US media is reporting that China has become 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. According to an Axios report:
May 11, 2021 New foreign-agent filings are finally detailing a massive Beijing propaganda operation that’s fueled a sixfold increase in disclosed Chinese foreign influence efforts in the United States in recent years. Why it matters: Propaganda is central to China fulfilling its geopolitical aspirations, and its efforts to sow discord and disinformation in the U.S. have very real consequences for the American business, political and social climates. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Chinese foreign agent spending has skyrocketed from just over $10 million in 2016 to nearly $64 million last year.
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Foreign Lobby, a watchdog, reported last week that China’s Xinhua news agency recently registered as a foreign agent three years after US Justice Department instructed it to do so.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) covers China, known for its use of “soft power” to expand global influence.