3. Raising public awareness of Chinese Communist Party tactics for influencing public discourse through propaganda, clandestine operations, and computer network exploitations is necessary. Taiwan is ground zero for China’s employment of “sharp power.” Transparency can be the best disinfectant against such efforts. It also can help forge consensus within Taiwan on the scale and scope of the challenge, making it easier to formulate responses that enjoy public support. However frustrating things might get in the future, Beijing must be made to understand that the military option simply isn’t an option. In pursuing this track, Taiwan may wish to draw lessons from Finland’s recently established Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which is playing a similar role in a European context. https://www.hybridcoe.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Helsinki-in-the-era-of-hybrid-threats-%E2%80%93-Hybrid-influencing-and-the-city_ENG.pdf

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