The United States’ relationship with China is typically that of friend, despite the two countries’ ideological and political differences. President Trump has been attempting to put pressure on North Korea — with China’s help — for the past several months, but China has not been very helpful.
Recently, more information has come to light suggesting that China may be more foe than friend. In a frightening new discovery, China’s spy network in the United States has grown to about 25,000 intelligence officers and at least 15,000 American recruits. That’s 40,000 operatives on U.S. soil. (via Washington Free Beacon)
According to exiled Chinese billionaire, Guo Wengui, Beijing has increased its spy activities drastically since 2012. The businessman himself broke ties with the regime earlier in the year and says he knows “the Chinese spy system very, very well.” He also claims to have “information about very minute details about how it operates.”
Guo has become famous in both countries for his very vocal disdain for the Communist Party and is said to have ties to the Ministry of State Security and the military spy service of the People’s Liberation Army. Guo claims to have knowledge of the alleged spy activity from Ma Jian, a former Ministry of State Security vice minister and a former People’s Liberation Army military intelligence officer.
Ma was exiled from the Communist Party in January and imprisoned after his involvement in a Beijing power struggle in late 2015. According to Guo, Ma was imprisoned after uncovering a corruption scandal involving Chinese official, Wang Qishan.
Could Guo be telling the truth?
At least some of Guo’s story can be substantiated. A video was released by Chinese government officials where Ma admitted that “Guo and [Ma] formed an alliance of shared interests.” The video seemed forced and it is assumed that is was filmed by government officials from prison and “behind closed doors.”
Another telling piece of evidence is that on April 19, a live interview with Guo on Voice of America was abruptly shut down, possibly because “Chinese leadership influenced the U.S. broadcaster.” CNBC reported that the interview, which included “allegations that Wang Qishan, leader of Beijing’s anti-corruption efforts, is himself tainted by corruption,” was cut short and immediately replaced by a different segment.
He also made allegations that he was being framed in a massive cover-up attempt.
Voice of America vehemently denies any claims of Chinese government involvement, but Mandarin Service Chief Sasha Gong told CNBC, “I suspect somebody caved in to the Chinese government’s demand, because the timing itself was very suspicious. Someone very, very powerful must be very, very afraid of this. Otherwise, nothing makes sense.”
Guo Wengui, also known as Kwok Miles and sometimes called “China’s most wanted man,” is a Chinese property tycoon who left China in 2015 with a self-imposed Communist Party exile. He is currently living in the U.S. and has taken to Twitter and YouTube to openly criticize Chinese government practices which he deems corrupt. He claims the Chinese government seized his property and detained his family members in an attempt to keep him quiet.
Earlier this year, Interpol issued a “red notice,” or global arrest warrant, for Guo for unnamed charges. Interpol claims they do not “comment on specific cases or individuals except in special circumstances and with approval of the member country concerned,” but Chinese news stations have reported that Guo is being accused of bribing Ma Jian.
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Guo denies the accusations and attributes the activity to “corrupt officials who are terrified that their criminal behaviour would be unmasked by me.”
Though Guo’s claims have not yet been confirmed by U.S officials, they are still alarming. Why would a U.S. ally have nearly 40,000 agents operating within our borders? This revelation is even more concerning due to U.S.-North Korea relations, and the fact that China has been largely unsuccessful at pressuring the Kim Jong-un regime.
Can China be trusted?