French Study Reveals Extent of China’s Reach

Meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj / Photo via Kremlin.ru

The 650-page report, entitled “Chinese influence operations – a Machiavelli moment” digs through the layers of secret and not-so-secret institutions, actions and designs used by Beijing to manipulate western opinion.

Written by Paul Cheron, an intelligence expert and Chinese specialist with credentials from Harvard and China’s most prestigeous university Qinghua, in partnership with political scientist Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, a security specialist, the report is probably the most extensive analysis of China’s propaganda machine ever published in French.

The report argues that for a long time China wanted  more to be loved than feared, she wanted to seduce, projecting a positive image of herself in the world and so arousing admiration. Recently China has increasingly shown another side.

“Its influence operations have hardened considerably in recent years and its methods increasingly resemble those employed by Moscow,” according to the report. Quoting Machiavelli’s The Prince, the authors say that China today thinks that “it is safer to be feared than to be loved”.

Continue reading at RFI.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
24 days ago

Our Main Enemy. NO ally to control the globe

Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson
24 days ago

So far the US/UK Empire has shown more intentions to rule the entire World than any other nation. The concept of “full spectrum dominance” is a US plan…not Chinese.
Through out history the Western nations have shown more willingness to engage in empire building than China which itself was subjected to a “century of humiliation” by the British Empire when Britain took a chunk of Chinese territory (Hong Kong). No doubt China’s military buildup is to ensure that no such thing ever happens again. If the US attempts to subdue China and impose its will on the Chinese people it is going to run into a catastrophe. China is rapidly overtaking the US in trade/commerce, it’s students do much better in school and it is building a first class military. We cannot afford a World War with China and Russia just to maintain an empire.

Gregory Blake
Gregory Blake
23 days ago
Reply to  Jim Richardson

Complete BS. If they could, China would dominate the world with an iron fist. That’s the way communists think. They have no problem killing millions to hold absolute power. The whole world was stupid to ever get in bed with China and depend on them for manufacturing of key products like medicine. The US has enriched countries all around the globe without taking control of them.

Jawad
Jawad
23 days ago
Reply to  Jim Richardson

Why do you write it’s students? You would not write hi’s or her’s?


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