A Chinese Army Works on US Social Media to Derail Trump

China foothold US mainland communist total war ChineseThe United States is finally getting serious about the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda outlets operating on U.S. soil. Even so, the United States remains a step behind, as the CCP is using social media to try to defeat President Donald Trump.

The first step in countering the Chinese media outlets is to be honest about them.

On June 22, the State Department designated the U.S. operations of China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily, and the Global Times as foreign missions. This announcement follows the Feb. 18 designation of Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development USA as foreign missions.

These designations provide clarity about China’s state-owned media operating in the United States. They’re not independent media outlets. They’re propaganda outlets seeking to influence opinion on behalf of the CCP. The State Department is showing the CCP that the United States is serious about protecting our country.

What the State Department didn’t say, but is well known to the U.S. government, is that these CCP-owned media also act as spy networks. So, too, do many mainland Chinese business companies operating this country, which are part of the CCP’s “united front.”

While the State Department’s actions are welcome, they don’t touch the new focus of CCP propaganda in the United States: social media.

The CCP’s social media army, sometimes called the “50 Cent Army” (because they are said to be paid 50 cents for each post they make), is very well trained. Hundreds of thousands of operatives follow directions and are grouped into layers. When there’s an important issue—for example, a protest in Hong Kong, or the U.S.–China trade war—they will split into two opposite groups, debate, create controversial topics, make the topics heated, and then gradually guide most of the conversation into the direction the CCP wants.

It’s a well-planned, well-thought-out strategy. The group that speaks for the opposite side has strict guidelines—what they can say in taking the opposing view, and the red lines never to cross. Some lower level groups only repost.

Their work can create big influencers within days. And they can also buy big influencers, give them money, let them keep talking as before, but speak for the CCP at critical times, on critical issues.

The CCP’s social media army interfered with an election in Taiwan. The Tainan mayor—who became the head of one of Taiwan’s two major parties—was elected under the influence of the CCP’s social media army.

Now, this same army has marched into the United States. The CCP has a strategy: It’s easier to beat Trump than to beat America as a country. This is the same strategy the CCP uses to target the leaders of organizations, or the elites of countries, going after these individuals rather than tackling the organizations or countries as whole.

We know TikTok served as a platform to create confusion around Trump’s Tulsa rally. It encouraged people to register for the event but not show up. This was not an act of individuals, but a well organized attack. And that was just a small test.

This social media army can also pretend to talk like Democrats, attack Trump, and, using a large, well-organized team, appear to dominate opinion. The CCP takes advantage of this country’s open system, and the United States doesn’t have enough understanding of its tactics.

Today, the Indian government announced that it has banned 59 apps from China, including TikTok, WeChat, Baidu map, and so on.

In the United States, every action takes a long process. On the one hand, this is how a democratic system works. But on the other hand, the slow pace is also the result of a long peaceful life that makes most Americans unaware of the enemy next to them.

Beijing has passed the national security law custom-made for Hong Kong. Pompeo announced that “as Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, the United States will today end exports of U.S.-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on U.S. defense and dual-use technologies to Hong Kong as it does for China.”

Hong Kong has acted as a white glove for Beijing to access the Western financial markets and sensitive technology, including military and space technology. One might wonder why Beijing doesn’t mind losing this glove and how Beijing can now get these highly desirable technologies. Beijing is one step ahead again: it has set up many intermediary landing places in other free-port countries that function like Hong Kong’s white glove, to ship sensitive technology to China.

The CCP may seem to be clever, but as the popular Chinese saying goes, “Heaven is eliminating the CCP.” Though the CCP continues its insidious tactics, it now faces crises from every direction. No matter how sly, stealthy, and ruthless the CCP is, the wind is now against it.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Diana Zhang

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Sharon Harrigan
2 months ago

I agree wiith the comment below, pray and vote. 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people which are called by .y name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” we need to pray fervently for our country. Oh, and buy nothing made in China.

Rexford Ames
2 months ago

Isn’t it interesting that the Major News and Congress has focused on Russia and for the last 3 Years since the Democrat Party, it has taken control of the House of Representatives that the only thing they have done is focus on ” Russia”. China was never mentioned. Odd that.

Bob L.
2 months ago

We won’t begin to win against the Red Chinese until we cut ALL ties with them and that includes ALL trade.
Our problems started with Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon, progressively getting worse since then.
Xi’s smile reminds me of the expression on a python’s face – a sneaky snake.

Bill Brown
2 months ago

Be an American. Stop being Brainwashed: 1) Stop watching the mainstream news;  2) Stop watching mainstream Entertainment;  3) Stop watching any and all Sports that either does not have the National Anthem and/or insults our Country via protests as kneeling. We are being brainwashed.

2 months ago

Not a surprise at all. Most of the democrats in Congress have businesses in China that rake in millions by the day. They aren’t going to do anything to kill their cash cows. We the people need to make sure that republicans never get in bed with China or the United States is over. Pray and VOTE. 🙏🙏🙏

dino deplorable
2 months ago

I hope that AMERICAN voters have enough common sense to see what the Chinese have done to the world with their”chinese virus”.My opinion is that this was done by china with a purpose,on purpose.China should pay and pay dearly.

2 months ago

NFL joined my “never watch list” all they wish to do is cater to the 14 percent. ONLY PLAY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM !!!!!!!!!

Caryl A Johnson
2 months ago

Very important information, KEEP POSTING IT every other day for a week and then twice a month through Nov. 3rd, thanks for your research into CCP and never stop!!! Thanks, from Illinois

Phil Hammersley
2 months ago

Don’t expect DIMMs to object to this “foreign interference” in our elections. What with Hunter Biden’s millions in bribes (uh, salary) from the ChiComs!

2 months ago

It goes without saying! The Chinese Communist Party prefers a fellow communist as our president! Therefore, they’ll always support the democrat!

2 months ago

How long is this going to go on? The CCP sends its students here, pays off our Professors etc. many of whom steal guarded research and technical information for the CCP. Let us not forget how much money Hunter Biden was paid by the CCP- I heard $1.5B for what. And Blue Collar Joe Biden didn’t know anything about this. Didn’t HB get w waiver to get into the military and which he violated and was kicked out of the service–and now he is in bed with the CCP what a joke! This reeks of Corruption and a land full… Read more »

Bill Brown
2 months ago

Decide to be free!  Take our Country BACK: RED – Remove All Democrats!!!!!

Fred J Noel
2 months ago

Biden has been bought and paid for by the Chinese, many times over! In Arizona, the Democratic candidate for US Senate is Mark Kelly. He has strong business ties to China. Him his Wife Gabby have a gun control lobbying organization. The Chinese and the left would like nothing more than to see our Second Amendment rights taken away.

Robert Burge
2 months ago

Not only are the too many gullible American people susceptible to Chinese propaganda but they buy into the propaganda heard daily in the news media in this country. The lawless left has a host of followers who respond to their message because of greed and envy. Too many Americans today seem incapable of rational thought or even of thinking for them at all. They are dependent on others or on the government to solve their problems. They have no sense of personal responsibility. The Chinese must really be laughing at us, because ironically our nation is leaning toward Marxism while… Read more »

Eugenia Ramsey
2 months ago

Good article. We the people must urge the President to have CIA monitor these social media CCP outlets.

2 months ago

China is NOT our friend. They have come to the conclusion that it is infinitely easier to conquer the U.S. by cyber war than by fighting a conventional or nuclear war. Watch out for whom you vote for this November. If he or she exhibits any socialist, communist or progressive tendencies, then vote for the other guy. This advice goes for the Presidential, senatorial or house elections. Not a far out conspiracy theory, it is a fact. Make no mistake, China wants to take over the United States.

2 months ago

Blame Nixon and Kissinger, without who we wouldn’t be in this pickle oh I forget Truman who started it by not allowing MacArthur to destroy North Korea or held back our troops from Berlin at the time being the only ones with the bomb.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Deny CCP acess to SM sites? ID sources in US from China IE college students.
name names
Use in trade talks
End this
Alas or let CCP run wild on Facebook, Twitter??
Bottom line to ruin President
Hold Beijing accountable

2 months ago

Sorry to say this but we need to shut down all social media, maybe even the internet, it is an enemy to any decent society it is run by the one world order garbage that want to take over everything

2 months ago

epoch times. it is a chinese organization. How can you trust that?

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