By Matthew Henderson
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – masters of propaganda and spin – know the importance of moving fast. When something happens that undermines the image of the party, and especially its leader, well-rehearsed techniques kick in. First, blame officials as low down the chain of command as possible. Then sack them and weigh in with high profile, heavy-handed actions to ‘restore order’, Then, most importantly, take control of the narrative by focusing on the wondrous achievements of Party members – this time the more senior the better – in winning the fight against harms that they were responsible for in the first place. Creating the image of a notional ‘struggle’, uniting party and people against the problem, is central to this process.
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