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It’s the Mysterious Department Behind China’s Growing Influence Across The Globe. And It’s Getting Bigger

The controversial Chinese Communist Party department responsible for promoting its influence around the world will have its authority greatly strengthened. The United Front Work Department, which has fallen under the scrutiny of Western governments in recent months, will now oversee the country’s ethnic and religious issues as well as overseas Chinese affairs.

Read Here – South China Morning Post



Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Rejects Claims Beijing Is Trying To Buy Global Influence

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang rejected suggestions that China was leveraging its economic strength to gain political influence on the world stage…The United States, Germany, India and Australia have all raised concerns about China’s growing influence, which has expanded significantly through its trade and infrastructure development plan known as the “Belt and Road Initiative”.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Approves Giant Propaganda Machine To Improve Global Image

China has approved the creation of one of the world’s largest propaganda machines as it looks to improve its global image, according to a person familiar with the matter. The new broadcaster will be called “Voice of China,” the person said, mimicking the U.S. government-funded Voice of America that started up during World War II to advance American interests. Bloomberg News had previously reported the new entity would be created through merging China Central Television, China Radio International and China National Radio.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Chairman Xi, Chinese Idol

It’s worth noting that the presidency in China is largely ceremonial. Real power resides in leadership of the Communist Party and the Central Military Commission. These are separate positions that Xi already holds and that have no term limits. So, in theory, the change in the constitution wasn’t necessary for Xi to exercise power indefinitely; as head of the Party and military, he already has it.

Read Here – The New York Review of Books

Don’t Push Us, China Says To Trump’s Demand For US$100 Billion Cut In The Sino-US Trade Gap

Beijing underscored its determination to protect its interests after Washington demanded a US$100 billion cut in China’s trade surplus with the United States.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that the two countries should resolve their disputes through talks, since a trade war would not benefit either country. China would protect its legitimate rights if “something happens we don’t want to see”, he said.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China Launches Mega Aid Agency In Big Shift From Recipient To Donor

China is laying the groundwork for a new aid agency to oversee its massive – and opaque – foreign aid programmes as Beijing closes in on Washington as the world’s biggest donor. The new agency, the International Development Cooperation Agency, will answer to China’s highest executive body, the State Council, and consolidate roles that had been between divided between the ministries of commerce and foreign affairs.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Chinese Culture Ministry Merger In The Works In Renewed Overseas Soft Power Push

China will merge two ministerial-level agencies into one overarching cultural body to try to boost its soft power and reverse setbacks in its international image abroad. The country’s media regulator – the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television – was set to merge with the Ministry of Culture to create a super cultural ministry to expand the scope of China’s ideological influence.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

Xi Set To Rule China For Life As Parliament Scraps Term Limit

China’s rubber-stamp parliament allowed President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, perhaps for life, as it ratified a contentious constitutional amendment to abolish the two-term presidential limit, making him the most powerful leader since Chairman Mao Zedong.

Read Here – Business Line

Also read: Chinese President Xi Jinping confident and relaxed as lawmakers vote to remove term limit

China To Restructure Foreign Affairs Team In Push For Greater Role On World Stage

China is set to introduce significant changes to its foreign affairs structure with the merger of two ministerial-level organisations under its top diplomat, as it continues to push for greater recognition as a global leader, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Under the plan, the Communist Party department responsible for relations with overseas political parties would be consolidated with the party’s foreign policy coordination office.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

China’s Long Arm Reaches Into American Campuses

When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Washington on Sept. 24, 2015 on a state visit, hundreds of Chinese students lined the streets for hours, carrying banners and flags to welcome him. It was a remarkable display of seemingly spontaneous patriotism. Except it wasn’t entirely spontaneous. The Chinese Embassy paid students to attend and helped organise the event.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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