Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou promoted as national hero in China

The release of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou to China was used by the CCP’s media to launch a wave of anti-US propaganda and promote Meng as a “national hero” against the United States in Chinese schools Is. Kindergarten.

After reaching a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Justice Department, Meng took a chartered flight to China on 24 September.

On December 1, 2018, Meng was arrested by Canadian police at Vancouver International Airport at the request of the US Department of Justice. US prosecutors charged Meng with bank and wire fraud. The Justice Department requested that he be extradited to the United States to face trial.

For nearly three years, Meng has spent time with family at their Vancouver home.

After Meng arrived in Shenzhen, China on the evening of September 25, the website of the CCP’s Central Disciplinary Inspection Commission published an article the next morning saying that the United States was trying to obstruct or hinder China’s development process. was doing.

CCP mouthpiece The People’s Daily ran a commentary around the same time, calling Meng’s case a political witch hunt by the United States to target the Chinese people and suppress Chinese technology company Huawei. Other articles in the CCP’s official media make similar arguments.

Governance outlet Guangming Daily went a step further. Its WeChat account “Educationist” posted an article titled “Today, Tell Students the Story of Meng Wanzhou’s Homecoming” and suggested using the Meng incident as a blueprint for students’ homework.

An assignment for Class 8, Grade 5 of No. 2 Experimental Primary School in Zhuping City, Shandong Province was circulated online from 26 September. The assignment was titled “Thoughts from the Meng Wanzhou Incident”. The following six questions were listed: “Who is Meng Wanzhou? Who was detaining him? Why was he detained? How was he rescued? What does the Meng Wanzhou incident tell us? As an elementary school student Me, what do you hope for your future?”

2 Experimental Elementary School in Zooping on 29 September for comment, but calls remained unanswered.

The owner of a supermarket in Xooping, who asked not to be named, told The Epoch Times that the Meng case was used to brainwash students at the school and that he “felt sorry for the children who were so young.” I don’t know anything.” He added that the Chinese people who are following the uproar are “really sick.”

He said Meng wasted the hard-earned money of Chinese people abroad and lived in a luxury house in Canada, yet the Chinese are cheering for him.

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On Chinese social media platform Weibo, a user named “Chichi Cat” confirmed on September 27 that her daughter’s school was teaching Meng about the incident. Another user named “Lee Just Walk On Without” also said that schools are arranging students to watch videos of Meng returning home. User “little grapes in the world” saw a sign about Meng Wanzhou while passing the school radio station.

A user posted, “A paragraph from a class meeting based on Meng Wanzhou given by the school.” Another posted that the Meng incident was discussed in a class for third-grade students in conceptual and moral cultivation. It has been compared to the war of resistance against Japan and Syria, which “became a successful patriotic education lesson.”

Henan University, which has exchanges and cooperation with Huawei, reprinted a September 27 article by the CCP’s state news agency Xinhua on Meng’s case before a September 27 article about the exchange activities of Huawei executives at the university , which said Huawei was “suppressed and blocked by multiple countries” and “national integrity”.

Li Yiming, a media professional in Japan, told The Epoch Times how the CCP has used the Meng phenomenon in its patriotic education for elementary school students.

Li said that while Meng was under surveillance in Canada, the CCP portrayed him in a very positive way. The Chinese internet was overwhelmed with propaganda describing him as an anti-American hero. With no role model, CCP is using the incident to make Meng who she wants to be, he said.

“This is what the CCP does all the time. It always needs to establish something to advertise its value theory and get people to listen to it,” Lee said. “In many places, it’s even discussed in class to brainwash teens.”

In Li’s view, the CCP may have had two objectives in making Meng an anti-American hero. One is that since no one believes in the CCP anymore, this is the right time to create a stir among the common people. Another thing is that people are dissatisfied with the authorities because of the overall slowdown in various industries. Lee said that doing so could distract people from their patriotism while also creating a sense of their patriotism.


Jennifer Bateman is a news writer focused on China.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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