Committee of Democrats Opposing China Serves in Nonprofit with Potential Conflicts
Democratic Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who voted against creating the House committee to investigate China, would be the ‘honorary chair’ of the nonprofit that shared staff with groups of alleged facade of a Chinese intelligence service.
The Daily Caller reported that Chu, whose Chinese name is Zhao Meixin, joined the All America Chinese Youth Federation (AACYF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in 2012 and is listed on the website. of the group as an “honorary member”. President.”
The caller determined that there have been four people – Chi Honghu, Florence Fang, Zhu Bingfeng and Ren Xiangdong – who have held various leadership positions with the nonprofit since the congresswoman became involved. And these individuals have been intertwined with various other organizations allegedly working as “Chinese front groups” for a Chinese government agency, United Front Work Department (UFWD).
Government agencies, legislative bodies, and other groups have viewed the UFWD as the “central organ” of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) influence efforts around the world and “together with Chinese intelligence operatives.” , acknowledged the caller.
Breitbart News also noted that the UFWD is part of an “elaborate network of well-funded influence operations that infiltrate and co-opt groups outside of the Chinese Communist Party” and is “essentially a system for injecting the ideological toxins of the Chinese communism in every group that seems vulnerable and useful.
The caller also explained that the nonprofit, itself, also interacted with and supported UFWD front groups during the congresswoman’s tenure:
Just months after Chu became AACYF’s “honorary president” in October 2012, the group began announcing a recruiting drive in the name of the “Thousand Talent Plan” in March 2013, according to an archived version of the website in Chinese.
The Thousand Talents Plan is a Chinese government program originally designed to recruit “high-quality foreign experts” and allegedly incentivize them to transfer U.S. intellectual property to China, according to Republican Senator from Ohio Rob Portman , a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
An archived version of the Thousand Talents Plan website says the program is run by the Western Returned Scholars Association, which is a front group for UFWD, according to USCC. The Thousand Talents Plan is also a means of economic espionage, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a 2020 event at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, regarding government influence operations Chinese.
However, when the congresswoman voted against the formation of the House Select Committee, she claimed, in a statement from the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which she chairs, that the committee could lead to violence and anti-hatred. Asians.
Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), who will be a member of the select committee, told the caller that the congresswoman’s vote against the committee ignored the “facts and reality” that the committee is supposed to “fight the CCP, not the Chinese people. Referring to the largely bipartisan vote on passage, he added, “The vast majority of my colleagues across the aisle supported the establishment of this committee.”
Breitbart News reported this month that the House had a largely bipartisan vote (365 to 65) to create the Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. Notably, even though some members did not vote, all 65 lawmakers who voted against the committee’s creation were Democrats, including Chu.
The committee will eventually investigate China and find ways to counter the communist country’s growing international influence.
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