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LAWRENCE SELLIN EXCLUSIVE: Is the Most Prominent and Influential Chinese-American Organization Working with the Chinese Communist Party?

Is the most prominent and influential Chinese-American organization working with the Chinese Communist Party?

According to its website (16), the Committee of 100, allegedly composed of the most distinguished Chinese-Americans, was founded in 1990 as:

“an influential group of Chinese Americans to address domestic issues of importance in the U.S. and international concern between the United States and Greater China.”

One could ask is whether that “influence” is coming from the United Front Work Department and designed to benefit the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of U.S. strategic interests?

The United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (UFWD) gathers intelligence and conducts influence operations world-wide, but particularly in the United States.

When making public statements and dealing with the outside world, the UFWD is called the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO) (17).

The Committee of 100 has a long and extensive history of interactions with high-level Chinese Communist Party officials, including those responsible for CCP influence operations in the United States, whether they are called UFWD or OCAO (18).

In 2005, the Committee of 100 established a scholarship for university students in China (19) to:

“support China’s efforts to cultivate a new generation of elites who are well educated and talented.”

Held annually in Beijing, the 2017 Committee of 100 scholarship awards ceremony for Chinese students featured the UFWD Deputy Director, Tan Tianxing, as the keynote speaker. In his speech, Tan recognized the contributions of the members of the Committee of 100 in promoting the economic, trade, scientific and technological advantages of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (19).

But the apparent collaboration between the Committee of 100 and the CCP’s UFWD appears to be far deeper than a single keynote speaker.

The UFWD held an exclusive meeting with “overseas Chinese representatives” in December 2018 (20). The attendees first met UFWD Director You Quan, accompanied by Tan Tianxing, the UFWD deputy director, who is responsible for international UFWD operations (21).

After their meeting with UFWD Director You Quan, the attendees met with Deputy Director Tan Tianxing (center, far table) and senior UFWD staff, all of whom specialize in international UFWD influence operations and intelligence gathering (22).

Committee of 100 member, Howard Li, known in China as Li Xuehai (李学海), attended the December 2018 meeting with UFWD Deputy Director Tan Tianxing and his senior UFWD staff (23).

Howard Li is a typical example of thousands of Chinese, who came, or were sent, to the United States over the last forty years and benefitted enormously from American economic opportunities and freedom unavailable in China. Despite decades living in the U.S. and becoming U.S. citizens, however, many Chinese immigrants have remained loyal to the Chinese Communist Party.

The Committee of 100 provides a brief biography of Howard Li (24):

“Howard H. Li is founder, solo owner, Chairman, and CEO of Waitex Group of Companies since 1981. Waitex provides logistics, warehouse distribution, e-commerce and supply chain services through three million square feet of U.S. facilities processing $5 billion in consumer products annually for its clients. Mr. Li is the founding partner of U.S. apparel wholesaler Eternal Fortune Fashion LLC and six Florentia Village Luxury Out-lets in China.”

“In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Li to the White House President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Forbes Asia selected Mr. Li in 2008 as one of the 25 notable Chinese Americans in U.S. Business. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Mr. Li the President’s Service Award. Mr. Li previously served as an Advisory Council member of the New York State Retirement System and was a director of the United Way of New York City. Currently, he is Vice Chair of China General Chamber of Commerce in USA. Mr. Li emigrated to the U.S. in 1976 from Hong Kong.”

Yet, in 2021, Committee of 100 member and President of Tianjin Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Howard Li said in Chinese, not in any English language publication:

“that 2021 is the first year to implement the [Chinese Communist Party’s] “14th Five-Year Plan” and to start a new journey to build a socialist modernized country in an all-round way. Tianjin Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, as an important link connecting the government and enterprises, will fully integrate the resources of entrepreneurs under the guidance and leadership of the United Front Work Department of the Tianjin Municipal Party Committee and the Overseas Chinese Federation of Tianjin, and give full play to the patriotism and dedication [to China] of overseas Chinese enterprises” (25).

Howard Li was also a member of a December 2017 Committee of 100 delegation led by Frank Wu, known in China as Wu Huayang 吳華揚, that met with Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi, Director of the Office of Central Foreign Affairs Commission and Tan Tianxing, Deputy Director of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (26).

According to its website (27), on July 8, 2016, the Committee of 100 hosted a high-level Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium in Beijing convening one hundred leading Chinese philanthropists across Greater China in honor of His Excellency United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Committee of 100 website does not mention that on July 7, 2016, the Committee of 100 delegation to the Global Chinese Philanthropy Symposium in Beijing, led by Frank Wu, known in China as Wu Huayang 吳華揚,  also had a separate meeting with Qiu Yuanping, Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO) and her Deputy Director, Tan Tianxing. OCAO is also known as the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (28). The meeting was not publicized by the Committee of 100.

There is reason to believe that the Committee of 100, at least in some respects, is coordinating its actions with the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The numbered references may be accessed at: https://chinesefifthcolumnnews.substack.com/p/chinese-fifth-column-news

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a civilian career in international business and medical research. Dr. Sellin is the author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. He can be followed on X (Twitter) @LawrenceSellin and his email address is lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

 

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