Navina Heyden, a German blogger, pointed this out: I don’t get the idea of some people – as long as China becomes stronger, its ties with the world will get better… No one in Europe would think so.
Some netizens sensed a subtext here: When China becomes stronger, its relations with the world could get worse. This is obviously believed by quite a few Germans in particular and Westerners in general.
Compared with most German influencers, Heyden is relatively objective in her views about China. However, she has suffered waves of cyber violence from within Germany since 2020 simply because she said something in fairness to China’s fight against COVID-19. Her case is a vivid example of how people in Germany and other Western countries deal with China-related information through distortion. They won’t embrace voices that contradict their stereotype about China, or those that can prove China has done something right.