Calculated Lies and Calculated Purchases of Communist China, by Austin Bay
China knows how to curry favor with international politicians, bureaucrats, and opinion leaders, and then, when a problem grows threatening the interests of the Communist Party of China, use a covert influence to quell criticism or delay a move. reply.
The most pernicious example of China’s covert influence in action is the failure of the World Health Organization in January and February 2020 to demand that Beijing provide a full and accurate account of the COVID-virus outbreak. 19 / Wuhan in China, including its origin. Instead, the WHO churned out medical nostrils and accepted China’s dodges (lies).
China has flattered the egos of WHO officials and created supporters by funding “research trips.” The tactic is called “elite capture”. Beijing has developed a close relationship with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and has supported his appointment, even though he is not a doctor. At the end of January 2020, Tedros again praised “China’s commitment to transparency”.
The capture of the WHO by the Chinese elite gave the CCP time to deflect the blame and ruthlessly let the disease spread around the world so that China does not suffer its consequences on its own.
Washington, DC is now the scene of an operation of overt Chinese influence that complements the CCP’s covert operations. Their frankness gives us the opportunity to do two things: first, stop the open operation and penalize China, and then demonstrate the broad scope and integration of the CCP’s “influence” operations.
On June 25, the Washington Post reported that Chinese technology firm Hikvision had engaged Mercury Public Affairs, a “prominent” Washington lobbying firm. Hikvision will pay former United States Representative Toby Moffett, DC.T., former Senator David Vitter, RL.A. Authorization Act “which worries Hikvision.
Lobbying in Washington, DC is like playing in Las Vegas: a big business making big bucks for big bucks, usually at the expense of small rollers (Vegas) or American taxpayers (DC).
Hikvision openly pays big bucks to powerful and connected names because the US government harshly clamps down on its highly suspicious transactions, for several reasons.
One is humanitarian: Hikvision is accused of aiding the CCP’s genocidal campaign targeting the Uyghur ethnic minority in Xinjiang province (western China).
Another reason is to prevent the penetration of Chinese intelligence. In early June, the Biden administration confirmed and expanded an order from the Trump administration banning U.S. investment in Chinese companies that support China’s defense sector. The ban affects Hikvision, which makes surveillance technology, and companies like Huawei Technologies, which makes communications and surveillance equipment.
Harsh US sanctions annoy the most powerful investor in companies, the CCP-controlled Chinese government.
For years, US security agencies have warned that Chinese intelligence could use digital technology made in China to spy on the entire world. The Trump administration has bluntly accused Huawei’s business executives of espionage activities and sought to remove Huawei technology from communications networks.
Although banned from federal contracts in 2018, the Washington Post article cited a source estimating that “hundreds of thousands” of Hikvision devices continue to operate in camera networks across the United States.
Hikvision facial recognition cameras monitor oppressed Uyghurs in Xinjiang. New York City has approximately 20,000 Hikvision cameras. Is Beijing monitoring tourists in Central Park? Maybe not, but maybe Uyghur activists, Chinese citizens the CCP considers disloyal, and Chinese students in New York would be interesting.
Article 7 of China’s 2017 Intelligence Law states that organizations and citizens “shall support, assist and cooperate with the state’s intelligence work in accordance with the law.”
By law, Huawei and Hikvision are part of the CCP’s spy and influence apparatus.
It is legal to pressure the US government. But would a truly “prominent” Washington company pressure federal agencies to give a powerful and increasingly hostile adversary the chance to spy on and undermine America?
Expect Hikvision’s lobbying effort to include a public relations campaign as well as fundraising campaigns for lawmakers (legal corruption?). Chinese digital “content farms” can sow the seeds of Hikvision-friendly information that, like a virus, spreads to the mainstream media. Beltway think tanks will provide mitigation analyzes; elite university professors will speak for Hikvision.
Have ego strokes, research trips, and money shaped analyzes and opinions? The American public deserves full disclosure.
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