China accused of interference efforts ahead of Taiwan elections

Chinese military planes and warships have also tried to surround the self-ruled island multiple times, to put pressure from every side and influence the outcome of elections.

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China accused of interference efforts ahead of Taiwan elections

TAIPEI: The Taiwanese Foreign Minister has accused the Chinese government of interfering in Taiwan election due to take place in a few days.

Political analysts suggest that Taiwan must brace itself for one for the most devastating cyber and information warfare as China is stepping up its efforts to reunite the self ruled island.

Taiwan elections are scheduled to take place on 13 January.

Taiwan elections & disinformation

The Guardian reported that “Beijing has a long history of targeting Taiwan with cyberwarfare, disinformation, and other influence operations, ramping up efforts around election times. For the last 10 years Taiwan has been the largest recipient of foreign-created disinformation, according to monitoring groups”.

Apart from psychological and disinformation campaigns, the Chinese military has stepped up activity in the last few years.

“Since early December the defense ministry has reported more than 25 Chinese balloons have flown through the Adiz, with several going over the main island through Taiwan’s sovereign airspace”, the report said.

Chinese military planes and warships have also tried to surround the self-ruled island multiple times, to put pressure from every side and influence the outcome of elections.

“Beijing wants the ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP), which it has labelled separatists, to be voted out in favour of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), even though the KMT is also opposed to Chinese annexation”, the guardian report mentioned.

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