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Amazon Partners With Chinese Propaganda Arm, Deletes Reviews Critical of Communist Party Books – Opinion
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In the latest example of corporate America kowtowing to the Communists in Beijing, internal memos and insiders have revealed the company’s continuing appeasement of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including colluding with state propaganda operatives to delete reviews of books critical of the regime.
Notably, as reported by Reuters, Amazon caved in like a cheap Mao suit to a CCP edict that it stop allowing negative customer ratings and reviews of the book “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China,” which contains many of Xi’s speeches and writings, as well as other state propaganda.
But it gets worse.
Said a company insider, according to Reuters: “I think the issue was anything under five stars.”
Amazon agreed to Beijing’s demand to have anything below a five-star review of Xi Jinping’s book The Governance of China removed from its Chinese site
— The Times (@thetimes) [December 20, 2021]
Currently, on the Chinese site, the government-published book has no customer reviews, ratings, nor even a working “comments” section, all of which are included on other sites.
According to Reuters, Amazon’s compliance with the Chinese government demand, which has not been previously reported, is part of a deeper, decade-long effort by the company to win favor with the ChiComs and protect Amazon’s growing business in one of the world’s largest marketplaces.
Let’s step out of this report for a minute and think about the hypocrisy, here.
Although Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder of Amazon has been called a libertarian by some, the facts prove otherwise. His support for gay marriage is huge and he has spent thousands defending it. His contributions almost solely go to the Democrat Party. The Human Rights Campaign presented the Equality Award to Bezos for his support of the LGBTQ community in 2017.
Please understand me. Bezos isn’t being criticized for the things I mentioned.
What’s the Deal? Doing is pointing to Bezos’s obscene, inexcusable hypocrisy in submitting to a decree from the CCP to censor criticism of a brutal dictator who interns and commits genocide against the Muslim-minority Uyghurs in Xinjiang, a large region of China’s northwest, violates agreements and crushes democracy in Hong Kong, and threatens “reunification” — the invasion and annexation of Taiwan.
Amazon, which regularly censors conservative speech in its content, has partnered up with China’s propaganda arm. Owner Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which also publishes Chinese propaganda in special “China Daily” inserts.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) [December 20, 2021]
Even worse? This is what Bezos doesFor money, olely. What is it? Blatant hypocrisy by Democrats He is the best.
Anyway, reports Reuters, an internal 2018 Amazon briefing document that describes the company’s China business lays out a number of damning “Core Issues” the Seattle-based company has faced in China. According to the document, these are just a few of them.
For the Communist Party to succeed and sustain its popularity, ideology control and propaganda are the key tools. This isn’t a judgement on its rightness or wrongness.
It’s not. You already know what I mean: Money over principle
Amazon makes this a truly shocking and shameful admission.
Amazon accepts Ideological control and propagandismare the core tools of CCP. The CCP then quickly announces its opposition. Have I mentioned money?
The briefing document, along with interviews with more than two dozen people who have been involved in Amazon’s China operation, detail how Amazon has not only survived but thrived in China by actively helping to further the CCP’s global economic and political agenda, according to Reuters.
In a core element of this strategy, the internal document and interviews show, Amazon partnered with an arm of China’s propaganda apparatus to create a selling portal on the company’s U.S. site, – a project that came to be known as “China Books.”
The venture – which eventually offered more than 90,000 publications for sale – hasn’t generated significant revenue. However, the document shows Amazon viewed it as vital to growing support in China for its Kindle electronic book device, cloud-computing business and e-commerce ventures.
Have you visited the “China Books” section on You should too.
Have you visited “China Books” on, America? []
— Hold My Beer (@RealLibSmacker) [December 26, 2021]
Among the links on the site are: “Best Seller,” “Governance of China,” “China’s Battle Against the Pandemic“ (emphasis, mine), “Chinese History,” and “Youth Literature.”
A book that is available extols the life in Xinjiang. The United Nations accuses China of interrogating one million Uyghurs at work camps. The book – “Incredible Xinjiang: Stories of Passion and Heritage” – discusses an online comedy show situated in the region. The book quotes an actor who plays a Uyghur “country bumpkin” claiming ethnicity is “not a problem” there, the official lying position of Beijing, which has denied mistreating minority groups — and it is obscene.
Another even more obscene example is books that portray China’s “battle” against the COVID-19 pandemic — almost certainly unleashed on the world by an accidental lab leak from the infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology — in heroic terms.
One such book is titled “Stories of Courage and Determination: Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown.” Another begins with commentary from Xi: “Our success to date has once again demonstrated the strengths of CPC (the Communist Party of China) leadership and Chinese socialism.”
And Amazon not only turns a blind eye; Jeff Bezos’s company aids and abets the ChiComs’ efforts.
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