another thought - media seem to get handed China stories a bit like you use a piece of string to distract a cat.
"Hey, maybe I'll investigate government data silo plans and US Border controls"
"Hey reporter, yeah over here, check out this story about China"
"Bollocks to the data silo and no one can afford to travel anyway" reporter suckles at the teet of Chinese shocking behaviour. Hurumphs are delivered, pats on backs transmitted, everyone feels good again.
It is funny how these little distractions always turn up. It's like "hey guys don't pay attention to that giant arse f----ing machine you're sat on, instead pay attention to the guys over there with the funny hat and slitty eyes!"