The United States is the true "empire of lies," says China in response to a State Department report that accuses Beijing of using “deceptive and coercive methods” to shape the global information environment.
The US State Department's Global Engagement Center released the report on Thursday, accusing Beijing of manipulating global media through censorship, data harvesting, and covert purchases of foreign news outlets.
“The [People’s Republic of China] employs a variety of deceptive and coercive methods as it attempts to influence the international information environment,” the report claimed.
It also claimed that China's "efforts will reshape the global information landscape, creating biases and gaps that could even lead nations to make decisions that subordinate their economic and security interests to Beijing’s.”
The Chinese foreign ministry said in response that the report is a piece of "disinformation" in itself as it "misrepresents facts and truth.”
The agencies of the US State Department that produced the report "were the source of false information and the command post of 'cognitive warfare'," the ministry said in a statement.
"Facts have proven time and again that the US is an 'empire of lies' through and through," a ministry spokesperson said in a statement published by the official Xinhua news agency.
"It is the US that invented the weaponizing of the global information space," the spokesperson added.
The report, designed to convince the world that Beijing is mounting a global propaganda effort as part of an “undeclared information war,” marks another US effort to counter Chinese activities that it believes threaten American influence across the world.