Former CCTV America anchor Phillip TK Yin has announced that he will run for Lieutenant Governor in the state of Washington on a Republican ticket.
In an interview with The Initium, Yin urged people not to judge him solely on his career with the Chinese state broadcaster and said that he “does not agree with everything CCTV broadcasts.”
Yin says he quit as anchor of Biz Asia America to look after his father, rather than because of media censorship. “I don’t approve of everything that CNN and CNBC broadcast, but of course I don’t approve of all of CCTV’s content.”
After four years with the broadcaster, he also said that he was “very proud of his experience at CCTV America and does not regret it in the slightest.”
Speaking about the missing Hong Kong booksellers, Yin, who is married to a Hongkonger, said that he was concerned about the situation.
“I understand the motives behind what the government in Beijing is doing,” he said. “I also understand what is happening in Hong Kong. I am just as worried as Hongkongers.”
The Lieutenant Governor of Washington is currently Brad Owen, a Democrat who has served since 1997. The election will kick off on August 2 with a series of primaries for each party to select candidates.