China needles Australia on social media

China has lashed Australia on Twitter

A lower level Chinese Communist Party spokesman is helping to distort a discussion about Australian news on global social media. What has the CCP learned about antagonizing democracies from their post-revolutionary friends linked to the Kremlin?  

GOP: ‘China, China, China!’

The Republican 2020 ‘attack China’ strategy

Contained below, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s 2020 strategy document urging candidates to make China a campaign issue.

This previous post surveys some of the propaganda network aimed at Americans around the issue of China in the 2020 election.

Here is a commissioned strategy document.

Sample question:

Q: Isn’t this Trump’s fault?
Note – don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China. (Emphasis mine).

Clearly, this is playing with fire, especially as the death toll mounts in the US from coronavirus.

China moves from information to disinformation

The Chinese government is getting the hang of using disruptive disinformation, alongside it’s more thematic traditional propaganda to support its goal of dominating the world’s understanding of the coronavirus outbreak.

But the big question: is the CCP acting from a position of strength or a position of weakness? My sense is, strength. But that’s also because they look to be in better control of the coronavirus outbreak just now.

A couple stories and comment pieces here: