Update at August 13 -
I wrote a bit about Epoch Times in the post below, mostly about Chinese getting their news from China news sources like public wechat. Epoch Times is most decidedly anti-CCP, and published by organizations related to Falun Gong, the same people who bring you Shen Yun, the extraordinary dance and performance troup that has been wow-ing Americans for a decade.
In the last two weeks, Epoch Times has been bombarding YouTube with two minute (two minute!) video advertising in advance of a video one is watching. The ads offer subscriptions to the newspaper, promising to expose the lies of the mainstream media in vilifying Donald Trump. Here is a screen shot from one subscription ad. "Honest news" is what they tout.
Donald Trump reads it every day. 'Nuff said. Chinese can get their "honest news" from Beijing or Falun Gong. Truly, only no news here is good news.
What Chinese are Talking About (3) - Love Mr. Xi, Love Mr. Trump
We know that mainlanders, particularly those in CCP, have a fondness for Mr. Trump. There are several reasons – Chinese historically have been willing to defer to strong leaders, and Trump projects arrogance, if not wisdom. It was clear before the 2016 election that if Trump won, Mr. Putin would win and Mr. Xi would also win. Events bear this out. There is no adversary so easy to fool as one convinced of his own superiority, particularly one with such poor justification. Flattery and artifice will get you … everywhere. For Chinese interested in foreign policy, all they need do is sit back and wait. Trump’s unforced errors – TPP, belittling allies, cozying up to dictators, removing US from environmental treaties, threatening friends and foes alike – make Chinese arrogance and Mr. Xi’s own unforced errors look positively innocuous. What’s not to love about someone willing to play the fool for you?