AFP did not publish 'Dawn of Empire' photo series about Chinese soldiers

Published on 01/06/2023 at 10:25

Posts circulating on Chinese social media falsely claim AFP published a photo series featuring Chinese soldiers titled "Dawn of Empire" that discredits China's army. But there is no such photo series in the agency's archives. Moreover, reverse image searches found one of the pictures in the posts had in fact been taken by a New York Times photographer while the other photos were shot by multiple AFP journalists during different events across several years.