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Beijing Pressured California Senate to Scrap Human Rights Resolution

2020-10-02 13:55
Chinese diplomats have for years worked behind the scenes to pressure U.S. state and local officials into adopting policies friendly to Beijing. But this issue has only recently gained national attention as the Trump administration raises the alarm on the communist regime’s influence activities across the country. In a September 23 speech at the Wisconsin state capitol, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) covert influence operations targeting state and local politicians have been “in full swing for years” and “increasing in intensity.” He cited one example of a Californian state senator who in 2017 sought to introduce a measure denouncing the CCP’s persecution of the spiritual group Falun Gong. The Chinese consulate in San Francisco then initiated a campaign to scuttle the resolution, writing letters of protest to the state legislature.