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Jess Framptom

GZERO Wrapped 2023

‘Tis the Spotify Wrapped season! (Or Apple Music replay season, for those of us out of step with the cultural zeitgeist). In the spirit of everyone sharing their most-played tracks of the year, the GZERO team decided to look back at some of our top-viewed articles of 2023. You’ll never guess who wrote our top pick …

Plus, check out GZERO’s totally real and definitely not photoshopped 2023 Spotify Wrapped playlists from some of your favorite politicians.

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President Joe Biden gives thumbs-up as he walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in California on Nov. 15, 2023.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Biden calls Xi a dictator

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping spent four hours together on Wednesday, coming to agreements on curbing fentanyl production and improving military communication. But Biden referred to the Chinese leader as a “dictator” in a press conference afterward, which suggests there are limits to the rapprochement.

The two men met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, Calif., with both sides having signaled a desire for better cooperation beforehand. It was the first meeting between them in more than a year and came amid historically high tensions. Their long chat and new agreements suggested an easing of tensions, but Biden’s off-the-cuff remark has irked the Chinese.

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Canada protestors


Spamouflage blitz muddies already murky waters

The Canadian government is accusing China of government-supported “spamouflage” — a cute name for a not-so-cute social campaign of disinformation and harassment. The foreign ministry says the effort was supported by a network of inorganic accounts posting deepfake videos, rumors, and attacks aimed at suppressing political engagement by diaspora communities and hampering members of Parliament from doing their jobs. China denied the accusation, calling it a “blatant smear campaign.”
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Printed Chinese and Canada flags.


Reckoning over Chinese meddling

At a marathon parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, David Johnston, Canada’s embattled special rapporteur on foreign interference, pushed back against claims that he failed to recommend a public inquiry into Chinese interference in domestic politics in order to cover for the Trudeau government.

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