Fang Fang (Christine Fang) Wiki – Fang Fang (Christine Fang) Biography
It turns out that a suspected Chinese Intelligence Agency official has developed important ties with California legislators as part of a political operation led by the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
A special report detailing the alleged work of the Chinese national Fang Fang or Christine Fang was published by Axios.
Fang reportedly targeted emerging politicians in California’s Bay Area and across the state from 2011 to 2015, including a US congressman.
Axios reported that during his stay in America, Fang stood up with Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell, one of the youngest members of the Assembly.
Fang reportedly interacted with Swalwell at various events, helped collect donations for his re-election campaign, and break into at least one intern’s office.
The alleged agent also raised money for Tulsi Gabbard and had a romantic or sexual relationship with at least two US mayors from the Midwest.
Fang’s suspicious operations ended during the Obama administration when he fled the United States in the middle of an FBI counterintelligence investigation. First, they discovered Fang while spying on a different person.
Axios said the investigation provides a new look at Beijing’s efforts to influence US political groups.
Concerns about Beijing’s influence in the US have troubled the Trump administration and will likely continue under the Biden administration.
Fang’s friends and acquaintances said he was in his late 20s to early 30s when he enrolled at California State University East Bay.
Axios reported that he served as president of both the Chinese Student Association and the Asia Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA).
Fang was reported to have initially used these positions to step inside the door with local political circles. It would invite MPs, political leaders and Chinese consular officials to a number of important events it hosted.
With a combination of fundraising, charisma, and romantic relationships, Fang has managed to place himself among Bay Area politicians.
Until Axios emerged as the mainstay in Bay Area politics, most of Fang’s alleged operations were conducted in the guise of APAPA, a group that supports civil affairs for Asia Pacific Islanders.
Sources told Axios that some of Fang’s earliest known political contacts in the US were former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Representatives Judy Chu and Swalwell.
In fact, a swipe on Fang’s Facebook page showed that Swalwell was friends with his father and brother.
Their relationship began when Swalwell was a councilor for Dublin City, California, and the earliest known interactions were facilitated through the Chinese Student Association.
Swalwell would later become a Member of Congress in 2012.
Fang portrayed himself as’ the connector between the Asian-American community and members of Congress.
A source told Axios that during Swalwell’s 2014 Congressional reelection campaign, Fang served as a ‘packer’, meaning he persuaded others to donate to campaign operations.
An ideal location for an intelligence officer to hold onto, thinking it might strengthen ties with the campaign officer.
During this time, Fang was reportedly facilitating potential trainee duties for Swawell’s offices, including one based in Washington D.C.
But around 2015, a counterintelligence investigation was so annoyed by Fang’s behavior that they warned Swalwell with a defensive briefing from the FBI.
A current intelligence official told Axios that any contact with Congressman Fang was immediately stopped. He was not accused of any wrongdoing.
His office made a statement to Axios: ‘The representative. Swalwell briefed the FBI about this person he had met long ago, more than eight years ago, and hadn’t seen for nearly six years. He will not participate in your story to protect information that may be confidential. ‘
During his time in the US, Fang collected charity in 2013 in a flyer that even advertised Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook.
A spokesperson for Gabbard’s office told Axios “he did not remember meeting him or talking to him or playing an important role in the fundraising event.”
Similarly, Fang volunteered to campaign for the Representative Ro Khannah 2014 nomination for Congress. It was later named in 2016.
Khanna’s office told Axios that he remembered seeing Fang at a series of Indian American political gatherings, but the two never spoke.
Her office added that Khanna was not informed about Fang by the FBI and her name did not appear on personnel records. They stated that the records did not include the names of all volunteers.
Amid her alleged operations, Fang branched out to other US cities and attended conferences as a way to further her network.
Fang engaged in a sexual or romantic relationship with at least two Midwestern mayors over a period of three years, Axios reports.
And at least two of those sexual interactions with the politicians was caught on by the FBI during their surveillance of her.
During a political conference in 2014, an unidentified, older mayor ‘from an obscure city’ called Fang his ‘girlfriend’ and reportedly insisted they were in a relationship.
Fang allegedly had a sexual encountered with an Ohio mayor in a car that was being surveilled by the FBI.
When the mayor asked why Fang was interested in him, she responded that she wanted to get better at speaking English, Axios reports.
Meanwhile, US authorities discovered through surveillance that she often visited the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.
US officials don’t believe Fang received or passed on any classified materials, but her ability to easily network made the case ‘was a big deal, because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up,’ in the intelligence network, a current US intelligence officer told Axios.
Axios reports that China’s intelligence operation splintered in mid-2015 when Fang fled the US as authorities continued investigating her.
She reportedly had plans to attend a June 2015 event in Washington D.C., but suddenly said she couldn’t make it and needed to return to China.
‘When she left kind of abruptly, we all kind of scratched our heads,’ former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison told Axios.
Since Fang’s probe, the FBI has placed importance on investigations into Chinese intelligence and influence operations. The agency created a unit dedicated to countering Beijing’s operations at state and local levels in May 2019.
Trump tweets video of Chinese professor claiming that Beijing can swing US policy because it has ‘people at the top of America’s core inner circle of power’ in clip that has been deleted from social media in China
President Donald Trump has tweeted video of a Chinese professor suggesting that China has managed to influence U.S. policy for decades thanks to a special network of relationships with people at the upper echelons of American power.
The video, which had originally been posted on Weibo but has since been removed from Chinese social media according to Fox News, depicts Di Dongsheng, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.
Tucker Carlson shared a clip at the top of his show on Monday evening.
In the video Professor Di suggests that China has managed to influence American policies for decades through a special undercover network of ‘old friends’ who were at the highest levels of the U.S. government and financial institutions.
Di notes that everything changed the moment the Trump administration came to power.
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Although Di said he was unable to give specific details without compromising the identities of those involved, he revealed how President Trump’s trade war with China caused huge upset over ties that had been nurtured for decades between Washington and Beijing.
‘Trump waged a trade war with us. Why couldn’t we handle him? Why is it that between 1992 and 2016 we always resolved issues with US? Did you guys know?’ Di asked the Chinese audience in his 18 minute long presentation.
‘Now, I’m going to drop a bomb: Because we had people up there inside America’s core circle of power, we had our old friends,’ said Di, noting that he needed to speak carefully so as not to reveal the identities of those involved.
‘In plain and simple language, during the last three to four decades, we used the core circle inside America’s real power,’ Di said. ‘Wall Street had a very profound influence over America’s domestic and foreign affairs since the 1970s. We used to heavily rely on them.’
But, the professor claims that after Trump was elected in 2016, ‘Wall Street couldn’t control Trump, because, awkwardly, there was a soft breach of contract between them, which made them hostile to each other.’
‘During the U.S.-China trade war, they tried to help,’ Mr. Di said. ‘My friends in U.S. told me that they tried to help, but they couldn’t.’
However, Di noted that things are about to change once again thanks once the incoming Biden administration is in charge.
Once Biden is in the White House, Di believes that China will once again be able to renew its long-held connections.
‘Now with Biden winning the election, the traditional elites, political elites, the establishment, they have a very close relationship with the Wall Street,’ he said.
‘You all heard that Trump said Biden’s son has securities companies all over the world. But who helped Biden’s son build his global companies?,’ Professor Di asked.
‘There are indeed buy-and-sell transactions involved in here, so I think at this particular time, [with Biden winning the election], it is of strategic and tactical value for us to show goodwill to him.’