We Can't Ignore This: Is WaPo Publishing Chinese State Propaganda? Seems Like It
Crazy as that may sound, the Washington Post published an extremely pro-communist china article titled "Trump views China’s Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinse sees it as a ticket to a better future.” The article is riddled with what looks like pro-communist China propaganda and paint the country as 'widely successful' in handling the Wuhan virus.
It almost seems like WaPo has some sort of financial incentive to publish pro-China content while also dishing out a heavy amount of anti-Trump rhetoric. As it turns out, there is something there. In a publication done by TheDailyCaller, WaPo received money from Beijing to publish propaganda disguised as news articles.
We'll come back to this, later. For now, lest look at the masterpiece that Washington Post published.
In this article, you will see the writer claim that the Chinese citizens who risked everything to speak out about the virus in the early days of the outbreak are now pleased when they look back on how their country handled the pandemic so far:
"Chinese who were complaining in February about the party’s coronavirus coverup reflect more positively on their experience now that they can see, through the American example, how much worse it could have been.
“It’s strange to think of the Communist Party as weaker, because all of us feel that our country and our party have grown stronger in the face of this epidemic,” said Xia, who was dressed more like a pop star than a propaganda star. Like her father, she joined the party at age 20."
The article goes on to paint Trump as a china-obsessed lunitic while the communist party is all sunshine and clovers:
"Wang Wei, a professor at the Hunan provincial branch of the Communist Party School, said Pompeo’s comments revealed the Trump administration’s worry about China eclipsing the United States.
“This just shows that they fear a stronger Communist Party and a stronger China after we showed our might in the battle against the coronavirus epidemic,” she said."
To top it all off the article then acknowledges the stronghold the Chinses government has over its people including the restrictive political options but insists that the young people of China are at eases with the regime and feel it's leading them to a bright future:
But in China, the reality is more complicated. The party may remain bound by many of the strictures first envisaged by Mao and his comrades in the 1920s, and these pronouncements may hint at underlying alarm about the challenges China faces, but the organization is relevant to many people’s lives.
Party membership means better education prospects and better jobs, more politically advantageous marriages and nicer apartments. For many, it is a ticket to a brighter future.
“If you want an important job, or even to work in a university or a social organization, if you’re not a party member, you won’t be promoted,” said Zheng Yongnian, a Chinese political scientist who teaches at the National University of Singapore. “Plus, young people these days are quite nationalistic, so they are choosing to join the party.”
Some 80 percent of recruits last year were younger than 35, according to official party statistics."
Enough about the Wapo article, though. Let's take a look at the possible foreign monetary gains the publication reportedly receives. According to a report done by Daily Caller In June, Washington Post has received million from Beijing to post propaganda disguised as newsworthy articles. Articles, that according to Daily Caller, paints the CCP to look like saviors:
"China Daily, an English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, has paid more than $4.6 million to The Washington Post and nearly $6 million to The Wall Street Journal since November 2016, the records show.
Both newspapers have published paid supplements that China Daily produces called “China Watch.” The inserts are designed to look like real news articles, though they often contain a pro-Beijing spin on contemporary news events."
The particular article in question does not appear to have been commissioned by the CCP per the 'about' section of the piece. However, if DC's research proves solid, I would question the relevance of that entirely.
Trump, like many presidents before him, has aimed to improve relations between the US and China- before the pandemic but like others, before him, he was met with hostility and resistance. The Chinese people may benefit greatly from American consumers but make no mistake the Chinese government is no friend to the United States.
There is a hard line between a government and its people. I assume and hope anyone who reads this will understand that China's government does not reflect on its citizens who were only born there, under communist control, by chance. I say this for many reasons, one being that WaPo's claim that the young people of China are pleased with the communist regime would be nearly impossible to know as the country keeps a tight hold on communications and have strict consequences for people who speak out.
Let's not forget the three Chinese reporters who disappeared shortly after blowing the whistle on the Wuhan virus.