China’s covert operations overseas

This rather negative opinion piece on the overseas activity of China’s United Front Work Department has already attracted comments from 212 readers. This is a heated debate with diverse opinions!

“Chinese operations are much more subtle, less targeted and more about long-term influence-building than Russian operations,” says Christopher Johnson, the former head of the China desk at the Central Intelligence Agency and now a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“But as we start to realise that China intends to socialise us rather than become more like us, the debate in the west has taken on a harder edge and people are asking whether 40 years of engagement might have been a sham.”

Jamil Anderlini and Jamie Smyth, “West grows wary of China’s influence game“, The Big Read, Financial Times, 19 December 2017 (gated paywall).

 

 

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