Last month, US media reported that a nonprofit affiliated with the late former US President George H.W. Bush agreed to accept $5 million from a policy group with close ties to Chinese government officials. According to an Axios report:
June 5, 2021 A nonprofit affiliated with the late former President George H.W. Bush agreed to accept $5 million from a policy group at the center of China’s U.S. influence efforts, Axios has learned. […] Axios obtained a written agreement that spells out the details of a $5 million grant from the China-United States Exchange Foundation to the Bush China Foundation, established in 2017 with the former president’s blessing. CUSEF leadership has close ties to Chinese government officials, and the group has a reputation as an arm of Bejing’s political influence operation. It provided a significant share of the funds for the Bush group’s efforts to improve Sino-American relations.
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The Axios article details the links between the Chinese government and the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF):
- The CUSEF head is also the vice-chair of a Beijing-based advisory body that promotes the Chinese Communist Party’s political aims, chaired by a Politburo official who plays a leading role in Beijing’s “united front” global influence campaign.
- CUSEF has disclosed in U.S. filings that it paid for lobbying campaigns to “influence key constituencies” in the U.S. regarding “China’s true intentions and efforts in Tibet,” including an analysis of how U.S. high school textbooks portray Tibet.
- In 2018, two Texas Republican congressmen alleged that CUSEF was one of a number of Beijing-affiliated organizations “intended to spread China’s political agenda.”
Recent GIOR coverage of China’s influence operations in the US has included:
- In June, we reported that China hired 12 former members of Congress to lobby for the country.
- In May, we reported that China’s foreign influence operation budget in the US is mainly centered on television broadcasting and other media activities.
- In May, we reported that China became the top spender on foreign influence operations in the US, with Chinese foreign agent spending skyrocketing from just over $10 million in 2016 to nearly $64 million in 2020.