Taipei Times on May 16 cited a source saying that the Taiwan government is boosting measures to cope with China’s cognitive warfare, which means the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brainwashing propaganda campaigns.
According to the Taiwan news outlet, China has trained local Internet celebrities to help it spread propaganda as part of its “united front” efforts against Taiwan.
Beijing also uses China apps such as Tik Tok, Xiaohongshu, and other social media to influence young Taiwanese.
The CCP typically uses the media to paint positive images of itself and make the Taiwanese understand that they are a part of China.
It also organizes events or forums and invites Taiwanese youth to join. For example, the “Cross-strait youth development forum.”
Taipei Times’s report reinforces a report of VOA in 2021 that cited a Taipei think tank, and observers say China is trying to influence the Taiwanese with “cognitive warfare.” This war aims to reverse opposition to Beijing’s desired takeover of Taiwan so it can be accomplished without having to go to war.
To counter China’s political tricks, Taipei Times’s source said that the Mainland Affairs Council warned people cooperating with China that they could face punishment.
The National Communications Commission also seeks to handle China’s cognitive warfare through a draft act on digital communications. At the same time, the Mainland Affairs Council is working with the Ministry of Education to awaken students about the risks of using TikTok, Xiaohongshu, and other Chinese apps.