N.B Chyoi / July 12, 2021
Anticipating the “Power of Media” and Worlds’ propaganda against China’s business expansion backed by debt trap especially in the under developed and the developing economies in Africa and South Asia, China had managed to intrude into leading dailies and magazines through representatives of state sponsored “China Daily” based in the U.S and the West.
According to an estimate approx. over $11,000,000 was spent to get hold of key persons in Time Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many more. These papers carried paid supplements that China Daily produced called “China Watch” which actually contained pro-Beijing spin.
The matter only came to notice recently in June 2021, when “China Daily” filed the return as per laid procedures under Foreign Agents Registration Act ( FARA) in US. The breakdown of payments to American outlets on account of printing and advertisement (2016-2020) were surprising. According to the recent data, China spent over $ 265,822 on advertising on social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook, apart from spending on print media in U.S.
The pro-democracy groups have been raising voices in US and warned about Chinese attempts to push propaganda through American outlets, but it was ignored. This matter could have never been unearthed, thanks to Corona Virus pandemic. While working over the alleged counter propaganda by China blaming US and West for the spread of the Corona virus followed by intense scrutiny and has exposed the deep nexus of Chinese with US media. But it has proved again that China knows the business and its execution to their advantage.
If the U.S media have become a victim of Chinese intrusion, can media houses in South Asia or Southeast Asia where Chinese have considerable influence in politics and economy be left behind? Chinese diaspora abroad had always remained Chinese, so one should be watchful of their activities rather trying to subvert such minds.
N.B Chyoi is a Kachin lawyer and geopolitical analyst focusing especially on Burma, India and China.
The opinion expressed here is the author’s own, and does not represent the editorial policy of The Kachin Post.