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Source: Atlantic Council

Publication Date: April 19, 2022

China’s Discourse Power Operations in the Global South: An Overview of Chinese Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Iran, Venezuela, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Kenton Thibaut

View Resource: China’s Discourse Power Operations in the Global South: An Overview of Chinese Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East

Case studies on South Africa, Venezuela, and Iran reveal evidence of a symbiotic relationship between Beijing’s efforts to enhance its discourse power—including by co-opting the voices of foreign leaders—and local governments’ efforts to weaken the checks and balances that civil…

Source: The Diplomat

Publication Date: April 15, 2022

The CCP’s Ukraine War Propaganda

Authoritarian Country: Russia, China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Sarah Cook

View Resource: The CCP’s Ukraine War Propaganda

Three tactics played an outsized role in the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign to shape public opinion about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: flagship state media echoing Russian state disinformation, manipulation of social media hashtags, and censorship of alternative viewpoints and information…

Source: Journal of Democracy

Publication Date: April 14, 2022

How Beijing Runs the Show in Hollywood

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: North America, United States

Author: Aynne Kokas

View Resource: How Beijing Runs the Show in Hollywood

The relationship between PRC rules, the Chinese entertainment industry, and U.S. media conglomerates underscores a transition in the role of entertainment in politics. Beijing increasingly weaponizes technology and corporations’ dependence on political authorities for market access to control content.

Source: Journal of Democracy

Publication Date: April 14, 2022

China’s Tech-Enhanced Authoritarianism

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Samantha Hoffman

View Resource: China’s Tech-Enhanced Authoritarianism

Emerging technologies, particularly those utilizing big data, are a critical component of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to manipulate global audiences. Large datasets can reveal trends in human behavior, enabling the party-state to better understand public sentiment and disseminate propaganda.

Source: Doublethink Lab

Publication Date: March 30, 2022

Analysis: How Ukraine Has Been Nazified in the Chinese Information Space?

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Ukraine, Europe

Author: Jerry Yu

View Resource: Analysis: How Ukraine Has Been Nazified in the Chinese Information Space?

Previously established cooperation agreements laid the groundwork for Russian and Chinese state media and state-linked social media to work in tandem to influence public opinion in China, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora in favor of the invasion of Ukraine on…

Source: Associated Press

Publication Date: March 29, 2022

How China’s TikTok, Facebook Influencers Push Propaganda

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Amanda Seitz, Eric Tucker, Mike Catalini

View Resource: How China’s TikTok, Facebook Influencers Push Propaganda

The Chinese Communist Party has built a network of social media personalities who proffer propaganda to users around the globe, operating in lockstep as they deflect international criticism of human rights abuses and advance Beijing’s talking points on world affairs…

Source: German Marshall Fund

Publication Date: March 23, 2022

The Distortion of UN Resolution 2758 and Limits on Taiwan’s Access to the United Nations

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Taiwan, Asia-Pacific

Author: Jessica Drun, Bonnie S. Glaser

View Resource: The Distortion of UN Resolution 2758 and Limits on Taiwan’s Access to the United Nations

Beijing has managed to institutionalize and normalize its “One China” Principle and stance on Taiwan within the United Nations (UN) by signing secret agreements with UN bodies, restricting Taiwan’s access to the UN and its facilities, and embedding PRC nationals…

Source: Hoover Institution

Publication Date: March 20, 2022

China’s Sharp Power In Africa: A Handbook For Building National Resilience

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Glenn Tiffert, Oliver McPherson-Smith

View Resource: China’s Sharp Power In Africa: A Handbook For Building National Resilience

Although the Chinese government touts its dealings in Africa as partnerships among equals, overall they fall far short of that ideal. Beijing’s high-flown rhetoric masks a deeply asymmetrical relationship full of unfulfilled promises, hidden costs, and corrosive impacts.

Source: Radio Free Asia

Publication Date: February 27, 2022

Turkey Closes Uyghur School in Istanbul After China Complains

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Middle East and North Africa, Turkey

Author: Jilil Kashgary

View Resource: Turkey Closes Uyghur School in Istanbul After China Complains

Authorities in Istanbul closed a Uyghur elementary school over alleged pressure from PRC officials who worried students had received anti-China instruction. The dispute came amid increasing relations between the countries, including a bilateral agreement to exchange information on terrorism financing.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Publication Date: February 27, 2022

Pro-China Twitter Accounts Flood Hashtag Critical of Beijing Winter Olympics

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Georgia Wells, Liza Lin

View Resource: Pro-China Twitter Accounts Flood Hashtag Critical of Beijing Winter Olympics

Automated pro-China accounts flooded Twitter with spam-like tweets using #GenocideGames, a hashtag initially shared by activists to raise awareness about human rights violations in Xinjiang. Researchers said the tactic diluted the hashtag’s power to galvanize criticism of Beijing during the…

Source: Global Americans

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Soft Power, Confucius Institutes, and Latin America and the Caribbean

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: El Salvador, Panama, Latin America and the Caribbean, Dominican Republic

Author: Scott B. MacDonald

View Resource: Soft Power, Confucius Institutes, and Latin America and the Caribbean

Confucius Institutes have actively stifled scholarship deemed detrimental to the interests of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In Latin America and the Caribbean, they provided the PRC with an effective instrument for creating long-term support for CCP business and political…

Source: Asia Democracy Network

Publication Date: February 21, 2022

China’s Rise Under the Lens: Democracy and Human Rights at Risk

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Philippines, Malaysia, Asia-Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Burma, South Korea, Pakistan, Cambodia

Author: Cleve V. Arguelles, Karel Jiaan Antonio Galang

View Resource: China’s Rise Under the Lens: Democracy and Human Rights at Risk

Beijing continues to actively undermine strong democracies, enthusiastically support illiberal forces in fragile democracies, and diligently create relationships of mutual dependence among non-democracies. Outright coercion, disinformation, censorship, and influence-peddling campaigns are commonplace.

Source: The Diplomat

Publication Date: February 21, 2022

China and Russia Want to Rule the Global Internet

Authoritarian Country: China, Russia

Affected Region: Global

Author: Charles Mok

View Resource: China and Russia Want to Rule the Global Internet

The governments of China and Russia, two countries with a history of censoring the internet, banning social media platforms, jailing dissidents, and launching misinformation campaigns, issued a joint statement affirming their support for the “equal rights of countries to regulate…

Source: New York Times, ProPublica

Publication Date: February 17, 2022

Bots and Fake Accounts Push China’s Vision of Winter Olympic Wonderland

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Steven Lee Myers, Paul Mozur, Jeff Kao

View Resource: Bots and Fake Accounts Push China’s Vision of Winter Olympic Wonderland

Chinese authorities leveraged bots, fake accounts, genuine social media influencers, and other tools to shape how the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing were portrayed, even outside the country.

Source: Foreign Affairs

Publication Date: February 16, 2022

Russia Has Big Plans for Africa

Authoritarian Country: Russia

Affected Region: Middle East and North Africa, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mali

Author: Samuel Ramani

View Resource: Russia Has Big Plans for Africa

Russia is not expanding its influence in Africa just through the use of military contractors; it has also made a hardcore diplomatic push across the continent and views Africa as both a provenance for resources for its state-owned companies and…