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ceciliazhang

Apr 20, 2021, 20:51


Victor Gao (center), chair professor of Soochow University and vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, was invited to the BBC's Newsnight to debate Hong Kong secessionist Nathan Law (left) on Saturday. Screenshot from BBC News YouTube channel.

(Global Times) There were some major mistakes that the BBC made in its latest TV program Newsnight, including a biased tone and misinformation on the illegal protests led by radical anti-government figures who were wrongfully deemed "pro-democracy activists," a Chinese scholar who recently engaged in an online debate with Hong Kong secessionist Nathan Law told the Global Times.

Victor Gao, chair professor of Soochow University and vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, was invited to BBC's Newsnight to debate with Law, after other opposition figures such as Martin Lee Chu-ming and secessionists like Jimmy Lai Chee-ying were sentenced, which the BBC host described as 60- and- 70-something men being thrown into jail for participating in "peaceful" protests.

When the host emphasized they were "peaceful protests," the BBC got it wrong, Gao noted.

"I understand that foreign media outlets uphold their own values, for example, by claiming that the street protests are a way of exercising democratic rights. But if they still say so after the Capitol Hill riot, it's completely wrong because the nature of rioting in Hong Kong and of storming the Capitol Hill are the same," the Chinese scholar said.

As translator for former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, Gao is fluent in English. He laid out a number of reasons why the Western media and politicians should stop calling rioters like Law "pro-democracy activists," why the detention of people like Lai and Lee is in line with the local law in Hong Kong, and what is the truth about the anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

It was easy to see who gained the upper hand during the debate, as compared with Law - who repeatedly emphasized "peaceful protests" - Gao urged both the host and Law to open their eyes and look back at the footage the BBC shot during the citywide rampage and riots in Hong Kong in 2019.

"There was violence everywhere in the streets of Hong Kong, there was a storming of the LegCo building, there was disruption of social order in Hong Kong. If you call that peaceful demonstrations, you are losing your mind, " Gao said during the BBC show.

The Chinese scholar said he also had some messages for absconding Hong Kong secessionists like Law, but he did not have enough time to elaborate on them during the show.

"I want to tell Law that he is now living in the UK, and he should not copy what he did in Hong Kong there, as he will be put into jail if he does the same thing there," Gao told the Global Times.

While Law appeared to have no other words except "peaceful protests" in rebuking Gao's claims during the show, he said in a tweet on Sunday that the Chinese scholar "was enraged when he realized his smearing attack did not work," and he further considered it as "civility vs barbarity."

However, many netizens saw the embarrassment of Law when Gao called him what he really is - a fugitive who broke the law in Hong Kong.

A society ruled by law will hold lawbreakers accountable, which is also the principle applied in the UK, which explained why Gao wants to suggest that Law not engage in the same so-called "peaceful" protests in that country, when violent illegal assembly would always face legal consequences.

There's another major mistake the BBC made in its program by confusing different ideas, the Chinese scholar further elaborated. For example, broadcasting an interview with Lai, who claimed that under the national security law for Hong Kong, the Chinese government has been causing more "fear" and depriving him of his basic rights, which is another false statement, Gao said.

"Lai was recently sentenced for violating the public order ordinance in Hong Kong by taking part in illegal assemblies, which has nothing to do with the national security law for Hong Kong. The BBC got the facts wrong and spread this misinformation to the mainstream public," he said.

Driven by political motivation amid a deteriorating UK-China relationship, the BBC has become more biased toward China in recent years. Still, the Chinese scholar is willing to take part in such an open debate as it's important to make the public hear the other side of the story when Western understanding about the Hong Kong riots was shaped by radical anti-government rioters.

"Also, I hope the BBC could 'wake up' one day to begin adhering to its journalistic standards [on China-related reporting], instead of serving only as a government tool in containing China," he said.

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Newtown
MisterLianghui post time: 2021-04-22 17:07

Youtube - is that freely accessible?

MisterLianghui


 'Anglos caused most of the world's problems' - (David Cameron, British Prime Minister, 2010-2016)

  Anglo caused centuries-long notorious global -
- Slavery,
- Colonialism,
- Colonization, 
- World War I,
- World War II, and the list goes on. 
 Among the five main Anglo nations of Britain, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, all but Britain is looted from others. 
 History is written by victors. Western history books hide the shameful dark past crimes so that they can safely put on a mask to hide their hypocritical images and continue to sell their lies and propaganda of "Democracy, Freedom, Free speech/Free press", etc. Same old lame old Colonialist-turned Capitalist Imperialist trick!
 
UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and some other Western nations are of the same pack of wolves. UK is the birthplace of wolves. 
It's all about 'Anglo Western Interests' above all else; 'Anglo Western Hegemony' at all costs and by all means. 
That is what it's all about and the rest is the history. 

  [For more truths, pls read informative multi-pages 'Ole Fella' comment on YouTube at, "China-US tensions: A closer look at the Five-Eyes intelligence partnership / CGTN".., https://youtu.be/H6nkAVegk0g ]

Newtown
MisterLianghui post time: 2021-04-21 09:11

So how would you prove that you haven't also been brainwashed? How much free speech is truly permitted in your own neighbourhood?

MisterLianghui


   The truth of the matter is Western News Medias, such as BBC has been nothing but faked way back in Colonial era.

  As expected, the Policy and Propaganda machine of the Colonialist Capitalist Imperialist West and their News Media dance tango.  

 You can alway tell whether a nation is willing to bend over for the West or not.  If they are, and they're complete tools, then ANYTHING they do would be covered up.  If they aren't, then we get stories, through Western news media, about how 'bad' and 'mean' they are.  

 It is also good to know that if the Western Government and their Western News Media says 'These are Good guys/nations', then you better watch out, because they don't necessarily mean good for the world, and they might as well be as bad as one can be.

And if the Western Government and their Western News Media says 'These are bad guys/nations', then you better pay attention to, because if they are bad to them don't necessarily mean bad for the world; and as a matter of fact, they might as well be as good as one can be for the world community.  

 BBC,  along with VOA, Radio Free Asia, etc ..,

Imagine if these propaganda mouthpiece can hit strong nation like China .., 

what it would be like to weaker nations that they have been manipulating for ages?!

 Speaking of which, Western propaganda is the most successful one (among almost all the propaganda machines), because most Westerners themselves don't even realize they have been brainwashed! Moreover, Western history books hide the shameful dark past crimes of centuries-long notorious global -
- Slavery,
- Colonialism,
- Colonization worldwide, so that they can safely put on a mask to hide their hypocritical images and continue to sell their lies and propaganda of - - Democracy,
- Freedom, 
- Free speech/Free press", etc.

 Same old lame old Colonialist-turned Capitalist Imperialist trick. It's all about 'Anglo Western Interests' above all else.

Anglo Western Hegemony' at all costs and by all means. That is what it's all about.