Amid Wuhan lab controversy, Chinese state media turns to Fauci
In the meantime, Chinese state media criticized Fauci, saying it had joined a “war of opinion against China.”
The attack on Fauci is an about-face of the positive portrayal of him in previous coverage. Last year, after Fauci had repeatedly spoken out against the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic, Chinese state media published glowing reports praising the scientist for his professionalism and courage in speaking out. truth.
Fauci has since tried to clarify his comments. On Tuesday, he told CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang that his opinion on the origins of Covid-19 has not changed and still believes its origin in nature is “highly probable.”
It remains to be seen whether this will buy back its image in China.
- Indian authorities have raided the offices of Twitter, which is under pressure to censor anti-government content.
- Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen in public for the first time since the February military coup.
- Two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar has been arrested for the murder of another Indian wrestler.
- Meanwhile in Hong Kong, artists are trying to follow a tricky line under the city’s new national security law.
The “F9” star professed his love for the world’s largest film market after calling Taiwan a “country” during an interview with a Taiwanese broadcaster. Cena was promoting the ninth installment of the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise.
“Taiwan is the first country to be able to watch F9,” Cena told the broadcaster in Mandarin. Taiwan is a self-governing democratic island, but China claims it as its sovereign territory as the two sides have been ruled separately since a civil war ended more than 70 years ago. Beijing is increasingly trying to use its economic might to control speeches on the subject around the world.
Cena apologized on Tuesday on Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like social media platform. Speaking in Mandarin again, he did not refer to Taiwan by name or discuss the incident in detail, but said he “did a lot of interviews” and “made a mistake.”
“I have to say now, [it’s] very, very, very, very important [that] I love and respect China and the Chinese people even more, ”Cena said.
This episode shows how business in general – and Hollywood in particular – has become sensitive to political sensitivities in China. The “Fast & Furious” franchise has always been well received by Chinese audiences, and “F9” grossed nearly $ 136 million domestically over the weekend.
– By Jill Disis
On Tuesday, two tigers escaped their enclosure after killing a guard, nicknamed Jia, in a park in central China’s Henan Province and were shot dead, state media said.
The animals mutilated Jia while he was feeding them at Danjiang Peacock Valley, a small tourist attraction in Xichuan County, west of Nanyang City. Jia was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.