In the March 7 issue of Foreign Policy, there is an interesting article called “China’s Long Arm Reaches Into American Campuses”.
This article is based on investigative journalism including interviews with people involved in the Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSAs) active at most American colleges and universities with substantial Chinese populations.
The article cites examples of Chinese students being paid to cheer visiting Chinese officials. Anonymous Chinese students say that they are uncomfortable with what they felt was growing ideological pressure from the embassy and consulates. Many CCSA’s many officially describe themselves as under the “guidance” or “leadership” of the embassy.