On September 23, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Chinese leader Xi Jinping believes sub-national-level officials are a “weak link” that can be exploited to advance the regime’s interests in the United States.
In a speech at the Wisconsin state capitol, Pompeo urged U.S. politicians from state to municipal level to be alert to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “influence and espionage activities.”
Pompeo said: “Know that when you are approached by a Chinese diplomat, it is likely not in the spirit of cooperation or friendship.”
The secretary said the CCP has for decades “deployed friendly language while stealing from our innovators, building military strength, and co-opting our elites.”
Pompeo’s China-Born Adviser Says China Has No True Allies
On September 22, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s principal China policy adviser, Anhui-born Dr. Miles Yu, made a rare public appearance to reject the “multilateralism” approach advocated to the world by Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the U.N. General Assembly.
Yu, who has been labelled the number one traitor to the Chinese race in modern history by Chinese state media, said that Xi’s comments stemmed from a “lack of self-awareness.”
He said China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “isolated” with no true allies, apart from North Korea and Russia, which is playing “hard to get.”
Facebook Removes Fake Chinese Accounts That Posted on US Election
Facebook has shut down more than 180 fake accounts, groups, pages, and Instagram accounts that it determined to be run in China. These accounts posted content on the U.S. presidential election and spread Beijing’s talking points on a range of topics, from the South China Sea to Hong Kong protests.
The U.S. social media giant announced the takedown in a blog post published on September 22, saying that these accounts were a violation of its rule against “coordinated inauthentic behavior on behalf of a foreign or government entity.”
In total, 155 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, 9 groups, and 6 Instagram accounts were shut down. The Instagram app is owned by Facebook.
Real estate tycoon sentenced to 18 years for economic crimes
Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan Property Co., Ltd. who is known as a ” second generation CCP” and a critic of the CCP leader Xi Jinping, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison on four economic charges, including corruption.
On Sept. 22, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court handed down its first-instance verdict to real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang. Ren was found guilty of corruption, bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power by personnel in state-owned companies, and sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined $615,000.
Public opinion went into an uproar when the news broke. Mr. Wang, a Chinese rights activist, says this is a classic case of being convicted for speech.
Documents Reveal CCP Military Secrets in Inner Mongolia
The Epoch Times recently obtained internal documents from Inner Mongolia, revealing that the CCP will test major conventional weapons in the next five years, CCP military secrets, including the positions of medium- and long-range launch sites, as well as the CCP’s military expenditures. This document was from the Inner Mongolia Alxa League Development and Reform Commission. According to the document, the branch of the China Ordnance Industry Testing and Research Institute located in Alxa has built medium- and long-range launch positions, air defense and anti-missile positions, and high-energy damage test sites.
The document also exposed the CCP’s key information on the development of hypersonic weapons – the construction of the “Rocket Sled Testing Site” – the main equipment used to test supersonic aircraft. Current affairs commentator Li Linyi said that this internal document from Alxa, Inner Mongolia, is special because Inner Mongolia is a very important strategic hub for the CCP.
Yunnan Province: ‘Wartime State’ Declared After Border City Is Locked Down
Chinese authorities locked down Ruili City, located in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on Sept. 14, after the city reported two new cases of the CCP virus.
On Sept. 19, Yunnan Provincial Government held a pandemic prevention and control meeting, demanding that all regions in the province enter a “wartime state” and strengthen border control.
Chinese netizens questioned why the authorities took such serious measures if there are only two confirmed cases.
Beijing News reported that at the Yunnan Provincial Government meeting, officials from Ruili, Menghai, Tengchong, Hekou, Pu’er reported local pandemic control situations. The meeting concluded that all levels and all regions must adhere to centralized command and engage in unified operations, the entire province would enter a “wartime state,” and border control must be tightened, among other tasks.