AUSTRALIAN MEDIA’s COVERAGE OF CHINA SOARS IN THE LAST YEAR: LED BY HONG KONG AND US-CHINA TRADE WAR

AS we read this article, we tend to feel …

-it is stating the bleeding obviousif you project into the wider world … you put it out there … you peddle influence, etc, etc

IT is only natural there is some:

.pushback

.questioning to be had

.critical analysis 

BUT what always seems to be spoken of lightly is any thorough examination of the big picture:

-what is the real geopolitical strategy that is in play? 

-what are the plans that run parallel to the Belt and Road Initiative?

-what about the debt driven compliant relationships being made with smaller countries 

NONE of us ought to lose sight of the fact the:

PRC is a totalitarian regime that deserves all examinations and appraisals provided because there is more to being a global player than being an important trader in just about everything, after all the dignity of:

-being free of oppression, overt and covert and 

-upholding human rights is above all else

AND also it is:

about values and what in a real sense does the PRC value?

Are we outside the Middle Kingdom supposed to remain mute, or set aside the criticism for the sake of the benefits of trade?

IS what is happening in the current coverage of this global player really warranted? Only one answer cuts it and it is a positive thing …

AS for the final paragraph could it be:

-trying to create warm and fuzzy feelings about rural village life in contrast to the real game in town?

WHILST true it is not what the country is about, is it an attempt to distract or ignore what is happening?

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Australian media’s coverage of China soars in last year, led by Hong Kong and US-China trade war

By Iris Zhao

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Two newspapers, The Australian and The Age, lying on a table.

PHOTO: The Australian and The Age newspapers were among those whose coverage of China has been analysed. (ABC)

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Australian media’s coverage of China has more than doubled since this time last year, led by growing interest in topics like Hong Kong and the US-China trade war, new data shows.

Key points:

  • More than 300,000 stories mentioned China in the last year
  • Topics like human rights and espionage are on the rise
  • Experts question the quality of coverage

The research shows a particular surge in the past three months, partly driven by increased mentions of topics generally seen as negative about China, such as human rights and espionage.

“The recent spike in China-related coverage has been dramatic, when you consider that China’s emergence as a global power has been decades in the making,” said Conal Hanna from media monitoring company Streem.

Streem compiled data from 28 of the country’s major media outlets across online, print, radio and TV, and found trade was the number one topic mentioned, followed by Donald Trump, security and Hong Kong.

It found more than 300,000 stories mentioned China in the last year, with topics like Crown Casino and Huang Xiangmo experiencing big recent rises

Media mentions of China topics past 12 months

.EMBED: Coverage of China in Australian media

“Almost every week a new story emerges that has China, or a Chinese-Australian, as a central element, whether that be alleged links between 

Crown Casino and Chinese crime syndicatesICAC investigating political donations from billionaire Huang Xiangmo 

or question marks over MP Gladys Liu’s links to Chinese organisations,”

Mr Hanna said.

“Often with these big issues, increased attention begets even more scrutiny as reporters dig into the various security, economic and political threads that emerge. But not all of the issues are new either.

“It’s interesting to me that mentions of human rights are up 150 per cent in China stories year-on-year when there have long been concerns over China’s attitude to human rights.”

Problematic for Chinese-Australians

Professor James Laurenceson, acting director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, said he had concerns over the way some issues were being covered.

“The scrutiny of potential connections between China and the Chinese Communist Party and Australian organisations and individuals — there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. I’m glad Australian media outlets are putting resources into [this].

Hong Kong’s countdown to 2047

Hong Kong was handed back to China with no framework for what would happen after the year 2047, leaving the city to carve an identity out of two ideologically opposed empires.

“[But] sometimes, media coverage and commentators’ analysis can be sensationalised and run ahead of facts and evidence, and that can be problematic. And one of the groups it can be problematic for is Chinese-Australians.

“Chinese Government trying to interfere in Australia … [is] not the entire Chinese-Australian relationship.

“We have a lot of Chinese friends. They tell me that the tone of Australian debate around China relations generally has affected them personally. In particular, [when] their loyalty to Australia is called into question.

“It’s a very unfortunate turn and I don’t think it’s fair.”

What about rural China?

The increased interest in China is not happening in Australia alone.

Muyi Xiao from ChinaFile, a US-based not-for-profit online magazine, said she was seeing a rise in coverage of China in global media, but not all of it was hitting the mark.

A screenshot of an ABC News online article about China, Taiwan and Pacific countries.

PHOTO: Streem’s data shows the ABC is among those increasing coverage of China. (ABC News)

“I’ve read many very solid China reports coming from international media but at the same time many ‘parachuting-style’ irresponsible stories,” she said.

“One thing that matters a lot to the quality of reporting, is the resources the media put into its China coverage.

“Human rights issues and geopolitics topics are often in the spotlight of international media coverage. They are indeed very important topics and deserve the attention, especially when these topics can not be brought up in public in China.

“What I feel is being neglected are stories happening in rural China where the majority of China’s population live.”

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-27/australian-medias-coverage-of-china-hong-kong-trump-trade/11538770

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