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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

All of a sudden, the tables have turned on the People’s Republic of China. Due to the Trump administration’s efforts to counter the Middle Kingdom’s comprehensive campaign to dominate the West, it is now OK to discuss the subject at a D.C. cocktail party. It’s even OK to say the Trump tariffs are working, even though many armchair pundits still hedge their bets, preferring to say it quietly so they can always jump back on the Beijing train if they need to.

However, perhaps nothing has been more controversial than the case of Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who has publicly accused the Chinese leadership and the Communist Party of China of corruption, criminality, and immorality on a grand scale. Of course, it is not shocker that the largest communist country in the world is corrupt to the core; corruption goes hand in hand with the ideology. The party has also ferociously come after Wengui in the courts, on social media, and even with alleged black arts. However, he persists in his activities.


The case of Wengui is curious.

There is not a lack of voices who say he is simply a con artist. Others believe he is the real McCoy.

“In New York, Guo has split a community of dissidents and democracy activists down the middle. Some support him. Others believe that Guo himself is a government spy,” wrote the New York Times recently in a high profile expose.

Wengui has found some infamous allies in his quest. In November, he announced the creation of $100 million fund to expose Chinese corruption, to be run by former White House strategist Steve Bannon. The effort has yet to announce any findings. “We both naturally despise the Chinese Communist Party,” Mr. Guo said in an interview last week, referring to Mr. Bannon. “That’s why we’ve become partners,” reported the New York Times.

Wengui also hired the law firm of the well-known lawyer David Boies to defend him against various legal threats to his business empire and accusations of fraud. Although, Boies now declares that Wengui has yet to pay over a half million dollars in legal fees. “Boies’ firm says in its complaint that it applied the $500,000 retainer Guo originally deposited and that Guo has not made good on the rest of the legal fees,” reported Forbes.

It is no secret that Wengui fled China prior to being arrested on corruption charges; however, efforts at verifying his amazing, self-proclaimed biography have come up short. Wikipedia states that Wengui’s whistleblowing claims were generally considered sensationalist and unverifiable.

The danger of course is that if Wengui’s accusations are found to be untrue, the real effort to shed daylight on the nefarious activities of the People’s Republic of China and its leadership are sure is sure to be harmed. China remains the most serious existential threat to the United States and the Western way of life. Its efforts to expand and project policy militarily, its mercantile economy, and its ongoing disinformation campaign in the Western media are serious threats to our democracy, our freedom, and our way of life.

The China problem is a serious one; the regime has long bought and paid for U.S. politicians and the American people need to know the truth of what is happening. Anything that tarnishes or undermines this truth agenda needs to be called out. The answer is still out on Mr. Wengui and his methods.

“Like in an American movie,” he told me with unflinching self-confidence. “In the last minutes, we will save the world,” Wengui declared during the New York Times interview.


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