“Media plus technology are the two most powerful things in the world, “ says Chinese billionaire Miles Kwok Wednesday on his media talk when he recalled his meeting several years ago with former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Miles Kwok asked Margaret Thatcher, “What do you think is the biggest power in the world… money, politics, or aircraft carriers? “ The old lady said, “Media”. “And the most powerful thing to change the world?”asked Miles. Thatcher answered, “Technology”.
Margaret Thatcher told Miles Kwok that “It is media plus technology that can best change the world,” and “media shall be placed in front of technology”.
We attribute the escalating trade war, the tension across the Taiwan Strait, near-collision of US warship and aggressive Chinese Destroyer, US aircraft carriers sent to the South China Sea, and all related events making headlines, to the heating up and push of the media.
“When I talk to officials of the US government, from the White House to the Pentagon, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the Treasury, they don’t fear Donald Trump. All people I have met fear only one thing: the media. Donald Trump himself everyday spends 55%-70% of his time working with his social media or dealing with the media. That is his priority,” says Miles Kwok, “the world’s richest people, the celebrities, and the development of human civilization all keep their eyes or have their focus on the media.”
China’s leadership has long seen the media as the CCP’s “throat and tongue,” and President Xi Jinping has asked many times for ‘absolute loyalty’ from Chinese state media.
“The media run by the party and the government are the propaganda fronts and must have the party as their family name,” Xi told propaganda workers during his visit to the China Central Television or CCTV in 2016.
“All the work by the party’s media must reflect the party’s will, safeguard the party’s authority, and safeguard the party’s unity,” he said. “They must love the party, protect the party, and closely align themselves with the party leadership in thought, politics and action.”
CCP officials know fully the importance of the media and are much experienced in telling lies and covering up the truth. They have also underestimated the power of the social media in a new age.
Although the communist government has built the most sophisticated Great Firewall to block the internet, exercised the strictest censorship across the country, and launched the biggest propaganda campaign in the world, it cannot stop the spread of public voices from the social media. The CCP fears the media too.
“We have many videos with millions and even billions of views in China, the spread of them so fast and widespread that the CCP government will never have the ability to stop them,” says Miles Kwok, “We do not have to worry. From now on, the CCP will find it very difficult to cheat the people by telling lies.”
He says, “a typical example that reflects the power and influence of the media is the recent coverage on the disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that will acknowledge that Jamal Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey.
All major media in the west have detailed coverage on the story of Jamal Khashoggi, including CNN, Washington Post, CBS, ABC, the Guardian, CNBC, BBC, the Australian, the New York Times, etc. Media has played an important role behind his tragic death.
Even President Donald Trump said he remains eager to get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi. He noted that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are “working together” to determine what happened.
In the contrary, none of these western media reported on the tragic death of Wang Jian, a co-founder of HNA Group in July. Chinese CCP run Caixin made up the story and reported that “Wang Jian has died falling off a 15 meters wall in the the picturesque village of Bonnieux, near Avignon in France”.
None of the main western media has investigated into the real cause of Wang Jian’s death. The CCP’s grand propaganda campaign as part of the BGY scheme has kept the mouths of these western media shut up. Many of them only cite stories from China’s state-owned media when it comes to reporting about China.
Miles Kwok says Chinese state media actually tells a lot of “facts” about the country and its people, but you have to find out the truth yourselves by “reading their words in an up-side down way.”
“If you want to know the truth about China, read the People’s Daily, but up-side down; if you want to know the truth about China’s economy, read the reports by the Central People’s bank, but up-side down,” says Miles Kwok.
Comparing the media coverage on death of the Saudi journalist and that of HNA chairman Wang Jian, we can see clearly how the media can direct the thinking of the audience and thus change a part of that world. This also helps us understand better how the communist government of China has ruled the country by lying, and that it can no longer cheat the world with lies as more people have come to know its “real face.”
Some people worry that China would go back to the era of Cultural Revolution, and with the closed-door policy and a society of self-reliance. “This is impossible,” says Miles Kwok, “We are now at an information age, an era of social media. Ordinary people did not have their voice heard during the Cultural Revolution, now we have the internet, the self-media, private publishers, and the state-owned media can no longer dominate public opinions. The CCP no longer has the power or ability to take everything under control; they no longer have the power or ability to close the door or lock up the country.”
The coming year of about 300 days may the darkest time in Chinese history but it will soon end. And humanity will welcome the appearance of a brighter era.
By Miles Kwok and Cloudy Seagail
Translation by Staff editor