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Russia's disinformation follows a pattern which can be viewed as 4D: dismiss, distort, distract, dismay. China's reaction to the ruling by a tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague appears to have followed a similar pattern.  Chinese official and media statements attempted to dismiss the credibility of the tribunal, including personal attacks on its members. Officials appeared to distort the legal situation and distract attention from the core findings, and some used apparent dismaying tactics, raising the spectre of war.