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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

Taiwan Seeks To Clip China's Meddling In Polls

Taiwan's government says China will try to interfere in key elections in January by illicitly funding Beijing-friendly candidates using communications apps or group tours, three internal security reports reviewed by Yimou Lee of Reuters showed.

Photo Insert: President Tsai Ing-wen's government has repeatedly warned of China's attempts to influence public opinion on the democratically governed island, which Beijing claims as its own territory despite Taipei's strong objections.



President Tsai Ing-wen's government has repeatedly warned of China's attempts to influence public opinion on the democratically governed island, which Beijing claims as its own territory despite Taipei's strong objections.


Senior officials, including the head of the National Security Council, Wellington Koo, have warned that China could try to sway the presidential and legislative elections with influence campaigns, along with misinformation but details of how Taiwan thinks China may use illicit funding have not previously been reported.



"They hope to influence swing voters who don't have particular political affiliation and would vote for whoever gives them benefits."


High on the government's watch list for likely recipients in Taiwan are small political parties that support Beijing's sovereignty claims over the island, local councilors, and temples that engage in exchange activities with China, a classified report showed.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Taiwan formed a cross-ministry security task force dubbed "Ping Shun," or safe and sound, this year to look into possible voting interference at home or abroad. It is illegal under Taiwanese law for an election campaign to receive money from "external hostile forces," including China.





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