Porel announced today that the European Commission will establish an "information sharing and analysis center" to deal with foreign information manipulation.

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[Central News Agency] The EU External Affairs Department released its first "Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference Threat" report today, pointing out that the cooperation between the two threat actors, China and Russia, is worrying.

Member of the European Parliament Glucksmann, who had visited Taiwan, shared Taiwan's flexible response through cross-border cooperation in the same theme forum.

Josep Borrell, head of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, delivered a speech at the Foreign Information Manipulation Interference (FIMI) Forum held by the European Union today "Democracy cannot function if information is toxic," he said.

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In addition to Russia's long-term manipulation of information and attempts to influence public opinion in Europe, Porel said that since the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the EU has begun to pay attention to "the battle of narratives", that is, The phenomenon of China's foreign manipulation of information.

EEAS has collected more than 15,000 cases of foreign forces manipulating European information since 2015.

The analysis report on 100 cases from October to December last year was released today, of which 83 cases were in Russia, and the Russian language accounted for the most; 12 cases were in China, 7 of which were in English; and 5 cases were Sino-Russian cooperation.

"Cooperation between (information manipulation) threat actors such as Russia and China is the main worrying finding of the report," Porel said.

According to the report, information manipulation intended to "mislead the direction of the issue" accounted for 56% of China's European cases and 42% of Russia's cases; intentional "distortion of facts" accounted for 35% of Russia's cases and 18% of China's cases.

The most targeted target of these disinformation attacks is Ukraine, followed by the European Union institutions, Porrell himself and the United States are also targeted.

The report notes that China is particularly intent on polarizing the West, portraying the United States as a source of unease in Europe.

As for China-Russia cooperation in manipulating European public opinion, the report pointed out that China’s state-controlled media and social media of CCP officials have helped to amplify conspiracy theories beneficial to the Russian government, such as spreading fake news that the US military has set up a biological laboratory in Ukraine.

In the EEAS forum, Raphael Glucksmann, chairman of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Foreign Interference in EU Democratic Procedures (INGE), and many other participants bluntly stated that the EU “hasn’t yet Ready", "too vulnerable", the urgent task is to establish the public's awareness of the situation of information warfare and hybrid warfare, and a sense of urgency to respond to the problem.

Glucksmann, who led the first official delegation of the European Parliament to visit Taiwan in November 2021, specifically shared his experience of talking with the current Minister of Digital Development Tang Feng during his visit to Taiwan.

Glucksman said: "Taiwan built a democracy under the constant (information) attack of the CCP, and they responded in a flexible and agile way." Including gathering the media, citizens, think tanks, and NGOs to create fast and comprehensive fake news The response mechanism is worthy of reference by the EU.

Porrell also announced today that the European Commission will establish an "Information Sharing and Analysis Center" (Information Sharing and Analysis Centre) in response to foreign information manipulation, to collect and analyze cases, and share knowledge and experience.