The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s infiltration into foreign think tanks and academic institutions has become a serious issue. Some well-known American think tanks and scholars even blatantly help the CCP enhance its image. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently asked Washington’s think tanks to disclose any foreign funding they receive, including from foreign government and state-supported entities. Pompeo issued the statement on Oct. 13 and specifically mentioned China and Russia when pointing out that some countries try to influence the U.S. foreign policy through American think tanks and scholars. when pointing out that some countries try to influence the U.S. foreign policy through American think tanks and scholars. “The unique role of think tanks in the conduct of foreign affairs makes transparency regarding foreign funding more important than ever,” the statement read. The State Department requested that think tanks and other foreign policy organizations that “wish to engage with the Department” disclose explicitly on their websites funding they receive from foreign governments, “including state-owned or state-operated subsidiary entities.” The State Department will then look into the disclosed information, as the basis for “whether and how to engage” these think tanks. At the end of May, when giving a Senate floor speech on reforming the global economy and preventing China’s domination, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley warned that the CCP “integrated its economic and security strategies for the last two decades, systematically weaponizing the institutions and procedures of the global economy for its own benefit,” yet the United States “has been slow to respond.” Wu Zuolai, an independent Chinese scholar in the United States, believes that Pompeo’s statement is a remedy for the loopholes that had allowed China to infiltrate into American think tanks. Wu Zuolai (independent Chinese scholar in the United States): “As long as you receive funding from China, especially if you are in the social science field, aren’t you doing your research for the CCP and helping the CCP with its propaganda in the United States, or helping it collect information from the United States? While the CCP’s funding operates with no obstacles in the United States, the U.S. funding, even if independent from the government, does not have a place in China. How can such inequality be allowed?” The Washington Freedom Beacon disclosed in an article dated July 21 that Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), a prominent U.S. think tank, received millions of dollars from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. In return, PIIE served as a platform for the CCP to attack the Trump administration and advocate pro-China arguments. In mid-July, PIIE hosted Chinese World Trade Organization ambassador Zhang Xiangchen, who unabashedly denounced U.S. protectionism. Senator Hawley criticized PIIE for collaborating with the CCP to attract and influence pro-CCP American elites “in D.C. think tanks or corporate boardrooms.” According to Voice of America’s 2018 statistics, there are more than 1,800 think tanks in the United States, of which nearly 400 are located in Washington, D.C. More than a dozen research institutes in Washington D.C. received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments, which turned them into a lobbying tool for these foreign interests. Sheng Xue, a Chinese writer in Canada, pointed out that these academic institutions in democratic countries have turned out to be pawns for authoritarian regimes. They have not only betrayed national interests, but also brought damage to freedom and democracy all over the world. Sheng Xue: “The CCP has successfully bribed and controlled the so-called academic institutions in democratic countries, and makes use of them as their mouthpieces. Their misleading statements will then be imported into China to brainwash the Chinese people. As a result, for countries like China that lack freedom and democracy, the painstaking efforts of those democratic activists will be greatly hindered.” Michael Pillsbury, former government official in the Defense Department, published a report titled “The Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Interference Operations: How the U.S. and Other Democracies Should Respond.” It revealed that the CCP has put enormous resources into influencing democratic countries, estimated at $10 billion a year. Pillsbury emphasized that we must be wary of those “Western enablers” who help the CCP extend its influence, and called on congress to introduce new laws to counter the CCP. Wu Zuolai (independent Chinese scholar in the United States): “The CCP’s United Front, and related departments, are allowed to have cash reserves available at any time to bribe officials such as U.N. officials, WHO officials or U.S. officials. Those Chinese officials can present cash in U.S. dollars directly, something impossible in the United States and civilized nations. But the CCP has been doing this all along. In return, the CCP will obtain certain information, or have the U.S. government make policies in favor of Beijing. In the past several decades, the CCP has been well versed in these things.” In addition, Pompeo and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently issued a warning that the CCP has used Confucius Institutes as a propaganda and influencing program, posing a threat to free speech. They urged American schools and colleges to examine the activities of Confucius Institutes and “take action to safeguard” our educational environments.
Robert Destro, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, called for joint efforts to stop modern slavery at a press conference held on Oct. 16. When a journalist asked a question about Falun Gong, Destro said that the United States has already looked into allegations of the CCP’s crime of live organ harvesting. The journalist, Ken Yang, from The Epoch Times Taiwan, said that the CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for 21 years and that the CCP has committed the crime of forced organ harvesting. He asked, “would the Department of State step in and take specific actions to stop the forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party?” Assistant Secretary Destro: “Well, I can’t think of a more horrific human rights abuse than stealing somebody’s liver. We have had consistent reports of this. We have actually looked into allegations of it. And I encourage anybody who has information that we could use to nail this down to please be in touch with us.” John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, also addressed the question. Ambassador Richmond: “I’ll also say that the removal of organs is one of the forms of exploitation under the Palermo Protocol, the UN protocol against trafficking in persons. And we continue to gather information about this.” The CCP’s atrocities of harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners were first exposed in 2006. Since then, Falun Gong groups and human rights lawyers have conducted investigations and provided information to government agencies in the United States, Canada, and European countries. For instance, former Member of Canadian Parliament David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas conducted independent investigations and published reports to confirm the existence of forced live organ harvesting in China. Investigative journalist Ethan Gutman also conducted independent investigations and published a book on the crime. Teresa Chu, spokesperson for the Falun Gong Human Rights Lawyers Group, said that she believes the U.S. State Department already has considerable knowledge of live organ harvesting. Teresa Chu (spokesperson for the Falun Gong Human Rights Lawyers Group): “For example, when Wang Lijun fled to the U.S. Consulate in 2012, as far as we know, Wang Lijun brought with him some documents about live organ harvesting. But so far none of them have been exposed. For such atrocities against humanity, we hope that the U.S. government can take more specific actions, such as publicizing the evidence at an appropriate time. We must pursue these criminals and bring them to justice.” The CCP has persecuted Falun Gong for 21 years. The New York-based World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) recently revealed that according to their investigations, the CCP has never ceased its crime of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. Wang Zhiyuan, Chairman of WOIPFG: “We just released a new report on July 20 this year. It includes 100 investigation recordings, which were selected from a large number of recent recordings. The report elaborated on the current status of live organ harvesting in more detail. In mainland China, even during the outbreak of the CCP virus at the beginning of the year, live organ harvesting has not stopped, it only slowed down a little bit.” Wang Zhiyuan thinks that although Western countries know about live organ harvesting, they do not take it seriously. It is a great thing that the U.S. State Department is conducting investigations into the CCP’s live organ harvesting. Wang Zhiyuan: “The recent full exposure of the CCP’s infiltration and threat to Western countries has prompted the international community to pay attention to the CCP’s real threat to mankind. This is a good start. Live organ harvesting is an unprecedented evil in human history. No one should keep silent on this. It is a matter of protecting the safety of mankind and of moral conscience, it is a matter not limited to a certain nation or a certain group.” The U.S. Congress and the European Parliament have previously passed resolutions condemning the CCP for forcefully harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience and demanding that the CCP stop the evil practice immediately. The Canadian subcommittee on human rights also passed a similar bill unanimously. In addition, many countries, such as Israel and Spain, have enacted laws prohibiting travel to China for organ transplantation. In 2015, Taiwan made amendments to the Regulations on Human Organ Transplantation to prohibit transplant tourism, both as an industry and at an individual level. South Korea also passed a law on Oct. 8, requiring that its citizens who go to another country for transplantation with unknown organ sources must register after returning to South Korea. Japan is currently in the process of revising transplant laws to follow suit.
U.S. Seizes Imports of Chinese Sweetener After Finding Forced Labor Was Used On October 20, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it found “conclusive evidence” a Chinese company used forced labor to make the sweetener stevia, and ordered American ports to seize all shipments. The agency said in a statement on October 20 that after an investigation, CBP had determined that Inner Mongolia Hengzheng Group Baoanzhao Agriculture, Industry and Trade Co. used convict, forced, or indentured labor to produce stevia extracts and derivatives. It added that those products are being, or are likely to be imported to the United States. Stevia is a plant extract used as a sweetener in sodas and other foods. The investigation arose after the agency received a tip-off in 2016 from a non-government organization that stevia produced by the Chinese company was made with prison labor. That year, the CBP issued a detention order on imported stevia produced by Baoanzhao based on “reasonable but inconclusive proof” of forced labor. The CBP determination, the agency’s first ruling forced labor finding since 2006, instructs U.S. port directors to seize any shipments and commence forfeiture proceedings. Japan and ‘Special Strategic Partner’ Australia Forge Stronger Alliance Japan’s military has agreed to create a framework for protecting Australian Defence Force assets as the two countries forge stronger bilateral ties amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific. On October 19, Japan’s Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi announced the transition in a joint statement with Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, who visited Tokyo for bilateral discussions with her counterpart. Kishi said: “Australia is our ‘Special Strategic Partner’ in the region and Japan Ministry of Defense, and Self-Defense Forces are going to deepen our bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges to uphold and reinforce the Free and Open Indo-Pacific.” Reynolds concurred with Kishi saying: “Japan and Australia share a vision for a region that is open, that is inclusive, and one where the sovereignty, and the rights of all states, large and small, are respected.” She added: “Australia and Japan are working together to enhance our defence partnerships right across Southeast Asia and the Pacific. I am so proud to be standing next to Kishi-san at the beginning of our productive and important working relationship for both our nations.” 70 Years Later, Beijing Continues to Lie about Korean War high-profile commemoration, eulogizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s “great victory” and claiming that its participation in the Korean War was “a historic decision to protect our motherland.” However, some Chinese netizens questioned, “Who waged the Korean War?” Some netizens also exposed that the CCP was not a winner but a big liar in this war. On Oct. 19, Chinese leader Xi Jinping led Vice Chairman Wang Qishan and seven Politburo Standing Committee members to an exhibition named “Resisting U.S., Aid North Korea.” Xi claimed that “the spirit of resisting the U.S. aggression and aiding North Korea will certainly inspire China to overcome all difficulties and obstacles and defeat all powerful enemies.”
Chinese Are Told to Be Prepared as Xi Jinping Called on Troops for War On October 13, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen ordered all residents to prepare emergency supplies in 72 categories, such as enough food and water for 72 hours and a fire blanket. Last month, China’s Emergency Management Ministry and several municipal governments, such as Beijing and Tianjin, issued similar orders but the news didn’t attract attention. Shenzhen made its announcement on the same day that Chinese leader Xi Jinping told troops to focus on preparing for war, fueling concerns that Beijing was getting ready for a conflict. Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited marine troops stationed in Chaozhou city, about 220 miles away from Shenzhen and also in Guangdong province, and told them “to put all your thoughts and energies on preparing a war, and remain on high alert.” Shenzhen and Chaozhou are located to the west of Taiwan. On October 18, Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post quoted a Beijing-based military source that the PLA (People’s Liberation Army, the official name of Chinese military) had deployed its most advanced missile, the DF-17, to the country’s southeast coast in preparation of a possible future invasion of Taiwan. The Chinese regime considers Taiwan a part of its territory, despite the island being a de facto nation state with its own democratically-elected government, military, and currency. Beijing has threatened to use military force to bring the island under its fold. Pompeo: US, Brazil Both Need to Reduce Dependence on China Imports On October 19, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the United States and Brazil both need, for their own security, to reduce their dependence on imports from communist China. At a virtual summit on increased U.S.-Brazil cooperation aimed at post-pandemic recovery, Pompeo underscored the importance of expanding bilateral economic ties, given what he called “enormous risk” stemming from communist China’s significant participation in their economies. He said: “To the extent we can find ways that we can increase the trade between our two countries, we can … decrease each of our two nations’ dependence for critical items” coming from China. He added: “Each of our two peoples will be more secure, and each of our two nations will be far more prosperous, whether that’s two or five or 10 years from now.” The Trump administration is working to boost ties with Brazil and provide a counterweight to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) global ambitions. Delegates from the two countries also met to sign a new agreement to boost rules-based trade opportunities. Thai Students Protest Against Corrupt King and PM A new wave of anti-government rallies and protests have risen in Thailand. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bangkok, demanding monarchy reform and that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha steps down. The young people passed out goggles, helmets, and mineral water to their partners one by one. They told each other to take safety first under the tense atmosphere. This has been the scene on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand for more than five days. The anti-government protests started from a Thai campus and took to the streets on Oct. 14. On Oct 15th, the Thai government declared a state of emergency in Bangkok, banned gatherings of more than five people, and arrested more than 20 protesters. Thai police fired water cannons against protesters on Oct 16th in central Bangkok. Shanghai Dairy Fined for Illegal Advertising Chinese authorities recently accused Bright Dairy, a well-known company in Shanghai, of “leaking state secrets,” and the company was fined $45,000. Information circulated online suggests that the penalty might be related to Bright Diary’s advertising slogan, “please give me bright,” and it may also be a result of CCP infighting between the Xi Jinping faction and the Jiang Zemin faction. On Oct. 13, China’s Enterprise Credit Information System showed that Bright Dairy was fined on Sept. 27 by the Shanghai Municipal Market Supervision Administration because its advertisement has “violated regulations, harmed national dignity and interests, and divulged state secrets.” However, the disciplinary notice did not give specific details. It only ordered the company to stop its current advertisement deemed a violation of regulations.
South Korea Maintains Close Ties With Chinese Communist Party The CCP’s cover-up of the epidemic and its wolf-like diplomacy have led to deteriorating U.S.-Sino relations, as well as a containment by the international community. However, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in government has stuck to “maintaining close ties” with the CCP, a move that surprised the international community. A series of internal documents obtained by The Epoch Times revealed the inside story behind South Korea’s pro-Communist government. Beijing’s Distant Water Fishing Poses Threat to the Entire World: Australia Report The Chinese communist regime operates the largest distant water fishing fleet in the world, and they often act in a legal grey zone, according to a recent report released by Future Directions International (FDI). FDI is an independent, not-for-profit strategic research institute conducting research on important issues facing Australia. The report also revealed that the Chinese fishermen involved in distant water fishing could serve as Chinese army’s “Maritime Militia,” threatening geo-political stability around the world. Former Business Associate: Hunter Biden’s Corruption with the CCP The scandal surrounding the family of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to ferment. After the New York Post exposed the contents of a computer hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden, second son of the former Vice President Joe Biden, Breitbart exclusively reported that Hunter Biden’s business associate revealed how he used his father’s position to arrange private meetings with Chinese investors and Communist Party officials at the highest levels in the White House. On October 16, Breitbart reported that in 2019, Hunter Biden’s former business associate Bevan Cooney reached out to their reporter, Peter Schweizer, the author of the book Secret Empires. From prison, Cooney provided Schweizer with written authorization, his email account name with password, and authorized, in writing, the publication of his emails.
With the U.S. presidential election only 20 days away, a big October surprise emerged when Hunter Biden’s alleged email communications with a Ukraine energy company were exposed by the U.S. media, along with numerous photos and videos of the young Biden. The U.S. Senate has been involved in the investigation. An exclusive report from the New York Post on Wednesday exposed three of Hunter Biden’s alleged emails. One of them was dated April 13, 2014, the time frame when Hunter just joined the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. In an alleged email to the board members of the company, Hunter mentioned his father several times, using Joe Biden’s influence to negotiate a higher salary for himself. Hunter’s salary at Burisma was reportedly up to $50,000 a month. In another alleged email, Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, asked Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” to help the company. In an email dated April 2015, Pozharskyi thanked Hunter for giving him the opportunity to meet with Joe Biden in D.C. These exposed emails contradict Joe Biden’s previous claim that he had never spoken to his son about Hunter’s overseas business dealings. In 2016, one year after Joe Biden met with Pozharskyi, Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was leading corruption investigations into Burisma and its founders. Biden achieved this by threatening to withhold $1 billion in aid. “Within 6 hours, if the prosecutor is not fired, you are not getting the money. (Expletive), they are fired.” After being sacked, Shokin revealed that suspects on his investigation list included Hunter Biden. The emails exposed by the New York Post all came from a laptop with a Beau Biden Foundation sticker on it. It was sent to a computer repair shop with water damage, but no one came to pick it up. Later, the shop owner decided to notify the FBI. In December of last year, the FBI obtained the hard drive of the laptop, while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had obtained a copy of the hard drive prior to the FBI’s seizure. On the same day these emails were disclosed by the media, the US Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee began an investigation. The chairman of the committee, Ron Johnson, said that his team has been in contact with the person who provided the emails. After the emails published on Wednesday created a stir, Giuliani revealed on Twitter that there is “much more to come.”
Pompeo Leads U.S. Criticism of China’s Election to UN Human Rights Council On October 13, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led a chorus of criticism against the United Nations, after countries with poor human rights records were elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council. On October 13, Pompeo said in a statement: “The UN General Assembly once again elected countries with abhorrent human rights records, including China, Russia, and Cuba. These elections only further validate the U.S. decision to withdraw and use other venues and opportunities to protect and promote universal human rights.” In June 2018, the United States withdrew from the Human Rights Council before its term expired in 2019, over a lack of reforms within the U.N. body. Chinese Leaders Advocate Self-Reliance and Frugality China held a celebration for the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Guangdong Province. During the occasion, China was expected to promote the economic policy initiated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978 to open up China to foreign businesses that wanted to invest in the country. Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasized self-reliance, while premier Li Keqiang called on governments at all levels to continue to live a frugal life. Li has been advocating frugality since January 2019. Forty years ago, shortly after China started to adopt economic reforms and policies to open up trade with the West, Chinese authorities approved the establishment of special economic zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou and Xiamen. Among these four cities, the authorities gave Shenzhen the most special treatment—allocating enormous resources from around the country and issuing special policies in favor of the city to help boost its development. This is because Shenzhen is adjacent to Hong Kong, an icon of capitalism and the free market. Chinese authorities hope to make Shenzhen a landmark able to rival Hong Kong and showcase the success of communism. Activist Interrogated by Chinese Police for Ordering US Flags Online According to an insider, on October 6, Chinese activist Huang Yang was summoned to the local police station in Chongqing city for purchasing U.S. flags online. The insider, surnamed Yang, told The Epoch Times in an interview that “at around 2:00 p.m., Mr. Huang Yang received a call from the domestic security team of Yubei district, Chongqing city.” Yang said after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2, some residents in Chongqing city wanted to plan an event to show their support. Huang and a few other people planned a gathering so they could take photos of themselves holding up American flags, and post their well-wishes to Trump on social media. Huang was responsible for placing the online order for the flags, Yang said. The local police were alarmed and quickly intercepted. They discovered Huang’s plan through monitoring his phone calls. He was summoned to the domestic security team of the local police bureau.