How AP, Reuters, and SCMP Propagandize Their Readers Against China

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How AP, Reuters, and SCMP Propagandize Their Readers Against China

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https://www.moonofalabama.org (October 01 2021)

A typical 'western' anti-China propaganda claim is that China is using its military aggressively. 'Western' news agencies do this on a regular basis when they report of Chinese air maneuvers around Taiwan.

This report by the South China Morning Post, based on AP and Reuters items, is a perfect example for that:




25 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan's air defence zone {1}

Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Friday to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, according to the defence ministry in Taipei.

Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest PLA air force mission involved 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters plus two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said.

It said Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the PLA aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

The Chinese aircraft all flew in an area close to the Pratas, with the two bombers flying closest to the atoll, according to a map that the ministry issued.

I do not believe that China would fly its bombers and jets into Taiwan's "air defense zone" because that is the geographic area where Taiwan would actually shoot to take them down.

So I checked with the news agency reports the SCMP story is based on. AP headlines:




China sends 25 fighter planes toward Taiwan on National Day {2}

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China sent 25 fighter jets toward self-ruled Taiwan in a large display of force on China's National Day Friday.

The People's Liberation Army flew 18 J-16 fighter jets as well as two H-6 bombers, among other planes. Taiwan deployed air patrol forces in response and tracked the Chinese aircraft on its air defense systems, the island's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

China has sent planes toward the island it claims as part of its territory on a near daily basis in the last couple of years, stepping up military harassment with drills.

No "air defense zone" there but one extra point for "military harassment". Reuters is less subtle:




China marks national day with mass air incursion near Taiwan {3}

TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Taiwan's air force scrambled again on Friday to warn away 25 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, the defence ministry in Taipei said, the same day as China marked its national day, the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained for a year or more of repeated missions by China's air force near the democratically governed island, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest Chinese mission involved 18 J-16 and four Su-30 fighters plus two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers and an anti-submarine aircraft, the Taiwan ministry said.

So the "air defense zone" claims comes from Reuters. It is however 100% fake news. Neither did the Chinese airforce fly into the "air defense zone" of Taiwan nor did Taiwan claim that it did.

Here is the original news item from the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan. The headline and first line say it all:




Air activities in the southwestern ADIZ of R.O.C. {4}
...

There is no "air defense zone" (ADZ) in there. Instead, there is Taiwan's ADIZ, or "Air Defense Identification Zone", into which Chinese planes 'intruded'.

What is an ADIZ one might ask:




An air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is airspace over land or water in which the identification, location, and control of civil aircraft is performed in the interest of national security. They may extend beyond a country's territory to give the country more time to respond to possibly hostile aircraft. The concept of an ADIZ is not defined in any international treaty and is not regulated by any international body. {5}

Some countries unilateral declare an ADIZ around this or that territory. They ask any plane entering it to identify itself. As ADIZ are unilateral 'pretty please' requests with no binding power they are regularly ignored.

Taiwan's ADIZ is quite rediculous {6} as it covers parts of mainland China:




Taiwan has an ADIZ that covers most of the Taiwan Strait, part of the Chinese province of Fujian, Zhejiang, and Jiangxi and part of the East China Sea and adjacent airspace. Most of the ADIZ of Taiwan is built on its exclusive economic zone. Taiwan's ADIZ was designed and created by the United States Armed Forces (USAF) after World War II. {7}


https://www.moonofalabama.org/11i/twadiz.jpg

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry Military News Updates {8} claim that Chinese 'violations' of its ADIZ happen each and every day.

The Reuters fake news piece also says that the Chinese planes flew near to Pratas Island {9} (Dongsha) which China, as well as Taiwan both, claim as their territory.

https://www.moonofalabama.org/11i/twadiz2.jpg

In fact, mainland China is nearer to Pratas than Taiwan is.

The Twitter account of Taiwan's Defense Ministry just posted {10} this map of the alleged 'violations' which perfectly shows how ridiculous such claims are:

https://www.moonofalabama.org/11i/twadiz3-s.jpg

The AP report is misleading as it implies a special meaning to something that happens regularly. The Reuters piece is obviously fake news as it claims that Taiwan's defense ministry said something which it did not say. The SCMP deserves to be criticized too as any reporter and editor covering such news should know the difference between an ADZ and an ADIZ and should have recognized that the "air defense zone" claim in the Reuters piece is obviously bollocks.

That said all three fulfill their intended purpose. They propagandize those who read them against China by depicting normal military training of China's armed forces as aggression against its neighbors.

Links:

{1} https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3150933/25-chinese-warplanes-enter-taiwans-air-defence-zone

{2} https://apnews.com/article/china-taiwan-8b044885a9e84b76d8b825e3f1a369db

{3} https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/evoking-mao-china-likens-taiwan-foreign-minister-shrilling-fly-2021-10-01/

{4} https://www.mnd.gov.tw/english/Publish.aspx?title=News%20Channel&SelectStyle=Military%20News%20Update%20&p=79128

{5} https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_defense_identification_zone

{6} https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/taiwan/adiz.htm

{7} https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_defense_identification_zone#Taiwan

{8} https://www.mnd.gov.tw/english/PublishTable.aspx?types=Military%20News%20Update&Title=News%20Channel&Page=1

{9} https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratas_Island

{10} https://twitter.com/MoNDefense/status/1443975956578795522

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