Fri, Feb 18, 2011 - Page 3 News List

Critics decry axing of Mandarin-language VOA service

BEIJING BONUS?A congressional staffer said that the decision by VOA to end its broadcasts into China is a major propaganda victory for the Chinese authorities

By William Lowther and J. Michael Cole  /  Staff reporters in WASHINGTON and Taipei

The BBG is responsible for all US government or government-sponsored, non-military international broadcasting.

“I’m not sure there is any other news source available in China that the Chinese government cannot manipulate absolutely,” Tkacik said.

He said the VOA Chinese Service served as an effective instrument for China’s policymaking elite to gather open source intelligence on US issues — an important role that he said US policymakers didn’t seem to fully appreciate.

“You can use VOA as a direct line to China’s foreign and military policy elites — not so much to change their minds, but to get your message across at a very high level to policy-level bureaucrats,” he said.

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