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Praise in China for pianist’s martial White House tune

AFP, BEIJING

Chinese Web users are acclaiming pianist Lang Lang’s (郎朗) choice of tune for a White House state dinner given in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) — a patriotic theme song from an anti-US war film.

The 28-year-old Chinese virtuoso, who divides his time between China and the US, has given no indication that he was aware of the nationalistic tinge to his choice at last Wednesday’s dinner entertainment.

However, Web users in China hailed Lang Lang as a true patriot for playing My Motherland, the theme of a famous 1956 Chinese film called Battle on Shangganling Mountain set during the Korean War.

The movie of the Battle of Triangle Hill, as it became known, features Chinese troops enduring huge hardship before reinforcements arrive and rout their US enemies.

“It’s deeply meaningful to play this in the United States, but I don’t know if the Americans can understand? Ha ha,” one Web user said on leading portal sina.com.

“You really voiced our thoughts,” another wrote. “We do not want to see war, but we are really not afraid of war, and to defend our homeland, we are really not afraid of any great powers.”

On his blog, Lang Lang gushed about his black-tie evening at the White House in the company of Hu and US President Barack Obama.

He wrote that playing My Motherland in front of so many dignitaries “seemed like I was telling them about the power of China and the unity of the Chinese.”

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