China Daily, an English-language newspaper owned by the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party, has posted an article titled “West’s versions of balloon story don’t stack up.” According to the article:
February 8, 2023 The United States mustered its arsenal of anti-Chinese tropes and its Air Force to shoot down a balloon. It has all the characteristics of an incredible victory for those forces that opposed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s plan to visit China. A few details regarding the balloon are apparently incontrovertible. It was launched from China. It moved at near-stratospheric levels, well above commercial airspace. At least for some of its journey, it was under some level of navigational control. The balloon, easily spotted by civilians from the ground, was quickly labeled a suspected spy operation, and just as quickly attributed to China.
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The article was authored by Daryl Guppy, whom the article describes as “an international financial technical analyst and a national board member of the Australia China Business Council.”
Guppy is best known as a financial columnist and author of books on stock market trading techniques. In 2018, his website described him as one of two foreigners to participate in the 2005 Chinese market outlook conference in Beijing, which was broadcast throughout China, and a keynote speaker at the 2007 China Capital Markets Investment Forum. In January of this year, Cambodian media reported Guppy was one of six international journalists and ‘economists’ who participated in an online forum sponsored by CGTN, a state-run English-language news channel also under the control of the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party. The forum topic was China’s COVID-19 policy adjustments and the outlook for the international community. The forum reportedly concluded:
The consensus: The world is changing, and the international community needs to embrace a multipolar world and reshapes globalization in this new reality with a pragmatic approach.
Guppy was quoted in the Cambodian media report as saying:
…the first and most difficult step is to put aside those aspirations for hegemony. We are moving into a multipolar world. The institutions of global governments need to recognize these changes. ” The United States may feel some discomfort in this process, but “globalization is unstoppable,” Guppy asserted.