The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks provided China’s official media with ample reason to celebrate what it called America’s “moribund decline.” The state-controlled press issued a thorough condemnation of America for what it said was U.S. culpability for causing the attacks.
The official Xinhua News Agency and the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, both jumped into the foray. The People’s Daily’s belligerent subsidiary newspaper Global Times published a series of antiAmerican diatribes including an op-ed by professor Shen Dingli, one of China’s leading analysts on international affairs and a dean at Shanghai’s Fudan University. Mr. Shen predicted “there will never be peace between al Qaeda and the United States for the next 100 years” because, he asserted, the United States has refused, and always will, to accept what Mr. Shen called certain “justified soundness” of terrorism. He added that the Sept. 11 attacks really have not changed the position of the United States.
Another op-ed headlined “There May Be No Complete End to the Era of 9/11” was written by the army’s senior strategist, Maj. Gen. Peng Guangqian, an officer well known for his high-pitched cries calling for war against Taiwan. Gen. Peng directly attributed the attacks to the evils of international capitalism led by the double-faced and saber-rattling America. “The selfish, greedy, exploitative and barbaric nature of capitalism that has dominated global economy,” Peng wrote, is the No. 1 reason for past and future terrorist attacks on the United States.
Provincial Chinese media outlets appeared to have received the same editorial instructions from the Communist Party’s Propaganda Ministry and published harsh-toned articles as well.
Even the usually less-hardline newspaper, the Southern Metropolitan News in Guangdong province, published three full pages savoring the decline of the United States that it linked to the terrorist attacks, calling it the consequence of “using one form of violence to replace another.”