I will never pretend to have the mental agility required to keep pace with progressive standards of political correctness but even as troglodyte such as myself can see this is wrong: the NY Times has a guest piece essentially arguing that every Chinese person abroad is a national security threat because they're a potential cog in a vast Chinese intelligence effort.
If Trump had said this about, say, Muslims, to pick an example nearly at random, the denunciations from the left would be endless. But the Chinese abroad all have a dual loyalty problem? What is this, a Roosevelt revival with internment camps? No more visas for Chinese students? No more tech jobs for the Chinese?
Well. The guest piece offers a warning without policy recommendations. I can't wait to see the reaction after the Times editors get around to reading it.
China Has a Vast Influence Machine, and You Don’t Even Know It
By Yi-Zheng Lian
Mr. Lian, a native of Hong Kong, is a former lead writer and chief editor of the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
Rather than coercing, China manipulates, preferring to act in moral and legal gray areas. It masks its political motives behind laudable human-interest or cultural projects, blurring the battle line with its adversaries. When the job is done, the other side may not realize it was gamed, or that a strategic game was even going on.
If this sounds like the stuff of conspiracy theories, it’s because there is a conspiracy afoot, and it isn’t theoretical. The Confucius Institutes and Chinese Communist Party (C.C.P.) cells being established on campuses outside China are but a few dots in this picture — when the whole lot are properly connected they outline a vast, smooth-running machine that taps Chinese people throughout the world to spread its influence and harvest intelligence in the service of the Chinese state.
And the conclusion:
Seven decades ago, Mao’s United Front was instrumental in catapulting the Chinese Communists to power. Since then, China’s influence machine has become infinitely more resourceful — and far more global.
They are everywhere!