Why is western media increasingly pro-China?
Joseph Wang studied at Ph.D Astronomy UT Austin Physics MIT
Answered Apr 22 · Upvoted by Godfree Roberts Gwydion Madawc Williams and Robin Daverman
Because until 2016 most Western journalists thought that they could run China better than the Chinese government and people no longer seem to believe that. The idea was that the US and Europe were models of government and that China should copy the West. Right now there is so much dissatisfaction with the government in the West that no one is interested in telling China what to do.
Also it doesn’t help that China isn’t imploding whereas the Middle East is. Remember how wonderful “Arab Spring” was supposed to be? The fact is that the West tried hard to create their own democratic government in Iraq and Afghanistan and it turn out to be a nightmare.
It’s also the case that increasingly large numbers of people were born after the Cold War and talking about China in terms of anti-Communism makes as much sense as talking about Austria in terms of the Habsburgs.
A lot of this changed when Trump was elected and the UK left the EU. It turns out that a pretty large fraction of journalists hate Trump (and that includes the Republican establishment as well as the Democratic ones) and also are highly pro-EU. So if someone complains about the lack of democracy in China all you have to do is to respond by saying “so we can elect someone like Donald Trump who doesn’t think global warming exists”.
Realistically I don’t think that Western journalists and academics really wanted “real democracy”. They wanted a system of government in which people voted but in the end the government was run by professionals that thought like journalists and academics. Now that you start having politicians in power that are getting their power from people that hate journalists and academics democracy doesn’t look that good.
Paul Denlinger Have lived in China Taiwan and Hong Kong; fluent in Mandarin (written spoken)
Answered Apr 22 · Upvoted by Robin Daverman
Paul Denlinger 一直生活在中国台湾和香港；可以流利的写和说普通话。
Here are some thoughts:
In spite of continued criticism of the Chinese government over human rights China is still there;
How many stories can you write criticizing China over human rights and still expect western readers to read them in spite of each story saying essentially the same thing over and over again except with different words?
In spite of books like Gordon Chang’s classic “The Coming Collapse of China” China is still there and shows no signs of collapsing. How many times can you say this over and over again and it does not happen and yet still retain credibility?
The Chinese government is increasingly media-savvy and is investing heavily in media creating media behemoths such as CGTV (China Global Television) etc.
Chinese are traveling more spending more buying overseas real estate more and more overseas schools colleges and universities are becoming dependent on income from Chinese students and they do not act like violent terrorists killing innocent people so what is there to fear about them?
At some point westerners begin to ask: “You have said that this Chinese government continues to violate human rights and yet the government is still there and Chinese travel overseas more and spend money and they are not violent so something you (the western media) have been telling us about China doesn’t add up.”
Western editors notice this change so they need to adjust their China coverage accordingly.
Moreover most western advertisers are involved with China in one way or another so using the same old stick to beat China no longer works.
Gwydion Madawc Williams Read a lot about this
Answered Apr 21 · Upvoted by Michel McGill and Robin Daverman
It’s not. It is just becoming less anti-China as the influence of New Right politics declines.
China was resented and misrepresented because it was a success that refused to conform to New Right values.