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In a vast and detailed report, the Strategic Research Institute of France's renowned Military College (Irsem) describes how "Machiavellic" China has built a tentacular network to exert its influence worldwide.How does China try to exert influence abroad?
The report meticulously maps out China's means of exerting influence abroad, from "most benign (public diplomacy) to the most malignant, (clandestine activities)," including attempt to agressively manipulate public opinion abroad through think-tanks, "Confucius Insitutions" and media.Is the EU becoming more wary of its relations with China?
Over the past few years, responding to China's hardening political and diplomatic stance, the EU, the UK, the US, Japan and other counries have showed greater waryness when it comes to relations with Beijing. The EU's 2019 EU-China Strategic Outlook described China as a "systemic rival.