And he was sceptical about the Bush administration's commitment to the one-China policy. 'I think the Chinese government should boost our national defence and be ready for a war with Taiwan. Bush will support Taiwan if the island ignites a war with the mainland,' he said. His views were echoed by Ms Wang, a human relations manager for an IT firm. Some of those less critical of the Republican president said they believed whoever led the US would have chosen the path followed by Mr Bush. 'I like Bush ... because he has tried to win over interests for Americans in such a turbulent time featuring terrorism, an oil crisis, et cetera,' said insurance company manager Li Weimin. 'Even if Kerry had taken the reins, I don't expect he would have changed US self-posturing as the sole superpower in the world.'