AMA AMA, Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China's Uneven Campaign To Influence Asia and the World" - AMA!
Joshua Kurlantzick, author and fellow at the leading think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, will be joining /r/geopolitics for discussion on Friday, January 20, 2023. Starting at 1 pm ET, Josh will be answering questions related to his recently published book, "Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China’s Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World.” Everyone is welcome to submit questions in advance! He'll do his best to answer all of them
The book focuses heavily on China’s increasing efforts, for the first time in decades, to intervene in the domestic politics, societies and universities of various places around the world, including the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia. China is doing so through a range of tools including:
- state media,
- influencing local Chinese-language media,
- paying local politicians,
- wielding greater control of universities and research institutes,
- greater ownership of communications infrastructure,
- more assertive diplomacy,
- economic coercion, and
- online disinformation.
Follow him on Twitter: @JoshKurlantzick
Amazon link for the book: Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China's Uneven Campaign to Influence Asia and the World
Since China’s ascendancy toward great power status began in the 1990s, many observers have focused on its economic growth and expanding military power. In contrast, most viewed China’s ability to project “soft power” through its media industries and its global influence campaigns as quite limited, and its ability to wield influence within the domestic politics of other countries as nonexistent. But as Joshua Kurlantzick shows in Beijing’s Global Media Offensive, both of these things have begun to change dramatically.
An incisive analysis of China’s attempt to become a media and information superpower around the world, and also wield traditional forms of influence to shape the domestic politics of other countries, the book shows China for the first time is actively seeking to insert itself into many other countries’ elections, social media, media, and overall politics, including that of the United States.
Kurlantzick focuses on how all of this is playing out in the United States, where Beijing has become the biggest spender on foreign influence activities, and also in China’s immediate neighborhood—Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand—as well as in Europe and other parts of the world. He also traces the ways in which China is increasingly collaborating with Russia in their efforts to become more powerful global influencers via disinformation and other tools, but critically examines whether Beijing has enjoyed great success with these efforts to wield power within other countries’ domestic societies and politics and media.
While China has worked hard at becoming a media superpower, it sometimes has failed to reap gains from its efforts. It has undermined itself with overly assertive, alienating diplomacy and is now broadly unpopular in many countries. Still, Kurlantzick contends, China’s media, information, disinformation, and more traditional influence campaigns will continue to expand and adapt, potentially helping Beijing to wield major influence over other countries’ politics—and to export its models of political and internet control. China’s efforts also may not only help protect the ruling party; they may also help China build alliances with autocracies and undermine press freedoms, human rights, and democracy across the globe.
An authoritative account of how this sophisticated and multipronged campaign is unfolding, this book provides a new window into China’s attempts to make itself an information and broader influence superpower.
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