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Giving Propaganda a Bad Name | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Giving Propaganda a Bad Name

In an incredible and historic propaganda act, China has accused the United States of destabilizing the South China Sea.

According to China, it is the actions of the U.S. military with their unwarranted Freedom of Navigation exercises and unprovoked aid to our nation’s allies instead of China’s extensive military buildup, creation and arming of artificial islands well outside of internationally recognized boundaries and contempt for the sovereign rights of its neighbors that is causing the problems in this troubled part of the world.

“The Chinese side expresses its deep concern about the United States pushing the militarization,” Colonel Yang, spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said at a news conference in Beijing. “The behavior by the United States can only lead one to suspect whether the American side is driven by a desire to see the world in turmoil.”

In related news, Iran is blaming the U.S. for its hurried attempts at creating weapons of mass destruction, Russia is claiming that its invasion of the Ukraine was about keeping that country safe from an annexation by the West and the Islamic State says that America is the root cause of all terrorism in the world.

China PropPropaganda, according to that bastion of clear thinking and concise definition – Wikipedia, can be defined as, “information that is not impartial and used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.”

In China’s ‘cart before the horse’ version of events, the expansion and militarization of Fiery Cross Atoll came because of American actions. The American military is doing this solely to create chaos in the South China Sea and, of course, China is just defending its rights to exist and create pockets of sovereign territory hundreds of miles from both its legal and historical borders. This would be a lot funnier if there weren’t so many people – and governments – that believed this obvious lie. Worse, this follows a similar pattern to Chinese actions in the past, but no one seems to notice.

Nevertheless, this appears to be China’s answer to accusations that it is destabilizing the South China Sea and should be fairly simple to counter. Simply pointing out that the United States has a long history of ignoring the Western Pacific and this nation’s repeated pivots to Asia that swing our focus right back to the Middle East or Russia should prove to any right-thinking person that the U.S. government not only holds no ambitions in the area but are essentially clueless about what is happening there.

Claiming that the U.S. has a policy of destabilizing the area ignores the reality that the United States doesn’t have a coherent policy of any type when it comes to Asia.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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