Report: China is Trying to Influence American Politics and Society

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A Chinese flag lays on the ground amidst confetti at a cultural festival to mark the first day of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan, February 16, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A group of experts on China-U.S. relations have released a report detailing what they say are China's expanding attempts to meddle in American democracy. The report says, "except for Russia, no other country's efforts to influence American politics and society is as extensive and well funded as China's." The authors,many of whom have long advocated for engagement with China, describe new efforts by the Chinese government to influence universities, media outlets and think tanks.

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Orville Schell, director, Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society; co-chair, Working Group on Chinese Influence Activities in the United States