How China Is Trying to Turn the U.S. against Itself

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with five United States governors to discuss clean technology and economic development in Seattle, Wash., September 22, 2015. (Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters)
Across the country, Beijing has worked to cultivate relationships with state and local governments and private businesses in an effort to advance its agenda.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s Congress advances a set of bills to protect against Beijing’s efforts to subvert American democracy, China is using our system of government to block and tackle. On November 12, Reuters reported that Chinese officials have been pressuring American companies, executives, and trade groups to lobby against the legislation, threatening to reduce their share of the Chinese market if the bills pass. Unfortunately, such attempts to turn the U.S. system of government against itself are not new, or unusual. And they take place at the subnational as well as national levels.

In 2015, Xi Jinping visited the United States for the first

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