Source: Youtube Published: 2020-07-11
COVID-19 has the world's two most powerful countries, the United States and China, staring each other down. So far, it has, for the most part, been a war of words and soundbites - a blame game over the origins of the pandemic and each side's response to it, with the news media serving as the primary battleground. The Chinese and American media industries are ideological opposites - one operating under the watch of Communist Party censors, the other under a capitalist free market dominated by a handful of conglomerates. News outlets in both countries have, however, found their own ways to bolster the talking points of their respective governments.
The Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi on how the geopolitical reverberations of COVID-19 have been covered on each side of the Sino-American media divide.
Chris Buckley - chief China correspondent, The New York Times
Wang Wen - executive director, China-US People-to-People Exchange Research Center and former opinion editor, Global Times
Vijay Prashad - director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and Author, The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South
Bingchun Meng - associate professor of media and communications, LSE and author, The Politics of Chinese Media
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian - China reporter, Axios
On July 25th, an international meeting in Opposition to the US-led New Cold War on China organized by scholars and activists from 48 countries voluntarily was broadcast live on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube simultaneously. The joint statement with 14-language version of "A New Cold War against China is against the interests of humanity" has attracted great attention from the international community. The event brought together 17 well-known scholars and opinion leaders from China, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil and other countries to participate in the speech. Martin Jacques, former senior fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, deeply analyzed the essence and future of China and US relations in his speech.