United Airlines, which recently announced a diversity quota for pilots, has repeatedly sponsored U.S. high school students to participate in Communist Party-backed propaganda campaigns that encourage American students to “take actions or positions that support Beijing’s preferred policies,” the National Pulse reported Saturday.
The organization that organizes these campaigns is the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), founded in Hong Kong in 2008 by then Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Tung Chee Hwa. CUSEF has been identified by the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission as the “top entity overseeing China’s United Front Work.
Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings with the U.S. Department of Justice indicate that the CACF “effectively disseminates positive information to the media, key influencers and opinion leaders, and the public.
As previously disclosed by National Pulse, the CUSF sponsors trips to China by mainstream corporate media in exchange for “favorable coverage” and sponsors current and former U.S. elected officials chosen “based on an open-minded view of China.”
The China-US Exchange Foundation also targeted U.S. high school students from the Chicago Urban League, whose trip to China was sponsored by United Airlines. United also used the sponsorship of the students’ flights as a publicity stunt, writing a press release titled “United Airlines Partners with Chicago Urban League to Fly Local Students to China.
United even had the students pose with a United banner that read, “Proud of the connections we make locally and globally,” and identified United as “the official airline of the Chicago Urban League’s China delegation. United executives also praised the “once-in-a-lifetime” project, including Brett Hart, executive vice president and general counsel.