European media has published a short documentary about Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, the Chinese government’s main English-language newspaper. The ARTE documentary describes Hu Xijin as follows:
Hu Xijin is a central figure in China’s media world. He’s been editor-in-chief of the Global Times for 13 years. He’s the CCP-approved authority on current affairs. The daily newspaper focuses on political issues and has a circulation of 2.4 million.
Describing Xijin as “the voice of China”, the documentary shows how Chinese media is waging a war against the West. According to the documentary:
Here is Hu Xijin’s specialty: To treat any topic in the global news from the same angle. Always the same one: use facts to show that the Chinese system outdoes all others. French democracy does not work. There’s insecurity, a sluggish economy, and the firemen are not efficient enough to save national monuments. Meaning: this would not happen in China.
Watch the full documentary here.
A 2019 New York Times article on Hu Xinjin, one of China’s longest-serving newspaper editors, described him as the leader of 24-hour propaganda machines that some call China’s Fox News:
July 21, 2019 Mr. Hu was one of the first to defend China’s vast detention of Muslims against international criticism. His newspaper has described Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as crazy. Thirty years ago, he marched with students on Tiananmen Square demanding democracy in China, but now he is a leading critic of protesters in Hong Kong who have been resisting Chinese rule.
Read the rest here.
Recent Global Influence Operations Report coverage of Chinese media manipulation and disinformation has included:
- In August, we recommended a study examining China’s disinformation efforts on social media that argued China will incorporate social media further into its military operations.
- In July, we reported that China’s President Xi Jinping said the country must improve its global propaganda efforts to help foreigners understand the Chinese Communist Party.
- In May, we reported that China’s foreign influence operation budget in the US is mainly centered on television broadcasting and other media activities.