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Coalition Strikes Against Libya, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Coalition Strikes Against Libya, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Many Chinese media have been reporting and man Chinese netizens have been discussing the current situation in Libya. For example, popular Chinese news portals NetEase and Sina both have dedicated sections featuring news, photos, interactive elements, and netizen discussions about Libya.

NetEase Libya Photo Reports special page.

 

To give you an example, below are the “photo reports” currently featured on NetEase‘s special page, along with English translations of their titles and captions:

March 22nd local time, American military claim that an F-15E "Strike Eagle" tactical fighter crashed in Libya due to mechanical failure. An American military official said the airplane "crashed" and was not "shot down" by the Libyan national military. The two pilots ejected successfully and have been confirmed to be safe.

American military F-15E fighter jet crashes near Benghazi

March 22nd local time, American military claim that an F-15E “Strike Eagle” tactical fighter crashed in Libya due to mechanical failure. An American military official said the airplane “crashed” and was not “shot down” by the Libyan national military. The two pilots ejected successfully and have been confirmed to be safe.

March 21st local time, outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, a fight broke out between Libyan opposition supporters and a group of Gaddafi supporters who had besieged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to protest.

Gaddafi supporters melee with opposition in Cairo

March 21st local time, outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, a fight broke out between Libyan opposition supporters and a group of Gaddafi supporters who had besieged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to protest.

On the 21st local time, Egyptian capital Cairo, about 50 demonstrators in support of Libyan leader Gaddafi surround United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, forcing Ban Ki-moon to retreat to the nearby Arab League headquarters.

Ban Ki-moon besieged by Gaddafi supporters in Egypt

On the 21st local time, Egyptian capital Cairo, about 50 demonstrators in support of Libyan leader Gaddafi surround United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, forcing Ban Ki-moon to retreat to the nearby Arab League headquarters.

Around 10pm local time on March 20th, Libya's capital city of Tripoli suffered an air attack from the multinational coalition force, with Gaddafi's residence suffering missle attacks. A coalition official confirmed that Gaddafi's compound was amongst the air attack's targets because it possessed Libyan national army command and control capabilities.

Coalition forces attack Libya capital at night, Gaddafi’s compound bombed

Around 10pm local time on March 20th, Libya’s capital city of Tripoli suffered an air attack from the multinational coalition force, with Gaddafi’s residence suffering missle attacks. A coalition official confirmed that Gaddafi’s compound was amongst the air attack’s targets because it possessed Libyan national army command and control capabilities.

Around 10pm local time on the 20th, intensive anti-aircraft fire from the ground to the sky in city center Tripoli. Orange colored gunfire criss-cross in the night sky, forming a dense web of fire, making loud explosions in the high altitude.

Coalition’s second aerial attack, faced intense anti-aircraft counterattacks

Around 10pm local time on the 20th, intensive anti-aircraft fire from the ground to the sky in city center Tripoli. Orange colored gunfire criss-cross in the night sky, forming a dense web of fire, making loud explosions in the high altitude.

American military Director of the Joint Staff William Gortney said on the 20th that 3 B-2 stealth bombers deployed by the Air Force bombed Libya. The targets of these stealth bombers were Libyan military airfields. Gortney said that after two rounds of attacks, Libya's air defense capabilities were "greatly reduced".

American military B-2 stealth bombers participate in air operations against Libya

American military Director of the Joint Staff William Gortney said on the 20th that 3 B-2 stealth bombers deployed by the Air Force bombed Libya. The targets of these stealth bombers were Libyan military airfields. Gortney said that after two rounds of attacks, Libya’s air defense capabilities were “greatly reduced”.

2011 March 20th, France's "Charles de Gaulle" nuclear aircraft carrier departed from the Toulon military port in Southern France, prepared to participate in military strikes against Libya. There are 20 "Rafale" fighter jets and other planes on the aircraft carrier.

France “Charles de Gaulle” aircraft carrier departs for Libya

2011 March 20th, France’s “Charles de Gaulle” nuclear aircraft carrier departed from the Toulon military port in Southern France, prepared to participate in military strikes against Libya. There are 20 “Rafale” fighter jets and other planes on the aircraft carrier.

On the 20th local time, following attacks upon the Libyan military by the multinational force, the Libyan national military forces around Benghazi lost their attack capabilities and withdrew from the outskirts of Benghazi while abandoning their armored and tank units.

Libyan troops severely hit, withdraw from Benghazi outskirts

On the 20th local time, following attacks upon the Libyan military by the multinational force, the Libyan national military forces around Benghazi lost their attack capabilities and withdrew from the outskirts of Benghazi while abandoning their armored and tank units.

March 19th local time, American and British naval warships and submarines deployed to the Mediterranean Sea implement the "Odyssey Dawn" operation, firing hundreds of "Tomahawk" cruise missiles, attacking over 20 Libyan air defense facilities. At present, approximately 48 people have been killed in the air assaults, with another 150 people injured.

British and American forces fire hundreds of Tomahawk missiles against Libya

March 19th local time, American and British naval warships and submarines deployed to the Mediterranean Sea implement the “Odyssey Dawn” operation, firing hundreds of “Tomahawk” cruise missiles, attacking over 20 Libyan air defense facilities. At present, approximately 48 people have been killed in the air assaults, with another 150 people injured.

March 19th local time, in Libya's capital city Tripoli, supporters of the current government form a human shield in front of Gaddafi's official residence to prevent the multi-nation coalition from bombing it.

Gaddafi supporters form “human shield” to prevent aerial attacks

March 19th local time, in Libya’s capital city Tripoli, supporters of the current government form a human shield in front of Gaddafi’s official residence to prevent the multi-nation coalition from bombing it.

March 19th local time, in Libya's capital city Tripoli, Gaddafi's daughter Ayesha al-Gaddafi on the streets with Gaddafi supporters, shouting slogans with them.

Gaddafi’s daughter appears on street in Libya to visit supporters

March 19th local time, in Libya’s capital city Tripoli, Gaddafi’s daughter Ayesha al-Gaddafi on the streets with Gaddafi supporters, shouting slogans with them.

March 19th local time, hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered outside the White House, to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War and protest the government's military action against Libya. Police arrested 113 protesters for not obeying instructions.

American anti-war demonstrations, protesting military action against Libya

March 19th local time, hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered outside the White House, to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War and protest the government’s military action against Libya. Police arrested 113 protesters for not obeying instructions.

2001 March 19th, a French Rafale jet fighter takes off from a military base in Eastern France to carry out a Libyan mission. French President Sarkozy confirmed that French military planes are already headed to the Libyan "no-fly zone" for patrols, and have already made other battle preparations.

French fighter jet heads towards Libya no-fly zone for patrols

2001 March 19th, a French Rafale jet fighter takes off from a military base in Eastern France to carry out a Libyan mission. French President Sarkozy confirmed that French military planes are already headed to the Libyan “no-fly zone” for patrols, and have already made other battle preparations.

March 19th, the French President held a meeting to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution regarding Libya, with Arab League, European Union, and other regional organization representatives and leaders participating. After the summit concluded, Sarkozy stated that if Gaddafi does not immediately ceasefire, military action will be taken.

France convenes international summit, decides to immediately militarily intervene in Libya

March 19th, the French President held a meeting to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution regarding Libya, with Arab League, European Union, and other regional organization representatives and leaders participating. After the summit concluded, Sarkozy stated that if Gaddafi does not immediately ceasefire, military action will be taken.

March 19th local time, in the air above Benghazi, Libya, a fighter jet emitting smoke falls in the city's southern district. Previous reports indicate that this downed fighter plane belonged to the Libyan national army. However, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), and confirmed by the Libyan opposition, this fighter jet belongs to them, and that it was shot down by the Libyan national army.

Libyan opposition fighter jet shot down over Benghazi

March 19th local time, in the air above Benghazi, Libya, a fighter jet emitting smoke falls in the city’s southern district. Previous reports indicate that this downed fighter plane belonged to the Libyan national army. However, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP), and confirmed by the Libyan opposition, this fighter jet belongs to them, and that it was shot down by the Libyan national army.

March 17th local time, the United Nations Security Council has decided to designate Libya as a no-fly zone. Of the 15 member Security Council, 10 countries voted for the resolution, while China and Russia abstained. The resolution passed designating Libya as a no-fly zone, and relevant countries must protect Libyan civilians and civilian residential areas from military attacks.

Security Council decides to designate Libya as a no-fly zone, China and Russia abstain

March 17th local time, the United Nations Security Council has decided to designate Libya as a no-fly zone. Of the 15 member Security Council, 10 countries voted for the resolution, while China and Russia abstained. The resolution passed designating Libya as a no-fly zone, and relevant countries must protect Libyan civilians and civilian residential areas from military attacks.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易重庆市网友:

Last time they attacked Iraq it was for oil, what about this time? It can’t be for prostitutes, can it? 5 mao come out and give us an explanation.

网易上海市黄浦区网友:

I think this is justice!

网易北京市网友:

Good attack! Support the Western countries’ military operations!

网易广东省深圳市网友:

Fatty Kim [Kim Jong Il] is frightened silly now.

网易江苏省网友:

Americans are true men! Gei li!

网易广西防城港市网友:

America sure has a lot of demonstrators/protesters, a total of 2, and they even dragged the banner behind someone resting just to inflate their numbers.

网易广东省广州市网友:

Must be for Colonel Gaddafi’s pretty nurse and female body guard.

网易浙江省杭州市网友:

The Eight-Nation Alliance appears again to loot/pillage.

网易河北省邢台市网友:

Muammar Gaddafi will definitely be the next Saddam Hussein, his family definitely must die. His level of brutality is worse than Iraq and Afghanistan. This kind of person must die. Warn all the dictators in the world that the unjust are doomed to destruction. Despotic governments like North Korea, Cuba, Iran must one by one be annihilated. America, France, and England are the true democratic countries of the world, and I really admire the leaders of these democratic countries. I thank these countries and leaders for the contributions they have made for world democracy.

网易重庆市网友:

France has impressed me this time. In the past, it always really disappointed me.

网易云南省曲靖市网友:

France is such a joke, only knowing how to bully weaker countries. Sarkozy is simply a clown.

网易浙江省嘉兴市网友:

You are all onlookers, so how could you know the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友:

Ban Ki-moon is America’s dog.

网易天津市网友:

[Libya] should be attacked, someone who turns a country into their own family’s private property is nothing good…

Sina's Libya special page.

Sina‘s special page features the latest headlines and Chinese news reports about Libya, also with photo collections, an interactive map showing the different military operations and developments, and an automatic updating stream of messages posted by Chinese netizens using Sina Weibo (a Chinese microblogging service similar to American Twitter).

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At this time of translation, there are over 40,000 comments left by Chinese netizens on Sina and, like the NetEase comments above, we have translated the “most popular” comments currently on Sina below…

Comments from Sina:

新浪四川省南充市网友:

A world where might makes right, plundering a burning house.

新浪江苏省南京市手机用户:

Clearly a war of aggression, yet they spin it as protecting the common people, despicable!!!

新浪北京市网友烟雨春秋:

Fuck, the same old, since ancient times weaker countries are always powerless [before more powerful countries]! It is the great powers’ world!

新浪吉林省长春市网友:

Little Japan, sticking their nose in other people’s business when they haven’t even resolved their own problems. I think the earthquake was too small!

新浪四川省德阳市网友:

America, England, and France, well done, hope you guys will plant the banner of freedom and justice around the entire world.

新浪吉林省长春市网友:

Gaddafi lied to the international community, attacked his own people for his own political power, went back on his word, truly shameless, he got what he deserves!!!

新浪广东省广州市手机用户:

In terms of human fairness, Gaddafi deserves to die. For one person to dominate a country for 42 years, the good fortune you’ve enjoyed is already too much.

新浪江西省鹰潭市网友:

Why is it that when Gaddafi massacred the people of his country no one came out to shout, yet now when many countries have interviewed, people start yelling?

新浪辽宁省沈阳市网友:

After entering the 21st century, as a result of economic crises and energy shortage problems becoming increasingly prominent, the imperialist powers have ripped off their fig leaf [dropped pretenses], revealed their sinister faces, robbing oil-rich Libya. This is the inherent nature of robbers/thieves, just like how a dog cannot be taught to not eat its own shit!

新浪四川成都手机用户:

I think “Old Obama” wants to show his ruthlessness. After all, this is his first war after taking office. He wants to show that black people’s not only have black skin, but that their hearts are even blacker…

新浪山东潍坊网友拍砖的榔头:

It’s time to take back Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

A woman rebel fighter supporter shoots an AK-47 rifle as she reacts to the news of the withdrawal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from Benghazi March 19, 2011. A rebel spokesman said on Saturday anti-government troops had driven out forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi who had entered the eastern city of Benghazi.   REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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