A Chinese customer sets up her new iPhone 7 during the opening sale launch at an Apple store in Shanghai, China, on Sept.16, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)
CHINA IS MANIPULATING AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO SERVE BEIJING’S INTERESTS, HOUSE GOP INVESTIGATION FINDS
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is manipulating American companies to help it achieve its aims of shaping public opinion, influencing government decisions, and acquiring U.S. technology, Republican lawmakers warned on June 27.
“U.S. businesses are receiving guidance and direction from Chinese officials to influence business operations, investment strategy, and strategic directions,” according to interim findings provided to The Epoch Times by lawmakers on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The investigation also found that U.S. corporate executives and employees practiced “self-censorship,” adjusting their business strategies “due to concerns of Chinese opposition.”
Some of China’s influence came from inside U.S. companies. CCP members, either sitting on the boards or holding executive positions in American firms, are known to be “advancing China’s initiatives in acquiring technology and penetrating U.S. markets,” the interim findings said.
The Chinese regime is also keen on getting its hands on U.S. technologies. According to the findings, U.S. firms have been “manipulated and/or coerced into sharing key technologies with China and helping Beijing acquire sensitive intellectual property, which benefits China-based firms at the expense of U.S. industry.”
The Chinese regime is seeking to replace the United States as the world’s No. 1 superpower. In a speech delivered at the CCP’s 19th National Congress in October 2017, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said that China will “become a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence” by the middle of the 21st century.
Philip Davidson, the former head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, has warned about China’s global ambitions. During a congressional hearing in March, Davidson
concerns about how China was speeding up its “ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership in the rules-based international order.”
The Republican lawmakers also found that Beijing had very specific reasons for wanting to influence U.S. companies. It wanted American corporate leaders to “pressure local, state, and federal executives and legislatures to take actions that benefit Beijing.”
Another reason was to “suppress negative comments about China” by those working at U.S. firms. Such self-censorship was possible because China would threaten to cancel contracts with U.S companies or deny them access to Chinese markets, according to the findings.
are among a group of U.S. entities that have drawn criticism in recent years over their bowing to the CCP and its censorship demands. Most recently, several U.S. lawmakers, including Senators
(R-Texas), have condemned Nike after the company’s CEO said “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.”
The communist regime has also taken advantage of the U.S. financial industry. According to the findings, Chinese firms raised funding in the United States to “enhance their international credibility.”
In addition, Beijing has used American investment managers and banks to “gain opportunities for strategic investments in U.S. startups, innovative technologies, biosciences, and manufacturing,” the interim findings say.
Meanwhile, U.S. financial firms followed CCP guidance when they made their investment decisions of China’s state-originated funds, according to the findings.
“Chinese firms use complex structures that obscure risks, state ties, and other corporate details, hindering U.S. government oversight and U.S. investors’ legal recourse in the event of fraud,” the lawmakers warned.