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America is an empire of lies, China says, after information manipulation report


China says US is an ‘empire of lies’ as it hits back at report into information manipulation

US State Department report said Beijing was spending billions of dollars each year to manipulate the global mediaForeign ministry in Beijing hits back, saying the American agencies that complied the report are a ‘source of false information’US-China relationsReutersPublished: 9:39pm, 30 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The United States is the true “empire of lies”, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Saturday, lashing out at a report that accused Beijing of ploughing billions of dollars annually into information manipulation efforts.

China is manipulating global media through censorship, data harvesting and covert purchases of foreign news outlets, the US State Department said in the report on Thursday.

Despite the unprecedented resources devoted to the campaign, Beijing had hit “major setbacks” when targeting democratic countries, due to local media and civil society resistance, according to the report, which was produced under a congressional mandate to detail state information manipulation.

The report has disregarded facts, and is itself false information, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

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