By Charles “Sam” Faddis | AND Magazine | December 17, 2020
Tony Blinken is Joe Biden’s choice to be Secretary of State. In one sense, there is no surprise there. Blinken has served in the past two Democratic administrations, including as a deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. Blinken also has a long history with Joe Biden and was his national security advisor when Biden was Vice-President. More recently, Blinken has been acting as Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement that Joe Biden established in 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania.
If you understand Biden’s announcement to mean that it will be Blinken’s job to function as America’s top diplomat and represent our interests to the world, however, you completely misunderstand the situation. As Director of the Penn Biden Center, Blinken did not preside over some institute charged with educating Americans and helping them understand the world around us. He presided over an entity that was funded in large measure by the Chinese and which seems to have been dedicated primarily to pushing Chinese propaganda inside the United States.
Since its founding, the Penn Biden Center has received in excess of $70 million from Chinese donors. Until questioned about it, the Center reported none of those donations even though it was required to by law. In excess of $20 million is still categorized as having come from anonymous Chinese sources. One donation alone, received on May 29, 2018, was for $14.5 million.
Not surprisingly, then the Penn Biden Center steers completely clear of any topics, which might displease the Chinese and, in fact, focuses most of its attention on subjects and themes that dovetail nicely with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda worldwide. A great deal of time has been devoted over the last two years to bashing President Trump and blaming the Russians for most of the world’s ills. Not a single word has been printed or uttered by the Center apparently, about forced labor camps in China, live organ harvesting from Uyghur captives, the suppression of democracy in Hong Kong or China’s role in the ongoing worldwide pandemic.
In January of this year the Biden Center sponsored a China research symposium. Topics discussed included the future of U.S. – China relations and China’s role in the future of healthcare and biotechnology. The keynote speaker was the Chinese Consul-General in New York. The symposium culminated with a Chinese New Year celebration. As COVID-19 was spreading around the globe, the Biden Center wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to celebrate the rapid growth of Chinese bio labs.
The number one item on the Biden Center’s website is something called “Advancing the Cause of Globalism.” That tab opens to a large color photo of Joe Biden and CCP Chairman Xi Jinping walking along in China almost arm in arm. The entire tenor of the accompanying text is intended to encourage continued American Chinese entanglement and interaction and to oppose Trump era efforts to decouple and stress “economic nationalism.”
In June of this year Penn Global, the Biden’s Center’s parent organization, sponsored an event focused on what it called “Stopping the Hate.” Consistent with Chinese Communist Party initiatives worldwide, this event was based on the premise that any mention of the geographical Chinese origin of COVID-19 being Wuhan was racist and intended to be an attack not only on ethnic Chinese but on all Asian Americans. One of the panel discussions during the event was entitled “America’s Concentration Camps: Then and Now?”
Not surprisingly, the close financial ties of the Biden Center to China and its slavish towing of the CCP’s propaganda line has attracted a great deal of criticism. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an organization that monitors ethics in public life, has taken a series of formal actions in this regard. In one 12-page complaint filed with the Department of Justice the NLPC has demanded an investigation of the Penn Biden Center, to determine whether it is in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for engaging in political activities on behalf of Chinese interests. The NLPC has also demanded that Blinken identify the Chinese donors who remain anonymous and has requested that the Department of Education order the Biden Center to comply with this request. For its part, the Biden Center has simply failed to respond to either the NLPC or the press.
Blinken is just the first of what it appears will be a Cabinet full of minions of the Chinese Communist Party. These are not patriotic Americans wise to the ways of the CCP and determined to protect us from them. To the contrary, these are men and women who are fully supportive of China’s ambition to supplant the United States as the dominant power on the globe. To the extent they concern themselves with the United States at all, it is to manage its decline.
There is perhaps nothing lower on the planet than the man or woman who betrays his or her country. We are about to see a government full of them.
Blinken may become Secretary of State, but he’s not ours.
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