CIA's War against China
(by Ralph McGehee | December 1999)

Editor's note: In 1944, Chungking, Gen. Stilwell, chief of the US Military Mission in China, asked for Pres. Roosevelt's permission to equip the Communist troops to fight Japan. Chiang Kai Sek went into a rage and forced Roosevelt to sack Gen. Stil well. Gen. "Vinegar" Stilwell says in his memoirs: "The basic trouble with Chiang is just his plain dumb ignorance. One of the worst disservice done to the American people is the overselling of Chiang Kai Sek. We've made a hero out of him and he believes all the crap he's read in our press about him an d he thinks he hasn't got anything to learn.

Actually, he has little power — far less than people at home suppose. He couldn't get his generals to obey him if he ordered one; they don't want to move. They are making money now — hoarding food for speculation, selling our supplies on the black market, lending money; by God, they are not soldiers, they're speculators... each general has settled down on his own little dunghill and doesn't want to disturb the peace.".

The old "Vinegar" could have referred to Rhee Syngman of S Korea.

The US has again asked the UN to condemn China's human rights record. Our nervousness over this issue is increased by the scheduled reversion of Hong Kong to Chinese rule next year. The condemnation request has been accompanied by a barrage of media stories about China's treatment of orphans, the Laogai prison system, the lack of political freedom and other issues. Observers of international political developments will recognize such stories as the standard accompaniment of operations by the CIA/NED to alter or overthrow target governments. The US corporate-owned media, in league with government agencies, orchestrat e media coverage to demonize states in conflict with corporate plans. (Many of the media stories seem to be generated by the "privately funded" US-based Human Rights Watch/Asia). Once and if the Chinese government is changed and serves well the corporate state, even if any abuses multiply — we will hear no protest.

The above events delineate and reveal the current US policy of using (rightly or wrongly) the theme of human rights violations to alter or overthrow non-US-favored governments. In those countries emerging from the once Soviet Bloc that is forming new gove rnmental systems; or where emerging or Third World governments resist US influence or control, the US uses "human rights violations," as an excuse for political action operations. "Human Rights" replaces Communist Conspiracy" as the justification for ove rthrowing governments.

There are probably other governments targeted by CIA/NED and subject to efforts in the United Nations to censure them — I would appreciate any information this.

Listed immediately below are a few CIABASE entries re NED/CIA operations targeted at China.

China, NED, 90-95 China defends human rights in a report that accused the United States and other Western nations of having concocted criticism for sinister political purposes. Washington Post 12/29/95 a28

94 China assails US Human Rights policies. China notes its human rights policy is better than the US's "the incidence of crimes, murders, robberies, rapes, drug abuse and violence and racial discrimination in the US comes first...US had a higher proportion of imprisoned people than China." Washington post 2/28/94 a18

China, 93-94 Chinese premier, Li Peng, puts order before rights. He applauded defeat of a UN move to censure China over human rights. He told the congress that his government will not hesitate to slow economic reforms to maintain order. A runaway in flation was a major player in the 89 pro-democracy protests. Leaders of the movement are at crux of Western concern about human rights in China. Washington times 3/11/94 a17

China, 88-94 Prior to the Tiananmen Square incident, NED had two offices in China that gave regular seminars on democracy. NED sponsored various Chinese writers and publications. Probably NED or CIA recruited numerous Chinese students studying in U S. When Tiananmen Square erupted, NED or CIA probably sent or helped FAX thousands letters to recipients in China, inflamed opinion via Voice of America and sheltered a leading dissident in US Embassy — which also arranged for many dissidents to flee. NED continues to support Chinese dissidents and awards Tiananmen's "Goddess of Democracy," to noted dissidents of all nations. In early 94, the US Tried to force China to ease political controls in exchange for continuation of most favored nation (MFN) trade status and called China a violator of human rights. In 5/94, the Chinese police detained 4 members of local association for human rights as one boarded flight to the US. Clinton, bowing to pressure from business interests, separated human rights from Ch ina's MFN status. The July 1992 issue of NED's journal of democracy announces formation of new underground movement in China — the Free Trade Union of China. The announcement was made by the international confederation of free trade unions, a long-time CIA labor front. CIABASE update report 7/94

China, 89 The Chinese government arrested representatives of a private American org in Beijing, the Fund for the Reform and Opening of China. George Soros who founded the fund said the Chinese government has detained Liang Congjie. Soros denied any CIA involvement in the fund. Soros, an east European émigré who funds similar programs in Hungary, Poland and the USSR, Founded the China fund in 86 Soros gave the fund $1 million which it used to promote cultural exchanges and sponsor research projects in conjunction with China's Institute for Economic Structural Reform, an influential liberal think tank supported by Zhao. Allegations that the China Fund was a tool of the CIA surfaced in 87 Washington post 8/8/89 a4

China, 94 NED grant to Laogai Research Foundation to continue investigations into China's prisons and to publish an undated Laogai Handbook exposing the system. National Endowment for Democracy Annual Report 94 49

China, 84-90 NED, China Perspective, Inc. To continue publication of "The Chinese Intellectual" (TCI) and support for Chinese students in west. Launched in 84 with NED support, TCI is a Chinese language quarterly promoting open discussion of democra tic values, institutions and issues important to China. Originally targeted at mainland students studying in West, Journal moved its offices from New York to Beijing in 88 and began distribution in China. Center in Beijing hosted discussions on democracy in China. In wake of June 3-4, 89 events in Tiananmen square, editorial offices moved back to New York and China Perspective has begun providing support for Chinese students in West who cannot, for political reasons, return to China. National Endowment fo r Democracy Annual Report 89 16, 90 20

China, 92 Loss of central political control has allowed NED to expand its in-country activity that had been focused on supporting projects outside China. Concentrated on civil society development: promoting environmental awareness and activism; supp orting democratic developments in regions of China with large Tibetan population; legal education; and providing legal assistance for victims of political persecution. NED grants supported ten publications in China that focused on labor, market economics , democratization movements inside and outside China, democratic process and development of pluralistic and civil societies. National Endowment for Democracy Annual Report 1992 42

China, 93-95 On 6/19/95 Chinese authorities detained NED grantee Harry Wu. He was charged with spying and found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison and expulsion. He left 8/24/95, Wu is executive director of the Laogai Research Foundation, fu nded by NED. He testified before Congress on 4/3/95 — testimony given. National Endowment for Democracy newsletter Summer 95 4-5

China, 94 NED/IRI promoted electoral reform, efforts of FTUI, working with activists inside and in exile, to monitor human rights abuses, and by "Human rights China" to help activists; to support major newspapers and journals produced abroad that c irculate inside China (among them Press Freedom Guardian, Democratic China, and the Chinese Intellectual) as well as Laogai Research Foundation, which provides info about Chinese labor camps. National Endowment for Democracy Annual Report 94 8

China, 95 At a ceremony on 5/2/95, NED presented 95 democracy award "Goddess of democracy" to Monique Mujawamariya of Rwanda, Elena Bonner and Sergei Kovalev of Russia, and Sergio Aguayo of Mexico. National Endowment for Democracy newsletter summe r 95 1

China, Africa, 94 In 10/94 NED's forum for democratic studies, sponsored. a day-long conference for political change in China. Meeting attended by 35 Leading scholars, government officials, foundation executives, and Chinese emigrés. 12/7/94. Forum held conference on Nigeria. It brought together 35 scholars, government officials, and human rights advocates, and representatives of Nigeria's democracy movement. Journal of Democracy (NED) 1/95

China, 89 In Nanjing students had boom boxes turned high to the Voice of America as it described events in China. The most effective dispenser of truth was Voice of America which stepped-up programming in Mandarin to 11 hours a day. VOA said they us ually have 60 million regular listeners in China. In the crisis the number may have been as high as 400 million. In early June VOA cameras started beaming the service's first TV news program Via satellite to about 2000 dish antennas in China. Most of t hem at military installations, but that's exactly the point, said VOA director Carlson: to make sure a major player in the power struggle, get an accurate account of what is going on. Newsweek 6/19/89 p29

China, 85 "Chinese Intellectual," launched with NED support in 84. Magazine published in New York city by a group of writers and scholars from China. Editor is Liang Heng, who authored "son of the revolution." Editorial board composed of distingu ished American and Chinese writers — John k. Fairbanks and Andrew Nathan, Sidney hook, and social scientists Irving Horowitz and Seymour martin Lisped. Original target audience was More than 10,000 students from China. Magazine opening office in Beijin g. National endowment for democracy annual report 1985 23-4

China, 86 NED — "China perspective, inc., to continue publication of "the Chinese intellectual." This quarterly journal sought to promote discussion. Of democracy among 10,000 Chinese studying in US And Europe. It also now works with reform elements inside China. National endowment for democracy Annual report 86 14

China, 92 NED grants supported ten publications in China that focused on Labor, market economics, democratization movements inside and outside China, democratic process and development of pluralistic and civil Societies. National endowment for democracy annual report 1992 42

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