My my we have so much to hide don't we Xi Jinping?
China’s fearsome censorship apparatus is increasingly expanding beyond the confines of the Great Firewall to influence media outside its borders, often by online attack, according to a new report from a US Congress-funded think tank. The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (h/t WSJ) by Freedom House analyst Sarah Cook is a …
> China's efforts can be split into four distinct areas: direct action from Chinese officials to prevent negative articles being published and punishing media owners that disobey; economic ‘carrots’ and ‘sticks’ to induce self-censorship; indirect pressure by advertisers, foreign governments and others; cyber attacks and physical assault.
They also deploy paid commentators, aka 50-centers, to large international fora such as Reddit. They're by no means alone in doing so, Israel, Russia and Iran do too, but China is probably the most aggressive. You can see 50-centers in action on pretty much any large forum whenever articles critical of China are posted.