Global Times in Beijing, no friend to Japan, now carries the story of Obama’s low bow to Emperor Akihito, quoting the Washington Times and all. The story is carried by the same paper in Chinese here. It took a couple of days, but the Chinese media is now buzzing with yet another theme.
Chinese netizens have some very interesting comments here, replete with some defense of the United States, reminders that American troops are still stationed in Japan, American superiority, etc. At least a historical perspective shines through a few. It’s possible but unlikely that I will be translating some of these more extensively later.
In the meantime, a contrasting search turns up this image from 2005:
Meanwhile, the French media parses the Tibet talk between Hu Jintao and Barack Obama. Ever-vigilant France!