UK media reported last month about an alliance between the Chinese-American diaspora and American conservatives and traced how disinformation flows through that diaspora. According to a BBC article:
July 8, 2021 During the pandemic, an unlikely alliance has emerged between the Chinese-speaking diaspora and American conservatives, as Washington and Beijing clash over the origins of Covid-19. For strident opponents of Beijing, blaming China for not containing the virus within its borders is another opportunity to condemn the Chinese government. For the American right, on the other hand, blaming China for the pandemic shifts focus from criticism of the Trump administration’s response and plays into the increasingly negative public opinion of China. The collaboration between former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Chinese exiled businessman Guo Wengui is a case in point. The duo has been involved in a sprawling digital network that disseminates misinformation about election frauds, coronavirus vaccines and QAnon narratives on multiple social media platforms. Chinese immigrants often consume news bypassing traditional media gatekeepers, according to non-profit organisation First Draft. Due to language barriers and news habits, many in the Chinese diaspora tend to read news in closed or semi-closed social media spaces.
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In May, we reported on the same disinformation network targeting US audiences operated by Guo Wengui and Bannon.
Other Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on disinformation attempts by US right-wing and pro-Trump networks has included:
- In June, we reported that a digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group had created a series of deceptive ads falsely attributed to a leftwing group.
- In June, we reported about disinformation attempts by conservative activists around the growing controversy in the US over so-called “Critical Race Theory.”
- In May, we reported how US Republican false claims about a stolen election originated with a Texas businessman and his associates.