The United States was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1984 -- at least in John Milius' Red Dawn. The remake of the war film is due out later this year, but since the Soviet Union no longer exists the conquering force has been changed to a coalition of the Russians and the Chinese. This has one of China's state-run newspapers up in arms. Fan-made posters for the film aren't helping the cause either. Images released online show a cracked red, white and blue U.S. map stamped with the People's Liberation Army star and the slogan, "Rebuilding Your Reputation."
Chinese newspaper headlines read "U.S. Reshoots Cold War Movie to Demonize China," and "American Movie Plants Hostile Seeds Against China," which goes to prove that secretary of state Hilary Clinton's recent visit to strengthen relations didn't do much to dissuade suspicion and fear. An excerpt from the Global Times had this to say on the subject: "Despite the world's focus on U.S.-China relations in the strategic and economic dialogue and their increasing economic connections, China can still feel U.S. distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans' suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie Red Dawn."