Taiwan announces news platform for Westerners as Beijing’s propaganda becomes more widespread

Taiwan launched its first international streaming platform on August 30th, reaching the English-speaking world. Beijing continues to promote promotional campaigns on the world stage.

“Our story deserves to be told by the voice of Taiwan,” said the President of the Autonomous Island, describing the launch as “an exciting new initiative.”

Government funding Taiwan Plus According to a press release distributed by Business Wire on Monday, English-speaking people will be broadcast the latest local news, international affairs, culture and technology online.

TaiwanPlus funding goes when China is becoming more and more active in the English media, especially through the administration’s overseas English mouthpiece media CGTN (China Global Television Network), spreading its views on the west of the ruling Communist Party. I will.

Taiwan needed a platform to emphasize the island’s “desire to contribute to the international community” to the world, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a recorded message at the opening ceremony at the Taipei Museum. ..

Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said the launch would “make it easier for the world to see Taiwan.”

Taiwan has been a de facto independent country for over 70 years, with its own army, democratically elected government, and constitution. Still, the Chinese administration claims the island as its own, pinching Taiwan’s international presence.

From 2009 to 2016, Taiwan participated as an observer in the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, and was banned in 2017 due to opposition from Beijing.

In 2018, Beijing required foreign companies to list Taiwan as part of China in the drop-down menu on their website, the BBC reported. Companies that fail to cooperate, from airlines to clothing brands, will be blocked from doing business with China.

China also conducted operations in water and airspace, as well as regular military training and jet invasions near the island.

At the opening ceremony, Taiwan’s legislative chairman, Mr. Yu Sin, said: “The Chinese Communist Party has long oppressed Taiwan’s international space, creating a false image of Taiwan.

“But in recent years there has been a dramatic change in the way the world sees the Chinese Communist Party. Today, major democracies around the world are warning the rise of China.”

The new streaming platform will be available on its website and social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Rita Lee

Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing the Chinese version in 2018.