The Epoch Times (November 23) revealed that the China Daily has spent millions for the past six months on U.S. publications, according to its statement filed last week with the US Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). According to the statement, China Daily’s overall expenses from May 1 to Oct. 31 this year were above US$ 4.4 million, in which around US$ 3.1 million was spent on printing, advertising, and distribution, and about US$ 1.3 million for payrolls and other operating expenses. The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, the Seattle Times are some of the notable receivers. Los Angeles Times received US$ 340,000 for advertisements and US$ 111,501 for printing newspapers in the past six months. It said over the past few years, China Daily has spent millions running supplements—called “China Watch”—containing propaganda disguised as news in major U.S. media outlets. These supplements are inserted as advertisements in newspapers or paid programs online. China Daily’s previous financial filings with the Justice Department showed that it paid more than US$ 4.6 million to The Washington Post and nearly US$ 6 million to the Wall Street Journal since November 2016. It also showed the outlet paid The New York Times US$ 50,000 in 2018. The Washington Post and The New York Times stopped running the advertising insert early this year. According to China Daily’s recent filing, for the past six months, its total subscription and advertisement income was only US$ 123,700.56. However, the “Fund from Headquarter Office” was US$ 4,416,133.35, accounting for about 97.3 percent of total income.

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