This short article published in today’s People’s Daily in China is well worth a read. Check it out!
Here is an introduction to the People’s Daily from Wikipedia:
The paper is an official newspaper of the government of China, published worldwide with a circulation of 3 to 4 million. In addition to its main Chinese-language edition, it has editions in English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Tibetan, Kazakh, Uyghur, Zhuang, Mongolian, Korean and other minority languages in China. Similar to Pravda‘s relationship with the Soviet Union, the newspaper provides direct information on the policies and viewpoints of the government. It claims itself to be elected by UNESCO as “one of the 10 most authoritative and most influential newspapers of the world”.
There are a few thoughts here.
Firstly, it is interesting to reflect on the reach of the People’s Daily and the number of languages. Personally, I scan it three of four times a week and find it of high quality. I question how many Western publishers can compare? Once upon a time, the BBC had an excellent international reputation but I fear that, these days, it is tarnished. Similarly, media in the US seems dominated by the TV networks and they are not really outward focused.
Secondly, the article highlights the shift in geopolitics in Asia. Japan, India and China are testing the limits of power and influence.
For me, the article once again brings into question President Obama’s flawed foreign policy, which has reduced US influence and triggered geo-political uncertainty, and of course, probably contributed to the rise in international terrorism.