China’s Efforts to Shape the Media Landscape in Vietnam


About the Webinar

China is known to have conducted “influence operations” to shape other countries’ policies, public opinion and information environment in ways that are favourable to China’s interests. One essential part of such operations is to shape the media landscape of the targeted countries to influence their people’s perception of China. This webinar will examine such efforts by China in the Vietnamese context. Key questions to be addressed in the webinar include: What are the key measures that China has used to influence the information environment in Vietnam? How have the Vietnamese government, the media industry and the Vietnamese public responded to such efforts? More importantly, how successful are China’s efforts and what are the lessons learned for Vietnam and other countries? The webinar will therefore provide a useful case study to better understand China’s “influence operations” and its implications for regional countries.

About the Speakers

Drew Thompson is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. From 2011 to 2018, he was the Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Office of the US Secretary of Defense. Before that, he was the Director of China Studies and Starr Senior Fellow at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C. Thompson has authored monographs and articles for Foreign Policy, The National Interest, China Security, The Financial Times, and The South China Morning Post, among others. Currently, he is doing a research project on sources of China’s influence and how different countries address it.

Dien Nguyen An Luong is Visiting Fellow with the Media, Technology and Society Programme of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. A journalist with significant experience as managing editor at Vietnam’s top newsrooms, his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, and other publications. Dien holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as a Fulbright scholar. His current research focuses on the influence of China on the social media landscape in Vietnam.


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Jul 23 2021


10:00 am - 11:15 am