Beijing wants greater sway over global public opinion. Instead, its propaganda outlets make Chinese leaders look like bullies.

Images of masked thugs massing in Hong Kong's streets. Unproven allegations that protesters are being led by the CIA. Comparisons between activists and Nazis.

As protests continue to roil Hong Kong's streets, China's state-led propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to persuade the world that radical Hong Kong protesters have put the city in peril. Through social media and other digital arenas, English-language messages from China have painted a picture of a tiny minority of foreign-influenced ruffians intimidating a silent majority of

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