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Source: BBC

Publication Date: January 12, 2022

Chinese Agent Infiltrating Parliament, MI5 Warns

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: United Kingdom, Europe

Author: Gordon Corera, Jennifer Scott

View Resource: Chinese Agent Infiltrating Parliament, MI5 Warns

MI5 issued a security notice to UK Parliament members warning that Christine Ching Kui Lee, a lawyer, had engaged with and directed donations to members of parliament in coordination with the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department to ensure…

Source: Washington Post

Publication Date: December 22, 2021

HarperCollins Apologizes to Russian Billionaire Over Book Claiming Putin Ordered Chelsea Soccer Team Purchase

Authoritarian Country: Russia

Affected Region: United Kingdom, Europe

Author: Amy Cheng

View Resource: HarperCollins Apologizes to Russian Billionaire Over Book Claiming Putin Ordered Chelsea Soccer Team Purchase

The British arm of publisher HarperCollins apologized to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich after settling a libel lawsuit filed over author Catherine Belton’s claim in Putin’s People that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Abramovich to purchase the London-based Chelsea soccer club.

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Publication Date: December 20, 2021

The Kremlin Playbook 3

Authoritarian Country: Russia

Affected Region: Global

Author: Heather A. Conley, Donatienne Ruy

View Resource: The Kremlin Playbook 3

The Kremlin seeks to break societal consensus around the liberal democratic order and build support for Russia’s policy preferences by positioning itself as a defender of conservative values. Such “strategic conservatism” builds on and uses Russia’s existing propaganda and disinformation…

Source: Central European Institute of Asian Studies

Publication Date: December 18, 2021

Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak ‎Local ‎Governments’ Ties to ‎China

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Slovakia, Europe, Czechia

Author: Matej Šimalčík et al.

View Resource: Under the Radar: Mapping the Czech and Slovak ‎Local ‎Governments’ Ties to ‎China

A mapping of the paradiplomatic relations of sub-national entities in Slovakia and Czechia identified at least 46 instances of agreement-based cooperation with Chinese partners. A lack of transparency and limited public control over these relations contributed to a culture of…

Source: Reuters

Publication Date: December 16, 2021

Special Report: Amazon Partnered with China Propaganda Arm

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: United States, North America

Author: Steve Stecklow, Jeffrey Dastin

View Resource: Special Report: Amazon Partnered with China Propaganda Arm

Internal Amazon documents described how the company partnered with China’s National Press and Publication Administration and a state-owned enterprise to establish a China Books portal that hasn’t generated significant revenue, but which Amazon saw as crucial to safeguarding against license…

Source: Balkan Insight

Publication Date: December 15, 2021

How Russian State Funds Promote Genocide Denial in Bosnia

Authoritarian Country: Russia

Affected Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe

Author: Nermina Kuloglija

View Resource: How Russian State Funds Promote Genocide Denial in Bosnia

Russian government-backed foundations held events to promote reports denying the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, as Moscow sought to exploit divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and increase its influence among the country’s Serbs.

Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Publication Date: December 9, 2021

Borrowing Mouths to Speak on Xinjiang

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Fergus Ryan et al.

View Resource: Borrowing Mouths to Speak on Xinjiang

Chinese state entities have supported foreign influencers in the creation of social media content in Xinjiang, as well as amplified influencer content that supports pro-CCP narratives, as part of a wider global propaganda push to counter critical reporting about human…

Source: Stockholm Free World Forum

Publication Date: December 8, 2021

CCTV – A Trojan Horse in International News Dissemination?

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Øystein Bogen

View Resource: CCTV – A Trojan Horse in International News Dissemination?

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV maintains contracts with Thomson Reuters and Associated Press guaranteeing the distribution of scripted footage to global clients. Some content is heavily editorialized, contains dubious sources, and appears designed to reinforce Beijing’s foreign policy priorities.

Source: Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Publication Date: December 6, 2021

Guānxì: Power, Networking, and Influence in China-Africa Relations

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Author: Paul Nantulya

View Resource: Guānxì: Power, Networking, and Influence in China-Africa Relations

China-Africa relations thrive on interpersonal ties of mutual dependence, obligations, and reciprocity. The net effect of instrumentalized “guānxì” is that African elites reap financial rewards and entrench their patronage networks while Chinese firms increase their political clout.

Source: Rest of World

Publication Date: November 30, 2021

The Real Reason China is Pushing “Digital Sovereignty” in Africa

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Yinka Adegoke

View Resource: The Real Reason China is Pushing “Digital Sovereignty” in Africa

The unfettered influence of Chinese firms in the digital ecosystem of African countries has become a growing point of concern. Analysts say playing an essential role in Africa’s digital transformation gives Beijing a stronger footing in global affairs and creates…

Source: ProPublica

Publication Date: November 29, 2021

Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: United States, North America

Author: Sebastian Rotella

View Resource: Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out

The reach of the Chinese Communist Party extends onto U.S. campuses. Chinese students critical of the CCP have been harassed by their peers, and their relatives back home have been approached by officials. University administrators are reluctant to intercede and…

Source: Wall Street Journal

Publication Date: November 28, 2021

Disney’s Missing ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Hong Kong Raises Censorship Fears

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: China, Asia-Pacific

Author: Dan Strumpf

View Resource: Disney’s Missing ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Hong Kong Raises Censorship Fears

The absence of an episode of “The Simpsons” from streaming service Disney+ in Hong Kong raised concerns about rising censorship. The episode centered on a trip to China during which the Simpsons encounter a plaque at Tiananmen Square in Beijing…

Source: The Sentry

Publication Date: November 27, 2021

The Backchannel: State Capture and Bribery in Congo’s Deal of the Century

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Sub-Saharan Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

View Resource: The Backchannel: State Capture and Bribery in Congo’s Deal of the Century

A trove of documents and data called the Congo Hold-up leak revealed that Chinese state-owned enterprises China Railway Group and Sinohydro used a middleman to pump tens of millions of dollars into the pockets of Congolese president Joseph Kabila’s family,…

Source: China Digital Times

Publication Date: November 23, 2021

Tennis Star Peng Shuai Subjected to “Forced Reappearance”

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Joseph Brouwer

View Resource: Tennis Star Peng Shuai Subjected to “Forced Reappearance”

Tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view after accusing a senior Chinese Community Party of sexual assault. An apparent campaign by China’s authorities to defuse and undermine international concerns for Peng involved a video appearance with the International Olympic…

Source: Axios

Publication Date: November 17, 2021

Exclusive: Marriott Refused to Host Uyghur Conference, Citing “Political Neutrality”

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Czechia, Europe

Author: Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Dave Lawler

View Resource: Exclusive: Marriott Refused to Host Uyghur Conference, Citing “Political Neutrality”

A Marriott hotel in Prague declined to host a conference of activists and leaders from China’s Uyghur diaspora. The decision reflected the CCP’s ability to extend authoritarian control beyond its borders by making clear to corporations that crossing the party’s…