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jìngwài (díduì) shìli | 境外(敌对)势力

Forebears of foreign forces (FreeWeibo)

Catch-all for anyone or anything that does not conform with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doctrine. The central government has blamed "foreign forces," sometimes adding that they are "hostile," for orchestrating the 1989 protests, stoking the Hong Kong protests of 2014, and causing "ideological problems" at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Netizens have co-opted "foreign forces" to satirize the Chinese state's relationship with foreign countries. And when homegrown movements arise, like the Southern Weekly protests of 2013, internet users will often remark on how "busy" the foreign forces must be.

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