“See the difference” – that’s the motto of China’s global news network CGTN. But “seeing the difference” comes with a catch. CGTN says it tells stories from a “Chinese perspective” – but what that looks like in practice is more like serving the ideological aims of the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing is training up foreign journalists, buying up space in overseas media and expanding its own networks on an unprecedented scale in an attempt to challenge what it perceives as Western hegemony over global media. In this episode of China Watch, Sean Mantesso delves into Beijing’s expanding global media presence and asks whether China is achieving its ambitious goal of moulding the narrative on China the world over.
China Watch is an online ABC series presented by ABC reporter Sean Mantesso and looking at issues affecting China in 2019 and beyond.
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