In the swirling vortex of the digital age, where the lines between reality and fabrication blur with the ease of a click, the Chinese government has launched its latest salvo in the global battle for influence: the “Global AI Governance Initiative.”- RAND Report

This grand proclamation, draped in the seductive garb of diplomatic language, claims a noble stance against the use of AI in spreading disinformation and meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations. On the surface, it’s a pledge that should soothe the furrowed brows of those fearing the tidal wave of online falsehoods. But here’s the rub, the blue falcon reality beneath the shiny veneer: China is bullshitting everyone. And if you believe that I’ve got a self-storage unit for sale in Hong Kong full of Bitcoin for sale cheap.

Reports, including those from tech giant Microsoft, have peeled back the curtain to reveal a theater of digital warfare already in motion. Chinese actors, not content with the slow burn of traditional propaganda, have embraced generative AI, producing distorted images and AI-generated avatars to disseminate their narrative, their version of the “truth.”

Generative AI, the latest weapon in the arsenal of Chinese propagandists, isn’t just coming — it’s already here as seen with Chat GPT, turbocharging their efforts to mold the global conversation.

Picture this: a network of “intelligent agents,” fake accounts powered by AI, indistinguishable from real humans, flooding your feeds, your forums, and your digital life with messages crafted to push China’s agenda. This isn’t some dystopian novel plot; it’s the reality of today, a reality where Xi, backed by the might of the Chinese military, is designing systems to deceive you, to guide your opinion without you ever knowing.

TikTok anyone?

Influence operations. US national security officials are concerned that TikTok could try to shape US public opinion by strategically suppressing or promoting certain videos. One official called the app a “Trojan horse” through which China could manipulate American thought. -Bloomberg

The Department of Defense and American Spy agencies, along with those who’ve been navigating these murky waters, aren’t fooled by Beijing’s lies. But lies, especially the blatant ones, offer a bizarre opportunity in the high-stakes poker game of international diplomacy.