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During the past decade, Chinese media commentators have frequently interacted with China’s internet population, the so-called netizens (wangmin), in an attempt to guide public opinion. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers have been key participants in the media’s discussion of military affairs. This article analyzes three cases of PLA engagement with the Chinese media and suggests that efforts to guide public opinion on military affairs is a sensitive and unstable process. PLA attempts to influence Chinese public opinion should be seen as an efficacious but highly risky approach to shaping issue narratives and expanding military influence.