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Officials in Taiwan are preparing to block Chinese streaming services Baidu and Tencent over fears that Beijing will use them to influence the country’s upcoming election season.
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Mainland Affairs Chiu Chui-Cheng said the platforms would soon be blocked on grounds of national security amid fears that China will use them to spread communist propaganda.
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“We are concerned that streaming media services that have close ties with Beijing could have cultural and political influences in Taiwan… and even affect Taiwan’s elections,” Chiu said.
The Review also reported that Chiu said Beijing had stepped up its “cultural infiltration” into Taiwan as Chinese leader Xi Jinping recently announced plans to accelerate the reunification process between the two countries, otherwise known as the “One China Policy.”
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“If Tencent’s streaming video service is trying to enter the Taiwanese market, it’s very likely that it’s a part of Beijing’s propaganda campaign,” he continued. “What if it implements messages linked to the Communist Party or its army? We should...
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