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WSJ: Chinese Penetration via TikTok
« Reply #402 on: September 27, 2023, 10:00:30 AM »
TikTok Employees Say Executive Moves to U.S. Show China Parent’s Influence
U.S. staff have raised questions internally about recent personnel transfers from ByteDance
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Updated Sept. 27, 2023 12:00 am ET


TikTok has spent the past three years trying to convince U.S. lawmakers it can operate independently in this country from its China-based parent company, ByteDance. After recent personnel moves, some employees aren’t so sure.

Since the start of the year, a string of high-level executives have transferred from ByteDance to TikTok, taking on some of the top jobs in the popular video-sharing app’s moneymaking operations. Some moved to the U.S. from ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters.

The ByteDance executives have taken on roles overseeing swaths of TikTok’s advertising business, human resources, monetization, business marketing and products related to advertising and e-commerce initiatives. Some have brought teams from Beijing.

The moves have concerned some U.S.-based TikTok employees, who have complained internally to high-level TikTok managers, according to current and former employees familiar with the discussions. The TikTok employees say they are worried that the appointments show ByteDance plays a greater role in TikTok’s operations than TikTok has disclosed publicly.

One employee earlier this year reported the leadership transfers to the staff of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, where TikTok has an office, hoping the Republican’s team would investigate, according to people familiar with the complaint.

A spokeswoman for Cruz didn’t respond to requests for comment.

A spokesman for TikTok said the company hasn’t played down its relationship with ByteDance. He said in a large, global organization, it isn’t uncommon for employees to work on different products or in multiple locations over the course of their careers.

TikTok has faced scrutiny from U.S. authorities over fears that the Chinese government could pressure it for data about its users or use the app to spread propaganda, concerns TikTok has repeatedly denied.

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In 2020, the Trump administration attempted to ban TikTok downloads in the U.S. The Biden administration called for TikTok’s Chinese owners to sell their stakes in it. TikTok has fought both administrations’ demands, while working to show it is independent from its Chinese owner. The financier and influential Republican political donor Jeff Yass, who through his Susquehanna International Group owns a big stake in ByteDance, has also worked to fend off a U.S. ban. “The idea of banning TikTok is an anathema to everything I believe,” Yass has told The Wall Street Journal.

TikTok established regional headquarters outside China, including in Culver City, Calif., and forged a partnership with Oracle called Project Texas to store user data in the U.S. and monitor the app’s algorithm. Part of the Project Texas pitch to lawmakers is that the setup lets TikTok operate independently from ByteDance.

TikTok television ads have tried to distinguish it from its Chinese roots by featuring all-American characters. One tells the story of “Patriotic Kenny,” an 80-year-old military veteran who was left stranded when his American-flag decorated mobility scooter broke down. TikTok users rallied and helped raise money for a new one, according to the ad.


TikTok ads have sought to ease concern that the Chinese government could pressure it for data about its users. PHOTO: NATHAN HOWARD/BLOOMBERG NEWS
And in 2021, TikTok gave some new hires instructions that explained how to distance TikTok from ByteDance in the media, according to documents viewed by the Journal.

“Downplay the parent company ByteDance,” one document read. “Downplay the China association,” said another. The documents were reported last year by Gizmodo.

The spokesman for TikTok said the instructions were never a company policy.

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WSJ: Chinese Penetration via American EV batteries
« Reply #403 on: September 27, 2023, 10:03:00 AM »
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This Ford vs. GM Feud Could Shape the Future of EVs in America
Biden administration’s decision on $7,500 tax credit could determine China’s role in U.S. electric-vehicle industry
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GM, which makes GMC Hummer electric vehicles, has pushed to prevent licensing arrangements with Chinese companies. PHOTO: EMILY ELCONIN/BLOOMBERG NEWS
In June, Ford Motor F -1.05%decrease; red down pointing triangle Chief Executive Jim Farley pitched visiting members of Congress on the company’s plans for a $3.5 billion battery factory. Using Chinese battery technology at the Michigan plant, he argued, was a smart way for the U.S. to catch up with China’s expertise.

Later the same day at the General Motors GM -0.31%decrease; red down pointing triangle headquarters, CEO Mary Barra and her team had a different message for the lawmakers: Ford’s plans could be the harbinger of Chinese domination of U.S. car manufacturing.

At stake in the meetings, described by people familiar with them, was more than just pride between the old crosstown rivals. It was also the price many Americans could pay for their electric vehicles in the next 10 years—and how the automakers would invest billions of dollars to sell EVs in the U.S.

The pair are lobbying over the terms of a $7,500 tax credit for consumers who purchase new electric vehicles. Starting next year, buyers can’t use the credit on cars that contain battery components from any source that the U.S. deems a “foreign entity of concern,” a vague term meant to reduce American reliance on Chinese batteries and materials.

President Biden is expected to decide this fall how strictly to enforce that requirement. If the rules are too tough, few EVs—if any—will qualify for the tax credit, potentially leaving Americans without that incentive to switch from gasoline-powered cars. A loose read on the rules could invite blowback from Republicans and other China critics.

Ford, with its plans to license Chinese technology to make cheaper, iron-based batteries in Michigan, has lobbied for a more flexible interpretation of the “foreign entity” rule. If its planned batteries aren’t eligible for the car-buyer subsidy, Ford executives have indicated they could scale back the investment; on Monday, the company paused construction of the new battery plant.

“It would be absurd to classify Ford or its fully owned subsidiary as a foreign entity, much less one of concern. We’re Ford, and we’re all-in on America,” Chris Smith, Ford’s chief government affairs officer, said.

GM isn’t planning investments with Chinese battery firms—and could see Ford gain a critical technological and cost advantage in the EV race if its deal goes forward. GM executives and lobbyists have called for a strict “foreign entity of concern” rule that would prevent such licensing arrangements.

“This is not about GM vs. Ford,” a GM spokeswoman said. She said GM wants clarity and for the rules to follow the intent of the Inflation Reduction Act, which created the new tax-credit requirements.


Striking UAW members are calling for high wages, while Ford, GM and Stellantis say they need to keep labor costs down to invest in EV production. PHOTO: BILL PUGLIANO/GETTY IMAGES
Robbie Orvis, a senior director at Energy Innovation, a think tank on climate issues, said the tax credit—and the “foreign entity of concern” rule—will shape how many electric cars are sold in the U.S. in the next 10 years.

“This is the big missing piece that a lot of us are waiting to see,” he said.

Ford’s big bet
The biggest American automakers see electric vehicles as the future of the industry. Striking United Auto Workers are demanding high wages and benefits, while Ford, GM and Stellantis say they need to keep labor costs down to invest in EV production.

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Higher costs remain a significant barrier to EV sales for many American buyers. The average price of a new electric vehicle was $53,469 in July, higher than the $48,334 average for gasoline-powered cars, according to Kelley Blue Book data. So automakers see the $7,500 EV tax credit as crucial to get more price-conscious consumers to make the switch.

A Treasury spokeswoman said the Biden administration’s incentives would help U.S. automakers be global leaders.


Battery charging. Giant touchscreens. Semi-autonomous driving. EVs have become computers on wheels. WSJ’s Joanna Stern took three of the leading cars on a road trip and then leased the best one. Photo illustration: Annie Zhao/The Wall Street Journal
“The Inflation Reduction Act is increasing our energy security by encouraging investments in America,” she said. “We will continue to assess and respond to any national security concerns associated with both international and domestic supply chains.”

Some automakers are holding off on investing in their EV supply chains until they see what Chinese materials or technology are allowed under the final rules of the tax credit, people familiar with their plans said.

Ford hoped to get ahead by licensing technology from China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., known as CATL, to make lithium-iron-phosphate batteries at an industrial scale in the U.S. for the first time. They are much cheaper than other alternatives, reducing the production cost of the car. Ford has planned to use them in versions of the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning.

Ford structured the deal with CATL, the largest battery maker in the world, as a licensing agreement, rather than a joint venture. The U.S. company will fully control the subsidiary that owns the Michigan-based factory, paying royalties to CATL for the use of their manufacturing technology. CATL declined to comment.

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The hot seat
But licensing Chinese technology has drawn political blowback, including from Michigan Republicans. Several House committees have opened probes or held hearings on the deal.

“We should be using taxpayers’ dollars to fund American innovation and ingenuity to be leading in these areas, not lagging behind by decades and subsidizing the [Chinese Communist Party],” said Rep. John Moolenaar (R., Mich.).

Ford has defended the plan by pointing to the jobs and advanced technology it will bring to the U.S.

GM executives have told the Biden administration that if consumers can use the tax credit to buy cars that CATL helps Ford make, GM and other automakers would be at a competitive disadvantage, people familiar with the conversations said. They would feel pressure to strike their own deals with Chinese firms, undercutting Washington’s goal of distancing the auto industry from China, the GM executives have warned.

During a trip to Washington in July, Ford’s Farley tried to contain the furor. At what an attendee said was a “tense” meeting in a Capitol Hill office, Farley faced a barrage of questions from Michigan Republicans. The lawmakers wanted to know how many CATL employees would work in the plant and whether Ford employees would learn to understand the CATL technology, people familiar with the meeting said.

Farley’s answers didn’t satisfy many of the Republican attendees. Rep. John James (R., Mich.) has proposed legislation that would prevent Ford’s deal and others like it from meeting the requirements for federal car-buying subsidies.


CATL, which had a booth at an event in Beijing this month, is the largest battery maker in the world. PHOTO: CFOTO/ZUMA PRESS
Biden’s conundrum
Ford’s planned Michigan battery factory, which would create jobs in a swing state, is in many ways the type of investment the Biden administration is hoping to facilitate in the U.S. White House officials considered having Biden attend the announcement of the factory in February.

But as White House officials learned more about Ford’s intention to work with CATL, they opted against sending the president to the event, people familiar with the plans said.

Some Biden administration officials worry that allowing intellectual property-sharing, as Ford is planning, would open a backdoor for Chinese firms to dominate the U.S. battery industry, which they see as a potential national-security risk, according to people familiar with their thinking.

White House officials also are wary of upsetting Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who has blasted the Ford deal and the administration’s handling of the tax subsidies he helped write into law. Manchin said in an interview he would support any automakers who sued the administration if the new rules for the EV tax credit allowed deals such as Ford’s.

“There will be lawsuits if there are companies being damaged by how they’re interpreting and they’re making investments here in the country,” he said.

Other administration officials think barring any EV with Chinese ties from qualifying for the tax credit could backfire, causing automakers to quit trying to follow the rules for the credit entirely. These officials also think the U.S. can best catch up by learning from Chinese firms, an argument Ford executives have made in meetings with White House officials.

“All sides want to rid the U.S. of excess reliance on China,” said Jennifer Harris, who worked on clean-energy supply chains at the White House until March. “In some areas, the shortest, surest path may take some Chinese know-how up front, confined and cabined.”

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Some Michigan Democrats have pushed for the administration to support Ford’s plans and protect the roughly 2,500 jobs Ford says it will bring to their state. In a letter sent to Biden administration officials Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sept. 8, Ford’s general counsel warned the company could scale back its plans if its batteries don’t qualify under the EV tax credit rules.

“This will mean fewer U.S. jobs,” wrote Steven Croley, Ford’s counsel, according to a copy of the letter viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The UAW slammed Ford’s decision this week to pause construction of the plant.

The “foreign entity of concern” rule won’t only apply to the factories that manufacture electric vehicles and their batteries, but also, starting in 2025, the companies that mine and process the raw materials that go into them.

GM earlier this year invested $650 million in Lithium Americas, which is aiming to open a mine in Nevada. GM became Lithium America’s largest shareholder, overtaking Ganfeng, a Chinese company that still owns 9.4% of the company. GM said it plans to invest further in Lithium Americas, diluting other holdings.

“At the end of the day, if you’re the U.S., you want all of this moved out of China,” said David Whiston, an auto analyst at Morningstar Research. “But saying and doing it are two different things.”

Write to Andrew Duehren at andrew.duehren@wsj.com



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Re: China Chinese Penetration and Invasion of America
« Reply #406 on: November 16, 2023, 06:36:41 PM »
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Re: China Chinese Penetration and Invasion of America
« Reply #407 on: November 17, 2023, 04:06:12 AM »
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Re: China Chinese Penetration and Invasion of America
« Reply #408 on: November 17, 2023, 07:39:22 AM »
Wonder what the protocol was we our Presidents have visited there.

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Chinese Penetration Invasion of America via TikTok
« Reply #409 on: November 17, 2023, 10:58:09 AM »
https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/

Osama bin Laden Is Duping Young People on TikTok from the Grave
Jim Geraghty
November 16, 2023

On the menu today: News that TikTok users are approvingly quoting a 2002 letter from al-Qaeda terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and insisting that bin Laden makes a lot of legitimate points, is the sort of thing that makes you wish gullible young people would go back to eating Tide Pods. You might have thought that the minds of America’s young people would not be so malleable that they could perceive one of the most notorious mass murderers of Americans in history as a justifiable critic of American policies, but here we are. For those of us of a certain age, this development is a difficult reminder that the unforgettable events of our younger years, the ones that shaped us and the world we live in, are just dry pages in a history book to the younger generation. That creates a giant vacuum, a big blank space for reinterpretation.

Why Osama bin Laden Is the Latest Hot New TikTok Influencer

As I said earlier this autumn, because TikTok is basically a way for the Chinese government to suck data out of your phone, and it has been characterized as “the digital equivalent of going down the street to a strip club filled with 15-year-olds,” I don’t think anyone should be on it.

TikTok’s algorithm is also a good way for the Chinese government to put whatever message it wants in front of America’s young people. And this week, the hot new message is: “Osama bin Laden had a lot of valid arguments, and was unfairly demonized by the U.S. government.”

Remember, someone who was in kindergarten in 2001 is 27 years old today. Today’s teenagers and early-to-mid-20-somethings have no memory of the 9/11 attacks, and the long, difficult global war against al-Qaeda that followed. They probably do not recognize the names “Mohammad Atta,” “Mullah Omar,” “Ayman al-Zawahari,” “Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,” “Ahmad Shah Massoud,” “Pervez Musharraf,” “John O’Neill,” “Father Mychal Judge,” “Todd Beamer,” or perhaps even “Colin Powell” or “Donald Rumsfeld.” Names and terms like “USS Cole,” “Northern Alliance,” “Tora Bora,” “the shoe bomber,” and “the 7/7 attacks,” have little or no meaning to them. Telling them that the DHS threat level has been raised from yellow to orange probably doesn’t mean much to them, either. They likely have only the vaguest idea of why opening an envelope and finding white powder would be so ominous. To them, the Transportation Security Administration has always existed.

If you’re roughly 30 or older, I apologize for starting your day with a flood of memories and probably making you feel old. But we should keep in mind that, never mind the attacks themselves, most of today’s teenagers likely have no memory of the U.S. Navy SEAL operation that killed bin Laden. To them, he’s always been dead, always been history — like the Challenger explosion to the Millennials, the JFK assassination to most of Generation X, or the Great Depression to the Baby Boomers.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we wanted more than anything to give our children a world where they would not live in fear of al-Qaeda attacks. We’ve done that, and largely left al-Qaeda on the ash heap of history. And apparently bin Laden and al-Qaeda are so forgotten . . . that someone can come along and paint an absurdly sympathetic portrait of one of the worst mass murderers in modern history, and America’s extremely online young people will nod along in agreement.

Since the beginning of the Hamas crisis, TikTok has been flooded with pro-Palestinian messages and arguments excusing the actions of Hamas and demonizing Israel. Jeff Morris Jr. noticed anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian high-school walkouts occurring and wondered how and why American teenagers had become so enamored with the Palestinian cause, right after Hamas committed a spectacularly bloody massacre. He noticed that once he engaged with one post, “My entire feed became aggressively anti-Israel. It was as if I was placed in an AB test variant and was told to see this war with Israel being the evil side.”

TikTok insists it does not tweak its algorithm to promote certain viewpoints, and that it opposes antisemitism. One reason for suspicion is that in Chinese state-run media, you can find lots of comments comparing Israelis to Nazis and proclaiming that “Hitler truly knew the Jews” . . . leaving us wondering just how accurately the managers of TikTok define antisemitism.

In this environment, a surprisingly high number of TikTok users reading and reacting to a letter from Osama bin Laden concluded that the most notorious terrorist in American history wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

Newsweek:

A decades-old document allegedly written by Osama bin Laden and titled “Letter to America” recently went viral on TikTok, with some young Americans believing that the al-Qaeda founder made valid points about their own country.

The two-page document, which was published by The Guardian, is a letter Bin Laden wrote in 2002 as a polemic against the U.S. and an explanation of the ideology that led him to orchestrate the 9/11 attacks. . . .

“It’s wild and everyone should read it,” said one TikTok user, warning that the letter had left her “very disillusioned” and “confused.” Another user talked of having an “existential crisis” after reading the document and having her entire viewpoint on life changed by it. . . .

“The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that strike and destroy our homes in Palestine, the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, and the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq,” bin Laden wrote. “This is why the American people cannot be innocent of all the crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against us.”

Realizing that it was the source for most of these nascent TikTok terrorism historians, The Guardian deleted the 2002 letter, but you can still find it here and here, and various excerpts of it in books here and here; his letters from 1994 to 1998 here; his 1998 interview with John Miller here; and his bookshelf here. (Also enjoy this ABC News headline from 2016: “New Osama Bin Laden Letters Show Paranoid Micromanager in Hiding.”) I actually think taking down the letter from websites is a bad idea because it will set off a million and one conspiracy theories. Osama bin Laden’s letters — making absurdly unconvincing arguments that his acts of terrorism were justified — are a part of history just like Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is a part of history. That is to say, they’re a terrible part of history, a demonstration of how evil men justify their evil. Taking them off the internet isn’t going to make Islamist extremism or any other variety of evil go away.

Bin Laden always believed that he was so persuasive, and so self-evidently right and justified, that if the American people would just read his writings and listen to his words, we would realize that we’d been the evil villains all along. One letter written in the early Obama years made bin Laden sound like he was running for president on a populist platform against greedy financial elites:

Your current president [Obama] warns you now about the enormity of capital control and it has a cycle whereby it devours humanity when it is devoid of the precepts of God’s law (Shari’a). The tyranny of the control of capital by large companies has harmed your economy, as it did ours, and that was my motivation for this talk. Tens of millions of you are below the poverty line, millions have lost their homes, and millions have lost their jobs to mark the highest average unemployment in 60 years. Your financial system in its totality was about to collapse within 48 hours had not the administration reverted to using taxpayer’s money to rescue the vultures by using the assets of the victims. . . .

Even the devil can quote scripture for his own purposes; the fact that bin Laden criticizes the bailouts doesn’t mean that the al-Qaeda mastermind was the good guy or had valid arguments. The guy planned and cheered the hijacking of passenger airliners and crashing them into skyscrapers and the deliberate murder of 2,977 people. Everything else is window dressing.

Robert Frost once said, “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.” What we’re seeing in the recent, “Wow, bin Laden made a lot of good points” phenomenon is Americans who will not take their own side in a war with people who are hell-bent on killing them.

There is something like self-loathing at work in our culture, a mentality that refuses to accept the contentions that we are good and worth protecting. This is a good time for us to continue what started Tuesday: to declare that nothing justifies the deliberate murder of civilians, to insist that we and our allies are good and worthy of defense and preservation, and to call out evil, and make sure that it meets up with the consequences of its actions, good and hard.

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WT: No better enemy to have than America
« Reply #415 on: January 24, 2024, 04:27:47 AM »
 flow of American capital to the Chinese militaryindustrial complex.


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No better enemy

America continues to empower its adversaries

By Clifford D. May

Seven years ago this month, then-Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that the $150 billion in sanctions relief the Obama administration was providing Iran’s rulers would — to a greater or lesser extent — fund terrorism.

“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC [Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

He added: “We are confident that this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region.”

His confidence, we now know, was misplaced.

The dollars the U.S. put into the pockets of Iran’s rulers has been spent to supply weapons to Hamas, Hezbollah, Shiite militias in Iraq and Syria, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Outside the region, Iran’s rulers are providing armed drones to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, which he’s using to slaughter Ukrainians. In Iran, the regime has increased its persecution of dissidents — not least women.

Then-President Barack Obama enriched Iran’s rulers to induce them to agree to his 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which he claimed would stop them from developing nuclear weapons.

At best, the Iran nuclear agreement might have slightly slowed that nation’s progress toward the goal while it worked on missiles capable of delivering nukes anywhere in the world and, as noted above, funded Tehran’s proxies.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement. He brought economic pressure to bear on Tehran for a couple of years. That did not cause Iran’s rulers to abandon their nuclear aspirations, but it did limit the support they could provide their terrorist friends and family.

President Biden resumed sanctions relief. He has added $50 billion — a lowball estimate — to Iran’s coffers so far. His initial aim was to negotiate a deal that was “longer and stronger” than the nuclear agreement under Mr. Obama, but it soon became obvious that he was willing to settle for one that was shorter and weaker.

Iran’s rulers have shown no interest. Instead, they have expressed their hatred toward America many times in many ways.

Iran is not the only adversary of America that Americans have been empowering. In November, Xi Jinping, the mightiest ruler of China since Mao Zedong, visited San Francisco, where he dined with business executives who paid $2,000 a plate for the privilege and gave him a standing ovation. He told them what they wanted to hear: “We are in an era of challenges and changes. It is also an era of hope. The world needs China and the United States to work together for a better future.”

To his comrades at home, Mr. Xi has delivered a different message: China’s “struggle and contest with Western countries is irreconcilable, so it will inevitably be long, complicated, and sometimes even very sharp.”

Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser and currently chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has been researching the ways Americans have been helping Mr. Xi in this contest.

“The scale of global power is beginning to tip towards China in part because of the leverage we are giving them,” he said in testimony last week before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“U.S. companies and investment funds have helped to underwrite and modernize China’s military and intelligence apparatus. Americans usually don’t invest with the intent to hurt the U.S., but that is what is happening here regardless.”

He added: “U.S. companies, financial institutions, and investment funds have — sometimes inadvertently, sometimes carelessly — helped underwrite and expedite the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army and China’s high-tech surveillance police state.”

Insufficiently appreciated, both on Wall Street and in Washington, is that under Chinese law and the “military-civil fusion” policy of the Chinese Communist Party, no Chinese company is private or independent.

And even Chinese companies with transparent military ties have “forged partnerships with U.S. universities, effectively transforming these bastions of learning into outposts of the Chinese government’s technological ambitions.”

Mr. Pottinger predicted: “Left unregulated, such partnerships will contribute to the [People’s Liberation Army’s] modernization in ways we won’t fully understand until those capabilities are used against Americans at home and on distant battlefields.”

Americans are assisting China in the war of ideas, too. One obvious example: Investors in ByteDance, parent company of the social media platform TikTok — which propagates Chinese Communist Party messages and memes to tens of millions of Americans — include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Susquehanna International Group.

As Mr. Pottinger told Congress: “Publicly available Chinese government documents also directly link ByteDance to the Chinese government’s surveillance state, including at least five Chinese surveillance companies … implicated by the U.S. government in the CCP’s severe repression of the ethnic Uyghur people.”

The Treasury Department does have a blacklist meant to limit the flow of American capital to the Chinese militaryindustrial complex. As Mr. Pottinger reported, however, “this tool has barely been used since it was created more than three years ago.”

He ended his testimony with five recommendations to stem the flow of U.S. investment and American technological innovations that Beijing will utilize to enhance the military and intelligence capabilities it deploys in its “struggle and contest with Western countries.”

It would be helpful for Congress to adopt them.

More broadly, I’d suggest pondering a quote attributed to Lenin: “When it comes time to hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope.”

Were this communist revolutionary still alive — he died 100 years ago this month — he might add with satisfaction that today’s capitalists are going further than he anticipated: They are investing in and transferring rope-making technology to their adversaries.

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Ed Calderon: SERIOUS CONVO
« Reply #416 on: January 24, 2024, 04:34:28 AM »
Posting in this thread as well because of Ed's discussion of how the Chinese use the Cartels.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFwU8KcUm5o&t=2s



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Re: China Chinese Penetration and Invasion of America
« Reply #419 on: January 27, 2024, 03:09:54 AM »
Very glad to see LE arrest, the prosecutor to prosecute and get the conviction!  Hope we can find out what the sentence is to be.


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Re: China Chinese Penetration and Invasion of America
« Reply #421 on: January 31, 2024, 09:21:48 AM »
I wonder if we are doing the same to us.
Probably with no where near what they have been doing to us

as a side thought:

We need to prepare for likely quantum computers and we need to get to that end first!

who ever gets there first wins the world if it can be applied in useful ways.
It has to be us.

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Gertz: 47 Chinese linked military companies in US counted so far
« Reply #422 on: February 06, 2024, 09:13:37 AM »
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2024/jan/31/list-of-chinese-military-linked-firms-in-us-surges/

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The LEFT too worried about McCarthyism, Red Scare ?
We should be worried and taking real action.
This is worse, far worse then the 50s.

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Re: Gertz: 47 Chinese linked military companies in US counted so far
« Reply #423 on: February 06, 2024, 09:31:28 AM »

The LEFT too worried about McCarthyism, Red Scare ?


Not where Russia is concerned as they are now evil incarnate and Trump the supposed patsy.

The political expediency embraced by the left--remember Hillary's "reset" button?--is a sight to behold.


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Chinese EV Penetration of America via Mexico
« Reply #425 on: March 05, 2024, 03:16:42 PM »
Will China Drive Its Electric Cars In From Mexico?
A loophole in the USMCA makes it possible to avoid U.S. tariffs by assembling vehicles in North America.
By Connor Pfeiffer
March 5, 2024 5:22 pm ET
WSJ



Outside this city, 150 miles south of the Texas border and in the shadow of the Sierra de Santa Catarina, is a cactus-dotted field. If all goes well, this unassuming site will be home to Tesla’s Giga Mexico, which could become the world’s largest electric-vehicle factory. The project promises thousands of jobs and as much as $15 billion in investment from Tesla and its suppliers. It is also catching the attention of Chinese competitors.

Mexico’s second-largest metropolitan area is seeing a near-shoring boom because of its proximity to the U.S., competitive labor costs and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The vacancy rate for industrial real estate is just over 1% and total capacity is up 40% since 2020. But easy access to the American market hasn’t brought only U.S. and other Western companies like Tesla and Unilever. It’s also attracting Chinese businesses like Hisense and Yanfeng.

Thanks to the Trump administration, the USMCA carries important protections against China’s unfair economic practices, including an opt-out clause if any party concludes a trade agreement with a “nonmarket economy,” as well as regional content rules requiring that a car and its components come substantially from USMCA member countries. But Beijing’s heavy state investment in its EV industry could enable Chinese companies to exploit gaps in the current rules.

Imported Chinese cars already make up 20% of Mexican auto sales, and Chinese sales are growing rapidly after the Mexican government suspended tariffs on EVs through September. But the real prize for Chinese companies is to the north—last year, almost 12 times as many light vehicles were sold in the U.S. as in the Mexican market.

From Monterrey, Chinese companies can get EVs to the U.S. market at a much lower tariff cost than if they shipped directly from China. American trade law applies only a 2.5% tariff on auto imports from Mexico that don’t comply with the USMCA’s automobile rules of origin because they get a substantive portion of their components from outside states party to the deal. With all the money Beijing pumps into its EV sector, this is still a good deal for Chinese companies. A BYD Seal made in China retails for 12% less than a Tesla Model 3 in Mexico. With that kind of price advantage, a Mexican subsidiary of a Chinese automaker could manufacture an electric vehicle with a battery and other components from China and export it to the U.S. competitively even after paying the tariff. If a Chinese automaker brought enough of its supply chain to Mexico—including battery production—its cars could even meet regional content requirements and avoid American tariffs altogether.

The influx of Chinese investment over the past three years came up in nearly every conversation with American and Mexican business leaders on my recent trip here. Recognizing growing Chinese interest, local authorities have begun to provide investment materials in Mandarin, and consulting firms involved in near-shoring are hiring staff who understand Chinese business. Several major Chinese auto-parts suppliers have already set up shop, and the Chinese Communist Party’s Global Times has touted Mexico as a “hot spot” for Chinese EV investment. It is only a matter of time before one of China’s automakers joins Tesla here.

In 2023 Mexico was America’s largest trading partner for the first time in history. Total goods trade with USMCA partners is almost triple the U.S. trade relationship with China. Protecting this free-trade area must be at the top of the economic agenda, especially as adversaries like Beijing seek to reap its benefits.

The House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party expressed concern about this problem last year in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Her response was that the administration is looking into it as part of a much-delayed review of the Trump China tariffs. Mexican-origin vehicles, however, likely aren’t within the scope of that review.

When I asked a group of Monterrey business leaders and government officials about the possibility of a Chinese EV manufacturer circumventing USMCA content requirements, they all agreed it is a concern and that the U.S. should raise the tariff. For them, the regional content rules give manufacturers an incentive to build their supply chains in North America, so deliberate noncompliance by Chinese companies would also hurt Mexico because the firms would source many of their components from Asia. Ms. Tai should take their advice and address this issue head-on.

Congress can also help by strengthening American trade tools. It could pass legislation to ensure that Chinese firms can’t evade duties by moving operations to other countries. The same could apply for Chinese subsidies of production in third countries, which aren’t currently considered in trade investigations.

As for the possibility of USMCA-compliant Chinese EVs flooding the market, the U.S., Mexico and Canada all have something to lose and should be proactive in developing a joint response. The U.S. should take a tough line to defend American competitiveness—but a unilateral response that violates the USMCA would be a nonstarter. Not only would it damage the most important U.S. trade relationship; it would also undermine efforts to address Mexico’s continuing unilateral violations of the agreement in the energy and agriculture sectors. (Mexico denies breaching the USMCA.)

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has taken a cavalier approach to economic relations with the U.S. to advance his statist agenda, and President Biden is letting him get away with it. This will make negotiations around Chinese investment difficult, especially with Mexico’s campaign season under way.

In Monterrey, however, I found Mexicans across business, government and civil society who value their country’s relationship with the U.S. Their goodwill toward the partnership between our two nations is a source of strength and opportunity amid growing threats from overseas.

Tesla’s Elon Musk recently said that without trade barriers, China’s state-backed electric vehicles would “demolish” their competitors in the West. If what’s happening in Monterrey is any indication, the battleground is already being set. The U.S. needs to get serious about Chinese EVs sooner rather than later.

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« Reply #426 on: March 06, 2024, 09:18:15 AM »


(1) BIPARTISAN BILL TO DISRUPT MEDICINE SUPPLY CHAIN: According to people familiar with the operations of medicine and precursor producer WuXi AppTec, the bipartisan BIOSecure Act will disrupt supply chains for critical medications.
Public disclosures show that WuXi AppTec works with the world’s 20 largest pharmaceutical companies.
Why It Matters: Ongoing shortages of key medicine and medical devices would very likely be worsened by lawmakers targeting Chinese suppliers like WuXi AppTec. U.S. producers are reliant on Chinese and Indian labs for medicines and precursors, and China cutting off exports to the U.S. in response to the BIOSecure Act could end up to 80% of key medicine precursor imports. – R.C.

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Wrecking Crane?
« Reply #427 on: March 07, 2024, 03:34:36 PM »
China’s harbor cranes have odd electronics attached to them we are told to pay no attention to:

‘Clearly Overlooked This’: Probe Finds Strange Communication Devices On Chinese Cranes In US Ports
Jake Smith on March 7, 2024

A congressional investigation has discovered strange communication equipment on Chinese-built cargo cranes at U.S seaports, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Rather than building them domestically at potentially higher costs, the U.S. relies heavily on Chinese-built cargo cranes that are relatively cheap to produce and equip at seaports across the country. The congressional probe discovered that several of these cranes, built by Chinese mega-manufacturer ZMPC, contain communications devices that were not requested or don’t appear to support standard operations, heightening existing espionage concerns, according to the WSJ.

U.S. intelligence has warned that Chinese cranes – equipped with an array of sensors and equipment – could be exploited by Beijing, as part of China’s larger effort to disrupt national security through several fronts. Beijing continues to insist the U.S.’ national security concerns about Chinese-built cranes are “entirely paranoia” and constitute “[an abuse of] national power to obstruct normal economic and trade cooperation,” according to the WSJ.

“[Beijing] is looking for every opportunity to collect valuable intelligence and position themselves to exploit vulnerabilities by systematically burrowing into America’s critical infrastructure — including in the maritime sector,” Republican Tennessee Rep. Mark Green, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the WSJ. “The United States has clearly overlooked this threat for far too long.”

Some of the devices discovered through the probe included over a dozen cellular modems on crane components at one U.S. port and a modem at a server room at another port, according to the WSJ. It isn’t unusual that such equipment would be found in these ports, as it’s often used to monitor and track operations remotely, but several ports with ZMPC cranes didn’t even ask for that capability.
One port told Congress in December they were aware such modems were installed on cranes but did not know why they were there, according to the WSJ.

“We are unsure who installed the modems, as they were on the cranes when we first saw them in China,” the port told the House Homeland Security Committee in a December letter. The port explained in the letter that the modems were believed to be installed in 2017, around the time the cranes were being built in China before delivery to the U.S.; the modems were removed in October 2023.

“We have found, I would say, openings, vulnerabilities, that are there by design,” Rear Adm. John Vann, leader of the Coast Guard cyber command, told Congress during a Homeland Security Committee hearing in late February, noting that there have not yet been any detections of “malware or Trojan horse-type software.”

“Our ports proactively work with the U.S. Coast Guard, other federal law enforcement, and private sector experts to mitigate risks through inspections and defensive measures,” Cary Davis, CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities, said in a statement on Thursday. “This previous incident is actually a positive case study in cyber defense and domain awareness.”

In a separate letter sent last week, the Homeland Security Committee told ZMPC that the unexplained equipment does not “contribute to the operation of the (ship-to-shore) cranes or maritime infrastructure and is not part of any existing contract between ZPMC and the receiving U.S. maritime port,” according to the WSJ. The letter noted that several of ZMPC’s cranes were built at a base on the Changxing island of Shanghai, adjacent to a Chinese naval shipbuilding yard.

The Homeland Security Committee also told ZMPC it was aware that the company made repeated requests for remote access to cranes and infrastructure at U.S. seaports, according to the WSJ.

The Biden administration announced in February it would invest over $20 billion in the production of domestically built cranes in a bid to move away from Chinese-manufactured versions, citing cybersecurity and espionage concerns. More broadly, U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarm that China-backed cyber operations are targeting key American infrastructure systems, such as water or energy plants.

ZMPC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

https://dailycallernewsfoundation.org/2024/03/07/clearly-overlooked-this-probe-finds-strange-communication-devices-on-chinese-cranes-in-us-ports/?fbclid=IwAR2p1LLCNInAv3YiWKQtuy9sICg5yDxtKxDJHFk3d9KVYZ06-DZ5k-WXJD0




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China buys US Education Companies
« Reply #431 on: March 16, 2024, 07:05:24 PM »

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Peter Schweizer on Newt Gingrich podcast
« Reply #432 on: March 18, 2024, 05:48:45 AM »
discussing his book 'Blood Money'

very interesting and important

China's ongoing war with the US including their cognitive warfare:

~ 35 minutes long.

https://www.gingrich360.com/2024/03/17/newts-world-episode-674-peter-schweizer-on-blood-money/


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Youtube tried blocking this documentary on Chinese penetration of Hollywood
« Reply #434 on: March 19, 2024, 08:35:37 AM »
https://www.theepochtimes.com/epochtv/hollywood-takeover-5595342

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News: On March 4, YouTube took down the trailer of the new NTD Original Documentary “Hollywood Takeover: China’s Control in the Film Industry” and removed the Hollywood Takeover YouTube account. The account and trailer were only reinstated two days later after a news outlet asked Youtube why and reported about this news.
“Hollywood Takeover: China’s Control in the Film Industry” is an NTD Original Documentary that pulls back the curtain on how Hollywood is helping to further a global adversary’s agenda, the consequences of that on the future, and what brave individuals are doing to change the tide.
“Hollywood Takeover” follows Chris Fenton, a former Hollywood executive, and Tiffany Meier, an investigative news reporter, on their journey to uncover the must-tell story behind Hollywood and China’s lucrative union, which didn’t happen by accident.
The survival of the United States depends on people waking up to the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless literal and cognitive takeover of our country. At this crucial historical moment, the truth may be inconvenient to many, but we all have a choice to make: will we continue to feed the red dragon?
Official website: HollywoodTakeover.com
Please give and share this documentary: HollywoodTakeover.com/share
Join us for the star-studded red carpet premiere event of “Hollywood Takeover”:
https://www.theepochtimes.com/epochtv/red-carpet-premiere-hollywood-takeover-5603402
Also the panel after the red carpet premiere:
https://www.theepochtimes.com/epochtv/panel-on-hollywood-takeover-5606124
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Shen yun
« Reply #435 on: March 19, 2024, 08:41:47 AM »
very interesting.  I have been seeing many commercials for this event on cable the past few weeks
in my area:

https://www.shenyun.com/newark/new-jersey-performing-arts-center

“China Before Communism,”

and yes this phrase is at the end of the commercial I was thinking to be sure viewers know these Chinese performers are not associated with the CCP

NYT <=  :x

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Munchin's wealth fund has a lot of foreign money invested
« Reply #436 on: March 19, 2024, 09:26:08 AM »
including a bill from SA

https://www.semafor.com/article/03/18/2024/senator-ron-wyden-criticizes-mnuchins-tiktok-bid-ties-to-gulf-money

A rare time I might agree with Sen. Wyden.

this makes zero sense.

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Re: Peter Schweizer on Newt Gingrich podcast
« Reply #437 on: March 20, 2024, 07:25:42 AM »
discussing his book 'Blood Money'

very interesting and important

China's ongoing war with the US including their cognitive warfare:

~ 35 minutes long.

https://www.gingrich360.com/2024/03/17/newts-world-episode-674-peter-schweizer-on-blood-money/

Thanks for posting this.  Excellent research and analysis. Frightening content and conclusions.

Time permitting, would like to discuss this point by point. So many important points made! Hope to come back to it soon.
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Tiktok bill under unkown lockdown in the Senate
« Reply #438 on: March 21, 2024, 10:41:05 AM »
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2024/03/tiktok-ban-update-senate-house-bill-bytedance.html

One could only imagine the amount of the bribes taking place as I post.......

McConnell's wife Chinese business could be shut down overnight if CCP wants to.
No doubt we know what he is thinking......
and it ain't America's interests first.

They already own so many of us.


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FO: Farmland issues
« Reply #439 on: April 10, 2024, 11:14:58 AM »
(3) USDA: CHINA’S SHIFT AWAY FROM U.S. AG IS RETALIATION: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that China’s shift away from purchasing U.S. soybeans was a “signal” over states’ attempts to ban Chinese ownership of farmland.

Vilsack said the Chinese agricultural minister approached him about an Arkansas law that forced the sale of farmland owned by Syngenta, a Chinese agricultural company.

“China’s purchases are $6 billion less than they were a year ago. Why would that be? Is it just Brazil, or was there a reason why the Chinese Ag. Minister asked me about Syngenta? It was a signal,” Vilsack said.

Why It Matters: China started shifting agricultural purchases to Brazil a couple of years ago, so this is not new. What is new is China bringing up specific cases of forced divestiture, which is likely to continue drawing a Chinese economic response. This could, in turn, push the Biden administration to more actively oppose these types of laws enacted by red states. The Department of Justice, for instance, is embroiled in the courts over a similar Florida law. – M.S.

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Wray : China is the defining threat of our generation
« Reply #440 on: April 10, 2024, 01:03:58 PM »
https://www.themirror.com/news/us-news/fbi-says-china-defining-threat-429943

why didn't they see this going back to the 1990s or at least early 2000s like anyone else who see them copying all our tech military etc.

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tik tok US user data sent to China
« Reply #441 on: April 16, 2024, 09:00:08 AM »
https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/ex-tiktok-employee-says-he-was-ordered-to-send-us-data-to-china/

Wait, I thought they denied this.

Tik Tok is banned in India.  And in China!
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A former senior employee at TikTok said he was ordered to send American user data to Beijing-based parent company ByteDance, contradicting TikTok’s public claims of operating independently from China, according to a Fortune report published Monday. Evan Turner, a senior data scientist for TikTok from April to September in 2022, told Fortune that every two weeks TikTok had him email spreadsheets containing millions of American users’ data to ByteDance employees in Beijing, including the users’ names, email addresses, IP addresses, and demographics. Turner said he "literally worked on a project that gave U.S. data to China"
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Chinese Penetration of American electoral databases
« Reply #443 on: April 18, 2024, 04:19:37 PM »
Hat tip BBG


This could go a number of places, but given that the FBI is threatening the people revealing this apparent Chinese penetration into electoral databases and research center I'm dropping it in. Could this, perchance, reflect a quid for Biden's numerous Chinese pro quos?

Note: these X posts are graphics heavy and hence this piece should be viewed in the oringal, which starts here:

https://x.com/KanekoaTheGreat/status/1666490357469822976

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KONNECH #1🚨: Evidence shockingly suggests that the FBI is shielding two firms closely tied to the Chinese government, which have financed and developed an American election software company for the past 15 years, all while transferring confidential election data back to China.

2) Konnech has provided election administration and logistics software to many prominent cities and counties in the United States, including:

•Alameda County, California
•Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
•Contra Costa County, California
•Denver, Colorado
•Detroit, Michigan
•Fairfax County, Virginia
•Hillsborough County, Florida
•Maron County, Indiana
•Los Angeles, California
•San Francisco, California
•Santa Clara County, California
•St. Louis County, Missouri
•Travis County, Texas
•Washington, D.C.

3) On August 13, 2022, Catherine Engelbrecht (
@truethevote
) and Gregg Phillips (
@onwardsocial
) convened a group of researchers to discuss how the FBI's headquarters had betrayed them following a 15-month investigation into Konnech's storage of American election data on Chinese servers. The data involved various sensitive information, including:

•Name, DOB, SSN, Address
•Phone, Email, Bank Account
•Voting Machine Passwords
•Thumb Drive Passwords
•Voter Registration Rolls
•Provisional Ballot Serial Numbers
•RFID Tags On Voting Equipment
•Election Building Schematics
•And More...

"You'd be startled to know that this server lives on the main Unicom backbone in China. And it's in a Chinese University in Wuhan, China. I'm not talking about this just being a storage place for data process here.

The app server for this particular application was in China... We're confronted with the fact that everything there was to know about elections in America, and in key counties in key cities, was in this server in Wuhan, China... So what do you do with this information?

Well, we went to the FBI because this was a matter of national security. And, they agreed. So, we started working with the local FBI community. From January of 2021 until April of 2022, the FBI opened up a significant counterintelligence operation on this.

The problem with it was that it wasn't just American information. It was Australian information. It was Canadian information, it was Mexican information. And we ultimately found out that the CCPs own elections are on this same server set in that university...

Everyone involved on the counter intelligence teams at the Bureau agreed on one thing, this software, this penetration, and this opening was a significant national security threat...

So two weeks before the 2000 Mules movie came out, I get a call from an agent and he says this has risen now to the level of a national security threat and headquarters has gotten involved. I don't know who he was referring to, but he said two women saw the case differently, and felt as though we were the criminals.

They had instructed the Detroit FBI office to notify Konnech that we had breached their firewalls, none of which is true... We later found out they were accusing me of stealing three servers from the Chinese Unicom backbone and having illegal possession of American private information.

And they were shopping that around to the other agencies that would be involved NSA, CIA and others. Trying to get somebody to pick up on this so that they could come Roger Stone me...

But the challenge we all have is this software is still in place... When you dig into Konnech's CEO Eugene Yu, in particular the other URLs that he owns, it will take you to the underlying URL that runs the Chinese Communist Party's elections.

It lives on that server, on that same URL address and that URL is owned by Eugene Yu."

https://open.ink/konnech

4) In 2002, Konnech CEO Eugene Yu was an "officer" on the "finance committee" of a Chinese foundation that flew Professor Charles Lieber, the head of Harvard’s Chemistry Department, to Zhejiang University to give a speech on “Nanotech in Today’s World.”

This discovery was made in a Chinese magazine entitled "Overseas Scholars," written by the China Association for Science and Technology in the United States (CAST-USA) and the American Zhu Kezhen Education Foundation (AZKEF).

CAST is a transnational organization and constituent member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), whose stated mission is to “maintain close ties with millions of Chinese scientists, engineers and other people working in the fields of science and technology” and to operate as “the bridge linking Chinese science and technology community with the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government,” according to organization’s archived “About Us” webpage.

In 2003, CAST established the Help Our Motherland through Elite Intellectual Resources from Overseas Program (HOME) in concert with the Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party to recruit overseas science and technology talent to transfer technology and intellectual property back to China.

The CPPCC’s role in channeling overseas science and technology knowledge toward China’s development has grown since a 2013 directive from General Secretary Xi Jinping to focus on incentivizing overseas Chinese to contribute their technical skills and expertise to China’s national rejuvenation.

By 2020, a United States congressional body warned that the Chinese government has built a “sprawling ecosystem of structures, programs, and incentives to coopt and exploit overseas experts for the science and technology they acquire abroad.”

“Chinese leaders have long viewed advanced science and technology (S&T) as key to China’s comprehensive national power and sought to acquire it through licit and illicit means from developed countries like the United States,” the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said in the report.

“This ecosystem sponsors promising Chinese students and scholars at the U.S. and other foreign universities, incentivizes their return to China for the long term, and employs transnational organizations to channel S&T know-how from those remaining abroad back to mainland China.”

The U.S. Senate report continues:

“Many programs associated with Beijing’s S&T transfer ecosystem—including scholarships to study abroad, talent recruitment plans, and entrepreneurship parks—contribute to China’s military-civil fusion strategy by collecting specific technologies and know-how that improve the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and advance the goals” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”

“This ecosystem sponsors promising Chinese students and scholars to study at foreign universities, incentivizes or requires their return to China in exchange for this support, and recruits researchers via hundreds of talent programs. Moreover, it integrates Chinese students and scholars remaining abroad with organizations that facilitate the transfer of S&T back to the Mainland, where it can be exploited by the PLA, government ministries, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), state-run laboratories, and startups.”

“Even when overseas Chinese students and scholars do stay in the United States after graduation, China’s transnational technology transfer organizations and talent recruitment plans provide a means to contribute to China’s national rejuvenation by transferring technology and know-how without requiring physical return.”

In the magazine, CAST-USA refers to Eugene Yu by his Chinese name YU Jianwei (于建伟), and says that he is an “officer” on the “finance committee” of the American Zhu Kezhen Education Foundation. The foundation’s mission is “to promote exchange and cooperation between Zhejiang University and universities in the United States” and “invite United States professors or scientists to Zhejiang University.”

In 2020, Prof. Charles Lieber was arrested for concealing his funding from the Wuhan University of Technology and participating in China’s Thousand Talents Program.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Bill Priestap, the former Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, stated that China’s talent recruitment plans are effective “brain gain programs” that “encourage theft of intellectual property from U.S. institutions.”

Priestap continued, “For example, China’s talent recruitment plans, such as the Thousand Talents Program, offer competitive salaries, state-of-the-art research facilities, and honorific titles, luring both Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts alike to bring their knowledge and experience to China, even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating export controls to do so.”

Eugene Yu was an “officer” on the “finance committee” of a Chinese foundation in the United States tasked with flying professors like Charles Lieber to China. This discovery was made in a China Association for Science and Technology in the United States magazine entitled “Overseas Scholars.”

Similarly to how the U.S. congressional report described CAST’s overseas science and technology acquisition efforts, AZKEF keeps a list of talented overseas Chinese students, offers incentives for prominent scientists to fly to China, and focuses on bridging Zhejiang University with universities in the United States.

https://archive.ph/OFVCf

https://web.archive.org/web/20011119103624/http://www.azkef.org/

https://web.archive.org/web/20031220030107/http://azkef.org:80/programs.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20030402092120/http://azkef.org:80/lecture2002.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20140206035502/http://english.cast.org.cn/n1181872/n1257426/47099.html
https://uscc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-10/Overseas_Chinese_Students_and_Scholars_in_Chinas_Drive_for_Innovation.pdf

5) On November 29, 2005, Eugene Yu, also known as YU Jianwei (于建伟), established a shadow subsidiary named Jinhua Yulian Network Technology Co., Ltd. (金华宇联网络科技有限公司) in Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, two years after founding Konnech in the United States.

6) On January 25, 2006, Jinhua Yulian Network was accepted into the Entrepreneurship Service Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Jinhua Science and Technology Park.

The Chinese government has funded and overseen the development of Konnech's American election software ever since.

https://web.archive.org/web/20090413172501/http://www.jhcy.cn/yqqy.asp?page=3

7) On February 25, 2006, Eugene Yu registered the website domain "http://yu-lian.cn" for Jinhua Yulian Network with the email address eyu@konnech.com.

https://archive.is/YaRv1#

8) On http://yu-lian.cn, Eugene Yu wrote in Chinese that he provides election software "with Chinese characteristics" to various levels of the Chinese government, including the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131207150515/http://yu-lian.cn/Services.html

9) On http://yu-lian.cn, Eugene Yu praised "Comrade Jiang Zemin" and emphasized Konnech's philosophy of prioritizing "political tasks first, and economic benefits second."

He highlighted his success stories of "Election Management, Detroit" and "US Overseas Voters."

The entire website was written in Chinese.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131207151051/http://yu-lian.cn/Case.html

10) In December 2006, Konnech announced on Facebook that they had partnered with Michigan State University and the Confucius Institute to build, http://ChineseBrief.com, an "interactive communication platform and Chinese language learning tool."

https://web.archive.org/web/20120729201212/http://www.confucius.msu.edu/news.htm

11) On July 18, 2007, Eugene Yu posted an ad on the Chinese Academy of Sciences Jinhua Science and Technology Park's website, offering "5 million yuan" for developing "software packages" for Jinhua Yulian Network and http://konnech.com.

In 2007, 5 million yuan was worth around $700,000 and was the prize money offered by the Chinese government to members of the Thousand Talents Program and other elite overseas entrepreneurs.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131019061139/http://www.jhcy.cn/jsnt_detail.asp?id=16

12) The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is a national think tank with extensive research facilities and over 50,000 researchers. CAS has been linked to Chinese military, nuclear, and cyber espionage programs.

The U.S. Department of Defense acknowledges the CAS as China's leading academic institution for comprehensive research and development.

CAS and its affiliated companies are involved in developing AI initiatives, hypersonic spaceplanes, robotic submarines, and missile technology for the Chinese military.

The Justice Department has indicted several individuals associated with CAS for their roles in transferring trade secrets and military technology from U.S. companies through Chinese overseas talent programs.

In October 2002, the Jinhua Science and Technology Park became the first collaboration between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a prefecture-level government.

The Chinese government has built more than 150 "Overseas Chinese scholar pioneering parks" in the hearts of 54 "National New and High Technology Development Zones."

These ultra-modern facilities were designed for returning specialists to "incubate" (find commercial or military applications for) technologies acquired overseas as part of China's strategy of "serving in place" that allows Chinese scholars to stay abroad while transferring foreign technology back home.

https://uscc.gov/sites/default/files/Research/Interos_Supply%20Chain%20Vulnerabilities%20from%20China%20in%20U.S.%20Federal%20ICT_final.pdf

https://media.defense.gov/2019/May/02/2002127082/-1/-1/1/2019_CHINA_MILITARY_POWER_REPORT.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20100628161736/http://www.jhkjy.ac.cn/about/index.asp

13) Jinhua Yulian Network's initial address was located at No. 988 Shuanglong South Street, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, which is situated 500 meters away from the Jinhua People's Government building (No. 801 Shuanglong South Street) and across the street from the Jinhua Science and Technology Bureau (No. 828 Shuanglong South Street).

14) The Jinhua Science and Technology Park (JHTP) offers Chinese government-funded support to domestic and overseas enterprises, including financial assistance, living facilities, server hosting, internet access, university partnerships, technology transfers, research assistance, and patent support.

In 1988, the State Council launched the Ministry of Science and Technology’s national Torch Program to speed up the nation’s “science and technological industrialization.”

In 2005, the Ministry of Science and Technology awarded JHTP the distinction of a national-level technology business incubator.

In 2006, JHTP was granted 3 million yuan by the Ministry of Science and Technology through China's national Torch Program to establish the Park's Internet Data Center, where Jinhua Yulian Network would develop, test, and maintain Konnech's American election software.

https://web.archive.org/web/20091017113128/http://www.jhcy.cn/yqgk_01.asp?flag=%B7%FE%CE%F1%B9%A6%C4%DC&lmbm=2405&lmmc=%B7%FE%CE%F1%B9%A6%C4%DC&url=yqgk_01.asp

https://web.archive.org/web/20090413171900/http://www.jhcy.cn/cxzt_01.asp

http://jhcy.cn/jhkjy/town_details/28.html

http://jhcy.cn/jhkjy/town_details/50.html

15) A 2008 Chinese document titled "International Elite Entrepreneurship Modern Service Outsourcing" reveals that Eugene Yu worked for the Chinese government as a Project Manager of the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone (GETDZ) from 1983 until 1985.

The document features 46 Chinese high-tech companies operating overseas and describes Konnech as an "Intelligent Web Communications" company with the mission of becoming "one of the top 50 e-commerce service providers for schools and government in the United States within 10 years.”

The document mentions Konnech's Chinese venture fund and describes the company's goal of developing advanced technology in cooperation with Zhejiang University:

“The company will enter a phase of rapid development after the implementation of the venture fund in Wuzhong.”

"In terms of specialized technology, we have been developing and hiring technical personnel with expertise in the field in a rapid manner by utilizing the role of corporate and university professors and graduate classes for project development, with the aim of receiving advanced applied technology."

"... it is an indisputable fact that many cutting-edge products come from American university campuses. We must take the corresponding path and cooperate with American universities and Zhejiang University and other domestic institutions to focus on the development of applied technologies and the application-oriented development of specialized technologies."

The document describes the problems facing the U.S. market, citing “expensive software programming fees and talent shortages” and reduced “funding for IT projects” before concluding, “In this environment, the role of our China branch is fully demonstrated.”

When Eugene Yu’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss his criminal case in California, they included a section entitled FACTUAL BACKGROUND that says he “worked in various locations” after he graduated from Zhejiang University and before he was accepted into Wake Forest University.

However, it failed to mention his prior employment as a Project Manager in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone, where he worked in the Industrial Project Negotiation Department and "completed the introduction of several major projects":

"Eugene Yu was born and raised in Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China. In 1974, as part of China’s cultural revolution, Mr. Yu was sent to a communal farm where he labored for four years in squalor conditions. In 1977, after Chairman Mao died, Mr. Yu scored high on a nationwide test, qualifying him for admission to study engineering at Zhejiang University.

After graduating from college, he was sent to work in various locations in China. Mr. Yu then met and married his wife Donna Wang. In 1986, Mr. Yu and Dr. Wang were accepted to graduate school programs at Wake Forest University, where Mr. Yu obtained his MBA degree."

Since the launch of the GETDZ in 1984, China has established 219 national-level Economic and Technological Development Zones (ETDZs), which helped launch China’s rise to a global economic superpower.

In order to promote science and technology-intensive industries, ETDZs offer financial incentives and preferential policies that target domestic and overseas enterprises focused on manufacturing, scientific, and technological industries.

Two decades later, Eugene Yu would return to China to launch his company Jinhua Yulian Network Technology Co., Ltd. (金华宇联网络科技有限公司) in the Jinhua Economic and Technological Development Zone (JETDZ).

https://max.book118.com/html/2012/0222/1126480.shtm

https://cbbc.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/China-Britain%20Business%20Council%20-%20In%20the%20Zone%20-%20A%20Comprehensive%20Guide%20to%20China%E2%80%99s%20Economic%20and%20Technological%20Development%20Zones%20-%20October%202020.pdf

https://documentcloud.org/documents/2317

16) On January 4, 2011, Lin Yu, a managing supervisor at Jinhua Yulian Network, established Jinhua Red Date Software Co., Ltd., also known as Jinhua Jujube Software Co., Ltd.

On January 16, 2011, Konnech registered the domain reddatesoft[.]com with the email eyu@konnech.com.

Jinhua Red Date Software and Jinhua Yulian Network shared the same address at No. 1583 Binhong Road, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province.

Jinhua Yulian Network's website included "Jinhua Red Date Software Co., Ltd." and "reddatesoft[.]com" in its copyright statement.

Peter McCallister, the General Manager of Konnech Australia, later affirmed in an affidavit that Lin Yu is Eugene Yu's older brother and a Chinese national.

(Note: The modified domain URL "reddatesoft[.]com" is used because of safety concerns with the URL raised by Twitter.)

https://web.archive.org/web/20220822014930/https://www.11467.com/jinhua/co/273669.htm

https://web.archive.org/web/20130718125224/http://yu-lian.cn/

17) On April 13, 2015, Lin Yu established Jinhua Hongzheng Technology Co., Ltd. (金华鸿正科技有限公司) in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China.

Lin Yu (Eugene Yu's brother) owned 99.4% of the company.

Jun Yu (Eugene Yu's nephew) and Guojun Shao, who co-invented a Konnech patent with Eugene Yu, were among the other equity holders.

Jinhua Yulian Network later transferred a voting patent, co-invented with a Zhejiang University professor, to Jinhua Hongzheng Technology.  In a future thread, there will be a detailed discussion about Konnech's patents, employees, and the involvement of this professor.

18) Jinhua Hongzheng Technology provides election administration software, including web and mobile applications, to more than 430 National People's Congresses across over 20 provinces.

The company has established partnerships with Huawei, Lenovo, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and the highest levels of the Chinese government.

19) On July 31, 2015, Eugene Yu registered the website domain "hongzhengtech[.]cn" for Jinhua Hongzheng Technology using the email address admin@konnech.com.

As a result, Konnech held significant control over a company that provides election administration software to the highest levels of the Chinese government.

Shortly after Catherine Engelbrecht (
@truethevote
) and Gregg Phillips (
@onwardsocial
) exposed Konnech's connection to China's National People's Congress, the domain registration email address was changed to jiadeng@hongzhengtech.com.

(Note: The modified domain URL "hongzhengtech[.]cn" is used because of safety concerns with the URL raised by Twitter.)

https://web.archive.org/web/20220824173140/https://whois-history.whoisxmlapi.com/lookup-report/AVkvG34MR7

20) In a September 1, 2022, live chat, Catherine Engelbrecht (
@truethevote
) and Gregg Phillips (
@onwardsocial
) discussed the FBI's betrayal, Konnech programming software for China's National People's Congress, and the company's storage of U.S. election data on Chinese servers.

In January 2021, Phillips said that the cyber analyst he had been working with encountered an “oddity in some of the URLs” such as http://vote4la.com, http://vote4detroit.com, and http://vote4boston.com, which Konnech’s “PollChief” software application used to gather personally-identifying information about poll workers.

Using Binary Edge, a software product companies use to identify and assess the risk of cyber breaches, “We began to look at where these URLs resolve to.

We found that most of them resolve to one I.P. address and that I.P. address — the URL resolved in China,” Phillips said. “What we also learned in our review, http://apps.konnech.net, resolved into this same URL in China, meaning that the application itself was residing in China,” he continued.

“In Binary Edge, you can figure out what type of database they are using, their database port, and all the different services offered by ports in this particular application living in China. It turned out that not only did it live there, but they left the database open.”

This database “stored the personally identifying information of over a million Americans,” he emphasized. Engelbrecht and Phillips decided that “this was a major national security risk” and immediately took the information to the FBI.

When Engelbrecht and Phillips took this information to the FBI, the FBI “said the information was forwarded to their counter-intelligence operation, and a counter-intelligence op was opened up in January or February of 2021,” Phillips said.

Phillips described how he and Engelbrecht played an active role in the FBI’s operation, “They engaged us in the operation, they were communicating with us on a regular basis. They were communicating with Catherine regarding communications with the target and this went on for approximately 15 months.”

Phillips and Engelbrecht noted that the field office they worked with for those 15 months was “legitimate” and not “political law enforcement.”

“These were legitimate people who believed that this software posed a national security risk to the United States of America and they were working with us closely to try to stop this from being in place during the midterms,” Phillips said.

“The focus point was always we needed to remove this software from the election, but taking a step further, there were a lot of other concerns that the bureau had.”

In April 2022, Engelbrecht received a call from one of the FBI agents, who informed her that the FBI’s “Washington D.C. headquarters” was now involved in the investigation.

Engelbrecht described how everything changed after this call, “There was no more goodwill, there was no more let's work together, the script had been flipped, and now we were the target,” she said. “That was a very disturbing call.”

The agent informed Engelbrecht that “two women” at the FBI’s headquarters believed that Phillips and Engelbrecht were “in the wrong for doing this” and that the D.C. office was now trying “to figure out how you guys broke the law to find all of this.”

Engelbrecht added, “which of course we didn't, but that was kind of their Modus Operandi, they were going to try to pin something on us, and today you can pick your headlines about how the FBI has done this time and again.”

Phillips remarked, “The problem is they know about this, and they chose to do nothing. They chose to investigate it, and in the end, they chose to blame us, but this is China. These are Chinese operatives in the United States; these are Chinese citizens who are programming this.”

Engelbrecht explained how the FBI agents initially hoped they could persuade the Washington D.C. office to do the right thing, “Our contacts were saying we are going to try and smooth this out, but as the days clicked on, they re-contacted us and one of them said you may need to be ready to — his term was to use the nuclear option and go to the press,” she said.

With the FBI no longer interested in pursuing Konnech, Englebrecht and Phillips organized an event for Saturday, August 13th in Arizona called “the Pit” where they brought together about two hundred “researchers, independent journalists, and big thinkers” to share their story.

“We asked the people in attendance for help, we didn't know what the FBI's plans were for us, we didn't know if we didn't speak this publicly if we would ever have the chance to, but we felt like our best chance was to share this with people we trusted who had the wherewithal to get the word out,” Englebrecht said.

She continued, “There have been so many great things that have happened since that event, but one of the greatest, was this community that came out shoulder to shoulder saying let’s dig this, let's see how much more information we can find.”

“The quality of research that has been done to supplement what we already had and to corroborate what we already had has been incredible.”

Phillips added, “This is some of the best research I have ever seen. The quality of it, the depth of it, we were with a prosecutor the other day and we had an opportunity to share some of this information with them.”

He continued, “There's likely going to be a grand jury convened here in the next week or so. It's supported by not just the research that my team OPSEC did for Catherine and True the Vote, but by the research of one of the best research teams I've ever seen come together.”

“The data and research all stand on their own.”

https://truethevote.locals.com/post/2664780/the-tiger-project

21) On September 12, 2022, Konnech filed a defamation lawsuit against Catherine Engelbrecht (
@truethevote
) and Gregg Phillips (
@onwardsocial
), accusing them of spreading baseless "conspiracy theories" and engaging in "racism and xenophobia."   

Konnech denied any affiliation with the Communist Party of China and stated that they had never stored American election data on servers in China.

The legacy media echoed Konnech's claims against
@TrueTheVote
 and
@onwardsocial
 without conducting any examination of the company's connections to Jinhua Yulian Network, Jinhua Hongzheng Technology, or China's National People's Congress.

22) In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt issued an ex-parte temporary restraining order in favor of Konnech without providing an opportunity for
@TrueTheVote
 and
@OnwardSocial
 to respond to the complaint.

Furthermore, Judge Hoyt immediately ordered them to disclose the identities of all individuals involved in their investigation of Konnech at the outset of the trial, prior to the discovery phase.

Failure to comply would result in the imprisonment of Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips for contempt of court.

23) On October 4, 2022, Eugene Yu, the CEO of Konnech, was arrested by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for storing the data of American election workers on servers in China.

Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff described the scale of the data breach as "astounding," suggesting that it could be "the largest data breach in United States history."

Prosecutors alleged that Konnech employees shared the personal information of Los Angeles election workers with third-party software developers in China, who were involved in creating and fixing Konnech's software called PollChief.

Furthermore, software developers in China had "super administration access" to PollChief software and confidential election data from the United States.

https://truethevote.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/eugene-yu-complaint-101322.pdf

24) On October 5, 2022, during Eugene Yu's bond hearing, his attorney contended that he posed no risk of fleeing as he had been actively cooperating with the FBI for the preceding month, and his arrest had taken the agency by surprise.

However, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office argued that Yu presented a substantial flight risk due to his strong business ties in China.

Additionally, the prosecution raised concerns about the suspicious nature of Yu's arrest, noting that he was taken into custody without his cell phone while on his way to the airport.

25) On October 28, 2022,
@TrueTheVote
 and
@OnwardSocial
 submitted an affidavit containing approximately 10% of their text messages exchanged with FBI Agents in Detroit and San Antonio, supporting their claim of working with the FBI on a 15-month "counter-intelligence operation" against Eugene Yu, prior to the involvement of FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

The text messages included conversations with the following individuals:

-Special Agent Bruce Fowler, Detroit
-SA Huy Nguyen, San Antonio
-SA Kevin McKenna, San Antonio
-SA Kristina Spindel, San Antonio

In one text message exchange, Fowler provided his FBI email address and mentioned receiving three thumb drives from the San Antonio office. He asked Engelbrecht to guide him on where to find information on those drives.

In another text message exchange, Engelbrecht asked for the name of an agent in Georgia. Nguyen responded that he would provide the name later, but “in the meantime, you can tell them that you filed the complaint with SA Huy Nguyen and SA Kevin McKenna with San Antonio Division.”

In another exchange, Engelbrecht texted Nguyen, stating:

"I wanted to let you know that we took the nuclear option and went public (in a very limited way, but nonetheless we did it). Konnech quickly filed a civil suit against us in Houston federal court and got an ex parte [temporary restraining order].

Part of the TRO required that we name who we’d gotten the election worker data from, same person who’d provided it to you. We gave the court the name under seal. Our attorney also notified the Houston FBI office, where the case was filed.

I’m very concerned about everyone’s safety at this point. Please do whatever possible to help ensure that name never comes out. I can provide you with whatever you may need."

Nguyen did not respond to Engelbrecht’s text. According to further texts provided by Engelbrecht, she reached out to “KayKay,” saying she hoped to talk, in person, if possible.

“KayKay” replied that she was on a temporary assignment out of state until January and asked if Engelbrecht still had Nguyen’s number. Engelbrecht then explained that she had “called and written him but no response.”

The text then explained: “We have been drug into a vicious lawsuit filed against us by Konnech.” “Our attorneys have contacted the FBI and been told that the Bureau has no interest in engaging with the court in order to maintain confidentiality.”

Engelbrecht added that she, Phillips, and “the researcher who originally provided us the data” are being “doxed,” and that it’s “a very serious situation and we’ve been left to hang.”

Engelbrecht then noted, “Yu has already been indicted by a Grand Jury and arrested,” but they “continue to hear chatter that the FBI is working with Konnech, against us, and still trying to accuse us of crimes we did not commit.”

The True the Vote founder then noted that “what Bobby said on the phone that day in April 22 (when you were reading the yearly CI disclaimer to me) has gone into full overdrive.” She added: “I also now believe Gregg and I have been set up. It’s appalling, heartbreaking, and wrong.”

https://thefederalist.com/2022/11/18/in-this-untold-story-of-poll-worker-data-chinese-servers-and-scandal-only-the-fbi-knows-the-truth/

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txsd.1888133/gov.uscourts.txsd.1888133.46.2.pdf

26) On October 31, 2022, Catherine Engelbrecht (
@truethevote
) and Gregg Phillips (
@onwardsocial
) were imprisoned for contempt of court as they refused to disclose the identity of a researcher who provided information to the LADA that resulted in the indictment of Eugene Yu:

Despite Eugene Yu's arrest by the Los Angeles District Attorney based on the allegations he had previously denied in his defamation lawsuit, Judge Kenneth Hoyt refused to admit any evidence from the criminal proceedings against Konnech in his courtroom.

Furthermore, Judge Hoyt declined to respond to a phone call from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office and asserted that the criminal case against Eugene Yu was unrelated to the civil case involving Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips.

27) On November 5, 2022, Tucker Carlson discussed Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips being arrested for refusing to reveal the identity of a researcher who provided information to the LADA that resulted in criminal charges against Eugene Yu, the CEO of Konnech:

"George Gascon actually indicted Eugene Yu for exfiltrating the personal records of American poll workers, including their social security numbers and home addresses, out of the country to servers in China. These researchers developed that information.   

Catherine attempted to give it to law enforcement at the FBI and elsewhere and was sued by Konnech for doing that. When Konnech sued them, they got a restraining order, ordering Catherine to turn over the names of these researchers.   

Catherine and Gregg, who are very courageous people, simply refused to do it, and as a result, while Yu is home on bail, Catherine and Gregg are in jail tonight...

The civil libertarians and the mainstream press are basically a flock of sheep that are each bleeding the exact same tune, and all they want to do is deny any conversation about the possibility of fraud in elections."

28) On November 7, 2022,
@TrueTheVote
 and
@OnwardSocial
 were released from prison following a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which overturned Judge Kenneth Hoyt's order to unjustly detain them for contempt of court in a civil defamation case.

Two week later, the appeals court vacated the contempt order and wrote, "the record does not reveal what sort of emergency justified the district court's demand for that information before the parties could file Rule 12 motions before the defendants could file an answer, before the parties could file their initial disclosures, or before discovery could begin let alone conclude in the ordinary course."

"Much less did the district court explain what sort of emergency could warrant jailing the petitioner-defendants for not making such immediate disclosures. Rather, the district court made clear that it was imposing its disclosure requirements because it—the district court—wanted to add defendants to the lawsuit. Resp. 13; App. 188. That is not how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure work."

Furthermore, the appeals court criticized Judge Kenneth Hoyt for "using a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction, and a civil-contempt order to litigate the case on Konnech's behalf."

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txsd.1888133/gov.uscourts.txsd.1888133.62.0.pdf

@gatewaypundit
 about their arrest and subsequent solitary confinement and provided information about the Konnech data breach that occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or Allegheny County.

The breach involved the unauthorized exposure of sensitive information belonging to election workers, election judges, the complete Pennsylvania voting registration file, voting machine serial numbers, passwords, and "everything that one would need to cheat."

"This isn't software, guys. This is malware. This is spyware. They are sucking data from the United States, storing it in China, and then using it to create a Chinese-style social credit system where we're all scored.   

United States citizens are scored to manipulate votes, manipulate thought, manipulate pretty much everything you can imagine in our lives. And these people are the tip of the spear for that. They're not the only ones but they're there."

30) On November 9, 2022, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office dropped charges against Konnech and its CEO, Eugene Yu.

District Attorney George Gascon cited concerns over “potential bias” and the “pace of the investigation” as his reasons for the decision.

"We are concerned about both the pace of the investigation and the potential bias in the presentation and investigation of the evidence," Gascon said in a statement.

"We currently have an immense volume of digital data that will define this case, but the processing of that data will take months. We would not be able to fairly and accurately process and present all of that evidence within the statutory timeframes."

"As a result, we have decided to ask the court to dismiss the current case and alert the public in order to ensure transparency."

A few weeks later, Gascon placed Deputy District Attorney Eric Neff, who alleged in court that this was potentially "the largest data breach in United States history," on administrative leave.

31) On December 22, 2022, Grant Bradley, a former employee of Konnech, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company that stated he personally “witnessed customer’s data (specifically poll watcher information) being made accessible to foreign nationals from China.”

Additionally, Bradley stated that Konnech used “developers, designers, and coders” who “are all Chinese nationals based out of Wuhan, China.”

https://thefederalist.com/2023/01/20/whistleblower-yes-election-data-company-gave-u-s-poll-workers-personal-info-to-china/

https://scribd.com/document/620894361/22-12-22-Verified-Complaint-1#

32) On February 24, 2023, cybersecurity expert Harry Haury, who forensically imaged Konnech's devices for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, signed an affidavit stating that he witnessed Konnech storing the personal data of U.S. election workers on servers in China.

Furthermore, the affidavit stated that Konnech's software was developed, tested, and maintained in China, and metadata indicated that Eugene Yu was involved in developing election software for the Chinese government.

Haury, who is the CEO of Cain & Associates, stated that his company assisted the Los Angeles District Attorney's office by following FBI and Justice Department protocols to forensically image servers, computers, cell phones, and other electronic storage devices belonging to Konnech and Eugene Yu.

Haury, who has over 28 years of experience working as a cybersecurity expert for prominent organizations such as the Department of Defense, NSA, CIA, U.S. Treasury, NorthCOM, Sandia National Laboratories, more than a dozen top American banks, and the U.S. Justice Department stated that Konnech's data security system, "amounted to by far the worst example of complete disregard or negligence regarding the protection of PII and sensitive data I have ever seen. We discovered a data breach of U.S. data, which is classified as a total loss of control.”

Substantial evidence was reportedly discovered on Konnech's seized devices, including:

• confirmed multiple instances of Konnech hosting, on servers based in China, U.S. citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII);
• found evidence in private company messages that software code was being developed, tested, and maintained in China;
• confirmed that Konnech was providing administrative credentials to Chinese developers;
• PollChief software suffered from a security vulnerability that allowed any PollChief or Konnech worker to gain "super user" status, giving him or her broad access to information on all U.S. poll workers in the system;
• has evidence that Konnech employees have shared election-related data through, from, and on Chinese servers and applications;
• has evidence in metadata pulled from relevant files indicating Eugene Yu was involved in developing Chinese government (i.e., Wucheng District People’s Congress) election software; and
• has evidence showing Konnech is associated with several companies based in mainland China that appear to be associated with if not subsidized by the Chinese government.

Haury stated, "We concluded that this incident is a very high risk indicator of an intrusion by a foreign intelligence into the U.S. strategic infrastructure, and as obliged by law, we informed the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and other pertinent law enforcement agencies of this contact."

https://truethevote.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/2023.02.24-Konnech-Dkt.-87-Motion-to-Inspect-Property.pdf

33) On March 24, 2023, Peter McCallister, the former General Manager of Konnech Australia, signed an affidavit stating that he believed Konnech's software development was done in China by Jinhua Hongzheng Technology, a company owned by "Mr. Yu's older brother" and "Jun Yu, Mr. Yu's nephew, was the person responsible for depositing the data onto the server in China."

Additionally, McCallister stated that after Eugene Yu's arrest, Konnech employees in China attempted to hack Konnech's CTO, Luis Nabergoi, and deleted "all conversations referencing or involving Eugene's nephew, Jun Yu."

Lastly, McCallister believed that Jinhua Hongzheng Technology was "the main provider of election software products to the Communist Party of China" and that Eugene Yu had asked him to sell the same "meeting administration and voting software" to the Australian government.

34) On April 5, 2023, Grant Bradley, the former Konnech employee, signed another affidavit stating "Konnech provided programmers in China private data of U.S.-based election workers, to include social security numbers and other identifying information."

"Konnech appeared to employ at least 80 and perhaps around 100 Chinese nationals to work on its elections software for American clients."

"I witnessed customers' data (specifically poll-watcher information) being made accessible to foreign nationals in China."

"Konnech's election logistics software was (and may still be) substantially developed by developers, designers, and coders who (to the best of my knowledge, information and belief), are all Chinese nationals based out of Wuhan, China."

"The standard process Konnech used to onboard China-based programmers was to create customer environments for the programmers by uploading files containing all of the American customers' poll workers' information, polling locations, and other data to DingTalk or Jira, where the leaders from the Chinese team would have access to Jira, and the entire Chinese team would have access to DingTalk."

"During my employment, on or after October 4, 2022 I was instructed by my superiors to say outwardly to customers that poll worker data was not stored overseas, was not available to foreign nationals, and that we had no idea why Eugene Yu had been arrested... My superiors who instructed me in these regards, and I, knew these statements were false."

https://truethevote.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/2023.04.07-Konnech-Dkt.-94-1-Exhibit-H-Affidavit-of-Grant-Bradley.pdf

https://truethevote.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/2023.03.24-Konnech-Dkt.-91-Reply-ISO-Motion-to-Inspect.pdf

35) On April 14, 2023, cybersecurity expert Nate Cain (
@cain_nate
), who forensically imaged Konnech's devices for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, stated that Konnech stored the personal data of U.S. election workers and judges on servers in China.

Furthermore, Cain stated that a "Chinese company that has ties to the CCP" did Konnech's "software development and maintenance," and a Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA) analyst reviewed their report, verified that it was accurate, and forwarded it to the FBI.

However, Cain mentioned that he had provided evidence of a major Konnech data breach to the police superintendent of a prominent U.S. county, who subsequently took the information to the FBI, and the FBI had declined to provide assistance, informing the superintendent that they were not interested in pursuing the matter.

Additionally, Cain stated that Los Angeles County had refused to inform several other counties that their data had also been breached.

Cain, who has over 25 years of experience working as a cybersecurity expert for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, DISA, and the FBI, received his cybersecurity training from the NSA as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER).

"We found that there was voter poll worker data, as well as election judge data, and election inventory system data found on Chinese servers."

"We weren't expecting to see what we saw, which was that there was a Chinese company that was essentially doing the software development and all of the software maintenance for this company.

And what we discovered was that we got behind the Chinese firewall, and we found documents that showed that this Chinese company actually had ties to the CCP.

And then at that point, I had no choice but to take that information, package it up and provide it to the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA) because as a cleared contractor, I have a sworn obligation to provide them that information that this could be a potential Chinese espionage or intelligence operation working against the United States and our critical infrastructure.

So, I provided that information to them, and now, we're in a difficult situation because I don't think that George Gascon was very happy about that."

36) On April 20, 2023, Konnech and Eugene Yu retracted their defamation case against Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips, a day after
@truethevote
 and
@onwardsocial
 unveiled a website (http://openink.com/konnech) containing much of the information discussed in this Twitter thread.

37) In conclusion, Eugene Yu develops election administration software for the Chinese government in partnership with Huawei, China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile, and Lenovo.

Two of his former employees have signed affidavits stating that he stored confidential U.S. election data on servers in China, where his software was developed, tested, and maintained.

Two cybersecurity experts, who forensically imaged Konnech's devices for the LADA, have stated that he stored confidential U.S. election data on servers in China, where he developed election administration software for the Chinese government.

This information is publicly available on the internet.

So, why is the FBI still allowing Konnech's election administration software to be used across the country?

38) On April 14, 2016, Jinhua Hongzheng Technology announced on Weibo that it provides election administration software to China's National People's Congress, Detroit,  Michigan, St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington, D.C.

Its predecessor is Jinhua Yulian Network and "Konnech."

https://archive.ph/8xIqe

39) So, why is the FBI shielding two firms closely tied to the Chinese government, which have financed and developed an American election software company for the past 15 years, all while transferring election data back to China?

40) And lastly, why is the FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., targeting Catherine (
@truethevote
) and Gregg (
@onwardsocial
) for exposing this while seemingly protecting Jianwei Yu (于建伟)?

41) If you would like Congress to hold the FBI accountable for betraying Catherine, Gregg, and their commitment to preserving the integrity of our election system, please visit
@TrueTheVote
's website, http://stopccpelectionfraud.com, and follow these three simple steps:

1. Sign the petition
2. Contact your representatives
3. Review these articles

42) In all of my interactions with Catherine and Gregg, despite facing lawsuits, wrongful arrests, and solitary confinement, their main concern has always been the removal of this national security threat from our election system.

If you would like to support their election integrity efforts, you can donate at:
https://truethevote.org/donate/

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Chinese Penetration of America via Mexico
« Reply #444 on: April 26, 2024, 06:55:41 PM »

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Mexico Is China's Backdoor to the US Market
Chinese producers keep finding new ways around US trade barriers.
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Mexico Bridges the U.S.-China Trade War

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Due to the trade war between the United States and China, some Chinese companies are employing third parties to help their products enter the U.S. market. One of these is Mexico. Last year, U.S. imports from Mexico surpassed those from China for the first time in years. At the same time, the shipment of 20-foot containers from China to Mexico surged to 881,000 in the first three quarters of 2023, up from 689,000 in the corresponding period of 2022.

Chinese firms aim to circumvent U.S. trade barriers by establishing manufacturing or processing facilities in Mexico. With the plants established, the firms ship components and partially assembled products from China to their Mexican facilities. The finished goods are then exported to the United States. For Chinese companies establishing operations in Mexico, securing a Mexican "certificate of origin" is crucial. However, the U.S. is looking at ways to prevent Chinese companies from gaining duty-free access to the U.S. market via the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.


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FO: Biden eye wash tariffs
« Reply #446 on: May 13, 2024, 08:54:45 AM »
(1) BIDEN TO ANNOUNCE DOUBLE, TRIPLE CHINA TARIFFS: According to people familiar with the matter, President Biden will announce a tariff increase on Chinese-made electric vehicles (EV), steel, aluminum, and solar panel components.

“These are calculated to address particular activities and risks and avoid escalation” to maintain normal relations with China, Wiley Rein LLP partner and former U.S. Trade Representative lawyer Greta Peisch said.

Why It Matters: Chinese EVs have not penetrated the U.S. market, and Chinese steel and aluminum imports are minimal. However, the solar industry is dominated by Chinese-made components, and the White House has hinted that it will exclude some solar technologies from increased tariffs. China will likely see the significant tariff increases as an escalation in the growing trade war between the U.S. and China and will likely respond by moving more agricultural purchases away from U.S. producers. Biden is very likely making this move to shore up votes in Michigan, a battleground state that would be impacted by a potential flood of cheap Chinese EVs into the U.S. market. – R.C.

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FO House moving forward on Chinese Biotech Ban
« Reply #447 on: May 13, 2024, 08:56:00 AM »
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(2) HOUSE MOVING FORWARD ON CHINESE BIOTECH BAN: The House Oversight Committee is scheduled to mark up the BIOSECURE Act on Wednesday, which would ban biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies controlled by “foreign adversaries” from receiving federal contracts.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) CEO John Crowley said U.S. drug makers “have become incredibly reliant” on China-based labs and drug manufacturers, and 79% of U.S. drug makers have at least one contract with a Chinese drug or precursor manufacturer.
Why It Matters: U.S. pharmaceutical supply chains are heavily reliant on Chinese labs. The current form of the BIOSECURE Act includes an off ramp for U.S. drug makers which would grandfather existing contracts. However, China could respond by cutting off drug and precursor exports immediately, significantly increasing shortages of key medicines that are already in short supply. – R.C.

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« Reply #448 on: May 19, 2024, 02:19:23 PM »
1) CHINA CYBER HEARING: BLEAK PICTURE BEYOND BLINKING RED: During a House hearing on Chinese cyber threats, Oversight Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chair Nancy Mace (R-SC) said, “General Nakasone has stated that if a nation-state decided to attack our critical infrastructure, I would say that is above the threshold-level of war.”
Former Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina said China’s recent actions, including the Volt Typhoon hacking campaign, strategic land purchases, maritime port threats, and fentanyl smuggling are “a bleak picture that is beyond blinking red.”
“The inability or unwillingness to look behind China, the curtain they provide, and deal with the existential threat is no longer an option for the Congress,” Evanina added.
Mandiant CTO Charles Carmakal said Chinese hacking groups are more sophisticated and clandestine today, and their advanced tradecraft has made it incredibly difficult for organizations when Chinese hackers have compromised them.
Why It Matters: Chinese intrusion into U.S. networks, including defense and critical infrastructure, is very likely more extensive than publicly reported. The hearing witnesses echo previous statements from Biden officials that these intrusions by groups like Volt Typhoon are in preparation for a conflict, and the U.S. is not effectively deterring Chinese cyber activities. Cyber deterrence is an unanswered question at this point, and a gap remains between low-level cyber crime activities and cyber threats above the threshold of armed conflict. – R.C.

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