Chinese Media Accidentally Leaks Directive To The Public

( State-controlled news outlets in China just made a serious mistake, accidentally posting instructions to its social media platforms about how their journalists must cover the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The instructions also included a message about how China must remain uncritical of Russia because the country needs Russian “support” with its plans to invade Taiwan.

One Chinese news outlet, The Washington Post reports, accidentally posted the guidelines on what Chinese journalists can and cannot publish. An editor from a different outlet appeared to weigh in on the rules, adding additional guidance and giving advice on the kind of language that journalists need to use.

Ming Jinwei, a senior editor for China’s Xinhua News Agency, reportedly wrote in a “WeChat” blog – which is the most popular social media platform in China – that his news agency needed to toe the line on the Ukraine coverage because China “has to back Russia up with emotional and moral support while refraining from treading on the toes of the United States and European Union.”

Imagine what it’s like being a journalist in China, knowing that saying the wrong thing could land you in huge trouble with the Chinese Communist Party and potentially cost Russian support when China inevitably invades Taiwan.

“In the future, China will also need Russia’s understanding and support when wrestling with America to solve the Taiwan issue once and for all,” he said in the post.

Horizon News, which is a social media news account linked to Beijing News – another Chinese Communist Party-run media outlet – posted instructions as well as a note that insists there cannot be any posts that paint Russia in a negative light. Twitter users quickly translated the post, revealing that it told its employees not to “post anything against Russia or pro-West,” adding that all posts must be reviewed before they go live.

It’s no surprise, given that the Chinese Communist Party controls all media in the country, but it does provide some insight into China’s plans to invade Ukraine.

With three years of the Biden administration left, China has plenty of time to make its move.