The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) media system seems to have fallen into a dilemma after the propaganda campaign around U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
According to The New York Times Chinese version, on August 8, China’s military exercises were not only intended to threaten Taiwan and the U.S. but also to appease the emotions of mainlanders.
Before Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, Chinese officials and media repeatedly threatened that the U.S. would face serious consequences if Pelosi set foot on the island. But in the end, she successfully visited Taiwan.
In an interview with VOA, Qiu Shiyi, a professor of politics at Tunghai University, Taiwan, said that after Pelosi visited Taiwan, many Chinese were upset with the CCP’s response because its force only stopped at “military drills.”
In many cases, China’s regime uses nationalism as a tool to distract Chinese public opinion. Specifically, when people are criticizing Beijing’s failed domestic policies, the propaganda system directs people to focus on events outside of China, such as Taiwan, the South China Sea and the East Sea issues, or problems with the United States.
China’s economy has faced more and more difficulties since the outbreak of COVID. The CCP’s internal struggle before the 20th National Congress exposed more problems of the dominant force in China, such as this power’s corruption. Therefore, it is said that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is an opportunity for the CCP to direct the Chinese people’s attention to the outside.
The Chinese regime also may not want the people to see that they are too weak compared to the U.S. on the Taiwan issue. Therefore, the state media system was forced to increase propaganda to save face for China’s regime. But this puts CCP in a difficult position.
Qiu said that if you brag too much, you will put yourself in a political propaganda dilemma.