itself is a bland meander of outdated dogma on
how economic growth subservient to an international
rule of law must lead to American style multiparty
Although billed in the USA press as a warning
to China (for example see this absurd treatment
by the PBS network show NewsHour) Bush once
again reaffirmed his commitment to the One China
Policy and his government's adherence to existing
communiqués with Beijing.
The coverage of this nonevent by PBS's NewsHour
is illustrative of the complete anti-China bias
in the American press.
After highlighting only the subtle criticisms
of China in the speech (China has only made the
"first steps" toward freedom, "demands
for political freedom will grow," and the
inevitable comparison to "free and democratic
and prosperous" Taiwan) the show, hosted
by Ray Suarez, featured a panel of China "experts."
On one side was Wonhyuk Lim, a Korea specialist
with the right-leaning (particularly on China)
On the other was Liao Tienchi deputy publisher
of the China
Information Center described as a "nonprofit
organization promoting free speech and expression
The ensuing discussion (if you can seriously
call it that) was a dull rehash of outdated talking
points on China and its human rights record. Mr.
Lim did have one very good point about the lack
of strategic vision for Asia (and China specifically)
by Bush and his administration.
What made the segment so illegitimate was the
lack of disclaimer about Ms. Liao's affiliation.
Her organization is in fact created and run by
Harry Wu, a naturalized Chinese famous
as a "dissident" and for his crusade
against mainland China.
Harry Wu is one of the
chief anti-China propagandists in the world. He
is determined to persuade the American public
and their gullible politicians that China is nothing
more than a huge labor camp that harvests the
organs of its own people.
Of course some say Harry
Wu is just another political opportunist exploiting
the fear of a rising China.
More importantly, Harry Wu has received USA taxpayer
money via the National
Endowment for Democracy. For this reason alone,
it is inappropriate for PBS to employ one his
toadies to comment on President Bush's words to
Sadly, it is typical of American news organizations
today to do no background research when it comes
to China coverage or investigate the credentials
of their so-called China experts.
©2005 Ben Calmes for Sinomania!