BRICS-themed metro line demonstrates deft soft power. China Rising Radio Sinoland 20171015



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By Jeff J. Brown

Pictured above: who wouldn’t want to ride on a metro line, featuring Brazilian football stars, the Great Wall, Red Square, sexy yoga masters and tropical diamonds? Pictured above are the six new metro cars celebrating BRICS, in Xiamen, China.



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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Chinese have been excelling at deft soft power for thousands of years. The latest global crowd pleaser is Metro Line Number 1 in Xiamen, China, where the most recent BRICS summit was held in early September, 2017 (

There are six sets of cars, a themed one for each of BRICS’ five members, (Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa), and in a gesture of sociocultural solidarity, one with all five countries collected together. While this kind of street level international bridge building is often scoffed at in the West as a little shmaltzy and quaint, socialist countries like China just grub it up. The news about this will make it to all the BRICS countries’ media and into the homes and on the phones of many of its citizen, endearing people all over the world to the Chinese people and their global outlook of cooperation and friendship. Ask 20 Chinese on the streets and 19 know what BRICS is. In the US, it might be one out of 20 and in Europe, a few more.

Meanwhile, China’s worldwide soft power, economic and connective cooperation is in painful contrast to the West’s imperial tyranny, destroying and sabotaging too many countries to fully list, but of course North Korea, Cuba, Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan and Libya roll of the lips, dripped in blood, all of these and more, which I address in China Rising: Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (

In fact, Washington, London and Paris should reciprocate and make similarly themed metro lines that reflect their colonial values. We could have one for Iraq, showing the 500,000 children starved to death by the West’s criminal and illegal sanctions imposed on these suffering people. Another line could show the CIA working with Afghan war lords, to divvy up the profits from the sale of heroin, refined from the annual opium harvest, and showing US military airplanes loading up all that white powder, to ship back to America, to help keep the prison industry’s gulags full. Another car could show the West’s proxy armies in Syria, “USIS” – not ISIS – standing for “United States Islamic Satrap”, pulling off false flag chemical weapons attacks and bogus beheadings. Another one showing Palestinians dying like flies in the gutters of bombed out Gaza and the West Bank: you get the idea. The opportunities are endless.

Western tyranny around the world has so many images of genocide and devastation, for Washington, London and Paris to create imperial themed metro cars – I don’t know where to start.

On to more pleasant thoughts. To get more background on China’s Anti-West, soft power concept, here is the source article:


Why and How China works: With a Mirror to Our Own History



JEFF J. BROWN, Editor, China Rising, and Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing, The Greanville Post

Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and for Badak Merah, Jeff authored China Is Communist, Dammit! – Dawn of the Red Dynasty (2017). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTube, Stitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]

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