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How China Quietly Infiltrates American Life

ChinaAs the world continues to battle the terrible COVID-19 pandemic that began in Wuhan, China, it also must battle the lack of information or outright disinformation coming from the government where the new coronavirus originated.

If it wasn’t already clear before the coronavirus outbreak, China is particularly aggressive in how it tries to control the spread of information, not just in regard to its own citizens, but people around the globe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put these efforts on overdrive.

One eye-opener came when President Donald Trump got aggressive last week with a reporter from Phoenix Television, who first stated that Chinese companies such as Huawei and Alibaba have donated supplies to the U.S.

Then she asked the president:  “Are you cooperating with China?”

Trump responded by asking if she worked for China or if her company is owned by the Chinese state.

Despite her denial, the answer essentially is “yes.”

But Beijing’s influence is far wider than one small-time media outlet that most Americans never heard of.

Here are four major fronts on which China’s communist regime tries to spread influence and propaganda outside its borders.

News Media

While many mainstream American media outlets allow themselves to be platforms for Chinese government propaganda, some work directly for the People’s Republic of China.

Many of these publications have been working overtime as the Chinese government attempts to distract attention from its early handling of the COVID-19 outbreak and continues to mislead the world about what’s happening in China.

Peter Hasson, a reporter for The Daily Caller News Foundation, laid out what exactly Phoenix TV is and how it’s connected to the communist government of China.

Hasson found that, according to the outlet’s 2018 interim report, China Wise International Limited, a subsidiary of a bank run by the Chinese government, owns a minority stake in Phoenix TV.

Although Phoenix TV is not directly run by the Chinese government, it effectively is controlled by the government. The Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, listed Phoenix TV in its review of the Chinese-language media landscape.

Hoover called Phoenix TV, which is based in mainland China as well as Hong Kong, a “quasi-official” media outlet of the Chinese government “with links to the [People’s Republic of China’s] Ministry of State Security.”

Despite this, the reporter who questioned Trump is a part of the White House Foreign Press Group and has regular access to press briefings at the White House.

As the Hoover Institution noted, however, Phoenix TV is hardly alone, as there are numerous other outlets directly or indirectly tied to the Chinese government.

One of those is China Daily, an official outlet for the Chinese government, which for decades has aggressively published propaganda in major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that China Daily repeatedly violates the Foreign Agents Registration Act “by failing to provide full disclosures about its purchases.”

Social Media

China has, of course, exerted its influence over social media and other widely used platforms.

TikTok, a rapidly growing social media app that allows users to post short videos, has come under scrutiny for its connection to China. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a company based in China, though the service—like countless other social media and internet platforms—isn’t available in its home country.

But TikTok has a massive audience overseas. The app had been downloaded over 750 million times in a year, The New York Times reported in late 2019.

The parent company denies any kind of censorship or tracking of data; however, many accuse TikTok of doing both.

“There continues to be ample and growing evidence that TikTok’s platform for Western markets, including those in the U.S., is censoring content that is not in line with the Chinese Government and Communist Party directives,” wrote Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a letter to the Treasury Department in October 2019.

The U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has launched an investigation into TikTok.

Zoom, which has become a massively popular video service in the time of the coronavirus, has had issues protecting customers from Chinese spies, U.S. intelligence officials told Time magazine.

“More than anyone else, the Chinese are interested in what American companies are doing,” Time quoted one of the anonymous officials as saying.

In particular, Zoom’s encryption service is what opens up the potential for Chinese spying. According to reports, as of April 18, the company will begin letting customers decide not to route their data through China, which Zoom’s CEO admitted was happening before.

Hollywood Movies

The NBA isn’t the only organization that has become reliant on China’s business to the point that it is willing to let the communist regime intimidate its employees into censoring themselves.

Hollywood’s connections to communist China now run deep.

As The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez said on the “Heritage Explains” podcast, China has enormous power in Hollywood to shape what audiences there and elsewhere see.

The Chinese assert this power by funding movies, including blockbusters such as Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible: Fallout” in 2018, and demanding censorship so that movie studios can get access to the vast Chinese market.

“American audiences are being submitted to censorship, not our own censorship, but a foreign power’s censorship, and a Communist Party censorship,” Gonzalez said. “But we get shown a very benign view of China, in which China is a normal country, no different from Paris, or Britain, or Germany. That is not the case, obviously. If you speak against the government in Germany, nothing happens to you. If you speak against the government in China, they’ll throw you in jail.”

Not only do movie studios bow to censorship, but they now preemptively self-censor to avoid the potential for losing Chinese sales and funding.

The takeover of Hollywood is just one element of how China uses our culture-making industries to promote its agenda.

College Campuses

Since 2003, hundreds of so-called Confucius Institutes have opened on college campuses around the United States. Their activities have included pressuring schools to shut down events featuring the Dalai Lama and generally shaping the narrative about Tibet, the Tiananmen Square massacre, and the existence of Taiwan.

The Confucius Institutes actually have little to do with Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher.

As Charles Horner wrote for the Claremont Review of Books, it would be more accurate to call them the “Mao Zedong Institutes,” after the China’s first communist dictator.

Although the Confucius Institutes operate under the guise of education, Horner noted, “they are really about keeping tabs on Chinese students in America, spreading propaganda, meddling in American politics generally, and performing espionage.”

A Chinese minister of propaganda, Liu Yunshan, said in 2010 that the institutes have a mission: “Coordinate the efforts of overseas and domestic propaganda, [and] further create a favorable international environment for us.”

According to Politico, Yunshan wrote:

With regard to key issues that influence our sovereignty and safety, we should actively carry out international propaganda battles against issuers such as Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, human rights and Falun Gong.  … We should do well in establishing and operating overseas cultural centers and Confucius Institutes.

After Congress passed a bill limiting funding to schools that have a Confucius Institute, many of the institutes closed around the country.

In coming days, Americans and others around the world would do well to reexamine their connection and vulnerability to China’s ruthless communist government, which, in controlling its own population, injected a deadly pandemic into the global bloodstream.


Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Jarrett Stepman

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TGF
2 years ago

Don’t believe how China is woven into our daily lives? Read the book “Death by China” It will change your perception and outlook on doing business with them. This is why I support stiff tariffs on China along with strict policies on technological info sharing.

Michael D. Gillis
2 years ago

Perhaps we can find a silver lining that is the dark cloud called CIVID-19. It has brought the Communist Chinese influence to light for all of the American public to see. China is NOT our friend. They are our worst Enemy. I am not talking about the friendly Chinese food carry out down the block, but the communist influence that thirsts for world dominance. Be careful, fellow citizens. Communist China is enemy in hiding.

John Casey
2 years ago

To me, the biggest disgrace is allowing the “D”Party to use that name and avoid it rightfully being identified as the American Communist Party. I have retired the “D” word along with the “N” word. I am a US veteran with thirty years of sea time and I have watched Communists destroy countries around the world. Now the USA is under attack. Bet on it!

The OLD Warhorse
2 years ago

The Chinese government has been VERY successful in taking control of many formally US industries. Goes way back. Remember McDonnell-Douglas? MDC sold a bunch of airplanes to China, BUT, they had to be built in China so MDC built an assembly line there. Parts and sub-assemblies were built in US and shipped to China for final assembly. China then reverse engineered those parts and sub-assemblies and those planes are still made in China but now, entirely made in china. Clever!

H L Howell
2 years ago

Hammer from china lasted a week then broke. break was crystalized. Hammer from U. S. A,, five years and counting. China less expensive, I don’t think so.

Donald Miller
2 years ago

Very alarming

Joanned
2 years ago

This article—-a real eye opener about China They not only undercut the world in global trade issues, also have extensive power in form of media communication. They are a strong enemy!!!! I do not know how to handle this threat However, I am pleased that there is situation awareness, and monitoring in place????

steve
2 years ago

Shut down the Chi-Com economy so we can save our own. Our ignorance about the
swamp shifting all of our medication product to China is appalling. Our ignorance is rooted
in dependence on 24 hour tv which tells us nothing. We pay $50 for a pill made in China
so that the global pharmaceutical industry can save $.02 per pill ? The swamp winks and says go for it. The swamp
says that there will be not another job given to a US citizen until the entire world is employed.
Until we ( and Trump) solve these debacles, the US (not “america”) is first and everybody else is a distant second.
Example: No 3M masks leave the US until the virus is cured in the US. When are going to wake up
and save ourselves ? Drop the guilt. We owe no one anything.

Dasing53
2 years ago

I have purchased more, everyday, things online just to buy USA. Most all local is defective china!

Anthony Dellisola
2 years ago

He left out the financial system where they are buying in all over the place with investment firms, business ownership, real estate etc.

bob
2 years ago

It is very simple and it comes down to money. China has aggressively taken over markets and infiltrated almost all industries. Vovid-19 has cost the US $2.5 trillion, we should simply deduct that amount from whatever debt we owe China, as should Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, etc. As stated in the comments, bring essential industries back home.

steve
2 years ago

If we can get over being “nice” we may be able to save ourselves. Until we change things, the capitol of the
US will remain in Beijing.

steve
2 years ago

I say the Chi-Coms developed and spread this scourge intentionally. We are no longer in a nuclear era. We are in a
bio-chemical weapon era. This was no accident. US citizens, despite 24 hour trump-bashing know nothing about what’s
going on internationally and in many other areas. We had no idea the swamp handed production of drugs to China.
We pay $55 for a pill that is made for $.02 less in China ? How can we become more informed ? First, turn OFF the tv
or stay stupid.
Futher the Chicom economy needs to be destroyed now so the the US economy can be preserved. Its the US first
and everyone else a distant, very distant, second.

Roger
2 years ago

America under Obama bailed out General Motors with taxpayer money, which GM took immediately to China and invested in manufacturing. America has also saved China more than once in history in wars. Now it looks like that was a big mistake. Their thanks are in trying to destroy America. I will try very hard never to buy anything made in China again.

Hal Lemoyne
2 years ago

China entered our USofA prosperous infrastructures

by & through the demoncrat party and the neverTRUMP republicans

those soros paid corrupt political SOB that hate Us USofA because WE US voting public

put our Donald J TRUMP in our US Presidency

that george soros throught he bought & paid for

WELL did go so well at all and NOW george soros wants what he believes that he paid for

in full and that isn’t true at all, and now soros wants what he believes is his

minus all TRUMPlican supporters

Well george soros and you demoncrats, you ain’t gonna happen

But President TRUMP and his/our honorable US TRUMPlican Lawmakers are happening

and they will continue to happen successfully

BECAUSE

On Nov 4th, 2020 all news headlines will read
❤??CHRISTrumPence2016-2028 and our/his US TRUMPlicans successfully US Landslide Reelected assuredly
Amen & Amen??❤

Walter
2 years ago

Let’s not forget China is a Communist country. The daughter of China’s leader was/is going to Harvard, it’s just not the Chinese students selling us out, a Harvard Professor was recently arrested for being on the Chinese’s payroll reported getting $50K month, all the stealing of our technology, H. Biden receiving $1B, and Uncle Joe and Obama selling us out to China-makes you wonder who the true American’s are here. They ripped us off for about $500B/yr for how long? China created this virus mess. I think America should confiscate all Chinese holdings in the US and use them to help the American people through this terrible situation. Who cares what China thinks! By the way, it made me sick to see Pelosi’s frig quite full when it is so hard to get anything around here. Some leader she is-what a JOKE!

Pete from St Pete
2 years ago

Right now there is a controversy regarding whether the Chinese created the coronavirus in a laboratory in Wuhan and it got away from them. President Trump has accused them of keeping it a secret and causing many worldwide deaths by not coming forward and notifying the world of the danger immediately, then trying to spread the blame to our military. Question: why is everyone so sure it got loose by accident? Are we sure it wasn’t let out on purpose to weaken our economy and our military? Losing a few thousand of their own people might well seem like a good tradeoff to them in return for advancing their desire to gain world dominance by weakening their biggest obstacle, the United States. Think about it.

Brenda Blunt
2 years ago

The USA needs to limit outside influences and the ability of outside to purchase American companies. USA needs to be returned to being a Christian nation under God! Lord help us all!!

Jerold Blanton
2 years ago

I have read several of these comments and agree with all of them. If one has ever read the book of Revelations, where it talks about the invasion of Jerusalem by a million man army should conclude that China is the culprit , as they are the only country with a million man army . But ,not to worry ,they get wiped out by the Lord. We should all keep our eyes on China and stop using there products as much as possible . I cringe when I take a Tylenol knowing from where it comes. I am almost certain that China started this Virus on purpose but I have no proof. I just go by what kind of devils they are . May the Lord be with us . Amen

Daniel Bonner Jr.
2 years ago

We need to quickly get ourselves out of and off of products especially drugs, medical devices, military parts, etc. made in China. I’m not sure but what else is being made and sold from Communist Countries ??? They are NOT OUR FRIENDS. I am going to make every effort to NOT BUY things made in Communist Countries and as a matter of principle get rid of things I own made there as well. Money talks.

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