Chinese activities over the past week serve as a basis for intense data collection and analysis. Thank you PLA.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense on Aug. 8 said China had spread disinformation over the past week
What did the Taiwanese PLA command find out about?
Comments by Deputy Director of the Taiwan Political and Military Administration, Major General Chen Yulin:
➖ Since the beginning of the PLA live-fire exercise on August 4, false news has appeared in the media about an alleged missile attack on Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and a Chinese warship approaching the coast of Taiwan;
➖ Due to the rapid development of online communities and digital media, warfare strategies have changed dramatically compared to the past, especially in the field of cognitive warfare;
➖ Damage to Taiwan’s network and deepening divisions could have a key impact on the outcome of the battle;
➖ China made 272 attempts to spread disinformation in Taiwan from August 1 to 8;
➖ The Taiwanese military responded to the misinformation by taking steps: verification, tracking, clarification, and countermeasures.
The Taiwan MoD identified three main categories and compared the amount of misinformation before and after the start of the live fire exercise.
The first category – “creating an atmosphere of unification by force” –
before/during the exercise – 13/78 cases of misinformation.
The second category – “attack on the authority of the government” – before the start / during the exercise – 12/39 cases of misinformation.
The third category – “undermining the morale of the military and citizens” – before the start / during the exercise – 6/124 cases of disinformation.
Thus, the main emphasis was placed on undermining the moral and psychological state of military personnel and the civilian population.