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Shortwave Focus on China
There already is an implicit focus on China since it is the neighbour bearing the biggest burden from the meltdown of the American-made reactors in Fukushima, which received intensive coverage in the report, presumably due to the blatantly unprofessional administration of the Californian reactors. But besides the rare story from Nepal there is no mentioning of Tibet, not even in the occasional inclusion of Chinese state broadcasts. This could be a side-effect of anti-Chinese bias in American media or of a lack of ambition to convince on the Chinese side.
Certainly one significant factor is the diplomatic folklore on the issue spinning through the China coverage of other state broadcasters. The two examples provide an insight how the fact that there is more theatrics than facts in the reporting has not changed, but the theatrics significantly has so with the tectonic shifts in the international currency balance over the two year timespan in between.
For the small country leaders (definition including EU/US) interacting with the Bejing regime it is not only a matter of business greed but also of mutual consumerist delusion. The Chinese politician is vacationing in Europe because he cannot do so where he has alienated the people, and so does the European one. Meanwhile they are both squandering the resources enjoyed by the respective other as an exotic thrill. One would hope that these people would think again once the effects of their rule undermine their own joys, but when they lean on each other to rotate contradictory activities it offers a perspective that their illusion might break down all of a sudden.
The author extends his best wishes to the host and producer for surviving the incident. There are all kinds of things that could happen to a sender a listener can only guess.
Shortwave Report Nov 11, 2011 about China (04:29)
Shortwave Report Dec 6, 2013 about China (04:64)
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