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[溫哥華本地新聞] Local Chinese groups take out pro-Communist Party ads amidst Hong Kong protests




China watchers are raising concern over ads in Canadian Chinese-language newspapers criticizing recent protests in Hong Kong.

Large advertisements that ran in the Sing Tao and Ming Pao newspapers in the last two weeks denounce the protesters as “radicals” and appear to support the Communist Party’s position on a since-suspended extradition bill between China and Hong Kong.

“The affairs of Hong Kong are the internal matters of China,” reads a translation of a June 21 ad signed by numerous Chinese-Canadian groups. “We oppose any intervention by any foreign forces.”

The controversial extradition bill, which would have meant Hong Kong citizens could face criminal charges in mainland China, was indefinitely suspended on June 15 after it drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets in Hong Kong.

It also drew out hundreds of protesters in Vancouver and other overseas-Chinese communities.

Bill Chu, the founder of the Canadians for Reconciliation Society, said the advertisements are a way of “buying influence” within the Chinese community.

“All of this info is trying to identify local Chinese-Canadians with Chinese in China,” he said.

The advertisement blames “radicals” for violence after Hong Kong police clashed with protesters on June 12.

Protesters march on a street during a rally against China’s extradition law proposal on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Hong Kong. ANTHONY KWAN / GETTY IMAGES

Fenella Sung, a member of the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong, who helped organize recent Vancouver demonstrations, said the newspaper ads are “propaganda.”

“I think it’s a very careful way of distorting the truth so as to advance their own argument,” she said. “If you want to support whatever government … it’s your right. You have your choice. But don’t give us wrong facts.”

The advertisement was organized and paid for by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, an umbrella group of more than 100 business and cultural associations whose names also appear on the page.

Association executive Jun Ing said the ad cost roughly $3,000.

He said it was not intended to promote the government’s view but to support “peace in Hong Kong,” and that there was no ulterior motive involved in taking it out.

He stressed the extradition bill was a “divisive issue within the community.” He pointed out many of the association’s members have their roots in Hong Kong.

“It is surprising to me that people think there cannot be more than one opinion,” he said.

Andrew Lai, the general manager of Sing Tao, said the newspaper did not take a position on the protests, and also ran ads that were supportive of the protesters.

“We aim to just tell the facts,” he said.

Ming Pao did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Tuesday.

Several hundred protesters demonstrated at the Consulate General of of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver, BC Saturday, June 15, 2019. The protest was a reaction to controversial legislation in Hong Kong that allows extraditions to Mainland China. The proposed extradition bill has led to mass demonstrations in Hong Kong. JASON PAYNE / PNG

On June 16, Ming Pao also printed a full-page ad calling for unity between Hong Kong and China that is identical to one that ran during the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests in Hong Kong.

Even the advertisement’s date — Sept. 28, 2014 — is unchanged.

“Within Chinese society, this kind of ad appears so often that it’s almost normalized … just not on this particular issue,” said Chu.

Yves Tiberghien is the executive-director of the China Council at UBC. He said the ads may be a way for local associations to build good faith with the Chinese government, rather than a government-sanctioned effort at changing public opinion.

“It’s rallying around the flag,” he said. “When (members of the associations) travel to China, they can show that they have done something to promote relations.”

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