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China’s ‘united front’ influence operations seek to undermine American society, report warns

China’s ruling Communist Party is engaged in systematic efforts to undermine American and Western societies through the operations of a party organ called the United Front Work Department, according to an extensive new think tank report.

The report by a former Hong Kong police intelligence officer contends that the subversive operations are increasing under Chinese President Xi Jinping and are founded on an ancient strategy called “sowing discord.”…

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United front (wiki)

United front[a] is a political strategy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) involving networks of groups and key individuals that are influenced or controlled by the CCP and used to advance its interests. It has historically been a popular front that has included eight legally-permitted political parties and people’s organizations which have nominal representation in the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[3] Under CCP general secretary Xi Jinping, the united front and its targets of influence have expanded in size and scope.

Council on Foreign Relations

Beijing’s Influence Tactics With the Chinese Diaspora: An Excerpt

https://www.cfr.org/blog/beijings-influence-tactics-chinese-diaspora-excerpt

Over the past decade, as Beijing has shifted from a stated policy of non-interference in other countries’ affairs to increasingly meddling in their politics and societies, it has used a range of tools to wield influence in Asia, Europe, and North America. Central among these efforts has been a focus on education systems overseas. This has involved cultural and educational diplomacy and gaining de facto control of some ethnic Chinese student groups.

The United Front Work Department (UFWD) has played a prominent role—the organization historically dealt with the Chinese diaspora but has evolved into a much larger intelligence operation. It often targets discourse on university campuses and ethnic Chinese student groups. …

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