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