The U.S. State Department announced on Friday, Dec. 4, that it will terminate five programs that disguised under the name “cultural exchanges” were used by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to seduce and buy favors from U.S. government officials.
These programs include the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, and the U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program and the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program.
Under Section 108a of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (MECEA), these programs are used by government employees to travel to foreign countries using public funds, stated the announcement.
“While other programs funded under the auspices of the MECEA are mutually beneficial, the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the PRC government [the CCP] as soft power propaganda tools,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The announcement was made on the same day that the State Department declared a ban on visas for officials of the CCP and the United Front Labor Department, a communist organization charged with disseminating propaganda for the Party abroad.
The measure includes those officials who have engaged in “the use or threat of physical violence, theft, and release of private information, espionage, sabotage, or malicious interference in domestic political affairs, academic freedom, personal privacy, or business activity.”
The announcement explains that these programs “provide carefully curated access to Chinese Communist Party officials, not to the Chinese people, who do not enjoy freedoms of speech and assembly. The United States welcomes the reciprocal and fair exchange of cultural programs with PRC officials and the Chinese people, but one-way programs such as these are not mutually beneficial.”
For decades the CCP, as well as other communist regimes, has been accused of using “cultural exchanges” to arrange planned visits to China by foreign officials, who are only allowed to see the “beauty” of the country, with smiling people everywhere, “zero poverty” and a world full of investment opportunities to rely on.
These officials, after returning from these all-expense-paid trips to China, often become advocates of the CCP and usually use their power to legislate in favor of the CCP and avoid condemning any wrongdoing by them in public.
However, the perversities of the Chinese Communist Party have come to light and its dirty political tactics have been exposed for the world to see.
The State Department’s termination of these five programs is yet another success for the Trump administration in decimating the legitimacy of one of the most perverse regimes in modern history.