- China is using Chinese diplomats and journalists for propaganda against the Philippines, the U.S. and the upcoming international court ruling on the disputed territories
- The propaganda is described as the most aggressive one in recent years
- China could be gaining reputational power by rejecting and dismissing the U.S. government and the court ruling but it is also creating instability among countries
Beijing has increased its efforts in using propaganda against the Philippines, the United States, and the UN through the media a few days before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague expresses its ruling on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea.
The expected date of arrival of the court ruling is on July 12. China claims that they own about 90 percent of the entire South China Sea – which is a major trade route rich in natural resources. The Philippines has challenged Beijing’s claims under the United Nations maritime convention.
However, Chinese officials have repeatedly said that they do not care about the upcoming court ruling.
"We do not know, we don't care, in fact, when this arbitration decision will be made, because no matter what kind of decision this tribunal is going to make, we think it is totally wrong," Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK, said in London.
The ambassador added that the ruling has zero impact on China and its fight for the disputed territory.
Ignoring the court ruling shows that China rejects both the international legal system and the U.S. government – which believes that China will use the disputed territories for military purposes.
Zhang Baohui, a mainland security expert, explained that China is strengthening its reputation by standing its ground against a powerful nation like the U.S.
Beijing is also using Chinese diplomats and journalists around the world to use the media for propaganda against the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea.
"Manila has no leg to stand on," a report from a Chinese media outlet said. Some media reports also point out that the reason why the Philippines is able to stand up to China is due to the backing it receives from the U.S.
According to an Asian-based Western envoy, it is the most aggressive propaganda seen in recent times.
"It's relentless. We haven't seen anything like this in years," the envoy said.
China will also conduct military drills around the disputed islands for a total of seven days starting on Tuesday, which further shows the country’s rejection and dismissal of the upcoming court ruling. - DN, Kami Media