China Using “Gray Zone” Tactics to Deepen Polarization Within US

The National Interest
Article Source: The National Interest

Article Source: The National Interest

Xi Jinping raises his glass
China's President Xi Jinping raises his glass during the welcome banquet for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26, 2019. - NICOLAS ASFOURI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
  • Before COVID-19, Chinese propaganda directed at Americans attempted to cultivate a positive image of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Now it uses social media to deepen domestic polarization.
  • The U.S. Director of National Intelligence notes “growing [PRC] efforts to actively exploit perceived U.S. societal divisions,” by which “the PRC aims to sow doubts about U.S. leadership [and] undermine democracy.”
  • According to Clint Watts, general manager of Microsoft’s Threat Analysis Center, “[PRC government] efforts have shifted to exploiting existing partisan divides in the U.S.,” including “the Chinese actually going into U.S. audience spaces, masquerading as Americans, and posting inflammatory content around current events or social issues or political issues.” Read More

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