According to a new report, officials from a number of top mainstream media outlets — including CNN, CNBC and the Associated Press — recently met with propagandists linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As The National Pulse revealed Tuesday, bureau chiefs from these media companies linked with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) during a meeting in Beijing last Tuesday.
According to the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, the CPAFFC is one of the organizations China uses to further its “United Front” mission, which seeks “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling [CCP]” and “influence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”
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The State Department has also criticized the CPAFFC for its attempts to “directly and malignly influence” U.S. officials.
In Beijing, CPAFFC President Lin Songtian met with AP’s Director of the Greater China News Department, CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief and a representative from CNBC in order to have a “friendly exchange of views on China’s domestic and foreign policies,” according to a CPAFFC press release.
During the meeting, Songtian apparently tried to persuade the media employees to temper their negative portrayals of China in favor of a friendlier, less “outdated” view.
“In today’s era of political multi-polarization, economic globalization, and democratization of international relations, the United States still views China from the outdated perspective of ‘you lose, we win, and either friend or enemy is an enemy,’” Songtian was quoted as saying. “Positioning China as a major competitor will inevitably lead to strategic misunderstandings, misjudgment and misleading public opinion.”
The press release also stated that the meeting “enhanced mutual understanding and friendship.”
In Oct. 2020, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in a statement that the federal government would withdraw its cooperation with the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification, another arm of China’s United Front, because of its ties to the CCP.
“The goal of this action is to shine a light on this organization and make clear that their messages come from Beijing,” the statement said.