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Chinese Ambassador Gave Speech to a United Front Work Department-controlled Organization

On Saturday November 13, the annual meeting of the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) was held in San Francisco. Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang delivered a speech using video conferencing. Qin said that the United States is “manipulating” the Taiwan issue and attempting to “contain China using Taiwan,” a move that seriously endangers peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He urged the United States to adhere to the one-China principle, properly handle the Taiwan issue, and prevent the Taiwan issue from leading to conflict and confrontation between the United States and China.

The NACPU is a U.S.-registered umbrella organization with branches in multiple cities including Washington DC, New York, and Houston. In mainland China, there is a corresponding government-controlled China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification (CCPPR, 中国和平统一促进会), a senior Chinese Communist Party leader is almost always its head. The U.S.-based NACPU and its branches routinely carry out the tasks of mobilizing the local Chinese American community and advancing Beijing’s agenda on the Taiwan issue at the federal, state, and local governments.

In October 2020, the U.S. State Department issued a statement, “The Designation of the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) is a Foreign Mission of the PRC.” It said, “The United Front Work Department (UFWD) is the Chinese Communist Party’s  (CCP’s) organ that is tasked with co-opting and neutralizing threats to the party’s rule and spreading its influence and its propaganda overseas. The CCP regards this party apparatus as a ‘magic weapon’ to advance Beijing’s policies.”

“… the Department of State designated a UFWD-controlled organization – the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) – as a foreign mission of the PRC under the U.S. Foreign Missions Act. The goal of this action is to shine a light on this organization and make clear that its messages come from Beijing, as we did when, in August, we designated the Confucius Institute’s U.S. Center (CIUS) as a foreign mission.”

The recent speech by Qin Gang to the NACPU annual meeting is a recent example of Beijing’s message to this organization.

Source: Radio Free Asia, November 14, 2021