147. Deep Erosion of Democratic Society by the CCP

Deep Erosion of Democratic Society by the CCP

Dec. 28, 2020 | By Wen Sirui

(Minghui.org) Of the current human rights violations being committed by the Chinese Communist Party, the persecution of Falun Gong is probably the worst one. There are several reasons behind that.

First, the persecution targets around 100 million Falun Gong practitioners from all walks of life, as well as their family members. Second, the principles of Falun Gong, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are consistent with traditional Chinese culture and fundamentally contradict the core theories of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), namely, deceit, violence, and hatred. Third, the peaceful nature and determination of Falun Gong practitioners shown over the past 21 years of resisting the harsh persecution has provided hope for other religious groups, as well as ordinary citizens, in this unprecedented, totalitarian country.

Still, some people in the West may think the danger of communism is too distant and have not taken it seriously. In fact, we have seen in the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. general election that communist ideology has crept into the free world in the past few decades, causing real and imminent threats in many areas.

Below is a detailed analysis.

Loudon: Communism Infiltrates America in Various Forms

Trevor Loudon, former Vice President of the ACT New Zealand Party, has written several books on international politics. Among them, Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress has drawn broad attention.

For some readers, the term “progressive” might be more appealing than “liberal,” although many consider it another hat of liberals due to its notoriety. Likewise, despite their similarities, some also think liberals focus on changing society with taxpayers’ money while progressives advocate more power for the government to change the social and legal system.

Enemies Within is designed to show American voters exactly how modern communism works and how it impacts your life, every single day. Just how do the communists win big on things like Obamacare and immigration “reform,” which go completely against the wishes of the American people?” writes Loudon in his book.

His research has been cited in many articles, blog posts, and books. Loudon has given countless radio interviews and addressed audiences in more than 30 states in his four tours of the United States.

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was special in recent American history. When Donald Trump appeared to be winning, mainstream media began to launch massive attacks on him. Some people also held protests in many cities and groundlessly labeled Trump a racist and a Nazi. Besides these hateful claims, they demanded vote recounts and threatened to impeach him.

Although these protests were claimed to be “spontaneous,” investigators found they were planned activities. Furthermore, their organizers were closely connected with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and other authoritarian regimes, according to the documentary America Under Siege: Civil War 2017 by Loudon. In particular, two of these organizations, the Workers World Party (WWP) and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (now Liberation Road) are communist groups.

In his research, Loudon found communists viewed America as a primary target for infiltration and subversion. Approaching the country in various forms, communists have controlled American education and media and infiltrated its politics and businesses. As a result, ideology in the U.S. has gradually shifted toward a communist totalitarian regime over the past several decades.

In other words, as the Cold War ended, people assumed the free world had defeated the communist bloc, moving towards democracy, stability, and prosperity. In reality, communists had secretly seized the West in politics, economy, culture, education, and media, ready for a final, deadly strike.

Schweizer: The CCP Is “Decapitate[ing] Our Political Leadership”

The irregularities and frauds related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election highlighted deep fissures of erosion in American society. In the past few weeks, hundreds of affidavits confirmed problems with one-sided spikes on the night of November 3, mail-in ballots, blocking poll watchers, and issues with Dominion voting system.

To some degree, this is similar to the persecution of Falun Gong by the CCP in China. Inside China, the CCP does not tolerate different opinions and has successfully suppressed any groups in a short time during past political campaigns. By targeting Falun Gong, a meditation group that represents China’s five-thousand-year-old culture with no political agenda, the CCP exposed itself for what it is: brutal, hateful, and deceitful. As more people awaken from the Party’s massive hate propaganda, the CCP will face its own destruction.

Similarly, after decades-long infiltration in the American society by communism, Trump appeared, vowing to “drain the swamp” and restore faith. Knowing such efforts would effectively stop the socialist and communist agenda, U.S. media, government officials, and large corporations joined together to defame him in attempts to remove him from the office. As this unfolded, many people in the free world have recognized this serious challenge.

This includes Peter Schweizer, author of Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends. In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo in “Sunday Morning Futures” on December 20, he said that both the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter had benefited from business with China.

Evidence showed that Chinese companies insisted that “they were not doing deals with Hunter Biden and they were doing deals with the Biden family.” This indicated the role of Joe Biden, former Vice President and current presidential candidate. Furthermore, Hunter complained that he had to pay half of the Biden’s family bill, meaning Joe Biden is a “direct beneficiary of the foreign deal.” Not only that, Hunter’s business partners also include Chinese companies that have close relationships with the Chinese army.

Besides the Biden family, many other officials also have close ties with China. “There are a lot of powerful people in DC who want the Hunter Biden story to go away because it has potentially direct implications on themselves,” Schweizer said, citing Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, and Dianne Feinstein’s family business deals in China. “All you have to do is look at the very top of the legislative body in the United States.”

For example, leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “Elaine Chao’s family owns a shipping business. Unlike the Biden’s, it is actually a legitimate business. But the fact of the matter is that its ship purchases are financed by the Chinese government, its ships are constructed by the Chinese government, its crews are raised by the Chinese government, and most of its contracts are shipping goods from Chinese state-owned enterprises,” Schweizer continued. “So if Mitch McConnell did something the Chinese didn’t like, they could destroy that family business.”

The list continues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi, for example, “has done a series of deals in mainland China… and are part of the fact that the Chinese are trying to curry favor with high-ranking politicians in the United States.”

Dianne Feinstein’s husband “has been doing deals for 25 years in mainland China,” Schweizer added. “And has benefited from private meetings that Senator Feinstein had with the highest levels.”

In summary, Schweizer said that the Chinese government is seeking to “decapitate our political leadership by giving sweetheart deals to the family members of our political class… The question is, are we going to do something about it or let it pass?”

“I commit to my audience right here right now that we will not let out the spotlight on this behavior,” Bartiromo replied, “And we will not let the Chinese Communist Party take over America.”

Case Study: Business and Politics

When Trump ran for president in 2016, he promised to “drain the swamp.” This was not just a campaign slogan, because back in January 2000 he had published a book The America We Deserve, in which he listed communist China as the biggest long-term challenge for America.

Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has taken a series of actions on this. “In America, we don’t worship government—we worship God,” he declared. “America will never be a socialist country.”

That is why communist China was terrified when Trump won the election in 2016, since he was clear on the increased threat from the CCP. As a result, Chinese officials appointed the first American, Elaine Chao’s sister Angela, to a top position at the Bank of China, according to Schweizer. As one of the four largest state-owned commercial banks in China, this bank plays a critical role in the CCP’s foreign policy and economic relations. Ten days after Trump was elected, Angela Chao became a board member of the Bank of China. Such a conflict of interest is a rarity in American history.

The entire picture was beyond that. According to Schweizer’s 2018 book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, the Chao family has close ties with the CCP. Angela is the chairman and CEO of the family business Foremost Group. The Chao sisters’ father, founder of the company, had a close relationship with former CCP leader Jiang Zemin, who was also his schoolmate. Jiang climbed to the top leader position due to his tough position on the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 and he later ordered the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999.

“As the schoolmates crossed paths again in the 1980s, the Chaos reaped dividends from a radar company linked to Mr. Jiang that targeted sales to the Chinese military, documents filed with the Chinese government show,” reported the New York Times in a June 2019 article with a title of “A ‘Bridge’ to China, and Her Family’s Business, in the Trump Cabinet.”

A large volume of business took place between Foremost and the China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC). According to Schweizer, CSSC is “a state-owned defense conglomerate … at the heart of the Chinese government’s military-industrial complex” with the main goal of strengthening the Chinese military. Angela Chao and her father James both sat on the board of a CSSC offshoot.

McConnell softened his views on China as this relationship grew, reported a March 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “Author Alleges China Used Business Deals to Influence Families of Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden.”

Senator McConnell used to take hard-line positions against China prior to his marriage to Elaine in 1993. Through a personal invitation from the CSSC arranged by James Chao, McConnell met with high-ranking Chinese officials in 1994, including top leader Jiang Zemin and vice-premier Li Lanqing. After this meeting, McConnell “would increasingly avoid public criticism of China.”

In 2001, Elaine was appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor by George W. Bush, becoming the first Chinese American to serve as a cabinet secretary. In 2007, the Chinese government instructed Baosteel, a provider of high-end materials for the Chinese national defense military industry, to contract its Australian ore shipping to the Chao company with a 7-year deal. Since Foremost did not have large ships, it received loans from Chinese state-owned banks, making it a world-class shipping company.

Elaine Chao was the only cabinet member in the Bush administration to serve for the entirety of his eight years, and she was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor since the 1940s. During a trip to China in August 2008 to represent the United States at the closing of the Olympic Games, she took her father to several official meetings with Chinese leaders, including one with the country’s premier. After that she traveled to China with her father again in both 2010 and 2013 for delivery of two ships, with subsequent trips in 2013 and 2015 which secured a $75 million loan from China EximBank for the family company.

“Elaine Chao and Mr. McConnell reported in a financial disclosure a 2008 gift from her father, James, the founder of Foremost, valued at between $5 million and $25 million. Mr. Schweizer, citing a news report, wrote that the gift more than doubled Mr. McConnell’s personal wealth,” reported the Wall Street Journal article.

CUSEF: Funnel Messages in a “Palatable Wrapper of U.S. Academics and Intellectuals”

The CCP influences American society in many ways. Instructed by Jiang Zemin, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Tung Chee Hwa formed the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) in 2008 to influence public opinion in the United States to favor China. Through the years, it has brought a large number of U.S. journalists, scholars, and political as well as military leaders to China.

One example is the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), whose graduates often work for government agencies such as the State Department. In August 2017, SAIS announced a new endowed professorship in the China Studies department and a new research project called the Pacific Community Initiative, which aims to examine “what China’s broader role in Asia and the world means for its neighbors and partners.”

But SAIS did not mention funding of the new initiative was partly from CUSEF, reported Foreign Policy in a November 2017 article titled “This Beijing-Linked Billionaire Is Funding Policy Research at Washington’s Most Influential Institutions.”

The long-term impact can be enormous. “It’s the ability to privilege certain views over others, to create a platform for someone to speak,” said Peter Mattis of the Jamestown Foundation. “When you have a role in selecting the platform and generating what I presume they hope are some of the bigger reports on U.S.-China relations in the next few years, that’s important.”

Through websites, partnerships, or endowments, the CCP learned to wrap its message in a palatable wrapper of U.S. academics and intellectuals, he explained, “Who better to influence Americans than other Americans?”

In addition to influencing education and scholars, this organization also approached lawmakers and other officials directly. “As a registered foreign agent, in 2016 it spent just under $668,000 on lobbying, hiring the Podesta Group and other firms to lobby Congress on the topic of ‘China-U.S. relations.’ The foundation has spent $510,000 on lobbying to date in 2017,” reported the article.

“Nobody in the 1980s would have represented the Russian government. And now you find so many lobbying for the Chinese government,” remarked Frank Wolf, a retired U.S. representative from Virginia. “I served in Congress for 34 years. I find it shocking.”

To make things worse, not many people know organizations such as CUSEF operate under the CCP’s United Front Department, one of the “magic weapons” that was established in Mao Zedong’s era and continues to this day. It suppresses messages it does not like and amplifies those it does.

“Tung currently serves as the vice-chairman of one of the united front’s most important entities—the so-called Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which is one of China’s two rubber-stamp assemblies,” wrote the Foreign Policy article.

The silencing effect is unbelievable, from various human rights issues in China to the persecution of Falun Gong, which was launched by Jiang in 1999. In March 2006, witnesses testified about forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China, which, by then, was supported by a large amount of evidence. Due to the CCP’s massive propaganda and powerful influence, however, U.S. lawmakers have yet to take concrete actions against such an unprecedented crime.

Escalated Threat: From Business and Politics to Election

Less than 10 years after China joined the WTO, it became the world’s second-largest economy after the U.S. By then, the CCP’s strategy had shifted from “hiding your capacities and biding your time” to global expansion to advance its communist ideology. This includes the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), Confucius Institutes, massive propaganda, and other approaches.

According to a report released by the Hudson Institute in June 2018, “Russia’s interference and election meddling dominate the headlines and Washington’s attention. But beneath the radar, another country’s interference is expanding, dwarfing Russia’s short-term disruption. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under General Secretary Xi Jinping has put enormous resources into influence abroad, estimated at $10 billion a year.”

Michael Pillsbury, director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the institute, attended a 2018 meeting in Beijing where two former CCP United Front officials asked 80 thinktank experts how to refute a report from the White House that identified the threat from China. Unlike the Wolf Warrior culture in Global Times, tactics created by these experts were well designed. They include claims that China is weak and infested with poverty.

Nonetheless, the Trump Administration did take it seriously. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property released a report in 2017 titled “The Theft of American Intellectual Property: Reassessments of the Challenge and United States Policy,” which estimated that the “annual cost to the U.S. economy continues to exceed $225 billion in counterfeit goods, pirated software, and theft of trade secrets and could be as high as $600 billion.”

Back in 2018, the CCP had already conducted overt and covert influence operations to sway the mid-term elections. “The election interference includes targeting American farmers with propaganda and anti-Trump political activities in states carried by Trump in the 2016 election,” wrote a September 2018 article on Washington Free Beacon titled “China Engaged in Election Influence Operations to Undermine Trump.”

David Stilwell, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. State Department, spoke in October referring to the CCP’s influence as an “iceberg.” “In recent years Xi Jinping has added 40,000 cadres to the United Front Work Department, making it four times the size of the State Department’s Foreign Service corps. And that’s without counting the other parts of the Beijing Party-state that help shape foreign opinion and influence foreign officials. These include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Propaganda Department, the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of Education, the International Liaison Department, and the Political Work Department of the People’s Liberation Army,” he said.

There are many affiliated organizations such as Confucius Institutes, diplomats, news media, and state-owned enterprises. “Think of an iceberg. Above the waterline are official PRC diplomats conducting legitimate diplomatic activities, for example. Below the waterline is a far larger, murkier mix of actors and entities whose ties to the Communist Party state have long gone ignored, overlooked, or unstudied,” he explained.

Matthew Pottinger, U.S. deputy national security adviser, has given speeches warning Democratic countries that, upon infiltration through United Front efforts, the CCP would weaponize these overseas activities to achieve its hidden agenda.

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The renowned American writer Mark Twain wrote a story called “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” about a stranger who turned honest townspeople into greedy and deceitful caricatures of themselves with a sack of fake gold.

The American founding fathers knew this could be a crisis one day. “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net,” wrote John Adams. “Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people.”

Inside China, Falun Gong practitioners have been persecuted for 21 years by the most totalitarian regime. And yet, they remain peaceful and determined in the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance because they know that, someday, the righteous will prevail and people would be rewarded for their loyalty to virtue.

That may offer some hints to the situation we are facing right now. As the CCP erodes America and the free world with incentives of short-term material gains and power, people who follow their conscience will be clear on which side to stand, and they will be blessed with a better future.

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143. Communist China Is Threatening America and the World

U.S. Homeland Security: Communist China Is Threatening America and the World

Dec. 26, 2020 |   By Li Yanbai

 

(Minghui.org) Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently spoke about the serious threat posed by communist China to America and the world. During an online meeting of the Heritage Foundation on December 20, he said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not only been trampling on human rights, but has also been shaping the world according to communist ideology and harming the lives of Americans.

He said the Trump administration had taken a series of actions including limiting visa terms of CCP officials to one month, welcoming Hong Kong refugees in 2021, and curbing the importation of slave-labor products.

Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), speaking at a Heritage Foundation conference on December 20, 2020.

The CCP Is Changing the World with Communism

Wolf said America’s founders “had a powerful vision for this nation,” that is, to be “a bastion of freedom” and “a beacon of hope to those suffering across the world.” To that end, America has defeated tyrants, terrorists, and oppressors around the world. America helped end the Cold War and with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, ushering “in an unprecedented period of freedom, peace, and prosperity.”

“But as we reveled in the afterglow of our Cold War victory, Communist leaders in Beijing were biding their time, learning from the mistakes of others, and preparing to mount a civilizational challenge to America,” Wolf remarked, “Today, the threats to our peace and prosperity emanate largely from China.”

He clarified that he referred to the leadership in Beijing, not the Chinese people suppressed by it. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) picked up the mantle of Communist ideology and has adapted it to our times. Today, the ideology that fueled the Soviet Union is alive and well in China,” he continued.

This is because the CCP views the current free and open liberal economic and democratic world order as a political and ideological threat. “It wants to reshape the world in its image: centrally-planned and authoritarian. A world in which the Chinese government can pick the winners and losers. Where every decision isn’t about helping the most people—but instead about helping the Chinese regime,” he added.

With this ideological mindset, the CCP’s actions are threatening the Western economy, people, and way of life. As a result, “they employ underhanded tactics to destabilize Western nations and further their ends.”

A systemic approach was adopted. “Instead of competing fairly on a level playing field, China undermines the international system. Instead of fighting on the conventional battlefield, China wages secret disinformation and propaganda wars to cripple us from within,” Wolf said, “The results they have achieved thus far should concern every American.”

This came from the CCP’s authoritarian ideology, which is intertwined with China’s malign actions. “They share a philosophical premise: the belief that the CCP can ruthlessly pursue its ends regardless of whom it hurts along the way—be it millions of people now at risk of COVID across the globe or China’s own oppressed citizens, who cannot start their families, practice their faiths, or speak their minds without the fear of swift and inhumane government retribution,” he explained.

A similar approach was also taken to attack the U.S. “In the truest sense of the word, it is a totalitarian state,” he continued, “The centralization of Chinese political, technological, and economic power, the monopoly on resources and industry, the disregard for human rights and dignity, and their own people’s fear of government retribution—these traits, together, make the Chinese regime a serious threat to the United States and to the entire world.”

“This combination of qualities enables the Chinese Communist Party to undermine the values of liberal democracies—liberty and equality, honesty and transparency. Their government has launched political, economic, and cultural attacks that harm our Homeland and our people,” he added, “It is high time for us to recognize these attacks for what they are—and to respond accordingly.”

The CCP Targets America from Within

Wolf said his agency released a report on Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA) in October, the first report of its kind in DHS history. While the report covers all kinds of threats the agency has to combat every day, a significant portion of it is related to China.

For example, the CCP attacks the legitimacy of the American political system. “Each day, Chinese operatives engage in disinformation campaigns designed to mislead the American public, pressure political figures, shape U.S. discourse in China’s favor, and shift responsibility for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic to others,” Wolf said.

“These operatives exploit cultural and commercial ties to lobby our state and local governments to adopt pro-China policies. Beijing abuses its economic leverage to manipulate major American companies into toeing the Party line at the expense of truth and free expression,” he explained, “As we have recently seen, they engage in espionage at even state and local levels of our government.”

Another area is the cyber threat. “China poses a high cyber threat to the Homeland—demonstrated by continued cyber espionage against the U.S. government and businesses and their increasing ability to threaten and potentially disrupt U.S. critical infrastructure,” Wolf remarked, “China’s cyber capabilities should alarm all Americans. A cyber-attack on our critical infrastructure could be catastrophic.”

Intentional attacks on the economy are also serious. “China is a top threat to U.S. supply chain security and a persistent source of counterfeit goods. Whereas American businesses are the world leaders in innovation, China is the world’s leader in counterfeits. Chinese counterfeiters send fake medicines, contaminated cosmetics, and defective auto parts–to name but a few–in massive volumes,” he continued, adding the list extended to fake Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID crisis.

Because of unfair practices of the CCP, American companies were put out of business, harming the livelihoods of many American families.

To achieve that, “China exploits our academic and visa systems to advance its military and economy, using a wide range of government, non-government, and private actors and platforms,” he added. For example, the CCP abuses the free economy and steals trade secrets by sending visiting professors, scholars, and students to the U.S. to obtain information or replicate the work done in the U.S.

Furthermore, the CCP directly harms the lives of countless Americans. Fentanyl and precursor chemicals from China poured into the U.S. through transnational criminal organizations. “COVID-19—which originated in China and made its way to the United States after an inept and deceitful response from the Chinese government—has claimed the lives of more than three hundred thousand Americans and harmed millions more,” he added.

“Simply put, our people are suffering and dying every day because of the Chinese Communist Party,” Wolf explained, “Today, it is imperative that we have a shared understanding regarding the threats we face. Only then can we come together to protect the Homeland against China’s actions.”

Threats Ignored in the Past

“Unfortunately, many of the most powerful members of our society have failed to recognize this threat—or worse, have chosen to ignore it,” he pointed out, “The first priority of American leaders should be to protect the American people—not to act as sycophants and mouthpieces for Chinese propaganda. Yet too often politicians, at all levels of government, have fallen short of these ideals.”

“Major technology companies, which have seen unparalleled success thanks to our free and open economic system, have turned their backs on the principles and the country which helped foster their growth,” he added.

“A 2017 U.S. Trade Representative report found that Chinese theft of American intellectual property costs our country as much as $600 billion dollars each year. Our responses to such behavior have been weak or nonexistent,” he explained, “Meanwhile, our own media institutions, tainted by Chinese influence, refuse to report on this threat. Even worse, sometimes American media itself is the platform for CCP propaganda.”

One example is China Daily. The well-known CCP mouthpiece, paid millions of dollars to major American newspapers to print pro-Beijing supplements designed to look like real news articles.

“Entertainment media has also fallen under China’s trance. Today, major Hollywood production companies and directors censor products to please Beijing in the hopes of tapping into the Chinese market,” he added, “China’s ability to compromise the most powerful institutions, companies, and politicians in our country highlights the threat posed by the Beijing regime to the rights and freedoms of everyday Americans.”

“This threat requires a swift response. Otherwise, five, ten, twenty years from now, will we look back and ask, ‘how did we allow this to happen?’” said Wolf.

Countering the CCP by the Trump Administration

From day one, President Trump has led a whole-of-government response. DHS has played a critical role in this strategy.

For example, screening procedures were tightened against individuals who may steal sensitive information and technology for the CCP. Chinese students and researchers with ties to their Military Civil Fusion strategy were also barred from entry to the U.S.

Furthermore, implementation of Congress’s longstanding requirement was updated to exclude Communist and totalitarian party members. “Consistent with recent action taken by the Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to limit the period of admission for CCP members visiting the United States—who in the past might have received 10-year visas—to a maximum of one month,” Wolf said.

“We are initiating regulatory reforms to impose transparency requirements and shed light on CCP front groups operating on U.S. college campuses and in public schools,” he added, “Given Beijing’s failure to timely accept return of illegal aliens who have had their day in court and received final orders of removal, I recommended and the State Department has issued visa sanctions on China.”

In Fiscal Year 2021, U.S. will be specifically welcoming refugees who are nationals or habitual residents of Hong Kong.

“As the nation’s largest law enforcement organization, DHS has been intercepting dangerous and illegal drugs originating in China—especially opioids,” he explained, “In 2019 alone, DHS seized enough fentanyl to kill every American four times over, much of which is believed to have originated in China.”

DHS also continues to investigate individuals, companies, and networks with Chinese ties attempting to misuse U.S. military and dual-use technologies for Beijing’s benefit.

“Our targeting includes seizing products originating in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in Western China that is home to the Uyghur ethnic minority—millions of whom the CCP has imprisoned in concentration camps and forced to work in factories,” he added, “We have had several successes on that front, including the recent seizure of 13 tons of products made with human hair—presumably taken from detainees in the Xinjiang camps.”

Working With Intelligence and Other Countries

“This is just the beginning of our law enforcement’s crackdown on the CCP’s abuses,” Wolf said. “In August, our partners in the Intelligence Community notified the public that the Chinese Communist Party has been expanding its efforts to shape policy in the U.S. and manipulate politicians to favor Chinese interests,” he said, “In response, DHS partnered with local election leaders across the country to make sure our elections were as safe and secure as possible.”

“These partnerships included briefings for state and local officials so they can protect themselves against espionage by CCP meddlers, as well as the identification and development of countermeasures for cyber vulnerabilities,” he explained.

DHS is also working hand-in-hand with American companies and law enforcement to prevent the import of goods produced with Chinese slave labor and have alerted companies to espionage vulnerabilities in our information and communications infrastructure.

Efforts were also made to mitigate the risk posed by Chinese foreign investment. “Earlier this year, DHS—along with the Department of Justice and Department of Defense—recommended that the Federal Communications Commission deny the connection of a state-of-the-art undersea cable between the United States and Hong Kong,” he continued, “This denial was necessary to mitigate national security concerns and protect U.S. consumer data.”

DHS also pays attention to places where Chinese companies illicitly collect data on American consumers or steal intellectual property. “As an example, DHS is reviewing entities such as the Chinese manufacturer TCL. This year it was discovered that TCL incorporated backdoors into all of its TV sets exposing users to cyber breaches and data exfiltration,” he said, “TCL also receives CCP state support to compete in the global electronics market, which has propelled it to the third-largest television manufacturer in the world.”

“We are also working to combat Chinese malign influence in the Western Hemisphere and partnering with other government agencies—including the U.S. Agency for International Development, with which DHS will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding—to foster development for a Hemisphere free from Communist manipulation,” he added.

Wolf said DHS would soon be releasing our Strategic Action Plan to Counter the People’s Republic of China—an innovative document built from President Trump’s 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2020 U.S. Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s ideology and China’s recent malign actions are linked,” he explained, “The Communist threat we unwisely believed was behind us in the last century is not a ghost of the past. It continues to stalk freedom and liberty today in the form of the Chinese Communist Party.”

“It is a clear and present danger we cannot afford to ignore, for the good of our country, our way of life, and our civilization,” he added.

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026. CCP’s Propaganda: China’s Past and Today

Dissecting the Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda: China’s Past and Today

Oct. 25, 2020 | By Zhi Yuan(Minghui.org)

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is good at generating and spreading disinformation. Inside China, the CCP refers to the era prior to its rule as the “Old Society,” where people lived in poverty with no food, shelter, or clothing. By doing so, it claims that, without the CCP, the Chinese people would still be in poverty.

This lie has deceived many Chinese, who, under the CCP’s totalitarian rule and brainwashed by the CCP-glorifying propaganda, have lost their ability to think independently. As a result, they ignore the human rights’ violations in China, including the persecution of Falun Gong and other minority groups. Similarly, when disasters such as coronavirus hit, people continue to believe the CCP’s narrative and are unaware of the imminent danger.

Looking at history, however, what the CCP says is simply untrue. In the decades before the CCP came to power, people were relatively prosperous and led good lives, with more freedom of belief and much less censorship.

Respect for Intellectuals

The Republic of China was created in 1912 when the Provisional Constitution was instituted to ensure freedom of speech and publication. At that time, China had over 150 independent newspapers. Even during the years when Yuan Shikai temporarily restored China’s imperial system from 1915 to 1916, there were still more than 130 newspapers. People openly criticized the then-government, including Yuan himself, without consequences. In today’s China, however, Chinese tycoon real estate Ren Zhiqiang was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for remarks hostile to the top CCP leader.

Consistent with the atmosphere of political openness, intellectuals including teachers were well respected and well paid. By 1937 (when the Japanese army invaded China), for example, the average monthly salary was 400-600 yuan for a college professor, 160-200 yuan for an urban middle school teacher, and 22-55 yuan for an elementary school teacher. How did those wages translate into buying power? A regular worker’s monthly wage was about 10-40 yuan, while a family of four could enjoy a decent life on 60 yuan per month.

Moreover, there was freedom of speech and publication at the time. Despite its conflict with the CCP, the Kuomintang (KMT) allowed it to publish newspapers and books. These publications not only openly criticized the KMT but also mobilized students—through the Marxist and Bolshevik theories—to confront the government. How does that compare with the situation in today’s China? When doctors casually shared information about the coronavirus outbreak through social media—an act in line with their responsibility to save lives—they were severely punished. The same thing happened to independent reporters who dared to speak the truth. As advocated by the CCP, from Mao Zedong to its current leaders, any resistance or opposing remarks must be eradicated even before their germination.

Living Standard

Between 1912 and 1949 when the CCP seized power, China faced a series of crises, from the warlord conflicts during the Beiyang Government (1912-1928) to the Chinese Civil War between the CCP and the KMT (1928-1949), not to mention the Japanese invasion (1937-1945). Although 20-40 million people were injured or died during the Sino-Japanese War, plus a famine in Henan Province in 1942, for the most part, people had no problem finding food.

According to a Laogong Yuekan (Labor Monthly) published in July 1934, the average monthly wage of a worker in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, was about 15 yuan. At that time, one yuan could buy 15 kilos (33 pounds) of rice or 4 kilos (8.8 pounds) of pork. So ordinary citizens were able to live relatively well.

Considering the lengthy wars in China, the relatively good standard of living was a remarkable feat, which was largely due to the openness of the political system. To attack the KMT and seize power, however, the CCP generated countless lies discrediting that reality and misleading the people generation by generation.

Chen Boda, a high-ranking CCP official and secretary to Mao Zedong, claimed that four big families of the KMT controlled China’s economy and amassed assets in the name of fighting the Japanese. Numerous pieces of evidence have proved such claims groundless. Documents released by Japanese intelligence showed that even Chiang Kai-shek, the top leader of the KMT, only had 66 million yuan ($8 million US).

In contrast, under the totalitarian rule of the CCP, corruption has become widespread at all government levels. Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two high-ranking military officials, were reported to jointly own a vault with 7.9 billion yuan (or $1.2 billion) besides other assets. Even lower-level officials have amassed enormous fortunes. One deputy mayor in Shanxi Province was reported to have amassed a total of 640 million yuan (or $95 million), which exceeds the combined annual income of 9 counties in poverty.

Even without these examples of “gray” income, China’s government officials’ travel and dining expenses amounted to 9 trillion yuan (or $1.3 trillion) per year. This far surpasses the entire amount budgeted for education and enough to bring all lower-income Chinese above the poverty line.

The Propaganda of Class Struggle

To establish and secure its rule, the CCP has always highlighted class struggle and depicted the wealthy as unethical and enemies of the state. This, however, can’t be further from the truth.

Qin Hui and Gao Wangling, two historians from Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China, respectively, reexamined the CCP claim of “wealthy landlords owning 70-80% of the land.” They found that the number was no higher than 40%, meaning that over 60% of the lands was owned by regular farmers.

It was the same in the urban areas. Here is an example from Xunwu Investigation, a report by Mao Zedong himself in 1930. After an apprentice worked at a small business for three years and learned basic skills, he earned 40-50 yuan in the first year and 50-60 yuan in the second year. “Occasionally, the owner would give the entire business to him [the apprentice] to manage… Later on only part of the profit needed to be paid to the owner, often in the range of 10-30%.” Such a harmonious relationship between the business owner and the employee was the opposite of the notion of “class struggle” that the CCP portrayed about employees having to fight to earn a living.

The Dignity of Life

As described above, although the CCP claimed to liberate all people, the Chinese discovered what the reality was just the opposite. Over the past several decades, countless Chinese have lost their fortunes, freedom, or even lives since the regime took power. Following the Great Leap Forward in 1958, about 45 million died in the man-made famine (1959-1961) alone, a topic considered taboo for Chinese scholars even today.

The harm brought by the CCP is largely rooted in its lack of respect for life, which is evident in the CCP’s destruction of China’s thousands-year-long history.

During the battle between warlords in Zhuzhou, Hebei Province, in October 1927, for example, one month passed and there was hardly any food left in the city. Coordinated by the Red Cross, both sides ceased hostilities to let the women and children out before resuming the conflict. When the food ran out at the end of two months, the two sides settled their differences without holding any civilians hostage.

Fast forward to 1948 and what the CCP did to the City of Changchun in Jilin Province during the Siege of Changchun between May and October of that year. The CCP army did not allow civilians to leave to get food. With a population of about 500,000 at the time, it was estimated 200,000 starved to death.

But such topics remain taboo in China. What the younger generations learn in their textbooks is that the CCP army successfully liberated the city of Changchun without killing anyone or firing a single bullet. When military writer Zhang Zhenglong documented this event in Xuebai Xiehong (Cold Snow, Hot Blood), chronicling the deaths of 150,000 civilians, he was detained and the book was banned.

Throughout the dynasties in China, until the Republic of China, traditional values were maintained by the local communities. Even under the rule of the KMT, the government’s intervention in local affairs was restricted to the county level. For the CCP, however, the Party organization goes deep into every village in the countryside and every street in the urban areas.

China’s budget to “maintain stability” was estimated to be 1.37 trillion yuan (or $200 billion) in 2018. With state-of-the-art censoring tools, especially security cameras and Wechat, it tracks every move its citizens make. How long will this tyrannical rule last? Time will tell.

http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2020/10/25/187967.html

025. CCP’s Black Box of Propaganda

Unlocking the CCP’s Black Box of Propaganda
Oct. 21, 2020 | By Song Shan (Minghui.org)

At the Lushan Conference in 1959, Mao Zedong made the following remark, “Suppose we do 10 things and 9 of them are bad. If people know about the 9 bad things, we are doomed.” As a result, China’s state-owned and state-controlled media censored “bad” news and only reported “good” news glorying the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Over 40 years have passed, and the CCP is still censoring information and spreading disinformation to “maintain stability.” Its cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak is the latest example of its propaganda machine at work. As of mid-October, over 40 million people in nearly 200 countries have been infected and more than 1.1 million have died of the coronavirus.

As always, the CCP did not learn any lessons from the resulting worldwide loss of trust in the Chinese government, and instead continued its campaign of censorship and disinformation. Especially inside China, the CCP blocked information such as the United States’ immigration policy barring CCP members from being granted entry or visa approval. There is hardly any discussion about the policy on WeChat, a multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app with over 1 billion monthly active users. This is because people know that once they dare to challenge the censorship, their accounts could be voided, which means that they could no longer make electronic payments, make phone calls, or even take public transportation by showing their health ratings on the app.

Numerous polices have recently been issued by various Chinese government agencies to regulate social media posting. For example, directives include no discussing the CCP’s policy, no discussing orders from the central government, no visiting “counter-revolutionary” websites, and no casually accepting interviews from news media, especially overseas media.

How dark is the CCP’s black box of propaganda? An examination of several examples provides a glimpse into this propaganda machine.

Mandatory App to Study Xi’s Thoughts

While restricting discussions on social media such as WeChat, the CCP forcefully pushes out tools that directly narrate its brand of communist ideology. Xuexi Qiangguo, a Chinese app developed by Alibaba, is a required app, to learn the thoughts of Xi Jinping. Government officials, employees of state-owned enterprises, and public school teachers are required to download this software and study it daily. People who do not earn enough study points every day face punishment or threats of being laid off.

Netizens have often referred to this app as a “wall in a wall.” In China, there is already a “Great Firewall” in place that essentially serves as a virtual Berlin Wall to separate China from the West. This new requirement, like a wall within a wall, makes the fact-deficient internet space in China further crammed with CCP doctrines – forcing the propaganda, or brainwashing, on Chinese citizens.

The situation is similar to that of Nazi Germany. “Once they succeeded in ending democracy and turning Germany into a one-party dictatorship, the Nazis orchestrated a massive propaganda campaign to win the loyalty and cooperation of Germans. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry, directed by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, took control of all forms of communication in Germany: newspapers, magazines, books, public meetings, and rallies, art, music, movies, and radio,” explained an article in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Viewpoints in any way threatening to Nazi beliefs or to the regime were censored or eliminated from all media.”

The Darkness of the Propaganda Black Box

As mentioned above, once Mao energized the state apparatus to dictate public opinion, even senior officials within the CCP were not spared. Peng Dehuai, China’s Defense Minister (1954-1959) and one of the most accomplished generals, was brought down for speaking out about the truth of the Great Leap Forward that resulted in millions of deaths; Liu Shaoqi, Mao’s successor and the second highest leader, also met the same fate for confronting Mao.

Besides top officials and intellectuals who were silenced by the CCP, a large number of ordinary citizens also became its victims in countless disasters caused by the regime.

In August 1975, the Banqiao Dam in Zhumadian, Henan Province collapsed along with 61 other dams, causing a death toll of up to 240,000. The CCP blocked the news and did not partially reveal it until 1989. Since the major cause of the massive collapse was poor construction quality due to the Great Leap Forward, U.S.-based Discovery Channel designated the 75.8 disaster (a reference to August 1975) as the most severe of all man-made disasters, placing it ahead of even the Chernobyl disaster.

However, very few Chinese people know about the 75.8 disaster due to the CCP’s information censorship. “The 75.8 disaster? Few people of the younger generation know about it,” said a local police officer in Henan Province.

Loss of life in man-made calamities is brutal; covering it up and blocking information is even more hideous.

One of the most glorious stories about the CCP Army in Chinese textbooks is the liberation of Changchun City in Jilin Province in 1948 without killing anyone or firing a shot. The reality, however, was that the CCP surrounded the city for over 4 months. By prohibiting civilians from going out for food, 150,000 to 200,000 people died of starvation.

When Taiwanese writer Long Yingtai visited Changchun a few years ago and asked about the 1948 incident, many young people had never heard about it. Zhang Zhenglong, a military writer, also visited the elderly in the region asking for details. “I know all about this—everything you asked about, but I cannot speak a word of it,” one old man replied.

“Looking at the man, my feeling was like, I spent so much effort looking for the black box from a crashed plane—I found it, but I cannot unlock it,” Zhang recalled. In the end, he finished his book and published it, only to have it banned by the CCP with finding himself detained.

Even the Great Chinese Famine, with a death toll of 45 million, is treated by the CCP as taboo in literature and scholarly studies. Back then, top officials in the Ministry of Food had collected statistics about how many died in the calamity, but then-premier Zhou Enlai issued orders to destroy all related documents.

Modern Day Lies

One may question the need to focus on history. While many things occurred decades ago and China is different now, the reality is that the same propaganda machine that produced those lies is still running today, producing more pro-CCP narratives day after day, around the globe.

On September 23, 2020, China Central Television, the CCP’s mouthpiece, posted news on Facebook with a video claiming that Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO, announced that China’s coronavirus vaccine was effective. Third-party reports verified that Swaminathan had not made those remarks and the CCTV had used edited video in reporting. Nonetheless, the CCTV kept the video posted and the false news was also propagated through other CCP news networks such as CGTN.

Even military actions are fabricated by the CCP. On September 19, the Chinese military released videos of a simulation of China’s bombers targeting U.S. Air Force installations on Guam. The footage was found to have been taken and edited from three Hollywood films, including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Rock, and The Hurt Locker. Similarly, pictures published by the CCP media on military exercises near Taiwan were identified to be archive photos of Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry.

All of these fabrications aim to mislead people both inside China and around the world. And sometimes there seems to be no limit. During the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, although 9-year-old Lin Miaoke was shown on stage singing, the voice was found to have come from 7-year-old Yang Peiyi who was singing backstage. “It is an order from the Chinese Politburo [to so so],” clarified Music Director Chen Qigang on this issue.

The CCP news media also openly create lies. On February 18, 2019, the English edition of People’s Daily published an article titled “We Need to Learn to Listen to China.” The article praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative and claimed to be written by Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Two days later, the author of the article was quietly changed to “a reporter for People’s Daily” on its website.

Among all the lies, one of the most devastating is the staged Self-Immolation Incident on Tiananmen Square of January 23, 2001, created to defame Falun Gong, a meditation system based on the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The Chinese regime has conducted a brutal persecution of the practice since July 1999. In order to instigate hatred of nearly 100 million innocent Chinese citizens who practice Falun Gong, the CCP rebroadcast footage of the incident over and over again, and repeated it in textbooks, literature, and all forms of propaganda.

The United Nations, Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International, The Washington Post, and other news media have all identified loopholes in the CCP’s narrative surrounding this incident. False Fire, a documentary that analyzed the CCTV video footage, received an honorary award in 2003 at the 51st Columbus International Film Festival.

Sanctions Against the CCP

World opinion of the CCP has changed significantly over the past few months. Especially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the international community has become clear as to how the regime has misled the Chinese people—and the world—with its cover-up and disinformation.

The city of Flushing in New York is densely populated with Chinese. When events are held there that expose the CCP’s human rights violations of Falun Gong practitioners or of Uyghurs, the Chinese Consulate always mobilized or paid people to harass participants.

As the U.S. government announced that it plans to cancel the pro-CCP Confucius Institutes, and classified People’s Daily and other news media as foreign agents, and placed sanctions against top CCP officials for their crimes against Uyghurs and Hong Kong residents, such pawns from the Chinese Consulate are hardly seen anymore.

On October 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) further updated its Policy Manual to deny visas or permanent residence applications to members of the communist party and other totalitarian parties.

Dongxiang, a magazine based in Hong Kong, found in 2012 that 90% of the CCP’s Central Committee members already had their relatives immigrating overseas. The new measures from the USCIS and implementation of the Global Magnitsky Act would help unlock the CCP’s black box of propaganda, bring it to the light, and lead us to a new chapter in history.

http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2020/10/21/187911.html

 

024. Xi Holds Onto Power

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.

2. Dissenters

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.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/xi-jinping-holds-onto-power-amid-infighting-within-the-ccp_3544331.html

023. Sanctions Against the CCP

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.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2020/10/17/187859.html

022. Huawei and the CCP

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.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/huawei-and-the-ccps-war-for-information-dominance_3540248.html

021. Coincidences in Vancouver

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.

Influence Operations

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

https://www.theepochtimes.com/coincidences-in-vancouver-suggest-china-money-laundering-funding-disruption-in-us_3533369.html

020. Celebration and Brainwashing

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.

https://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2020/10/11/187779.html

019. CCP – A Transnational Criminal Organization

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.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/it-is-time-to-recognize-the-ccp-as-a-transnational-criminal-organization_3533155.html