Beijing’s Long Arm Targets Shen Yun Artists in Upstate New York

Shen Yun principal dancer Angelia Wang rehearses at the performing art company's campus in upstate New York. An Epoch Times investigation found the popular performing arts group has been targeted in a campaign by China's communist party. (Courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts)

CUDDEBACKVILLE, N.Y.—Dancers and musicians who have fled communist China and found a base in the serenity of rural upstate New York are now finding themselves the target of overseas operations by Beijing as well as an American national with close ties to China.

An investigation by The Epoch Times, which reviewed thousands of pages of documents, internal Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents, and over a dozen interviews, uncovered a decade-and-a-half-long campaign by the CCP on U.S. soil.

The target of the CCP’s operation is Shen Yun Performing Arts, the performing arts company celebrated for its world-class performances of classical Chinese dance and music. Why the group is targeted is clear from its slogan this year: “China Before Communism.”

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