‘FAKE CIVIL SOCIETY’: A US report says that China is seeking to build ‘alliances’ with groups in Taiwan that undermine President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration
Date: Nov 16, 2018
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff writer, with CNA
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Wednesday published
its annual report, in which it quoted Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation research fellow Peter Mattis as saying that Beijing’s aim is to create “a ‘fake civil society’ that can be used against Taiwan’s democratic system.”
Mattis’ remarks were made in an article written in August last year in which he cited interlocutors, the commission, which was established by the US Congress in 2000, said in its report.
Beijing’s political warfare against Taiwan has included not only “military modernization and intimidation,” but also support for opposition parties and the spread of disinformation, it said.
These tactics seek to build “alliances” between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and groups in Taiwan, it said. [FULL STORY]