Recently, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping asked propaganda agencies to “work hard to create a credible, lovely, and respectable image of China”, which triggered a discussion from the outside world. Western commentators believe that no one in the international community buys the CCP’s account anymore, and the West’s antagonistic attitude is getting tougher.
“The Guardian” published a foreign affairs commentator Simon Tisdall. He said that Xi Jinping’s speech on May 31 seemed to imply that he wanted to fix up with Western society, but Western society would not listen to these words unless the CCP’s radical policies really changed.
The article said, “Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has overseen a marked shift towards authoritarianism at home and increased “assertiveness” – a polite word for bullying – abroad. He has established the type of personal, almost cultish dominance over the Chinese Communist party not seen since the days of Mao Zedong.”
Tisdal analyzes that when Xi Jinping asked the arrogant “wolf” to show the world a more “cute” and “humble” image, he was actually criticizing himself and his own management style.
The article also said that since the rulers of the Chinese Communist Party do not need to win the support of ordinary voters, they use fear, political cunning and brute force to rule, and all this has nothing to do with “loveliness”.
Tisdal also said that from another perspective, like ultra-left politicians and neo-Marxists around the world, Xi Jinping believes that it is not his policies that have any problems, but that others have failed to explain and communicate these policies effectively.
In his speech, Xi Jinping mentioned that propaganda agencies should “continuously expand the circle of international public opinion friends who know China and friends” and “help foreign people realize that the Communist Party of China is really fighting for the happiness of the Chinese people.” Tisdal analyzed, is it Xi Jinping Do you really believe that people believe this kind of dream talk? As a man who tried to replace the United States as the global hegemon, his words showed his amazing naivety.
The National Foundation for Democracy in Washington said that the CCP has been trying to control the right to speak, expand the influence of the media on a global scale, and influence public opinion through propaganda, false information and censorship. “Beijing uses many subtle methods to infiltrate its content. Foreign media, for example, through content sharing agreements, allow hundreds of millions of news consumers around the world to frequently view, read, or listen to information created or influenced by the CCP without knowing its (true) source.”
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