Great! This seems to have shocked the Chinese.
In withdrawing Tuesday, the American movie director said China "should be doing more to end the continuing human suffering" in Darfur, where fighting between rebellious African tribes and government-backed Arab militias has led to the deaths of as many as 450,000 people and displaced 2.5 million others.
China buys two-thirds of Sudan's oil exports and sells weapons to the Sudanese government. Spielberg's departure from the board advising the Chinese government on how to stage the Games' opening and closing ceremonies in August undermined China's efforts to present itself as a modern and advanced nation.
As Chinese officials returning from the Lunar New Year holiday scrambled to respond to Spielberg's widely publicized resignation, many Chinese seemed to rally around the government against the foreign criticism.
According to an online survey by the state-run newspaper Global Times, 82 percent of respondents believe Western pressure was due to political prejudice against China. The paper quoted international relations professor Jin Canrong of People's University of China in Beijing contending that the West uses its "media hegemony" to produce biased stereotypes.