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If this is democracy, we don't want it. That seems to be the message in Chinese state media following Donald Trump's astonishing rise to power. Beijing's Global Times newspaper on Thursday saying his victory has dealt a heavy blow to the heart of American politics. The latest line from China in what it calls a dirty and messy page in US history.
I'm Anita Li in Shanghai. One expert on Chinese media told me that local editors have been given strict orders on how to cover the US elections. They were told to limit live coverage and reporting on things like vote counting. And we're also reportedly told to give top light to any political scandals around Trump and Hillary.
So, is the Chinese public buying it? The race was watched closely by the country's millions of bloggers, with the tag, Trump has won becoming the most searched term on social media site Weibo, even before the race was conceded. But opinions didn't all fall in line with state propaganda, there were posts like this one reading, hooligan Trump has won and hooligan Hillary is going to jail, this is US democracy.
But plenty other bloggers writing things like, this just shows that America's political system is great, it gives outsiders a path into politics. Those the media may not have given the U.S. votes much coverage, it did make an important announcement on the very same day. The official people saying the country was getting ready for it's only elections, meaning a big communist party congress next year when President Xi will introduce the next generation of leaders.
That news though didn't seem to struck much public interest in a country where leaders are chosen by other leaders and not the people.>>