BEIJING, Oct 15 (Asia Free Press): China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson slammed reported ‘vile’ US act of hiring paid posters to spread false allegations to discredit Beijing .
According state run Xinhua News Agency, Zimbabwe’s media have revealed that the U.S. government, through such means as funding relevant agencies in hosting seminars, is paying private media journalists 1,000 U.S. dollars for every story they publish to discredit Chinese companies who invest in Zimbabwe.
In response, spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his daily press briefing, “1,000 U.S. dollars could have been spent in funding a poor Zimbabwean student or helping Zimbabwe purchase 100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. But the U.S. government chose to hire paid posters to spread rumors with the money, which is vile, as media outlets put it.” Xinhua quoted country’s spokesperson as saying.
Zhao blamed US for hurting China-Africa relations through paying for lies
“The reports fully show that African countries and the whole international community are clear-eyed about the United States’ flagrant dissemination of disinformation, and revolt at the United States’ despicable and unscrupulous fabrication of lies and smears,”he added.
Zhao said that Chinese companies investment in Zimbabwe has boosted the country’s economic recovery.
“Our practical cooperation has delivered tangible benefits to the two peoples,” he said.
“What stands in clear contrast is that the United States has long been imposing illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe, and using funds to corrupt the media and fabricate negative reports on China at their behest,” Zhao said, adding that such a comparison makes the situation all too clear.