How Chinese Immigrants Are Spreading Fake News and Propaganda
- As the situation in the Middle East falls into chaos, the refugee policy issue in Europe is also becoming complicated. Receiving countries must receive immigrants for humanitarian reasons. However, immigrant numbers are far exceeding initial predictions, and national leaders are wracking their brains. Also, although some fake news has gotten attention, it is one thing that is bringing about discussions of immigrant violence.
- Once every 5 years, the UN investigates numbers of immigrants by national origin and receiving country, and publishes the results. The top receiving country is the US, the “country of immigrants.” The US has far surpassed its runner-up Germany’s number of 46.63 million immigrants, and around 15% of US citizens are immigrants. India is in 3rd place with 15.58 million immigrants, followed by Mexico, Russia, and China.
- Receiving countries are extremely grateful when those immigrants contribute to their adoptive countries without causing trouble. However, it is difficult for receiving countries to forgive immigrants who bring in problems that have absolutely no relevance to their adoptive countries.
- Just the other day, the Chinese newspaper Epoch Times published an article recruiting signatures for Ontario, Canada’s provincial parliamentary discussion of the legal establishment of a “Nanking Massacre Memorial Day.” This case is an exact example of a situation that is difficult for a receiving country to forgive. The Nanking Massacre refers to China’s claim that the old Japanese army massacred 300,000 Nanking citizens. Why is China not attempting to establish such a memorial day in the country concerned of Japan, rather than a completely unrelated one like Canada? The ones making the efforts to discuss this bill are Chinese Canadians.
- Furthermore, there are various doubts regarding the 300,000 victims China claims were massacred. The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported in a 2014 article that “Another 87 names were added to the ‘Wall of Grief’ at the Nanking Massacre Memorial Museum, for a total of 10,505 names.” This is quite a different number of victims from 300,000. One also wonders why a number of victims from over 300 years ago is continuing to increase even now. Chinese experts have also declared that only 16,000 names were found on the list of victims.
- China claims that 300,000 Nanking citizens were massacred in 6 weeks, but this would mean over 7,000 people were killed per day. As indiscrete as this is, if we compare this to the 6 million Jews who were massacred by the pre-war Nazis over a period of 10 years, we cannot help but feel uneasy. It is unlikely that the Japanese army at the time possessed killing weapons with 4 times the power of the Nazi gas chambers.
- If this bill full of falsified numbers passes, the Ontario parliament is severely in the wrong. However, the ones we should denounce the most are the Chinese Canadians who are spreading their home country’s propaganda in an unrelated country.