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Source: Visegrad Insight

Publication Date: April 27, 2022

Russia’s Digital Battleground: Polish Society

Authoritarian Country: Russia

Affected Region: Poland, Ukraine, Europe

View Resource: Russia’s Digital Battleground: Polish Society

Immediately after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the Polish online space was riddled with disinformation about fuel shortages, refugees, and Ukrainian statehood, among other themes. Disseminators of fake news adapted to real socio-political events in order to influence, fabricate, and even control them.

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 society imposes.

Source: NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence

Publication Date: March 24, 2022

China’s Influence in the Nordic-Baltic Information Environment: Latvia and Sweden

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Europe, Sweden, Latvia

Author: Katherine Nichols et al.

View Resource: China’s Influence in the Nordic-Baltic Information Environment: Latvia and Sweden

Beijing exploits several avenues of influence in the Nordic-Baltic region, including economic cooperation and investments, academic and parliamentary relationships, public diplomacy, and efforts to strengthen its ‘discourse power’ through local media and proxies.

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: China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe

Publication Date: February 21, 2022

China’s Aid in the Western Balkans: Supporting Development, Undermining Good Governance

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Europe

Author: Ana Krstinovska

View Resource: China’s Aid in the Western Balkans: Supporting Development, Undermining Good Governance

The People’s Republic of China’s development assistance is an important instrument in its “transactional” diplomacy in the Western Balkans. It aims to reward countries that maintain friendly ties and to control and influence countries’ attitudes on issues of interest to the Chinese Communist Party.

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 a potential market for Russian goods.

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

Publication Date: January 31, 2022

Tough Trade: The Hidden Costs of Economic Coercion

Authoritarian Country: China, Russia

Affected Region: Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Europe, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Netherlands

Author: Jonathan Hackenbroich, Filip Medunic, Pawel Zerka

View Resource: Tough Trade: The Hidden Costs of Economic Coercion

To build resilience against economic coercion by China and Russia, the European Union should develop an Anti-Coercion Instrument, along with a strong agenda for improving economic strength and trade links, a Resilience Office, and a reformed Blocking Statute that can counter secondary sanctions.

Source: Journal of Democracy

Publication Date: January 14, 2022

Countering Beijing’s Media Manipulation

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Sarah Cook

View Resource: Countering Beijing’s Media Manipulation

Some tactics used by Chinese Communist Party-linked actors to manipulate foreign information environments—disseminating propaganda, spreading disinformation, censoring critical coverage, and controlling information infrastructure—ran into stumbling blocks, while others were remarkably effective.

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 networks.

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 non-accountability.

Source: Atlantic Council

Publication Date: December 16, 2021

China’s Disinformation Strategy: Its Dimensions and Future

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Asia-Pacific, China, Taiwan, North America, United States

Author: Dexter Roberts

View Resource: China’s Disinformation Strategy: Its Dimensions and Future

The Chinese Communist Party uses state media organs and social media platforms to push disinformation in an effort to influence public opinion. It has also proven adept at leveraging its ever-larger market to coerce everyone from pop stars to multinational executives to accept the party’s line.

Source: New York Times

Publication Date: December 12, 2021

How Beijing Influences the Influencers

Authoritarian Country: China

Affected Region: Global

Author: Paul Mozur et al.

View Resource: How Beijing Influences the Influencers

State-run Chinese news outlets and local governments organized and funded pro-Beijing influencers who painted cheery portraits of life as foreigners in China—and hit back at criticisms of Beijing’s authoritarian governance, its policies toward ethnic minorities, and its handling of the coronavirus.

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 rights abuses in the region.

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.