Have Western media given up duty of objective reporting?

By Ai Jun Source 2018/12/3

Time magazine recently published an article about Mihrigul Tursun, a Uyghur woman who claimed she came from a Xinjiang vocational training center, and tweeted a video clip of her testimony of alleged torture with tears and sobs.

I did an experiment: Sending the link to ordinary Chinese I know. Most of them laughed when they heard Tursun’s testimony. “It’s nonsense,” was their first reaction. Why did they react this way? The question should be left for editors from Time magazine to answer. If they treated her testimony more skeptically, figured out how outdated was the language she used and whether her remarks were reasonable, then the magazine wouldn’t have made such a fool of itself. China has made enough explanation. But those editors are still unimaginably ignorant of China. Will more explanation work?

Similar reports and interviews with Tursun can be found in many other Western media outlets. Western media love her, as if they hit the jackpot and finally seized the testimony of a witness to attack China, while being so indifferent to all the loopholes in her words.

Some foreigners buy Tursun’s stories as they have a severe misunderstanding of China which stems from ignorance. Quite a few Westerners still believe that China is generally an underdeveloped country where its people work in sweatshops and have very little freedom. Does China have cars? Does China have electricity? Do Chinese love freedom? These are the tip of the iceberg of questions raised on the Quora question-and-answer website in 2017.

It is supposed to be the mainstream media’s responsibility to answer these questions with objective and comprehensive information. Sadly, editors from Time have no basic knowledge of China and they have become the creators and spreaders of rumors.

Their mind-set is still stuck in the Cultural Revolution. Before publishing relevant articles, they might have hardly had any chance to actually visit China or talk to a real Chinese. How can people trust their reports?

Tursun’s stories alike are hardly new. It happened more than once that the testimonies given before the US Congress were found to be false with fabricated stories. The purpose was to support US political and military actions.

It is unfortunate to see Time magazine, which enjoys an influential readership among US intellectuals, degenerating into one of the media that focuses more on selling eye-catching, groundless stories rather than proven facts.

At least these reports showed some insights into the US perception of China. Why did the trade war occur? Why are there always radical thoughts against China in the US? Why is there constant untrue speculation about the number of Muslims who have been sent to vocational training centers, which can be 1 million today or 2 million tomorrow? One can’t help but wonder if the Western media have given up their responsibility to objective reporting.

Source: Global Times “Have Western media given up duty of objective reporting?”

Note: This is Global Times’ article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.


War of Words before Trade War Truce?

Reuters describes the oral war between US and Chinese high officials at their joint press conference after their talks in its report “U.S. presses China to halt militarization of South China Sea” yesterday.

The two sides argued about Taiwan, South China Sea, human rights, etc. but not trade.

The report says, “While Pompeo spoke little about trade in his public comments, Yang (Yang Jiechi, Politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party) said he hoped the two sides would find a mutually acceptable solution on the issue ‘before long.’”

It seems there will be a truce in their trade war as neither of them wants to be hurt by it, but the conflicts on other issues will remain and be the major themes of their cold war in the future as cold war is unavoidable since the US has fallen deep in Thucydides trap.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china/u-s-presses-china-to-halt-militarization-of-south-china-sea-idUSKCN1NE2C4.

China rejects allegations of detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang

Stephanie Nebehay August 13, 2018

GENEVA (Reuters) – China rejected on Monday allegations raised by a U.N. panel that 1 million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists.

Hu Lianhe, a senior Communist Party official, said authorities in the far western Xinjiang region guarantee citizens freedom of religious belief and protects “normal religious activities”.

China says that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.

Gay McDougall, a panel member, said on Friday it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs were held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no rights zone”.

“The argument that 1 million Uighurs are detained in re-education centers is completely untrue,” Hu told the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“There are no such things as re-education centers.”

Speaking on the second day of the review of China’s record in protecting the rights of its 55 ethnic minorities, Hu accused foreign terrorists and extremists of trying to ignite secessionist forces in Xinjiang, leading to assassinations, arson and poisonings.

He said China had clamped down on such crimes in accordance with the law and did not seek “de-Islamisation” of the region, but added: “Those deceived by religious extremism … shall be assisted by resettlement and education.”

He said China had imprisoned people for grave crimes, while minor criminals were assigned to vocational training and not subject to arbitrary detention or ill-treatment, without giving numbers.

U.N. human rights experts and Uighur activists voiced dismay with the delegation’s comments. The panel will issue its findings on Aug. 30.

“I notice that you didn’t quite deny that these re-education or indoctrination programs don’t take place,” McDougall told the Chinese delegation on Monday, seeking clarification on how many people undergo re-education.

She told Reuters after the review: “We have quite a long way to go in terms of our dialogue with China.”

Panelist Gun Kut described most of the delegation’s answers as “very defensive”, adding: “I’m sure you didn’t come all the way from China to basically say that everything is okay and there is not much to be done.”

Dolkun Isa, president of the exiled World Uighur Congress who attended the session, voiced disappointment.

“They even denied there are re-education camps. This is not a couple of hundred people – it is more than 1 million to 3 million in detention. But the Chinese government just closes its eyes,” he told Reuters.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Alison Williams

Source: Reuters “China rejects allegations of detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

One More Example of China Can Say No in Xi Jinping Thought

In respond to what a UN human rights panel said on August 10 that the panel had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China were held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” (see Reuters report “U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps” ), Reuters says in its report “China has prevented ‘great tragedy’ in Xinjiang, state-run paper says”, “In joint editorials in its Chinese and English versions, the widely-read Global Times tabloid said criticism of the rights record in Xinjiang was aimed at stirring trouble there and destroying hard-earned stability.”

The state-run paper says, “Peace and stability must come above all else. With this as the goal, all measures can be tried. We must hold onto our belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right.”

The clear massage given by the editorials is that China says no to Western human rights and upholds its own “belief that keeping turmoil away from Xinjiang is the greatest human right”.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ reports, full text of which can be viewed aaa at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/china-has-prevented-great-tragedy-in-xinjiang-state-run-paper-says-idUSKBN1KY01B and https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-says-it-has-credible-reports-that-china-holds-million-uighurs-in-secret-camps-idUSKBN1KV1SU.

Xinhua News Agency cheers the decline of American leadership

Jeremy Goldkorn June 20, 2018

Australia’s Lowy Institute has published the results of its 2018 public opinion poll: 42 percent of the survey respondents said Trump’s presidency is a critical threat to their country — higher than foreign political interference (41 percent) and China’s growing power (36 percent). Only 30 percent of Australians “have either ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ confidence in Donald Trump ‘to do the right thing regarding world affairs,’” while 43 percent are confident about Xi Jinping’s leadership.

Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post points out that while “many foreign nations expressed regret at the United States’ decision to pull out of the United Nations’ top human rights body, the move could be a boon for China as it leaves it with one fewer critic in the group.”

Xinhua News Agency is enjoying all of this: It has published a special feature (in Chinese) on Trump’s “withdrawal from the global community” (推出国际群 tuīchū guójìqún). Simon Rabinovitch, Shanghai correspondent for the Economist, tweeted about it:

Deep irony in some of the actions that China highlights. Take the TPP: America’s departure was a gift for China, reducing the threat of a united front against its trade practices. But now China describes it as an American betrayal of the international community. Win-win, as they say.

Source: SubChina “Xinhua News Agency cheers the decline of American leadership”

Note: This is SubChina’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

China Tells the US to Learn from China’s Human Rights

The debate about US and Chinese human rights is very interesting.

In its editorial, Chinese media gives the advice to the US to learn from China in controlling arms to protect its people. It has upset US media Washington Free Beacon so much that the US media published an article to attack China’s human rights records but said nothing about US efforts to defend the US about its problem in protecting its citizens’ lives.

That is really a new beginning. In the past, China only defend its human right records against US criticism that aimed at giving advice that China shall learn from the US with respect to human rights. China pointed out US human rights problems but never given the US the advice to learn from China with respect to human rights.

Chinese official media’s article proves that China has indeed entered a new era with self-confidence in its path, theory, system and culture.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Free Beacon’s article. Such debate may be very interesting for my readers as my posts aim at entertaining my readers. I reblog full text of the article below:

America Should Ban Civilian Guns to Protect Human Rights, Chinese Communist Dictatorship Says Through State-Run Media

‘The U.S. should learn from China and genuinely protect human rights’

BY: Stephen Gutowski March 7, 2018 2:35 pm

The Chinese communist dictatorship called on the United States to ban guns through a recent editorial in a state-run media outlet late last month.

The editorial, titled “China Can Offer Lessons to U.S. in Protecting Human Rights,” ran in the Global Times, an organ of the Chinese government, on Feb. 22 after the shooting in Parkland, Fla. It first applauded protests against the government before advocating for disarming civilians.

“Thousands of protesters, led by survivors of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, congregated at the Florida State Capitol building Wednesday,” said the regime, which brutally slaughtered thousands of protesters during a 1989 pro-democracy protest in Tiananmen Square. “Their message: Never again. Never again will a murderer purchase a gun easily.”

The editorial went on to argue that though the United States was “founded on the use of firearms,” things in the United States are now “different from that of more than 200 years ago.” It said the United States must impose new gun-control laws.

“There is an urgent need for the US to impose harsh restrictions on gun purchases nowadays,” it said. “The US has witnessed mad proliferation of guns and rampant gun violence.”

The editorial went on to cite an unlinked CNN report on mass shootings as partial justification for its argument.

“The US has no other choice but to adopt gun control,” it said. “The right of life is the most fundamental human rights. The right to bear arms cannot overpower the individual’s right to live.”

The Chinese communist party has a long and well-documented history of flagrant human rights violations. It commonly violates the rights of its people through censorship, forced abortions, outlawing dissent, and even state-sanctioned killing. Former communist dictator Mao Zedong is the worst mass murderer in history with his policies killing upwards of 100 million people.

Xi Jinping, the head of the party, was recently granted sweeping new powers and effectively a lifetime appointment by the China’s People’s Congress, which serves as merely a symbolic body that has never vetoed a proposal from the communist party. He is now considered the most powerful communist leader in China since Mao Zedong.

Still, the Chinese government rejected criticism of its own record of human rights abuses in the editorial and instead claimed the United States not disarming its civilian population amounts to a human rights abuse.

“Washington has been pointing an accusing finger at other countries over human rights issue,” the editorial said. “However, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in the country than American soldiers being killed in all US wars. It’s inhumane for the US, which boasts about its human rights record, to turn a blind eye to gun violence, snub increasing calls for gun control and risk more innocent lives.”

The Chinese government insisted the United States would have to adopt a civilian gun ban and pointed to its own disarming of civilians as an example of the country protecting human rights.

“The US will have to adopt gun control in the future,” the editorial said. “Gun ownership in China is strictly regulated, which helps reduce gun-related crimes and deaths. The US should learn from China and genuinely protect human rights. If the US does not control its guns, problems caused by firearms in the foreseeable future will continue plaguing US society.”

However, despite the claims of the Chinese government, China does experience mass shootings. Mass knife attacks are more common in the country, though, including a widely-publicized attack by political dissidents in 2014 that left 29 dead and 130 more injured.

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ by detention of Swedish citizen in China

Reuters Staff January 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that it was deeply concerned that a Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller, Gui Minhai, had been detained in China and called for him to be allowed to leave the country.

The Swedish government has said that Gui, who has published books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders, was taken into custody last week while traveling with Swedish diplomats to seek medical treatment in Beijing.

The European Union’s ambassador to China has called on the Chinese authorities to release Gui immediately, echoing demands from Stockholm.

“We are deeply concerned that Swedish citizen Gui Minhai was detained,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

“We call on Chinese authorities to explain the reasons and legal basis for Mr. Gui’s arrest and detention, disclose his whereabouts, and allow him freedom of movement and the freedom to leave China,” she said.

The United States and European allies would continue to promote “greater respect for human rights in China,” she said.

Asked this week about the Swedish and EU demands for Gui’s release, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman described the appeals as “baseless.”

Gui had been abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in custody on mainland China. The four others have returned to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of wide-ranging freedoms, including freedom of speech, but critics accuse Communist Party rulers in Beijing of creeping interference in the city’s affairs.

Chinese authorities said Gui was freed in October after serving a two-year sentence for a traffic-related crime in 2003.

Gui’s daughter Angela told Radio Sweden he was taken off a train by plainclothes police while en route to the capital to get medical attention for a neurological ailment.

Sweden’s Foreign Ministry has twice summoned China’s ambassador to Stockholm to explain the situation.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Daniel Wallis

Source: Reuters “U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ by detention of Swedish citizen in China”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.