Several influential entities and personalities are linked with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) to promote “online propaganda and public opinion work” and advance the CCP’s anti-democratic agenda.
It is contradictory but not surprising that the CAC, which is charged with suppressing dissent at home and censoring the media and the Internet, also engages in propaganda for the CCP abroad, The National Pulse revealed on April 1.
The CAC boasted of its propaganda work in the West, particularly in the United States, where it disseminates the propaganda published by CCP media outlet China Daily and would even control Biden’s security team.
To achieve this, China Daily pays media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. The latter highlights the pro-communist work of Fareed Zakaria.
“Through cooperation with think-tanks such as the Berggruen Institute in the United States, the Canadian Center for International Governance Innovation, and the Australian Lowy Institute for International Policy, we have attracted nearly 200 overseas think-tankers as special commentators on China Daily,” the CAC recounts.
It also estimates that it has managed to disseminate at least 10,000 pieces of propaganda to foreign audiences.
For its part, the Berggruen Institute counts, among its key “21st Century Council” members, several major think tanks, and world-renowned public figures.
Among them are Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and former Danish Prime Minister and Facebook Supervisory Board member Helle Thorning-Schmidt, as well as anti-Trump funder Pierre Omidyar.
Big Tech companies and media are involved in CCP propaganda: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, and CNN anchor and Washington Post columnist Zakaria.
The Berggruen Institute’s partners include CCP entities such as the Beijing Artificial Intelligence Academy, the China Institute of Innovation and Development Strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the China Artificial Intelligence Association.
It appears that the CAC has been interfering in politics and public opinion since 2008.
One of the most recent examples is the collaboration between former Soros advisor Rosa Brooks and Berggruen executive Nils Gilman recommending how Joe Biden should refuse to concede in the event of an apparent victory by President Donald Trump on Nov. 3. Biden did not concede even though he was impossibly far behind in the vote count, and we all know what happened the next day.
The CCP’s threat to the world’s democracies rests mainly on the Belt and Road Initiative, with which it seeks to overtake the United States and impose an iron grip on its precious natural resources.
Beijing seeks to impose a dangerous network of physical and digital infrastructure connecting China with the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
With 140 signatory countries until March 2021, the economic and political influence of the CCP is beginning to affect the supremacy of the United States.
Progressing the Belt and Road initiative requires member countries to allow infrastructure investments that conform to the political and legal requirements of the CCP.