US is ‘largest spreader of disinformation’
BEIJING. – The United States is “the largest spreader of disinformation”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, adding that the disinformation it has fabricated is being seen through and rejected by more and more people.
Wang made the remark on Monday at a daily news conference when a reporter sought his comments on a report issued by the Stanford Internet Observatory in August.
The observatory said it has found in a joint investigation “an interconnected web of accounts “on social media platforms that “used deceptive tactics to promote pro-Western narratives”.
“These campaigns consistently advanced narratives promoting the interests of the United States and its allies while opposing countries including Russia, China, and Iran,” the observatory said.
Wang cited the report, and said, “Many US media have disclosed that these fake accounts are suspected to have been managed by the US military with a purpose to conduct secret information warfare.”
The US has fabricated and spread disinformation since the Cold War, when the Central Intelligence Agency launched Operation Mockingbird to manipulate public opinion, according to Wang.
In recent years, the country has been slandering China by claiming that “genocide” and “forced labour “exist in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, he said.
The US has been “spreading disinformation to glorify aggression and interference as promoting democracy, plundering as upholding justice and devastation and killing as protecting human rights”, the spokesman said.
On the other hand, the US, which has set up a large number of fake accounts and created anti-China narratives, has been smearing China by pushing social media platforms to ban Chinese netizens’ accounts, labelling Chinese media and accusing China of “inciting anti-US sentiment”, Wang said.
“People of the world are clear-eyed and will not be fooled,” he said. “Be it ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in Iraq, the ‘White Helmets’ in Syria or ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang, they have all become hallmarks for the US’ failing credibility,” he said.
The report released yesterday revealed that the US secretly controls telecommunications operators in no less than 80 countries and conducts indiscriminate communications surveillance worldwide.
China has asked the US side through different channels to explain the hostile cyberattack and urged the US to stop illegal actions immediately, but the U.S. has ignored the hard evidence released by the Chinese side and remained silent so far, Wang said.
China calls on countries to unite to resist hegemonic acts that infringe on cyber sovereignty and undermine international rules, and work together to create a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace, he added.
Meanwhile, Wang said the US was not even qualified to talk about rules and order, as it does not abide by the commitments it has made.
He was commenting on the previous statements that US vice president Kamala Harris had made over US’ intentions to further develop relations with the Taiwan island.
Speaking during a speech in Japan yesterday, Harris said that Washington would continue to deepen its “unofficial ties” with the Taiwanese authorities, Reuters reported.
Wang said that he noticed that Harris also accused China of “undermining key elements of the international rules-based order” in a recent speech. – ChinaDaily.com