The new role for the United Front Work Department is part of a restructuring designed to strengthen the party’s control. Photo: Xinhua 

It’s the mysterious department behind China’s growing influence across the globe. And it’s getting bigger

‘Magic wand’ used to extend China’s reach abroad gets enhanced role at time of growing international concern over state’s covert influence

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The new role for the United Front Work Department is part of a restructuring designed to strengthen the party’s control. Photo: Xinhua 
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