Tracking People’s Daily — September 25, 2020

Page 1: Two pieces on the front page that interested me. First, a long report about the Party’s policies in Xinjiang. It talks about there being much “hope” acros Xinjiang today because of the Party’s policies under Xi Jinping. The narrative it’s building is about Xi’s long-term attention to Xinjiang.

“In the early 1980s, Comrade Xi Jinping visited Xinjiang. During his tenure as the main leader in Zhejiang, Comrade Xi Jinping had many exchanges and discussions with comrades in Xinjiang on supporting the construction of the Hotan area and promoting economic cooperation between Zhejiang and Xinjiang. In 2003, Comrade Xi Jinping led a party and government delegation from Zhejiang Province to Xinjiang for 8 days, leaving footprints in both the north and south of the Tianshan Mountains. After working in the central government, Comrade Xi Jinping visited Xinjiang for five days in 2009, and he stayed in rural areas, enterprises, communities, schools in Bayingoleng, Kashgar, Karamay, Shihezi, Urumqi and other places. Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core has attached great importance to Xinjiang’s work.”

Then this: “General Secretary Xi Jinping’s series of important expositions on Xinjiang work drew a blueprint and pointed out the direction for the in-depth development of Xinjiang work. The cadres and the masses in Xinjiang unswervingly pushed the Party Central Committee’s various decisions and arrangements to take root in Xinjiang.”

The argument is that Xi personally ensured that social stability in Xinjiang became a political priority, was engaged in cadre policies and has pushed for poverty alleviation and development.

And then this: “In Xinjiang today, there have been no violent terrorist incidents (incidents) for three consecutive years and nine months. Violent terrorist activities have been effectively curbed, de-radicalization has achieved remarkable results, social security has improved significantly, and people of all ethnic groups have a sense of happiness. The sense of security is significantly enhanced. This gratifying change has also been recognized by the international community. At the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in July this year, more than 40 countries made joint speeches, positively appraising the achievements of Xinjiang’s human rights development and the results of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization.” That’s why those letter campaigns matter to the Party.

Next is a commentary based on Xi’s new speech on culture, sports and health. Recall that Xi had raised cultural confidence to the level of Hu Jintao’s Three confidences. This piece reiterates that and then says: “To pay close attention to cultural construction, it is necessary to raise the level of social civilization as a major task of building a socialist cultural power, promote the normalization and institutionalization of ideals and beliefs education, and strengthen the education of party history, new China history, reform and opening history, and socialist development history. Strengthen the education of patriotism, collectivism, and socialism, guide people to strengthen their confidence in the road, theory, system, and culture, and promote the ideological and spiritual unity of all people.”

Page 2: Once again, a couple of pieces on the page to note. First, people from different walks of life respond to Xi’s speech on culture, education, health and sports.

Next a commentary by Zhong Xuanli. This China Media Project informs is a moniker that marks that the piece is coming from the Theory Division of the Central Propaganda Department. This is important because it tells you about the propaganda value of China’s Covid success along with the US’ poor handling of the epidemic. The latter bit is covered in a report on Page 16.

It says that “the nation’s fight against the epidemic created a miracle in the history of human struggle against disease.”

It summarises the key propaganda points for what was driving the party:

  • The pursuit of the value of life first.
  • The unity of the whole country.
  • The tenacious will to give up life and forget about death.
  • Respect the practical character of science.
  • The moral responsibility of sharing destiny.

“In this rare struggle in the world, the most fundamental reason why the Chinese nation is able to work together and unite is that it has the strategy and guidance of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and Xi Jinping’s new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

And then it talks about how the fight underscores certain values:

  • “In the fight against the epidemic, patriotism has transformed into the firm belief and conscious action of all Chinese people.”
  • “Collectivism is the spiritual character of the Chinese nation and the most distinctive value orientation of the great anti-epidemic spirit.”
  • “Socialism is the only way for the Chinese nation to achieve a great rejuvenation, and it is the most profound spiritual background of the great anti-epidemic spirit…After the anti-epidemic exercises, the banner of socialism is flying high, and the spirit of socialism is radiant, illuminating the “darkest moment” when the epidemic is raging and showing a bright future for human development.”
  • “The great anti-epidemic spirit is the most vivid and concentrated interpretation of the core values ​​of socialism, and it is the great promotion and development of the spirit of patriotism, collectivism and socialism.”

And finally: “The great anti-epidemic spirit demonstrates the strong will of socialist China to move forward and greatly strengthens the belief and determination to follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. What kind of doctrine a country implements depends on whether this doctrine can solve the historical problems faced by the country.”

“The Communist Party of China and the Chinese people who have experienced the epidemic will be more indestructible and invincible. We firmly believe that as long as there is the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, the significant advantages of the socialist system with Chinese characteristics, and the united struggle of 1.4 billion people, no force can stop the Chinese people from marching toward a better life. No difficulty can stop the bright prospect of the Chinese nation’s great rejuvenation.”

Page 3: A few pieces to note here. First, a commentary based on Xi’s UN speech. It basically reiterates the points that Xi made, emphasising that China will have to be prepared to take a greater global role. Next a report about China defending its human rights record in Hong Kong. This was done at a conference organised by the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland. Finally, Wang Yi attended a CICA foreign ministers’ meeting. He made four proposals: “Persevere in helping each other to overcome the epidemic; promote strategic trust and maintain peace and stability; advocate mutual benefit and win-win results and achieve common development; uphold multilateralism and safeguard fairness and justice.”

Page 4: The China International Economic Exchange Center organised a global think tank summit with 200 people, including former political leaders, heads of international organizations, and think tank representatives from more than 20 countries and regions attending. Huang Kunming, propaganda department chief, delivered a speech. He said that “China has made due contributions to the global fight against the epidemic with responsibility as the practice of the value concept of one family in the world and shared destiny. China is about to build a well-off society in an all-round way, eliminate absolute poverty, and embark on a new journey of building a modern socialist country in an all-round way. China is willing to create development opportunities and share development results with other countries. It is hoped that global think tanks will use the summit as an opportunity to strengthen communication, build consensus and contribute their ideas and wisdom to jointly fight the epidemic and promote the recovery of the world economy.”

Page 5: An interesting commentary by He Yong, from PD’s Hunan branch. He is basically arguing that the Party must create economic opportunities and take industrialisation to rural areas, rather than urban migration. “Generally speaking, there are two ways to get rid of poverty in rural areas. One is to go out to work, and the other is to develop industries in the village according to local conditions. And industrial development is better than going out to work…The process of industrial development will inevitably bring various elements such as capital and technology to the countryside. Only with industry can talents be attracted.”

Page 16: Two pieces to note. First, a report on the Covid situation in the US. After sharing details of numbers it quotes Anthony Fauci as saying: “The United States is in a divided society, making our society politicized, making it difficult to deliver consistent messages in response to the epidemic. This is really very unfortunate.”

And then this: “The politicization of the novel coronavirus vaccine development field also confuses the public. When will the vaccine be available, when will it be distributed, and when will ordinary people be vaccinated, all kinds of information are confusing. The White House recently stated that the United States is progressing smoothly in the development of the vaccine. The government can start distributing the vaccine in October or November, and at least 100 million doses of vaccine can be distributed by the end of this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not agree with the White House’s optimistic judgment. Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a Senate hearing recently that vaccination is expected to start in November or December, but the number of vaccines that can be provided is limited at that time, and can only be given to medical staff or the elderly. Redfield said that it will take at least 6 to 9 months before it is possible for all people to be vaccinated…A survey of 10,093 American adults conducted by the Pew Research Center in the United States from September 8 to September 13 found that only 51% of Americans expressed their willingness to receive the vaccine due to fears that the US government would relax safety standards in order to rush to introduce the vaccine.”

Now when is the last time that People’s Daily has covered such views within China? Oh right, never.

Next, a commentary by Shen Yi from Fudan University talks about the TikTok saga in the US. The piece says:

“In recent years, the U.S. has been engaged in a trade war, repeatedly throwing out the absurd argument of China’s forced technology transfer, claiming that its domestic enterprises are victims of forced technology transfer. But the facts have proved that the contemporary pirates who are truly skilled in taking the core assets and key technologies of other countries’ enterprises are in Washington. The U.S. uses its national power to demand forced sales by Chinese Internet companies on the grounds of so-called national security. This is a naked bandit and hegemonic act. It has completely removed the hypocritical veil of free competition and market principles, allowing the international community to see clearly…The prey range of this contemporary pirate is extremely wide. Large companies in Europe and Japan have become the targets of looting. This shows that any non-US company, regardless of the relationship between its parent company’s country and the United States, has the potential to become its prey.”