Soft Power Propaganda Tools: US Ends Exchange Programs With China

Washington: The US State Department said on Friday it’s ended five cultural exchange programs with China, calling them “soft power propaganda tools.”

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait’s Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb/Pool via REUTERS

The Department said on its website it had “terminated” the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the US-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, the U.S. China Transpacific Exchange Program and therefore the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program.

Soft Power Propaganda Tools: US Ends Exchange Programs With China
The US terminated the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the US-China Friendship Program, the U.S. China Leadership Exchange Program, the U.S. China Transpacific Exchange Program and therefore the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program.

It said that the programs had been found out under the auspices of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act – a 1961 law signed by President John F Kennedy and aimed toward boosting academic and cultural exchanges with foreign countries.

“While other programs funded under the auspices of the MECEA are interdependent , the five programs in question are fully funded and operated by the (Chinese) government as soft power propaganda tools,” the statement said.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately return a message seeking discuss the move.

Attempts to reach representatives for the programs singled out by the State Department weren’t immediately successful.

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