In the opinion of Dr. Frank Xie, the Chinese Communist Party’s “infiltration into the United States is overwhelming.”
And Chinese government’s influence also is alarming in other parts of the world, he said during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Aiken on Oct. 17 at Newberry Hall.
Xie is the John M. Olin Palmetto Chair Professor in Business at USC Aiken.
The first reported outbreak of COVID-19 occurred in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province.
One the theories about the virus’s origin involves a laboratory leak.
“It is my opinion, actually from what I understood, that it had everything to do with the Chinese military because the Chinese military had one of the floors where the virus was leaked or came out,” Xie said. “We don’t know if the virus was intentionally or accidentally leaked, but we do know the consequences of the spread of the virus.”
China also made it more difficult for the rest of the world to control COVID-19’s impact, Xie told the Rotary Club.
“When the pandemic started, there was a shortage of the masks and other medical supplies,” he said. “The Chinese government was holding them. A lot of those masks and supplies were made in China, and they were using that as a way to influence or coerce other governments.”
Xie also discussed how China has infiltrated America’s government, sports and entertainment industries, businesses and universities.
Funding for some movies comes from China, Xie said, and those sources “want to add it (propaganda) to the movies and change the endings or change the scripts to say something positive about the Chinese government.”
The Chinese Communist Party also “pays to have their content (published) verbatim in the U.S. media, whereas Western media cannot even have clear presence in China,” Xie said.
To learn more about the Chinese Communist Party’s infiltration of this country, Xie recommended reading “Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept,” a book by Ret. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding.
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