[Yale: kèuhng gwok]
[Jyutping: koeng4 gwok3 ]
1. a superpower
2. to strengthen a country
This term contains the meaning of “金玉其外，敗絮其中” , which means “Gold and jade outside, rotten cotton inside” literally.
In the last decade, “太空強國”, which means “space strong country” literally (superpowers of space exploration), was constantly used by mass media to refer China after her successes in space exploration. However, on the cyberspace, “強國” evolves to become a derogatory/satirical term. Nowadays, netizen use “強國” exclusively on negative things about China. For example,
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陳大文部落: (完整版) 強國製辦工室氣壓椅爆爛OL陰道狂流血慘案
Chan Tai Man’s Blog: (full version) Strong-country-made office chair exploded OL(Office Lady)’s vagina and caused the non-stop bleeding tragedy.
「強國」。香港網路大典。 (In written Mandarin)