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Global Times: In the Battle for Public Opinion, (China) Must Take Firm Control of Communication Network

China’s state media Global Times published an opinion article commenting on how China should win the discourse rights and change the current trend of China’s weak position in international public opinion.

The article stated that “Behind the battle of international discourse rights for public opinion is the battle for the global communication network.”

The article continued, “The ownership of the global communication network is the crisis of politics, news media and ideology. Although the focus of the United States on the current global strategic confrontation is gradually shifting to China, its main work on cyber-public opinion warfare is still to deploy globally and fight on multiple fronts. At the same time, the global data infrastructure is undergoing a new round of periodic turnover. In the global public opinion field, China still has opportunities.”

The article proposed that, “In the future, China’s main countermeasures in participating and leading the global communication network may include the following three aspects. 1). In the current era, the world data center is no less (in importance) than the world shipping center and the financial center were in the past. According to its Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, China should further strengthen the 5G network. It should further enhance the construction of the 5G network, data centers and the new generation of infrastructures, including the communication network, emerging information technology, and the computing power hub. 2). China should systematically study the experience of the cultural order’s changes during the rise of the Western powers and the deep logic of the global communication network; it should construct a strategic toolbox and a strategic research subjects group, realize awareness of real-time trends of the global public opinion field, and provide advice on agile decision-making. 3). On the basis of the dual-cycle (domestic and exporting) format of China’s economy, we should build strategic core nodes of supply of culture and promote the re-balancing of the global media and cultural order.”

Source: Global Times, august 17, 2021

Ministry of Education: Politics, Chinese and History Classes in Primary and Secondary Schools Shall Include the Study of (Communist) Party History

On August 24th, the Ministry of Education held the first press conference of the 2021 Education Golden Autumn Series to introduce the curriculum materials for the overall planning of major themes in education. The Ministry of Education issued the “Guide to Including the Revolutionary Tradition in the Curriculum Materials of the Primary and Secondary Schools.” The guide affirmed that classes in primary and secondary schools should include the contents of the revolutionary tradition and the history of the (Communist) Party. The guide clearly requires that the three major subjects of Politics, Chinese Language, and History as focus subjects shall include education about China’s revolutionary tradition and selectively integrate the content in Art classes (for example, music and the fine arts.), and organically consolidate the education into other subjects, achieving full coverage.”

Source: Sina, August 24, 2021

Guide to Include Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for the New Era in “All Released Curriculum and Teaching Materials”

The Ministry of Education held a press conference on the 24th to introduce the “Curriculum Guide to Include Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era,” which the National Textbook Committee recently issued.

Han Zhen, a member of the National Textbook Committee, said at the press conference that this is to incorporate the latest achievements of Marxism in China into the curriculum materials of all levels and types of schools. The “Guide” clearly requires that Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era be fully integrated into the curriculum materials. It should cover basic education, vocational education, higher education and different types of courses. It should also cover national, local and school-based courses and be integrated into philosophy, the social sciences and natural sciences; and be incorporated into every aspect and the whole process of ideological and moral education, cultural knowledge education, and social practice education to ensure that Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era are cohesive and progressive in all course materials of universities, middle schools and primary schools.

Source: People’s Daily, August 24, 2021

Renmin University Professor Wang Yiwei: The Taliban Are China’s Good Brothers, “Demonized by the United States”

According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Wang Yiwei, a professor at the School of International Relations at Renmin (People’s) University of China, recently made a stunning statement on video and on social media, claiming that the Taliban are just like the “PLA.” “In the past they were demonized by the United States, but they are China’s good brothers.” The statement stirred up a big controversy over the Internet. Wang later deleted the videos and social media containing the messages.

In addition, the Chinese internet and self-media platforms are spreading controversial statements such as, “The Taliban is the choice of the Afghan people” and “(It is a) war for the national liberation of Afghanistan.” Some articles that questioned the statements or which opposed the Taliban were deleted from WeChat. For example, two articles, “Is the Taliban ‘the Choice of the Afghan People?’” and “Afghan Students Have been Subjected to Internet Bullies for Making Anti-Taliban Statements” have been deleted.

Source: RFA, August 25, 2021

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China Continues to Tighten-Up Control of Internet-Related Companies

According to China Economic Net, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China is continuing its efforts to clean up and rectify private tech companies. MIIT announced that 43 APPs still have problems of rectification not being thorough, using technical means to counter rectification, and the same problem not being rectified consistently in different regions.

China Economic Network reporters found that many mainstream apps such as WeChat, Aichiyi, Ctrip, have an issue of where to go are on the list. Among them, tech company Tencent alone has four apps involved – Tencent video, enterprise WeChat, Tencent map and WeChat. The problems of 43 APPS are still in “violation of illegal use of call contacts and geographical location permissions,” “harassing users with open screen pop-ups,” and other persistent APP violations. MIIT demanded that rectification of the APPs listed be completed by August 25.

Source: China Economic Net, August 18, 2021

Chinese Tech Giant Tencent to Pour an Additional 50 Billion Yuan into the “Get-Rich-Together Plan”

Following the launch of the “Sustainable Social Value Innovation” strategy with an investment of 50 billion yuan (US$7.5 billion) (in April), Chinese tech giant Tencent announced on August 18 that it would increase its capital by another 50 billion yuan to launch the “Common Prosperity Special Plan” (or “Get-Rich-Together Plan”). The funds will be used to provide continuous assistance in areas such as rural revitalization, increases in income  for low-income groups, improvements in the primary health care system, and balanced development of education.

The 10th Conference of the Central Finance Committee, held on August 17, made it clear that common prosperity should be promoted in stages, allowing some people to get rich first. Then the riches should help the poor to get rich.

Source: Techweb, August 19, 2021

Global Times Editorial: Lessons the Taiwan Authorities Need to Learn from Afghanistan

China’s state-run media, Global Times, published an editorial warning Taiwan that today’s Afghanistan may be tomorrow’s Taiwan. The article stated that, “The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan led to the rapid collapse of the Kabul regime. The U.S. used helicopters to transport diplomats to the airport to flee Kabul while Taliban soldiers poured into the presidential palace. This scene left a deep impression on the world and gave a critical hit to the credibility and reliability of the United States.”

The article said, “Some parts of Asia have felt the hit of the U.S. abandoning the Kabul regime particularly hard, with Taiwan being the first to bear the brunt. Taiwan is undoubtedly the region in Asia that is most heavily dependent on the United States for protection. The DPP authorities have exacerbated this aberrant line of dependence. After the United States abandoned Afghanistan, the situation suddenly turned upside down. The United States left the country alone and only cared about its own withdrawal. Is this some kind of harbinger of Taiwan’s future destiny?”

The article warned: “Once a war breaks out across the strait and the mainland forcefully seizes the island of Taiwan, the United States will have to have much more determination to implement military intervention in Taiwan than it did to to persist in Afghanistan and northern Syria, and not to abandon South Vietnam in 1975.”

“The DPP authorities need to stay awake with their last bit of brain power, and all kinds of the “Taiwan independence” forces that are still dreaming need to be able to wake up. They should understand from the Afghan incident that once a full-scale war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, the resistance of the Taiwan military will collapse in the span of hours. The aid of the U.S. military will not come. The DPP authorities will soon surrender, and some high-ranking officials may escape by plane. Such a situation will be a sure thing.”

Source: Global Times, August 16, 2021

Global Times Editorial: The United States Builds a “Western Wall”; China Should Try to Tear it Down

China’s state-run media published an editorial describing how to break the alliances between the U.S. and other Western countries. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“The U.S. has been instigating controversies together with its key allies over areas such as human rights. Recently, Washington has been pushing WHO to conduct political traceability investigations as a focal point to attack China. Its allies remain as Its main support. At the heart of this circle are the U.S., Europe and Australia, plus Japan, which are often referred to as the “West.” Recently, the Chinese have constantly been using the new term ‘U.S.-West.’

“The United States is trying hard to turn the conflict with China into a conflict between the West and China and the Biden administration is particularly dedicated to this goal.

“The United States strives to take the ideological conflict as a starting point and turn its conflict with China into a struggle between the West and China.

“However, this strategy of the United States has a fatal weakness. That is, it promotes the polarized opposition between China and the West. It goes against the tide of globalization and requires Western countries to sacrifice their own development opportunities and their substantial actual interests.

“This gives China an important opportunity to break the united front between the United States and the West. It is entirely possible for China to use a series of efforts to weaken the consensus on the attitudes of the United States and the West toward China substantially and to turn a large part of the Sino-Western conflicts that the United States hopes to create into contradictions between the United States and other Western countries.

“For this reason, China should first adopt different policies toward the United States and its allies and, at the same time, adopt different policies towards the “Five Eyes Alliance” countries and other Western countries. In the past, China paid more attention to maintaining Sino-US relations. In the future, we should use more resources in this area to deal with European countries and to achieve a directional change in diplomatic strategy.

“We must try to minimize the “China-West conflict” and talk more about the ‘China-U.S. conflict.’ …

“Constantly expanding the scale of Sino-Western economic cooperation is the key. In the past, the United States was the first priority for cooperation. In the future, more attention will go to upgrading the cooperation with Western countries other than the United States. We can now be fully confident that general ideological conflicts cannot stop European countries such as Germany and France from continuing to cooperate with China because the interests involved are too great for those European countries. We must continue to increase the attractiveness of the Chinese market to Western countries, and must not let it stagnate or even shrink.

“China needs to strengthen its efforts to work on the developing countries and continuously increase its bargaining chips in dealing with the West. As China’s national power continues to increase, our ability to do so will also increase. China should unite Russia and the vast number of developing countries to find appropriate opportunities and issues to crush the U.S.’s prestige. That way, most Western countries will see that the United States is not ‘omnipotent’ and ‘permanent.’

“For example, at the (U.N.) Human Rights Council, China has repeatedly defeated anti-China bills that the U.S.-West initiated. It did so  by uniting the developing countries. In the future, we should try to make some proactive attacks and jointly strike the United States to give it a blow in the field of human rights.”

Source: Global Times, August 3, 2021