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In this special episode, we sat down with Peter Schweizer, author of “Red-Handed” and president of the Government Accountability Institute. He touches on the Chinese regime’s strategy to buy off American elites to help Beijing get ahead—how that reaches from the top of the political sphere to big names on Wall Street and in business, and even higher education.
Schweizer said, “From Beijing’s perspective, they don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, they are happy to strike this kind of bargain. And what they’re looking for is individuals that will help them on the big issues that matter most to them, which is access to Western technology, access to Western capital markets.”
And in the second half, we hear from James Carafano, vice president of the Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He gives insight into what China is getting out of the Russia-Ukraine war.
Carafano also offered insight into ways to counter the regime. He said, “If you want to counter Chinese activity that is dangerous, destabilizing, you need a strong economy and you need to be able to defend your interests. The other side of that … is we are free societies. We’re never going to follow a model that blocks the intrusion or malicious activity by authoritarian actors.”
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