The move comes as US institutions have fallen under the microscope for cozy relationships with the China over their oppression of Uighur Muslims among other human rights abuses.
The Times's decision to end its partnership with China Daily is part of a society-wide reckoning about the cozy relationships between the Chinese government and American institutions, from the NBA to Harvard University. While the paper is responsible for some of the most gut-wrenching stories about Chinese government oppression, it has also run more than 200 propaganda articles in the last decade, some of which sugar-coated China's human rights abuses. One 2019 video ad, for example, promoted Xinjiang tourism by depicting the oppressed Uyghur people as content under Chinese rule. -Washington Free Beacon
China Daily has been purchasing 'advertorials' in mainstream US media outlets for over a decade - disseminating Chinese propaganda through misleading advertisements disguised as genuine articles. According to the report, the Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have taken in millions of dollars from the Chinese government for said ads.