RECENT AMERICAN INDICTMENTS OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST REGIME

July 17, 2020

President Donald Trump on July 14, 2020, signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. He also signed an executive order that ends U.S. preferential treatment of Hong Kong. Sanctions is now in effect on entities that help violate Hong Kong’s autonomy and financial institutions that do business with them. This is because of Beijing’s new security law for the city.

On July 16, 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions of three Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials over treatment of minorities in the Xinjiang region. Uyghurs and other minorities are suffering forced labor and other human rights abuses. More than one million ethnic Turkic minorities are believed to be detained by the Beijing regime.

China has answered by sanctioning Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas as well as Ambassador Sam Brownback and the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
Attorney General Bill Barr on July 16, 2020, in a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Museum condemned the Chinese Communist Party’s global ambitions.

China aims at dominating world economy and wants to replace the United States as world’s top superpower using predatory and unlawful tactics like currency manipulation, theft of intellectual property, cyberattacks and espionage, Barr said. America is already dangerously dependent on rare earth material and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). If China decides to limit or restrict APIs in the United States it could lead to severe shortages. Chinese nationals working at U.S. pharmaceutical companies have been caught stealing secrets, he continued.

The ultimate ambitions of the CCP is to raid the United States.

Hollywood regularly censors its own movies to appease the CCP. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are all too willing to collaborate with the CCP. Apple has for instance removed the app Quartz because China complained that it covered demonstrations in Hong Kong. PRC’s goal is to replace Apple so the removal only brings short-term reward, Barr concluded.

FREE IRAN GLOBAL SUMMIT ON JULY 17, 2020

July 14, 2020

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) in advance of the Annual Free Iran Global Summit on July 17, 2020, has published an appeal in support of the liberation struggle of the Iranian people against the clerical regime: Excerpts below:

Every year, the Iranian Resistance holds its annual “Free Iran” grand gathering. Tens of thousands of Iranians and supporters of the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), from around the globe attend the major event. Hundreds of renowned politicians, dignitaries, human rights activists, and parliamentarians from the US and Europe join the annual gathering and present their thoughts about the situation in Iran and the Iranian resistance.

In 2019 the gathering was held in Ashraf-3 in Albania, the main base of the MEK and the epicenter of Resistance for freedom. Ashraf-3 hosted hundreds of international dignitaries from 47 nations. The visitors saw a sprawling city in Albania that is now home to the main Iranian opposition movement, the MEK. Among the visitors to Ashraf-3 were former US and European prime ministers, foreign ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats and ambassadors.

The Iranian people have suffered gravely at the hands of the clerical regime. For the past 41 years, the regime has executed over 120,000 people, including MEK members, supporters, political and human rights activists. This includes the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. In addition to domestic suppression, for decades the Iranian regime has adopted a policy of intervention in the region and export of terrorism, and it is pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

Thanks to the efforts of the Iranian Resistance, the regime’s domestic and international efforts to suppress the people at home and destabilize the region and its nuclear program have been exposed.

The Iranian Resistance has insisted on the policy of regime change by the Iranian people and through a popular uprising. It also insisted that the only solution to liberate the Iranian people and bring peace to the region is an uprising by the Iranian people to change the regime.

Since 2012 and according to the strategy of 1000 Ashraf, the MEK formed and organized Resistance Units all across Iran. For years these units have been active in posting the pictures of Resistance leaders in all cities and organizing protests. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 these units played a major role in organizing and continuing the uprisings.

On May 17, 2020, the state-run website Erja News urged the clerical regime’s officials to be vigilant about the growing public embrace of the MEK’s ideals and slogans, especially among university students and the country’s intellectuals.

The most significant message of the annual gathering is that regime change in Iran is imminent because the democratic alternative is ready and capable of achieving it. The 10-point plan of the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, which has garnered extensive international support, calls for human rights, a democratic republic, separation of religion and state, gender equality, pluralism, free and fair elections, the rule of law, justice, abolition of the death penalty, a market economy, and a nonnuclear Iran in peaceful co-existence with its neighbors.

Western governments and policymakers must realize that they need a complete break from the devastating policy of appeasement. They must respond to the regime’s regional aggressions firmly and decisively. More comprehensive sanctions against the extremist regime must be imposed. The regime’s embassies around the world must be closed down because they fund and facilitate international terrorism and espionage. And, last but not least, the legitimate rights of the Iranian people and their organized Resistance movement to overthrow the brutal dictatorship ruling Iran must finally be recognized.

This year, given the coronavirus pandemic’s prevalence, Iranian communities acknowledged that they would hold their annual gathering online on July 17. Like previous years, many distinguished figures will attend the virtual conference to announce their support for a free Iran.

The Free Iran Global Summit World brings together Iranians, international supporters, political dignitaries, and bipartisan lawmakers from five continents. This virtual gathering during COVID-19 Pandemic links Iranians and 1000 current, former officials, international dignitaries, and bipartisan lawmakers from 30,000 locations in 102 countries and five continents;

Tribute paid to 70,000 COVID-19 victims in Iran;

Weakened and vulnerable mullahs grasp at more terrorism against Iranian dissidents and the West;

Leaders and Iranian citizens call on the world community to adopt more resolute policy.

Iranians will take part in the largest-ever virtual gathering, Free Iran Global Summit on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. They support the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the principal Iranian opposition coalition to Iran’s ruling theocracy.

Leaders and Iranian citizens call on the world community to adopt more resolute policy.

Iranians will take part in the largest-ever virtual gathering, Free Iran Global Summit on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. They support the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the principal Iranian opposition coalition to Iran’s ruling theocracy.

International dignitaries, bipartisan lawmakers, and current and former government officials will join Iranians across the world for the largest-ever summit online.

On June 17, 2020, in a bipartisan resolution, a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives declared their solidarity with the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran. On June 20, 2020, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, in an online conference said:

The resolution signed by the majority of members in the U.S. House of Representatives, which has recognized the Iranian people’s right to the establishment of a democratic republic based on the separation of religion and state, provides a credible model for all governments and the international community to follow regarding Iran and the Iranian people.

The resolution censures the clerical regime’s state-sponsored terrorism, and specifically, the terrorist plot against the Iranian Resistance’s 2018 annual gathering.

The spirit of this resolution can be summed up in supporting the right of the Iranian people to change the regime and to achieve a democratic republic. It states that the Iranian people have rejected the monarchical dictatorship and, as well, do not accept religious tyranny and oppose it. It also references and points to the Iranian Resistance’s Ten-Point Plan, which reflects the image of a free Iran:

No to velayat-e faqih; Yes, to people’s sovereignty in a pluralist republic based on universal suffrage.

Freedom of speech, freedom of political parties and assemblies, freedom of the press and the internet; dissolution and disbanding of the IRGC, the terrorist Qods Force, plainclothes agents, the unpopular Bassij, the MOIS, Council of the Cultural Revolution, and all of the suppressive patrols and institutions in cities, villages, schools, universities, offices, and factories;

Commitment to individual and social freedoms and rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Humans Rights; dissolution of all agencies in charge of censorship and inquisition; seeking justice for the massacred political prisoners, prohibition of torture, and abolishment of the death penalty;

Separation of religion and state, and freedom of religions and faiths.

Complete gender equality in political, social, cultural, and economic rights, and equal participation of women in political leadership; abolishment of any form of discrimination; the right to choose one’s clothing, and to marriage, divorce, education and employment; prohibition of all forms of exploitation against women under any pretext;

Independent judiciary and legal system in accordance with international standards based on presumption of innocence, the right to defense, the right to appeal, and the right to be tried in a public court; full independence of judges; abolishment of the mullahs’ Sharia law and dissolution of revolutionary courts;

Autonomy and removal of double injustices against Iranian nationalities and ethnicities in alignment with the NCRI’s plan for the autonomy of Iranian Kurdistan.

Justice and equal opportunities in the realms of employment and entrepreneurship for all of the people in Iran in a free market economy; restoration of the rights of blue-color workers, farmers, nurses, white-color workers, teachers and retirees.

Protection and restoration of the environment that has been massacred under the rule of the mullahs.
A non-nuclear Iran that is devoid of weapons of mass destruction; peace, co-existence and international and regional cooperation.

As we mark the 40th year of the struggle against religious tyranny, the Iranian Resistance renews its commitment to the Iranian people and to the 120,000 martyrs for freedom.

Since the outset, we have declared that our goal is not to take power at all costs. Instead, our goal is to realize the Iranian people’s desires for the establishment of freedom, justice, and democracy at all costs.

FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY: THE CHINA THREAT TO AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY

July 8, 2020

FBI Director Wray at an event in Washington D.C. on July 7, 2020, delivered a speech on the China to American economic security and by extension national security. For excerpts from the speech see below:

The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China.

It’s the people of the United States who are the victims of what amounts to Chinese theft on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.

If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.

In 2017, the Chinese military conspired to hack Equifax and made off with the sensitive personal information of 150 million Americans—we’re talking nearly half of the American population and most American adults…

We’ve now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China. And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.

But before I go on, let me be clear: This is not about the Chinese people, and it’s certainly not about Chinese Americans….So, when I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party.

To understand this threat and how we must act to respond to it, the American people should remember three things.

First: We need to be clear-eyed about the scope of the Chinese government’s ambition. China—the Chinese Communist Party—believes it is in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership.

The second thing the American people need to understand is that China uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques—everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders. They’ve even engaged in outright physical theft. And they’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors—including not just Chinese intelligence services but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.

To achieve its goals and surpass America, China recognizes it needs to make leaps in cutting-edge technologies. But the sad fact is that instead of engaging in the hard slog of innovation, China often steals American intellectual property and then uses it to compete against the very American companies it victimized—in effect, cheating twice over. They’re targeting research on everything from military equipment to wind turbines to rice and corn seeds.

Through its talent recruitment programs, like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, the Chinese government tries to entice scientists to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China—even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating our export controls and conflict-of-interest rules.

Take the case of scientist Hongjin Tan, for example, a Chinese national and American lawful permanent resident. He applied to China’s Thousand Talents Program and stole more than $1 billion—that’s with a “b”—worth of trade secrets from his former employer, an Oklahoma-based petroleum company, and got caught. A few months ago, he was convicted and sent to prison.

Or there’s the case of Shan Shi, a Texas-based scientist, also sentenced to prison earlier this year. Shi stole trade secrets regarding syntactic foam, an important naval technology used in submarines. Shi, too, had applied to China’s Thousand Talents Program, and specifically pledged to “digest” and “absorb” the relevant technology in the United States. He did this on behalf of Chinese state-owned enterprises, which ultimately planned to put the American company out of business and take over the market.

And just two weeks ago, Hao Zhang was convicted of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and conspiracy for stealing proprietary information about wireless devices from two U.S. companies. One of those companies had spent over 20 years developing the technology Zhang stole.

We’re conducting…investigations in all 56 of our field offices. And over the past decade, we’ve seen economic espionage cases with a link to China increase by approximately 1,300 percent.

The stakes could not be higher, and the potential economic harm to American businesses and the economy as a whole almost defies calculation.

… the Chinese government is also making liberal use of hacking to steal our corporate and personal data—and they’re using both military and non-state hackers to do it. The Equifax intrusion I mentioned just a few moments ago, which led to the indictment of Chinese military personnel, was hardly the only time China stole the sensitive personal information of huge numbers of the American public.

For example, did any of you have health insurance through Anthem or one of its associated insurers? In 2015, China’s hackers stole the personal data of 80 million of that company’s current and former customers.

Or maybe you’re a federal employee—or you used to be one, or you applied for a government job once, or a family member or roommate did. Well, in 2014, China’s hackers stole more than 21 million records from OPM, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management.

Why are they doing this? China has made becoming an artificial intelligence world leader a priority, and these kinds of thefts feed right into China’s development of artificial intelligence tools.

Compounding the threat, the data China stole is of obvious value as they attempt to identify people for secret intelligence gathering. On that front, China is using social media platforms—the same ones Americans use to stay connected or find jobs—to identify people with access to our government’s sensitive information and then target those people to try to steal it.

Just to pick one example, a Chinese intelligence officer posing as a headhunter on a popular social media platform recently offered an American citizen a sizeable sum of money in exchange for so-called “consulting” services. That sounds benign enough until you realize those “consulting” services were related to sensitive information the American target had access to as a U.S. military intelligence specialist.

It’s a troublingly similar story in academia.

Through talent recruitment programs like the Thousand Talents Program I mentioned just a few moments ago, China pays scientists at American universities to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China—including valuable, federally funded research.

In May alone, we arrested both Qing Wang, a former researcher with the Cleveland Clinic who worked on molecular medicine and the genetics of cardiovascular disease, and Simon Saw-Teong Ang, a University of Arkansas scientist doing research for NASA. Both of these guys were allegedly committing fraud by concealing their participation in Chinese talent recruitment programs while accepting millions of dollars in American federal grant funding.

That same month, former Emory University professor Xiao-Jiang Li pled guilty to filing a false tax return for failing to report the income he’d received through China’s Thousand Talents Program. Our investigation found that while Li was researching Huntington’s disease at Emory, he was also pocketing half a million unreported dollars from China.

In a similar vein, Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was indicted just last month for making false statements to federal authorities about his Thousand Talents participation. The United States has alleged that Lieber concealed from both Harvard and the NIH his position as a strategic scientist at a Chinese university—and the fact that the Chinese government was paying him, through the Wuhan Institute of Technology, a $50,000 monthly stipend, more than $150,000 in living expenses, and more than $1.5 million to establish a laboratory back in China.

There’s more. Another tool China and the Chinese Communist Party use to manipulate Americans is what we call malign foreign influence.

Now, traditional foreign influence is a normal, legal diplomatic activity typically conducted through diplomatic channels. But malign foreign influence efforts are subversive, undeclared, criminal, or coercive attempts to sway our government’s policies, distort our country’s public discourse, and undermine confidence in our democratic processes and values.

China is engaged in a highly sophisticated malign foreign influence campaign, and its methods include bribery, blackmail, and covert deals. Chinese diplomats also use both open, naked economic pressure and seemingly independent middlemen to push China’s preferences on American officials.

…China has leverage over the American official’s constituents—American companies, academics, and members of the media all have legitimate and understandable reasons to want access to Chinese partners and markets. And because (note: here the phrase ”authoritarian nature” is used. It should be ”totalitarian nature”) of the Chinese Communist Party, China has immense power over those same partners and markets. So, China will sometimes start by trying to influence the American official overtly and directly. China might openly warn that if the American official goes ahead and takes that trip to Taiwan, China will take it out on a company from that official’s home state by withholding the company’s license to manufacture in China. That could be economically ruinous for the company, would directly pressure the American official to alter his travel plans, and the official would know that China was trying to influence him.

Ultimately, China doesn’t hesitate to use smoke, mirrors, and misdirection to influence Americans.

…China often pushes academics and journalists to self-censor if they want to travel into China. And we’ve seen the Chinese Communist Party pressure American media and sporting giants to ignore or suppress criticism of China’s ambitions regarding Hong Kong or Taiwan. This kind of thing is happening over and over, across the United States.

And I will note that the pandemic has unfortunately not stopped any of this—in fact, we have heard from federal, state, and even local officials that Chinese diplomats are aggressively urging support for China’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

All of these seemingly inconsequential pressures add up to a policymaking environment in which Americans find themselves held over a barrel by the Chinese Communist Party.

All the while, China’s government and Communist Party have brazenly violated well-settled norms and the rule of law.

Since 2014, Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping has spearheaded a program known as “Fox Hunt.” Now, China describes Fox Hunt as some kind of international anti-corruption campaign—it is not. Instead, Fox Hunt is a sweeping bid by General Secretary Xi to target Chinese nationals whom he sees as threats and who live outside China, across the world. We’re talking about political rivals, dissidents, and critics seeking to expose China’s extensive human rights violations.

Hundreds of the Fox Hunt victims that they target live right here in the United States, and many are American citizens or green card holders. The Chinese government wants to force them to return to China, and China’s tactics to accomplish that are shocking. For example, when it couldn’t locate one Fox Hunt target, the Chinese government sent an emissary to visit the target’s family here in the United States. The message they said to pass on? The target had two options: return to China promptly, or commit suicide.

I’ll take this opportunity to note that if you believe the Chinese government is targeting you—that you’re a potential Fox Hunt victim—please reach out to your local FBI field office.

…an awful lot of large Chinese businesses are state-owned enterprises—literally owned by the government, and thus the Party. And even if they aren’t, China’s laws allow its government to compel any Chinese company to provide any information it requests—including American citizens’ data.

On top of that, Chinese companies of any real size are legally required to have Communist Party “cells” inside them to keep them in line. Even more alarmingly, Communist Party cells have reportedly been established in some American companies operating in China as a cost of doing business there.

These kinds of features should give U.S. companies pause when they consider working with Chinese corporations like Huawei—and should give all Americans pause, too, when relying on such a company’s devices and networks. As the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei has broad access to much that American companies do in China. It’s also been charged in the United States with racketeering conspiracy and has, as alleged in the indictment, repeatedly stolen intellectual property from U.S. companies, obstructed justice, and lied to the U.S. government and its commercial partners, including banks.

The allegations are clear: Huawei is a serial intellectual property thief, with a pattern and practice of disregarding both the rule of law and the rights of its victims. I have to tell you, it certainly caught my attention to read a recent article describing the words of Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, about the company’s mindset. At a Huawei research and development center, he reportedly told employees that to ensure the company’s survival, they need to—and I quote—“surge forward, killing as you go, to blaze us a trail of blood.” He’s also reportedly told employees that Huawei has entered, to quote, “a state of war.” I certainly hope he couldn’t have meant that literally, but it’s hardly an encouraging tone, given the company’s repeated criminal behavior.

Responding Effectively to the Threat

Our folks at the FBI are working their tails off every day to protect our nation’s companies, our universities, our computer networks, and our ideas and innovation. To do that, we’re using a broad set of techniques—from our traditional law enforcement authorities to our intelligence capabilities.

With the help of our many foreign partners, we’ve arrested targets all over the globe. Our investigations and the resulting prosecutions have exposed the tradecraft and techniques the Chinese use, raising awareness of the threat and our industries’ defenses.


We’re also working more closely than ever with partner agencies here in the U.S. and our partners abroad. We can’t do it on our own; we need a whole-of-society response. That’s why we in the intelligence and law enforcement communities are working harder than ever to give companies, universities, and the American people themselves the information they need to make their own informed decisions and protect their most valuable assets.

…when China violates our criminal laws and international norms, we are not going to tolerate it, much less enable it. The FBI and our partners throughout the U.S. government will hold China accountable and protect our nation’s innovation, ideas, and way of life—with the help and vigilance of the American people.

CHINESE COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES TIED TO THE CHINESE MILITARY

June 26, 2020

Axios in June 2020 reported that The U.S. Defense Department has made public for the first time a list of Chinese companies that are operating in the U.S. and are tied to the Chinese military. Excerpts below :

The list includes

Huawei,
Hangzhou Hikvision,
China Railway Construction Corporation
China Telecommunications Corporation.

President Trump has the authority to invoke emergency economic powers, including sanctions, against the 20 companies on the list.

The list was required by the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act, but was either not assembled or not made public, until now.

Comment: the full list of the 20 companies is available on internet (”Qualifying Entities in Response to Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 1999 (PUBLIC LAW 105-261”).

U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: AMERICA IS CHALLENGING CHINA

June 25, 2020

Voice of America on June 24, 2020 reported that U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says China is trying to “remake the world’ in its image. For excerpts see below:

Speaking before a group of business leaders in Phoenix, Arizona, Robert O’Brien said U.S. policymakers had naively believed for decades that the Chinese Commnunist Party would move steadily towards democracy as it grew economically, while at the same time downplaying Beijing’s numerous human rights abuses.

O’Brien said China has launched a massive effort to influence opinion within the United States, claiming that people in more than a dozen American cities listen to FM radio stations that broadcast “subtle pro-Beijing propaganda.” One example he cited was a false assertion that the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan late last year was brought into the country by a U.S. soldier.

The national security adviser also cited China’s efforts to collect personal data on millions of Americans through cyberhacking of credit bureaus, health insurers, hotel chains and even dating websites.

O’Brien said the Trump administration has imposed restrictions on Chinese companies that are closely allied with the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence and security apparatus from accessing U.S. data, including tech giant Huawei, which the administration contends will use its new 5G network to spy on Americans.

Other high-ranking senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, are expected to deliver similar speeches challenging China in the immediate future.

NEW LEAFLET ACTION IN SOUTH KOREA BY NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS

June 24, 2020

The Hill on June 23, 2020 reported that activists in South Korea went ahead with a plan to airlift propaganda leaflets over its shared border with North Korea this week despite growing tensions over the campaign. Excerpts below:

The Associated Press said that the group, which is led by North Korean defectors, launched leaflets by balloon from the border town of Paju. The campaign reportedly involved a half-million messages, delivered by about 20 balloons.

“Though North Korean residents have become modern-day slaves with no basic rights, don’t they have the right to know the truth?” said Park Sang-hak, the leader of the organization, according to the AP.

South Korean officials, meanwhile, announced earlier this month that charges would be filed against the North Korean defectors for future leaflet drops.

UKRAINE ONE STEP CLOSER TO FULL NATO MEMBERSHIP

June 16, 2020

On June 12, 2020) the North Atlantic Council recognised Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. This status is part of NATO’s Partnership Interoperability Initiative, which aims to maintain and deepen cooperation between Allies and partners that have made significant contributions to NATO-led operations and missions.

As an Enhanced Opportunities Partner, Ukraine will benefit from tailor-made opportunities to help sustain such contributions. This includes enhanced access to interoperability programmes and exercises, and more sharing of information, including lessons learned.

“This decision recognises Ukraine’s strong contributions to NATO missions, and demonstrates the Alliance’s continued commitment to its partnerships despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu.

Ukraine is now one of six Enhanced Opportunities Partners, alongside Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden. Each of the partners has a tailor-made relationship with NATO, based on areas of mutual interest.

Ukraine’s status as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner does not prejudge any decisions on NATO membership. NATO Allies continue to encourage and support Ukraine in its reform efforts, including in the security and defence sector, with regard to civilian control and democratic oversight, and in the fight against corruption.

THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE: SANCTIONS NEEDED AGAINST CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

June 15, 2020

National Interest on June 11, 2020, reported on House Republicans proposing U.S. sanctions against high-level Chinese officials, including some restrictions that would apply to all members of China’s legislature and their families. Excerpts below:

The Republican Study Committee, which includes 147 members of Congress, published a new national security strategy in June 2020 aiming to push back against the [Chinese Communist Party] and its efforts to undermine U.S. interests, remake the world order, and promote an alternative form of governance.

The 120-page document proposes various sanctions against high-level Chinese officials, including a blanket ban on studying at U.S. universities. The ban would cover members of the Politburo, the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and the 2,280-delegate National Congress.

It would also extend these officials’ children and spouses.

“In recent decades, China has utilized a number of underhanded methods to pilfer the IP [intellectual property] of the United States and other Western nations,” the document states. “It should go without saying that Chinese government officials and senior [Chinese Communist Party] officials and their family members should not be able to study in the United States while China undertakes a campaign of IP theft and economic espionage against the United States.”

The Republican proposal also includes economic sanctions for human rights abuses in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet.

China is accused of human rights abuses in its assimilation campaigns against Tibetan Buddhists as well as Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang. Chinese authorities are also cracking down on the autonomy of Hong Kong, a city that was granted its own government under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy in 1997.

The Republican Study Committee proposed mandating sanctions against Chen, in addition to the Minister of Public Security, the Communist Party Secretary for Tibet, and several Politburo members and senior officials responsible for Hong Kong.

These officials would have their U.S. assets frozen and be banned from entering the United States.

Republicans also proposed blocking Xinjiang’s exports under a U.S. law that bans goods made with slave labor.

SOVIET TARGETS OF POLITICAL ASSASSINATION: SHAH OF IRAN, STEPAN BANDERA, MAO ZEDONG, POPE JOHN PAUL II AND OLOF PALME

June 11, 2020

Soviet organized efforts to assassinate political targets abroad started after Khrushchev exposed Stalin’s crimes in 1956.

Krushchev’s New Methodology

Khrushchev is crucial to all Soviet eliminations from 1956 to 1991. He was a ruthless tyrant and introduced a new “methodology” for carrying out these operations. Now KGB cases had to be handled strictly orally and kept forever secret. They also had to be kept secret from the Politburo and every other governing body. After each operation, the KGB was to spread “evidence” abroad accusing the CIA or other organizations of having done the killing. Khrushchev also ordered the KGB to develop a new generation of weapons that would kill without leaving any detectable trace in the victim’s body.

Shah of Iran

In February 1962 the KGB narrowly failed killing the shah of Iran, who had removed a Communist government installed in the northwestern part of Iran.
In 1990 Vladimir Kuzichkin, a KGB officer who had been directly involved in the failed attempt to kill the shah and who had afterwards defected to the West, published a book (Inside the KGB: My Life in Soviet Espionage, Pantheon Books, 1990) in which he describes the operation. According to Kuzichkin, the shah escaped alive because the remote control used to set off a large quantity of explosives in a Volkswagen car had malfunctioned.

Mao Zedong

The KGB had in 1971 organized a plot in the PRC to kill Mao Zedong with the help of Lin Biao, the head of the Chinese army, who had been educated in Moscow. The plot failed, and Lin Biao tried to fly out of China in a military plane. His execution was announced only in 1972.

John Paul II

On May 13, 1981, KGB organized, with help from Bulgaria, an attempt to kill Pope John Paul II, who was a firm anticommunist. Mehmet Ali Aqca, who shot the pope, admitted that he had been recruited by the Bulgarians. He identified his liaison officers in Italy: Sergey Antonov, deputy chief of the Balkanair office in Rome, who was arrested. Another contact was Major Zhelvu Vasilief, from the military attaché office, who could not be arrested because of his diplomatic status and was recalled to Sofia. Aqca also admitted that, after the assassination, he was to be secretly taken out of Italy in a TIR truck (in the Soviet bloc the TIR trucks were used by the intelligence services for operational activities). In May 1991 the Italian government reopened its investigation into the assassination attempt. On March 2, 2006, it concluded that the Kremlin had indeed been behind it.

Stepan Bandera

The Ukrainan ex-President Stepan Bandera was killed by poison in 1959. The Soviet agent Bogdan Stashinsky was sentenced by the West German Federal High Court in 1962. In the view of the court, however, the true murderers resided in Moscow.

The future assassin was born in a village near Lviv in western Ukraine. His family had supported the Ukrainian resistance (UPA) against the returning Soviets after World War II. In 1950 Stashinsky was caught on a train without a ticket. He was interrogated in Soviet occupied Lviv by MGB (later named KGB), the Soviet State Security. The interrogator said that Stashinsky could be valuable to MGB. He was at the time only 19 years old and signed a declaration binding him to work for Soviet security. In 1951 he joined a resistance group of the Ukrainian OUN as Soviet infiltrator. This was his first job for the MGB.

In the Soviet Zone of Germany he was in 1959 ordered to go to Munich and assassinate Stepan Bandera. The Ukrainian exile leader lived at Kreittmayer Street but his office was at Zeppelinstrasse 67 in Munich. Stashinsky downed an anti-poison pill and waited. In the spring that year he had spied out all circumstances around Bandera’s life. After that he returned to East Berlin. He travelled again to Munich in October.

Shortly before 1 o’clock, just as he was beginning to feel relieved, he saw Bandera arrive alone in his car and drive into the yard…he slipped off the safety- catch on the weapon, which was wrapped in a sheet of newspaper, opened the entrance-door and entered the house… [there he waited]…and soon heard the entrance door being opened. He thereupon went down the stairs and saw that Bandera, who had just come in and had a little basket with tomatoes…was trying with his left hand to pull out the door-key, which had apparently got stuck. In order to fill this delay Stashinsky bent down and pretended to be fiddling with his shoe-laces…He then went towards Bandera, who was still standing by the door, and saying something like ‘Won’t it work?” as he passed Bandera, took hold of the outside door-knob with his left hand and, pointing the weapon, which was concealed in a newspaper, at the head of his unsuspecting victim with his right hand, fired the contents of the double-barrelled pistol, which could be done without any effort, and hastily pulled the door from the outside (quote from a book published in …. about Stashinsky).

Escaping to East Berlin Stashinsky was decorated with the Order of the ‘Red Banner’ by a KGB general, head of the local KGB. In December he was called to Moscow to report to the head of KGB, Shelepin, who wanted to hear a full account of the assassination. A few years later a Soviet disinformation campaign was started in an attempt to portray the Ukrainian emigrant Myskiw as murderer of Bandera on October 15, 1959, at the instructions of the German Federal intelligence service, and that the alleged assassin had been murdered shortly afterwards.

In 1961 Stashinsky defected in West Berlin and was brought to an official U.S. department. Later he was handed over to German authorities and placed in custody. At the trial in Karlsruhe Stashinsky was found guilty on two charges of aiding and abetting a murder to eight years penal servitude. The court concluded among other things that the real instigators could be found in Moscow:

The political leadership of the Soviet Union…a country that wants to be proud of its history and civilization…a member of the United Nations which entertains correct diplomatic relations with the German Federal Republic, considers it expedient to have a murder by poison, decided at least on a government level, committed on the sovereign territory of the German Federal Republic as a state order…On the strength of the evidence in this trial the guilt of those from which he received orders is far greater. Without their system of individual political terrorism these two murders would not have happened.

The material and the quotes for this contribution are from the verdict in the Stashynsky trial, Federal High Court, Karlsruhe, Germany, Verdict of October 19, 1962 – 9 StF 4/62.

Bandera was a victim of both Nazi and Soviet injustice. It is natural that he is honored by Ukraine for his struggle against both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Olof Palme

The elimination of Swedish Premier Olof Palme was planned by the KGB. There was in September to November 1985 a number of meetings between KGB, Iran, and communist Kurds. Iran was highly offended by the actions of Palme in regard to sales of weapons to Iraq by a Swedish company.

During the investigations after the assassination of Palme in 1986 a Soviet woman living in Stockholm reported that a Kurdish tenant of hers had done the deed. There was also evidence of close connection between Kurds in the Swedish capital and Soviet intelligence.

The Palme case can only be solved by further investigation of the operations of KGB in Stockholm to plan and execute the operation to eliminate the target.

Krushchev was ruthless, brash, and extroverted but also irrational. His main instrument of foreign policy was political assassinations and he managed to push the world to the brink of nuclear war. The Soviet leader also secured Fidel Castro’s hold on power in Cuba. He lies forgotten in a Moscow churchyard after his death on September 11, 1971. The year 2020 would be a suitable year to take a new look at his rule as the beginning of the foreign policy of assasination of the Soviet Union.

KINAS HISTORISKA OCH POLITISKA ARV ÄR VÅLD OCH MAKTFÖRTRYCK

June 10, 2020

Under 2019 och 2020 har den kinesiska regimen inlett en brutal kampanj för att med våld ta makten i Hongkong. Militära angrepp mot Indien i Himalayaregionen planeras. Det är endast några få exempel av elitpolitik i dagens Kina. Här gäller det inte bara den kommunistiska våldsregimen från 1949 utan ursprunget är över 2000 år gammalt. Den teoretiska grunden för traditionen skapades av filosofen lord Shang på 200-300-talet e.Kr. Shang kritiserade konfucianismens tro på moralisk fostran. Den så kallade legalismen hävdade att moral kunde vara skadlig och använde i stället lagar och förordningar för tyrannisk kontroll av folket. Alla samhällsområden reglerades. Det behövdes en härskande klass, byråkraterna, för att styra. All makt skulle koncentreras till denna elit. Lösningen på samhällsproblemen var att stifta fler och hårdare lagar som tillämpades med hög effektivitet.

Legalismens arvtagare i Kina har varit Maos röda garden, Pol Pots Röda khmerer i Kambodja. Nu är det Xi Jin-ping.

Den totalitära stat som skapades hade ett huvudtema: straff ger makt, makt ger styrka, styrka ger vördnad. Dygden hade sitt ursprung i straff.

Det kinesiska kommunistpartiet har styrt på fastlandet sedan 1949. Det är ett rike som har byggts upp på organiserad plundring och förslavning av det egna folket. Därefter har näraliggande områden (som Tibet) införlivats i riket. Nu eftersträvar legalismens arvtagare världsherravälde.

De klassiska legalisterna gick ett öde till mötes med användning av de metoder de själva brukat för att behålla makten. Ledande medlemmar av eliten avrättades och även föräldrar, bröder, systrar och barn till offren. Byråkraterna hade under sin maktperiod levt ett lyxliv på medborgarnas bekostnad. Det var de styrda som fick betala för de styrandes lyxliv. Härskarna i dagens Peking inser att de kan gå samma öde till mötes och drar nu åt tumskruvarna.

Ett fritt alternativ till kommunistpartiet är en federal stat där byråkratstyret har ersatts med politisk frihet baserad på en ny författning. Det är då viktigt att partibossarna i Peking ställs inför rätta liksom skedde med de nationalsocialistiska förbrytarna 1945.