Qiushi, a journal of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, published an article on information and ideological warfare becoming an urgent issue in national defense.
The article stated that, for a long time, United States has used culture penetration as a highly militant, subversive, and destructive element of its national strategy. Its dominance on the Internet is much more overwhelming than its nuclear and conventional military advantages. Of the 13 root servers in the world, 10 are located in the United States. Also located in the United States are the largest search engine (Google), the largest portal (Yahoo), the largest online video site (YouTube), the largest SMS platform (Twitter) and the largest social media (Facebook).
The article further stated that in China, some web portals have become anti-Party and anti-government “independent kingdoms,” while others use weibo to voice different opinions and comments and established negative “forums” to oppose the State’s media. For example, in a heated online debate launched by a few patriotic figures against online VIPs who have complex backgrounds and engage in rumor mongering, “almost none of the traditional main stream media and their websites or weibo even echoed any support [for the patriotic side].”
The article warned that “the all-time information and ideological warfare using the pen, the keyboard, and coins can deflate the morale of the entire nation, leading to the disintegration of the State.”
Source: Qiushi, April 23, 2014 http://www.qstheory.cn/gf/jsll/201404/t20140423_343027.htm