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Why China Wants a Jeb-vs.-Hillary Race

August 5, 2015Kecheng Fang0 Comments

The Politico Magazine published an article on Chinese official media’s coverage of the ongoing U.S. presidential election campaigns. I shared some viewpoints on this issue:

“The Chinese media, especially the Party media, has been using American elections as a way to discredit democracy,” says Kecheng Fang, a former reporter for the Southern Weekly in Guangzhou who now researches Chinese media at the University of Pennsylvania. “I think much of Chinese media has been referring to this election as Clinton 2.0 versus Bush 3.0, so it’s a very trendy topic.”

 

Among those likely eager to make this anti-democratic narrative stick is China’s President Xi Jinping, who would no doubt like to divert attention from the troubling fact that he, himself, is the product of a political dynasty. His father, Xi Zhongxun, was a vice premier and is regarded as one of the founders of the CCP; thus the younger Xi is often labeled a princeling. Still, charges of nepotism in American politics could only come back to haunt Xi. “It’s a tricky question for the party media because Xi Jinping is also Xi 2.0,” says Kecheng Fang, who said he has seen comments from netizens to this effect when such articles are posted on Weibo, China’s social media giant.

 


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