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.