So says Vice President Francis Underwood,
played by Kevin Spacey, to Xander Feng, the corrupt Chinese billionaire
played by Terry Chen, in the newest season of “House of Cards,” the
highly acclaimed Netflix political drama
about the machinations of a ruthlessly ambitious American politician and his wife.
It’s not often one hears a line this
politically provocative on a Chinese state-regulated entertainment
platform. But with more than 15 million total views on Sohu, one of
China’s leading Internet portals, the latest episodes (and this line)
have been played many times over since the much-anticipated release of
the show’s second season last week.
The new season of “House of Cards” focuses on a host of issues that
would typically be regarded as sensitive by the Chinese authorities:
cyber-espionage, currency manipulation, tensions between China and Japan
in the East China Sea, and the extravagant and corrupt lifestyles
enjoyed by the offspring of China’s revolutionary leaders.