The Chinese Communist Party is taking a more aggressive approach to press relations with the U.S. The country is reportedly laying a trap for three journalists at The Wall Street Journal. They are being lured to China on the pretense of entering an “education trip,” then relocated in the post-existing network of China-United States ties, according to multiple reports.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Grow, three Chinese journalists were invited to China to participate in an “educational trip.” Once in, they were told by those running the mission, which included a National Security Council official, that they would be given excellent jobs at the China government and would remain based in the U.S. “But then we weren’t sent home,” Grow writes. Instead, they were taken to a high-level Communist Party official’s house where they were met with other journalists and told they would be placed in “a ‘new’ overseas bureau,” said Grow. They were even paired up with their new employers, a certain Channel One TV.
The last time a regime put three journalists in the same room for the purpose of seduction was in 1977 during the presidency of Anwar Sadat and of Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamal Hassan Ali. This experience would end with them being accused of committing sedition. Grow, however, notes that the three Journal journalists have been cleared to fly to China and are “waiting to leave.”
“They just don’t know why,” one journalist told Grow.
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