About the Project
Over the past five years, China’s state-backed global information strategy has been radically overhauled and expanded. This expanded information offensive coincides with Xi Jinping becoming the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao and reflects his desire to expand China’s political influence. The Chinese government is ramping up cultural and educational soft power efforts, boosting aid programming, upgrading efforts to influence politicians and political parties in other countries, and taking a more assertive approach to shaping global narratives about China and about China’s developmental model.
This project examines China’s strategy to expand its influence over information in many nations, including in Southeast Asia but also in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. It also examines other aspects of Beijing’s efforts to wield greater influence within other states’ political systems and societies. It examines what drives China’s global strategy, explores the tools Beijing is using, and assesses the possible effects of China’s information and influence efforts on democracy, and on the strategic interests of the United States and its partners.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the Sarah Scaife Foundation.
Reports that China has stepped up efforts to gain influence in foreign political systems have sparked concern in Australia, New Zealand, and other states amid signs that the campaign may be shaping debate on regional issues in Asia.