This is a strange discussion with surprisingly little evidence. I would expect more from a usually rigorous analysis by ‘whatchinawants’. I’m an not Falun Gong and I do not support the CCP. But this rumour did not start with Epoch Times. In fact Jan Jeleikek explicitly dismissed it. It began from mulptile Indian outlets, such as NDTV. That, I think, is crucial to the analysis.

Expand full comment

"China is also responsible for spreading its own disinformation, for example about the supposed US-origins of COVID. Much of this is aimed at Chinese nationals abroad”. Whoa there!!

The CDC, not China, announced that 1%-4% of Americans were Covid seropositive in December, 2019*, and claimed the world's first Covid death, in Kansas, four days ahead of China**.

As for "Control of information is vital for the Communist Party, especially in the run up to important events like this autumn’s Congress,” we see that control of information is vital for the Capitalist Party, too. All nations shape their narrative, so the question is: whose narrative is the most trusted?

The answer is China: 80% of Chinese trust their Communist media, while only 6% of us trust our Capitalist media.


* Serologic testing of U.S. blood donations to identify SARS-CoV-2-reactive antibodies. https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/72/12/e1004/6012472.

** https://tinyurl.com/6zjzuj3k

Expand full comment