Actress Meryl Streep participated in a Beijing-based forum sponsored by a Chinese Communist Party-controlled influence group flagged by the U.S. government for working to coerce “foreign individuals to serve Beijing’s interests.”
A deleted webpage from the China Friendship Foundation For Peace And Development, a subsidiary of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), details the Chinese Communist Party-controlled groups involvement with the event:
Since 2011, the China Friendship and Peace Development Foundation has funded the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Asia Society of America to hold three China-US Culture and Art Forums in Beijing, China and Aspen, USA.
The CPAFFC has been dubbed the “public face” of the United Front Work Department – a billion-dollar effort executed by the Chinese Communist Party seeking “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence foreign individuals and the policies of foreign states to serve Beijing’s interests,” according to the federal U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission.
Also referred to as “avowedly an arm of the party-state,” CPAFFC has been flagged by the U.S. State Department for its campaigns to “directly and malignly influence” American officials.
Despite these ties, Streep participated in the CPAFFC-sponsored event, which featured Chinese Communist Party officials in the audience. Among them was then-Vice Premier Liu Yandong, who has headed the country’s United Front Work Department and chaired of the council of the Confucius Institute headquarters.
Similar to fears over the United Front Work Department’s efforts to malignly influence U.S. politics, Confucius Institutes have been described by Chinese officials as “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up” and are notoriously rife with propaganda, intellectual property theft, and espionage per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ).