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Post time 2008-6-30 23:45:33 |Display all floors
Hi robin1314:

I cut and paste the following out of Wikipedia so it will probably take awhile to be cleared....

"  Paper tiger is a literal English translation of the Chinese phrase zhǐ lǎohǔ (Chinese: 紙老虎), meaning something which seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless.

The phrase is an ancient one in Chinese, but sources differ as to when it entered the English vocabulary. Although some sources may claim it dates back as far as 1850 [1], it seems the Chinese phrase was first translated when it was applied to describe the United States using propaganda tactics. In 1956, Mao Zedong said of the United States:

“ In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe the United States is nothing but a paper tiger. ”

In Mao Zedong's view, the term could be applied to all allegedly imperialist nations, particularly the United States and the Soviet Union (following the Sino-Soviet split): Mao argued that they appeared to be superficially powerful but would have a tendency to overextend themselves in the international arena, at which point pressure could be brought upon them by other states to cause their sudden collapse. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at some point remarked to Mao that although the "U.S. is a paper tiger, it has nuclear teeth". "

Personally, I can remember hearing it in late 1950's.

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Post time 2008-7-1 22:27:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by ronglimeng at 2008-6-30 23:45
Hi robin1314:

I cut and paste the following out of Wikipedia so it will probably take awhile to be cleared....

"  Paper tiger is a literal English translation of the Chinese phrase zhǐ  ...

ya ,thanks a lot ...
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Post time 2008-7-3 09:53:50 |Display all floors

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