In contrast to the dithering Western leaders (an Arnold Schwarzenegger sound-alike playing the California governor reassures the public that the worst is over, just as the state is swan-diving into the Pacific), the Chinese take command of the situation in "2012." When the global destruction starts sooner than scientists predicted, China, being the industrial behemoth it is, still manages to finish the arks in time.
In the film, Chinese soldiers are shown gently guiding Tibetans out of a village that is soon to be turned into a top-secret government base, yelling into a megaphone: "The party and the government will help everybody rebuild your homes."
At some movie theaters, Chinese audiences have burst into applause at the scene in which a Chinese army officer welcomes the family of the hero, played by Cusack, whose plane has just crashed into the Himalayas.
Some see Emmerich's inclusion of China as a ploy to access the growing mainland market. Chinese box-office receipts totaled $630 million in 2008, up 27% from the previous year, according to government figures.