China has an extensive propaganda campaign to boost its popularity in the United States and across the world. Rather its attempting to get Americans to recognize their claim over Taiwan or brushing over their crimes against the Uyghurs, the Communist Chinese government has invested billions of dollars in propaganda to bolster their image. This week, a Chinese propaganda video was posted on the jumbotron at a Washington Capitals game. Free Beacon Reports–
“Fans of the Washington Capitals hockey team were treated to a full-blown Chinese propaganda campaign during the team’s blowout loss on Monday.
Chinese ambassador Qin Gang appeared on the Capital One Arena jumbotron during the game to promote next month’s Olympics in Beijing, which will be diplomatically boycotted by the United States and other Western nations over China’s human rights abuses. A correspondent for China Global Television Network (CGTN), a state-controlled propaganda outlet, distributed plush toys to fans and recruited Capitals mascot Slapshot to toss Chinese souvenirs into the crowd. The propaganda outlet also interviewed Capitals fans about their favorite Olympic events.”
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games coincide with the Chinese New Year. CGTN America launched a celebration for the upcoming Year of the Tiger at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
See how hockey fans were treated to giveaways, including stuffed tigers and pandas. pic.twitter.com/FU8wjnupZG
— CGTN America (@cgtnamerica) January 12, 2022
China’s influence campaign has not only included propaganda to American audiences, it has also included influencing US politicians. Christine Fang, who was part of a Chinese operation to influence American politicians, had access to the highest levels of government, including a close relationship with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Ca.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Ca.). When interviewed about his relationship with Fang, Swalwell refused to deny that he had sexual relations with her.