News website Vox has received payoffs from Communist Party organization fronted by the Chinese government.
Vox recently published a blog by Yochi Dreazen called “The big winner of the Trump-Kim summit? China.” The foreign editor let it slip at the bottom of the article that the story was paid for by the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
“This reporting was supported by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a privately funded nonprofit organization based in Hong Kong that is dedicated to ‘facilitating open and constructive exchange among policy-makers, business leaders, academics, think-tanks, cultural figures, and educators from the United States and China,’” the piece reads at the bottom.
Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin first exposed CUSEF is nothing more than a front organization paid for by the Chinese government with the purpose to spread communist propaganda.
Vox was founded in 2014 by former Post columnist Ezra Klein.
“You know CUSEF is chaired by a top official in the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations network, right?” Rogin blasted at Vox on Twitter.
"This reporting was supported by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF)" What? You know CUSEF is chaired by a top official in the Chinese Communist Party's influence operations network, right? https://t.co/tHyiEErio0 @vox @yochidreazen
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) June 13, 2018
With U.S. lawmakers trying to wrap a tourniquet around the China propaganda machine in the U.S. media, Vox’s relationship with CUSEF is gaining stark criticism.
A Senate funding bill in 2018 called National Defense Authorization Act makes a point to call out “efforts by China to influence the media, cultural institutions, business, and academic and policy communities of the United States to be more favorable to its security and military strategy and objectives.”
A GOP aide who assisted in the Chinese provisions in NDAA revealed to the Washington Free Beacon that D.C. is struggling in the media war with China due to its tentacles reaching firmly into U.S. platforms.
“The Chinese take a whole-of-government, and increasingly a whole-of society, approach to infiltrating and influencing America,” the source revealed. “Congress is doing what we can but it’s whack-a-mole and frankly we’re way behind. It doesn’t help when American news outlets take money from government-linked groups to produce stories about how super wily the Chinese government is.”
CUSEF has recently caught the attention of Congress for its supposed plot to infect the University of Texas in Austin.
In January Sen. Ted Cruz sent a letter to the college, worried about the school’s newly budding partnership with CUSEF.
“I am deeply concerned that collaborating with CUSEF, given its affiliations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) united front system and its registration as an agent of a foreign principal, would disseminate PRC propaganda within the Center and compromise its credibility,” Cruz penned.
“Operating as a pseudo-philanthropic foundation, CUSEF’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party are an issue of grave concern,” Cruz stated.
feature image: Ezra Klein/The Federalist