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Pro-Beijing Operatives Try to Mobilize Asian Americans to Protest

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Pro-Beijing Operatives Try to Mobilize Asian Americans to Protest

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An expansive pro-Beijing influence operation has sought to sow division around the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic and incite street protests in the United States, cyber intelligence researchers found. The network initially began in 2019 focusing on discrediting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests. The operation has since expanded in size and scope, spanning 30 social media platforms and 40 other websites and online forums in seven languages, according to a Sept. 8 report from U.S. security firm Mandiant Threat Intelligence. In addition to echoing claims from Chinese state media, the group also made an active effort to get Americans to attend anti-Asian protests, in what appears to show the Chinese operatives’ growing appetite to more directly influence real world activities before a global audience. In April, thousands of posts emerged calling on Asian Americans to demonstrate against “racial injustice.” Some posts—written in languages including Korean, Japanese, and English—specifically targeted fugitive …

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