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别有用心 (bié yǒu yòng xīn): ulterior motives

"Those with ulterior motives" is a phrase often used by the government and the official media to describe instigators of social unrest.

Here is an example of how the phrase is used in Chinese:

"Whenever there is a mass incident, some government agencies will always issue statements to the effect that people who 'didn't understand the actual situation' were incited by 'those with ulterior motives.'"

Netizens are often irked by the phrase because it suggests that those who are critical of the government (because of pollution, illegal housing demolitions, corruption, etc) have no legitimate grievance and are only lashing out against the government as the pawns of others with mysterious ulterior motives.

Qin Gang: Those who claim that the Chinese government supports hackers have ulterior motives.