Biden’s China Spy Scandal

Joe Biden is taking heat for the classified documents he stashed at his home and garage. Though well worthy of attention, as Victor Davis Hanson notes, the documents scandal has overshadowed Biden’s indulgence of Chinese spies, on full display in a recent case. 

“Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have dropped their case against a New York Police Department officer who had been accused of acting as a foreign agent on behalf of the Chinese regime,” The Epoch Times reports.

Baimadajie Angwang, 33, an ethnic Tibetan and naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in 2020 for acting as an agent of Beijing, for wire fraud, making false statements, and obstructing an official proceeding. Prosecutors charge that Angwang reported on Chinese citizens, cultivated intelligence sources, and connected Chinese officials with senior contacts in the New York Police Department. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of New York recently filed a motion asking federal Judge Eric R. Komitee, a Trump nominee, to dismiss the indictment due to “additional information.” The Eastern District did not reveal the information or explain its relevance to the case. The move illuminates official Biden policy toward Chinese espionage in the United States. 

“The Justice Department is ending a controversial program, launched under the Trump administration, to hunt down Chinese spies,” CBS News reported last year. President Trump’s “China Initiative” targeted China’s theft of trade secrets and intellectual property. 

As federal prosecutors charged in 2017, MIT professor Gang Chen failed to disclose ties to China and failed to disclose a foreign bank account on a tax document. Prosecutors dropped the case against Chen, but it wasn’t clear what motivated them to act. This was hardly the only proceeding against Chinese agents the Justice Department chose to abandon. 

In 2020, federal officials changed that Chinese national Tang Juan lied about ties to the Chinese military in order to gain access to the University of California at Davis. The FBI found an April 14, 2019 article on a Xi’an, China, healthcare forum that showed Tang in a military uniform bearing the insignia of the Civilian Cadres of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The FBI also found two other articles listing Tang’s employer as the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force Medical University (AFMU), also known as the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU). 

According to court documents, Tang was part of a PLA operation to send military scientists to the United States with false covers or false statements about their true employment. Military superiors in China tasked the spies to copy and steal information from American institutions.

Tang Juan also emerged in the visa fraud case of Song Chen. According to July 20, 2020, court documents, “an active duty People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military scientist who lied to get into the United States, attempted to destroy evidence, and lied extensively to the FBI when interviewed.”

The documents also cite Wang Xin, a visiting researcher at the University of California at San Francisco arrested on charges of visa fraud. Wang was “in fact an active duty member in the PLA, at a level that roughly corresponded with the level of major in the United States.” Wang had “emailed UCSF research to his PLA laboratory,” and his supervisor in China tasked Wang “to observe and document the layout of the UCSF lab to replicate it when he returned to China.”

The court documents refer to Tang Juan, also in the United States on a J-1 visa. So was a Chinese national identified as “LT,” who gained access to Duke University despite affiliations with “the PLA General Hospital and PLA Medical Academy.” Americans have cause to wonder why the visas were granted in the first place.

A simple internet search turned up PLA and CCP ties for Tang Juan and others now facing charges. The court documents do not reveal which U.S. government officials granted the visas, and what they knew when they approved Chinese nationals with PLA and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ties.

In July 2021, federal prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges against Tang Juan and five Chinese nationals. The Justice Department did not reveal any exculpatory information in Tang’s case, or any mistakes by the FBI in tying her to China’s military. This special treatment for Chinese spies traces back to the time Joe Biden “got China.”

Vice President Biden gained command of China policy through the efforts of longtime supporter Tom Donilon, who would serve as national security adviser under President Obama. Donilon sees no conflict between a “rising power and an established power” and contends that “a deeper U.S.-China military-to-military dialogue is central to addressing many of the sources of insecurity and potential competition between us.” (Emphasis added.)

In 2020, Biden went on record that the Chinese are “not bad folks” and not even competition for the United States. The Delaware Democrat thus provided more evidence that China “got Biden.”

President Trump set out to stop Chinese espionage but Trump Derangement Syndrome bars retention of any Trump policy, however successful. The Biden Justice Department drops the cases of Chinese spies, with little if any exculpatory evidence. As the people should know, the Delaware Democrat is hardly the only collaborator with China’s Communist regime.

Chinese spy Christine Fang, dubbed “Poonfang” by Rush Limbaugh, raised money for the 2014 election campaign of California Democrat Eric Swalwell. He faithfully parroted Chinese propaganda and was romantically involved with the Chinese agent who aided his campaign. Even so, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kept Swalwell on the intelligence committee.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  maintained a Chinese spy on her staff for 20 years. Billed as her “driver,” the Chinese agent served in Feinstein’s San Francisco office as a liaison to the Asian American community, and even attended Chinese Consulate functions for the senator. Many questions remain.

What information, exactly, did the spy pass on to China? Why did Feinstein allow the spy to “retire” rather than fire him? Why were no charges filed against an agent of a hostile foreign power working for a U.S. senator? Did Feinstein and her husband profit from policies the senator supported? And so on.

In April 2020, Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit charging that Chinese Communist officials were responsible for “enormous death, suffering and economic losses” from the COVID pandemic. Sen. Feinstein took China’s side, branding the lawsuit “very very dangerous” and “a huge mistake.”

The California Democrat also praised China as a trading partner and “a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time.” China was “growing into a respectable nation among other nations,” Feinstein said, “and I deeply believe that.”

The FBI conducted no sudden raids on the residences of Feinstein and Swalwell, and the Justice Department has not launched an investigation into their ties with agents of China’s Communist regime. When the FBI does manage to catch Chinese spies, the Biden Justice Department dismisses their cases and the Biden IRS lends a hand on other fronts. 

The Confucius Institutes are a CCP front group present on many U.S. college campuses. President Trump demanded that the institutes register as a foreign mission. The Biden Junta allows them to function as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the IRS. High-ranking members of the U.S. military also betray a cooperative side.

Joint Chiefs boss General Mark Milley is willing to tip off China about what’s coming down. The people have to wonder how Milley would respond in the face of actual hostile action from China, which already has key assets already deployed stateside. 

China’s Communist regime operates police stations in New York, Los Angeles, and other American cities. And as Baimadajie Angwang shows, Chinese agents function within American police departments. This is a clear breach of American territorial and judicial sovereignty, far beyond anything the Soviet Union was able to achieve. Joe Biden is fine with all of it. 

As he made clear in his September 1 hate speech, Biden sees the greatest threat from people who want America to be great, not from a genocidal Communist dictatorship. So no surprise that the Chinese Communists act like they own the place. 

The Biden Junta is shaping up as a Chinese Occupied Government (COG) with Joe Biden the chief cog. If anybody thought that was more serious than the classified documents scandal it would be hard to blame them. 

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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