Chinese Media Is Subdued in the Face of North Korea-U.S. Standoff
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BEIJING — Commentators around the world are warning of a potential crisis on the Korean Peninsula. But in China, where the state controls much of the news media, the headlines have been subdued.
Over the past two weeks, as North Korea has tested missiles and the United States has threatened to send warships to the region, there was just one fleeting front page reference to the tensions in People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.
Experts say Beijing’s relative silence may be an attempt to placate both Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Trump, as well as to prevent the Chinese public from panicking.
Here is a look at the themes dominating coverage of North Korea in the Chinese media, and what they reveal about Beijing’s attitude toward Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump.
China, as one of North Korea’s few remaining allies and its primary source of food and oil, has long been criticized for not doing more to rein in its volatile neighbor.
So the news media there seemed to rejoice when, following a recent meeting in Florida with President Xi Jinping, Mr. Trump told Fox News that “China’s trying to help us.”
A clip of the interview went viral in China, where headline writers liberally reinterpreted Mr. Trump’s comments. State-controlled news sites put words in his mouth. “China treats us so well,” one outlet quoted Mr. Trump as saying.
In the interview, Mr. Trump said of Mr. Xi: “What am I going to do, start a trade war with China in the middle of him working on a bigger problem, frankly, with North Korea?” But the Chinese media summed up that sentiment as: “And now you’re asking me to stab China in the back? Don’t you have a conscience?”
That remark also inspired memes like the one above, published by Sina Finance, a news portal. The image in the meme, already popular in China, is a visibly perturbed yellow bird, apparently representing Mr. Trump. The caption below it reads: “Don’t you have a conscience?”