On January 6, Xinhua News Agency posted an article that China has broadcasted “Discover Shihezi (a city in Xinjiang)” in Chinese and English on the electric billboard “China Screen” at Times Square in New York, 48 times a day for 7 consecutive days. In addition, on January 7, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) propaganda machine posted the same video on the websites of the Paris-based Nouvelles d’Europe newspaper and Japan’s AFPBB News and its social media. The videos were in Chinese, English, French, and German. The videos claimed that Shihezi’s present-day “prosperity” is the result of more than 70 years of development under the CCP’s leadership.
A commentator called this the CCP’s global propaganda. It involved lying to Western audiences and to politicians by claiming a place where the CCP forcibly-immigrated Han people and committed genocide was actually a “beautiful” and “green city.” He also criticized Times Square’s electric billboard and other Western companies for giving up moral standards in exchange for the CCP’s money.
in July 2011, Xinhua News Agency rented the biggest and best-located billboard at Times Square, a 60 inch by 40 inch screen, . Media said the rent could be US $300,000 to $400,000 per month.
Source: Radio Free Asia, January 12, 2022