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“China has been involved in election interference this cycle, both the presidential race and all the way down the ballot,” Christopher Whyte, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s homeland security and emergency preparedness program. Adding,

“There are direct ‘election hacking’ efforts that attempt to either directly or indirectly target the vote, by hacking into polling locations, registration databases, etc. Then, there are broader influence efforts that are intended to shape the context of the election itself – the issues, the mindset of voters. . . The Chinese effort has combined some digital interference with more conventional forms of influence – dark money, message-crafting, and propaganda – to steer discourse and policy away from hot button issues for the CCP. . . This has meant astroturfing – the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization – conversations about Hong Kong so as to avoid visible outbursts of support. It has involved attempting to recast discussion of COVID-19 as Chinese in origins to fit the Party narrative.”

Has China’s Communist Party Interfered in the U.S. Election?—Gen. Robert Spalding

“The risks to our nation are increasing, rather than decreasing, every minute we turn a blind eye to China’s theft of billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property and technology; to years of piracy and copyright law violations; to the CCP’s closed economy, the artificial valuation of its own currency, its relentless political influencing operations; and so much more. As we continue to turn a blind eye, our nation moves closer to losing its independence and its freedom.”
―Robert Spalding, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept

“War between nation-states in the twenty-first century looks much different than war in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Instead of bombs and bullets, it’s about ones and zeros and dollars and cents: economics, finance, data information, manufacturing, infrastructure, and communications. Control those fronts today, and you can win a war without firing a shot.”

―Robert Spalding, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept

“Robert Spalding’s Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept blends the author’s personal experience with a set of interviews about the Communist Party of China. China’s goals, as Spalding writes in this book, are obvious: gaining control and influence across the planet without resorting to military aggression –– yet by carefully taking control of the world’s shipping businesses, infiltrating corporations and science laboratories, and using American and Western investor money to float the cost of its own companies. . . According to Spalding, what comes as the biggest threat to China’s authoritarian rule is core American values like freedom of speech. As the author of Stealth Warargues in his publication, the People’s Republic of China remains focused on the six spheres of influence –– economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure –– while using ‘our [U.S] capital against our interests.’ Xi Jinping is pursuing to become a global tech leader to take over the telecoms market and export the totalitarian social control system to other countries. According to Spalding, the United States and all democratic countries ‘now face our biggest challenge since World War II–– one with dire implications for the United States and the world at large.’ The more Chinese-made goods flood the local market, the more negative impact this exerts on domestic economies. The author also claims that the increase in the production of Chinese-made goods deepens chasms in local business communities, a phenomenon that fosters the interests of the People’s Republic of China. Gen. Spalding also gives an insight into how difficult it was to write his book in the United States, where some experts and businesses enjoy profits from ties with China. Between 2016 and 2017, the general called on a prominent U.S. think tank to analyze the impact that the Communist Party of China had exerted on the U.S. corporate sector. But the institution turned down the offer amid its supervisory board’s close link to Chinese business circles. As a member of the White House National Security Council, in 2017, Spalding tried to draw the attention of many institutions to risks arising from China’s aggressive policies, which some balked at, fearful of cutting off donations or breaking business ties. Among them were also institutions whose mission was to promote democracy, freedom, and human rights. ‘I was determined to educate America about how China uses the money to influence governments and institutions around the world to shape political and economic benefits,’ Spalding explained further in this book. Many U.S. officials, as well as representatives of think tanks and business circles who occupy a leading role on Wall Street, remain, to a large extent, dependent on China. Spalding points to an effective strategy that involves Chinese specialists who understand business data and technology, allowing the country to make strategic acquisitions and obtain key technologies.”

―The Warsaw Institute Review, “Stealth War”, 29 Oct. 2020 https://warsawinstitute.org/stealth-war/

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