Beijing’s effort to expand its soft power overseas through its official media outlets, such as CCTV in America, are well known, but less obvious methods are also deployed. Writing for Foreign Policy (paywall), Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian looks at the supposedly independent Qiao Bao (The China Press), headquartered in Alhambra, California, and its avoidance of topics that might offend the Chinese leadership, such as the death of Liu Xiaobo.
- The publication is described as one of the largest Chinese-language papers in the U.S., with a circulation of around 100,000 in 15 major cities from New York to Los Angeles. It was launched in 1990 by a former journalist for the state-run China News Service.
- Editor-in-chief I-Der Jeng says that the paper does not receive any funding from the Chinese government or the Communist Party, and does not communicate with either regarding its editorial content.
- However, articles originally published by Qiao Bao can be found syndicated on China’s tightly controlled news sites, such as Sina, and on its own website, it lists the English website of the official tabloid Global Times as a partner.
- Qiao Bao’s parent, the California-based Rhythm Media Group, also owns Chinese-language radio stations in Washington State, and has an office in Beijing.
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