When the issue of CCP ‘eating our lunch’ or being openly hostile to US interests come up, Joe Biden has a history of laughing that question off.
Whether that attitude is due to hopelessly rose-colored glasses, indifference to the issues, arrogance, ignorance, or the money the CCP has been delivering to his family in scales that would beggar the imagination is a matter of some debate.
The fact that he’s been historically soft on China is not up for debate. The weather balloon that was actually a sophisticated spy device is a recent data point in that column. The reversal of Trump-era limitations and DOJ initiatives looking into their activity was another.
Recently we heard that China has a number of clandestine police stations around the world where China can project its will among those Chinese nationals or ex-pats who no longer live where the CCP has legitimate authority. This includes cities throughout Western nations, including USA and Canada.
We have now seen the first official acknowledgment of any arrests of such foreign operations on US soil.
“Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan are charged with conspiring to act as agents of the Chinese government and obstruction of justice. In a 30-page affidavit accompanying a criminal complaint, an FBI agent alleged that the defendants established a secret police station under the direction of China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) in a Manhattan office building.
The Justice Department said the two men helped open the outpost in 2022, and deleted their communications with an MPS official once they became aware of the FBI’s investigation. Both are due to appear in federal court in Brooklyn later on Monday.
“It is simply outrageous that China’s Ministry of Public Security thinks it can get away with establishing a secret, illegal police station on U.S. soil to aid its efforts to export repression and subvert our rule of law,” said Kurt Ronnow, the acting assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “This case serves as a powerful reminder that the People’s Republic of China will stop at nothing to bend people to their will and silence messages they don’t want anyone to hear.” — CBS News
China, predictably, was outraged that America would impugn their honor with such allegations, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…