China uses citizens overseas to further own political interests: Taiwan foreign minister

Democracies should be concerned about an authoritarian regime influencing their policies: Wu

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democracies should be concerned about China’s communist government using its citizens overseas to undermine policies in those countries, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) told the foreign media.

The authoritarian regime in Beijing was using citizens and in particular students to defend its policies and counter democratic support for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet, Canada’s iPolitics news site reported Tuesday (September 10).

Democracies such as Australia and Canada were waking up to the risks of infiltration by China’s propaganda tactics, which also included donations and lobbying, Wu noted in an interview conducted in Taipei on September 6.

He also pointed out the use of economic power by China, which over the past few years has forced a number of foreign businesses to change their references to Taiwan on their websites.

The Canadian website emphasized the close links between Taiwan and Hong Kong as targets of China’s authoritarian endeavors.