- Author: Victor Torres
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- Translator: 小玉
On Saturday, the US embassy and consulate in China tweeted criticizing Chinese officials for intensifying online attacks, saying that they spread fallacies on the Internet and confuse people, trying to divert attention from the Chinese Communist regime’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic and human rights violations.
The tweet shared an article from ShareAmerica saying that CCP officials used social media that the Chinese people are not allowed to use to attack global critical public opinion on the Internet.
On October 28, the Brookings Institution published an article titled “How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter”. CCP increased presence on Twitter, spreading absurd conspiracy theories online.
The term “Wolf Warrior” is derived from a film promoting nationalism in the Communist Party of China. It refers to some Chinese diplomats who spread flawed conspiracy theories through social media and other public forums in order to transfer accusations on issues such as the coronavirus epidemic. According to the Brookings Institution, these individuals are also spreading a lot of comments on the Internet that whitewash the regime’s human rights record.
In a signed article published in Foreign Policy magazine on June 29, Fergus Ryan of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute wrote that “these wolf warriors took ’mockery and satires’ method to promote conspiracy theories in an effort to influence global discourse.”
CCP government officials use Twitter to attack the public opinion that criticize the Chinese Communist Party, and at the same time implement an Internet censorship system that suppresses speech and block this platform within China.
The Brookings Institution said that during the CCP virus epidemic, the wolves stepped up their activities to spread false news. As the virus spread in March, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian falsely claimed that the CCP virus originated in the United States.
According to the Brookings Institution, Beijing promotes a variety of conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus, with the aim of causing confusion in all people see or hear about it.
More than a dozen Chinese diplomats and embassies retweeted Zhao Lijian’s tweets. The Brookings Institution said that since then, the cover story published by the Chinese Communist Party’s diplomatic and state-run media about the origin of the virus has been re-posted more than 100 times.
The CCP’s propaganda also tried to conceal its human rights violations. The Chinese Communist regime’s Twitter account emphasizes the diversity of Xinjiang’s mountains, rivers and culture, but does not talk about the use of mass detentions and forced labor to suppress the majority of Uighur Muslims and other minority religions and ethnicities.
The CCP has established a “Great Firewall” within the territory of the People’s Republic of China in an effort to prevent its citizens from accessing Facebook and many other global social media. In addition, the Chinese Communist Party also controls the Internet there, demanding the deleting of content deemed not in the interest of the country.