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Midwest Nonprofit Has Deep Ties to Chinese Communist Party Organization

The USHCA, a Missouri-based nonprofit, is linked to the CCP's United Front Work Department, raising concerns over China's influence in the U.S. Heartland.

The United States Heartland China Association (USHCA), a nonprofit based in Missouri, is extensively connected to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD). This bipartisan organization, which aims to foster relationships between the U.S. Heartland and China, is now under scrutiny for its associations with entities and individuals linked to the CCP’s strategic arm for influence operations.

The UFWD, recognized as a Chinese intelligence service, orchestrates global influence efforts to further the CCP’s agenda. The involvement of USHCA’s board members and advisors with UFWD-affiliated groups raises significant concerns about the extent of China’s influence operations within the United States, especially given the organization’s engagement in numerous programs that facilitate direct interaction between U.S. officials, businesses, and Chinese counterparts.

Notably, USHCA’s activities, which include political trips to China, are often conducted in partnership with organizations that fall under the UFWD’s umbrella. This association directly contradicts the notion of fostering genuine, unbiased U.S.-China relations and instead suggests a concerted effort to advance the CCP’s strategic interests within the American Heartland.

The bipartisan appeal of USHCA, with its mission to promote “a stable and productive U.S.-China relationship,” masks the underlying threat posed by its ties to the CCP’s influence mechanisms. It’s alarming that this organization, which wields considerable political influence through its connections with former governors, mayors, and other prominent officials, serves as a conduit for CCP narratives and objectives.

Republican lawmakers have previously flagged USHCA’s interactions with UFWD entities, emphasizing the organization’s role in facilitating the CCP’s influence operations. This calls into question the true intentions behind USHCA’s “people-to-people” diplomacy initiatives, which, under the guise of fostering cultural and business exchanges, may serve Beijing’s broader strategic aims.

The revelation of USHCA’s deep ties with the CCP’s influence arm is a stark reminder of China’s multifaceted strategy to infiltrate and manipulate American societal and political spheres. As USHCA continues to promote its agenda under the banner of fostering U.S.-China relations, it’s imperative to scrutinize the organization’s affiliations and the potential implications for national security and the integrity of U.S. policy-making.

This case underscores the necessity for vigilance and a reevaluation of how such organizations operate within the U.S., ensuring that America’s interests are not compromised by foreign influence campaigns masquerading as benign diplomatic efforts. It is a wake-up call for policymakers and the public alike to recognize and counter the CCP’s sophisticated strategies aimed at undermining U.S. sovereignty and democratic values.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.