China Calls Reuters Racist over Report on Military Infiltration of Foreign Academia

China Calls Reuters Racist over Report on Military Infiltration of Foreign Academia


China’s Global Times government propaganda newspaper accused the international news agency Reuters of racism for using a photo of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in a story on military infiltration of foreign academia.

The racism accusation stemmed from Reuters posts on Twitter featuring photos of the soldiers. The text of the posts focused on experiments on monkey brains at the University of Copenhagen by a Chinese scientist that, according to Reuters, directly benefitted the PLA. Scientist Guojie Zhang reportedly exposed monkeys to high altitudes for studies on how mountainous areas affect brain function – research that would directly benefit PLA operations in the Himalayas – without notifying the University of Copenhagen that he was cooperating with a foreign military.

The Global Times used the fact that

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