The Taiwanese think tank believes that people of Taiwan are being served false information by China. Now, this is because of the Taiwanese elections that are coming up in the country. Also, the think tank says that ‘agents’ from inside the country are being used by Chinese officials. As a part of its false propaganda, China is using ‘agents’ and intermediaries to spread false information online. However, they are said to be using multiple layers so that they can deny the allegations as well.
It is also being said that China has deployed its cyber army because just 5 months are left for Taiwan Presidential Elections. This is to launch “information warfare” against Taiwan. Now, these reports are not new as Taiwan has already seen such efforts from China in the past. This information was shared by the Ministry of National Defense’s Institute for National Defense and Security Research in its monthly gazette.
According to Wu Yung-yen, the author of this gazette, operational modes of Russia and China are similar. While Russia has been doing this in the US and it has managed to gain a reputation, China already has its networks inside Taiwan. There are many grassroots-level organizations by China in Taiwan which help them spread the information that Beijing wants to spread.
Now, these small organizations called the “united front” have created a network in co-operation with Chinese information warfare units. From this network, Information is filtered and censored by agents and then transmitted through the interpersonal network.
Apart from that, the sharing of information is also easy because the language, as well as words between China and Taiwan, are the same. Therefore, they can be simply translated from China’s simplified script to Taiwan’s traditional characters. Wu also claims that China is buying fan pages in Taiwan and even recruiting netizens to join those groups.