Commies Gonna Be Commies

Who could have imagined that the Chinese Government would fund their student groups here and provide helpful tips on what to think and how to act

When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Washington on Sept. 24, 2015 on a state visit, hundreds of Chinese students lined the streets for hours, carrying banners and flags to welcome him. It was a remarkable display of seemingly spontaneous patriotism.
Except it wasn’t entirely spontaneous. The Chinese Embassy paid students to attend and helped organize the event. Working with Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSAs) at local universities — a Chinese student organization with branches at dozens of schools around the country — government officials from the office of educational affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington collected the contact information of about 700 students who had signed up to attend. Embassy officials communicated with students via WeChat, a Chinese messaging app, during the event and into the night, responding to messages as late as 3 a.m.

…FP found that CSSAs regularly accept funds from their local consulates and many officially describe themselves as under the “guidance” or “leadership” of the embassy. Internal correspondence reviewed by FP also show that consular officials communicate regularly with CSSAs, dividing the groups by region and assigning each region to an embassy contact who is responsible for relaying safety information — and the occasional political directive — to chapter presidents. A few CSSAs explicitly vet their members along ideological lines, excluding those whose views do not align with Communist Party core interests.

I for one am shocked.


5 Responses to “Commies Gonna Be Commies”

  1. Syd says:

    Seems like they’ve gone to a lot of trouble and effort. They should take a page out of Obama’s book and just promise those that show up free tickets to a Dave Matthews concert.

  2. aelfheld says:


    Anti-capitalist commies paid?

  3. Kathy Kinsley says:

    aelfheld, yeah – they get paid, until they get what they think they want.

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    Just wonderin’ if you are ok after all the storms hitting up there? You know, all that global warming? Hope you are warm and well-fed and have plenty to drink. And a Happy belated St. Paddy’s Day.

  5. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hi Kathy! we’re ok so far. I have to say that while it has been snowing all day it for the most part was no where near as bad as predicted. But for the past oh 4 hours it has really been snowing hard and it is starting to pile up. Happily my hootch supply is up to the challenge!

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