The regime has deployed intense propaganda efforts to present an image that its leadership has been successful in outbreak containment measures.
A state-sanctioned book titled “A Major Nations Battle Against Epidemic” compiled over 100,000 words from state media reports to paint a picture of how the Chinese regimes outbreak containment effort yielded a “positive trend” and showcased “clear advantage of Chinese Communist Party leadership.” Initially due to be published in five languages, the book was pulled from shelves on March 1, less than a week after its release, amid rising negative feedback.
Xue Fumin, a law school graduate from Chinas prestigious Peking University in Beijing, wrote in an open letter recently posted on Chinese social media that propaganda like this have distracted people from the pressing task to combat the outbreak, and made the Chinese Communist Party a “laughing stock” to the world.
Xue cited the lead article published in the Chinese Communist Partys official mouthpiece Peoples Daily on Feb. 29 as another example. Headlined “Our Days Are Sweeter Than Honey,” the article described how Chinese leader Xi Jinping “braved the rain” three years ago to visit a 85-year-old in a northern ethnic village, which purportedly inspired a series of local economic stimulus policies that significantly boosted the villagers quality of life.
He called on Wang Huning, a senior Party official that oversees ideology and propaganda, to resign, saying he was unfit for the role.
“Despite the grim outlook in combating the outbreak, [Wang] turned a blind eye to human values and basic conscience,” Xue wrote. The identification number he listed showed that he was a resident of the Haidian district in Beijing.
“Instead of … striving to lessen peoples agony, apologizing to all Chinese nationals, and repenting to the world for its failure to take proper control measures during the outbreaks early stage—a crime that led to the spillover of the epidemic and brought a disaster to the entire world—[Wang] bolstered the so-called accomplishments during the outbreak battle.
“This is typical bureaucracy and formalism,” Xue added.
Hiding a Crisis
Cheng Xiaorong, a U.S.-based China commentator, said the promotion of the now-canceled propagandist book is a hint the regime is undergoing an internal political crisis.
The outbreak had exposed the failure of the Partys governance and its chaotic management, Cheng wrote in a column for the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times. This, he said, was evidenced by the lack of responsibility displayed by Chinese officials amid the crisis, and the censorship of on-the-ground reporting in virus-hit areas.
Cheng said that the authorities handling of the outbreak has led more people to reflect on the importance of transparency, which goes hand-in-hand with public health and safety.
“Lies coming from the government are highly lethal to lives and the economy,” Cheng wrote.
The Epoch Times obtained a copy of a Feb. 23 document sent from Chaoyang city health commission in Liaoning Province to its provincial counterpart, the Liaoning health commission. The document stated that the city had, in line with instructions of the provincial health officials, destroyed “documents and data” related to the outbreak.
The document also stated that city government staff were required to sign a “letter of commitment” to destroy the previously received “document and data” from their laptops, flash drives, smartphones, and any photos or notes. Staff were not allowed to disclose tRead More – Source