new post: ‘borrowed boats’ and the outsourcing of Chinese soft power

Those curious about China Radio International’s subcontracted soft-power strategy might want to read my latest piece for the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute blog. The nodes implementing this strategy have been variously described as ‘borrowed boats’, ‘makeup’, ‘fake foreign media’ and a source of ‘foreign shills’. They are located all around the world, but the focus in my post is of course on the one serving the Nordics (specifically through an Icelandic-language version that triggered an article by Hjálmar Friðriksson last month on Stundin).

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