I think there’s a deep misunderstanding by Chinese here; first that Western media is part of some Western conspiracy to bring down China and that by extension, almost all Westerners must hate China (not true).
While it is true that the *majority* of Western media articles are negative towards China, it really doesn’t matter because… most Americans don’t even trust their own media
It’s kinda hard to ‘brainwash’ people when most people don’t think your information is real.
We should take a look in contrast, at what % of Chinese state media coverage is favorable towards America/Western countries (I’m willing to bet, most of it is negative as well) – and what % of Chinese believe their media (I’m also willing to bet, most Chinese believe their own media at least at a higher percentage that Americans believe theirs).
In fact you’ll find that most American media pits Americans.. against each other! Democrats vs Republicans. Liberals vs Conservatives. Trump supporters vs anti-Trump supporters. Far right vs Anti-fascist. Red states vs blue states.
I cannot say for all Western media, but I assume that Canadian, Australian, British, French news etc are in general slightly less negative towards China than America is, but I will say one thing which is that the purpose of the media is to essentially control the people – but the media needs to gain the trust of the people first. If it cannot, then it has no purpose anymore.
There’s a few corollaries I would like to make too:
- Western media is not just biased against China, it’s also biased against North Korea, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Islam states etc i.e it has an agenda which is to form opinions in peoples minds to create division between people and countries
- Media can only be effective if people trust the media. Right now that is not the case in America.
- Most American media right now is much too concerned with pitting Americans against each other rather than trying to pit Americans against China. In fact I would go so far as to say in today’s partisan climate, an American is more likely to support China’s government than they are supporting the opposing Democrat/Republican party. That’s how divided America is right now. Heck a lot of Trump supporters warmed up to Kim Jong Un and Vladmir Putin – effectively because Trump tweeted that they were nice people!
- Can’t generalize a group of people who span hundreds of racial groups, ethnicities, backgrounds, and dozens of governments into one group “Westerners”. I’m a Westerner. So is the Hispanic guy who works as a car mechanic in Texas. So is the single mother of three working 3 jobs a day in New Jersey. So is the Chinese-American adopted girl who got raised in Los Angeles. Or the Businessman from Paris. Or the Security Guard from England. Or the Zookeeper in Australia. they are all Westerners. We are all very different. There’s no way we’d be able to agree on anything together including hating on a single country because the media said so.
^ some additional info – Americans are too busy fighting each other to be united in anything including hating on China. I also suspect that there is some narrative going on in China as well to pit Chinese against Western countries/America – again because there is a political agenda at play here. The more nationalistic Chinese get the more likely they are to shun foreign products/services, buy domestic products and use domestic services therefore boosting the overall economy. Every nation has its own agenda.
Also might I add the world has been bending over to Chinese for a long time? America never banned Chinese travelers even though Chinese banned foreign travelers during COVID19 pandemic. Chinese forbid foreigners from purchasing real estate meanwhile they been buying up real estate like crazy in foreign countries and driving up prices there (see London, Seoul, Tokyo, Vancouver, San Fran etc). Foreign countries don’t boycott or ban Chinese products but Chinese ban and boycott foreign companies whenever they do anything perceived as political (i.e Xinjiang cotton, acknowledging Taiwan as a country, supporting HK protests etc).
So the claim/assertion that alot of nationalist Chinese make, which is that Americans/Westerners are brainwashed by their media to hate China, is a rather broad and generalizing claim with a lot of assumptions because the truth is, most Americans don’t believe their media, most Americans would rather fight each other than China, and most Americans cannot agree on anything let alone on hating a country because the ‘liberal media’ said so, let alone an entire hemisphere of different governments and countries all agreeing with American media to do so as well. Also, Chinese should not assume that whatever action a Western government does, it means that their citizens all agree with that action (i.e banning TikTok or Huawei). Western countries are much much more divided politically than China is.