Vox & The Chinese

According to Pawl Bazile – news website Vox has received payoffs from a Communist Party organization fronted by the Chinese government.  Vox published a blog by Yochi Draezon called “The big winner of the Trump-Kim summit?  China.”  The foreign editor revealed at the bottom of the article that the story was paid for by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).  At the bottom of the piece was the following message:

“This reporting was supported by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a privately funded nonprofit organization based in Hong Kong that is dedicated to ‘facilitating open and constructive exchange among policy-makers, business leaders, academics, think-tanks, cultural figures, and educators from the United States and China,’”

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin exposed CUSEF as nothing more than a front organization paid for by the Chinese government with the purpose to spread Communist propoganda.

He needled Vox on Twitter:

“You know CUSEF is chaired by a top official in the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations network, right?”

He also went on to note:

“Tung Chee-hwa, CUSEF’s chair, is vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which is connected to the United Front Work Department, the Communist Party agency designed to advance party objectives with outside actors.”

A Senate funding bill in 2018 called the National Defense Authorization Act makes it a point to bring attention to “efforts by China to influence the media, cultural institutions, business, academic and policy communities of the United States to be more favorable to its security and military strategy and objectives.”

A GOP aide who assisted in the Chinese provisions in NDAA revealed to the Washington Free Beacon that D.C. is struggling in the media war with China due to its tentacles reaching firmly into U.S. platforms.

“The Chinese take a whole-of-government, and increasingly a whole-of society, approach to infiltrating and influencing America,” the source revealed. “Congress is doing what we can but it’s whack-a-mole and frankly we’re way behind. It doesn’t help when American news outlets take money from government-linked groups to produce stories about how super wily the Chinese government is.”

After CUSEF was caught trying to allegedly infect the University of Texas in Austin, Senator Ted Cruz wrote this in January:

“I am deeply concerned that collaborating with CUSEF, given its affiliations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) united front system and its registration as an agent of a foreign principal, would disseminate PRC propaganda within the Center and compromise its credibility, operating as a pseudo-philanthropic foundation, CUSEF’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party are an issue of grave concern.”

 

Sure enough, when you Google “vox cusef”, this is the first result.

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Senator Marco Rubio is quoted in a Washington Post article:

“We have a lot of discussion of Russian interference in our elections, but the Chinese efforts to influence our public policy and our basic freedoms are much more widespread than most people realize,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). “This is an all-out effort to not simply promote themselves in a better light but to target Americans within the United States.”

That same article went on:

Rubio pointed to Chinese government-sponsored Confucius Institutes on U.S. university campuses that operate under opaque contracts and often stand accused of interfering in China-related education activities. China’s sponsorship of think tank research, academic chairs and intellectual partnerships also demand scrutiny, he said.

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