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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • Chinese propaganda

  • now as American as apple pie!

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • Chinese propaganda.

  • It's not just for Chinese people anymore.

  • The Chinese Communist Party's “officialperspective on China

  • has infiltrated nearly every American home,

  • almost every major English language newspaper,

  • TV network, and radio station.

  • And it happened so quietly,

  • so gradually,

  • that almost no one saw it coming.

  • Like the aliens.

  • They've been here all along.

  • Ahem.

  • In 2013, Chinese leader Xi Jinping

  • gave a speech at

  • and this is what it was really called

  • China's National Meeting on Propaganda

  • and Thought Work.

  • Thought work?

  • Okay, come on,

  • now it's like you're not even

  • trying to hide it.

  • What did Xi go to next?

  • The National Meeting on the Same Thing

  • We Do Every Meeting, Pinky-

  • Try to Take Over the World?

  • Anyway, at theThought Workmeeting,

  • Xi said China needs

  • to strengthen media coverage

  • and promote China's views internationally.”

  • The Chinese Communist Party

  • now spends $10 billion dollars a year

  • to spread its propaganda overseas.

  • And it has three goals,

  • according to independent watchdog,

  • Freedom House:

  • One: To promote a positive view of China

  • and benign perspective of the CCP's

  • authoritarian regime.

  • Two: To encourage foreign investment in China

  • and openness to Chinese investment abroad;

  • and Three: To marginalize, demonize,

  • or entirely suppress anti-CCP voices.

  • In other words,

  • the CCP's goals are to

  • One: Paint a giant rainbow.

  • Two: Get foreigners to seek the pot of gold;

  • and Three: Suppress any rainbow experts

  • who point out the rainbow is fake.

  • So there are some obvious

  • Chinese propaganda methods

  • and some very sneaky,

  • subtle ones.

  • The obvious:

  • An ad for state-run Xinhua News

  • in the middle of Times Square.

  • A waste of money, for sure.

  • Who cares about Xinhua?

  • I was looking at the ad for...

  • whatever she's doing.

  • Then there's the English China Daily

  • in newspaper boxes

  • all over major US cities.

  • But would you pay 25 cents to read about

  • how every country loves China?

  • And of course,

  • English state-run television.

  • It used to be called CCTV America.

  • But in 2016 they rebranded it as

  • China Global Television Network”,

  • or CGTN.

  • But you can still tell what it is

  • by all their stupid panda coverage.

  • I think it's pretty clear now

  • why pandas are endangered.

  • But it's not just pandas.

  • Let's take a look at how CGTN covers

  • Tibetan buddhism.

  • The 11th Panchen Lama

  • is the spiritual leader of Buddhism

  • in China's Tibet region.

  • As China is celebrating the 20th anniversary

  • of his enthronement,

  • he's talked about some of the changes

  • he wants to make.

  • Hmmm,

  • I wonder what those changes could be.

  • The core values of socialism,

  • such as harmony, honesty, and equality,

  • have their corresponding concepts in Sutra.

  • Panchen of past generations

  • have been known for patriotism.

  • Wow!

  • Communism is just like Buddhism.

  • And to be a good religious leader,

  • you have to be loyal to the Communist Party.

  • Thanks, Panchen Lama.

  • And thanks, CGTN America,

  • for not mentioning how this Panchen Lama's “enthronement

  • came after the Communist Party

  • kidnapped the actual Panchen Lama

  • and then replaced him with this kid,

  • who they then spent 20 years brainwashing.

  • Did you know CGTN is available

  • in a quarter of American households?

  • Now, there's also that sneaky,

  • subtle kind of propaganda I mentioned.

  • It's a strategy the CCP calls

  • borrowing the boat to reach the sea.”

  • In other words,

  • putting state-sponsored propaganda

  • into Western media outlets

  • in a way that makes it feel like it's

  • part of those outlets' normal content.

  • For example, these paid advertising supplements

  • are designed to look and feel just like articles

  • and then slipped into major US papers

  • like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Not subtle enough?

  • How about how every day,

  • state-run media provides TV footage from China

  • for free through its news feed,

  • and through services like Reuters

  • so that American media outlets can pick it up.

  • For example, this NBC News video

  • shows footage of flooding in China...

  • And what do you know,

  • part of it is identical

  • to the state-run CCTV feed.

  • You can usually tell because

  • state-run media reports on China's natural disasters

  • focus heavily on how great the rescue efforts are.

  • It sends the subtle message

  • that the CCP is here to help.

  • For a lot of China-related TV

  • news stories in the US,

  • most of the footage and information

  • comes from Chinese state-run media.

  • And there's radio, too.

  • This Reuters investigation showed that

  • programming from state-run China Radio International

  • was being broadcast on radio stations

  • in 15 American cities

  • because many stations were willing to allow

  • part ownership by Chinese companies

  • to make financial ends meet.

  • So the state-run propaganda

  • mostly covers the first and second goals

  • listed by Freedom House.

  • But what about the third goal?

  • You see, propaganda alone

  • isn't enough to control the China narrative.

  • Because what about all those

  • pesky foreign journalists!

  • That's where censorship comes in.

  • There's a lot of obvious stuff.

  • Like when government thugs

  • stop media from reporting on something specific.

  • But more damaging is the self-censorship.

  • Like how journalists based in China

  • avoid reporting on certain sensitive topics,

  • for fear they could get kicked out of China altogether.

  • Especially after the CCP made

  • an example out of Al-Jazeera's Melissa Chan.

  • And of course,

  • sometimes editors are told to kill a story

  • to protect their company.

  • Yaar, dead articles tell no tales.

  • But they boost sales.

  • Which I believe is the sixth movie

  • in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

  • So the CCP is spending

  • $10 billion dollars a year on propaganda,

  • as well as implementing

  • widespread censorship pressure.

  • Why is this a big deal?

  • Because it's severely misleading US companies,

  • government officials,

  • and average Americans

  • when it comes to making decisions on China.

  • The CCP says its economy is strong,

  • so US companies go there...

  • but often lose money.

  • The CCP boasts about its high-speed rail,

  • so US government officials think,

  • hey, it would be a great idea

  • to have the Chinese government invest in

  • high-speed rail projects in America.

  • Even though they sentenced their former railways minister

  • to death...

  • after a kind of catastrophic

  • high speed rail crash

  • that they may have tried to cover up.

  • But one thing the CCP for sure covered up

  • was food safety hazards.

  • Which then literally killed puppies.

  • So yeah, not good.

  • But is there anything the US government

  • can do about the spread of Chinese

  • state-run propaganda in America?

  • Well the first thing they can do

  • is watch the situation closely.

  • Last year, Congress passed a bipartisan law

  • that would help the State Department

  • to work with experts to closely monitor

  • propaganda and disinformation

  • from the Chinese Communist Party.

  • They can also demand more transparency.

  • The FCC could implement rules

  • that require clear labeling of foreign government ownership

  • of media outlets or of paid content

  • sponsored by foreign governments.

  • And they should review potential acquisitions

  • of US media companies by Chinese state-run

  • or affiliated companies.

  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

  • should have the power to stop these deals

  • if necessary.

  • So as we wait for the quick,

  • decisive action of the US government,

  • is there anything you can you do

  • in the meantime?

  • Well, keep your eyes peeled

  • for whether what you're watching or reading

  • is coming from Chinese state-run media.

  • Brands like these.

  • And maybe take those views

  • with a teeny, tiny grain of salt.

  • And when you're reading or watching news

  • in American mainstream media

  • that have bureaus in China,

  • keep in mind that even though their reports

  • might be factually correct,

  • there's a lot of important stories

  • they're not covering.

  • And of course,

  • you should take a look at alternative

  • sources of information as well.

  • Like maybe a subversive comedy news program

  • that, I don't know,

  • uncensors China-related news.

  • So what do you think of

  • Chinese propaganda infiltrating

  • American hearts and minds?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored,

  • once again I'm your host, Chris Chappell,

  • see you next time.

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