Official Chinese Media Paid Millions of Dollars to U.S. Newspapers and Magazines in Six Months, Records Show

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week that China Daily’s advertising spending, according to its latest disclosure of foreign agent information, has increased by more than 36 percent over the past six months, from nearly $3.3 million to more than $4.5 million.

According to disclosures filed with the Department of Justice, China Daily paid more than $1.6 million for its advertising campaigns in Time, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times and Foreign Policy magazine. The Chinese Communist Party-controlled news organization paid more than $1.6 million for advertising campaigns in the Los Angeles Times, Financial Times and Foreign Policy. The Communist-controlled news organization paid another $1 million to U.S. newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Houston Chronicle, to help pay for their printing costs.

The Times absorbed $700,000 in advertising costs over six months, while the Los Angeles Times received $272,000. Foreign Policy and the Financial Times received $291,000 and $371,000, respectively. Canada’s Globe and Mail received nearly $330,000 for advertising.

U.S. officials are increasingly drawing attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda activities in the West. The Justice Department required that several Chinese news companies, including China Daily, disclose their activities under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FAR).

Several U.S. newspapers have come under fire for publishing China Daily’s “China Watch” inserts. Although the inserts are designed to look like ordinary newspaper stories, they contain articles that paint a positive picture of the Chinese Communist government and life in the country.

In recent years, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post (Washington Post) have all severed ties with China Daily because they publish CCP propaganda and are subject to civil outcry. The New York Times removed hundreds of China Daily ads and stories from its website last year due to concerns about cooperation with the official CCP media.

However, it appears that China Daily has a new client, the Times. The Times’ website features an article from China Daily, with a “paid partner content” reference, but no mention of China Daily’s ties to the CCP.

Many of the newspapers with which China Daily partners are facing serious financial problems. The Los Angeles Times laid off workers last year as advertising revenue shrank during the Communist virus pandemic. Newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe have failed to turn a profit for years. China Daily took advantage of the situation by paying the Los Angeles Times $897,000 for printing services and the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle and Boston Globe a combined $164,000.