søndag 7. juli 2019

Canadian ads blasted Hong Kong ‘radicals’, invoking blood loyalty to China. Was Beijing’s United Front involved?

They include dozens of Chinese fraternal organisations, business groups and even clubs devoted to stamp collecting, robotics and ice wine appreciation. But the 208 Canadian Chinese groups that were signatories to recent newspaper advertisements in Vancouver denouncing “radical” Hong Kong protesters may also have included groups linked to the Chinese government’s “United Front” work – its overseas campaign of influence and outreach into the Chinese diaspora.

That is according to Jun Ing, a director and vice-president of the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver, the Chinatown umbrella organisation that placed the ads in local editions of the Chinese-language newspapers Ming Pao and Sing Tao.