Lucrative deals between Chinese-owned entities and Hollywood have given CCP operatives a VIP pass to censor Western films and media.
The exploitation of media outlets has been codified as an essential military vector to dominate for the CCP. Not only does a competitive control over information enable militaries to tap into emerging sectors of support, but it also enables them to address and shut down dangerous political messages that run contrary to their broader interests.
So much so is information manipulation a core military doctrine for the People’s Liberation Army, that exploitation of news and the media has been placed under the control of the PLA’s Strategic Support Force alongside cyber warfare.
“The PLA introduced Three Warfares doctrine in 2003, centred around psychological warfare, public opinion warfare, and legal warfare in response to the effective psychological operations and effective use of media executed in the Iraq War and other recent conflicts,” professor of society computing at Carnegie Mellon University Kathleen Carley and PhD candidate Charity Jacobs recently wrote in the Small Wars Journal.