If one were to form their worldview based on information stemming from news outlets run by the Chinese Communist Party, any accusations of China engaging in aggression against the United States would likely be called “utterly baseless,” “a sensational accusation,” “Sinophobia,” or even “a conspiracy theory.”
Take the recent incident of the alleged Chinese spy balloon that was seen flying in U.S. skies for a week before Joe Biden finally had it shot down. A report from China Daily referred to the news as a “conspiracy theory,” alleging there was “no sign linking [the balloon] to China.” The outlet then diverted attention to what it described as “the real question,” questioning why the U.S. is collecting a “large stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.”
China Daily’s story remained unchanged at the time of writing this article, even after Beijing put out a statement Friday asserting that the balloon was a scientific research aircraft that had been blown off course, accidentally entering the United States.
A video of the balloon in question flying over Montana can be seen below:
HAPPENING NOW: Photo shows the massive Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
U.S. military is tracking the balloon. pic.twitter.com/RS52mQE9Og
— Antonio Sabato Jr (@AntonioSabatoJr) February 3, 2023
Another Chinese newspaper, Global Times, confessed the balloon came from China after previously calling the accusation “baseless” and suggesting that it may have been launched by the United States.
As Global Times reported later on, “China has explained clearly that the balloon spotted in the U.S. is a civilian airship designed for meteorological research purposes.”
Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo dismissed the assertions entirely in a piece he wrote for The Washington Free Beacon. “Sure, the CCP’s harmless weather balloon just happened to pass over multiple sensitive military sites vital to America’s national security,” he wrote Saturday. “Nobody should believe that nonsense, especially not the Biden administration.”
After the balloon was at last shot down, China moved to retaliate. Now, the Chinese Communist Party is referring to American lawmakers who want to ban the Chinese social media app TikTok as “racist conspiracy theorists,” Fox News reports.
Similarly, a Global Times journalist argued last month that those finding faults with TikTok are purveyors of “Sinophobia.”
This type of rhetoric from China falls right in line with leftist tactics that seek to instantly discredit an individual or group of people by simply asserting they harbor some kind of bigotry. As the Free Beacon pointed out, American left-wing activist Ryan Deitsch appeared for an interview with the Global Times last year, castigating the U.S. as a “white supremacist country.”