Psychological warfare. Public opinion war. Legal war.
Known as the “Three Battlefields” doctrine and relatively unknown in the West, these concepts help the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) work without a strategy to win the war against the free world.
Psychological warfare tries to frustrate the enemy; The war of public opinion seeks to shape the hearts and minds of the people; Legal warfare seeks to use the law to prevent enemy attacks.
This explanation is given in a recently published 5050-page report that provides a comprehensive illustration of the global influence campaign of the Chinese communist regime. The French-language report was published by the Institute for Strategic Studies of Military Schools (IRSEM), an independent body affiliated with the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.
Combined with another core CCP doctrine called the “United Front” work, these policies have carried out a suffocating campaign by the Chinese regime to expand its influence and infiltration, the report said.
Describing the United Front as a “magic weapon” described by Mao Zedong, the first CCP leader, the report said the policy was to “eliminate its internal and external enemies, control groups that could challenge their authority, and form an alliance.” Serving his interests around the party, and highlighting his influence abroad. ”
The report comes amid growing pressure from the West against CCP aggression, including serious human rights violations, widespread theft of intellectual property, economic coercion and military aggression.
Driven by such a strategy, the Chinese regime has built a vast infrastructure within its global reach that includes a wide network of state and non-state actors to implement the plan.
According to IRSEM, there are two main objectives in managing Beijing’s influence abroad: “to seduce and subdue foreign audiences by creating a positive narrative of China” and “above all to infiltrate and force.”
The report said, “The aim of the infiltration is to gradually enter the opposition society to curb the tendency to act against the interests of the party.”
“Coercion is consistent with the growing expansion of ‘punitive’ or ‘coercive’ diplomacy that becomes a policy of systematic sanction against a person who threatens the interests of any state, organization, enterprise or party.”
The goals of the CCP campaign expand the whole spectrum of society. The main battlefields are education, media, politics, culture and social media.
United Front Work in Action
Most of the United Front’s efforts abroad are carried out in Beijing through a “nebula network of mediators” integrated separately by CCP agencies, including the Chinese embassy and consulate, and the party’s United Front Work Department.
In his 2020 speech, David Steele, then-Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said the CCP leveraged thousands of foreign groups that exerted political influence, suppressed dissent, gathered intelligence and facilitated technology transfer to China.
Although some United Front organizations publicly associate themselves with Beijing, “most try to present themselves as independent, grassroots NGOs, cultural-exchange forums, ‘friendship’ associations, chambers of commerce, media outlets or academic groups,” Stillwell said. Said. Time
Newsweek’s 2020 investigation found nearly 800 such groups in the United States.
One of the groups highlighted in the report is the China-US Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).
CUSEF is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organization led by billionaire and Chinese government official Tung Chi-hawa who bills himself as a separate group that provides US-China dialogue and exchange. But in reality, it “acts as a real forward organization for the PRC [People’s Republic of China] Government. The group is also registered under the US Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).
The group has entered into a range of partnerships with various reputable American think tanks and universities, which IRSEM has identified as a bid to “launder” its influence activity. Partners include Johns Hopkins University, the East-West Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, the Atlantic Council and the Brookings Institution.
Earlier this year, CUSEF’s relationship with Carnegie Endowment for International Peace came under discussion during the nomination hearing of CIA Director William Burns. Prior to the nomination, Burns served as president of the Think Tank. Faced with criticism from Republican lawmakers, Burns said at the Senate hearing that he inherited Carnegie’s relationship with CUSEF “but severed ties with the party” after his term began in 2015. Burns added that he was “increasingly concerned about the expansion of Chinese-influenced operations.”
The group sponsors many high-level dialogues between CCP officials and U.S. military and political figures, the report said.
CUSEF has also targeted the US media. The Epoch Times previously reported that it has hosted more than 120 journalists from around 50 U.S. media outlets since 2009.
From 2009 to 2017, CUSEF hosted a variety of dinners and meetings with executives and editors from 5 outlets, including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, The Associated Press and Reuters. The group’s FARA filings described the dinner hosted by CUSEF founder Tung as “invaluable for their effectiveness in helping news industry leaders”.
The Epoch Times reached out to CUSEF for comment.
Foreign ethnic Chinese people, even those who are not Chinese citizens, find themselves as a “priority target” of Beijing’s influence campaign, the report said. According to the IRSEM, one objective is to control expatriates that “they are not a threat to power;” The other is to “bring them together to meet their interests.”
Described as the biggest perpetrator of global repression by Freedom House, Beijing targets foreign-based dissident groups, including Uighur Muslims, rights activists, Hong Kong democracy advocates and Falun Gang practitioners.
According to a February report by Advocacy Group, victims face physical assault, threats, surveillance, harassment and intimidation in person or online by Chinese agents or their proxies.
In an extreme example, Freedom House cites the case of Sun Ye, a Falun Gang practitioner who escaped from prison at the infamous Chinese labor camp Masanjia. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that has been brutally abused by the CCP for more than two decades.
When he was apprehended, the Sun snatched an SOS letter from a Halloween decorator for export. It was later found in 2012 by an American woman.
In 2017, Sun died suddenly of kidney failure. Her family said Sun never had a kidney problem, and the hospital did not give a specific account of her death and rushed to cremate her body. The autopsy was not performed. These circumstances have caused Sun fans to play suspicious fouls.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times