March 17, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
The U.S. is insulting the Chinese media. It is
affecting both countries. My colleagues in Beijing
believe, correctly, that Washington should have
tried to increase communication, not to bring it to
Twist what is happening; reverse facts. That is
what the Western media does when “dealing with”
China, Russia, Iran or several “unfriendly” Latin
American countries. It is an extremely old game,
with roots in the colonial era.
If you have monopoly on disseminating information
to all corners of the Planet, such cynical approach
might actually work.
If only one person is allowed to talk, then what
he says could become, inevitably, the truth.
Washington loves to snap at “undemocratic
nations”. But the truth is, both the United States
and the United Kingdom, in unison, have managed to
create a thoroughly and truly undemocratic global
system of governance, economic practices and
“information” (in fact – disinformation).
Countries that defend their own people are
painted as “regimes”, even dictatorships. Their
media outlets which are using simply common logic
are smeared as “propaganda” channels.
In summary, if you pay for “information”
invented, manufactured and refined in the U.S. and
Europe, by the Western press agencies and television
networks, you will be just fine and get patted on
the back. Especially if that information is helping
to maintain global political and economic
dictatorship of the West. So, if you pay for getting
your people brainwashed and indoctrinated, you will
be ranked high on the various “freedom of
But be warned: if you tell the truth, or if you
expose Western lies, you will get smeared, insulted
as a demagogue and an undemocratic liar. That is
what is happening right now to China.
I am writing this commentary in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, a marvelous country now
collapsing after having being lured into
fascism by local right-wing media, which has
been trained and financed by the Western
What is the background to dispute between the
U.S. and China?
In early February 2020, The Wall Street
Journal published an article “China Is the
Real Sick Man of Asia”. It was an insulting
piece, vulgar in many ways. Some saw it as racist.
It was taking advantage of pain Chinese people are
experiencing due to the recent coronavirus epidemy,
turning medical emergency into a political issue. It
is something that could be easily defined as cheap
journalism, and obvious propaganda. Stuff that is
often written on order, in both North America and
Indignant, Beijing took action against the
newspaper. Under circumstances, this was the most
natural thing to do. But instead of apologizing,
Washington intensified war against the Chinese
On March 2, 2020, The Guardian reported:
“The United States has slashed by nearly
half the number of Chinese nationals allowed to
work for their state-run media in the United
States, vowing reciprocity as Beijing restricts
A state department official said that
five media outlets, which last month were
reclassified by the United States as foreign
missions, would be allowed to employ a maximum
100 Chinese nationals as of 13 March, down from
around 160 now…
The organization most affected by the
order will be the state news agency Xinhua,
which will be allowed to keep 59 Chinese staff
in the United States, according to a state
The China Global Television Network will
be permitted 30 nationals. The China Daily can
have nine Chinese employees and China Radio
International will be permitted two.”
What is really behind all this?
Russian, Chinese, Latin American and even Iranian
media outlets are becoming extremely influential in
the educated circles in the West. It is because many
citizens in Europe and the United States do not
trust their own media, anymore. They are turning for
information to such media outlets as RT,
China Daily, CGTN, PressTV,
NEO and Telesur.
Washington promotes competition, ideological and
commercial, but only when it suits its interests,
meaning, when it is winning. When its ideology or
products begin to stumble behind the competitors
(China, Russia, for instance), it immediately
imposes sanctions, or introduces censorship.
The same happens to the countries which could be
defined as the U.S. allies, particularly the U.K., a
state which has been helping with establishing the
In a report “UK press acts as ‘appendage
of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new
analysis shows”, RT wrote:
“A new analysis of British media’s
coverage of foreign policy has found that, by
and large, the UK press acts as “an appendage of
the state” and has been “misinforming the
public” and “failing to report” completely on
These ‘key issues’, of course, include China.
China is seen in the West as the most ‘dangerous’
adversary, particularly by such anti-Chinese and
extreme right-wing ideologues/worriers as Peter Kent
Navarro, the Assistant to the President Donald Trump
and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, but
also by many other individuals in and outside the
It is because China is extremely successful, not
only socially and economically but also politically.
And the more it is, the more terrified the outdated
systems and the regimes of the West become. Their
years are numbered. China’s BRI (Belt and Road
Initiative) is liberating dozens of nations
worldwide from the neo-colonialist shackles of the
Chinese (but also Russia, Iranian, Latin American
and other non-Western media outlets) are informing
global, including Western, audience, about the birth
of the new world. They are replacing the sad,
nihilist present, with optimistic future.
And the West is terrified. If it cannot break or
defeat China, it tries to insult or at least silence
It is attempting to smear and provoke Beijing,
and when it fails again and again to enflame the
mighty but harmony-seeking dragon, it begins to act
irrationally, spreading chaos and depriving people
of the alternative views and sources of information.
Apply facts and it becomes clear: China is by no
means some “real sick man of Asia”. By now it has
almost defeated that new and dangerous type of
coronavirus. It has managed to protect its people.
Its economy did not collapse. And despite the
attacks from the West, the ideological system is
strong and sound, people are living better lives,
and Chinese cities and countryside are blooming, on
the one hand.
On the other hand, the Western system is
collapsing. People in France, Spain and elsewhere
are rioting, in desperation. Misery is everywhere.
In the U.S. and U.K., very few individuals have any
trust left in their own media.
Western media has sold out. It is despised,
ridiculed. It is paid to attack countries such as
China, Russia or Venezuela.
Washington may deport several Chinese
journalists. But it will not be able to silence the
The world is watching. And it is laughing. The
United States, a country that has been lecturing the
entire earth about “free speech”, is now terrified
of the alternative views. It is scared of being
exposed as a giant on clay legs.
Several foreign reporters may be forced to leave
Washington, soon. But thousands of new ones, all
over the world, are refusing to be silenced. We are
in solidarity with brave Chinese writers. We are
proud of them. And we are determined to help
exposing lies of the Empire!
Andre Vltchek is a
philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative
journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in
dozens of countries. Five of his latest books ae “China
Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting Countries,
Saving Millions of Lives”, “China
and Ecological Cavillation” with
John B. Cobb, Jr., Revolutionary
Optimism, Western Nihilism, a
revolutionary novel “Aurora” and
a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing
Lies Of The Empire”.
View his other books here.
groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo
and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On
Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the
Middle East, and continues to work around the world.
He can be reached through his website and
his Twitter. His Patreon
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