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Around the world, people know climate activist Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who called on world leaders to take more decisive action on global warming. Her school strike to sit in protest in front of the Swedish parliament has inspired student demonstrations worldwide, and Time magazine has named her its 2019 Person of the Year. Western media have generally lauded her as a leader, icon and role model who speaks truth to power. Yet, in China, people tend to disapprove of Thunberg’s actions as being “radical, uninformed, theatrical” and “naive.” This article explains why reactions in China are different.
About the Author
Xu Yuedong is a reporter for Chinese online media platform The Beijing News, where he reviews movies and writes about minority cultures, society, economics and politics.