It’s the Party’s Media, not the Country’s

Usually the Chinese government doesn’t try to correct the misconception, particularly in the West, that the PLA (military) and various media outlets are not in fact Chinese government mouthpieces but in fact CCP mouthpieces. Like all Communist and most authoritarian countries, China has essentially two government apparatuses: one is the national one that mostly people think actually runs the country. The other is the Party apparatus that is actually in charge. President Xi (controls both parts) took a rare step recently in explicitly making it clear to both domestic and international audiences that “All news media run by the party must work to speak for the party’s will and its propositions, and protect the party’s authority and unity.”

This pretty firmly puts to bed any lingering thoughts that Xi’s shows of power since taking office are perhaps signs of weakness rather than strength…

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