Taiwan expects increased ‘psychological warfare’ after Nancy Pelosi visit

Taiwan Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng told a media briefing that authorities have stepped security at key infrastructure, including power plants and airports and increased the cyber security alertness level across government offices.

Lo said Taiwan expects to be the target in the coming days of increased “psychological warfare”, which describes influence campaigns including misinformation to sway public opinion.

“We are seeing psychological warfare that is stronger than ever before, and it will intensify in the coming days,” Lo said.

Taiwan officials have repeatedly warned about what they see as a Chinese campaign to weaken people’s support for the government.

China has never renounced using force to bring Taiwan under its control, which it has said is the most important issue in its relations with the United States. Taiwan rejects China’s sovereignty claims and vows to defend itself.

Lo urged the press in Taiwan not to act as a “propaganda tool” for Beijing and said they should be careful when citing reports by Chinese state media.