The Chinese Propaganda Tour

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State-controlled media in China have gone into overdrive to portray China’s Chairman Hu Jintao’s visit to the US as a resounding success and the start of a new era of bilateral relations, based on “mutual respect and mutual benefit.”

To prepare for the chairman’s visit, the Chinese Embassy put the word out to its network of front groups to mobilize a large welcoming presence.

Thousands of Chinese students and workers were paid to descend on Washington DC in a show of welcome for the Communist leader. The greeters’ transportation and food were covered by the Chinese embassy, and in addition they were paid between $20 and $80.

According to Epoch Times, a man who works as a dishwasher in Philadelphia said he was recruited by a community group to come to welcome Hu, so he didn’t have to work that day and was paid $55. An IT student from Philadelphia came because he didn’t want any trouble from the embassy. He was concerned that if he didn’t sign up, there might be consequences for his family in China.

At the gala White House dinner the Obama’s threw for Hu, the entertainment included Lang Lang, the China-born pianist who played a tune from a famous anti-U.S. Chinese film. Having the song, “My Motherland” played at the White House was seen as a great propaganda triumph in China.

“In the eyes of all Chinese, this will not be seen as anything other than a big insult to the U.S.,” says Yang Jingduan, a Chinese psychiatrist now living in Philadelphia who had in China been a doctor in the Chinese military. “It’s like insulting you in your face and you don’t know it, it’s humiliating.”

But wait, there’s more. Jackie Chan, the Hong Kong born marshal arts actor who has been an outspoken supporter of the Chinese Communist Party was there to greet the Chairman, as well as the usual bunch of Hollywood China supporters. Funny how human rights aren’t a problem when aging celebrities have an opportunity to rub elbows with world leaders of countries that have mobile execution squads.

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