Chinese Spying in the United States

Originally published by The New American, 27 April 2010

By Alex Newman    

A secret FBI videotape showing the transfer of classified military documents to a communist Chinese agent was released in February to the world, providing a brief peek at the shadowy world of espionage against America. Pentagon analyst Gregg Bergersen with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency is shown receiving a wad of bills and telling People’s Republic of China spy Tai Shen Kuo that he’s “very reticent” to let him have the information “because it’s all classified.”

The documents included sensitive material about weapons sales to Taiwan — a U.S. ally, which the communist regime considers a breakaway province to be conquered eventually — and details of a communications system. Bergersen told Kuo: “You can take all the notes you want … but if it ever fell into the wrong hands … then I would be fired for sure. I’d go to jail because I violated all the rules.” He was eventually convicted and sentenced to five years, while Kuo received a 15-year sentence. The investigation also identified other sources who were providing secrets about American space and naval technology to the PRC.

In February, another Chinese spy was sentenced to 15 years in jail for stealing sensitive secrets from his former employers — Boeing and Rockwell International — and passing them to the communist regime. Engineer Dongfan “Greg” Chung reportedly gave up trade secrets about American space shuttles, military aircraft, and even the Delta IV rocket. Though Chung was 73 years old, the judge said he handed out the possible life sentence as a message to the Chinese government: “Stop sending your spies here.”

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US judge ‘scoffs’ as he suggests Bermuda as a possible destination for more Uighurs

Originally published by The Royal Gazette,26 Apr 2010

By Amanda Dale

 A US Court of Appeals judge has sarcastically suggested Bermuda would be “a really good deal” as a destination for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Federal judge A. Raymond Randolph made the remark on hearing the five Uighurs want to settle in another location rather than the Pacific island of Palau.

Associated Press reported the manner in which it was made as somewhat sarcastic, with the judge having “scoffed”.

In the Court of Appeals on Thursday the US government sought to stop an appeal by the detainees to be able to settle where they want.

The five Chinese Muslims say they do not want to live in Palau once they are released from Guantanamo Bay. Their lawyer Peter Sabin Willett told the court they wanted to resettle elsewhere and that they had a right to have their views considered.

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Review for China race riot city after chief ousted

Originally published by The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 Apr 2010

By JOHN GARNAUT  

BEIJING: Chinese officials are touting a policy review in Xinjiang, the site of bloody race riots last year, after the removal of the region’s long-running Communist Party chief. Xinjiang has been under a communications and security lockdown since July 5 when ethnic Uighur riots and then security and vigilante reprisals left about 200 people dead in Urumqi city.

The violence was the deadliest that China has experienced since the Tiananmen massacres of 1989. On Saturday, Xinjiang’s hardline Communist Party boss, Wang Lequan, was removed from his post – after 16 years in the job and 10 months of speculation that he would be sacked – and replaced by a relative liberal, Zhang Chunxian. A Chinese security source, with expertise on Xinjiang, said the leadership change was related to a wide-ranging policy review.

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China stops Mongolian activist leaving country-group

Originally published by Reuters,26 Apr 2010

By Ben Blanchard and Lucy Horn

BEIJING, April 26 (Reuters) – An ethnic Mongolian activist has vanished after Chinese authorities prevented him from attending a United Nations forum on indigenous peoples in New York earlier this month, according to a rights group.

The U.S.-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre said that Sodmongol, who like many ethnic Mongolians in China goes by only one name, was arrested at Beijing’s airport on April 18, and that his whereabouts remain unknown.

He had been invited to attend a session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at U.N. headquarters in New York, the group said in an emailed statement.

Police subsequently raided his house in Chaoyang, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, confiscating computers, mobile phones and documents, the group said.

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China changes Xinjiang party boss

Originally published by BBC NEWS, 24 Apr 2010

China has replaced the most powerful official in its western region of Xinjiang, where ethnic violence left nearly 200 people dead last July.

Wang Lequan, who had served as secretary of the Communist Party in Xinjiang since 1994, was replaced by Zhang Chunxian, state media say.

Mr Wang was appointed to a new post in the Chinese Communist Party.

No reason was given for the move but analysts note there was much public anger over his handling of the riots.

China reported that most of the those killed in the riots were from the Han Chinese community. Order was only restored after soldiers were deployed to the region’s main city, Urumqi.

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China removes Xinjiang party chief

 Originally published by The Hindu,24 Apr 2010

By  Ananth Krishnan     

The Chinese government on Saturday removed the powerful head of its western Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, in the first indication yet that the central government was rethinking its policies that many say have led to ethnic unrest.

The decision comes amid a tightening of security in the region’s capital Urumqi, where local officials and residents told The Hindu this week there were growing fears of a recurrence of last July’s ethnic violence.

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China replaces party chief of riot-hit Xinjiang

Originally published by Reuters,24 Apr 2010-04-24

By Emma Graham-Harrison

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has replaced the top official in energy-rich Western Xinjiang region, hit last year by deadly rioting and a scare over syringe stabbings, the official Xinhua agency reported on Saturday.

Zhang Chunxian has been made Communist Party Secretary for the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — a position which carries more power than the post of governor — replacing Wang Lequan, who had run the remote region since 1994.

The Xinhua report did not say why Wang had been removed, but he was the target of massive public anger in restive Xinjiang for his handling of rioting last July, which left nearly 200 dead, and the subsequent syringe attack scares.

Protesters massed in the regional capital, Urumqi, in September calling for his removal, a rare public challenge by Han Chinese to the ruling Communist Party in Xinjiang.

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‘Xinjiang King’ removed

 Originally published by Straits Times, 24 Apr 2010

By Peh Shing Huei

BEIJING – CHINA has replaced the top official in Xinjiang, months after the restive region was rocked by violent ethnic riots, bizarre syringes attacks and massive demonstrations.

The removal of unpopular party boss Wang Lequan came after months of speculation that his unusually long 15-year reign was coming to an end, following rare calls from thousands of Han Chinese protestors last September for his head to roll.

Mr Wang, 65, was replaced by Hunan provincial party boss Zhang Chunxian, 56, according to a two-line dispatch by the state Xinhua news agency, which gave no reasons for the change. Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said that Mr Zhang, who is a former Communications Minister, is a suitable choice, according to the China News network.

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