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CCTV Military Channel Director: Bin Laden is the Greatest National Hero in the History of Arab World

On May 2, 2011, Zhang Xin, the director of the military channel at China Central Television (CCTV), wrote in his post on, China’s most active microblogging service, “Single-handedly confronting the world’s sole superpower, the United States, … Bin Laden is the greatest national hero in the history of the Arab world.”

This comment then spread widely in the Chinese online community and triggered heated responses from netizens. According to Voice of America, a survey conducted by Phoenix TV among Chinese Internet users shows 60% of those interviewed feel “sad” about bin Laden’s death.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu positively responded to bin Laden’s death, saying on Monday, May 2, 2011, "We believe the death of Osama bin Laden is a milestone and a positive development of the international anti-terrorism effort."

Source: China Gate, May 2, 2011