At Trump’s press conference on Monday, Trump asked a reporter if she worked for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Her answer wasn’t the entire truth. She works for Phoenix TV, which has been identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as a major overseas outlet used to spread propaganda and promote the policies of communist China. The Hong Kong television station also has close ties to China’s intelligence service and military. Phoenix TV is majority-owned by elements controlled by the CCP.
At Monday’s COVID-19 press conference, a Chinese reporter asked the President if he was willing to work “directly” with China; Trump responded that China should honor its trade deals with the United States. “Are you cooperating with China?” she followed up.
The President turned the tables and tried to smoke her out. Who are you working for, China?” Trump responded. “Who are you with?”
President Trump: "Who are you working for China? Do you work for China? Or are you with a newspaper?" pic.twitter.com/dTFTzfBYlm
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) April 6, 2020
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Trump had some questions of his own — explicitly concerning who it was she was representing while asking those questions…
Reporter: Are you cooperating with China?
Trump: Who do you work for? China?
R: I am working with…
Trump: Who you with?
R: Hong Kong Phoenix TV
Trump: Who owns that, China?
Trump: Is it owned by China?
R: Based in Hong Kong
Trump: Is it owned by the state?
— Dane duPont (@GeoGolfHawaii) April 7, 2020
Her answers were, at best, vague. And there’s a reason they would be. She works for Phoenix TV, which is based in Hong Kong—but controlled by mainland China.
She said Phoenix TV privately own, and it is—sort of. According to its annual report, about 65% of the network is owned by “private” entities controlled by Bejing:
- Owning 37% is Liu Changle, CEO and the founder of Phoenix TV. He started out as a reporter for the Communist Party of China-controlled Central People’s Broadcasting Station. He had become one of China’s richest men by the 1990s and is well-connected to the Beijing leadership.
- China State-Owned China Mobile owns approximately 20%
- China Wise International Ltd, owned by the PRC government’s China Investment Corporation, has about 8%.
Senator Cruz knows precisely who runs the station:
Phoenix TV has been waging information warfare in the US for yrs. They are nominally private but actually state owned. In 2018 I led effort to block them from using cutouts to spread propaganda. MSM should NEVER have given them seat at WH press conference. https://t.co/JswOrAwb8X
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020
From that story:
In response, Chinese Sound provided testimony to the FCC from a former Phoenix TV news director, Chung Pong.
“I know from personal experience that Phoenix TV’s content is subject to the dictates of the leadership of the Central Communist Propaganda Department, Central Communist Overseas Propaganda Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which often directly sent instructions to Phoenix Satellite TV,” Pong said in a statement included in an FCC filing.
The Party and government instructions “included directives to remove specific items of news that violated the ‘Party’s news guidelines’ or positively reported [on] the United States or events in the United States,” he said.
In 2017 Sarah Cook Senior Research Analyst for East Asia, Freedom House testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and spoke about the Phoenix TV/ CCP connections:
Phoenix TV, the second most widely available Chinese-language television station on cable in the United States. Owned by a former military officer with close ties to Beijing officials, Phoenix TV’s coverage is typically favorable to the CCP. Moreover, over the past two years, it has been used as an outlet for airing televised confessions by various detained CCP critics, most notably all five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by Chinese security forces in late 2015 Such coverage is perhaps not coincidental, considering that CCTV reportedly holds a 10 percent stake in Phoenix.
The Hoover institute described the network as the “Quasi-official Phoenix TV, a global TV network with links to the PRC’s Ministry of State Security and headquartered in Hong Kong with branches around the world, including the United States, also has a substantial presence on all the major social media platforms in the United States.”
The remaining question is, why is the White House Correspondents Association, giving some of its precious real estate in the White House briefing room to a propaganda mouthpiece for the CCP?
H/T Clash Daily
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