China running fake social media campaign targeting US, Canada businesses

09 Jul 2022 09:20 IS

beijing [China]Jul 09 (ANI): With its strategy to distract the world’s attention from its exploitation of rare earth materials from Myanmar, Beijing is brazenly waging a disinformation campaign against the United States and Canada and targeting their companies alleging that ‘they are environmentally irresponsible, say analysts.
Apparently, before 2008, the United States was a major player in the production and supply of rare earth materials. After US President Joe Biden became President of the United States, the United States breathed new life into its plan to re-emerge as a significant producer of rare earth materials.
These rare earths are also very important for the semiconductor industry. Biden also outlined a $2 trillion plan to modernize America’s infrastructure and the semiconductor industry.
Lynas Rare Earths Ltd, Australia’s largest rare earth element mining and processing company, has been awarded a contract by the US Department of Defense to establish national processing capabilities for light rare earth elements
China saw this as an attempt by the United States to eclipse Beijing’s dominance in the rare earth materials market. In retaliation, China launched its blatant disinformation campaign under the name “Dragonbridge” group in America and Canada.

The campaign was against Lynas Rare Earths Ltd via fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, reported Global Strat View, a US-based virtual think tank.
Many experts have suggested that this group is involved in launching propaganda against US President Biden’s Defense Production Act, USA Rare Earth, anti-government protests in Hong Kong, the Covid-19 pandemic and US politics.
As always, China has denied involvement in any disinformation campaign. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “The report you mentioned reflects deep-rooted ideological biases and double standards. What I mean is that China is the victim of disinformation campaigns. It is quite clear to the international community exactly who is propagating and spreading misinformation. From ‘genocide’ to ‘Wuhan virus’, ‘hacker attacks’ to ‘overseas military bases’, there have been too many false accusations against China. »
However, the United States continued to fight the Chinese disinformation campaign. The Department of Defense announced an investigation into a Chinese disinformation campaign against rare earth mining and processing companies, including one targeting Rare Earths, which has a $30 million contract with the Pentagon to build a factory in Texas.
The United States is not an isolated Chinese target for its propaganda. China is also targeting Canada. Cleo Paskal, nonresident senior fellow for the Indo-Pacific at the Washington DC-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, said there was a deep-seated presence of pro-China lobbies in Canada.
In 2019, when Canada rescinded the request for PLA soldiers to observe Canadian winter warfare training, pro-China civil society and bureaucratic groups raised their ruckus over the decision. of the government.
All this shows that the United States and Canada must act against China because it could pose a threat to their national interests. They cannot let their guard down and must push to block Chinese attempts on social media platforms against their governments. (ANI)

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