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Xinhua: China Must Win the Public Opinion War on Spying

Behind the frequent occurrences of “Chinese Espionage Cases,” there are two factors at play, according to a commentary article published on October 30, 2009, by the International Herald Leader, a newspaper under Xinhua. First of all, China’s rise has made a psychological impact on Western countries. Repeated use of the “China Spy Case” can spread fear, reduce a sense of failure, and also whip up public opinion for those interest groups who advocate suppressing China. Secondly, it is easy for Chinese enterprises to step on some “mines” overseas since they are not that familiar with the local political environment and regulations. Those local enterprises can attack their Chinese rivals through “spy cases.”

Chinese enterprises should actively defend themselves by making full use of the Western justice system’s openness, completeness, and procedural justice. The "China Spy Case" is a psychological and public opinion war. Chinese media should grasp the right to speak.

Source: Xinhua, October 30, 2009