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  • Writer's pictureXiaodong Fang

China's disinformation campaign continues to discredit U.S. political system and democratic process

During the 2022 midterm election campaigns, China used its disinformation campaign aiming at further dividing the country and casting doubt on the U.S. political system.

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A Google-owned research project, Mandiant, issued a report showing that in the weeks before the 2022 midterm elections, China promoted narratives that appeared intended to discredit and undermine the U.S. political system.


Specifically, the massive disinformation campaign of the authoritarian regime promoted social media accounts asserting that political infighting, partisanship, polarization, and division had become fundamental aspects of American democracy. The campaign has earlier promoted content surrounding U.S. domestic political issues, such as economic and social disparities.


Both Democratic and Republican candidates were targets of China's aggressive and well-resourced disinformation campaign. In the recent election cycles, the authoritarian regime has never abandoned its attempt to inflict incidents of politically motivated violence, including confrontations between individuals supporting opposing parties, and in turn, attack the integrity of American democracy. In 2022, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA's), NSA, and FBI released an advisory to provide the top Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) used since 2020 by People’s Republic of China (PRC). The advisory also found a growing trend of Chinese malicious cyber activities.


The esistance of Chinese Communist regime is always a threat to the free world, including on the Internet. To defending democracy against China's authoritarian aggression, everyone is encouraged to urgently report any election-related threat from the China. Please refer to CISA homepage at https://www.us-cert.cisa.gov/ to find more information about China's disinformation campaign.


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