Pack your bags foreign correspondents, Xinhua is on to you. In an editorial in the People’s Daily, Li Congjun, president of Xinhua, wrote that western media are trying to ‘demonise China’ and ‘promote revolution and national disintegration’.
According to Reuters, Li said that China needs to “combat the distorted view the Western media gives of the country and reject their anti-China plotting”.
“Some hostile Western forces and media do not want to see a prospering socialist China and target the spear of Westernisation, separation and ‘colour revolution’ at China,” Li wrote.
They “use their powerful dissemination abilities to massively play up the ‘China threat theory’ and the ‘China collapse theory’, creating rumours to attack and vilify our country and party which harms our interests and national image.”
“Overall, global opinions are still dominated by Western media outlets, and China’s capacity to make its own voice heard fails to match its international standing,” Li wrote.
Li also echoed the much expressed desire to improve Chinese soft-power tactics and “foreign propaganda efforts”.
China has poured money into trying to get its voice heard internationally, including English-language television news channels, but they are still widely regarded in Western countries as heavily slanted towards the Chinese government.
Why would anyone ever think that Chinese media are slanted towards the Chinese government when the president of China’s largest news service publicly calls on his journalists to “proactively publicise the policies and positions of the party and government”?
There is also the small matter of spying done by Xinhua reporters overseas for the Chinese government. Perhaps Li is so quick to see conspiracy by western reporters to damage China because he is actively involved in conspiracies against other countries himself. He should go back to publishing fetish porn and/or marmots.
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