Chinese State Media Excited Over Wall Street Protests

By Li Jing, Epoch Times
October 12, 2011 4:07 am Last Updated: October 1, 2015 3:24 pm
Wall Street protesters participate in a meeting at Zuccotti Park where hundreds of activists are living on Oct. 11 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Wall Street protesters participate in a meeting at Zuccotti Park where hundreds of activists are living on Oct. 11 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Chinese state media has been overly excited in their continuous reporting of the Wall Street protests in the U.S. It is an example of the Communist regime’s distorted news reporting of overseas events and its neglect of similar events at home, designed to lead Chinese people to form notions against the U.S. and against democracy, Chinese critics of the communist regime say.

“The roar of thousands of protesters shakes New York and is spreading all across the United States,” Xinhua News Agency, the regime’s mouthpiece, quoted from Central News Agency on Oct. 5.

It also quoted an analyst saying, the “Occupy Wall Street” slogan means America’s political and economic systems are being questioned, and that the protests are a “declaration of war” on the entire system of the United States.

Wei Zhenling, a former reporter for Zhejiang Youth Daily, and now an independent writer living in Zhejiang Province, disagrees with this extremist evaluation. Protests like the one at Wall Street are very common in western democratic countries, he told The Epoch Times.

“Unlike the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) media, which has to weigh what to report and what not to report based on political concerns, western media treat any incident with a normal state of mind. CCP official media, however, are overly excited when reporting on U.S. protests but turn a blind eye to more serious things happening in China,” Wei said.

According to Wei, the regime’s media always reports on good things but rarely on problems inside China, whereas western media many times reports on problems instead of the good things.

“It would be fine if the CCP’s media reported on western democratic systems in an objective way, but the problem is that it distorts the truth and exaggerates it,” Wei said.

Furthermore, Chinese people have been subjected to the CCP’s “one voice” propaganda for such a long time that they have gradually formed the notion that western style democracy would not work in China, Wei said.

Immigrations to US

Xinhua News Agency also quoted from some of Hong Kong’s pro-CCP media, which questioned why peaceful protesters in New York were being arrested. They said it demonstrates that the U.S. is two-faced when it comes to protests, and once the demonstration is directed at the government, it displays its dictatorship inclinations without any hesitation.

Bian Hexiang, a central committee member of the overseas China Social Democratic Party, who currently resides in the U.S., said that this is a common strategy used by the CCP. Whenever a western country goes through a financial crisis, for example, Chinese media will report on it in a one-sided way, and this easily influences Chinese people as they cannot obtain true information from overseas, he said.

“The CCP uses this deceptive tactic to affect what people see and hear. It leads Chinese people to form thoughts against the U.S. and against democracy,” Bian said.

But in spite of this anti-U.S. propaganda, many high ranking CCP officials are sending their children to the U.S. to immigrate, and are transferring their assets overseas. And that’s the best way to determine whether the U.S. system is good or not, Bian said.

“Nowadays, ‘naked officials’–officials whose family members have all gone abroad–are everywhere in China,” Bian said.

Arab Spring Uprisings

The regime’s media has also related the Wall Street protests to the Arab Spring popular uprisings this year and also quoted analysts saying the Wall Street protests have the possibility of evolving into the kinds of riots seen in Great Britain earlier.

Bian said the CCP’s referencing the Wall Street protests to the Jasmine Revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East is a tactics it uses consistently.

This way the CCP transfers any ideas of a Jasmine Revolution inside China directly onto the U.S., strengthening the notion in Chinese people’s minds that it’s the U.S., which needs a Jasmine Revolution.

“In actuality, it is precisely the CCP who fears Jasmine flowers blossoming in China,” Bian said.

Wei had a similar conclusion. “The CCP’s official media is always good at diverting attention away from domestic conflicts,” he said, adding that social conflicts exist in any country in the world.

“Western democratic countries have a self-regulating system to treat social conflicts; through protests, laws, public elections, and other forms they are able to resolve conflicts. However centralized authoritarian regimes can only suppress and accumulate conflicts, which leads to a ‘pressure cooker’ situation in the end,” Wei said.

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