Chinese state propaganda service CGTN (the international arm of broadcaster CCTV) is looking to take on American quasi-state propaganda service Fox Business (a wing of Fox News) in a live TV debate via hosts Liu Xin and Trish Regan, after The two traded barbs about the trade war from their respective stations (and then Twitter handles) this week.
Liu took to Twitter (which is blocked within China) to courteously offer to appear on Regan's show, in a series of tweets responding to Regan's call for a "HONEST debate."
I hear you. Will get back to you very soon. But I don't want to play any game, if that's what you prepare to do. https://t.co/ytXZN5Lk2m
— LIU Xin (@thepointwithlx) May 24, 2019
Dear Regan @trish_regan I see Monday is not good for you. Please let me know when is better next week. Seeing the reaction of online, I want to say, it's important for us to have a meaningful discussion to understand each other better. I appreciate the opportunity
– LIU Xin (@thepointwithlx) May 24, 2019
Regan responded in a more civilian tone than some of her previous statements on the matter, to invite Liu onto her show live on Wednesday evening:
Hi Ms. LIU Xin – it is, indeed, an important debate. Please check your DM for my contact info. Wednesday night, live at 8pm, works. I look forward to meeting you @thepointwithlx Sincerely, Trish Regan https://t.co/8jmgUkDWrU
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 24, 2019
So, err, this should be interesting.
We're not sure there will be much common ground in the two having similarly entrenched nationalistic views, but who's to say it won't make a great TV spectacle. We have to wait and see, but CCTV's social media platforms have been sent to the clash or picking off select comments from Twitter to their opponent: