Beijing-Controlled News Outlet Paid U.S. Newspapers Millions for Ads

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

American newspapers have taken millions from a China-controlled media outlet, despite the uproar about Beijing’s alleged disinformation efforts.

In detail: China Daily, an English-language newspaper owned by the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party, paid over $4.4 million for printing, distribution, advertising, and administration expenses to prominent U.S. news publishers in the last past six months, according to a Foreign Agents Registration Act filing.

[…] The state department this year designated the outlet as a “foreign mission.”

Specifically, the outlet gave the Wall Street Journal more than $85,000 for advertising. Los Angeles received $340,000 for advertising campaigns, the Foreign Policy magazine $100,000, The Financial Times, which is a U.K.-based newspaper, $223,710, and the Canadian outlet Globe & Mail $132,046.

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