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Mexican Radio Station to Broadcast in Chinese

Mexican Radio Station to Broadcast in Chinese
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 August 2018 10:45 AM

A Spanish-language radio station in Mexico is set to start broadcasting in Chinese, while critics say the station would allow Chinese propaganda to be broadcast to Chinese-Americans in southern California, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of the station, XEWW AM 690 near Tijuana, revealed the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television U.S., which is a subsidiary of Hong Kong's pro-China Phoenix TV, which U.S. intelligence agencies have identified as an overseas outlet that is used to spread the propaganda of the communist government in China, the report said.

The sale involves a foreign broadcaster, but the FCC has a role because the station broadcasts in the U.S. In a 1992 agreement that limited foreign broadcasts from Mexico that can reach the United States, the FCC could block the sale, the Free Beacon reported.

The station would be capable of reaching over 600,000 Chinese-Americans in the San Diego-Los Angeles area, the Free Beacon reported.

The FCC application said the new ownership of the station would provide "a full range of Mandarin Chinese programming," including "local Chinese community news," the report said.

KQEV, a low power FM station, filed a petition with the FCC asking the FCC not to approve the purchase of XEWW by H&H Capital Partners. The broadcaster stated FCC approval "might allow the Chinese government to provide its own propaganda programming to air on the station," the Free Beacon reported.

Lianchao Han, a former Senate aide who has studied China's overseas influence operations, said the attempt to purchase XEWW appears to be part of a global propaganda operation by China. China began spending more than $7 billion 10 years ago to implement a global propaganda strategy, Han said, according to the Free Beacon.

A Justice Department task force report in July pointed out the Justice Department's focus on information threats such as Chinese propaganda.

"Influence operations are a form of information warfare," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in July, per the Free Beacon.

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According to The Washington Free Beacon, a Spanish-language radio station in Mexico is set to start broadcasting in Chinese, while critics say the station would allow Chinese propaganda to be broadcast to Chinese-Americans in southern California.
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