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Opinion

Manipulation, Chinese style

An educated public is the best defense to Beijing's growing influence operations in Asia

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China detained Singapore's armored personnel troop carriers in 2016 on their way back from a military exercise in Taiwan.   © Reuters

International attention is focusing on China's influence operations, which use overt or covert means to persuade or suborn foreign decision-makers and opinion shapers to serve Beijing's interests.

All countries conduct such operations, but the unique aspect of Beijing's efforts stems from the intrinsic nature of the Chinese state and its triple identities as a normal sovereign state, a Leninist state and a civilizational state.

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