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Chrysanthemum Flower Bed 菊花台by the People’s Armed Police men’s choir 中國武警男聲合唱團 [Youtube]


Here’s sharing a moving symphonic track if you have six minutes to spare! There might be some dissonance at first with the olive green uniforms. The People’s Armed Police is the paramilitary arm responsible for civilian policing.

Its men’s choir performs the poetic ‘Chrysanthemum Flower Bed‘ (with English subtitles), soundtrack by popular Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou for the 2006 film Curse of the Golden Flower.

If one takes a negotiated reading of this intepretation there is a silver lining. That out there amidst the soothsayers painting Sino-Taiwanese tensions, we are presented here with another clue in Sino-Taiwan ties. On one hand, that things are not as bad as the media paints, another, indicative of a shared Greater China identity perhaps.

A look at the comments section in the Youtube video reveals:

May China mainland and China Taiwan be peaceful in the future! No internal fight and friction any more! Togather we can make Asian better than ever. TxHone

If Taiwan and China a peaceful solution to disputes with each other to help this will be the history of the world’s greatest countries a model of Hope that the Chinese peaceful change enunio

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Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Chinese overseas, Culture, Domestic Growth, Influence, International Relations, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Taiwan, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities

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