Why Peng Shuai is frustrating China’s propaganda machine – archyde

The ruling Communist Party communicates through top-down, one-way messages. It seems difficult to understand that compelling narratives need to be backed up by facts and verified by credible, independent sources.

In its official comments, China’s State Department largely dodged questions about Ms. Peng, initially claiming it was ignorant of the matter and then claiming that the issue was outside of its remit. On Tuesday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman, relied on a familiar tactic: he questioned the motives behind reporting Ms. Peng’s allegations. “I hope certain people will stop the vicious hype, let alone politicize it,” he told reporters.

China has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years when it comes to harnessing the power of the internet to drive a more positive, less critical narrative – an effort that seems to be working Time to Time. But basically, China’s propaganda machine still believes that the best way to make problems go away is to shout down the other side. It can also threaten to block access to its huge market and booming economy in an attempt to silence companies and governments that do not buy their products.

“Messages like these are intended as a show of power: ‘We tell you that she is fine, and who are you to say something else?'” Mareike Ohlberg, scholarship holder of the German Marshall Fund, a Berlin research institute, wrote on twitter. “It is not intended to convince people, but to intimidate them and demonstrate the power of the state.”


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