Chinese Communist Party Influence in our Universities Must Stop

by | Jul 27, 2021 |

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Imagine if your primary opponent in the world, a country that regularly steals high-tech military, industrial and medical secrets from you, was able to influence research in your universities solely for their benefit. Unless you had a national death wish, you would be crazy to allow this to happen. Yet this is precisely what is occurring across America right now.

China is actively undermining America’s economic and national security by funneling billions of dollars into elite universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Cornell to stoke the fraud of human-caused climate change, one of the Chinese Communist Party’s chief weapons against the United States of America. This is not mere speculation. The U.S. Department of Education has discovered evidence that it’s happening.

The Department of Education recently began enforcing a law that had been ignored for decades requiring universities to disclose foreign contributions that exceed $250 thousand dollars. The Clear Energy Alliance reported in a five-minute video (see below) that investigators discovered that ten universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown, have accepted large quantities of cash without disclosing the funding to the feds. When the Education Department told the universities they had better come clean, disclosures of a whopping $6.5 billion came flooding in.

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This came on the heels of the chairman of Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department being indicted for lying to the Defense Department about his involvement with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Most of the $6.5 billion in undeclared university funding came from China, but also some from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other nations that the Department says are… “seeking to project ‘soft power, ‘ steal sensitive and proprietary research and development data and other intellectual property, and spread propaganda benefitting foreign governments.”

Most of the university research aims to convince people that climate change is human-caused and that there will be catastrophic outcomes. The direr the threat, the more attention and funding researchers receive. China, and other non-free nations, love the hype as Western nations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to lower their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, while the CCP nods in agreement and keeps building cheap coal-fired power plants that dramatically increase emissions. And this is all authorized under the United Nations’ corrupt Paris Agreement that, while holding America and other developed nations to CO2 emission reductions, allows developing countries to emit as much as they want for as long as they want.

One example of how the CCP used universities to promote climate alarmism was research claiming climate change was going to increase the cost of beer, a serious concern for many average Americans. The study was funded by eight Chinese organizations and conducted by Chinese researchers operating out of U.S. universities.

It makes perfect sense that the Chinese Communists are manipulating fears of a climate catastrophe to its advantage. The CCP wants the U.S. and other nations to pass laws making energy and manufacturing more expensive while they expand their economy, take our industries and our jobs and do so with little regard for the environment or human rights. No one should be surprised by this. It is a strategic geopolitical tool used by China and other nations that want to weaken America, and the freedoms we enjoy.

China is a threat to the United States in many ways. The current administration has ties to China and is willing to see Chinese power increase in order to bring the U.S. to its knees and become a socialist/communist nation that these folks can more easily control.

The national poll that will be taken in November 2022 will tell if they will be successful. We call it the mid-term elections when every House member is up for election again. In our minds, the administration will lose the majority of those elections, perhaps in a landslide.

They had better. Otherwise, it won’t be long before China will employ millions of Americans and dominate some small communities as a result of their acquisition of US businesses, such as they did recently with Smithfield Foods that has facilities in 26 States. Smithfield owns 460 farms, now all controlled by China, and has contracts with 2,100 others. A Chinese company also owns AMC movies and entertainment, for which they paid 2.6 billion. In addition, Chinese companies are building manufacturing plants in America, such as Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube company spending $100 million in Alabama. Others are becoming major suppliers to the auto industry in Detroit. The Chinese have also bought coal mines in Tennessee, for example, $616 million to purchase Triple H Coal Company in Jacksboro.

When we total up all imports and exports in the world, China becomes clearly the number one trading nation. Their automobile production now exceeds ours, as does their steel production, and as most know, wind turbines and solar cell production. The latter is of no value to real energy production, of course, but pushing them on the US increases our cost of electricity and so, again, benefits China.

Click here for a larger view of the graph.

China’s impact on the rest of the world has been much greater. They have loaned vast quantities of money to developing countries around the world to build projects advancing their standard of living. But when the debt and interest come due and can’t be paid, China is taking control of great portions of these countries and their resources.

There is no doubt that the Biden administration has cleared the path for China, but all the news is not bad. The CCP will continue having a problem containing a population recognizing that their lives are being controlled to the nth degree. They are also getting very old. By 2040 it is expected that 21% of the population will be over 65, and its retirement age remains 60 for men. Also, less than 65% of workers are covered by retirement benefits, and that share drops to 35% for urban migrants. That is many mouths to feed in old age.

There are other problems in that China’s coastal cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou have already caught up with the wealthy countries of East Asia in terms of productivity and purchasing power, therefore sustained growth will depend on improvements in China’s poor inland agricultural areas. Not an easy feat.

The CCP also spends a lot of time and money showing off strengths with apparently little chance of doing more than show. This includes their military operations which scare many but need not. They really have nothing to gain by attacking anyone outside of their borders and much to lose in their effort to gain prestige as a world power.

Their war-like threats to Taiwan, which they continue to claim, is really part of China, is a case in point. The Communist Chinese openly practice major amphibious landings that would be required for a successful attack on Taiwan. Our friend Richard Kozlovich, a serious observer of Chinese history, offers five reasons why a CCP attack on Taiwan will not likely occur:

1 – The CCP must know their losses would be massive in both personnel and equipment were they to attempt a landing as Taiwan’s substantial military would devastate a landing force.

2 – They have to know that even the Biden administration, as incompetent as they are, would have to jump in to save Taiwan. Even if it just involved U.S. airpower, it would overcome Chinese airpower, as well as their marine landing force and any ships they might employ. U.S. Naval aviators remain the finest in the world. That’s why they’re called Top Guns.

3 – The CCP knows that if they launch a landing and are repelled, their military credibility throughout all of S.E. Asia will tumble like a house of cards. They cannot afford this since they are attempting to impose economic hegemony throughout the area via military intimidation.

4 – Such an action would trigger economic retaliation from many countries, something the CCP can ill afford as China is already in a weak economic position due to the cost of their huge military buildup. And remember, it was the USSR’s desperate attempt to match U.S. advancements in President Ronald Regan’s Strategic Defence Initiative (mistakenly labeled Star Wars by the pro-Soviet mainstream media) that was a major factor bankrupting the USSR and leading to their downfall. Everything China does militarily is intended to make them look bigger than they are.

5- The Taiwan-style landings they’re practicing and exhibiting are just a big show comparing not at all to what was required for our Marines to land at Normandy in World War II.

It is likely that China will continue to gain an advantage over the U.S. for the remainder of the Biden administration, but when the Democrats lose control of the House of Representatives in November 2022, the damage Biden can do will thankfully be significantly reduced. However, in the meantime, we need to boycott Chinese products as much as possible and push our politicians to stand up to the 21st century’s ‘evil empire’ with all their might.

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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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