Propaganda and censorship are complementary. There are numerous examples of propaganda that are being instigated both directly by China, and indirectly by agents of China. Please note that the term agent does not necessarily mean a spy or direct employee of the government of China. Agents may be people who are merely self interested in propagating the Chinese message for some reason such as nationalism or another other reasons.
Here are some common examples of PRC propaganda generated myths that CCW has found on various internet forums.
Communist China is more capitalist than America.
While China has implemented a number of market reforms to improve its economy, China is still firmly in the grip of its single party Communist government. The Communist Party of China hold all power. There is no rule of law. China's economic reforms could evaporate overnight if it suited the Communist Party. However, it is true that money talks in China. Corruption is rampant in China and money can buy you just about anything, including government officials.
China is doing more to reduce carbon output than any other country.
China is the world's largest polluter by a long shot. Since 2006, China has taken the no. 1 position as world's top carbon output country, and its lead is increasing. China proposed seemingly large reductions in its amount of carbon output by 2020, but the numbers actually represent an increase. 750,000 people die early in China every year due to air and water pollution.
Economic reforms in China are leading to democratic and other human rights reforms.
China has been undergoing economic reforms since the late 1970s, but other hoped for reforms have not followed. China is rated by every human rights organization as one of the largest violators of human rights globally. China still has secret prisons, forced labor camps, disappearances, torture, censorship, and nearly every other kind of human rights violation.
The Chinese population is not ready for democracy yet.
Chinese people live in democratic systems without major problems in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and in communities throughout the world. This excuse is propagated by the Communist Party in China to try to maintain its autocratic and totalitarian rule over the Chinese people. Self-interest of the Party is the main issue here.
China is actively implementing human rights reforms.
China has a number of human rights reforms in its laws including the constitution of China. The main problem is that Communist China is not subject to the rule of law. The laws are not worth the paper that they are written on as they are not enforced, or merely selectively enforced. For example, the constitution names a large number of freedoms that the Chinese supposedly can enjoy, such as freedom of speech, religion, assembly, etc. These reforms were made nearly 30 years ago but still are not valid today.