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Originally posted by chrissun at 13-1-2006 08:12
I happen to work for media in China. Yes, there must be some biased reports about Japanese, but It’s totally unacceptable for your opinion. Most reports about Japan are objective.
It depends on what you're thinking about. You accused foreign media of talking about China in a certain way that exaggerated the negative points. No one can deny the points raised, unless you are simply accusing them of lying all the time. No, it's more that some do not stress positive points enough - at least that is what I think you are saying. And I asked the same question of the Chinese media's attitude towards Japan.
I can read the Chinese media - Chinadaily is often called the "Window to China" is it not? Xinhua is in English as well. And my Chinese friends tell me about the other domestic publications as well. And from my perspective the majority of commentary about Japan is negative. That is not to say that the articles are wrong. But the amount of time that seems to be taken talking about the Asian war, Yasukuni, textbooks, the Senkakus and EEZ disputes, etc rather puts a slant on the Sino-Japanese relationship. Commentary articles discuss how Japan is "wrong" period.
There have been articles in different non-Chinese media groups that I have seen asking, "hey, slow down a minute - is China really a threat? Aren't we just over-egging this a fair bit?" I have not seen any such self-reflection from the Chinese media in that perhaps Japan is being dealt a bit of a raw deal in terms of media coverage in China (bar an article that I have supplied below). Let's look at what the Chinadaily commentary has on Japan:
Japan divided on neighbourly ties( 01-09 05:45)
Japan's playing of ideological cards harms ties with China( 01-03 06:40)
Shrine visits sour Sino-Japanese ties( 12-31 07:09)
Japan should reflect on its own policies( 12-26 05:36)
What will Koizumi's legacy be?( 12-21 06:31)
Japanese diplomacy has led to isolation in Asia( 12-15 06:25)
When the issue of Japan is raised, it's normally done negatively and putting the blame squarely on Japan. And, although this is not official commentary, the old "readers' voice" articles on Japan used to be dominated by a certain member of this forum that also believes in global Zionist conspiracies. They were extremely vitriolic, scaremongering and generally paranoid about Japan reinvading China. This person was actively encouraging China to attack Japan to defeat it completely, etc. Given that they were selected by Chinadaily editors, are you telling me that Chinadaily did not agree with such paranoid delusions? Please tell me that they were a gross mistake and that such tripe will never be put forward again. Or do they give an indication that in reality Chinadaily (and other parts of the Chinese media) like those views?
I know perfectly well that China and Japan have not given up on improving relations. If they did then I don't know what would happen But, just as negative reports about China are sometimes given too much "air time" outside of China, negative reports about Japan dominate the agenda in China. How many Chinese people do you think heard about the Sino-Japanese forum compared to those that heard about Koizumi's latest visit to Yasukuni? There is no way the two will compare. I am sure that the odd positive thing gets into the Chinese media, but it is not given much space or consideration.
Why don't you read an old article I posted ages ago. It's my only "digest" post.
http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/vie ... ge=1&highlight=
I think that is an excellent piece. Now I am surprised why more of the Chinese media doesn't ever consider such a view. In reality the Chinese media makes it very difficult to improve relations because they focus Chinese people's minds on the past and the negative aspect of Japan, rather than encourage them to work towards a better future concerning Sino-Japanese relations. Then the Japanese media recycles those negative views of Japan from China, adding to the problem.
So as I said, China is guilty of doing to Japan what it also accuses foreigners of doing to itself.
[ Last edited by mencius at 2006-1-13 12:08 PM ]