China and the United States are waging a silent war on each other. The United States has caught the Chinese people cheating people in the treaties that they have signed in good faith. President Trump has placed tariffs on China to get them to the table and develop an honorable agreement. But now the latest battle being fought is over media image. China is telling all American journalists that they must not paint a bad image of the country or there will be trouble.
China stated that they would have to take “reciprocal countermeasures” if they did not stop promoting the coronavirus outbreak in a way that harms the country. Their countermeasures are aimed at forcing American journalists to turn in their media credentials. Those that work for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post are being targeted. The same reporting that they do against America is being done against China. Each journalist is not allowed to report any news in China or Hong Kong.
China also is pointing out that this decision is in direct response to the United States “slashing the staff size of Chinese media outlets in the US, which is expulsion in all but name.” Media control is a trademark identifier of communist countries. They monitor and control all media, so they can force them to promote a positive image of a failing system.
The Chinese officials have stated that “In recent years, the US government has placed unwarranted restrictions on Chinese media agencies and personnel in the US, purposely made things difficult for their normal reporting assignments and subjected them to growing discrimination and politically-motivated oppression.” They believe that they must make it difficult for American journalists in turn.
China is trying to get the world to see them in a different light. The virus started in China which is bad enough for their image. What China does not like is the fact that their media outlets in America must now register their assets with the U.S. government. The decision to require such a measure was because China controls its news outlets. They keep a tight handle on what is said about the government and the country. It is all about image.
The control they have is best put by one official “The control over both the content and editorial control have only strengthened over the course of Xi Jinping’s term in power. These guys are in fact arms of the CCP’s (Chinese Community Party’s) propaganda apparatus.” What has been noted is that as the virus moved out of the country the Chinese began to monitor and control more of the news that was being said around the world.
One story of control is the doctor that first told the media about the coronavirus. He was forced by Chinese officials to sign a statement that said he lied about the details of the virus. China had something to hide that they did not want to let out. The reporting on the truth was limited to what the government of China wanted the world to see.
Tom Cotton who is a Republican for Arkansas stated that “The Chinese Communist Party stays in power through its state propaganda outlets and restricting access to information. It’s no surprise that a free press — particularly one that reports on China’s terrible response to the Wuhan coronavirus — has threatened the CCP enough to be expelled from their shores.”
China has pushed the notion that the American military brought the virus to the shores of China, so they could blame the Chinese people. Chinese officials have falsely reported this story and are demanding the truth from the United States. They are looking for things that are not there. To refuse their request is to invite more “countermeasures” according to the Chinese people.
China states that “The above-mentioned measures are entirely necessary and reciprocal countermeasures that China is compelled to take in response to the unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the US. They are legitimate and justified self-defense in every sense.” There is nothing justified about the lies that they are promoting. They have restricted the truth to the point that everything that they report is full of lies.