[xtypo_dropcap]T[/xtypo_dropcap]hose fond of fame will find Chinese officials and scholars seeking humble consultation from them; they will receive invitations to universities to give speeches and have flattering reports written about their achievements in official media.
For the greedy, Chinese intelligence organizes business opportunities for cooperation, investment, or a fast track to the market. Those whose weakness is lust will be sent pretty girls.
The insider told the New Epoch Magazine that the United Front Work Department of the CCP, the International Department of the Central Committee, the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the General Military Department of the People’s Liberation Army, all have a large number of intelligence agents that search for and collect information on potentially useful figures, including Western governmental officials, businessmen, famous scholars, and leaders of overseas Chinese communities and their relatives.
According to the degree of usefulness of the targeted individuals, the CCP establishes contact and invites them to China. The scale of the reception is decided on a case-by-case basis. Targeted individuals may then be subject to soft or harsh techniques to persuade them to act in a way that would benefit the Party.
In March 2009, the Australian media reported that then Defense minister of Australia, Joel Fitzgibbon, had a previously undisclosed close relationship with a Chinese-Australian businesswoman, Liu Haiyan, which posed a security threat to Australia.
Liu was closely associated with the Intelligence Department of the People’s Liberation Army, a branch for the collection and analysis of military and political intelligence. The Fitzgibbons had visited China as early as 1993, and since 1993 Chinese intelligence had kept an eye on them.
The revelations made a splash in Australia and Fitzgibbon resigned from Cabinet. Soon afterward a shadier deal was revealed: Fitzgibbon had received large sums of money from Liu, and established a joint venture company together with her in China. The incident brought to a wider audience the CCP’s meticulous efforts to cultivate influential figures in Western political circles.
Foreign consular officials in China have also not been spared manipulation behind the scenes. In May 2004, a male diplomat from the Consulate General of Japan in Shanghai killed himself; two years later his testimony was uncovered.
An investigation revealed that the motivation for his suicide was due to blackmail and threats from the Chinese secret police. The Japanese prime minister pointed out that the CCP had violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
Not all succumb to power and corruption, and many dare to say “no” to the CCP’s advances. Money, fame, lust, and anger are weaknesses inherent in human nature that the CCP has learned to exploit deftly.