Xi Jinping Holds Onto Power Amid Infighting Within the CCP
Commentary by Wang He October 19, 2020
In less than eight years, Xi Jinping has established himself as the core leader and his political ideology is enshrined into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s constitution. This not only places Xi above his predecessors Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Deng Xiaoping, but he is also catching up with Mao Zedong’s legacy. However, now that the CCP is accelerating its own demise, most factions within the regime want to hold Xi accountable.
For example, in the first half of 2020, a few vocal CCP officials have requested for Xi to step down. “Princeling” (a descendant of a former high-ranking official) Chen Ping called for an urgent Politburo meeting to determine whether Xi is suitable to continue serving as the national leader. Another princeling, Deng Pufang, who is also the son of former Party leader Deng Xiaoping, openly criticized the regime’s policies in a speech he gave when he was re-elected as the honorary chairman of China’s Disabled Persons’ Federation in September 2018. Experts say the remarks were a veiled attack on Xi.
What is Xi’s reaction?
First of all, Xi took steps to solidify his authority over the regime and the military.
Xi wants to control three groups: high-ranking officials, dissenters, and big corporations.
1. High-ranking officials and retired Party veterans
Xi wants to crack down on any “non-organized political activities” by veterans. According to state media reports, the upcoming fifth plenum will pass new working regulations of the Central Committee that are intended to cement Xi’s core leadership and prevent him from being ousted by political rivals.
The regime punishes critics who openly criticize the CCP, including Princeling Ren Zhiqiang, a second-generation descendant of a senior CCP official, who was sentenced to 18 years; Cai Xia, a dissident and retired professor of the Central Party School, lost her retirement benefits; Xu Zhangrun, an intellectual and a professor at Tsinghua University, was removed from his post; and Xu Zhiyong, an activist and legal scholar, was detained earlier this year. All these incidents happened in the first half of 2020.
3. Big corporations
Financial tycoons, especially those with political ties, have been reined in by the CCP. The CEO of Anbang Insurance Group, Wu Xiaohui, was found guilty of fraud and embezzlement, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. The founder of Tomorrow Group, Xiao Jianhua, was placed under investigation. He reportedly laundered money for high-level CCP officials. The early retirement of Alibaba founder Jack Ma last year came at a time when Beijing was clamping down on private firms. In June 2018, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mandated that all of the country’s publicly listed companies must set up Party organizations for its employees.
Promoting Socialism: Xi Jinping Thought
Many books on Xi’s political doctrine, called “Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” (also known as Xi Jinping Thought) have been published—fostering a cult of personality around Xi. The first volume of “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China,” a collection of Xi’s speeches and writings, was published in 2014, and the third volume was just published this year. On July 20, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi declared the opening of the Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy research center in Beijing as “an epoch-making milestone in the diplomatic theory of New China.” Xi’s portraits have also been put up in many places such as temples and churches.
Party officials are required to study Xi Jinping Thought and are expected to be loyal to the CCP. The regime has severely cracked down on those whose “conduct violated political discipline” according to the 2018 Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Regulations, such as those who “make a mockery of the Central Committee’s major directives, undermining the Party’s centralism and unity.”
On Jan. 1, 2019, the Chinese app “Xuexi Qiangguo” (which translates to “Study the Great Nation”) was launched, designed for online study of Xi Jinping’s Thought. According to a report by German cybersecurity company Cure53, the app has put individual users at risk of having their sensitive information decrypted and stored.
As Xi faces mounting pressure at home and abroad (i.e., over China’s sluggish economy and pandemic response), rival factions within the regime want to hold Xi accountable.
In “Governance of China,” Xi requires officials to be loyal to the Party and “not to take the old path of a rigid closed-door policy, nor an erroneous path by abandoning socialism.” There’s no alternative and this is the fundamental reason why Xi is trapped in a dead end. Where is his new path?
The only way out for Xi and his opponents is to abandon socialism. But are they willing to do so? It’s hard to tell.
In short, if Xi and his opponents are still trapped within the mindset of pledging their allegiance to the Party above everything else, then they would destroy themselves.
The elimination of the CCP will open up a path of a promising future for China.
Wang He has master’s degrees in law and history, with a focus on the international communist movement. He was a university lecturer and an executive of a large private company in China. He was imprisoned in China twice for his beliefs. Wang lives in North America now and has published commentaries on China’s current affairs and politics since 2017.
Sanctions Against the CCP and Their Implications on Human Rights Violators
Oct. 17, 2020 | By Xing Chen (Minghui.org)
Many countries have taken actions against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for waging disinformation campaigns and turning the coronavirus epidemic into a global pandemic that has infected tens of millions.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), for example, issued a policy guidance on October 2 focusing on the inadmissibility of applicants who are members of the Communist and/or any other totalitarian party. The United Kingdom and Japan, as well as other countries, have planned to implement similar measures.
Members of the CCP and Youth League Barred from the U.S.
“The inadmissibility ground for immigrant membership in or affiliation with the Communist or any other totalitarian party is part of a broader set of laws passed by Congress to address threats to the safety and security of the United States,” explained the USCIS Policy Manual. “Its original purpose was to protect the United States against un-American and subversive activities that were considered threats to national security.”
Immigration lawyer Gary Chodorow said excluding communist organization members is in line with American values and that it was explicitly listed in the 1950 Internal Security Act. In an article on Law and Borders Blog titled “USCIS Policy Manual Update on Immigrant Membership in the Communist Party,” he said the CCP maintains its grip on power by permeating every corner of every citizen’s life.
“The CCP permeates every level of society, pulling strings that control every activity,” he continued. “The CCP has branches inside every state administrative organ, as well as mass organizations at all levels. The CCP branches also exist inside of companies, both private and state-owned.” Even regular people with no political ambitions may be involved in the Party or affiliated organizations, he added.
It was reported that China currently has 92 million CCP members and 80 million active members of the Youth League, a junior organization of the CCP. Together with the pro-CCP internet army, about 200 million people could be barred from entering the U.S..
No Longer a Safe Haven for Human Rights Violators
As expected, this update in the USCIS policy manual triggered intense debate in China.
Hua Chunying, a spokesperson of the China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said she was “saddened” to see the USCIS policy update. Netizens responded to her remarks with sarcasm.
“You [CCP officials] always paint the U.S. as a terrible place. When did an inability to go there become a bad thing?” one of them wrote.
“No wonder Hua is disappointed by this,” another one wrote. “She has purchased a luxury house in the U.S. and her daughter also studies there!”
These comments are true. It is common for CCP officials to settle down in the U.S. although they had spent their entire life criticizing Western values and defending Party lines. This includes many perpetrators of human rights violations.
Sima Nan, a pro-CCP scholar, has written many articles defaming Falun Gong, a meditation system based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Since the CCP launched the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, Sima has been heavily involved in the brainwashing of detained practitioners in China.
Meanwhile, he tirelessly attacked the U.S. to toe the Party line. On January 20, 2012, he posted the following on the social media platform Weibo, “The U.S.is enemy of the entire world… it exploits all countries… like a huge tumor. Everyone questions the U.S.”
Later that day, however, he boarded a plane to the U.S. to spend the Chinese New Year with his family, who already lived there. After the flight landed, some Chinese on the plane spotted him and asked him why he would come to this place of a “huge tumor” and “enemy of the entire world.”
“Confronting the U.S. is my job and coming here is my life,” Sima replied.
He is not alone. Yuan Mu, spokesperson of the State Council in 1989, openly lied many times by claiming no one died during the Tiananmen Square Massacre. He also made many remarks attacking the U.S. and called on the Chinese people to follow the Party line. Later on, however, his daughter went to the U.S., and he also went there after retirement.
There are many cases of this kind. A professor at China’s Central Party School found in 2010 that 1.18 million CCP officials had their spouses and children living overseas. Dongxiang, a magazine in Hong Kong, obtained internal data from the CCP authorities in 2012 that 90% of CCP Central Committee members had family members who had emigrated overseas.
Actions from Other Countries
In addition to the U.S., other countries have also tightened visa approval policies concerning CCP members. According to The Times, The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in U.K. declared on October 1 that it would expand security checks for overseas applicants who want to study subjects relating to national security, due to concerns related to intellectual property theft.
The Henry Jackson Society, a policy think tank based in London, published a report on the same day with a title of “Brain Drain: The UK, China, and the Question of Intellectual Property Theft.” The report said hundreds of scientists from China had been studying in research areas that involve knowledge useful to the creation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Japan was also reported to increase scrutiny of visa applications from foreign students and researchers to curb Chinese espionage in the country. The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported in early October that the Japanese government was planning to implement stricter visa requirements next year to prevent foreign interference and technology theft by international students and academic researchers, especially those from China.
In addition, Japan’s National Security Agency and a number of ministries will conduct stricter background checks of visa applicants and include suspicious persons in a system shared with other government agencies, including diplomatic officials abroad. Furthermore, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has requested a budget of $2.8 million USD for measures related to closer inspections in the next fiscal year.
Once implemented, Japan will join countries such as the U.S. and Australia in countering the CCP’s intellectual theft, reported Yomiuri Shimbun.
Leaders of the European Union (EU) have also expressed concerns about the CCP. According to a October 2 report by Barron’s, EU leaders scheduled a special summit for November 16 to “discuss Europe’s complicated relations with China.” The summit will be held without China and will address increasing worries over Beijing’s human rights violations and unfair trade practices.
Huawei and the CCP’s War for Information Dominance
Commentary by Austin Bay October 15, 2020
Long-term strategic struggles, like the U.S.-versus-China confrontation, do not submit to bombshell headlines and snapshot predictions. When very large and powerful political, economic, and cultural organizations conflict, years judge the slow war process of achieving strategic gain or suffering damaging loss, not talking heads on 24/7 news outlets.
Some 30 years ago, the Chinese Communist Party and its intelligence agencies bet digital-information delivery dominance would be a decisive advantage in a long-term struggle for global dominance. I emphasize delivery, for dominating the material and physical (equipment and infrastructure) means for delivering digital information gives the dominator an edge in providing, denying, or subverting content—be it news, opinion, or entertainment. Control the system, or be able to easily penetrate, manipulate, or corrupt it, and you can secretly collect data on users, spy on users and, if you happen to be a CCP totalitarian, engage in intimate, personal blackmail in order to advance other political and economic schemes.
Denying the CCP global-information delivery dominance and its advantages is the strategic goal driving America’s bid to ban equipment made by China’s giant Huawei Technologies corporation, with its 5G communication systems a critical target.
Huawei also operates as an intelligence agency “cutout company,” spying for the CCP. In August, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the company “an arm of the CCP’s surveillance state.” He also sketched the strategic struggle when he announced new economic and diplomatic measures to protect Americans’ security and privacy “and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence.”
America’s hard pushback began three years ago. Unfortunately, it is seven to 10 years late, for Huawei is entrenched in digital networks around the globe.
5G “next generation” wireless communication systems are an information battlespace. 5G has the ability to connect cellphones, the internet, the internet of things—all digital devices, which could include controls on a hydroelectric dam.
Three corporations in democracies field superior 5G tech. Finland’s Nokia, Sweden’s Ericsson, and South Korea’s Samsung are Nos. 1, 2, and 3 globally in holding standard and essential telecommunications patents.
Huawei, however, has assets its intellectual superiors lack: the CCP’s money, political clout, and the covert might of the tyranny’s spies and police. Sources estimate Huawei has received $75 billion to $80 billion from Beijing. The cash juiced Huawei’s sales by guaranteeing financing and subsidizing interest rates. “Preferential financing” meant Huawei could offer a poor nation a communications system too cheap to refuse.
Should a nation or company balk, CCP spies and diplomats will identify corporate personnel and government bureaucrats who can be gulled or bribed—or blackmailed. Beijing also influences non-Chinese corporations using investments channeled via companies with opaque ownership.
Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung are superior providers, but they cannot compete with a nation-state combining trade, business, financial, diplomatic, media, and spy powers to support Huawei’s operations.
This February, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr suggested America form a consortium with private U.S. and allied companies to manufacture 5G equipment. He recommended teaming with Nokia and Ericsson.
That must happen. The U.S. attack on Huawei is really a response to the CCP, which uses Huawei as a weapon in its strategic struggle. The CCP loves money, but its deep goal is global domination, not beating Nokia out of a contract.
America’s diplomatic and legal attack on Huawei is advancing. Three Canadian 5G providers—including Bell Canada—will not use its equipment. In July, Britain decided to ban and remove Huawei products from its 5G networks. Alas, the ban takes effect in 2021, and operators have until 2027 to remove installed Huawei equipment.
Though German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposes banning Huawei outright, German legislators intend to pass an information technology security law that restricts high-risk vendors. Telefonica Deutschland has decided its new 5G network will use Ericsson because “the Swedish supplier would safeguard the security” of its 5G services.
That is a small step toward defeating the CCP.
Austin Bay is a colonel (ret.) in the U.S. Army Reserve, author, syndicated columnist, and teacher of strategy and strategic theory at the University of Texas–Austin. His latest book is “Cocktails from Hell: Five Wars Shaping the 21st Century.”
Coincidences in Vancouver Suggest China Money Laundering Funding Disruption in US
Commentary by John Mills October 9, 2020; Updated October 10, 2020
In more innocent times, Vancouver, British Columbia, was a natural landing point for family wealth from Hong Kong and China as they transited their funds to buy homes, real estate, and other things. Some of this was done lawfully, some, maybe not as much.
Growing up in Seattle, I had plenty of Asian friends that would casually, and innocently mention these family transactions. It meant little to me at the time, back then life was simpler. A sweet and innocent time.
More recently though, the flavor and nature of these financial movements has taken a much darker, strategic, and sinister nature. I’ve been in Vancouver multiple times in the past few years, and it has been very hard for me to not run into imperious Han inner-circle elite in their expensive cars tending to their nice homes. They stand out and are noticeable, so must I because of the way they immediately take notice in me.
We dialogue about what each of us are doing in Vancouver. Are they buying these homes as the vanguard of an invasion or as an insurance policy and landing point if the CCP collapses? The answer is clear—yes.
The Big Circle Boys and the BC Casinos
Sam Cooper and other Canadian reporters have done heroic work documenting the hard turn of the legacy money flow into Vancouver from Hong Kong and China. The Big Circle Boys, a long-standing, organized crime element from Hong Kong has been transformed into a violent, militant, and essentially para-military extension of the CCP.
Recently, the “victimless” crime nature of these cash movements has changed as violent gun battles and murders have occurred. It’s no longer simply about families sneaking money into the country to buy a second home.
It’s about Fentanyl—which the CCP is using as “Agent Orange” to de-populate the United States and Canada en masse. It’s about guns, it’s about drugs, it’s about real estate, it’s about laundering large cash transactions, it’s about influence operations.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have even cited terrorist links. The RCMP “Sidewinder” report from 1997 sounded a klaxon of danger on this topic. Not officially released, the Sidewinder Report is the equivalent of the more contemporary Snowden leak of classified information in U.S. circles.
Elmer Yuen, a former resident of Hong Kong and now a leading advocate of defeating the CCP confirms the transformation of the Big Circle organization into an extension of CCP power and influence.
If you want to launder large of amounts of cash wired into a country, there is almost no better way than a casino, and the Big Circle Boys seem to have a controlling interest of the entire Casino environment in British Columbia. Simply put, casinos are hubs of corruption.
Curious Geographic Coincidences
Coincidently, and there are no coincidences in this business, a group called nondescriptly, “Adbusters” is based in Vancouver. It’s also the same group that was, and perhaps still is planning the “Siege of Washington D.C.” to disrupt the American election.
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) also has a large footprint in Vancouver, a group that has been tied directly to the CCP and the CPA has been tied to Black Lives Matters. CCP related media and personalities like Chen Weihua have referenced a relationship and interest in BLM and Antifa. Trevor Loudon has magnificently laid out the architecture of the complex web of activities and first pointed out Adbusters and their possible relationship to U.S. domestic unrest.
Seattle and Portland are just two to four hours down the road from Vancouver. Another interesting coincidence is that the Washington Gaming Casino system straddles I-5 on this route and provides other opportunities for corruption and laundering. The geographic co-location of large amounts of cash, groups acting as CCP proxies, and convenient laundering opportunities is a red flag that merits national level attention of U.S. Intelligence and Law Enforcement.
Riot Kitchen in Seattle has been a proxy of a proxy as the Seattle based logistical support element of inter-state violence. A Presidential issuance on Sept. 2, 2020 followed shortly by a Department of Justice memo identified Seattle and Portland as hubs of violent activity and established the theme of the failure of mayors and governors to provide “Equal Protection” to the citizenry—an incredibly important legal foundation of our Constitution.
So what’s the point with all these coincidences? In my career I’ve found a truth—don’t ever assume that the intelligence and law enforcement resources of the United States are looking in the right direction, at the right time, for the right evidence, on the right issue. Obvious coincidences are often not being looked at. I’ve seen incredible volumes of collection data discarded because they weren’t on the priorities list to be reviewed.
Whether talking about Al-Qaeda extremists or Chinese influence operations, the fuel of the black arts is the same: cash.
An al-Qaeda operative is quoted by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States as saying, “There are two things a brother must always have for jihad, the self and money.”
In the old days, the United States Intelligence Community and State Department under the legendary Dulles Brothers brought this to a high art form. I would argue, we were a force for good in the bare knuckle, constant alleyway brawl with the Soviet Union in the earlier days of the Cold War.
The Soviets wanted to play tough and we showed them we could also, and often outmaneuvered them through a better argument, some gloves off work ourselves, and yes, sometimes cash. As time went on, the Vietnam experience soured and distracted us, and then with the Senator Frank Church hearings, this high art form for good was lost.
A more positive and uplifting representation of the return of this high art form of intelligence and law enforcement strategy for good was the magnificent work in shutting down CCP interference in the Taiwanese elections in January 2020. After a quick strategy huddle a law was quickly framed, passed, and enforced “The Anti-Infiltration Law” and Taiwan moved with alacrity to shut down CCP money on the street.
Han Kuo, the CCP-funded opponent, went from hero to zero and now has been thrown out of office. Bravo to President Tsai—she and her staff executed flawlessly a blocking and tackling model on how to protect democracy from CCP election meddling.
Pivoting U.S. Government Capabilities
The answer is simple to mobilize U.S. Federal resources; secretaries of the departments and heads of agencies must re-order the priorities lists. It’s time for Secretary Pompeo to demarche Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton and time for the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to pivot, focus, and intensify the resources to ascertain the meaning of these coincidences.
Attorney General Barr re-prioritized the focus of the Department of Justice in July—China is now job one. It takes a little while to turn the ship of the United States government, but things are now happening, and the U.S. government is strategically disassembling the CCP activities in the United States.
Canada and the U.S. Government should exercise their historic relationships and friendships to more diligently address the curious, high-cash operations, enabled by CCP associated groups in Vancouver, BC.
Col. (Ret.) John Mills is a national security professional with service in five eras: Cold War, Peace Dividend, War on Terror, World in Chaos, and now—Great Power Competition. He is the former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Department of Defense. @ColonelRETJOHN
Celebration in China of U.S. President’s Coronavirus Diagnosis Highlights CCP’s Continued Brainwashing
(Minghui.org) Oct. 11, 2020
Just like how the Chinese people celebrated the 911 terrorist attack in 2001, many Chinese cheered when news broke that U.S. President Donald Trump had tested positive to the novel coronavirus on October 2, 2020.
This news item quickly became a hot search item on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social media, with 750 million reads.
The Chinese people gloating over President Trump’s diagnosis is a reflection of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) hostility education inside China about the U.S., especially when the Trump administration is taking a strong stance that seeks to end the CCP’s totalitarianism.
Such reaction forms a sharp contrast to people in the West. In addition to the well-wishes offered by leaders of various countries, many U.S. citizens stayed outside of the hospital where Trump stayed to show their support.
President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he had contracted the virus also contrasts with the cover-ups in China, where the top leaders’ health is regarded as a “state secret” and a taboo topic for the media.
After President Trump and the First Lady’s diagnosis, all staff members in the White House were tested. The media published the test results quickly to the public. It is hard to imagine that any media in China could receive such information, and even if it received the information, would likely not dare to publish it.
President Trump left the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and returned to White House on October 5.
When the Chinese people celebrated President Trump’s diagnosis, they were treating the U.S. as China’s number one enemy. Few realized that the Chinese Communist Party itself is the fundamental problem for China.
It Is Time to Recognize the CCP as a Transnational Criminal Organization?
Commentary by Long Ju October 9, 2020
On Oct. 1, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was celebrating the 71st anniversary of its takeover of China, a U.S. bill was introduced to designate the CCP a “transnational criminal organization.”
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) introduced the legislation. He said the CCP “cannot be given a pass, cannot be absolved of justice just because it’s ruling China, and that’s what’s happened. Because they can declare themselves as the legitimate government of China they are allowed to get away with it.”
“They are allowed to get away with the oppression, concentration camp, all kinds of horrific things that you already know about. Whether it’s the Falun Gong, whether it’s our friends in Mongolia, whether it’s taking over Tibet, all of it has to end,” he continued, referring to Beijing’s persecution of the ancient spiritual practice, erosion of Mongolian cultural customs, and suppression of Tibetan Buddhists, respectively.
“All of it has to end. Its criminal activity that must be recognized and stood against by the whole world community. And the United States must lead.”
If it takes a domino effect to “tear down the wall,” I believe that this bill serves as the first domino that will bring down the wall that has blocked the innocent Chinese from the free world and from learning the truth about the nature of the CCP for more than seven decades.
During this time, the Chinese population has paid the price of the CCP destroying the country. The top one percent, which includes the elite ruling class, own more than 90 percent of the national wealth. At least 84.1 percent of the population belong to the lower class of Chinese society and suffer from tyranny and injustice, while the rest are the ones who would most likely defend the CCP. It is the CCP dictatorship that has brainwashed these people. They don’t represent all Chinese, but their voices are heard by the outside world.
Recently, a professor at Shenyang University of Technology, Zhao Shengye, posted online his plans to “destroy the world.” He proposed to detonate a nuclear submarine loaded with nuclear warheads in the Pacific Ocean; detonate thousands of nuclear bombs in the Himalayas at the same time; and detonate thousands of nuclear bombs implanted deep in the Sichuan Basin.
Why did he post such plans? As he claimed, “It’s the ultimate solution … when they (Americans) intervene in Chinese affairs,” to resolutely safeguard the rule of the CCP.
Such ideas are exactly the same as the CCP’s approach of using unrestricted warfare. This mentality was clearly depicted by the spread of the CCP virus (novel coronavirus) that has killed countless Chinese citizens and many people worldwide.
According to a Chinese report on Gnews.org, Zhao Shengye is the founder of the Honker Union of China, also known as H.U.C., a group of Chinese hackers of extreme patriotism and nationalism that are over 80,000 strong. Of the many cyberattacks launched by the group, the 2001 hacking of the White House site is the most well-known. The group’s views represent those who insist on communism and the core mentality of the CCP to destroy the world at any cost. The report also indicated that if it were not for the acquiescence of the CCP’s propaganda system, such a shocking remark would have been deleted by Chinese cyber police. Therefore, it is obvious that Zhao is backed by the CCP. His views also suggest the final struggle of the CCP.
Under the deceitful ruling of the CCP, the world has revolved around its tyranny, whether intentional or not. However, the scourge of the pandemic has awakened us all.
As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned in his trip to Italy: “The piece was written and our policy has been all along to bring every actor who can benefit the people of China from—to take away the horrors of the authoritarian regime the Chinese Communist Party is inflicting on these people. That was our mission set, and it will remain our mission set. Long—it’s been so long before the election; it will remain so after the election.”
Long Ju is an independent short film producer and has contributed to The Epoch Times since 2010.
“Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’”—Mao Zedong, “Problems of War and Strategy” (Nov. 6, 1938), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 224.
During the 1960s and 1970s, when African-American revolutionaries launched street violence in cities across the United States, their close ideological and personal working relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was very much out in the open. When Black Panther Party leaders Elaine Brown and Huey P. Newton or avowed militant revolutionaries such as Robert Williams visited Beijing in those days, it was often a photo op—sometimes with Mao Zedong himself.
On Aug. 8, 1963, the Peking Review published a statement that Chairman Mao issued at the direct request of Robert Williams, former president of the Monroe, North Carolina, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and later affiliated with the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers World Party, and members of the Communist Party USA. Mao’s statement was entitled “Statement Supporting the American Negroes in Their Just Struggle Against Racial Discrimination by U.S. Imperialism.”
Mao’s words make reference to the “American Negroes’ struggle against racial discrimination,” and claim that “American Negroes are awakening and their resistance is growing stronger and stronger … [in a] continuous expansion of their mass struggle against racial discrimination and for freedom and equal rights.”
After citing some of the early developments of the U.S. civil rights movement in the early 1960s, Mao called upon “the workers, peasants, revolutionary intellectuals, enlightened elements of the bourgeoisie and other enlightened persons of all colors in the world … to unite to oppose the racial discrimination practised by U.S. imperialism and support the American Negroes in their struggle against the racial discrimination.”
That sort of full-throated, public backing by the top levels of the CCP is absent for the revolution currently being led on America’s streets by the openly Marxist, pro-Maoist Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its allies among the equally communist Antifa and others. But that doesn’t mean that the ideological affiliation of Antifa and BLM leadership with communism and Beijing or even tangible CCP support for today’s communist street insurrection is absent. It’s just a little more discreet these days.
“We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports.”—Mao Zedong, “Interview with Three Correspondents from the Central News Agency, the Sao Tang Pao and the Hsin Min Pao” (Sept. 16, 1939), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 272.
Clearly, the whole-hearted support of a totalitarian communist regime like Mao’s (with plenty of its own racial and other discriminatory issues) for America’s black revolutionaries was not really about individual liberty, government by consent of the governed, or equality before the law. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now.
Whether Newton, Williams, or any of today’s revolutionaries realized it or not, they were and still are being used by a revolutionary communist movement whose true objectives have less to do with the actual situation of blacks in American society than with its own imperative to overthrow the U.S. constitutional republic and replace it with a Marxist dictatorship.
The leaders at the top of both the CCP and the U.S. revolutionary movement have changed over the decades, but the mission remains the same: revolution; a revolution to overthrow the very foundational principles of America as we know it.
“Revolutions and revolutionary wards are inevitable in class society, and without them it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power.”—Mao Zedong, “On Contradiction” (August 1937), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 344.
Then, as now, many have been drawn into revolutionary activism through a process of indoctrination that convinces them that America was founded in moral depravity, that no matter the lofty ideals of our foundational documents and over two centuries of striving to meet those ideals, this country remains a force for evil in the world.
Marxist infiltration of the U.S. educational system, domination of teachers’ associations, co-option of the media, and essential capture of the Democratic Party have convinced generations of Americans that only a violent revolution that overthrows the entire system can lead to the fantasy utopia they have been told will be theirs.
Visits to places such as Castro’s Cuba, Mao’s China, Stalin’s Russia, and the Chavez-Maduro wreckage of Venezuela were and are carefully managed to ensure the horrific magnitude of human suffering and death that are the inevitable result of a Marxist–Leninist–Maoist revolution are never seen.
As long ago as 1936, W.E.B. Du Bois, the African-American activist, historian, socialist, and writer, visited China. Returning there in 1959, he apparently saw enough of a transformation in the country that led him to think Mao’s communists would lead the world in a glorious revolution against capitalism, the free-market system, and the West in general. Other black radicals followed in Du Bois’ footsteps, likewise allowing themselves to be co-opted by the cynical forces of communism to the fanciful dream of a worldwide utopia.
As Manning Johnson, a former American communist, wrote in his 1958 pamphlet, “Color, Communism and Common Sense,” the plot to stir up bloody race and class conflict began with Moscow: “The plot to use the Negroes as the spearhead, or as expendables, was concocted by Stalin in 1928.” Maoism simply picked up where the Soviets left off, adapting Marxism-Leninism to the circumstances of the place and time.
Skipping ahead to the 1960s, it was some of that same Marxist literature that helped to indoctrinate African-American radicals like Huey Newton (who later would lead the Black Panther Party). Newton apparently became enamored of the Maoist revolution in China after reading the four-volume set of the “Selected Works of Mao Tse-Tung.”
Williams, mentioned above, sought to launch a violent revolution in the United States on the model of China and Cuba. Fleeing federal charges in the United States, Williams lived for a time in Cuba, where he wrote “Negroes With Guns” in 1962. By 1966, however, Williams left Cuba and moved to China, where he was witness to the chaotic years of Mao’s Cultural Revolution (which he thought an inspiration for black urban uprisings in the United States), according to a 1999 article by Robin Kelley and Betsy Esch titled “Black Like Mao: Red China and Black Revolution” in the journal Souls.
Inspired by such black Maoist-inspired examples, black members of Students for a Democratic Society and other similar groups began to organize and in 1962 formed the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM, originally Reform Action Movement). Branches sprang up in cities across the United States. Their cause was Marxism-Leninism through Maoist application to a black liberation movement, to be achieved through violent guerilla warfare on the Maoist model. RAM leaders thought of themselves “as an all-black version of Mao’s Red Army,” according to Kelley and Esch.
Other groups and leaders followed, but with the 1966 founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland, California, by Newton and Bobby Seale, the direct relationships with Beijing and the top leadership of the CCP, as well as an explicit embrace of Marxist and Maoist thought, intensified.
Again, their idealization of Maoist ideology drew from the Chinese application of classic Marxism-Leninism to the circumstances of the local liberation movement there as well as in the United States. Even the Nixon-Kissinger opening to China in the early 1970s did not change these radicals’ determination to foment communist revolution in America. Mao’s Little Red Book was their inspiration and blueprint.
The original Black Panthers eventually fell apart amid internal conflicts, and Mao died in 1976. But that was not the end of the American black revolutionary movement or its association with the CCP.
Fast forward to July 13, 2013, the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin: That’s when the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement began with the first use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media. The following year, street riots erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, and the movement expanded into a decentralized cell network that spanned the country.
Founded by three African-American self-avowed Marxists—Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors—BLM today espouses the same dedication to violent Marxist revolution as its ideological predecessors. The original 2016 platform of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) coalition, of which the Black Lives Matter movement is the most visible member, includes demonization of American society as racist, demands for defunding law enforcement in the United States, financial reparations, and an antisemitic characterization of the Jewish State of Israel.
The ideological model is the Marxism of “The Communist Manifesto,” but with the Hegelian dialectical conflict based on race instead of economic class. Their heroes are leaders of the Black Panthers, such as iconic communist Angela Davis, who was tutored by Herbert Marcuse and broadcast encouragement over the loudspeaker to the doomed occupants of the Jim Jones compound in Jonestown, Guyana.
That would be the same Angela Davis who appeared on RT (Russia TV), a Russian state-controlled television channel on July 14, 2020, to express her support for Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy and to urge people to vote for him.
Assata Shakur is another such hero to the BLM movement. A former member of the Black Liberation Army, she escaped prison and fled to communist Cuba after being sentenced to life for the murder of a State Trooper. BLM street protesters have been seen wearing clothing that says “Assata Taught Me.”
Today, the CCP connection and influence are more prominent than the original Marxist-Leninist ideology. The progenitor of the BLM movement is an openly Marxist, socialist, anti-Israel, pro-boycott–divestment–sanctions movement aligned with Palestinian terrorists in Gaza and Judea/Samaria called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Formed in 1985, Freedom Road has its roots in earlier Marxist-Leninist organizations of the 1980s that tended toward Maoist ideology. The group underwent a split in 1999, with Liberation Road separating from the original group that retained its founding name, Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It was from Liberation Road that BLM eventually emerged.
BLM today is directly supported by the CCP in various ways.
Propaganda plays a key role via the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CCP’s Central Committee. According to the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, the UFWD is responsible for co-opting and neutralizing “sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
That responsibility extends not just domestically throughout China itself, but abroad as well. Here in the United States, that means seeking to co-opt ethnic Chinese individuals and groups, academia, business, and social groups, but also by targeting host country media reporting.
The UFWD also is likely responsible for extensive attempted influence operations targeting the U.S. elections online and through traditional media sources. There’s the pro-China spam network called the “Spamouflage Dragon” that spews disinformation using fake social media accounts and videos that attack the Trump administration and attempts to stoke racial tension in support of BLM rioting.
In another example, following the late May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, CCP mouthpiece China Daily led off with a headline claiming “Growing global support for US protests over killing by police,” on June 8, 2020. The report noted “Chinese in San Francisco give strong backing to demonstrators,” despite mentioning “looting and vandalism.” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, speaking to CNBC in mid-August 2020, accused China of “recruiting and paying over a million citizens to monitor and influence the U.S. 2020 presidential election process,” according to investigative journalist Sara Carter.
The so-called “wu mao” (or 50-cent army), identified in 2016 by the Voice of America as a group of internet commentators, likely is yet another project of the UFWD.
It should also be noted that in July 2020, Freedom Road Socialist Organization claimed credit for sparking the BLM-led riots that have convulsed U.S. cities for months. Trevor Loudon, writing in The Epoch Times, said that there is “evidence that the Beijing-loyal FRSO was not just a catalyst for some of the most destructive civil unrest in U.S. history, but also laid the groundwork for and is playing an active role in maintaining momentum for the ongoing insurrection.”
Financially, too, there’s evidence that points to CCP support for the riots.
Black Futures Lab, founded in September 2018, is a venture of BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, who is listed as the group’s “principal” on its website. Clicking on the site’s “donate” button takes one to an organization called the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA). Black Futures Lab is identified there as a “fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.”
The CPA was founded in San Francisco in 1972 as a pro-People’s Republic of China cultural organization that was then and remains today openly supportive of the Chinese Revolution and regime. There’s a CPA chapter in Boston, Massachussetts, too, where in 2019, the raising of the PRC flag over Boston’s City Hall to honor the communist takeover of China was organized together with the Chinese consulate in New York City.
On top of the obvious influence operations emanating from the CCP, the connection of a group like Garza’s Black Futures Lab via the intermediary of the CPA to the CCP should raise additional concern about just how deeply Beijing is involved in the BLM Global Network.
Despite the careful appearance of an organic, spontaneous movement, the BLM-led riots on the streets are anything but random. Even aside from the openly symbiotic alignment along Maoist lines, the level of coordination at both the local and national levels for what is clearly a communist insurrection bespeaks of extensive organization, preparation, as well as ongoing backing, funding, and support.
The evidence presented here only skims the surface of what increasingly looks like massive intrusion by a hostile foreign power into American society. That hostile foreign power is not Russia. It’s China.
Clare M. Lopez is the founder/president of Lopez Liberty LLC and a strategic policy and intelligence expert.
Chinese Regime Continues to Repress Uyghurs in Xinjiang Despite International Pressure
Commentary by Zhong Yuan October 7, 2020
The suppression of Muslim Uyghurs in China’s farwestern region of Xinjiang by the Chinese regime has once again become the focus at the United Nations. French President Macron also called for an official investigation at the U.N. General Assembly in September. Despite international criticism, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to act recklessly and feels justified about implementing repressive policies in Xinjiang.
What is the Purpose of the Work Forum on Xinjiang?
China’s top leadership, including seven powerful members of the Chinese Communist Party’s Standing Committee, held the third Work Forum on Xinjiang on Sept. 25 and 26. The theme was about building a socialist Xinjiang.
The last Xinjiang Work Forum was held in 2014. This latest Forum was merely held as a formality to address international criticism against the regime’s tyranny.
But in fact, the CCP rejects criticism of China’s internal affairs. During the EU-China Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference on Sept. 14, European Union leaders raised the issue of human rights. Chinese leader Xi Jinping deflected criticism and said the Chinese people will not accept “an instructor” on human rights.
Xi’s speech at the Work Forum first listed and affirmed the “unprecedented achievements” of the regime’s efforts in Xinjiang and that “the Party’s policies on Xinjiang is perfectly right and must continue for the long term,” which includes the “sinicization of Islam” and “the core values of socialism.”
Xi demanded the entire Party to make “implementing the Party’s Xinjiang policies in the new era a political task, always maintaining the correct political orientation of the work related to Xinjiang.”
New Slogans Tell the Same Old Communist Story
Prior to the U.N. General Assembly, Xi Jinping’s slogan “community with a shared future for mankind” was removed from the Commemorative Declaration on the 75th Anniversary of the U.N. Charter. Of course, this is embarrassing to the regime. Xi’s propaganda team had to come up with new slogans to deceive the Chinese in the mainland, such as “community of the Chinese nation,” and a series of derivatives, including “community with the shared Chinese history,” “the pattern of multi-ethnic integration in the Chinese nation,” “the collective consciousness of the Chinese nation,” and the “cultural reinforcement project in Xinjiang” to ensure the direction that “upholds the sinicization of Islam in Xinjiang” is followed.
The CCP bureaucracy again tries to cover up various international embarrassments with new phrases to regain political momentum. Xi also demanded to “display Xinjiang stories in a multi-level, all-round, and three-dimensional manner,” and to “publicize Xinjiang’s excellent social stability” and “happiness.”
Not many people outside China are aware of how far the CCP would go in bolstering its own image. As for the mainland Chinese—under the situation of soaring unemployment, inflated meat prices, frequent natural disasters, and food shortage—they are worried about their livelihood and would care less about the political propaganda on Xinjiang.
Xi is struggling to hold on to his power. He demanded his cadres at all levels to “consciously maintain a high degree of ideological and political alignment with the core Party leadership” and to “ensure that the leadership at all levels is always firmly in the hands of loyal and responsible cadres.”
Nowadays, fabricated stories are hitting a dead end. The political power of the CCP is at stake. The top leaders should be worried every day. Officials at all levels are likely seeking their way out. Everyone knows the regime will fall apart on any day.
Xinjiang Officialdom is Collapsing
Xi Jinping knows that sanctions have left few authorities who would devote themselves to implement policies related to Xinjiang. Therefore, he said to “fully trust,” “boldly select and promote outstanding minority cadres” who “are politically strong and daring.”
Xi’s statement indicates that the local cadres in Xinjiang are ineffective. The so-called achievements in Xinjiang simply implied that the central decision is correct. Xi also said that “cadres of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are trustworthy and capable of fighting” and “effective measures should be studied and adapted to stabilize the cadre and talent team in Xinjiang.”
Obviously, sanctions have significantly destabilized the officialdom in Xinjiang. However, the high-level CCP officials can do nothing but continue praising its so-called “strategy in Xinjiang” in the Work Forum even though it only serves as another political show.
Premier Li Keqiang presided over the meeting, calling Xi’s speech “a guiding reference for governing Xinjiang in the new era.”
Vice Premier Wang Yang concluded that Xi’s speech is a “powerful ideological weapon” with “high-mindedness, profound thinking, and rich content,” that ought to be “highly publicized in an organized and dynamic manner.”
The audience at Work Forum was huge, including officials at all levels in Xinjiang, as well as members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, party secretaries of the Secretariat, state councilors, presidents of the courts, chief prosecutors of the procuratorate, heads of financial institutions and state-owned firms, military leaders, and governors of provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities.
However, if authorities continue to follow the central command to mess around in Xinjiang, more sanctions are likely to follow.
Zhong Yuan is a researcher focused on China’s political system, the country’s democratization process, human rights situation, and Chinese citizens’ livelihood. He began writing commentaries for the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times in 2020.
Top U.S. Officials Condemn the CCP for Its Threat to the Free World
Oct. 5, 2020 | By Minghui correspondent Ying Zi
As of September 29, the coronavirus has infected over 33 million people and killed more than one million around the world. Like many other Western countries, the United States has been awakened by the disinformation and lies propagated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and has begun to reshape its strategy with regard to China.
From the White House to the Department of State to the FBI, officials have recently emphasized the difference between the Chinese people and the CCP. Their announcements call for preserving Western values and for protecting religious belief.
White House Adviser: “That virus was a product of the Chinese Communist party”
In a June 21, 2020 article, the Washington Times cited Peter Navarro, Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, as saying, “That virus was a product of the Chinese Communist party and until we get some information about what happened in those labs or what happened in that wet market we know that virus was spawned in China.”
Navarro reiterated his stance in a Fox News interview on September 13 that the CCP’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has severely damaged the world economy. In particular, “the Chinese Communist Party hit the strongest and most resilient economy in history that President Trump had built. And we had to go into a lockdown because of that.”
The United States canceled flights from China beginning January 31 and the travel ban “saved hundreds of thousands of lives.” After that, protective equipment, therapeutics, testing, and vaccine development were utilized to combat the disease.
The U.S. Administration and “those four vectors of attack has allowed us to reopen the economy, be much better prepared to deal with the Chinese Communist Party virus,” he remarked.
With the resilience of the U.S. economy, he hopes that these efforts will not only “help our people defend themselves from the Chinese Communist Party virus,” but also lead to economic recovery.
Secretary of State: Not Repeating Past Mistakes
In a speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Los Angeles on July 23, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that previous U.S. administrations imagined that engagement with China would produce prosperity. “Today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP failed in its promises to the world. We’re reading every morning new headlines of repression in Hong Kong and in Xinjiang,” he said.
Secretary Pompeo said that, although Western countries helped the CCP grow its economy, the regime in turn took advantage of that aid and harmed the free world. In addition to domestic surveillance and censorship, it has pushed its communist ideology into press conferences, research centers, schools, news media, and the entertainment industry.
The Secretary of State made a distinction between the Chinese people and the CCP. “I grew up and served my time in the Army during the Cold War. And if there is one thing I learned, communists almost always lie. The biggest lie that they tell is to think that they speak for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out,” he said. “Quite the contrary. The CCP fears the Chinese people’s honest opinions more than any foe […]”
“And if we don’t act now, ultimately the CCP will erode our freedoms and subvert the rules-based order that our societies have worked so hard to build,” he added.
Secretary Pompeo said that it’s especially so with regard to religious freedom. He wrote in a First Things article on September 18 that “it’s clear that the Sino-Vatican agreement has not shielded Catholics from the Party’s depredations, to say nothing of the Party’s horrific treatment of Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong devotees, and other religious believers.” He emphasized that “What the Church teaches the world about religious freedom and solidarity should now be forcefully and persistently conveyed by the Vatican in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless efforts to bend all religious communities to the will of the Party and its totalitarian program.”
Secretary Pompeo called on the Vatican to uphold religious freedom and said, “The State Department has been a strong voice for religious freedom in China and around the world and has taken steps to hold those who abuse the faithful responsible for their actions. We will continue to do so.”
Top U.S. Diplomat for East Asia: The CCP Is a Lawless Bully
David Stilwell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said on September 17 that the United States was not asking other countries to choose sides, but to stand up to China’s “malign” behavior and to protect their own sovereignty and economic interests.
He said in the past several months there had been “particularly egregious examples of Beijing’s conduct.” From the pandemic to conflicts with neighboring countries, many U.S. officials are aware of aggressive moves on the part of the CCP.
Citing recent cases of the CCP’s campaigns to “wipe out” Mongolian and Tibetan culture, Mr. Stilwell said, “These are not the actions of a responsible global actor, but a lawless bully.”
FBI: New Investigations Related to the CCP Every 10 Hours
Christopher Wray, FBI Director, spoke at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. on July 7. He said, “It’s the people of the United States who are the victims of what amounts to Chinese theft on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.”
He also told the U.S. Congress on September 17 that CCP infiltration is broad and deep. In fact, the FBI has over 2,000 counterintelligence investigations on China, which form “by far the biggest chunk of our counterintelligence portfolio.
“We are opening a new Chinese counterintelligence investigation about every 10 hours,” he said to the House Homeland Security Committee. Since lots of research and intellectual property are associated with public funding, he said the CCP advances itself by stealing information and wasting taxpayers’ money.
Mr. Wray added that many people in the West are now realizing the threat. “I’m very encouraged by the response we’ve gotten from both the private sector and frankly the academic sector,” he said. “Lately, I think people in this country are starting to wake up to the threat and voluntarily taking appropriate measures.”
Policy Adviser: Beijing Cannot be Trusted
Miles Yu, who was born in China and is the principal China policy and planning adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, said in a June 15 interview with The Washington Times that “the Chinese system is in fact run by a communist party unwilling to be influenced by the outside world and is determined to create a world order of its own.”
He commented, “That system has become a worthy and serious strategic competitor bolstered by a Marxist-Leninist ideology and China-centered nationalism,” which, he said “has allowed China to try to place itself as the moral and political center of the world — at the expense of the Western liberal order and democracy.”
Mr. Yu made further remarks about the CCP’s crackdown on democracy on September 22 during an online discussion on Hong Kong hosted by the Canadian think tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
He said that “Hong Kong was an ‘experiment to test the validity of [the] Chinese Communist Party’s trustworthiness’ which has failed, revealing to the world that they cannot trust Beijing.”
He pointed out that Beijing walked back its promise to maintain the “one country, two systems” for 50 years by “trying to impose communism and totalitarianism on the Hong Kong people.”
He added, “I think the people in Hong Kong have chosen the system of freedom and the rule of law, not the system of communist autocracy in the name of natural unification.”
U.S. Attorney General William Barr: The U.S. Response to the Global Ambitions of the CCP Is the Most Important Issue in the 21st Century
In a speech on China Policy at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan on July 16, 2020, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a warning: “the most important issue for our nation and the world in the twenty-first century — that is, the United States’ response to the global ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party.”
AG Barr said, “The CCP rules with an iron fist over one of the great ancient civilizations of the world. It seeks to leverage the immense power, productivity, and ingenuity of the Chinese people to overthrow the rules-based international system and to make the world safe for dictatorship. How the United States responds to this challenge will have historic implications and will determine whether the United States and its liberal democratic allies will continue to shape their own destiny or whether the CCP and its autocratic tributaries will control the future.”
AG Barr explained that the CCP is no longer hiding its power or biding its time, as the CCP’s General Secretary, Xi Jinping, is speaking openly about its approach to the “center stage,” “building a socialism that is superior to capitalism” and replacing the American dream with “Chinese solutions.”
“To tilt the playing field to its advantage, China’s communist government has perfected a wide array of predatory and often unlawful tactics: currency manipulation, tariffs, quotas, state-led strategic investment and acquisitions, theft and forced transfer of intellectual property, state subsidies, dumping, cyberattacks, and espionage. About 80% of all federal economic espionage prosecutions have alleged conduct that would benefit the Chinese state, and about 60% of all trade secret theft cases have had a nexus to China.”
AG Barr pointed out that China’s progress in key trade routes and infrastructure shows that the CCP’s predatory economic policies are succeeding. For one hundred years, the United States had the world’s largest manufacturing capability, which allowed it to serve as the world’s “arsenal of democracy.” But after China surpassed the United States in manufacturing output in 2010, it quickly rose to the “arsenal of dictatorship” of the world.
“Although Americans hoped that trade and investment would liberalize China’s political system, the fundamental character of the regime has never changed. It remains an authoritarian, one-party state in which the Communist Party wields absolute power, unchecked by popular elections, the rule of law, or an independent judiciary. The CCP surveils its own people and assigns them social credit scores, employs an army of government censors, tortures dissidents, and persecutes religious and ethnic minorities, including a million Uighurs detained in indoctrination and labor camps.”
“If what happened in China stayed in China, that would all be bad enough. But instead of America changing China, China is leveraging its economic power to change America.”
He called for a reassessment of U.S.-China relations. The United States needs the joint efforts of the entire society to resist the CCP’s challenge that threatens future generations.
U.S. Secretary of Defense: The CCP Is Challenging International Rules
Mark Esper, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, published an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal, “The Pentagon Is Prepared For China,” on August 24, 2020. The article pointed out that as CCP leader Xi Jinping was calling to use the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to advance the CCP’s global ambition, the U.S. is prepared to strengthen its network of allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region, in response to the “new era of global competition between the free and open international order and an authoritarian system fostered by Beijing.”
Esper pointed out that the PLA is not a military that serves the nation or a constitution, but it “belongs to—and serves—a political entity, the Chinese Communist Party.”
He wrote, “The Communist Party’s emphasis on indoctrinating, modernizing and tightening control over the PLA shows how China’s leaders view the military as central to achieving their objectives. Prominent among these is to reshape the international order in ways that undermine globally accepted rules while normalizing authoritarianism, creating conditions to allow the Chinese Communist Party to coerce other countries and impede their sovereignty.”
Esper ended with an appeal: “Nations valuing freedom, human rights and the rule of law must stand together to counter the coercive role of the PLA in the Chinese Communist Party’s aggressive attempts to undermine the sovereignty of nations.”
Senator Ted Cruz: The CCP Is a “New Evil Empire”
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz said in an interview with Jan Jekielek of The Epoch Times that the CCP is the “new evil empire” that is seeking to dominate the globe. The CCP has been trying to subvert all aspects of American society, from politics to economy, from intellectual property to supply chain, from Hollywood to academia, to professional sports like the NBA.
He said that in order to respond to the CCP’s serious geopolitical threat to the U.S., one needs to understand the scope of the regime’s aggression against the U.S., including intellectual property theft, espionage, propaganda, as well as its malign influence campaigns.
The senator also compared the current situation with the U.S.’s cold war with the Soviet Union and how it should use a similar strategy to defeat the CCP.
“For the entirety of the Cold War, we didn’t get in a shooting war with the Soviet Union. Rather—and Reagan understood this the best—we engaged in a systematic, comprehensive effort to shine a light, to use the power of truth, to use economic pressures, to use diplomatic pressures, and to use the incredible power of the American free enterprise system, to defeat them and to bankrupt them.”
Senator Cruz said that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a fundamental reassessment of foreign policy between the United States, China and the world.
“The Chinese people in China, far too many of them, live in poverty and anguish. Communism is a disaster. It doesn’t work. So we need to combat it on the military side. We need to combat it by shining a light. This is something I have tried to do vigorously, is (by) calling out the lies and oppression from China,” he said.
How a Shipping Tycoon in China Lost Everything, Even His Life, Because of the Chinese Communist Party
Oct. 5, 2020 | By Li Yan (Minghui.org)
Because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controls the nation’s resources, the private sector in China has always operated at the mercy of the Party.
In fact, the CCP wiped out the private sector in the 1950s only to allow it to re-emerge in the late 1970s. During the past few years, the CCP has implemented policies to start regaining control of the private sector, with the recent call for a “public-private partnership reform,” which aims to increase the government’s stake in private companies.
At a recent conference with private business owners, Xi Jinping, the current head of the CCP, advised learning from “patriotic entrepreneur” role models, such as Lu Zuofu, Wang Guangying, and Song Yiren, who listened to the Party and shared ownership of their companies with the government.
However, the story of Lu Zuofu shows the exact opposite—how a businessman was cheated and then destroyed by the CCP.
The Death of Lu Zuofu
Lu Zuofu was China’s shipping king from the 1920s to the 1940s. He established his Minsheng Industrial Group in 1925 and dominated the shipping business along the Yangtze River.
Lu organized “China’s Dunkirk Evacuation” in 1938: His company shipped 1.5 million people and over one million tons of material down the Yangtze River from Yichang City, Hubei Province, to Chongqing, when the Japanese army invaded China and was approaching Yichang. This retreat saved China’s major industries during China’s battle against Japan during World War II.
Lu was praised by the government as a national hero. At the same time, the war cost his company 16 ships and 116 lives, with an additional 61 staff members disabled.
After WWII, the CCP fought a civil war against the Kuomintang, the ruling party at the time, and took over the mainland in 1949. Lu, who was then running his ships out of Hong Kong, had four options: Go with the CCP, go with the Kuomintang to Taiwan, go to the U.S. to write his memoirs, or stay in Hong Kong and continue to run his shipping business.
Lu chose to go with the CCP and went to Beijing. He had his ships move to the coast of the mainland on June 10, 1950. The CCP treated him well initially: Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai met him, the CCP made him a member of the National Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and after he returned to Chongqing, the CCP appointed him a member of the Southwest Region’s Military and Political Committee.
However, Lu was losing control of his company. The CCP “sandwiched” his business by controlling the raw materials, capital, and sales channels. His company had to keep its funds in state-owned banks and was not allowed to get loans from private banks or private institutes.
As his company ran out of money, Lu had no choice but to agree to “public and private joint ownership” to get loans from state-owned banks. Then he was phased out.
Even before the government took joint ownership, the Party representatives had already started making decisions on staff at the Minsheng company, including arrests, demotions, and terminations. Lu could only stand by and watch as his senior and mid-level officials, who had worked with him to create Minsheng miracles in the past, were attacked or purged.
In January 1952, the CCP launched a political movement that targeted the capitalists in industry and business. The Party representative at the Minsheng company claimed on February 8 that Lu attempted to “corrupt” him by taking him to restaurants and theaters. Lu’s aide confirmed that Lu paid for dinner, the Peking Opera, and a haircut for the representative. He did not mention that Lu used his own money to pay for those things.
That night, Lu took a fatal dose of sleeping pills. He left a letter to his wife, telling her to hand over all his assets to the state. He finally understood that the CCP was intent on taking over his business assets at any cost and that he had to give them up to save the lives of his wife and children.
History: Government Seizure of Private Companies
There are many such examples. At least 876 people committed suicide in Shanghai from January 25 to April 1, 1952. Chen Yi, then mayor of Shanghai, was reported to have casually asked his aide every day how many “paratroopers” had descended that day, referring to those who killed themselves by jumping out of tall buildings.
To justify its actions, the CCP made owning wealth a crime, confiscating wealth the right thing to do, and committing violence legitimate.
After eliminating the landlords and capitalists, the CCP then targeted the peasants, merchants, and skilled laborers and took their money. It left the people in poverty.
The CCP converted all private ownership to “public and private joint ownership” in 1956 and paid 5% annual interest to the original owners, regardless of how profitable the company had been. It then stopped paying interest in September 1966. By then, there was no more private ownership—the CCP had taken over every company.
The CCP Is Seeking to Repeat History
The CCP’s economy based on state-owned companies was proving to be a failure. In the late 1970s, it was forced to “open up and reform,” bringing back the private sector.
Today, private businesses are the backbone of China’s economy. Private companies contributed two-thirds of China’s GDP, 300 million jobs, and over 50% of taxes. The state-owned enterprises (SOEs), although they boast large assets and incomes, show low profits.
The CCP, however, does not appreciate private businesses. Instead, it has been working on taking over private assets again.
One attorney pointed out that China’s Criminal Law details over 450 crimes, with over 110 of them being economic crimes. The CCP can easily destroy a private business owner by accusing him of an “economic crime” with no effort at all.
Another way the CCP encroaches on the private sector is to force private companies to establish Party branches. The Conference on Party Building in Internet Companies in Beijing, which was held on August 25, 2017, revealed that 34 Internet companies, including Baidu and Sina, had established Party organizations within the companies.
The CCP also designed a special class of stock, namely, “Special Management Stock,” which enables the CCP to own a small percentage of stocks but still have veto power over company affairs, thus exercising its influence over the company’s decisions.
Many Chinese business owners have come to see that Lu Zuofu’s fate will soon be theirs and try to escape.
The “Global Wealth Migration Review 2019” report, published by the AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, showed that China had the highest number of wealthy people immigrating overseas in 2019, twice the number leaving Russia, which came in second place. A total of 10,000 wealthy Chinese immigrated in 2017 and 15,000 in 2018, an increase of 50%.
Over 15 entrepreneurs from mainland China whose companies are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange were reported to have set up offshore trusts in 2018, moving $28.5 billion assets overseas.
Will today’s Chinese business owners end up like Lu Zuofu? It seems inevitable given what the CCP is doing to its people and businesses.