Why does Western media keep expecting and predicting that China …

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Why does Western media keep expecting and predicting that China will collapse?

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  1. BEIJING: In recent times, journalists employed by the Western media no longer view their roles solely as messengers. They stopped trying to report on news events in a fair and impartial manner. They care more about capturing recognition as opinion leaders and disrupters instead. Accordingly, they often engage in ‘look at me’ reporting.

    Western reporters stand eager to proclaim that China will crash soon and don’t care if it is an unrealistic prediction. They are mimicking the overall sentiments of think tanks and lawmakers based in the Washington Beltway. The strategy is for young reporters to capture the notice of think tanks and politicians so they can get hired to work for them, since they can receive higher incomes and more prestige.

    Holding anti-China attitudes remain the prevailing mood on Capitol Hill. When watching news reports from Washington, many American politicians criticize China when asked their opinions on the country. Meanwhile, think tanks frequently host seminars to invite thought leaders to express skeptical views on China. In most instances, only anti-China speakers are invited on stage to give lectures or participate as panelists for round-table forums.

    Rather humorous to witness such forums hosted on the US or Europe. The host speaker usually starts the forum by praising the human rights records and free speech values that have long been cherished by Western governments. Invited panelists are invited to give speeches to denounce China for imposing political censorship on its citizens.

    Ironically, most Western think tanks do not invite Chinese citizens or foreigners, who do not espouse anti-China principles, to appear on stage at their forums. Journalists are in attendance as audience members to take notes to learn the latest anti-China talking points.

    I can speak first hand that censorship and blacklisting do prevail at Western think tanks. I have lived and worked in Beijing for over 10 years but never invited to speak at a forum as a China expert. One time, I received an invitation from the Economist magazine. They sponsored a forum in Beijing to talk about China’s science and hi-tech innovations and according to the invitation letter, I was invited as special guest panelist. I was excited and accepted the invite, but after responding to the organizer they apologized for sending me the invitation by mistake. They rescinded the invite letter and I felt depressed about this outcome for a few days.

    The moments I attended such forums as an audience member, they followed a similar routine. Invited panelists would give each other self-praise for speaking publicly against China censorship. But you won’t see anyone disagreeing with them on the panel and if that happened those guests would not be invited to future events sponsored by the Western think tank.

    A major theme for anti-China think tank forums is: ‘China is doomed to failure.’ Hence, Western reporters will listen and learn so they can drive the upcoming, “I hate China” media narrative. They serve as the echo chamber for think tanks. You can read more about how Western think tanks stand opposed to China from an article posted by CNBC

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