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Some Chinese nationalists see justice for Summer Palace razing in Notre Dame fire
CNN Digital Expansion 2017.
By James Griffiths, CNN
Updated 2:49 AM ET, Wed April 17, 2019

Some Chinese nationalists see justice for Summer Palace razing in Notre Dame fire
CNN Digital Expansion 2017. James Griffiths

By James Griffiths, CNN

Updated 2:49 AM ET, Wed April 17, 2019
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(CNN)As the world watched in horror at pictures of the Notre Dame burning, some in China saw another story in the flames: that of retribution.

"I might be sympathetic to refugees in Lebanon, but the blaze of the Notre Dame only reminds me of the flames of the Old Summer Palace," wrote one user on social media. "Everything has consequences, heavenly cycles, retribution. This applies to both people and country! I only feel awe for karma, and it has nothing to do with morality."

French and British troops burned the Summer Palace to the ground during the Second Opium War in 1860 and it has since become a key element in the "Century of Humiliation" narrative taught in Chinese schools.

Read more at: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/asia/china-notre-dame-summer-palace-intl/index.html

Reading up on that opium war, it does seem unfair to the Chinese. I was unsure about what I was reading, talked to a Brit about it and he said "it's true".


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