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China’s Media Companies Are Failing At Home, Failing Abroad And Failing Xi Jinping

China is spending billions in an effort to tell its stories to the world. But the official media’s poor coverage of an explosion at a chemical plant in Jiangsu exposes just how clueless its propaganda officials really are.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

 

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India And Pakistan Are Already At War On Truth

The confrontation could spiral out of control quickly. But fortunately, apart from a wounded Indian pilot and a Pakistani villager hit by falling rubble, the only confirmed casualty so far seems to be truth. Right now, the more extensive and damaging war in South Asia is the multi-pronged assault on reality by the warriors of Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and hyper-nationalist news channels as well as mendacious governments.

Read Here – Bloomberg Views

It’s the Mysterious Department Behind China’s Growing Influence Across The Globe. And It’s Getting Bigger

The controversial Chinese Communist Party department responsible for promoting its influence around the world will have its authority greatly strengthened. The United Front Work Department, which has fallen under the scrutiny of Western governments in recent months, will now oversee the country’s ethnic and religious issues as well as overseas Chinese affairs.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

 

China Approves Giant Propaganda Machine To Improve Global Image

China has approved the creation of one of the world’s largest propaganda machines as it looks to improve its global image, according to a person familiar with the matter. The new broadcaster will be called “Voice of China,” the person said, mimicking the U.S. government-funded Voice of America that started up during World War II to advance American interests. Bloomberg News had previously reported the new entity would be created through merging China Central Television, China Radio International and China National Radio.

Read Here – Bloomberg

How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms

More than a decade after they were created, Confucius Institutes have sprouted up at more than 500 college campuses worldwide, with more than 100 of them in the United States—including at The George Washington University, the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa. Overseen by a branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education known colloquially as Hanban, the institutes are part of a broader propaganda initiative that the Chinese government is pumping an estimated $10 billion into annually, and they have only been bolstered by growing interest in China among American college students.

Read Here – Politico

The Limits of Chinese Soft Power

China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-President Hu Jintao told the Communist Party that the country needed to increase its soft power; President Xi Jinping repeated the same message last year. They know that, for a country like China, whose growing economic and military power risks scaring its neighbors into forming counter-balancing coalitions, a smart strategy must include efforts to appear less frightening. But their soft-power ambitions still face major obstacles.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

China’s New Flying Propaganda Machine

Chinese state-run media is reporting that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force has modified one of its planes — what appears to be a Y-8 airlifter (basically, Beijing‘s version of the U.S.-made C-130 Hercules) — to carry the kind of broadcast equipment capable of taking over a country’s radio and TV channels. It’s another sign that the Chinese military is slowly starting to close the enormous advantage that the U.S. Air Force has over it in the skies.

Read More – Foreign Policy

Politics By Visual Means

Hollywood has always been an eager accomplice of Washington‘s political elites. But over the past few years, it has foreshadowed the decline of neoconservative ideology.

Read Here – The European

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