Global Times editor Hu Xijin faces serious personal allegations

Written By: Gravitas desk WION
New Delhi Updated: Dec 04, 2020, 11:45 AM(IST)

Global Times has often made rhetoric against India Photograph:( AFP )

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Hu Xijin, Editor of Global Times likes to call himself a journalist. But to the world, he is synonymous with controversy and known for his loud parroting of Chinese propaganda

Hu Xijin, Editor of Global Times, China's mouthpiece is facing big charges. He has been accused of extramarital relationships with two female colleagues and having children out of wedlock. Global Times is China's most controversial mouthpiece and one of its loudest voices on social media.

Hu Xijin likes to call himself a journalist. But to the world, he is synonymous with controversy and known for his loud parroting of Chinese propaganda.

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One publication, SupChina, calls Hu Xijin greatest internet troll. Hu Xijin once featured on the list of China's most horrid people.

Global Times has often been known to publish rhetoric and posturing. It has even published stories tom-tomming Chinese 'preparedness' in the wake of India-China standoff at the LAC.

Hu Xijin reportedly studied international relations and was also a correspondent of the people's daily in Bosnia. The 60-year-old was also a pro-democracy activist at the Tiananmen Square. 

But 30 years later- Hu Xijin is known for his loyalty to the Communist Party of China. The reformed comrade now refers to Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists as 'ISIS-like terrorists'.

In short, Hu is a big deal in China, and one of the most prominent voices of the country. In the last few months he has exceeded expectations in proving his loyalty to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hu has rather interestingly lectured wion on journalism. Called australia all sorts of names. He has even tried to provoke India.

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Moreover, he spread fake news about the Wuhan virus. 

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He has brainstormed on how China can win a battle in South China Sea.

And celebrated the bravado of the Chinese troops by endorsing their cooking skills.

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Winter surely is a good time for hot pot. But this winter, Hu Xijin may be in a soup. Hu has been accused of having extramarital relationships with two female colleagues. The 60-year-old has also been accused of having children out of wedlock.

However, Hu has claimed that this was all blackmail. He also claims that he has been set up by his Deputy Editor Maggie Duan Jingtao.

In what he calls a forced clarification, Hu has penned down an episode from October 27th.

'Comrade Duan Jintao came to my office, talked to me, and directly asked me to resign as the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times and be replaced by her'

The Deputy Editor has filed a complaint with China's anti-corruption watchdog. She claims Hu Xijin has violated Communist Party's disciplinary rules.

Hu says the matter involves the reputation of the Global Times.

We do not know who is speaking the truth. But there's one thing we know for sure, Hu Xijin need not worry about his paper's reputation. If you know you know.

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