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‘China Is Its Own Biggest Enemy’: French Report Gives Panoramic View of Beijing’s Push for Global Influenceon September 25, 2021 at 4:48 am

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Despite the Chinese regime’s sweeping efforts to impose its own authoritarian model onto the free world, its biggest enemy is itself, according to a French government-affiliated think tank. The findings came from a nearly 650-page French-language report, “Chinese Influence Operations,” from the Institute for Strategic Studies of Military Schools (IRSEM), an independent agency affiliated with the French Ministry of Armed Forces. Beijing is isolating itself on the world stage after taking an aggressive turn on the diplomatic front in recent years, according to the report, which was released earlier this week. That behavior has sparked rising blowback, even from countries traditionally on friendly terms with the regime. “China is its own biggest enemy when it comes to influence,” the report reads. The authors found that China’s relations with the West have markedly deteriorated since around 2017. One notable example is Sweden, which had been the first Western country to establish diplomatic …

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