Four House Republicans are asking the the Carter Center in Atlanta to explain why it held events that “seem to promote Chinese Communist Party propaganda.”
One of the events at the center established by former President Jimmy Carter was held in cooperation with the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party, which was described by Mao Zedong as a “magic weapon” to ensure communism’s victory over democracy, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and three other Georgia Republicans pointed out in a letter to Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander tht the United Front is “an organization which is deeply hostile to any idea contrary to Communism.”
“We are deeply troubled that the United Front continues to be given a platform to spread its propaganda in the United States,” they wrote.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., recently introduced legislation that would limit the United Front and other CCP-linked influence groups in the United States.
“The Chinese Communist Party expands its disinformation campaign each day,” Cotton said in an interview with the Free Beacon. “The United Front Work Department is just another venue for the CCP to spread its propaganda and to co-opt foreign groups to toe the CCP line. We must put an end to their tactics.”
Hice said the Chinese Communist Party “will do anything possible to manipulate world opinion by pushing their misleading propaganda and aggressive disinformation.”
“This is even happening in our backyard,” Hice said.
The lawmakers warn of “disinformation campaigns” being conducted by Chinese propagandists in the United States.
“It was for this reason that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on December 4th, 2020 took the historic step of imposing sanctions on individuals associated with United Front Work Department activities,” the letter said.
“We were greatly dismayed that on January 3rd of this year the Carter Center in Georgia, co-hosted an event with the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament which is an organization affiliated with the United Front of the Chinese Communist Party,” the lawmakers said.
“Last week, again, the Carter Center hosted an event promoting the argument that the CCP and its American enablers are advancing with American business leaders that the only path to future prosperity for their companies is through harmonious US-China relations.”
That event was sponsored by the China Research Center, which is linked to China’s controversial Confucius Institute.
“We are deeply troubled that the United Front continues to be given a platform to spread its propaganda in the United States,” they said.
The Free Beacon reported the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a nonprofit group backed by the United Front, has channeled millions of dollars to prominent American think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress and the Atlantic Council.
The Carter Center received more than $100,000 from the foundation in 2019 alone, according to its most recent annual report.
“The leadership in Washington may have changed, but China’s political warfare hasn’t. It’s fallen to Congress to expose and counter Communist Party disinformation. We can’t back down now,” Banks said.
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