The Chinese Communist Party-employed journalist who lied about where he was from during a press conference with President Trump could now face $16,000 in fines.
The National Pulse exposed Ching-Yi Chang on April 9th, after he told President Trump he was from Taiwan. In truth, he works for Dragon Television, owned in turn by Shanghai Media Group, one of the largest state-owned media groups in China.
Now, according to Taiwan’s Liberty Times, Ching-Yi could be facing punitive action from Taiwan.
Journalist William Yang reports: “So last week, a Taiwanese journalist working for #China‘s state-run Dragon Television in the US told @realDonaldTrump that he is from Taiwan when the president asked him where he is from during a presser at the White House.
”Reporter” Ching-Yi Chang, told @realDonaldTrump he is from Taiwan yesterday in the White House.
He was *born* in Taiwan.
But he *works* for Chinese state owned Shanghai Media Group – a propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party.
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) April 9, 2020
“An unexpected twist of the event is that #Taiwan‘s Mainland Affairs Council, the official government agency in charge of cross-Strait affairs, came out today to say that since Chang is still a Taiwanese citizen, his employment by Dragon TV has violated the law that governs the relationship between #Taiwan and #China, in which Taiwanese nationals are prohibited from working for any companies run by the Chinese Communist Party.
“Since Dragon TV is an affiliation of the CCP, Chang has violated the relevant clause in the law, and the Mainland Affairs Council will now seek to penalize Chang for violating the law. According to the law, Chang could be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 NTD.”
That’s up to $16,000 USD.
Youyou works for Phoenix Satellite Holdings, owned by Liu Changle (37.1% of shares). Changle is a “former PLA propaganda official who is close to senior Chinese government leaders”.
Changle previously worked as a propaganda officer for China National Radio (then known as the Central People’s Broadcasting Station).
A further 20 percent of the company is owned by Extra Step Investments Limited, in turn owned by China Mobile Hong Kong, which itself is owned by the Chinese government-owned China Mobile.
Eight more percent of the company is owned by China Wise Investment Ltd, owned by the Bank of China.
This means at least 65 percent of the company is owned by the government of China.