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ChinaTalks: China’s propaganda campaign in Sweden, 2018-2019
October 7, 2019 - 12:00-13:30
Public talk by Björn Jerdén, Research Fellow and Head of the Asia Program at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, organised jointly by Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, and ThinkChina, UCPH.
Since early 2018, China’s government and its embassy in Stockholm have been conducting an intense campaign of public criticism of Swedish media outlets, journalists, scholars, human rights activists, political parties and authorities. This criticism has sometimes contained implicit threats and personal accusations, and has occasionally been followed up by travel warnings to Chinese citizens. · The campaign may be part of a government-directed strategy to pressure Swedish authorities and public opinion to be more accommodating towards Beijing’s concerns, and in particular to reduce their public criticism of the handling of the case of Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen being held in China since 2015. The goal could also be to demonstrate the costs of publicly opposing China to other European nations.