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[Beijing University Student Embarrasses Japanese Reporter ]|
This student was very mean. He was very undiplomatic. And, he was not "practicing what he preaches".
This student stressed that "he believes in individualism and individual freedom". But, was he practicing individual freedom? For his own cause and for his own object, yes, of course it was all about individualism and individual freedom. But, when applied to the visitor, "his philosophy of individualism" stopped having any meaning.
This student was more trying to "FORCE" this visitor to admit and acknowledge guilt and forcing people to do things, IMHO, is not an authentic way of getting a message across or achieving a result. For one thing, when we force things on people, we know that the outcome or the results will not be an authentic one; we know that any admission in whatever form or degree it will be delivered, will not be an honest or serious admission. We know that it will be but a white lie so is a white lie what we wanted to hear?
As a strong and proud people, we shouldn't have try to force people to do things or to have them admit wrong as in this or any other case. As a strong and proud people, what we should have done was to let our guests know that we have big hearts so that in due course, all those who had done us wrong will find it in their hearts to honestly, legitimately, and authentically acknowledge remorse -- on their own accords.
In doing what he did, this student was trying more to show off his macho and his smarts to his audience, which was his peers, than he was trying to make a point. Therefore this student had not embarrassed the visitor. This student had instead embarrassed China -- all of China -- at a time "when detente and East Asian Unity" is what the priority should be for all of East Asia...