Canada has detected a misinformation campaign on the Chinese instant-messaging app WeChat targeting Conservative politician Michael Chong. Posts shared misleading narratives about Chong’s background, family heritage, and political views, and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) stated it was “highly probable” that China was behind the campaign. China has denied the allegations, calling them “purely groundless.” The issue adds to a series of claims about Beijing’s interference in Canadian politics and elections.
- Canada identified a misinformation campaign on WeChat, targeting Conservative MP Michael Chong. The posts included misleading information about Chong’s background and politics.
- Global Affairs Canada (GAC) believes it is highly probable that China was behind the campaign against Chong. A third of the accounts amplifying the attacks were known state-media outlets or accounts likely linked to the Chinese state.
- The Chinese embassy in Canada denied the accusations, stating they never interfere in Canada’s internal affairs. The covert nature of the campaign makes it difficult to provide unequivocal proof of China’s involvement.
- The campaign is part of a broader series of claims by Canadian intelligence agencies regarding Beijing’s interference in Canadian elections and internal affairs. Previously, Canada accused China of targeting Chong and his relatives in Hong Kong.
- Michael Chong has renewed his call for a public inquiry into China’s alleged foreign interference in Canada. The Trudeau government has faced pressure to launch an inquiry, but it is still unclear if one will take place.