The Trump administration has classified a propaganda organization linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operating in the United States as a foreign mission. Under this new label, it must register its list of personnel, property, and other requirements as if it were a diplomatic entity on American soil.
The State Department on Oct. 28, dealt a major blow to the National Association for the Peaceful Unification of China (NACPU), an organization controlled by the United Front Work Department (UFWD).
According to a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the association was being used by the UFWD to “advance the PRC’s propaganda and malign influence.”
The United Front is the arm of the CCP in charge of “co-opting and neutralizing threats to the Party’s rule and spreading its influence and propaganda overseas,” Pompeo described.
Pompeo said that the aim of this decision is “to shine a light on this organization and make clear that their messages come from Beijing.”
According to a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), the NACPU advocates the CCP’s claim on Taiwan, the island that has its own democratically elected government, army, currency, and other characteristics of a sovereign state, and which the CCP has even threatened to invade militarily.
In addition, Pompeo announced that the Trump administration rescinded a 2011 agreement with the CCP that allowed the establishment of a forum for collaboration between the governors of both nations.
The State Department reported that after the signing of the memorandum of understanding, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), “a Beijing-based organization tasked with co-opting subnational governments, has sought to directly and malignly influence state and local leaders to promote the PRC’s global agenda.”
During its nearly four years, the Trump administration has repeatedly exposed masked agents and propaganda organizations of the Chinese Communist Party on U.S. soil.
As recently as the day of the State Department’s statement, the FBI announced the arrest and prosecution of eight individuals hired by the CCP to track down American citizens, and through intimidation and harassment tactics, attempt to repatriate them to China for prosecution.
In addition, the Trump administration closed the Chinese Consulate in Houston for involvement in an operation to steal intellectual property from American energy companies. Two Chinese citizens were prosecuted for working for the Guangdong Security Department conspiring to steal trade secrets, among other federal crimes.
In addition, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act in 2019, which prohibits academic institutions from receiving Defense Department funding for language programs if they maintain their ties to the controversial Confucius Institutes.
The Confucius Institutes are study centers that partner with universities around the world under the guise of promoting Chinese language and Chinese culture, yet they have been labeled as a “soft power” tool to improve the image of the CCP abroad.
In fact, they have been described by the U.S. government as “an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms.”
That is why Pompeo has said the 75 Confucius Institutes operating in the United States should be closed before the end of the year.