China Bashing, those two words describe the criticism of China in Western media and social networks. Without wanting to provoke, I often answer that China Bashing doesn’t exist! Perhaps I am overreacting. Let’s put this statement in context before opposing it.
China’s political system allows little criticism in the national media, which has been decreasing in recent years. Beijing wants positive energy, 正能量. Moreover, access to information is difficult. These two conditions favour all speculation when events occur, which can be difficult to verify, given the lack of openness. For example, in the case of the famous figures on the epidemic, if journalists had been able to do their job, especially in January, a whole series of speculations on the number of deaths in Wuhan would have been avoided; either the information gathered would have attested to the veracity of the figures, or the government would have been obliged to acknowledge the true scale of the epidemic. So, rumour becomes information, all kinds of testimonies collected reinforce it, and in the case of many sensitive subjects, few things are verifiable, there are many manipulations, not always in the sense that one believes.
China bashing of the Chinese
Who is most involved in this so-called China Bashing? Westerners? I don’t think so. Let me explain, when you start to have relations of trust, you can have fairly open discussions in China, and when you talk about politics, especially in the North, there is a lot of criticism, and as a foreigner, you sometimes find it a bit silly to find extenuating circumstances for a government. Because the Chinese know their country well, criticism can be very relevant.
Outside China, various Chinese-language media, which could be classified as opposition, have nothing to envy this so-called western bashing. Moreover, they are more interesting than the Western media because, thanks to their networks, they are much better informed. Ming Jing News, based in New York, and its director Ho Pin, a native of Hunan, cover all the news. There are also Chinese journalists or ordinary citizens on Youtube, who openly express their disagreement; for example, the economic journalist Wang Jian or Stone. Even in Beijing, the martial arts champion Xu Xiadong, who has taken a stand against the management of the epidemic and the disappearance of whistleblowers, is making his voice heard even if he is sometimes called to order by the local police.
Moreover, the whole White House speech on Chinese responsibility for the spread of the epidemic, the leak from a laboratory, and the figures of the epidemic in China were already mentioned in these media in January, sometimes even with great precision. When, two months later, some Western media started to take up the subject, it seemed like a bad copy. Nothing new, the Western brouhaha was several trains behind schedule.
The purpose of this site is to present various points of view. Besides the exciting perspectives that a Huang Qifan can show, see the article on the levers available to the Chinese economy, it is also interesting to listen to another sound of the bell and to get an idea, because unfortunately for the comfort of the brain, the Chinese reality seems neither white nor black.
Wang Jian is one of those journalists who do not report trains arriving on time. Listening to opposing opinions is rewarding.
He believes that the China of Xi Jinping currently has several points in common with the USSR in recent years. 1. A grain crisis 2. Without exports, the Chinese economy is not holding up. 3. A currency that cannot be traded.
Signs of a grain crisis have been appearing in recent months, the epidemic and floods in the middle of the grain zone have made production and harvesting difficult. The official figures that have just come out are not consistent enough to be credible. Moreover, the official media gave very little coverage to the floods at first so as not to increase a sense of scarcity, as it is easy to understand that floods are occurring in cereal countries. Xi’s discourse urging people to avoid wastage, according to Wang, is related to this crisis affecting grains. China has to import and therefore use the stock of foreign currency damaged by the global crisis.
Why are we talking about China bashing?
If such comments were made in foreign publications, many would have shouted: “China bashing.” Criticism of China is quickly labeled China bashing, whereas criticism is common practice in Western countries. When we take the French example, some newspapers systematically criticize the French government, are we talking about French bashing? When a right-wing newspaper takes down a left-wing government and vice versa, is it called French bashing? No, criticism is normal! Why talk about China bashing?
21 August 2020