Trump Admin Ends Free Chinese Communist Propaganda Trips for Congress Staff

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Daniel Greenfield, Chinese Communist Propaganda!

Sorry swamp, the free trips to China are off the menu.

The State Department has ended five exchange programs with China, calling them “soft power propaganda tools” of the Chinese government.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Friday statement that the department is terminating the Policymakers Educational China Trip Program, the U.S.-China Friendship Program, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program, and the U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program and the Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Policymakers Educational China Trip Program is aimed at Congressional staff members.

Last year’s participants included Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s communications director, Rep. Bobby Rush’s chief of staff, the deputy chief of staff for Senator John Tester, and the economic policy adviser to Senator Chris Coons.

The key thing to remember is that staffers make policy.

Your average congressperson doesn’t know very much. Especially when he first arrives. He or she is served by staffers, who don’t get paid that much, but who understand how things work, and then parlay their jobs in various benefits, from future lobbyist gigs to consultancies, and meanwhile find fringe benefits.

This is another example of the Peeps insinuate their operations into our political system.

Mexican Drug Cartels Laundering Cash Through China

All roads to the destruction of America lead through China. At least when it comes to foreign enemies.

Here’s another hookup between Mexican drug cartels and the Communist cash machine.

Virtually unheard of a decade ago, these Chinese players are moving vast sums quickly and quietly, authorities said. Their expertise: routing cartel drug profits from the United States to China then on to Mexico with a few clicks of a burner phone and Chinese banking apps – and without the bulky cash ever crossing borders. The launderers pay small Chinese-owned businesses in the United States and Mexico to help them move the funds. Most contact with the banking system happens in China, a veritable black hole for U.S. and Mexican authorities.

The unspoken issue here is immigration.

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Immigration is a foothold for foreign organized crime in this country. A good chunk of immigration from certain parts of the world is sponsored by organized crime. And that organized crime has moved up from just the usual indentured servitude and gambling, and is interconnected with international crime rings. It’s not just busing illegal aliens on illegal bus services across the country (that occasionally crash when their drivers lose conscious after working a 21 hour shift) to work in restaurants from Delaware to Virginia to New York to Chicago, it’s also part of a bigger game. Once organized crime gets a local foothold, it starts networking together.

This is what we’re seeing here.

Chinese authorities are happy enough to have their banking system used for this. It undermines their enemies and brings in money.

China’s Foreign Ministry disputed their account. The ministry told Reuters in late October that it did not receive a request from U.S. authorities for help on that case. China stands ready to cooperate with the United States to “destroy drug cartels and drug-related money-laundering networks,” the ministry said in a statement. But it stressed the need for the two countries to work on the “principle of respecting each other’s laws, equality and mutual benefit,” the statement said.

The ministry said most Chinese bank-account holders about whom Washington has inquired as part of its money laundering investigations in recent years were “legitimate enterprises and individuals” in China.

Of course they are. By ChiCom standards, meaning they don’t commit crimes in China.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement arm, have warned about the expanding web of Chinese crime groups laundering drug money. Europol in November 2019 said these groups present a “growing threat to Europe,” while the U.S. Treasury in February placed Chinese professional money laundering networks on its list of “key threats” and vulnerabilities within the U.S. financial system.

And if Biden gets into the White House, expect this to be as thoroughly buried as the Hezbollah drug investigations were under Obama-Biden.

In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.

Chinese money and connections also helped Iran survive President Trump’s sanctions.

And, obviously, meth and  fentanyl depend on the Chinese connection.

From nondescript buildings in the industrial nucleus of Wuhan, across wavy seas to dusty tented super laboratories in the heart of Mexico, and then across the jagged southwest border and dispersing like a wild bomb ripping through every crevice of the United States, the growing presence of Chinese drug lords and cartels below the southern border is one that is killing an unprecedented amount of Americans.

According to multiple Mexico-based security and intelligence professionals, the bulk of the deadly work is carried out by the “Los Zheng” wing, identified as having “the largest presence in Mexico for the trafficking of fentanyl and methamphetamine.”

They have the collaboration of customs authorities and members of the Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels in Mexico,” explained Lee Oughton, Fortress co-founder and COO. “Once in the country, the drug is transported by air and land to the United States through the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Sonora.”

This is what a real cold war looks like. And we’re losing.