Coronavirus exposes US/Chinese rivalry

564 views | Victor Gai | March 8, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RC13FC5B4EF0

The deadly Coronavirus disease, commonly known as CoVID-19, has amplified the long-standing US/China rivalry which has in the recent past only manifested itself in trade wars.

This time around, China is accusing the US of using the powerful western media of stoking contempt against China over the Coronavirus disease.

In a document released by the Embassy of China in Nigeria, made available to News Chronicle, says: “The US has been trying to tell people that commercial western media is independent and is thus objective and impartial while Chinese media established and directed by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government is bound to serve only the authorities and deviate from facts. This is a widespread misconception”.

Instead, the Embassy blamed the western media for its bias because of its vested interests.

It says: “All western mainstream media belong to certain financial groups. Due to the inextricable link between financial groups and politics, different western media have left their clear-cut political stands on major issues”.

According to the document, “western media is run by capitalists who profit by providing news services to the public. This has decided whom the media want to please and whom to attack. Western media attaches great importance to self-expression, strengthening their presence and gaining popularity.

“We do not want to emphasize the unique strength of Chinese state-run media vis-a-vis western media dominated by capitalists. But some people in the West are so aggressive. As a result, we should no longer remain silent”, it pointed.

The Embassy then chided the US this way: “China and the US have major differences in social organization systems, but it is inappropriate to discuss which system is superior by comparing their media industries. If the US system is as good as it says, why would it be in a panic when facing China’s progress, which stems from the Chinese system? The US would have just used its system to make itself great again”.

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