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Kristin Shi-Kupfer (Trier): Beyond Disinformation: Competing Chinese Voices in the Global Media Sphere

Candler Hall 214

U.S.-American social media are a platform for both propaganda and disinformation of the Chinese

Communist Party (CCP) as well as often-competing information and narratives by non-official

diaspora Chinese institutions, and individuals. Without denying the asymmetrical power

relationship between CCP and many members of the Chinese diaspora, the latter should not be

viewed solely as passive targets. Those Chinese voices are active and important contributors to

a pluralistic public discourse on China towards Chinese as well as Western audiences. Taking

the Taiwan visit of the previous Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy

Pelosi, in Taiwan and the outbreak of the Russian war against Ukraine as examples, the talk

maps out the ideational landscape among the Chinese bloggers as well as organizational,

including transnational features of this group of people.




Dr. Kristin Shi-Kupfer is the Director of the China Institute of Trier University (CUT), full professor

for Contemporary China Studies with a focus on China's digital society and media as well as

media policy, human rights and Christianity. She is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Mercator

Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and worked as a journalist in Beijing from 2001-2002 and



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