There’s a great deal of talk today about fake news and disinformation. Almost always, the object of the disinformation is someone or something that’s receiving allegedly undeserved criticism. That’s not the only way disinformation can work, however. Sometimes it can “frame” an object in a positive manner.
As the Russian/Soviet intelligence agencies developed the art of disinformation into what they called a science, it was every bit as important to be able to cast a positive light on an entity or individual (usually the reigning leader) as it was to be able to put someone in a bad light.
It looks like China is engaged in a similar disinformation effort, especially when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. The effort has been going on for some time.