China has released yet again another anti-U.S. propaganda film.
The latest film is an animated video focusing on the California farming industry and how it is struggling due to the U.S. imposing the recent tariffs on China.
Released on the China Global Television Network (CGTN,) a cartoon almond says that “President Donald Trump has started a trade war against China. In retaliation, China has enacted a 50-percent combined tax on me, my friend pistachio, and other classic California produce.”
The video mentions the recent $12 billion in aid the Trump administration gave to farmers but claims that California’s nut farmers, in particular, are being neglected.
“Midwestern farmers are not happy with the relief, wanting trade instead. At least they have aid, unlike me,” says the cartoon almond.
The video claims that California’s 7,000 almond growers, most of which supported Trump in the traditionally blue state, are getting no relief.
“Some of our top almond-producing regions in the state are actually represented by Republicans. But unfortunately, with neither trade nor aid, our state’s farmers now stand to lose the most in this escalating trade war,” says the video. “Tell me, do you want all those fruits, nuts, and veggies to pile up and rot simply because President Trump is killing trade at the expense of the many?”
China is also trying to spread anti-U.S. propaganda in Mexico.
Last week, a large Spanish-language radio station XEWW AM 690 in Mexico was purchased by a buyer with ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.
Phoenix TV has had a long history of spreading propaganda and promoting the policies of China’s communist government. This sale has prompted the Trump administration to investigate.
“The FCC must protect American security and economic interests, and deny any attempt by the Chinese government to broadcast Communist Party propaganda and other programming into the United States,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.)
China has also tried to influence Americans through universities. Last week, The University of North Florida closed the Chinese-run Confucius Institute.
“After reviewing the classes, activities and events sponsored over the past four years and comparing them with the mission and goals of the university, it was determined that they weren’t aligned,” said the university in a statement.
The institute has been accused of pushing programming with mostly Chinese propaganda. Pennsylvania State University and the University of Chicago have also cut ties with the institute.
Rubio applauded the university’s decision.
“I welcome the decision of @UofNorthFlorida to close its Confucius Institute. There is growing & well-founded concern about these Chinese Communist Party-funded Institutes. I continue to urge other FL universities to follow suit,” said Rubio, who has sponsored legislation that would require universities to disclose foreign funding.
Author’s note: China is desperately trying to extend its propaganda machine into the U.S. There are legal ways to do this, but luckily, universities and lawmakers are catching on. “Cultural Institutes” aren’t only pushing propaganda, but they are also collecting intelligence and act as recruiting offices for Chinese spies.