The China-USA Exchange Foundation, better known by its acronym CUSEF, which is supported by the Xi Jinping regime, is seeking to increase Beijing’s influence on American schools. The specific schools it wants to shape are the K-12, that is, kindergarten through 12th grade (five to eighteen years old). In this sense, direct efforts from the Chinese Communist Party have been made to achieve this goal.
The Economic and Security Review Commission of the United States and China has published a report on the performance of the Communist Party in influencing work abroad. The USCC, it should be noted, is a federal institution created to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.
The USCC report has revealed that the CUSEF responds to an institution of the Communist Party of China called the United Labor Front whose role is to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” The goal, then, is to secretly infiltrate and influence the internal institutions of a country in favor of the Communist Party of China.
United Front related organizations, the USCC reports, are playing an increasingly important role in a broader China foreign policy under Chinese President and CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping.
In this regard, in the section United Front Activities in the United States and Other Target Countries an institution called the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) received part of the funding for a new chair and research project from Dr. Tung Chee-hwa, vice chairman of the National Committee of the CCP. CUSEF belongs to Dr. Chee-hwa and is registered under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
CUSEF and its internal alliances
Since 2008, CUSEF has been in partnership with Primary Sources, an American organization dedicated to “educating world citizens by working with teachers to foster students’ knowledge, skills, and readiness for thoughtful and engaged citizenship.”
About its intentions in schools, Primary Resources states that it provides “everything from rich programs and resource materials to specific curriculum consultations. They seek to make global education a “classroom priority” for school districts.
“[President] Tung Chee Hwa has always appreciated our efforts and respected our work,” said Kathy Ennis, the organization’s director at the time. “The Foundation (CUSEF) relies on us to bring a broad, diverse and unbiased perspective of China’s history to our programming.”
On the brochure page, CUSEF explains that it “supported” two trips by American K-12 teachers organized by Primary Source. In 2008 and 2009 these teachers from New England, Massachusetts (where Primary Source is based) traveled to China for two weeks. In its 2011 annual report, the foundation supported by the Communist Party of China shows how students from Crenshaw High School and Remnin University of Los Angeles-affiliated high school visited Beijing, along with K-12 teachers.
CUSEF and Tibet
AXIOS revealed in a note concerning CUSEF that in accordance with certain declassifications of 2011 filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the CCP foundation paid $20,000 per month to Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) to organize various activities aimed at making the U.S. information environment more Beijing-friendly. Tibet, in this context, is an important target for CUSEF.
Tibet, which has been under bloody communist occupation, is raised as an issue to be resolved. BLJ argues that “by creating a factual account of the Chinese impact on Tibet and producing a report that removes the emotion from the situation, we believe we will have a solid platform from which to address China’s critics.” To accomplish the task, BLJ had already conducted the first stage of a “textbook review” and “will proceed to contact publishers once the CUSEF-sponsored study is published” and there is material to address the claims.
The grand strategy that BLJ proposes for the Communist Party of China regarding Tibet is listed later in the text:
- Initiate a short- and medium-term U.S. campaign to influence key constituencies (politicians, academics and experts), as well as general public opinion, about China’s real efforts and intentions in Tibet;
- Shift the debate about Tibet in the United States to one that reduces purely emotional arguments and promotes accurate, factual evidence;
- Develop and promote a positive and coherent narrative of China’s engagement and history with Tibet, highlighting the many investments in education, infrastructure and other investments in the region;
- Begin implementing a long-term strategy to better inform the next generation of U.S. opinion leaders about China-Tibet.