"The Chinese military has major plans for the Moon, sometimes called the eighth continent. As military analyst Richard Fisher told me, 'China wants to mine helium from the Moon to power its future fusion energy reactors and to use Moon resources to help build enormous solar energy collecting satellites to free it from foreign energy dependence. China also plans to colonize the Moon with military bases." Read the story here.
China could have more Christians than the US by 2030, according to one estimate. "The explosive growth of Chinese Christianity is on a collision course with a government determined to centralize power in the Communist Party in ways not seen since the death of Mao. China’s Christians are to a great extent urban, well-educated and connected to global information networks. For these reasons, serious pressure on Christians will have an even more damaging impact on China’s international standing than what happened in Tibet, Xinjiang or Hong Kong. As news spreads that the Communist Party is persecuting Christians for their faith, the effects on American public opinion will be both explosive and long-lasting, potentially ending any hope for better or even stable relations between Washington and Beijing." Read the story here (paywall may apply).
"A China-based ex-executive at Zoom has been charged with sabotaging virtual commemorations of the Tiananmen Square massacre — and breaching the security of US-based users, Brooklyn federal prosecutors announced Friday...To achieve the shutdown of the video conferences and terminate members’ accounts, (Julien) Jin told Zoom executives that the participants had violated the company’s terms of service by distributing child pornography or supporting Islamic State terrorist groups." Read the article.
The American Spectator has an excellent update, which can be read here:
Read about China's dispatch of real-life "Manchurian Candidates" to the US at the end of the Korean War.
"A major leak containing a register with the details of nearly two million CCP members has occurred – exposing members who are now working all over the world, while also lifting the lid on how the party operates under Xi Jinping, says Sharri Markson." Get details here.
Congressman Targeted by Chinese "Mata Hari" Says Whether He Slept with Her is "Classified," Attacks Trump Admin for "Leaks"
Mainstream media ignore and/or downplay...
"(T)he just-revealed federal criminal investigation (into Hunter Biden) in Delaware is focused on exactly the questions which corporate media outlets refused to examine for fear that doing so would help Trump: namely, whether Hunter Biden engaged in illicit behavior in China and what impact that might have on his father’s presidency. The allegations at the heart of this investigation compel an examination of a fascinating and at-times disturbing speech at a major financial event held last week in Shanghai. In that speech, a Chinese scholar of political science and international finance, Di Donghseng, insisted that Beijing will have far more influence in Washington under a Biden administration than it did with the Trump administration." Read the report here.
Worth remembering is Joe Biden's recent comment that Russia is an "opponent" of the US while China is (just?) a "serious competitor."
"U.S. intelligence shows that China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities. There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power." Read more here.
"China influenced American policies for decades through a covert network of “old friends” — sympathizers and agents — who had penetrated the highest levels of the U.S. government and financial institutions before the Trump administration, according to an academic linked to the Chinese government.
Di Dongsheng, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, also suggested in a Nov. 28 speech that China‘s Communist Party helped Hunter Biden, a son of presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden, obtain Chinese business deals.
On influencing the United States, Mr. Di said, he could not provide further details about the work of Chinese agents without compromising their identities. However, he said President Trump‘s trade war with China upset decades of close ties between Washington and Beijing that the agent network facilitated." Read the report here.
"(T)here is one place where China’s bullying elicits only silence: the Vatican. Which is strange, because Jimmy Lai is not only Hong Kong’s most well-known champion of democracy; he is also its most prominent Catholic layman. At a moment when he and his family most need their shepherd, Pope Francis is MIA.
The silence might be understandable if Pope Francis were in the tradition of pontiffs who hold themselves aloof from worldly affairs. But Pope Francis is a man who readily weighs in on outrages wherever he finds them, whether it be modern air conditioning, American capitalism or Catholic moms who breed “like rabbits. But on China . . . silence." Read the story here (paywall may apply.)
[...adapted from our report first published in Real Clear History. We continue to fight for more information from the US government concerning the men described below and those who may have followed after the Cold and Vietnam Wars.]
Since the premiere of the movie The Manchurian Candidate in 1962, the public has remained fascinated with the concept of brainwashing – of Americans returning from captivity secretly beholden to foreign enemies. Most recently the specific strain of ideological corruption has mutated in movies and shows such as Homeland from communism to violent Jihadism. Now U.S. government records, many declassified after decades of secrecy, are finally revealing the real story behind the start of these enduring memes.
The records describe Chinese spymasters assigning intelligence and propaganda missions to returning U.S. POWs and sending them home to a Soviet-linked support network of collaborators from Middle America to Eastern Europe.
Told to expect contact once back in America, the men were to “lay low for two or three years,” and “prepare the way in the United States for progressives to come later,” Army intelligence reported. Unlike the enemy’s robotic control of The Manchurian Candidate, influence over these real “Candidates” was much closer to the indoctrination and blackmail of Homeland. As to the ultimate effectiveness and extent of the program, much remains unknown. Just last year, the National Archives removed 60-year-old documents on this topic from public view, saying they’re still classified or may have “law enforcement sensitivities.” The CIA will not even confirm or deny it has such records. What has been uncovered tells a chilling tale, indicating reality was sometimes more disturbing than fiction. For example, the communists kept certain American prisoners forever to facilitate Soviet espionage and Cold War plotting, according to declassified files.
Brainwashing first gripped the national imagination during the Korean War from 1950-53, which pitted the United States, South Korea and their United Nations allies against North Korea and China, backed by the Soviet Union. For most of the war, Chinese commissars, working with Soviet advisors, controlled the publicly-known prison camps for Americans in North Korea, along with secret camps U.S. intelligence believed existed in China.
While many American prisoners in Korea behaved with distinction under appalling conditions, a large number collaborated with the enemy by informing on their fellows, writing propaganda statements and making detailed false confessions, including to germ warfare. Twenty-one of them, the so-called “Turncoats,” even chose to live in China after the war. These actions provided crucial ammunition to the “Hate America” campaign, as the Eisenhower White House called it, an orchestrated, high-stakes propaganda offensive then being waged by Moscow from the Third World to the United Nations.
At the time, military intelligence and the CIA scrambled to understand what could motivate American fighting men to turn on their country. Brainwashing appeared one possibility. The CIA launched its own mind-control experiments (ironically, these eventually involved more injurious techniques than many used by the enemy in Korea).
Hard answers finally arrived with the thousands of surviving Americans released from enemy camps in 1953. The Pentagon was ready with programs to interrogate and process the men, including the Army’s “RECAP-K” project (for men “recaptured” from Korea; the similar RECAP-WW project was soon added for the surprisingly large number of U.S. troops worldwide who - by defection, abduction or drunken escapade – landed in Soviet-bloc countries during the Cold War.)
Part of the plan was to root out prisoners “turned” by the enemy. Floating interrogations began on a troop ship headed home to the States. So-called “Progressives” (also known as “Pro’s,” or by the Chinese, “Good Students”) from the prison camps received most attention. Known collaborators, the Progressives had cooperated with their guards, sometimes at the cost of beatings from secret groups of anti-communist prisoners, known as “Reactionaries” (reactionary groups had their own nicknames, such as the “KTC" (Kill the Communists); “Federated American Hearts,” and “KKK.”) Thrashings of progressives actually continued on the troop ship; with no Chinese guards to protect them, some collaborators had to be segregated for their own safety.
Evidence from the returning Americans, according to intelligence reports and congressional hearings, disproved popular, and perhaps even hopeful, speculation about the motives for collaboration. The prisoners had not been drugged and brainwashed with secret, irresistible techniques. They were never under absolute psychological control of their captors. No secret triggers put them into a trance, such as the famous Queen of Diamonds in The Manchurian Candidate. In short, these troops had not been “brainwashed.”
Instead they had been subjected to the type of comprehensive indoctrination routinely employed by Soviet and Chinese officials against their own dissidents, along with German and Japanese POWs from World War II. The methods included isolation; sleep deprivation; compulsory ideological classes; threats; public- and self-criticism; endless “confessions;” exploitation of anger over U.S. racial discrimination; destruction of the chain of command; sophisticated psychological pressure; bribery and blackmail.
"A suspected Chinese spy slept with at least two Midwestern mayors and got close to California lawmakers, including Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, as part of a years-long intelligence-gathering operation conducted by China’s top civilian spy agency, according to a report Tuesday...The report noted that Fang’s case showed that the Chinese Communist Party has the patience to cultivate relationships that may take years before they reap rewards and that it knows that mayors and city council members can be the next crop of politicians on the national stage who can influence the government." Read more here.
Reminds us a bit of this past Chinese spy scandal.
"China’s military is facing the same challenges as most of the world’s armed forces—how to transform and adapt to new approaches to operations and new types of technology within constrained budgets. For the PLAGF leadership, that may mean having the courage to throw off old capabilities that were suited towards ‘people’s war under modern conditions’ in the 1980s and instead move decisively towards integrated joint operations as part of informationised and intelligentised warfare for the 21st century. It also means prioritising an ability to deploy rapidly across multiple theatres within China and to project force beyond China." Read the analysis here.
US Senator Makes Foolish Comment About China; PRC State Media Reporter Responds by Calling Her a "...lifetime b**ch."
Context is Senator Marsha Blackburn's support of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which recently passed the House with overwhelming bi-partisan support. For some reason, Blackburn tweeted: "China has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change..." -- which could obviously be interpreted as a slur against the Chinese people. The real adversary the US faces is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) dictatorship, not the long-suffering citizens of the PRC, our allies in Taiwan or Chinese culture. But the response from an employee of official PRC media poured gasoline on the fire: "Chinese state media: Senator Marsha Blackburn is racist, ignorant and 'a lifetime b**ch.'” https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/12/04/chinese-state-media-senator-marsha-blackburn-racist-ignorant-lifetime-bch/
China "poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II:" US Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
"To address these threats and more, I (DNI) have shifted resources inside the $85 billion annual intelligence budget to increase the focus on China...Other nations must understand this is true for them as well. The world is being presented a choice between two wholly incompatible ideologies. China’s leaders seek to subordinate the rights of the individual to the will of the Communist Party. They exert government control over companies and subvert the privacy and freedom of their citizens with an authoritarian surveillance state." Read the oped here (may require paywall)
New Communist Party Propaganda About the Korean War 朝鲜战争: Teaches PLA Leaders Wrong Lessons from the Conflict & Increases Tensions with China's Neighbors and US
"Overview of the China US Strategic Situation and Trends: Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2020 (US Department of Defense)"
Excerpt: "…the PLA’s objective is to become a “world-class” military by the end of 2049—a goal first announced by General Secretary Xi Jinping in 2017.
Although the CCP has not defined what a “world-class” military means, within the context of the PRC’s national strategy it is likely that Beijing will seek to develop a military by mid-century that is equal to—or in some cases superior to—the U.S. military, or that of any other great power that the PRC views as a threat. As this year’s report details, the PRC has marshalled the resources, technology, and political will over the past two decades to strengthen and modernize the PLA in nearly every respect. Indeed, as this report shows, China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas…
During the Korean War, communist Chinese "volunteers" intervened in November 1950 during a brutally cold winter. They surprised and mauled numerous American, South Korean and allied United Nations units (See film of the aftermath here.) But the Chinese also faced devastating casualties from both American air power and the weather. Many thousands were anti-communist Chinese forced into battle by the PRC, often without proper clothing or even, in some cases, weapons. US forces learned enemy soldiers sometimes wore only the equivalent of tennis shoes with clothing of limited protective value, even as they marched long distances in the snow and holed up without moving during the day to maintain secrecy and avoid attack. Wartime reports include accounts of American troops tracking Chinese soldiers via the blood their feet left in the snow.
US psychological operations campaigns took advantage of this situation throughout the war by urging Chinese and North Korean soldiers to surrender before they froze to death. Tens-of-thousands of Chinese and North Korea troops surrendered for this and other reasons. The desire of many of them, once under American control, to avoid being sent back helped extend the war for almost two years as China, North Korea and their Soviet ally tried to have them forcibly returned to communist control.
How China Never Returned or Accounted for American POW/MIA In Its Hands During the Korean & Cold Wars -- Then Cheated the Pentagon in Recent Years Out of $$$ for Files on the Missing Men
The POW Investigative Project, a non-profit founded by the Executive Producer of Need to Share News, uses crowdsourcing in Chinese and other languages to seek answers on the fate of missing American heroes.
The men below were known or suspected to be in Chinese hands but never returned or accounted for (there are many similar cases involving North Korea and Russia/Soviet Union). Click on their photos for more information.