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Inside The CCP’s Effort To Suppress Information

Xi Jinping

On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour: How China uses propaganda to convince its citizens of a false narrative about the rest of the world.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Dr. Weifeng Zhong, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the Biden administration’s approach to China and how the U.S. should interact with the communist regime.

“It has been a standard practice on the front of the foreign policy on the Chinese to accuse various problems that the U.S. has and that’s really just propaganda of serving domestic purposes,” Zhong said. “This is what they do all the time. And no matter how perfect or how imperfect the U.S. is, those talking points will be still there in China.”

Communist China, Zhong said, uses propaganda to convince its citizens of a false narrative and allows them to make decisions without consequences.

“People like me, we had no idea because we were totally in the dark and not only we didn’t know and even if we do now, I know that now, but I still couldn’t do anything because the regime is so powerful,” Zhong said. “The regular or average Chinese person has missed out a lot of all these things that we criticize China on because they don’t know the stories that are not [publicized in China].”

Read Dr. Zhong’s policy change index here. 

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