Amidst criticism of the Chinese state’s actions in Xinjiang, how has Beijing responded? Denial, gaslighting, whataboutism . . . the list is impressively long.
One component to their strategy has been to create propaganda accounts singing the praises of how Beijing rules places such as Xinjiang and Tibet—and then trying to amplify such sweet stories through social media platforms in the west. More and more of these accounts have been called into question, analyzed, and critiqued—and in some cases shut down. The thread below is a great example of forensic critical work to better understand what Beijing is up to here. It’s a great read.
I feel the same about watching the forced dances - completely devoid of enjoyment, passion, any sense of meaning. You know the ones where the CCP bring reporters into class and are like “look we let them write in Chinese and their local language, now watch them dance on command”.