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China trying to influence public opinion in US and its allies: Bolton

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

is trying to influence public opinion in the US and countries like that are America's allies, a top alleged Sunday.

"The massive Chinese effort to influence public opinion is not just confined to the They're doing it in Australia, other countries, close friends of ours, US told ABC

So this really goes to the core of how you maintain a free and open society in this country, when other countries are trying to influence it the way that has. It goes well beyond just election hacking, although we certainly have been concerned about doing that as well, Bolton said.

He said the development is "worrisome".

This is an effort by China to influence opinion in that makes the election hacking we have been talking about by -- look, as one senior US in intelligence called it, the JV effort, he noted.

What China's doing what, explained some months back in a very important speech about these efforts, really is far greater in magnitude than any other foreign effort we have seen in history to influence American opinion, he said.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 00:10 IST