Letters | When China targets foreign reporters, it hurts its own image
- If the Chinese government wants to hide its perceived flaws, suppressing foreign media is hardly the way to go about it as this can easily have the opposite effect
Your report recounted how a veteran Australian journalist was allegedly threatened and interrogated by Chinese officials, apparently because the reporting of his team had violated Chinese laws, perhaps with regard to some information that couldn’t be disclosed.
The Chinese government desperately tried to hide its flaws by targeting the foreign media, but its attempt to suppress the Australian news outlet ABC did not go well and only led to more of its flaws being reported.
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Such cases often end up damaging the international reputation of a country; people would be afraid to go to or deal with a country that has threatened many foreigners and visitors.
In my opinion, China should show its beautiful side, promoting tourism and showing kindness to people around the world, while protecting its own interests. This is perfectly fine.
At the same time, China should also be ready to embrace its flaws and be honest to the world, especially their people. That’s how a person should behave, and it should be the same when it comes to a country with such a long history of civilisation.
Wang Yam-yuk, Tseung Kwan O