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Beijing invests in Taiwan media
Li Quan
10/26/2003



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The CCP is culturally infiltrating Taiwan through the news media in order to open new opportunities for their “united front” strategy [a communist version of divide and conquer]. Multiple sources have indicated that Taiwanese affairs agencies in China established a “Taiwanese Media Monitoring Center” last year to monitor various media reporting in Taiwan 24 hours a day.

The center is involved in studying ways to promote news topics favorable to China and in manipulating pro-Chinese topics by making use of Taiwanese media outlets controlled by Chinese capital. Taiwanese media have reported that 17 media outlets on the island had been infiltrated by large amounts of Chinese capital.

Not long ago, the former head of the Kinmen Evening News in Taiwan, Peng Chi-Pin, was arrested. The incident exposed the Chinese government’s monetary infiltration of and manipulation of foreign media. Peng, who allegedly sought and collected defense and military intelligence under the cover of the newspaper, was charged by prosecutors with interfering with military operations and attempted espionage.

In an interview with the North America-based New Tang Dynasty TV, Su Chin Chiang, secretary general of National Cultural Association and former National Security Adviser in Taiwan, discussed possible “united front” infiltration attempts by China in Taiwan through cross-straight exchange.

Su said, “They [the Chinese Communists] bought time slots on Taiwanese TV stations to broadcast their propaganda about the progress in Chinese economic reforms, but they covered up [the issues of] unemployed workers, the unemployment rate, the deterioration of state enterprises, and nonperforming loans in their financial system. Their programs keep showing how much they have built in China, but only talk about unemployment in Taiwan, labor protests in Taiwan, and social unrest in Taiwan.”

The Chinese espionage agencies had crafted a series of media strategies including “intensified propaganda to achieve certain goals, overwhelming reporting of hot topics, confusing the audience by mixing truth and falsehood, creating lies out of nowhere, covering up the whole by exaggerating parts, pushing things to their extremes, and turning their mouthpieces into ours” [The original article does not clearly state the source, but the quoted phrases are likely from communist documents.].

Liberty Times reported on April 14 that the Taiwanese intelligence services found that China had made it a major Taiwan affairs project to infiltrate the mass media in the island. Several Chinese investments worth tens of millions of NT$ poured into Taiwanese newspapers and TV stations after going through several intermediaries in many countries and regions.

The newspapers and TV stations with Chinese capital infusion have changed their tone significantly in reporting after receiving the investments and greatly increased their reporting of Chinese politics, economy and society. Furthermore, their reporting has become decidedly pro-Chinese and extremely favorable to communists, on topics such as 16th Communist Party Congress, Three-Gorge Dam on the Yangtze River, and high-tech development.

Some analysts want to remind the public that the Chinese regime’s control of the media is extremely tight. The Chinese Communists are actively infiltrating the Taiwanese media and influencing the public opinion by taking advantage of the Taiwanese policies of democracy, openness, and loosening of foreign investment regulations. The consequences would be worrisome if the Taiwanese media are muzzled because of the communist capital control.

Sources say that the Chinese Communists have also bought up overseas subsidiaries of Taiwanese and Hong Kong media in the US and Europe to publish “information” at crucial moments. The so-called “information” is considered to be largely manufactured news for expressing the political will and gaining an upper hand in factional fighting within the Chinese Communist Party.

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