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The "reasonable" face of China's state-run TV unleashed a rant against foreigners, and his comments went unpunished.
On the other hand, the government has responded belligerently to the standoff in the Philippines, and in recent days, state-sponsored newspapers have been running editorials warning readers to be "on guard against hostile forces" from abroad "who use rights preservation to incite the masses."
For foreigners who love China and have lived there for years, it's a tense and worrisome time. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a writer for the International Herald Tribune, remarks in a reflection on the Yang Rui case that "in the more than three decades I’ve lived in China I have never experienced so much disquiet."