US University Foils Suspected Chinese Communist Party Influence Campaign

An American university has reportedly rejected funding from a Chinese foundation suspected of facilitating China’s broader efforts to expand its global influence.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) has decided not to accept funding for its new China Public Policy Center from the Hong Kong-based China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF). The organization is led by Tung Chee-hwa, who serves as vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a self-proclaimed “united front” organization.

The CPPCC and the Communist Party’s United Front Work Department play an important role in advancing China’s vast influence operations abroad, according to The Washington Post.