It’s a question that has been asked more than a dozen times in the past month, but it’s not the first time the Chinese government has been accused of meddling in the editorial process.
In February, a Chinese state newspaper published an editorial that was widely viewed as a challenge to the U.S. ruling class, with the headline “If You Want to Save the World, Get Off Our Lawn.”
The paper was soon criticized by Chinese media outlets, including state media outlets such as the official Xinhua News Agency, which is considered the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.
“You should know that if the U (U.S.) does not have the backbone to take a stand against China’s military aggression, then its own armed forces will have no choice but to take action against the aggressor,” it said.
“If the U has the backbone, the U can protect its own people and its sovereignty.”
In October, a commentary from the official Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency said it believed that “Chinese people are better equipped and smarter than Americans.”
“Chinese media has repeatedly pointed out that the U, which enjoys a monopoly over news, has little ability to take on the U.,” the commentary said.
And in November, a newspaper in Hong Kong published a cartoon depicting a U.N. Security Council panel of seven Chinese officials in their underwear, while the caption read, “What can we do?”
In December, a government-run tabloid in Shanghai published a satirical article criticizing U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron for being a “dumb and foolish” American and criticizing the Chinese ruling class.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, dismissed the criticisms of China’s media, telling reporters in Beijing that “the United States is not a target for any Chinese propaganda.”
The United States, of course, has a long history of meddling into the affairs of other nations, from the colonial era to the Cold War.
China has often blamed the United States for its own actions, including interfering in its internal affairs, meddling in its political system, and supporting foreign governments that interfere with the national security of the United Kingdom and other countries.
But critics have also pointed out, in the same way, that the United Nations has a history of interfering in the affairs, policies, and decisions of nations other than the United State.
“There’s been this kind of obsession with what we call China’s ‘Chinese propaganda,'” said Andrew Cohen, a former top official at the State Department under President George W. Bush.
“And the thing about China is, they’re not really going to be able to claim to be an unbiased observer of the world.
They’re just a country.” And the U