Statement opposing the propaganda war on China

At the Friends of Socialist China webinar on the propaganda war against China, held on Saturday 9 October 2021, the following statement was adopted.


We, the undersigned, are concerned about the escalating propaganda war being waged by the United States and its allies against the People’s Republic of China.

Although China in recent years has recorded some truly remarkable achievements in the realm of human rights – notably, eliminating extreme poverty and successfully containing Covid-19 – it has been subjected in the Western media to the most terrible slanders regarding its human rights record. Unsubstantiated accusations of genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang echo endlessly in Western media and governments, along with conspiracy theories about the origins of the pandemic.

This information warfare accompanies, complements and seeks to build public support for a dangerous New Cold War; it serves to distract from, and justify, the construction of nuclear alliances in the Pacific, the deployment of warships to the South China Sea, the fomenting of a new arms race, and assorted attempts to obstruct China’s economic rise.

We believe that this demonisation campaign is an obstacle to urgently-needed cooperation between the world’s major powers on the questions of climate change, pandemics, nuclear weapons, and economic development. Such cooperation cannot be built in an atmosphere of fear, distrust, enmity and slander.

Therefore we demand that Western governments adopt a principled and responsible approach to improving relations and deepening cooperation with China; and that media outlets cease their vilification campaign and adhere to journalistic principles of honesty and balanced reporting.

Initial signatories

  • Chen Weihua, EU bureau chief, China Daily
  • Li Jingjing, Reporter, CGTN
  • Ben Norton, Assistant Editor, The Grayzone
  • Daniel Dumbrill, Political analyst and broadcaster
  • Radhika Desai, Professor, University of Manitoba; Convenor of the International Manifesto Group
  • Danny Haiphong, Co-editor, Friends of Socialist China
  • Jenny Clegg, Author, ‘China’s Global Strategy: Towards a Multipolar World’
  • Michael Wong, Vice President, Veterans For Peace, San Francisco
  • Kenny Coyle, Director, Praxis Press
  • Qiao Collective
  • Ben Chacko, Editor, Morning Star
  • Julie Tang, Retired superior court judge, Pivot to Peace co-founder
  • Mohammed Arif, General Secretary, British Afro-Asian Solidarity Organisation (BAASO)
  • Keith Bennett, Co-editor, Friends of Socialist China
  • Roland Boer, Professor, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Claudia Chaufan, Associate Professor, York University
  • Michael Dunford, Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex
  • Miguel Figueroa, President, Canadian Peace Congress
  • Alan Freeman, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Hugh Goodacre, Teaching Fellow, University College London; Director, Institute for Independence Studies
  • Peter Hogg, Writer, Bibliographer, Translator
  • Elias Jabbour, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Rio de Janeiro State University
  • Rania Khalek, Journalist and host, BreakThrough News
  • Margaret Kimberley, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report
  • Hon. Alderman Mushtaq Lasharie CBE, Chairman/Founder, Third World Solidarity
  • Kamal Majid, Emeritus Professor, Cardiff University
  • Carlos Martinez, Co-editor, Friends of Socialist China
  • Chris Matlhako, Second Deputy General-Secretary, South African Communist Party
  • John Riddell, Historian and activist
  • Madison Tang, Coordinator of the CODEPINK China Is Not Our Enemy campaign

Organizational signatories

  • Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (Canada)
  • Socialist Unity Party (US)

Signatories

NameRole/organization
Francis Chow
Dan Smith
Sonya AndermahrCPB
Loy Heng Yustudent from Vineyard Services & Resources
Carrie HedderwickDelegate to Sheffield Trades Council/ Sec of South Yorks CPB
Zefeng Chen
Jason LeeExporter
Bijan SharifiInternational high school art Teacher in Shanghai
Alvin Jaindependent
Stefania Fusero
Guillermo PuyanaChina Colombia Friendship Association, President
Hollis HigginsSecretary, Veterans For Peace, Spokane Chapter #35
Phoebe Tickner
Kai Chiang
Tyson HarrisThe Industrial Workers Of The World
Suni O GrantNo organizations
Milad Maierstudent
David BurešWriter, journalist, political activist
Paulius EidukasLithuanian communist & activist, member of the Communist Party of Norway
Annanya Bhaskar
K. Philippe Gendrault
William Yukcheung Fungvoccc
Bethan BlakeCommunist Party of Britain
Bob OramChair Morning Star Management Committee
Justin Jutzeler
D Wilson
Jane AkatayEditor and writer
Rindang Anggit WibisonoChemical Engineering Student
Octaviane Stefina Enggra G.Student of Universitas Kristen Petra
Christian Féard
Richard Keenan
Richard LeungRetired bank CEO & consultant
Raymond Chin Asang
Jeffery HullEngineer and Activist
Josephine Angelina Harsoyo
Dr Ping HuaFounder/Director, Chinese Arts Southampton
Tian ZhaoProduct designer at Flinks
Jorge RuizUC Riverside Transfer Student
SY
Erwin Franzenretired, fomer journalist
Dr George MickhailProfessor of Accounting
MR STEVEN J HANDFORDSEN Teacher. Newcastle.
Robert Gerold
Michael WongsamBranch Secretary/Labour Party
Dio AffrizaWorker
Zuzanna Zak
Alexandros SchulmanSocialist and activist
Seth Goddard
Tova Fry
Maciej Przylecki
David SmoklerLeague of Revolutionaries for a New America
JJH van den Broek
Zayarastudent at MAHE
Markus KeaneyChair, Bedfordshire & East Buckinghamshire Communist Party of Britain
Manuel Iglesias-GuerreroMédico
Yunfan Hao
Tara May
Michael KramerPresident, Veterans For Peace / Chapter 021 (Northern NJ)
Jeanine Maland retired teacher; activist
Gregory ElichSolidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea
Andrew Lin
Amodani GaribaChairman, The Nkrumahist Circle
Gabriella AlexanderFreelance ESL tutor and translator
G Vandervort
Camara Starks
Joan Mao
David ElvarAuthor
Matt Widdowson
Tony KinderUniversity Professor
Christian Yahya
Mitchell ShorePolicy Analyst
Ng Kong HungVP/ Sun Cheong Pte
hira singh
Doug NichollsGeneral Secretary General Federation of Trade Unions, UK.
Callum Joseph WilsonMember of Communist Party USA
Arnold AugustAuthor/Journalist
Magnar Husbypenionered teacher, stayed in China 6 weeks, studied Chinese history, especiallay the warlord period from 1911 to 1949.
Robert Svorinich
Ed Burley
Capitalist countries leaded by us imperialism tried to condemn china
Wendy EmmettCommunist Party of Britain
Brandon Walleyartist/activist
Joel Wendland-Liu
Annamaria Artnerpolitical economist
Louie Lurati
James DarsleyUndergraduate at University of Cambridge
Sunil Kumar BanerjeeVeteran
Rabiha Antar
Darius Diogenes Logos XristosHIM Imperator divi filius aei Augustus
Anna ChenWriter and broadcaster
Stefan Langenborg
Eric StruchFreedom Road Socialist Organization
Ben MaenCommunist Party of Britain
Vivek
Zhong
Joshua JenkinsWorker
J B RimmerCustomer Relations
Paul LookmanE4ditor, Geopolitiek in context
Stephen DavidA link in humanity
Phillip Courneyeur
Javier TelletxeaHunan Normal University
Ezio MaoDirector, IT industry
Madeleine Brierley
Tomohiro Maeda
Dmitri Sotnikov
ML CorvidelleComrade Birb Podcast, Online Educator
Nadeem
Ben DavisN.C.P
Thomas ToRetiree
Peta ElmesHorizons Specialized Services
Ruipeng LiStudent at CUNY
Dr Stephen WilkinsonInternational Institute for the Study of Cuba
Revd Ray GastonTeam Vicar, Church of St Chad and St Mark, Parish of Central Wolverhampton
James Barratt
David Müller
Magnus kjærgaardStudent
Emad Gharavi
Terry Woo
David ThomasChair Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association (CCFA) of Niagara
Charles McKelveyWriter/Substack
Francoise Hembert
Simon
Changlin ZhaoCollege Student
ADNAN AKFIRATChairman of Turkish Chinese Business Development and Friendship Association
vicna
Andre SabourinAnti-Imperialism
rageh ali
COLIN CRAIGHistorian
Prof. Claudia ChaufanAssociate Professor, York University
Francis yeung
Dee Knight
Susan Mah
Youri Smouterhost of 1+1 at Yuri Muckraker at youtube
John Fox-Cameron
Alex SouthernLondon Clarion Cycle Club
Nigel GreenRetired activist in the PCS Trade Union
Bill MeyerMichigan Peace Council
Gendo Ikari
Dean Peterspensioner
Joseph ThompsonCPUSA
Luciana BohneEmerita Professor, Edinboro University
LIZ REMMERSWAALWorld beyond war Aotearoa New Zealand
Taylar MorrisonInvasive Species Officer
Kay Strathusnone
Renate BridenthalRetired Professor of History, CUNY
Wiliam DavisAttorney/Law Offices of WO Davis
Michal NowickiPolish Worker on emigration in France. Youtube channel Rebirth of communism and Odrodzenie Komunizmu
Aya YoungMarxist-Leninist
Mark AndersenWorker
Geoff Lee
PAUL BRAGAGLIAINTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR & WRITER
Kevin JamesStudent
Joseph M. HerosyMassachusetts Teachers Assicaiation, Boston DSA, PSL
Stefan Schmid
Bernard HarriesRetired concerned citizen
Roger Anniswriter, Canada
leanne lindsay
Yunfang YuEngineer
MayAnti- imperialist
michael murrayLabour Party
Holt, John PaulPrincipal, School of Vocation (HK)
Andreas
Helen WhooleyCFMEU Union Teacher
Al SargisGoogle Group Moderator: China Study Group Boston
Christer LundgrenJournalist, Sweden
David Bracewell
Dr. Kim Eng KooMember/ Rocky Mount Racial Justice Group
Mr Michael J M Quinn
Christian ShingiroShow Host/The Socially Radical Guitarist
Alexander Toufexis
Paul S. GrahamVideographer
Steve Roddy
Elia AnsaloniChemist and writer
Harry TargCommittees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Arnold KawanoAttorney; member, National Lawyers Guild (U.S.); Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (U.K.)
Jamie Lang
David CooperRetired community engagement professional
Jerry Path
Simón SánchezStudent
Don Mervyn
Keith Heywood
Michael
Julia DefalcoStudent
Kate Lattimore
Mark Earp
MiaSocial work
Haoruo Zhang
Rachel Pirani
RAFAEL QUEIROZ ALVESMaster’s Degree Student – Researcher/Unesp
Geoff JonesLong term resident of Hong Kong
Mark Prentergeologist
Ghani Abdul
BabaClay Hathor
Marco MucciarelliStudent
Alexander StolzUniversity student
Connor Spence
olivia chusocialist
Wei Weng LEONGRetired
Romina Beitseen
Tyler Theodore SoubieAmerican concerned citzen
HH Ng
Prof Mobo GaoUniversity of Adelaide
Emily
meeling wee
Yick Foon WONG
Jon Harrington
Seshadri SrinivasAnti-war activist
Peter PurichTechnical Writer, retired
YF
E.E. TinguelyWriter
Samuel Alvarez
Orlando Campopiano
Calvin HoTsinghua University
Doug Taggart
Suzanne HoASEAN citizen
Grace Ng Listkowski
Ian Sun
Ange PowerHomemaker
yewlay Tan
Qi Guang
Felipe Alvarado PlataHistory Student / National University of Colombia
Cian de Bhaldraithe
Kelly Kwon
Kwan
LilyLaw student
William Grosh
Georg Vavra
Wolfgang Masariéretired Landesmusikschulwerk Upper Austria
Paolo CruzaleguiActivst & Writer, Los Ronderos de las Redes
Rasigan MaharajhChief Director, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
Matthew CahnConsultant Wijja.co
Scott GoldieIndividual
Victor KoppeLawyer, student History
KK Wren
Camilla Gaia MiottoPhD. candidate in Political Economy at SWUFE
Kevan NelsonRegional Secretary UNISON North West
Lekx Imers
christopher kelly
Charles Weston CaliffAmerican Vanguard
Jodie Martin
Peter Karl FleissnerTU-Wien retired
Jonathan SmithNone
JM Considine
Daniel Knapp
Josefina ArcosPensioner
Garret M Hayes
Kevin Patrick McCannKevin McCann
AdiActivist
S M BaichooAMB Property Lettings
James De BurgheMember, Society for Anglo China Understanding, Nanning, China
SainteStudent
Paul OwRetiree
Man LeePublisher / wenyahonline.com
Sami Ghidini
Marius Ebener
Pete FoleyMember, CPB
Colin Thomson
Adam StaudacherANSWER Coalition
Chris Morosini
Thomas TarrantsActivist
Keith O’BrienDKP
Francis James C. PagdangananNA
James LeeInvestor
Dhruv Golani
Michael Swartzbecka.k.a. “Mike Flugennock”, political cartoonist, Washington DC
HHIrish citizen in solidarity with the Chinese people
Gabriel RockhillProfessor of Philosophy, Villanova University
Deniz KızılçeçCanut International Publishers
Jürgen Bürger
Joe IosbakerFreedom Road Socialist Organization
Ian leggat
Andy
Miguel San Vicente
Jean LaplanteSelf
Sutan Jang
Shirley PateWriter, activist
Alison Murray
Denise ShinRetiree
Harbin HumphriesIndependent
Maure Briggs
Maxwell SchwarzCPUSA member, student
Chun LuongFitness Instructor
Marie LynamLabour Party and GMB (personal capacity)
Ron BrownCommunist Party
Nick Baker
Scott Pimpsner
Roberto TorreHealthcare professional Italy
Sergio VarelaStudent & Software Translator
Sonia Yang
Iris Yau FRSA FHEAEducator and Curator
Niels Duus Nielsen
Andrew Fung
Jeffrey Jin
Kwame Appiah KubiCEO of Earth Care Ghana
Kwok FungRetired
Mark Charles Rosenzweig
Giacomo MoriconiTranslator, Geopolitical observer
Tristyn Watermanworker
Facundo Coelhoactivist from Uruguay
Xiaoming GuoRetired
Sunil Anand
sarah scott
Jonathan HerrinStudent
Frank WillemsCo-editor, chinasquare.be
Raven E. Blake
Iain InglisPermanent resident, P.R.C.; presenter, Hainan Television; Member, C.P.B.
Nadeem Lawji
David Gamble
Mário
AdamConcerned US Citizen from Utah
Ayden StrunkPSL (party for socialism and liberation)
Robert LaffinUS citizen in support of peaceful bilateral international relations.
Cooper JohnsonRetail Worker
Reb Z.
Angela RongStudent
Linda KingCommunity activitis
Simon McGuinness
Dave PWorker
Aster EckertStudent
Christopher MurryLibrarian
Jessica RyanConcerned US citizen
Sasha Gervais
Jenny LamArtist, Chicago
Damien MarsicPrincipal scientist, Porton Biologics
Yi LiLecturer, The University of Sheffield
Evan RichardsYoung Communist League
Katherine Cuiconcerned Chinese Australian
Josephine BauStrategic Planning Specialist
Connie Woo
John Leehane
Daniel J. BrownRite of Strings
David Harris
Alex Adisorn
Jordan K
Zhu Gong
June PattersonCommunist Party of Canada – Fredericton Club / 2019, 2021 CPC Candidate for Fredericton
Christy FranklinUS citizen, activist, socialist, and a friend of China
Jack Shneidman
Handsun XiaoFamily Doctor, Montreal
Robert GreenRetired
David Erick AltimariRevolutionary Marxist Leninist
John Thompson ParkerCoordinator, Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice
Vincent HuiInternational Socalist
Tom WickhamFilm-maker
Angela Gao
Miguel FigueroaPresident, Canadian Peace Congress
Colerain McCardlePCUSA
Scott HegartyTeacher
Ron Judd
Ted TrippRetired. Part-time work with CareerSource Gulf Coast, Florida
Carlos L GarridoEditor at Midwestern Marx
Andre PowellSocialist Unity Party
Peter GoselinLabor Attorney
RuheForstTRUE
John Beard
Chris LarssonActivist and political observer
Eddie Liger SmithMidwestern Marx Founder and Editor
Albano CoelhoIT consultant
Chin K SeahRetired Structural Engineer
Albert Ang Chun
Oscar VietorStudent, Guilford College
Maria Fe Celi
Torbjørn Melbye
Robert MonksClerical worker
Masao SuzukiProfessor of Economics, Skyline College
Wong Mun LaiEngineer
Wong Mun Lai
Dong LongLegal Professional
Manuel Kiener
Stan SquiresRetired Health Care Worker
Mario SimeunovicJournalist
Betty
Z. SullivanNone
johntyrrell3@icloud.com
Dr Agnes Kory
Michael Pollock
MIck KellyEditor, Fight Back!
Henrik Niemeyer
John Frederick MaryonNew Communist Party
Elizabeth BurtonRetired Doctor
Andy BrooksGeneral Secretary, New Communist Party of Britain
Patxi SuarezTxinarekin.com Basque Country
Winfred Liu

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