China Endangers the Diaspora: Diplomat

Covid-19 pandemic costs are immense, as the world heads into recession and unemployment increases. The United States, which may spend as much as $5 trillion to tackle the many challenges, and other nations question China's lack of transparency in late 2019. In turn, China threatens to boycott Australian goods as that government calls for an investigation. The issue has entered political campaigns in the US and Canada with calls for investigations and sanctions. In January, China reached out to its diaspora community to purchase personal protective equipment before many countries realized that they would soon need such supplies. Writing for the Diplomat, Chauncey Jung describes efforts by China’s United Front Work Department to influence campus debates on Hong Kong and even surveil some protest movements. “The efforts by China’s United Front are earning more scrutiny as China adopts a more aggressive diplomatic approach against countries around the world,” Jung writes. Too often, such scrutiny devolves into racism and hatred. “Between persecution from the authoritarian Chinese regime to race-based hatred targeting East Asian communities, individuals of Chinese descent are caught in the escalating geopolitical confrontations between China and the West.” Attempts to manipulate or insult this large, diverse diaspora could backfire. – YaleGlobal

China Endangers the Diaspora: Diplomat

Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s United Front Work Department is putting the Chinese diaspora in greater danger
Chauncey Jung
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Read the article from the Diplomat about China's outreach to the Chinese diaspora in other nations.

Chauncey Jung is a freelance writer who previously worked for several Chinese internet companies based in Beijing.

China uses “United Front” work to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party. The CCP’s United Front Work Department mostly focuses on the management of potential opposition groups inside China, but it also has an important foreign influence mission. To carry out its influence activities abroad, the UFWD directs “overseas Chinese work,” which seeks to co-opt ethnic Chinese individuals and communities living outside China….  – US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Source: US-China Economic and Security Review Commission)

China and Its Diaspora on World Map, population: China  1.39 bil   UK 630,000  France 600,000  Italy  330,000  Russia 300,000  Nigeria 	 40,000 South Africa  500,000   Myanmar 1.6 mil Thailand 10 mil Malaysia  6.6 mil Singapore  3.5 mil   Vietnam  1 mil Indonesia  2.8 mil Philippines 1.3 mil  Canada 1.7 mil  US  3.8 mil   Peru  1.3 mil  Brazil 250,000  Australia 1.2 mil
(Source: Data, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and Wikipedia; map, FreeUSandWorldMaps.com)

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