In May 2012, the Global Times newspaper, generally known for its jingoistic nationalism and xenophobia, ran a series of editorials highly critical of blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), whose escape from house arrest in Shandong and refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing had become a major international story. In a May 9 editorial, the paper said Chen had been manipulated by the West. In this cartoon, posted by artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to Sina Weibo, a brain resembling a human figure kneels down cravenly before the master. Kuang Biao writes to accompany the picture: “Reading the Global Times, I was moved to draw this cartoon.”

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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