From illegal election gambling operations to stealing opposition talking points, senior Taiwanese officials and cyber security experts have sounded the alarm on China’s information campaigns being conducted in the lead up to the 2024 Taiwanese presidential election.

Taiwan’s deputy minister of mainland affairs, the administrative agency responsible for coordinating affairs with China, Jyh-Horng Jan, alleged on Tuesday that one of China’s “classic tactics” when it comes to election interference is to pay underground bookmakers to place highly skewed odds on failing candidates and provide Taiwanese people with large cash payouts if China’s preferred candidate wins.

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