China accelerates global campaign to sway foreign media —


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China is intensifying its campaign to influence and manipulate news and information worldwide, using a variety of tools to project a positive image of itself abroad, a US-based watchdog group said in a report published on Thursday. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia were vulnerable to Beijing’s influence campaigns from early 2019 to late last year, while the Philippines was more resilient, according to the new report from Freedom House, a non-profit headquartered in Washington. “The Chinese government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, is accelerating a massive campaign to influence media and news consumers around the world. While...