Recently, the New York University Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) issued a declaration that vilified NTDTV's International Chinese Classical Dance Competition. The declaration was aimed at interfering with the competition. Mr. Cheng Yonglin, former Chinese Consulate diplomat stationed in Sydney, Australia, offered some insights into this incident. Chen pointed out that the CSSA was actually established by the Chinese Consulate in New York. The incident revealed the Chinese consulate's control over overseas Chinese students and overseas Chinese organizations. Information from many insiders has begun to surface since.
A Sound of Hope (SOH) reporter conducted an exclusive interview with former staff of the Chinese consulate in France, Ms. Chen Ying. Ms. Chen told the reporter about a case of an overseas student in France stealing business secrets. Ms. Chen also said that China sends out many special agents in various professions to Western society.
According to Ms. Chen, a Chinese student stole secrets from a French company and was [subsequently] arrested in France in 2005.
"In 2005, an exchange student in France, named Huang Lili, was suspected of stealing secret information and was arrested. This student was an intern at the Renault Auto Company in France. She stole sensitive information from the company, and was put under arrest in the Paris district detention center in Versailles. She was a third year student at the Univeristé De Technologie De Compiegne, and majored in Engineering. During her internship, she frequently carried a notebook computer in and out of the company building. This caused suspicion among the managerial staff. When police investigated her residence, they found six high-end computers. On the hard drives of two computers they found an enormous amount of information on specifications for the Valeo and data of vehicles and parts that have yet to hit the market." [from SOH Recording]
Ms. Chen said that students who are special agents generally have an outstanding academic achievement and excellence record.
Chen: "In this kind of situation, a normal and simple student isn't capable of this kind of act. People who are able to do this surely have been ordered and backed by Communist China. Operatives all have received [special] training, including Huang Lili. When this incident occurred, investigators leaked out that Huang Lili had an incredible ability to control herself. This is common for someone who has been trained as a special agent. In addition, Huang Lili was an exceptional talent. She was fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and some Arabic. She had math and fluid mechanic skills. [She was also] good in physics and in the area of other fields."
Ms. Chen said that China sends out special agents to every part of Western society.
Chen: "It is also revealed that CCP's spies are involved in many professions: in business, economic and in technical fields. And they assume all kinds of identities, such as students and scholars. They have infiltrated everywhere in both China and the West.
In fact, some of them were already spies when they were still in China, and they were sent overseas to continue their training. Of course, they are all very good students. Those students contact Chinese Consulates which have a connection with Western society, so that they can be introduced to Western people."
Chen pointed out that the CCP is using those students to do bad things overseas and the CCP actually has destroyed those young lives.
Chen: "The CCP has been trying everything in order to strengthen its power. It uses anything it can; it has already felt crisis when it comes to its power. It orders those students to do some very bad things, and in fact it has destroyed those young lives. Some of those students might not know this, some might. There might be a lot of people, including staff working in the Chinese Consulates, who don't even know the serious consequences of the things they have done. There are also some of them who are willingly harming other people together with the CCP."
Chen Ying said that the CCP always spreads the propaganda that there is an anti-China power outside China. It makes some students think that it is not illegal for them to steal secret information; they even think it is patriotic behavior.
Chen: "Some think that stealing secret information is a behavior representing love for your country and that it is not illegal. It is all wrong. The person has done something against the law and jeopardized his student identity, and he has already violated the law of a democratic country. I feel that those students don't even know clearly what the legal system is in democratic society. Maybe some of them do know, but they want to be a tool for the CCP. Regarding those who don't know the truth, they might do it for personal benefits, or they are threatened by the CCP. I think we should clearly explain the gains and losses of the situation and help him stop being a spy, harming other people, and have him pull out before it is too late."