China’s Online Warriors Want More Gates in the Firewall

Foreign Policy | Jun 29, 2020 at 5:47 PM
  • For the head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s information department, winning an information war against the West isn’t going to happen by itself.
  • In May, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a prominent think tank, offered a number of strategies for Beijing’s external communications, including the capability to monitor Western media around the clock and draw on the expertise of state media, private media, diplomats, enterprises, and think tankers in a quick-response media team.
  • There is, according to scholars at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “substantial evidence the PLA is considering the opening of social media accounts on Western platforms, most likely Twitter”.