The Chinese firm Dalian Wanda—closely aligned with the Communist Party—has already bought AMC Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment. It is nearing a merger between AMC and Carmike Cinemas, which would form the largest movie theater chain in the country with more than 600 cinemas.
The U.S.-based company G&E Studio—a subsidiary of the state-run China Radio International—now controls airtime on at least 15 U.S. radio stations in cities like Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
“President Xi Jinping has vowed to ‘strengthen China’s soft power‘ and ‘build its capacity in international communication.‘ China now spends about $10 billion annually on ‘external propaganda‘ alone…”
“China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion...”
“...the Communist Party has increasing influence over how some Hollywood movies are made and how they portray China.”
“...the news content on these [radio] stations takes a largely pro-Beijing line, including on the military tensions with the U.S. and its allies in the South China Sea.”
“China is going to be...the arbiter of what can get made and will get made.”
“Chinese censors can act as world film police on how China can be depicted, how China's government can be depicted, in Hollywood films.”
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