《TAIPEI TIMES》 Tsai rebuts rumor of water delivery from Fukushima
Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang speaks at a news briefing in Taipei in an undated photograph. Photo: Lee Hsin-fang, Taipei Times
By Lee Hsin-fang and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
President Tsai Ing-wen （蔡英文） yesterday warned Taiwanese about cognitive warfare against the nation and denied rumors that Taiwan was planning to receive water from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
The remarks came in response to a Twitter user who late on Thursday posted a document that the user claimed was from Presidential Office and showed that water from the wrecked plant was to be processed in Taiwan.
The tweet was widely shared.
Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang （張惇涵） in a statement yesterday said that the document was “a complete fabrication” and uses language that would not be used in a government document.
Tsai on Facebook reiterated the statement, saying that errors and the use of simplified Chinese suggest that the creator of the document was not familiar with Taiwan.
The social media post is “a typical example of cognitive warfare,” Tsai said, without elaborating who might be behind the document.
Threatening activities by military aircraft and ships, as well as spreading fake news to undermine the solidarity of society, are common cognitive warfare strategies, Tsai said, adding that cognitive warfare would likely become more sophisticated.
Taiwanese should be aware that disinformation from unknown sources might serve a cognitive warfare agenda, Tsai said, adding that people should not further spread such social media posts.
“Taiwan’s freedom is hard-won, and we will not allow cognitive warfare to tear apart our society,” Tsai said.