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Letter: Why the sparse Asian Games coverage in the Western media?


LettersWhy the sparse Asian Games coverage in the Western media?

Readers discuss media treatment of the Asian Games, and the source of tension between India and CanadaAsian Games 2023LettersPublished: 2:30pm, 30 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.There has certainly been no shortage of comprehensive coverage of the Asian Games in Hangzhou recently, including of the spectacular opening ceremony. With 12,000 competing athletes, this event is nearly 15 per cent bigger than the Paris Olympics, which will host roughly 10,500 competitors.

However, a search of some major media organisations in the UK, US and Australia yields zero coverage of the opening ceremony, and very limited coverage of the sporting events. This is very strange, considering the torrent of negative news about anything to do with China that is routinely pumped out by these organisations.

Perhaps one reason they have steered away from coverage of this major event is that it would be difficult to ignore the fact that there is a very significant delegation from Taiwan, who received a massive welcome cheer when they entered the stadium during the opening ceremony. This would not fit the Western media’s narrative on the Beijing-Taiwan state of affairs.

Bob Rogers, Sai Kung

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