Chinese Netizens’ Reactions to Osama bin Laden’s Death

Summary from The Wall Street Journal:

In the hours immediately following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, Chinese Internet users appeared torn over how to react to the news.

While some celebrated, many others mourned the loss of a “hero.” Still others seized on the terrorist mastermind’s death as an opportunity to offer veiled comment on conditions at home.

On the Sohu Community blog you can find mostly those who prefer to condemned Bin Laden’s killing:


Mr. Obama, from your mouth, justice sounds disgusting.


Laden…… an Anti-American Hero!!!!!!!

On Eastday Weibo microblog there are those who are glad that justice has been done:

Heaven’s Guards:

Bin Laden’s death is good news for the world. The 9.11 ten years ago was tragic and terrible, now the 3000+ innocent souls can be in peace…

And there are those who say Bin Laden’s death will now turn the word’s focus on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) tyranny, like this post on the the Chinese web edition of “The Epoch Times” newspaper:

Great, now the U.S. and other democratic countries can free their hands and besiege the CCP — the largest terror group.

And an example on The Wall Street Journal is even more specific:

In another oblique reference to Chinese politics a number of Chinese Twitter users passed around a message reading: “Of the ten most evil people in the world, the U.S. has killed one. Now there are nine left.”

Nine is the number of members on the Chinese Communist Party’s ruling Politburo Standing Committee.


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