NGRN discussed cooperation with Taiwan Fact Check organization

NGRN’s expert Yurii Poita took part in a meeting with Summer Chen – editor-in-chief of the Taiwan FactCheck Center. Parties discussed possible cooperation with Ukrainian organizations engaged in the study of disinformation. Possible topic for research could be manipulation and disinformation about Ukraine and the Russian-Ukrainian war in Chinese-language social networks.

Among the interesting experiences shared by Taiwanese colleagues was the publication by China of a fake photo with a soldier of the PLA Navy, which was allegedly taken near the coast of Taiwan. Xinhua used it in their newsletter, thanks to the fact that Chinese news agencies offer free subscriptions to their news, and the fake photo was quickly picked up by the AP, and then by many other Western media outlets.

In general, the methods are very similar to the Russian ones – to cause conflict in Taiwanese society on completely different topics – from LGBT to the disappearance of chicken eggs in Taiwanese stores, allegedly due to the fact that the government sold all the eggs to the Japanese too cheaply).

Other topics of the information influence are the promotion of a successful and great China, with which it is worth uniting; the “provocative policy” of the United States, which “pushes Taiwan into conflict” etc.

Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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