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HOW DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS IN THE U.S. AIDED MAO’S VICTORY IN CHINA

May 24, 2020

Many sinister events that transpired during the clash of the world’s superpowers at the close of World War II and the ensuing Cold War era have been ignored, distorted, and kept hidden from the public. Through a meticulous examination of primary sources and disclosure of formerly secret records, this riveting account of the widespread infiltration of the U.S. federal government by Stalin’s “agents of influence” and the damage they inflicted is a shock to readers (”Stalin’s Secret Agents – The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government” by M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein, 304 pages, Threshold Editions, 2012).

Focusing on the wartime conferences of Teheran and Yalta, veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans and intelligence expert Herbert Romerstein, the former head of the U.S. Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation, drew upon years of research and a meticulous examination of primary sources to trace the vast deception that kept Stalin’s henchmen on the federal payroll and sabotaged policy overseas in favor of the Soviet Union. While FDR’s health and mental capacities weakened, aides such as Lauchlin Currie and Harry Hopkins exerted influence on U.S. policy—leading to massive breaches of internal security and the betrayal of free-world interests.

A two part contribution will addressed the problem of the then Democratic American administrations in the 1940s and 1950s promoting Mao’s communist insurgents in China. It started in earnest in Chiang Kai-shek’s temporary capital of Chungking in 1944. Three functionaries of the U.S. and Nationalist Chinese governments had crucial roles to play in the events that lead to Mao taking power in China in 1949.

One was U.S. diplomat John Stewart Service. Another was the U.S, Treasury attaché Sol Adler and finally there was U.S. educated Chinese economist Chi Chao-ting, who worked for the Kuomintang ministry of finance. They detested Chiang’s government. They wanted to injure Chiang and promote the communist rebels in Yenan province.

WHITE HOUSE: CHINESE DOCTORS WHO EXPOSED CCP REGIME CORONAVIRUS COVER-UP ARE HEROES OF DEMOCRACY

May 5, 2020

Washington Times on May 4, 2020, reported that the White House had said that Chinese doctors who sounded the alarm over the PRC cover-up of the coronavirus were heroes of democracy. Excerpts below:

Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser, speaking in Chinese to a University of Virginia conference, said several doctors including Li Wenliang were persecuted by Chinese authorities for seeking to alert people and embody the spirit of China’s pre-communist May Fourth pro-democracy movement.

“To my mind, the heirs of the May Fourth Movement [1919] are civic-minded citizens who commit small acts of bravery, and sometimes big acts of bravery,”

Mr. Pottinger said, becoming the latest senior administration to issue a sharp critique of Beijing’s handling of the deadly global coronavirus outbreak. “Dr. Li Wenliang was such a person.”

The physician “wasn’t a demagogue in search of a new ideology that might save China. He was an ophthalmologist and a young father who committed a small act of bravery and then a big act of bravery.”

The unusual Chinese-language address by a senior White House official was to be broadcast into China as part of the Trump administration’s escalating war of words with Beijing over the coronavirus.

The Reuters news agency [has] reported that an internal Chinese think tank report prepared for the Ministry of State Security last month warned that Beijing may be facing a global anti-China backlash on the order of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 because of COVID-19.

In China, state-controlled press organs in recent weeks have stepped up their own attacks on U.S. officials, especially Mr. Pompeo, for publicly chastising China over its mishandling and covering up the disease outbreak.

On his death bed, Dr. Li told a reporter that “I think there should be more than one voice in a healthy society, and I don’t approve of using public power for excessive interference.”

Chinese Communist Party authorities have since tried to divert widespread public support for the doctor by declaring that he was a loyal party member and that unspecified “hostile forces” were using his death to attack the government.

A medical colleague of Dr. Li, Ai Fen, also has been silenced after voicing her concerns about the Chinese response to the virus outbreak to a reporters.

Mr. Pottinger said the activists who are bucking Chinese rule are part of a long national tradition of scholars “serving as China’s conscience.”

Millions of Hong Kong citizens and Catholic priests in China are facing repression, he noted.

The deputy security adviser said China today would benefit from less nationalism and more populism.

“Democratic populism is less about left vs. right than top vs. bottom,” he said. “It’s about reminding a few that they need the consent of many to govern. When a privileged few grow too remote and self-interested, populism is what pulls them back or pitches them overboard. It has a kinetic energy.”

The White House adviser cited similar populist energy behind the Brexit vote in Britain five years ago and President Trump’s election in 2016.

“It is an admonition to the powerful of this country to remember who they’re supposed to work for: America first,” Mr. Pottinger said.

PRESIDENT TRUMP RIPS WHO, CHINA OVER CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: ‘THE US HAS BEEN FOOLISHLY FUNDING THE WHO’

May 4, 2020

Fox News on May 3, 2020 reported that President Trump bashed the World Health Organization [WHO], saying the group mishandled the coronavirus pandemic by giving deference to China.
Excerpts below:

“The World Health Organization has been a disaster,” Trump said.

[The president] said the WHO passed along “wrong” information and was China-centric. Trump noted that the United States “foolishly” has been paying the group $450 million a year whereas China has been paying $38 million a year.

“Don’t forget, China tried to blame the [coronavirus pandemic] on some of our soldiers and that didn’t go too far,” Trump noted, a reference to statements appearing on Chinese state media. Trump said China then tried to blame it on Europe as Italy “suffered probably more than anybody per capita.”

Trump also said China made a “horrible mistake and they did not want to admit it.”

SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO: CHINA USING CLASSIC COMMUNIST DISINFORMATION EFFORT

May 4, 2020

Fox News on May 3, 2020 reported on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laying harsh blame on China for engaging in what he called a “classic Communist disinformation effort” and for working “to make sure the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion” about the coronavirus outbreak. Excerpts below:

Pompeo told ABC’s “This Week” that the Chinese government “created enormous risk” by downplaying the outbreak and working to silence medical professionals and reporters as part of a campaign to limit the spread of the information about the contagion.

“We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could to make sure that the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place,” Pompeo said. “President Trump has been very clear. We’re going to hold those responsible accountable, and we’ll do so on a timeline that is our own.”

Pompeo said there was “enormous evidence” that the novel coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, but did not go into specifics on his claim.

“Instead, China behaved like authoritarian regimes do, attempted to conceal and hide and confuse,” he said. “These are the kind of things that have now presented this enormous crisis, an enormous loss of life and tremendous economic cost, all across the globe.”

A 15-page document from the intelligence agencies of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, was obtained by Australia’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper and finds that China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency.”

LEAKED INTEL REPORT: PRC-CCP HIDING AND DESTROYING EVIDENCE OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AMOUNTED TO ”ASSAULT ON INTERNATIONAL TRANSPARENCY”

May 2, 2020

Fox News on May 2, 2020 reported on a research dossier from the intelligence agaencies of U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand on PRC intentionally hiding and destroying evidence of the coronavirus outbreak. Excerpts below:

A research dossier compiled by the so-called “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance states that China intentionally hid or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak, leading to the loss of tens of thousands of lives around the world

The 15-page document from the intelligence agencies of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, was obtained by Australia’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper and states that China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency.”

Specifically, the file notes that China began censoring news of the virus on search engines and social media beginning Dec. 31, deleting terms including “SARS variation,” “Wuhan Seafood market” and “Wuhan Unknown Pneumonia.”

Three days later, on Jan. 3, China’s National Health Commission ordered virus samples to be either moved to designated testing facilities or destroyed, while simultaneously issuing a “no-publication order” related to the disease.

Two days later, on Jan. 12, a Shanghai professor’s lab was closed down after it shared data on the virus’ genetic sequence with the outside world.

Perhaps most damningly, the dossier states that Chinese authorities denied that the virus could be spread between humans until Jan. 20, “despite evidence of human-human transmission from early December.”

The file is similarly unsparing about the World Health Organization (WHO), stating that it toed the Chinese line about human-to-human transmission despite the fact that “officials in Taiwan raised concerns as early as December 31, as did experts in Hong Kong on January 4.”

The dossier goes on to state that throughout February, “Beijing [pressed] the US [sic], Italy, India, Australia, Southeast Asian neighbours [sic] and others not to protect themselves via travel restrictions, even as [China] impose[d] severe restrictions at home.”

At the same time, the file states: “Millions of people [left] Wuhan after the outbreak and before Beijing lock[ed] down the city on January 23.”

President Trump said April 30, 2020, that he’s seen evidence suggesting the virus came from a lab after Fox News and others asked if he knew of anything that gave him confidence that the outbreak originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Telegraph also reported that key figures at the Wuhan Institute of Virology previously worked or trained in Australian government labs where they conducted research on pathogens in live bats as part of an ongoing partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

According to the dossier, the team’s work at the Wuhan lab involved discovering samples of coronavirus within a cave in Yunnan province and synthesizing a bat-derived coronavirus that could not be cured.

SOUTH KOREAN TROOPS IN THE VIETNAM WAR

April 27, 2020

National Interest on April 25, 2020, reviewed Charles M. Hernández, ”Mercenaries in the Vietnam War: Washington’s Hiring of South Korean Soldiers” (Washington DC: Amazon Publishing, 2020), 75 pp., $5.99.

South Korea during the Vietnam War provided over 300,000 troops. They suffered around 5,000 deaths. Other U.S. allies sent smaller contingents: Australia 60,000 (521 deaths), Thailand 40,000 (321 deaths) and New Zealand over 3,000 (37 deaths). The Philippines and Taiwan also contributed.

For excerpts from the review see below:

[The author is] a captain in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard. …he has written a short work entitled Mercenaries in the Vietnam War: Washington’s Hiring of South Korean Soldiers, which covers a part of that particular conflict’s history that is usually omitted from most discussions.

…ROK soldiers were deployed perhaps more productively than their American counterparts: their favored small-unit operations were better fit for the Vietnamese context…“[the north Vietnamese] only engaged Korean forces in open field when victory was certain, which rarely occurred.”

Hernández devotes more attention to the political and economic reasons of why South Korea (ROK) joined the Vietnam War.

…the United States offered to cover essentially all the costs of equipping and deploying South Korean soldiers in Vietnam… President Park’s administration [of South Korea], in turn, offered some rather advantageous inducements in order to attract a capable volunteer force: “[Each] recruit would receive credit for three years of military duty for each year served in Vietnam as well as additional monetary entitlements.” This was a rather attractive proposition…

The result, Hernández notes, was heavily in Seoul’s favor…revenues from the conflict “totaled 40 [percent] of Korea’s foreign exchange earnings, and from 1965 to 1972, the country earned $1 billion in hard US currency and received $2.7 billion in foreign loans,” among other benefits. The country’s GDP increased four-fold over the same time period as the war, and South Vietnam provided a ready market for South Korean goods. In Hernández’s view, it is “reasonable to conclude that ROK participation in the conflict contributed to the nation’s rapid economic development.”

Hernández…writes in the acknowledgements section that he intends to follow this book up with an examination of “the contemporary portrayal of South Korean involvement in the conflict within mainstream Korean literature and cinema,”

”Mercenaries in the Vietnam War” provides informative insight into South Korea’s role in Indochina.

Comment: The use of the term ”mercenaries” for the South Korean troops in Vietnam in the book title is not entirely correct. The United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) are allies and partners. A mercenary only fights for economic reasons. South Korean soldiers in Vietnam were ideological anticommunists and probably also fought because the United States saved ROK from communism during the war.

SIMILAR TO NUREMBERG TRIALS FOR CHINA NECESSARY IN RELATION TO GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

April 24, 2020

China expert Gordon Chang on April 20, 2020 on Sirius XM called for something akin to the Nuremberg Trials for China’s leaders. Excerpts below:

Chang , “I absolutely agree… There does need to be a Nuremberg Trial for Chinese leaders because they have committed a crime against humanity, because if this is not a crime against humanity, then what is?”

“The world needs to get justice,” continued Chang. “We need justice for the Americans that we’ve lost and will lose, and we need justice for other people around the world. It’s a Nuremberg Trial. It’s Guantanamo. It’s a visit forever to Florence Colorado Supermax. I don’t care what it is, but we’ve got to take the Chinese leaders off the streets and make sure that they do face justice of one sort or another.”

The coronavirus outbreak is a cost of doing business with China, remarked Chang, repeating his call for the U.S. to decouple its economy from China.

“Ultimately we have to separate ourselves from China,” Chang said. “This process is going to be painful [and] it will be ugly, but we’ve got to do this. … We can’t reform communism in China, and communism has deadly effects for us.”

Chang stated, “We won’t have a country if Beijing succeeds in its goals. We’ve got to sever our relations with Beijing.”

“Just look at what Beijing has done,” Chang said. “When this is over, if the modeling of the Coronavirus Task Force is correct, we’re going to lose 100,000 Americans. And that’s just an unacceptable cost. You can’t put a money value on that.

Comment: Gordon Chang is correct. An international reckoning is needed to find out in detail what happened in China’s virology labs in November and December 2019 and what followed in the beginning of 2020.

U.S. STATE OF MISSOURI FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST CHINA

April 22, 2020

Fox News on April 21, 2020 reported on a lawsuite by the U.S. State of Missouri against China as being responsible for the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Damages are sought for the damages caused by the disease. Excerpts below:

The suit in the Eastern District of Missouri follows at least seven federal class-action suits that have been filed by private groups, with one filed in Florida saying that China knew “COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic, yet slowly acted, proverbially put their head in the sand, and/or covered it up in their own economic self-interest.”

It also comes on the heels of 22 Republican lawmakers on April 20 requesting that the Trump administration bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice (ICIJ) for the country’s actions during the pandemic.

Officials told Fox News that outside of the health consequences of the coronavirus — Missouri has confirmed 5,963 cases of the virus and 215 deaths as of the morning of April 21 — the economic shutdown the state imposed to reduce the spread of the disease has cost Missouri about $44 billion, according to one estimate.

“In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement.

The text of the lawsuit lays the blame for the pandemic’s consequences squarely at China’s feet.

“The repeated unlawful and unreasonable acts and omissions of” China, the Missouri suit claims, “have been injurious to—and have significantly interfered with—the lives, health, and safety of substantial numbers of Missouri residents, ruining lives and damaging the public order and economy of the State of Missouri.”

“An appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction by Chinese authorities unleashed this pandemic,” the suit reads. “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”

Fox News has reported that sources have increasing confidence that the coronavirus escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, not as a bioweapon but as part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States. The U.S. is conducting a full-scale investigation into whether that’s the case.

Officials say the Missouri suit seeks to present good-faith claims about actions China likely took that led to the pandemic. They also emphasize the Chinese government took other actions to worsen the spread of the coronavirus that have been proven with near certainty.

The suit also alleges that China worked to hoard personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by health care workers to treat coronavirus patients, which resulted “in it going ‘from being a net exporter of personal protective equipment, as it is the largest producer in the world, to a net importer.'”

The suit, led by Schmitt, goes after The People’s Republic of China — the official Chinese government — as well as a variety of Chinese government agencies. Notably, however, the suit also names the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in an effort to go around restrictions in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA).

China has sought to soften the PR blow against it with a propaganda campaign framing itself as the benefactor of many countries’ coronavirus responses, although questions have arisen about the qualify of tests and other virus-fighting equipment produced by China.

The Missouri suit seeks to have the Chinese government, the CCP and other involved organizations “cease engaging in the abnormally dangerous activities, reimburse the cost of the State’s abatement efforts, and pay compensatory and other damages…”

It says that Missouri has seen an, “unprecedented number of jobless claims” to go with a negative impact on the state budget that will last for years. “On the human side,” the release continues, “Missouri’s nurses and doctors are forced to quarantine from their families, our elderly citizens are stuck in nursing homes away from loved ones, and more.”

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO: CHINA’S REPUTATION HAS SUFFERED IRREPABLE DAMAGE

April 17, 2020

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Fox News on April 16, 2020 that China has permanently damaged its reputation around the globe because of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. For excerpts see below:

Rubio reacted to a Fox News report that U.S. officials are increasingly confident that the coronavirus likely escaped from the Wuhan lab where it was being studied.

“It would be a dramatic, earth-shattering revelation if, in fact, [the report] turns out to be the case. And that would be the case for two reasons. Number one, it’s one thing that someone became infected in the lab and infected some other people. That’s concerning [in] that the same safety standards there are not high,” Rubio said. “But another thing completely is that a government, when they learn of it, would actively attempt to cover it up as they have, if that’s the case. You know, from the very beginning of this crisis, the Chinese have been less than transparent.”

Rubio went on to call the pandemic a “global scandal … one of the most outrageous things that has happened in the modern history of the world if that [report] were to turn out to be true,” and added that China’s coverup of the origins of the virus would not go unpunished in a democracy like the United States.

When asked about potential penalties for Beijing, Rubio bluntly stated that China’s “reputation globally has already been badly damaged.”

GORDON CHANG: CORONAVIRUS SHOWS ELITES HAVE BEEN GETTING IT WRONG ABOUT CHINA

April 16, 2020

Fox News on April 16, 2020, reported that Foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang said that it is ”probable” that the coronavirus pandemic originated a laboratory in Wuhan, China, not in one of the city’s wet markets. Excerpts below:

“There was an article in The Lancet, which is the authoritative British medical journal, I think it was posted January 24, which said about a third of the initial cases had no connection with the Wuhan market that everyone talked about,” Chang said. “That means that there had to be another source for this, and when you look at Wuhan, obviously that Wuhan Institute of Virology, is at the top of the list of suspects.”

Fox News reported on April 15, 2020, that U.S. officials are increasingly confident that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China’s effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.

Multiple sources have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and have seen relevant materials… one source saying Beijing may have engaged in the “costliest government coverup of all time.”

Chang told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the pandemic should lead America’s leaders to “question their assumptions” about the Communist country.

“I think what this really says is that all of our policymakers, all of our analysts, our academics really need to go back and question their assumptions about what happened and in a general way their view of China,” Chang said. “Because clearly we have been getting it wrong for a long time. And now this has had consequences which are just disastrous. We are going to bury many Americans because of this.”