Published by Red Flag Publishing House, the 2003 copy outlines the goals of propaganda, mainly to make sure everyone knows what the country's goals are, guide people in their thinking, and be positive in its slogans.
It warns, "The Internet has an even greater impact on people's thinking. People outside mainland China are always plotting ways to infiltrate China ideologically. We need to strengthen our management of news sites and other websites".
One interesting section is on propagandizing foreigners:
- Feeding propaganda to foreigners is done differently from domestic propaganda work. The first task is learning about your propaganda target, keeping in mind that the targets of foreign propaganda are different from the targets of domestic propaganda. The approach will also vary according to the country or area of the person.
- Take a subtler and gentler approach. Present facts and let them draw their own conclusions. Explain what the foreigner doesn't understand, even over simplifying it if necessary. Avoid using propaganda slogans or saying things that might cause disagreement.
- Make use of visitors to China to spread the propaganda message overseas. Be sure to give the foreigners only what they can accept. Take that what they see and their experiences in China will, when they return home, help to build an image of China in the minds of the people of the world (p. 118).
- Other methods include arranging interviews for the friendly foreign press, submitting articles to Xinhua and other Chinese publications aimed at foreign audiences and attention to the positiveness of TV programming on the closed circuit TV system of hotels frequented by foreigners (p. 118-119).
- Make sister city arrangements with foreign cities.
- Plan tourist group itineraries so visitors will get a positive impression of China.
- Arrange for tour group guides and interpreters to subscribe to foreign language Chinese magazines destined for foreign audiences.
They concur and then I can see them wondering what their next propaganda tactic should be.
I must be a hard nut for them to crack.