An official Chinese version has also bolstered Russian narratives, such as the fighting being referred to as a special operation rather than an invasion.
This pro-Russian viewpoint is only one of several messages that have been reinforced by Chinese official media and widely disseminated.
Beijing’s efforts to portray itself as a neutral party in the Ukraine conflict.
The video pointed out a People’s Daily account on China’s version of TikTok, which has roughly 150 million followers and contains nearly 70 videos, none of which depict Russian soldiers causing havoc or describe how residents cope with the continuous combat. 14 of the tweets are footage from China’s Foreign Ministry, which frequently uses dramatic music to regurgitate a familiar line from Moscow.
Maria Revnakova is a political scientist fluent in Russian and Chinese, and she’s been moderating how Chinese state media has been reporting on the Ukraine conflict. She says their pact has gotten stronger as both countries’ relationships with the US have gotten more contentious.
She said that she does think that’s kind of a propaganda opportunity or persuasion opportunity for the Chinese government.
She added, So we see this kind of greeting closeness of their ties as one fact to the geopolitical relationship itself.
Some reports the way the frame or kind of explain pro-Russian stance is often very much in this anti-US, anti-NATO rhetoric.
There are ten Putin clips, all of which echo the same sentiment. The choice of sound bites like this reveals an intentional effort by Chinese state media to portray the West as the villains in the Ukraine issue. Meanwhile, only two recordings of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky made it into the channel, both of which feature him criticizing Western politicians.
Two journalists captured their travel from Lviv to Kyiv, just 1-hour drive from Kyiv, in a news broadcast released on CGTN’s Facebook account, which has more than 180,000,000 followers.
The Video Speakers said that they’re not allowed to be too sympathetic, too Western, or too broad. And they have to kind of say it’s happening, but they’re not able to provide the context or maybe include more footage of various victims that would provide the context.
According to the video, the CGTN did not react to a request for comment. When mass graves were discovered in the Ukrainian town of Butcher, much of that background was omitted from the Chinese state media.
However, most Chinese news outlets generally ignored the story.
Beijing characterized the images of the civilian deaths as deeply upsetting. Beijing may find itself in a difficult situation if it does not denounce Russia for its activities in Boucher.
Beijing has officially maintained a neutral stance amid the war. And this diplomatic position hasn’t contradicted what’s been published in the state media.
The political scientist, Maria Revnakova, said that it was an opportunity to assert its stance and its rise as distinct from and arguably also counter to the West, questioning the role of the US and critiquing the US.
So, as long as the US is viewed as a global troublemaker, the war in Ukraine remains a beneficial tool for China in boosting its image among domestic and international audiences.
Recently, foreign media have also reported on this issue.
CNBC said that in China, the carefully censored coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has centered primarily on negotiations.
RFI said Chinese official media has been broadcasting pro-Russian propaganda since the war broke out on February 24.