The problem is that most people appear not to buy it.
Here are some laudatory quotes from the video, which affectionately refers to the Chinese president as “Daddy Xi”.
The video is not the first time in recent weeks that Chinese state media have published propaganda featuring Westerners fawning over the country’s government.
The clip features students from all corners of the globe – including Cameroon, Vanuatu, France, Japan and the United States – giving their very favorable impressions of the Chinese president.
For Xi, boosting his domestic image during this USA trip is as important as the deals to be done with US President Barack Obama. The comments were overwhelmingly negative.
“The fundamental way out for China’s development is reform”. “I think it just totally backfires”.
Some of the students also talked about his policies and worldwide relations.
“If my future husband is like him, I would have happiness”, says a Korean. “[Uncle Xi]” on the People’s Daily channel on YouTube this week.
The United States lacks an extradition treaty with China and is wary that the country’s opaque court system may be unfair to defendants, so it has typically been cautious in turning Chinese nationals over to Beijing, making the US a top destination for corrupt Chinese officials.
An employee at Peking University, who declined to be named, confirmed that the People’s Daily had approached them for the interviews. The People’s Daily posted photos of the table settings for Xi’s state dinner on Friday night, as well as the menu, which included Maine lobster with spinach, shiitake mushrooms and leek rice noodle rolls, and grilled Colorado lamb with garlic fried milk and baby broccoli. His folksy, man-of-the-people image has inspired videos and books.
In an email, Brady said such adulation was disparaged as the “cult of the individual” after the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, when Mao turned against his comrades in the name of radical upheaval.
Students featured in the video describe Xi as a “wise and resolute president” and “a very humble leader”.
“China will step up joint efforts with the worldwide community to crack down on cross-border corruption and seize ill-gotten gains”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said yesterday.
“We should provide complete affirmation and support to these kinds of positive remarks”, he said at a daily news briefing. The CCDI believes he fled China to the U.S. in 2001. The clip was shown on YouTube and had more than 231,000 views.
To the students in the video, though, he’s much more. One chipper Californian, who once read him a poem, eloquently described him as “Handsome, yah, he’s super charismatic”. “They should put human rights at the front of the conversation, but I don’t think they are willing to do that”, Geng said.