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China Peddling Communist Propaganda in U.S. State and Local Governments, Pompeo Says

Added 09-23-20 03:20:04pm EST - “The Chinese Communist Party is engaged in an effort to infiltrate and conduct espionage on state and local U.S. governments, the latest front in a growing proxy war between America and the Communist regime, according to Secretary…” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “China Peddling Communist Propaganda in U.S. State and Local Governments, Pompeo Says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Chinese Communist Party is engaged in an effort to infiltrate and conduct espionage on state and local U.S. governments, the latest front in a growing proxy war between America and the Communist regime, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

During a Wednesday speech in Madison, Wis., Pompeo pulled the curtain back on the Communist Party's efforts to peddle influence and cultivate allies in America's state and local governments. While the Trump administration has worked to ice China out of the federal government, local institutions have been more receptive to CCP influence operations, Pompeo said.

"CCP campaigns targeting state-level officials, and local interests, have been in full swing for years, and they're increasing in intensity," Pompeo said. "The Party and its proxies aim to make Americans receptive to Beijing's form of authoritarianism."

Chinese officials are using their American consulates to mount pressure campaigns on local governments, encouraging them to pass laws and resolutions that Beijing sees as beneficial to its image. These can take the form of measures praising China's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which have been pushed in several state legislative bodies, or other initiatives meant to diminish U.S. ties to disputed Taiwan. These efforts are punctuated by "CCP influence and espionage campaigns at the municipal and city level," according to Pompeo.

These efforts are only likely to intensify in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, which China has spent great resources trying to influence. Through a combination of hack attacks and social media campaigns, Beijing aims to sow discord among the American public. A divided America, Beijing believes, will be more receptive to its influence operations.

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