What is Global Times trying to achieve with its articles on India-China LAC standoff?

first_imgOnce upon a time, there was an intelligent pet dog of a rich lady who did not like a certain man in the neighbourhood. The dog was trained to read the reactions of the man to the dog’s persistent barking so that the lady could broadly figure out when was the right time for her to plot to send her lackeys and make the man’s family vacate their house. So the intelligent pet dog would bark ferociously at the man every time the dog saw him…and the man would promptly pick up a stone and throw at the dog, hitting the dog as it yelped. ‘Poor soul’, a bystander would sometimes exclaim.The man in the above story is the Indian public who go on Global Times to respond under the comments section to counter the many logical fallacies of its India-centric articles written in an aggressive tone.Global Times knows by now that posturing via its heavily one-sided views adds no value to its readers in India, China or the rest of the world. In fact, they are one publication whose articles only add value to furthering their cause. The reason for them to write articles is only one:PROPAGANDA!One of the major goal of Global Times as far as publishing anti-India rhetoric is to gauge the support for the current Indian government and their stand on China. One look at the comments section makes one notice that 90% of the comments are from Indians, all vehemently countering the flawed (or rather porous) arguments of Global Times and some even giving it back. A few are from other countries like Pakistan, more interested in undermining comments by Indians rather than supporting Chinese views, and a few from Americans who can range from pro-India to neutral views.Amazingly, there are often no comments by Chinese. Zilch. One may argue that English isn’t the main language in China, but then one would expect at least a part of the huge Chinese diaspora to chip in with some support for China. That seldom happens on Global Times. It is almost as if the reason for these English educated Chinese settled abroad or otherwise to stay silent isn’t that they do not love their motherland, but that they do not approve of the Communist regime and its actions.This is where I would like to share a small experiment that I performed on the Global Times by trying to publish various types of comments. The Global Times comments sections is regulated by an app called ‘Disqus’. One has to make an account via Gmail/Facebook on this app. Then, once a comment is made, it goes under review. Almost half of the comments aren’t published and readers often complain in a separate comment that ends up getting published.Now, the interesting part is that if you write any anti-China or anti-Chinese comments (e.g. China is bad, Chinese are cowards, etc.), they are readily published. However, if one were to make a similar point but try to portray the Communist Party or Xi Jinping in a bad light (e.g. Tyrannical regime, Dictator, etc.) then that comment gets deleted. In fact, I haven’t come across a single mere mention of Xi in the comments I have been reading for a month. Tells you about the kind of pressure the poor comment reviewer faces.The reason that Global Times allow the comment writers to abuse China is pretty obvious: They want the sympathy of any Chinese who happens to chance upon reading that comment. They wish to show China as the victim to their people to garner support while the Communist party pulls the strings from behind.Also frankly, putting it very bluntly, the articles on Global Times carry the scent of substandard tabletop journalism and aren’t even worth a read. The only reason that Indians end up on the site is that a lot of media in India gives coverage and undue importance to Global Times.In my personal opinion, we Indians are doing the CCP a great favour by reading Global Times because we tend to think it is an official source that can be relied on whereas, in actuality, it is just CCP propaganda. In fact how many Chinese read Indian newspapers in return?And why is our media reporting what is published in another paper, that too of a rival country? Does it happen anywhere in the world? Does it happen in India? Does Hindustan Times ever report that ‘Hey look! This is what the Times of India has published’ or vice-versa?If we shun Global Times by having our media take the collective responsibility of not reporting what has been published there, it may, in fact, coax the Chinese officials out of their shell to answer the tough questions that they conveniently brush-off in their press conferences. The very questions that are later picked up to be answered in a twisted fashion by Global Times: the newspaper with totally illogical, factually laughable articles that are Beethoven to the ears of the CCP and are penned by the 21st century Don Quixotes of China (or Wolf warriors as they are called).This is the demand of the day: We must stop depending on the Chinese media for authentic news. We stop reading Global Times, South China Morning Post, etc. Because then they will know that we Indians do not entertain propaganda but only deal in facts and truth.last_img

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