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China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China’s economic policies, Freedom House reported.
They include courses on President Xi Jinping’s views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country.
Many of them catered to countries that are part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world.
Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars.
China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country.
It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around the world.

China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week.

The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like “socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics” and a class on “the Chinese Dream,” Freedom House said.

Those two slogans were popularized under President Xi Jinping, and lay out his view of patriotism and innovation as long as it does not defy the Chinese Communist Party.

The programs appeared to be marketed to countries involved in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project launched in 2013 that aims to link China to more than 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa.

It is one of President Xi Jinping’s pet projects, and Beijing has invested between $1 trillion and $8 trillion in those projects since 2013, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Multiple BRI partners have racked up billions of dollars in debt because they …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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