EU leaders bowed to China this week, softening their criticism of the communist regime in a report documenting how governments have pushed disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image,” read the initial report, according to a copy seen by the New York Times. “Both overt and covert tactics have been observed.”

But after China ‘moved quickly to block the document’s release,’ European officials immediately delayed – and then rewrote the document which “diluted the focus on China, a vital trading partner.

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