The Atlantic Council, a U.S. think tank, has published an extensive report on China’s use of information manipulation in regional and global competition report titled “Chinese Discourse Power- China’s Use of Information Manipulation in Regional and Global Competition.” The report concludes that China’s information operations targeting the West have resulted in ineffective influence:
This study examined the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) use of both Mandarin-language and Western social media platforms as tools for discourse power projection. The DFRLab found China to be effective on Mandarin-language sites that target both Chinese citizens and the Chinese diaspora, employing the use of strict censorship and favorable CCP messaging prioritization. On the other hand, while attempting to engage foreign actors through Western social media platforms, the information operations found to date have resulted in ineffective influence, relied on outsourcing the operation to third parties, and utilized “astroturfing” and “sock puppets.”
Read the entire report here.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported last November on a study that concluded: “China has no idea how to run a Twitter network.” However, in October that year, we reported that various security experts had concluded that Chinese influence operations pose a greater long term threat to the US than do Russian efforts. According to that report, “the Chinese are growing bolder and more brazen, often taking pages from what used to be seen as Russia’s playbook in discrediting the United States.”