Several major corporate media outlets in the U.S., including CNN, CNBC, and the Associated Press have reportedly met with propagandists from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recently. A report published Tuesday in the National Pulse indicates that the media leaders met with CCP operatives flagged by U.S. intelligence for seeking to “malignly influence” American politics.
Bureau chiefs with the U.S. outlets accepted a meeting in July with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC). That group is part of the CCP and the Chinese government’s “United Front” effort.
According to the federal U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, the stated mission of the United Front is to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party.” It is also designed to influence international governments to act in ways that are consistent with the CCP’s preferred policies.
Other United Front groups include the China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which has lavished media executives with free travel to China to push for “favorable coverage” in U.S. reporting.
The CPAFFC has been described as “avowedly an arm” of the CCP and has been flagged by the State Department over its efforts to influence U.S. officials and business executives. The American journalists met with CPAFFC president Lin Songtian at its offices in Beijing late last month.
The CPAFFC issued a press release after the meeting, saying it “enhanced mutual understanding and friendship.” It said that Lin met with Beijing bureau chiefs from the major U.S. outlets. The meeting was described as a “candid and friendly exchange of views” regarding Chinese domestic and foreign policies as well as relations with the United States. The meeting also addressed “non-governmental exchanges” between the two nations.
Lin appeared to push the representatives of the U.S. media outlets to portray China as a U.S. ally instead of as a “major competitor” to avoid “misleading public opinion.”
The press release follows reporting of CPAFFC efforts to promote the publishing of stories that praise the CCP and repeat the Chinese regime’s obvious propaganda on the world stage.