Category: sharp power

‘A World Safe for the Party’? CGTN ban a major blow to China’s sharp power

     

Britain’s media regulator on Thursday revoked a Chinese TV licence after it concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel while Beijing lodged an official… Read more »

‘China’s COVID Secrets’: How to curb Beijing’s authoritarian agenda

     

President Joe Biden’s nominee for United Nations ambassador will pledge to restore American leadership, warning that its absence in recent years has allowed China to fill the void, Bloomberg reports…. Read more »

Commanding Ideas: How think tanks project authoritarian influence

     

Think tanks first emerged out of a democratic political system that favors freedom of conscience and thought, according to a new analysis. They were designed to generate new ideas, provide… Read more »

Time to confront China’s global influence: Post-COVID prospects for Beijing’s sharp power

     

The news on Friday morning that Australia is currently being hit by a major cyber attack targeting all levels of government, political parties and businesses has focussed attention on national… Read more »

Has Xi Jinping won coronavirus ‘battle of narratives’?

     

Chinese officials claim that their “success” in containing the coronavirus outbreak and Western countries’ ongoing “failure” to do so attests to the superiority of the so-called China model of one-party… Read more »

COVID-19: A ‘breakthrough moment’ for China’s sharp power in global battle of narratives?

     

    Tomorrow’s front page of The Financial Times (above) confirms that the UK is the latest democracy to adopt unprecedented measures in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic…. Read more »

Russia and China: Axis of revisionists?

     

China and Russia are revisionist powers in as much as they share a commitment to creating a “post-West” global order which takes their interests into account and is conducive to… Read more »

The ‘Great Online Convergence’: Digital authoritarianism comes to democracies?

     

  Russian civil society continues to dismantle pro-Kremlin disinformation, using both laughter and journalistic investigations. February has been a good month for those Russians who want to push back against pro-Kremlin… Read more »

New strategy aims to protect democracy from foreign influence ops

     

To counter foreign influence campaigns’ efforts to undermine democratic institutions, a new report calls for strengthening government partnerships with social media and technology companies, and doing better at identifying and… Read more »