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Communist China has no more loyal friend in the US Congress than the representative for California’s 32nd District, Judy Chu.
There is no doubt that Chu’s commitment to China is broad and deep. In her few years of office, Chu has done more to build a “friendship” with the People’s Republic of China than perhaps any other Congress member.
During a visit to her ancestral home village of Jiangmen in 2011, the US born Congresswoman told the Life of Guangzhou website:
I am a daughter of China, now I’m coming home…
All this would seem quite natural. Why would a Congress member of Chinese extraction not want to build ties to her ancestral homeland?
The concerning factor here is Chu’s background with a violent pro-China sect called the Communist Workers Party.
In the mid-1980s, Judy Chu led a major CWP front, the Federation For Progress, and is still involved today with a network of former Party members. Some former WCP members in Chu’s network, including Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA Kent Wong and Oakland California Mayor Jean Quan, have done everything they can to build US/China labor union and commercial ties respectively.
This is completely in line with Communist Chinese policy to use ethnic Chinese politicians to advance Chinese foreign policy and commercial interests.
The official Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily Nov. 3, 2012, published an article on what it called the participation of “overseas Chinese” in politics:
It cited U.S. congresswoman Judy Chu of California, the only Asian among 35 national campaign co-chairpersons for Barack Obama‘s campaign committee.
Even though the article appeared in English in the paper’s online edition, it did not refer to her as “Judy Chu” but as Zhao Meixin, using her Chinese name.
It called her an example of a successful overseas Chinese “participating in politics in foreign countries,” even though Chu, was born in the United States, the granddaughter of an immigrant. To her, the United States is not a foreign country.
And the article referred to the congresswoman and others as “ethnic foreigners,” as though she will be forever a foreigner in the land of her birth and will always be Chinese.
In fact, China is claiming credit for the achievements of people such as Judy Chu.
The People’s Daily said: “As China’s national strength is constantly enhancing, the status of overseas Chinese is also upgraded in the countries they live in.”
It said that participation in politics had become an “irresistible trend” for overseas Chinese.
The reason for China’s interest is not difficult to discern. “In order to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China, more and more overseas Chinese are needed to participate in the local political life,” the paper said.
That is to say, from China’s viewpoint, these ethnic Chinese politicians serve China’s national purpose, even though they are elected officials of other countries.
Judy Chu’s contacts with China go back more than 20 years.
Soon after Chu was elected as a Monterey Park City Council member and mayor, she led a delegation to China in 1990. She visited China again in 1994 and 1999 as a city councilwoman.
In late August 2011, Chu, as Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair and Ranking Democrat of the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee, led a delegation for a week-long visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs – an organ of the Communist Party of China.
She was accompanied by two far left Congressmen, Californian Mike Honda, a fellow member of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus and Eni Faleomavaega, of American Samoa, a former member of the Progressive Caucus.
The trio visited Beijing, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and South China’s Guangdong Province.
During their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Senior Chinese Communist Party legislator Lu Yongxiang, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, reviewed the exchanges that have taken place between the NPC and the U.S. Senate and Congress.
Lu called on China and the United States to “step up dialogues, enhance mutual trust and carry out more extensive cooperation in order to boost the development of China-U.S. ties.”
Later Mr. Luo Zhijun, Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Jiangsu Provincial Committee, met with the US congressional delegation headed by Judy Chu:
Mr. Luo Zhijun extended his welcome to Ms. Judy for her first visit to Jiangsu. He appreciated Chu’s Resolution of Regret over the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a bill suspending Chinese immigration. He said that this July he heads the Jiangsu Economic and Goodwill Delegation to visit the State of California, having a meeting with Congresswoman Chu and Congressman Mike Honda and signing the agreement with Steinburg, President Pro Tempore of California State Senate on the establishment of the sister relationship between Jiangsu and California, which “will be a great impetus to the pragmatic cooperation between the local governments of the two countries” .
Mr. Chen Yonglong, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Xu Nanping, Assistant to Governor and Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Mr. Mao Weiming, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Mr. Zhu Min, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce, Mr. Fei Shaoyun, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, Mr. Zheng Zeguang, Vice Mayor of Nanjing and Mr. Zhou Wei, Deputy Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Foreign Affairs Office were present at the meeting.
The delegation, visited the School of Transnational Law on Sept. 1, 2011, to discuss the role of caucuses in the U.S. House of Representatives in the legislative process.
Chu, spoke about her position as the first Chinese American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and “issues that she is passionate about, including immigration reform and improving U.S-China relations.”
“We have more to gain from a relationship than we have to lose – and in fact, we are very much interdependent,” Chu said. “We want to make sure that we raise our voices for reason and mutual cooperation between U.S. and China.”
Later, with rhetoric reminiscent of starry eyed American communists visiting the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Chu told China Daily that she wanted to increase understanding between the United States and China, a relationship which Chu said has sometimes been hit by “great anxiety and tension.”
“There are some in Congress who are saying negative and angry things about China,” complained Ms. Chu.
“I felt that we needed to have this trip in order to help balance the perspective that is out there. We have more to gain in our relationship between US and China than we have to lose.” There is also much that the US can learn from China, she added.
We need to explain what great progress China has made, with some great advances that we can learn from. For instance, on high-speed rail. We actually rode the high-speed rail from Nanjing to Shanghai and we were incredibly impressed at how China could make these advances when we in the US actually have not been able to get our first high-speed train going...
Chu said the most memorable event of the whole trip was visiting her home village Jiangmen. “China has really made great progress… 21 years ago when I was last in Jiangmen, single lane roads, no bridges cross the river. But this time I see 3-lane highways, magnificent highways, and all kinds of industry.”
Judy Chu’s championing of China, is not confined to actions on Chinese soil.
In January 2011, Chinese president Hu Jintao visited Washington DC for a high-profile summit. He had a red carpet rolled out for him, including a private dinner with President Barack Obama one night and a big state dinner the next.
Among those of Chinese descent that were present at the dinner were Judy Chu and her friend, one time Communist Workers Party activist and Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan.
Incidentally, On October 13, 2011, Congresswoman Judy Chu and her other main former CWP friend Kent Wong, were guests at a White House dinner to honor South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
Judy Chu also works closely with the Committee of 100, a “national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that brings a Chinese American perspective to issues concerning Chinese Americans and U.S.-China relations.” Its members work “to encourage constructive relations between the peoples of the United States and Greater China, and to promote the full participation of Chinese Americans in all fields of American life.”
Some Committee of 100 leaders have past Communist Workers Party connections, including Chu’s close friend, Los Angeles lawyer Stewart Kwoh.
Washington DC area Committee of 100 members hosted a dinner meeting on November 4, 2009, in honor of Judy Chu. She has also spoken at past Committee of 100 conferences and attended the 2008 conference in Los Angeles.
Luo Zhijun, Governor and Communist Party Secretary for Jiangsu Province and his economic development delegation were hosted at a dinner in the home of H&Q Asia Pacific Chairman and Founder Ta-lin Hsu on July 17, 2011, in Atherton, California. A number of Committee of 100 members, members of Congress and other special guests, attended.
The delegation, representing the one of the wealthiest Chinese provinces, included members of the Jiangsu government as well as Jiangsu-based entrepreneurs including the CEO of the solar energy company Suntech, Shi Zhengrong. Governor Luo gave a brief talk introducing Jiangsu’s economic advantages, which was extensively covered in the Chinese press.
On May 23, 2012, Consul General Qiu Shaofang attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 Global Chinese Broadcasting Cooperation Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. U.S. congresswomen Judy Chu, China National Radio President Wang Qiu, Vice Consul General Sun Weide and representatives of more than 30 broadcasting companies attended the event.
Global Chinese Broadcasting Cooperation, is of course, a propaganda vehicle for the Communist Chinese government.
Global Chinese Broadcasting Cooperation is a broadcasting network providing real-time radio broadcast, dissemination of information, cultural entertainment, and many more features. Consul General Qiu spoke highly of the GCBC, he said it is a platform for all Chinese broadcasting practitioners to share and exchange great programs. For the past 9 years since its establishment, it has become one of the windows for the Chinese people and the world to learn about each other. Media is playing an increasingly important role in promoting better understanding and friendship around the world. GCBC is a bridge of communication to let the world know a real and developing China.
Consul General Qiu also talked about current China and US relations; he “hoped GCBC will provide more opportunities for China and American people to communicate and cooperate, as a result to improve the bilateral relationships.”
Judy Chu, in her speech, commented on the important role played by the Chinese broadcasting in the Chinese American community. Finally, China National Radio President Wang Qiu concluded that GCBC will devote its best effort to promote the development of Chinese broadcasting and to raise China’s global profile around the world.
The 2012 Western Region Conference of US-China Peoples Friendship Association, was held Friday, October 26 to 28, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel on Judy Chu’s home turf – San Gabriel, California.
The US-China Association started life as a communist front and has changed but little over the years. It has always been affiliated with Communist China’s Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Beijing’s main tool for working with foreign communists and sympathizers, while spreading propaganda all over the world.
“New Age of U.S.-China Relations” was the theme of this conference. Invited dignitaries came from business, politics, NGOs and academia from both countries. Keynote speakers included Madame Xiaolin Li, President of the Chinese People’s Association for friendship with Foreign Countries, his Excellency Qiu Shaofang i, Consul General of China in Los Angeles and Congresswoman Judy Chu and her husband Mr. Mike Eng, California State Assembly.
Judy Chu, of course highlighted her favorite hobby horse, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which, according to Chu, prevented Chinese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens, thus making Chinese “scapegoats for the Americans here.” The congresswoman said, “It was the relationship between the U.S. and China that actually got that act repealed in the first place. So, we must know that we have to value that relationship.”
There is no doubt that Judy Chu is working hard to build bridges between China and the US. The question is this… Are Chu’s efforts a sincere attempt to increase mutual understanding or part of a covert subversive effort to increase Communist Chinese influence in America?
The fact that Chu has a hidden background with the pro-Chinese Communist Workers Party must raise grave doubts about her motives.
That Judy Chu works closely with two former members of the Communist Workers Party – Kent Wong and Jean Quan, both of whom are active in promoting increased Chinese-American ties, can only heighten those concerns.
Does Judy Chu really want to “come home” to China or does she want America to become a new Chinese homeland?
Is Judy Chu an American patriot who loves China? Or a Chinese patriot working on foreign soil for the benefit of her ancestral homeland?
Part 6 coming soon…
Trevor Loudon is the author of Barack Obama and the Enemies Within and is nearing completion of a new title: “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress.”