Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has revealed that China is using state and local governments to push Chinese propaganda.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Chinese Communist Party is engaged in an effort to infiltrate and conduct espionage on state and local U.S. governments, the latest front in a growing proxy war between America and the Communist regime, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
During a Wednesday speech in Madison, Wis., Pompeo pulled the curtain back on the Communist Party’s efforts to peddle influence and cultivate allies in America’s state and local governments. While the Trump administration has worked to ice China out of the federal government, local institutions have been more receptive to CCP influence operations, Pompeo said.
“CCP campaigns targeting state-level officials, and local interests, have been in full swing for years, and they’re increasing in intensity,” Pompeo said. “The Party and its proxies aim to make Americans receptive to Beijing’s form of authoritarianism.”
Chinese officials are using their American consulates to mount pressure campaigns on local governments, encouraging them to pass laws and resolutions that Beijing sees as beneficial to its image. These can take the form of measures praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which have been pushed in several state legislative bodies, or other initiatives meant to diminish U.S. ties to disputed Taiwan. These efforts are punctuated by “CCP influence and espionage campaigns at the municipal and city level,” according to Pompeo.
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, these attempts will likely increase.