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The Chinese Influence Effort Hiding in Plain Sight

Beijing uses student and professional associations to try to influence not just Chinese citizens abroad, but outsiders, too.

In centuries past, Prussian, Napoleonic, Nazi, and Allied soldiers all tramped the Strasse des 17. Juni, an east–west boulevard traversing Berlin’s leafy Tiergarten park, over which soars a winged, golden statue of the Roman goddess Victoria.

  • Didi Kirsten Tatlow
  • The Atlantic

More recently, in the auditorium of the Technische Universität Berlin, which lies along the thoroughfare, a thousand patriotic voices swelled in song for a different rising power: China.

“Though I live in a…

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