It is not surprising that the Chinese would feel very humiliated and angered at the accusations as also the manner its badminton team's chutzpah! I only feel sorry for the Chinese athletes who have endured pain through their childhood to achieve the dream of their nation, as also improve their own financial fortunes since winning medals guarantees large money prizes and sponsorship, the sums that they attract they would have never dreamed of if they had a normal job. Therefore, their disappointment and angst can be well understood. And one can only pity them. For the Chinese, it is also a comedown if they do not match up and surpass the Medal Tally that they surprised the world with! China competes with the US in all department and losing it to the US, having won over the US, is a serious loss of face. And what is the worse fear for the Chinese is that they are not the most popular country in the world. If they lose the first place in medal tally, they will face great ridicule from all over the world. Quite a few countries in the world are waiting for China to be brought down a notch or two and all their boast and pride that they keep on displaying is well punctured and they deflate like a punctured balloon. This is why the People Daily has commented thus: they represented the widespread hostility that Westerners feel toward a rising China.