China spreads disinformation to divide Taiwan: US official

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 10 September, 2019
By: Paula Chao

US Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby (CNA photo)

A high-ranking US official has warned that China is spreading fake news in the run-up to the presidential elections in January.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby made the statement Tuesday in Taipei at an international workshop under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF).

Busby accused China of trying to sabotage voting, divide the public and weaken Taiwan’s democracy by spreading fake news. He said they are doing this on various channels, including social media platforms.

"One of the best defenses, of course, against disinformation is a free and transparent media environment, which is why the US actively engages with our allies and partners to strengthen independent media," said Busby.     [FULL  STORY]

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