CHINA PRO­MOTES ANTI-TRUMP BOOK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

China’s govern­ment pro­pa­ganda out­lets are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the anti- Pres­i­dent Trump book re­leased this week by Wash­ing­ton Post writer Bob Wood­ward, called “Fear.”

Two days af­ter ex­cerpts of the book were pub­lished, ma­jor Chi­nese state-run pro­pa­ganda out­lets, in­clud­ing China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion (CCTV), ran ex­ten­sive re­ports on the book on Sept. 6.

The book de­rides Mr. Trump as un­hinged and claims there has been an ad­min­is­tra­tion coup d’etat by se­nior aides, who con­spired against the pres­i­dent and blocked his poli­cies.

CCTV pro­duced five re­ports on its web­site, not­ing Mr. Trump’s re­ac­tion to the book and his sug­ges­tion, ac­cord­ing to the book, to de­ploy the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense, or THAAD, mis­sile de­fense sys­tem to pro­tect the United States.

“Water­gate jour­nal­ist’s new book in­fu­ri­ates Trump,” read an­other head­line in CCTV, adding, “the White House is shak­ing.” The of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported that the White House was “shak­ing” in fear over the book. The of­fi­cial Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported sim­i­lar White House fears and noted that Mr. Trump was in­fu­ri­ated by the book.

CCTV-4, the in­ter­na­tional chan­nel with an es­ti­mated view­er­ship of 65 mil­lion peo­ple, is­sued two on-air re­ports on the crit­i­cal book. An­other pro­pa­ganda chan­nel, CCTV-13 also re­ported on the book.

The China Daily, an­other Com­mu­nist Partyaf­fil­i­ated out­let, re­ported on Sept. 5 that the book is “as deadly as a White House palace drama, forc­ing Trump to tweet seven times to ‘put out a fire.’”

An anal­y­sis of search en­gine traf­fic on Baidu, the Chi­nese search en­gine, re­vealed that web traf­fic on “Fear” surged dur­ing the early-Septem­ber cov­er­age. All the re­ports pre­sented the book cover.

The CIA-led Open Source En­ter­prise, which trans­lates for­eign news re­ports, so far has ig­nored all the neg­a­tive Chi­nese re­port­ing on the anti-Trump book, ac­cord­ing to a govern­ment source.

The main points of the broad­casts and web post­ings were that the book had re­vealed chaos and dys­func­tion in the White House as a re­sult of Mr. Trump’s lead­er­ship style.

The Chi­nese also played up Mr. Wood­ward’s con­tention — de­nied by Sec­re­tary of De­fense Jim Mat­tis — that Mr. Trump or­dered an airstrike to kill Syr­ian dic­ta­tor Bashar As­sad but was over­ruled.

The re­ports also noted that two now-de­parted White House ad­vis­ers pil­fered a doc­u­ment from Mr. Trump’s desk to pre­vent him from pulling out of a U.S.-South Korea free trade ac­cord.

The theme be­hind the Chi­nese pro­pa­ganda blitz is ev­i­dence in at least one ref­er­ence in the re­ports to Mr. Wood­ward’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Water­gate scan­dal of the 1970s that led to Pres­i­dent Nixon’s res­ig­na­tion.

Chi­nese state me­dia un­til re­cently have avoided crit­i­cism of Mr. Trump but have stepped up their pro­pa­ganda against the pres­i­dent since the trade bat­tle over tar­iffs heated up.

China is said to be work­ing to un­der­mine Mr. Trump by seek­ing Democratic vic­to­ries in the up­com­ing midterm elec­tions with the hope that House con­trol will shift and a Democratic-ma­jor­ity House would pro­ceed with im­peach­ment.

The new book drew harsh de­nun­ci­a­tions from the pres­i­dent and key ad­vis­ers.

“The Wood­ward book is a Joke — just an­other as­sault against me, in a bar­rage of as­saults, us­ing now dis­proven un­named and anony­mous sources,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

“Many have al­ready come for­ward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fic­tion. Dems can’t stand los­ing. I’ll write the real book!”

The pres­i­dent in­sisted in an­other tweet that the White House is a “smooth run­ning ma­chine.”

“We are mak­ing some of the big­gest and most im­por­tant deals in our coun­try’s his­tory — with many more to come! The Dems are go­ing crazy!” he tweeted.

Mr. Trump has held back from crit­i­ciz­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, whom he fre­quently refers to as a friend.

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