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This year's Oscars could have been a moment of pride for China. Then politics got in the way

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Oscar?? nominee Chlo?? Zhao arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars?? at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

The Academy Awards this year could have been a major moment of pride for China.

Even as Zhao's victory makes headlines around the world, Chinese state media has remained conspicuously quiet.

Back then, Chinese state media was quick to congratulate Zhao, with nationalist tabloid the Global Times calling her "the pride of China. "

Chinese internet users dug up a 2013 interview she gave to US movie magazine Filmmaker, during which she appeared to criticize the China of her childhood as a place "where there are lies everywhere. " In another more recent interview with Australian media, Zhao was quoted as saying the United States "is now my country, ultimately. " The site later clarified Zhao had been misquoted -- what she actually said was the US "is not my country. "

Before long, promotional materials for Zhao's "Nomadland" disappeared from social media site Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform.

Zhao has not spoken critically of China since she rose to fame, but it seems a single comment made eight years ago is enough to destroy her image -- and halt her film's release.

In addition to the nationalistic backlash against Zhao, this year's Oscars is also a political thorn for the Chinese government for another reason -- "Do Not Split," a 35-minute film chronicling Hong Kong's 2019 pro-democracy protests, was nominated for best short documentary (it didn't win in the end).

But in China, Zhao still has her share of supporters.

Ant Group and Tencent are partnering with the People's Bank of China to develop technology related to the digital version of the country's currency, state media reported Sunday.

Tencent had also been reported to have some involvement with the digital yuan project, though this is the first time the company has talked publicly about its participation, according to Chinese state media.

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