Is Dianne Feinstein Helping The Chinese Military?
(Tea Party 247) – Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has proposed amending upcoming NASA funding legislation that would require companies that want to compete with NASA for contracts to demonstrate that they have not been compromised by China.
There is nothing remotely controversial about this. Right?
As BizPac Review explains:
China is a serial thief of U.S. technology. It has a long history of extorting U.S. companies by forcing them to turn over methods, materials and marketing secrets as a condition of entering China’s market of 1.3 billion people. These state-sanctioned thefts require U.S. firms to name Chinese to their boards and management teams, who then can take what they learn to compete against the American firms with lower raw material costs because of Chinese-only purchasing rules.
China also has a long history of spying in the United States. In just the past few weeks, the U.S. government has closed a Chinese consulate in Houston, banned TikTok, a popular social media app, and forced U.S. universities to close their Confucius Institutes, funded by the Chinese to install spies on U.S. campuses, and to return the money.
We’re also fighting a space race with the Chinese right now, and NASA and our new Space Force lead the charge. So, amendments that say American firms must prove they are not involved with the Chinese and do not turn over American technology to Chinese firms would seem like common sense.
So why on earth does Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who had a Chinese spy for a driver for two decades, actually oppose these amendments?
Perhaps the answer is right there.
According to Feinstein, the amendments “could disrupt and unfairly disadvantage certain U.S. companies in the space sector.”
Feinstein was always been friendly to China. As mayor of San Francisco, she set up sister-city agreements with Chinese communities, and linked the city to Shanghai, whose mayor at the time was Jiang Zemin, later the president of China.
This established a friendship, apparently. Zemin actually went to Thanksgiving dinner at Feinstein’s house, even dancing with her that evening, while Feinstein’s husband, investor Richard Blum, cozied up to the future president of the Communist Chinese Party.
She worked with Zemin to establish corporate partnerships, to eliminate the link between most-favored-nation status, which the Chinese coveted so they could join the World Trade Organization, and China’s serial human rights abuses. Zemin helped Blum raise $150 million for an Asia-focused fund for his venture capital firm, Newbridge Capital.
The firm would go on to invest more than $400 million in China, including in ventures such as Northwest Airlines, then the only airline with direct flights to all major Chinese cities, and the Shenzhen Development Bank, the first time the Chinese would allow an American firm to take control of such a group.
Feinstein blocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from moving to rename a Washington, D.C. street for Nobel-winning Chinese human rights activist, Liu Xiaobo, who was jailed by speaking out against the regime.
Xiaobo died in custody.
She forced the Obama administration to abandon a $6 billion deal with Taiwan. In the early 80s, she also got organizers to San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade to stop displaying Taiwan’s flag.
She even worked to get meetings for Chinese officials so they could explain the missile tests performed near Taiwan to frighten the nation.
Given her history, it’s not hard to see why Feinstein considers Gardner’s amendments “disruptive” and sales of military hardware to Taiwan as “an irritant.” For decades now, she has seemed more interested in integrating China into the American commercial sector than addressing its multitude of security threats.
Perhaps, given her connections to China’s Communist Party, she can’t afford to let these amendments go forward without a fight. Americans can’t afford not to.