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China rejects the US academic report requiring action to be taken

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese media on Friday recalled an American academic report urging the United States to engage in "tit-for-tat"…

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese media on Friday recalled an American academic report urging the United States to engage in “tit-for-tat” retaliation to counteract what was said to be China’s Enlargement Campaign for Influence, which threatened to undermine democratic values.

US. and Chinese flags are seen before the Secretary of Defense James Mattis welcomes China’s Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA November 9, 201

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213-sided report, published by the US thought Hoover Institution on Thursday, China’s ruling communist party in recent years “significantly accelerated” both the investment and the intensity of its global influence efforts.

The report was written by a group of more than 30 outstanding Western experts, such as Orville Schell, Head of the US-China Relations Center at the Asia-based Society of New York, many who had long advocated closer involvement with China.

The sharper tone comes as President Xi Jinping has increased the oppression at home and adopted what the report describes as an “increasingly forward-looking and aggressive attitude on the global planet.”

China’s state-run Global Times said the report threatened the assessment was unfounded.

“We believe that the Chinese infiltration in the United States as reported does not match China’s objective ambitions,” said the newspaper in an editorial.

However, the report found that there was now a “surprising” level of bi-partisan skepticism about China’s intentions and a willingness to push back its “predatory” policy.

“China is using America’s openness to deepen its goals in a competitive game,” said it. “Once, to a large extent, a form of economic competition, China’s recent turn to military and political rivalry with the United States has changed the whole equation in the bilateral relationship.”

In order to counter China’s business, the report presents a series of proposals to the United States legislators, institutions and companies that say it can help ensure “transparency, integrity and reciprocity.”

It is recommended to deny US visas to Chinese journalists and have researchers connected to the Chinese government program “Thousands Talent Program” registered as a foreign agent.

The report also recently acclaimed legislation that strengthened the review of the United States Foreign Affairs Committee (CFIUS), an Interaction Panel that assesses the national safety impacts of investment.

Legislation passed in June by US President Donald Trump was a “significant improvement” that closed the loopholes that China had utilized, said it.

The authors also included a precautionary measure that China’s efforts would not be exaggerated.

“China has not tried to disturb a national election in the United States or to cause confusion or inflict polarization in our democratic discourse as Russia has done,” said it.

Reporting by Christian Shepherd and Philip Wen; Editing Michael Perry

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