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LAWRENCE SELLIN: The Potential Toxic Combination of Chinese Illegal Aliens and a Pro-Chinese Communist Party Fifth Column

The potential toxic combination of Chinese illegal aliens and a pro-Chinese Communist Party Fifth Column

I define a Fifth Column as a group of domestic actors, who support or work in cooperation with external rivals or enemies, like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), whose aims are contrary to or undermine the national interest of the United States. The activities of a Fifth Column can be overt or clandestine.

For over 40 years, the CCP has exploited bilateral agreements with the United States and pro-CCP Chinese have misused the legal immigration system to obtain permanent residency or U.S. citizenship, but having no intention of becoming loyal Americans.

Those pro-CCP Chinese now occupy prominent positions at every level of American society, including within the U.S. government. This extensive Chinese Fifth Column, many of whose leaders coordinate with Chinese officials in the United States and China, poses a significant national security threat to the United States.

Pro-CCP Chinese immigrants have established hundreds of Chinese-American professional, business, cultural and community-based organizations, which maintain close connections with the Chinese Communist Party and, specifically, with the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, which gathers intelligence and conducts influence operations world-wide, but particularly in the United States.

The unrestricted opening of the U.S. southern border by the Biden Regime and its globalist Republican allies has created an unprecedented opportunity for China to infiltrate military, intelligence and other pro-CCP operatives, thereby supplementing the already-existing Chinese Fifth Column in every major American city.

For U.S. national security, it is a toxic combination.

According to official figures, the Chinese diaspora in the United States is comprised of approximately 5.4 million individuals who were born in China. About 2 million of those legally immigrated since 1990 (1). The number of illegal Chinese migrants is not known, but that figure is increasing daily due to the open border policy of the Biden Regime.

The highest concentrations of Chinese immigrants are found in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, followed by Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle and Houston (1), roughly corresponding to the location of the Chinese embassy and consulates (the Chinese consulate in Houston was closed in 2020).

Remittances sent to China by Chinese in the U.S. via formal channels have amounted to approximately $850 billion since 2005 (1). It is also not entirely known how many billions of U.S. dollars are transferred to China illegally, for example through Chinese money laundering organizations linked to drug cartels (2), but that number is considered significant.

In addition to sending cash to China, pro-CCP Chinese immigrants provide a means for Beijing to exert political influence in the U.S. as well as being sources for intelligence gathering.

The United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Chinese Communist Party, also known as the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO), which operates through the Chinese embassy and consulates, is responsible for those tasks.

The UFWD focuses on people or entities outside the CCP, especially among the overseas Chinese diaspora, who hold political, commercial, or academic influence, or who represent interest groups, such as Chinese-American professional, business, cultural or Chinese community-based organizations (3,4). Through its efforts, the UFWD seeks to ensure that these individuals and groups are supportive of or useful to CCP interests and that potential critics are suppressed or remain divided (5,6).

Since the mid-1980s, penetration of traditional Chinese overseas organizations has been a priority for the Chinese Communist Party (7).

Not coincidentally, the increase in Chinese immigration to the United States was followed by a near exponential growth of Chinese-American organizations led by newly-arrived pro-CCP Chinese. In the New York City area alone, there are over 215 new Chinese-American organization, all prominently displaying the flag of the People’s Republic of China (7).

Below is one of the frequent conference calls between the Chinese Consul General in New York and the leaders of various Chinese-American organizations for the planning of activities and agreeing on joint narratives.

Wentian Yang from Arizona is typical of the pro-CCP Chinese, who have come to the U.S. over the last 30 years. He is a Director of China Overseas Friendship Association and President of Fujian Overseas Friendship Association. Wentian Yang has extensive connections to the CCP including participating in meetings of the United Front Work Department.

If you would like to get an idea of the extent of pro-Chinese Communist Party sentiment among the leaders of Chinese-American organizations, here are photos and a list of those leaders, who attended a 2019 military parade in Beijing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Note that they wave Chinese flags and wear a lapel pin of the National Emblem of the People’s Republic of China (8).

What is described above is only the tip of the iceberg.

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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

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