China uses trade to coerce compliance with its dictates: Robert O’Brien

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Washington, Jun 27 (PTI):
US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has alleged that in addition to propaganda and influence operations, China uses trade to “coerce” compliance with its dictates.
The top Trump administration official, in his address to a group of people at Phoenix in Arizona, said that China’s efforts to control the mind of people residing beyond its borders is well underway.
In addition to propaganda and influence operations, the Chinese Communist Party uses trade to coerce compliance with its dictates, O’Brien said, according to a White House transcript.
When Australia called for an independent investigation of the coronavirus’ origins and spread, the Communist Party of China (CPC) threatened to stop buying Australian agricultural products and to prevent Chinese students and tourists from travelling to Australia, he said.
When Australia refused to relent, Beijing put these threats into force, imposing an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley exports, the NSA said.
Noting that international organisations are also part of China’s plan, he said that China has sought leadership positions within many global bodies.
China now heads four out of 15 UN specialised agencies, more than the US, the UK, France and Russia, the other members of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, combined. China uses these leaders to force the international bodies to parrot Beijing’s talking points and to install Chinese telecommunications equipment in their facilities, he alleged.

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