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No matter who Triumphs, US Election is a Gift for Chinese Propaganda

According to Chinese officials, Hillary foreign policy will be more predictable than Trump

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November 4, 2016: With just Election Day knocking at the door, both Presidential candidates- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are putting all their blood and sweat to sway the remaining few independent and undecided voters to their respective sides. American citizens are waiting for the results and so are the leaders all around the globe. Many of the relationships will be greatly affected by the election’s result, mentioned AFP report.

According to the AFF report, for the Chinese government, Clinton’s comprehensible foreign policy is a better option than the unpredictable nature of Donald Trump. However, it doesn’t matter who wins the elections, the elections have given China hilarity as they questioned the basic building blocks upon which the democracy of America is built.

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“The innumerable scandals, rumours, conspiracy theories and obscenities make it impossible for a person to look away,” the official Xinhua news service wrote in a commentary last week.

Just ahead of this year’s elections, the journalists of China were given strict instructions to write stories that made American politics look bad.

A reporter at a major state-run media organisation spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity. He said that he was worried he would have a hard time finding sufficiently damning material. It turns out that his doubts were unfounded.

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The competition between the candidates has shown the ugliest face of democracy.

A main state-run newspaper of China wrote: “The endless stream of scandals surrounding both main candidates showed the United States had no right to lecture others on democracy.” These newspapers did not have to make much effort to make the argument. They just took a long list of quotes like “ugly”, “tacky”, “ear-splitting” from the prominent American newspapers.

A leaked political memo from 2013, known as Document Number 9, listed “Western constitutional democracy” and its values, including media independence, as top threats to the Chinese Communist Party’s rule. The ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily termed the US Elections “chaos” and criticised the “big mouth” Donald Trump’s tax related issues, mentioned AFP.

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In a survey conducted last month, 37 percent of the respondents of China supported Hillary Clinton, while just 22 percent were in favour of Donald Trump.

Many people believe that Clinton would work on issues like human rights and military affairs while Trump’s policies will be harmful to the trade.

Jeremy Goldkorn, a China media commentator, pointed out that the election was “a difficult balancing act for Chinese propagandists”. “Even if one of the candidates is a clown, it does not escape Chinese people that American citizens have an admirable involvement in the way their country is run,” he told AFP.

“For China, they both have advantages and disadvantages,” Xu Tiebing, an expert on US politics at the Communication University of China told AFP. Clinton is closer to a “traditional politician”, he said, making her more predictable, while Trump’s “thinking is harder to anticipate”.

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Clinton might take a tough approach towards global affairs, but Chinese officials realise that her policy can be predicted and dealt with. Trump, on the other hand, has never defended any relationship between US and China other than trade deals. Trump is more capable of catalysing conflict than promoting cooperation.

Hillary has been tough towards China ever since the 1995 United Nations’ World Conference on Women in Beijing. She has often interfered in the relations between the countries.

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But, some of the Chinese people believe that Democratic president would not be supportive to China. They don’t like Democratic Party as previous presidents have been interfering in the internal affairs of China.

Also, many Chinese people are in favour of the Isolationist foreign policy of Donald Trump. They believe that Trump will take a practical approach towards China.

Now, all we can do is wait until November 8, tuesday, to see the track where the US-China relationship is headed after the next American president is elected.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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  • Shivani Vohra

    Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are not right choices. A third party must win.

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San Francisco, Oct 14: As people debate Facebook’s role in influencing people during the US presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organization, and therefore does not hire journalists.

Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can’t be a media company.

In an interview with US-based news website Axios on Thursday, she said, “At our heart we are a tech company. We hire engineers. We don’t hire reporters. No one is a journalist.”

“We don’t cover the news. But when we say that, we’re not saying we don’t have a responsibility. In fact we’re a new kind of platform… as our size grows, we think we have more responsibility,” the executive was quoted as saying.

Business Insider said a firm that is a major source of news and information for people, generates billions in ad revenue and is producing its own original television shows is classified as a media company and Facebook does all of that.

Contrary to her claim, it hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company’s news division and work with other journalists to maximise their use of Facebook’s platform.

Reportedly, Facebook does not want to harm its $500 billion valuations by admitting it is a media company. If the company accepts that it is a media firm, it would open the platform up to regulatory rules in the US and other countries which Facebook would rather avoid.

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Business Insider said Britain was already considering regulations that would treat it more like a media company.

Meanwhile, on the Russian ad issue, Sandberg said the election meddling on the platform “shouldn’t have happened” and she wouldn’t discuss Russia or Trump.

“We know we have a responsibility to prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms… and so we told Congress and the Intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, we are ready to help them,” she said.

Sandberg said that if the Russian-linked ads were posted by “real people” and not fake accounts, Facebook would have let their content remain on the site. “When you allow free expression, you allow free expression.”

“Facebook owes the American people an apology. Not just an apology, but determination for our role in enabling Russian interference during the election,” she said. (IANS)

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