Major Pro-Beijing Newspapers Registered as Foreign Agents in the U.S.


As Washington stepped up its scrutiny of China’s influence efforts in the United States, major Pro-Beijing newspapers registered its US subsidiary as a foreign agent after being forced by the Justice Department.

Sing Tao US, whose parent company operates the oldest newspaper in Hong Kong, distributes newspapers in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It also operates a US-based radio network and the dormant daily Chinese Times.

Sing Tao Daily disputed the Judiciary’s decision, and according to a submission to the Judiciary on August 23, their U.S. entity was “positioned like any other commercial media company operating in the U.S. There are. “

The newspaper is not officially affiliated with the Chinese administration, but Shin Tao is strong under the supervision of Pro-Beijing businessman Charles Hotskok, who has chaired Shin Tao’s Hong Kong-based parents for over 20 years. I am taking the position of a pro-Beijing sect. Company, Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd.

Ho has been a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference since 1998. It is Beijing’s premier advisory body overseeing China’s influence activities around the world.

During the recent major democratic movements, Hong Kong-based businessmen frequently accused city protesters in editorial and interviews, and local governments accused them of being “too soft.” It was common. The Hong Kong version of the Sing Tao Daily also posted a top-page ad that reflected the rhetoric of Beijing’s protesters after police violently suppressed the protesters.

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November 20th edition of 10 Hong Kong newspapers. Seven of them, with the exception of The Epoch Times and two other newspapers, featured Pro-Beijing ads. (The Epoch Times)

In 2001, when he took over the company, Ho started a joint venture with a subsidiary of China’s national media Xinhua, forming an information service platform called Xinhua Online. He sold his stake to Chinese real estate developer Kwok Hiu-ting in June.

Former Sing Tao Daily staff said Ho was a frontman of the Chinese Communist Party and eventually called for a shot of the organization.

A former employee who told The Epoch Times on condition of anonymity said, “Even if you say that you are a foreign agent, you are not telling it falsely.” “It is in many ways under the influence of the Chinese Communist Party.”

According to a former employee, the impact includes instructing what content to put on the front and inside pages of the treatise, its editorial stance, and the choice of front page headings.

He said the Chinese Communist Party exercised control by assigning designated personnel to publishers, appointing pro-Beijing personnel as editorial staff, and putting pressure on newspaper advertising partners.

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(LR) Pansey Ho, Charles Ho and Kim Lee Chan will be attending the amfAR Hong Kong Gala on March 25, 2017 at Shaw Studios in Hong Kong. (UletIfansasti / Getty Images)

According to the filing show, more than half of Sing Tao US’s content is outsourced to Star Production Limited in Shenzhen, a Chinese city bordering Hong Kong.

Sing Tao Daily has also maintained friendly relations with US Chinese diplomats.

Successive Consul Generals of the Chinese Consul General in San Francisco attended the Sing Tao Daily’s birthday event. According to the Consulate’s website, a banquet commemorating the 83rd year of the latest Hoshishima Daily was held in early August, during which the Consul General repeated China’s rhetoric that the United States was trying to contain China.

In 2013, former Deputy Consul General Zhang Miyoshi of the Chinese Consulate in New York also praised Shin Tao as “an important window for Americans to truly comprehensively and objectively understand China,” “within the power of the Consulate.” Promised to provide “support in Japan”. A post from the consulate’s website said, “Telling the’Chinese dream’to the mainstream American society.”

At the same event, May Jung-o, CEO of the East Coast version of Shin Tao, who then oversaw the entire US version of Shin Tao, thanked Zhang for his visit and said, “Citizen-level public diplomacy.・ Messenger … ” Sino-US relations. “

When the pandemic began to hit the United States in February last year, the West Coast version of Sing Tao US was $ 150,000 to buy a total of 130,000 N95 and regular masks for Wuhan, where COVID-19 first started. Was an important organizer to raise money for. ..

Sing Tao Daily has joined China’s state media CGTN and Xinhua News Agency as a registered foreign agent in Beijing.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Sing Tao Daily did not respond to inquiries from The Epoch Times at a press conference.

Evafu

Eva Fu is a writer for The Epoch Times based in New York, focusing on US-China, religious freedom and human rights.

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