I was reminded of China’s new propaganda strategy on Tibet when I read the following sentence recently in the course of my internet browsing. “The best propaganda is that which the target audience does not recognize as overtly propagandistic in nature.” The latest example of this is today’s news about President Jimmy Carter’s forward to a book on Tibet by “three Sino-US experts.” Given President Carter’s experience with China and his knowledge of Tibet (he has met the Dalai Lama and discussed Tibet with him) I cannot imagine him supporting Chinese policies in Tibet. May be if we read the full forward we may be able to understand him better, but the point at hand is the way his involvement is being projected by the Chinese media tasked to spread their version on Tibet (I reproduce their posting below). The topic is soft, i.e. environment and the person is a wellknown international figure. This is subtle propaganda at work with the impression that President Carter is somehow on their side of the fence, if you will. This fits well with some of the quotes that Xinhua seems to be getting from “Tibet experts” on issues relating to Tibet.
Former U.S. president writes preamble for ‘Close to Tibet’
China Tibet Information Center
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