⬆️ 「... a front group for a Chinese propaganda network that’s borrowing tactics from Russia’s infamous 2016 troll farm.
Social media giant Meta announced on Wednesday that it had booted 107 accounts in a China-linked network behind the phony news outlet dubbed the New Europe Observation. The outlet, which Meta researchers say was linked to a Chinese technology company, appeared aimed at trying to stir up unrest in European countries.」
By #RollingStone — "Pro-China Internet Trolls Just Got Busted for Doing Something Wild"
They even set up a business in Londograd like real pros do... Good men!
In 2020 the CCP imposed their "national security law" in #Hongkong, with the sole purpose of protecting the never-elected #dictatorship from people demanding their UN-enshrined civil rights. Incidentally that "law" entitles the CCP to arrest, and imprison *for life*, anyone they deem hostile to their dictatorship — *anywhere in the world*.
Maybe these totally accidental hatemongers running businesses in Europe could be at least invited to explain their rationale behind these hate and anti-democracy campaigns there. The CCP or its UFWD naturally have *nothing* to do with these harmless pranks because they *never* interefere in other countries' internal affairs... (NB: definition of "countries" may vary)
#CCP #china #UnitedFront #UFWD #disinformation #misinformation #propaganda #agitators #EuropeanUnion #EU @yennikwok
You clearly have significant understanding of the danger the CCP's global project presents to liberal democracies worldwide, even if understanding that may be outside the scope of your organization's focus.
Yes, it is (or was) possible to operate in the fringes of CCP/PRC business and not be a committed sociopath, but anyone productively engaged with China that is harnessed by the CCP is in clear and present danger of being an outright "useful idiot".
For those not cued in: The CCP considers *democracy* an existential threat to its communist-turned-Han-chauvinist empire to be crushed.
Engaging the CCP, i.e providing it with everything it was after, was always a wishful endeavour and a cover for foreign "capitalists' greed" (see: marxism and rope, hanging). The essential industrial supply chains should never have been shipped lock, stock and barrel to a hostile (see: biding time, hiding strength) dictatorship in the first place.
Shockingly, until the Biden administration America's policy towards the "PRC" was based on appeasement, hubris, actual racism under trump and underlying it all, since 1970s, was greed and profiteering.
Getting it all with no concequences emboldened the CCP *and* putin too. All other authoritarians around the world are now aligning behind the notion that by joining hands (hello Axis!) they can not only survive but thrive (their subject peoples are inconsequential to it all).
Shouldn't essential business and supply chains of democracies be located in countries *not* hell-bent on crushing the freedoms and civil rights people fought for generations to enjoy?
#CCP #china #unitedfront #ufwd #AxisOfAuthoritarians #democracy #tradepolicy
Very interesting overview of South-East Asian states' relationships with the Chinese CCP dictatorship.
Also interesting to note how some praise CCP's "policy of non-interference" as if the United Front wasn't everywhere in the SEA.
#CCP #PRC #china #UFWD #authoritarianism #Singapore #Philippines #Malaysia #Cambodia #Thailand #Indonesia #Vietnam
Recommended read on Chinese Communist Partys global influence operations. The CCP does *not* want you know learn about this.
Remember the line about "China's peaceful rise" that foreign leaders swallowed along with hook and sinker? Read on...
“Most national security analysts in the United States will tell you that China presents a unique challenge to the U.S.-based order. What U.S. officials refer to as the “scope and scale” of the threat from Beijing outstrips that posed by other Western adversaries, even Russia, these officials say.
Yet the structure of China's intelligence apparatus remains relatively opaque. During the Cold War, the U.S. and its allies developed a granular understanding of the KGB, the Soviet Union’s main civilian intelligence agency, and the GRU, its military counterpart. It’s not that the CIA or the wider U.S. intelligence community had perfect insight into its main rival — far from it. But U.S. officials did have a clear sense of how the KGB functioned.
Not so with China, which remained cut off from the outside world for decades, and whose security services evolved in an isolated ideological hothouse. As China shed its isolationism and emerged as a world power, its intelligence operatives also fanned out across the globe.
But Western intelligence analysts were still looking through a glass, darkly, when it came to Beijing’s espionage abroad. That’s a gap that Alex Joske’s important new book, Spies and Lies: How China's Greatest Covert Operations Fooled the World, tries to fill. Joske, a former analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, traces the evolution of the Ministry of State Security (MSS), China’s premier civilian intelligence agency, focusing on the MSS’s ubiquitous — and largely unknown— role in directing and executing Beijing’s influence operations abroad.”
Project Brazen: Alex Joske on China's Influence Operations Abroad
#CCP #PRC #china #UFWD #UnitedFront #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment #MSS #MinistryOfStateSecurity #NatSec #infosec #ASPI #intelligence #espionage #CIA #GRU #propaganda #chinese #dictatorship #authoritarianism #SovietUnion #comintern #Taiwan #Australia
China Has Been Waging a Decades-Long, All-Out Spy War
While the West was distracted, the Chinese government began an intelligence assault that never stopped.
By Calder Walton, a historian at the Harvard Kennedy School.
“Relax, it’s much worse than you think. We are now witnessing some of the effects of a decision made years ago by China to use every means and medium of intelligence-gathering at its disposal against the West.”
#infosec #ccp #china #prc #ufwd #unitedfront #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment #espionage #dictatorship #authoritarianism #militarism #ColdWar #NeverEndedInPeking
☝️ Go and read, that is, unless you deliberately want to remain "blissfully unaware".
「In November 2020 The New York Times reported that a number of companies, including Nike, Coca-Cola, Apple, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Campbell Soup Company, Costco, H&M, Patagonia, Tommy Hilfiger and others, lobbied Congress to water down the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which was aimed at barring US companies from relying on the forced labour of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region. The companies argued that the ban was too broad and would disrupt the global supply chain.
In September 2019, US billionaire Michael Bloomberg told Firing Line‘s Margaret Hoover that Xi Jinping “is not a dictator” and that he has to “satisfy his constituents”. He also argued that Chinese Communist officials “listen to the public”. Bloomberg’s media company has been criticized in the past for self-censoring in order not to upset the Chinese government.」
「The Origins of the United Front
The CCP was founded in July 1921 in Shanghai. The main objectives of the party were the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat and an alliance with... 」
The Chinese Government’s “United Front” and the Threat to Liberal Democracies
#CCP #PRC #china #propaganda #UFWD #unitedfront #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment #EliteCapture #corporatism #globalism #appeasement #sycophancy #musk #elonmusk #tesla #bloomberg #apple #nike #cocacola #costco #adidas #calvinklein #campbell #H&M #patagonia #tommyhilfiger
And both articles include a section titled "Conclusion" for the tl;dr-leaning.
From 2019 but sadly timeless stuff...
#CCP #PRC #PLA #UFWD #china #HongKong #Taiwan #propaganda #disinformation #infosec #informationwarfare #authoritarianism #dictatorship
CCP: “ 'Beijing' would never require companies to illegally gather data and intelligence from overseas“
Well d'oh. The CCP *is* the 'law' in the PRC dictatorship.
The United Front Work Department's global operations are entirely legal by virtue of them being "by the CCP, for the CCP".
To CCP everything is "legal" and nothing external and foreign from UN Charter and other intl. treaties down is ever actually binding beyond appearances and temporary convenience.
#ccp #prc #china #dictatorship #authoritarianism #rulebylaw #UFWD #UnitedFront #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment
Pro tip: when #CCP #tankies are cheering for you you're really onto *something*.
I sometimes wish the loudest americans could try to learn what other democracies around the world think about issues.
☝️ “(Canada MP) Han Dong has been accused of lobbying a Chinese diplomat to keep two Canadians imprisoned in Beijing.“ 👀
“On Wednesday, Mr Dong said that he will leave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's governing Liberal Party to sit as an independent.“
Right. As an independent in Canadian parliament so not *really* stepping down.
@malwaretech But it's not just the 'muricans, is it?
How do you explain all the other countries worrying about #CCP's (United Front Work Department or #UFWD; I suggest you look it up for real) foreign operations?
NEW: The Australian Parliament just published the most comprehensive exploration yet of the CCP’s ties to TikTok.
The 113-page doc details the CCP’s controls and its surveillance and propaganda aims, which contradict #TikTok’s public statements.
There's a curious compulsion among some and particularly *american* 'techbros' to write everything off as "bipartisan capitalist overreach". But what if it's not *always* them?
@radeksikorski : “Do you really want us to wonder every time we consider buying a Chinese product whether it will finance Putin's war?“
Maybe we should also ask #Tibetans, #Uighurs, #Hongkongers and the over a billion voiceless #Chinese subjects of the never-elected #CCP #dictatorship about the issue of funding and trading with the #PRC regime?
And how about all the autocrats and despots across the world funded and supported by the CCP in its #UnitedFront campaign to fight and crush it's greatest existential threat #democracy globally?
@radeksikorski : “it would again divide the world into warring blocs“ 👀
Maybe it's time to stop aiding and abetting *all* dictatorships and concentrate on supporting the actual values the #UnitedNations was founded to protect and nurture?
#authoritarianism #genocide #putin #russia #xijinping #china #ufwd #pla #Tibet #EastTurkestan #Hongkong #Taiwan #SouthChinaSea #India #EuropeanUnion #WarOnDemocracy
A "human rights org" demanding rights and freedoms for... tech businesses of the chinese #CCP party-state #dictatorship. 👀
A "human rights org" promoting countless issues around the world, *except nothing* touching #humanrights crimes by #chinese dictatorship, or indeed its autocratic vassals... 👀
The only cuddly references to CCP regime in this feed were about "mutually beneficial #BRI win-wins, of course pandas, and then this:
"#China🇨🇳 proposes a #peace plan for the conflict in Europe, showing willingness to resolve conflict & #diplomacy's determination to stop war & prevent suffering. Through collaborative efforts and mutual respect, conflicts can be resolved, and a better world can be built."
Not to be confused with *Human Rights Foundation* (HRF)...
Anyhow, somehow I feel the "IHRF" have their funding strategy securely perfected.
#ihrf #tankienetwork? #UFWD? #unitedfront? #prc #serendipity #justahappycoincidence
"ASML Says Ex-China Employee Stole Chip Data"
News at 11 as usual...
(rinse and repeat)
#PRC #china #CCP #UFWD #UnitedFrontWorkDepartment #usefulidiots #SellRopeToCapitalists
Anyone into being amused by a quick 1-minute #selfparody clip by one of #CCP's most obnoxious #sycophant flunkies #MarioCavolo?
I thought so.
“The PRC's propaganda system involves repeating the official view of those in power.
When this view abruptly changes, the propaganda must also change swiftly, which can be quite jarring for the audience.
This desperate 180, captured by @serpentza , is a classic example.”
@sarahemclaugh OTOH the authorities are also waking up to the fact of that happening in free countries. If they "lose control" of their overseas student population, the #CCP / #UFWD have a decision to make. Interesting times, as they say.
Post- #1989 #Germany could so easily have been a major driver for good; instead they went full "Handel Über Alles OHNE Wandel". Not just the govt but practically all the Germans I've met (overseas) and tried introducing human rights into discussion. Conscientious Germans have some task ahead.
Perma-chancellor #Schrölzkel or #Schrömerlz's "new #Zeitenwendey thingy" insists on the continued Support Through Business for the Chinese dictatorship despite its entire history and well-documented global objectives to remove democracy as an existential threat to its rule and expansion. No biggie, if you ask the political and industrialist elite of Germany.
Slava Ukraini! But are Tibetans and Uighurs etc. just too far from Europe to be worth supporting? #Iran's mullahs and other strongmen mushrooming everywhere also rely on #china and #russia for support.