Republican Representative Jim Banks denounced the presence of one of the Chinese communist regime’s propaganda media that is distributed daily in every office of the U.S. Congress, pointing out the hypocrisy of the legislative body that, on the one hand, claim to have a tough stance with Beijing but in their actions demonstrate the opposite.
“While the rhetoric in Congress is loud about ‘combatting Chinese influence’ and the need to be ‘tough on China,’ Americans will not take our claims seriously if we do not take action to prevent China from running propaganda in our own legislature,” Banks wrote in a letter to House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren.
The Republican sent a letter in 2019 to the committee that handles House administration asking for an urgent hearing upon seeing that China Daily, an English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is delivered to every Congressional office every day, free of charge.
“The Chinese party-state has successfully infiltrated our free press and even our governing legislature to spread its propaganda. This is unacceptable and the Congress has a duty to respond,” Banks demanded in his letter.
During Trump’s tenure, the CCP was forced to register its propaganda outlets as ‘foreign missions’ (FARA), a designation used to differentiate individuals or commercial companies from those answerable to or managed by a foreign government.
According to the Fara.us website that registers foreign missions, the State Department considers the five agencies, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network (CGTN), China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation, and Hai Tian Development U.S.A., the parent company of the People’s Daily Newspaper, to be effectively controlled by the Chinese government.
The foreign mission designations are part of an effort by the Department of Justice and Congress to combat foreign influence in the United States, the press release said.
Banks noted that China Daily is being delivered along with the publication of Politico, a popular U.S. news outlet that the Republican said will end up losing credibility because of it.
The lawmaker called on the congressional administration to ban the circulation of the Chinese communist propaganda newspaper and recommended adding to each of those that fall into the foreign missions category an identification that lets the reader know which government controls that media outlet.
Banks criticized the Democratic leadership of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, for removing from the $1.2 billion infrastructure budget a provision included by Republicans to prohibit public funds from going to companies implicated in the Uighur genocide.
“The Dems new reconciliation bill removes funding prohibitions going to entities which utilize Uyghur forced labor in China,” Banks wrote in a tweet. “Why in the world would Democrats want to give taxpayer dollars to corporations using Uyghur Muslim slaves???”
The Republican noted that among the provisions in the infrastructure budget passed by Democrats with the help of 12 Republicans, and under the climate change argument, is the purchase of low-cost, Chinese-made solar panels.
In addition, the Democrats will also seek to purchase electric vehicles for the United States Postal Service (USPS), most of which are also produced in China.
According to Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) receipts, the China Daily spent nearly $20 million between 2016 and 2020 to place its inserts in prestigious media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and Washington Post, among others.
Subtly but effectively, the CCP uses the inserts to deny its human rights violations, claiming they are U.S. attacks against Beijing. They also criticize U.S. policies that could affect the regime’s business or those aimed at combating its influence.
Coming from within recognized media whose reputation in the public’s eyes is good, people surreptitiously accept as ‘truth’ the lies and propaganda that the CCP injects into the American media.