Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop revealed a lot of information, including hunter’s dubious commerce in Ukraine and China, and questioned how much President Biden was involved in his son’s business activities. .. This ongoing scandal kicked off a secret influence campaign for foreign governments in the United States. No government has implemented such an influential campaign as effectively as the Chinese Communist Party.
To understand China’s influence campaign on foreign soils, you need to be familiar with the secretive Chinese government agency, the United Front Work Department (UFWD), or the United Front. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) established UFWD in the 1930s with the goal of hiring well-known intellectuals, writers, teachers, students, publishers, and business leaders who are not necessarily communists.
These recruits will drive the CCP’s agenda, influence public opinion in favor of the CCP in Kuomintang-controlled territories, and secure weapons, medicines, and other resources for the CCP to overthrow the Kuomintang-led government. Supported. Later, CCP leader Mao Zedong called the United Front the CCP’s “magic weapon.”
When Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012, he significantly expanded the UFWD and raised the status of the UFWD by appointing Politburo member Sun Chunlan as head of the UFWD. Today, UFWD’s headquarters in Beijing are located in an unmarked but highly guarded building next to the CCP’s leadership facility. The place says that the highest powers in the country directly support its mission and strategy.
UFWD workers are assigned to many government branches in China and abroad, including almost all Chinese embassies, and currently include staff officially working on the United Front. UFWD is tasked with helping the Chinese Communist Party proactively and secretly dictate messages and stories about China. UFWD’s goal is to collect information and gain or adopt CCP support. It is to attack and neutralize potential objections and opposition in China and abroad.
UFWD’s overseas influence campaign relies on a variety of methods, including the establishment of the Confucius Institute and the management of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association on the western university campus. But one of the most effective ways to do this is to train politicians, prominent businessmen, and well-known western intellectuals as “Chinese friends.”
These “friends” support China by influencing its own policies and public opinion, while minimizing harm to China and silencing criticism of the CCP. This approach is called “influencing influential people.”
The UFWD process of developing “friends” usually involves several tactics. UFWD knows how to make them feel important through excessive compliments, luxury trips to China, and access to senior Chinese government officials. For the families of foreign business elites and prominent foreign politicians, the UFWD has ensured that they are financially rewarded by either bribes or preferred business conditions.
The connection between John Kerry and Henry Kissinger
Isaac Stonefish, a visiting scholar at the Atlantic Council and author of “American Second,” recently I have written One of the most influential “Chinese friends” that UFWD has cultivated is Henry Kissinger, a former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. is. He retired from his government post long ago, but whenever Kissinger traveled to China, he was always given an audience with China’s top leaders.
According to Fish, Kissinger “aggressively [Chinese Communist] Have a party in his large network. For example, Kissinger suggestion The George HW Bush administration has taken “a lighter response to the Tiananmen Square Incident in June 1989.”Kissinger too Reportedly “I persuaded the Trump administration not to meet the Dalai Lama — Trump was the first president since Reagan and did not meet the Tibetan spiritual leader.”
The Chinese government is also fostering relationships with the families of other prominent US politicians.Funded by Chinese companies, including some state-owned companies such as the Bank of China (BOC) 80 percent A Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) investment fund partially owned and overseen by Hunter Biden and former Secretary of State John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz through a private equity fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners.
Chinese government officials approved a contract to establish a fund in 2013 after Hunter Biden traveled to China with then Vice President Joe Biden. The obvious motive for China is the Obama administration.
Beijing’s investment in BHR was immediately rewarded. In 2015, the fund is important to ensure that the Obama administration and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approve the sale of Michigan-based Heniges vehicles to China’s leading military aircraft manufacturer, Aviation. Played a role. Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The influence of Wall Street
In addition to prominent politicians and their families, foreign business elites are also eligible for the UFWD Foreign Impact Campaign.Former Attorney General William Barr is an American company from tech to Hollywood “Chinese influence pawn.. Perhaps no other sector is as influenced by Beijing as Wall Street.
Invested by China Investment Corp (CIC), a sovereign wealth fund in China $ 3 billion Funding for the 2007 Blackstone Group initial public offering.Chinese government Approved Another Wall Street company, BlackRock, will launch a private fund business in China in 2017. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink received an award from the National Committee on United States-China Relations a year later. ..
Not surprisingly, Blackstone CEOs Stephen Schwartzmann and Fink were the loudest cheerleaders in Beijing on Wall Street. Schwartzman has established the Schwartzman Scholarship Program at Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. Close cooperation With Chen Xu, CCP Secretary of Tsinghua University. Chen later became Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the UFWD.
Fink on behalf of Beijing Lobbying Index provider MSCI includes stocks of Chinese companies traded on mainland China exchanges in its emerging market index. Some investors opposed such inclusion, fearing the lack of transparency of Chinese companies and the strict capital controls of the Chinese government.Black rock too Provided full support According to The Wall Street Journal, when a Chinese company trading in Hong Kong proposes to request the board to “seek advice on key decisions from the Communist Party Committee.”
Chinese government during President Trump’s first term Turned around He sought support during the US-China trade negotiations with Schwartzmann, Fink, and other CEOs of Wall Street’s leading companies, and promised to reward their efforts in further expanding the company in China.
Selection of mutually beneficial effects
In addition to lobbying, Wall Street companies such as BlackRock are also pouring billions of dollars into Chinese companies.Some of the companies they funded Allegedly They are involved in Uighur Muslim human rights abuses or have close ties with the Chinese military, threatening US national security.
In him piece Regarding Kissinger’s performance in China, Fish has become a CCP’s “agent” because UFWD’s overseas influence campaign has been so successful that some Western politicians and business elites said they were CCP. He said he didn’t even know he was his agent.
One way to tackle China’s overseas impact campaign is to enforce the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). necessary “A person who acts on behalf of a foreign principal to publicly disclose its relationship and its political or other similar activities by registering with the Department of Justice.” May confuse the wealthy and famous American elite. Therefore, it is not yet known whether the Biden administration’s Justice Ministry has the political will to do so.