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Demonizing China Will Backfire on Americans (Global Times, China)


Are people like former Vice President Dick Cheney trying to blame China for the Snowden Affair? This editorial from the state-run Global Times accuses the United States of mounting a public relations campaign against China in order to deflect global public sympathy away from Mr. Snowden, but assures readers that this time, the ploy isn't going to work.




June 18, 2013


People's Republic of China Global Times Original Article (English)

A protester has a bit of fun over Edward Snowden, during a demonstration outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, June 15.

NEW MEDIA ANIMATION, TAIWAN: Attacks on Snowden distract us from NSA's illegal spying, June 17, 00:01:48 RealVideo

Through the media, American politicians are spreading the rumor that CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden has "cooperated with Chinese intelligence agencies." Some assume Beijing has contacted Snowden and speculate that he's a spy for China. Remarks along these lines were made by former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers.


Their intention is to deflect peoples' attention from Snowden to "China's role" in the incident. This is the most likely public relations strategy for the U.S. government. Transforming public anger toward the U.S. government into resentment of China would appear to assist Washington at this time.


Washington excels at PR warfare. Even when it has the high ground, China is much less competitive in this area. If there is hype surrounding the Snowden incident and conspiracy theories about China, this country will be put under heavy pressure.


However, global public opinion already regards the U.S. as in the wrong. Any American attempt to frame China would be to overestimate Washington's capacity to control public opinion.


The Hong Kong Spherical Administrative Region's government and the central government need to fully consider China's interests in addressing this issue. The hurly-burly of American politicians should be ignored. Their voices have little impact on Sino-U.S. relations.


Apart from pressure Washington is imposing on Hong Kong based on their extradition treaty, other voices of aggression have little impact. First, the U.S. has no evidence with which to launch new claims of a "China conspiracy." Second, Snowden has drawn worldwide sympathy. By not extraditing Snowden to the U.S., Hong Kong will retain the moral high ground.


China's media should more closely engage with Snowden in order to disseminate valuable information to the world. By doing so, Snowden will continue to be at the center of public opinion, and denunciations by American politicians will be overlooked. At the sight of pro-Snowden public opinion, the United States will flinch.

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China's central government has been prudent on this issue, and the U.S. government has refrained from pushing China publicly. Both sides have maintained proper limits, and that is the best we can expect in dealing with this special case.


The Internet is already a significant conduit through which the U.S. furthers its goals. It is also a platform on which China and the U.S. face growing disputes.


This incident should make China more aware of the importance of defending itself against U.S. online pressure. Snowden blew the whistle on shady moves by the US in the cyberspace. Having this matter unfold without interference meets the expectations of world public opinion.


Arrogance from the U.S. will do nothing to restore what it has lost in this incident, but make itself suffer more.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US June 18, 2013, 6:29am