9,498 views Oct 18, 2021 Inside the FBI Podcast
On this episode of Inside the FBI, we discuss some of the ways the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party threaten the economic well-being, national security, and democratic values of the United States, amongst others.
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Beijing: The long arm of authoritarian China reached into my seven-year-old’s bedroom in Beijing this month. To be specific, the world globe by his bedside became the latest target in the People’s Republic of China’s war on words.
The globe was a night light that cast a reassuring glow as my son fell to sleep in our apartment, a Soviet-style high-rise where huge abandoned satellite dishes in the garden gave the false impression of easy connection to the outside world.
Kirsty Needham in Tiananmen Square as it emptied to become a carpark for delegates and media during the National Congress of the Communist Party. It had given it to him in Sydney before, at the age of four, he was uprooted and taken to this strange place as I started work as the newspaper’s China correspondent. When I travelled away, frequently, for work I could turn the globe and show him where I would be: Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul to cover trade, the North Korean border to look for smugglers breaking United Nations embargos, Hanoi and Singapore to eyeball eccentric leaders Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s historic meetings. This year it was long absences in Hong Kong.
Three years on, it was time to return home, and the removalists were going through our rooms at lightning speed. Until the globe was seized by their supervisor.
“Taiwan,” he said, pointing to the island off the mainland Chinese coast. “Taiwan is not a country, it is a part of China. You can’t take this.”
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