Foreign (hostile) forces
From China Digital Space
jìngwài (díduì) shìli 境外（敌对）势力
A catch-all scapegoat for any thought or action that does not conform with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doctrine. The central government has blamed “foreign forces,” sometimes called “foreign hostile forces,” 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 remark on how “busy” the foreign forces must be:
Caige04 (@蔡哥04): The APEC summit makes one thing clear: the higher-ups use the so-called “foreign hostile forces” as special-order enemies to push shitizens around, but then see them as sugar daddies [for themselves]. (November 5, 2014)