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China’s propaganda in Western media

For years, the U.S. branch of China’s news agency Xinhua had successfully evaded its compulsory registration as a foreign outlet in the United States. Despite initial demands in 2018 by the Department of Justice in Washington, it took until early May this year before the state-run medium complied with the legal framework. U.S. authorities, who classify Xinhua as an advocacy group for the Chinese state and thus brand it a propaganda tool, can now finally track in detail how much money flows from the People’s Republic to financially support Xinhua’s activities throughout the US. Between March last year and April 2021, transactions amounted to around 8.6 million US dollars.

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