Feinstein defended China against human rights abuses as her husband got rich from Chinese companies
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California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein repeatedly defended the public image of China’s ruling Communist Party while her husband reaped large profits from his business ties with China, a new book reveals.
Over the past three decades, Feinstein has downplayed the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses, according to “Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” a book recently published by the President of the Government Accountability Institute, Peter Schweizer.
The book, which was released on Tuesday, says Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, simultaneously grew his fortune doing business with the communist nation, at one point profiting from a company that spied on the U.S. military through to Chinese products.
“He’s a businessman and he has the right to do business and he’s never done anything wrong,” Feinstein spokesman Kam Kuwata said, according to the new book.
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The senator has been an advocate for China for decades, becoming the first American mayor to visit the country while leading San Francisco. Feinstein supported granting China most-favoured-nation (MFN) trade status in 2000 — a designation that eased restrictions and encouraged increased economic cooperation between the United States and China. In 1994, when the US Senate was considering rescinding that trade status with China over human rights abuses, Feinstein opposed it, saying it would “inflame Beijing’s insecurities”.
Feinstein also came to the nation’s defense when China was considered for entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), which it successfully joined in 2001.
During the 1995 confirmation hearing for former US Ambassador to China Jim Sasser, Feinstein offered a powerful defense to China’s alleged human rights abusesclaiming that the country was “changing” due to Western influence.
“It’s one thing to talk about human rights here. It’s another to go to Yin Tai and Zhongnanhai and talk to the Chinese president about it,” Feinstein said at the time. “Hitting the desk here is not going to change China. China is changing. And it is the Western influence in China that is helping change.
Feinstein went on to compare the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen Square to the infamous 1993 US government botched standoff in Waco, Texas.
“I was appalled like everyone else by the tanks [Tiananmen] Square, but three tanks of this government entered Waco, Texas and killed 29 children,” Feinstein said. “They weren’t criminals. Most people in Waco didn’t have criminal records. Now these are not analogous; they are different situations. It was wrong of our government, and it was wrong of the Chinese government.”
Around 10,000 people were killed in the events surrounding the Tiananmen Square massacre, according to contemporary reports English officials on the pitch. Seventy-five people were killed in Waco, including more than 20 children.
The California senator also spoke in 1997, calling for a joint US-China commission on “the evolution of human rights in the two countries over the past 20 or 30 years”, seeking to compare “the successes and failures [of] both in Tiananmen Square and in Kent State. »
“No one believes that Feinstein is sincere in calling for such an investigation,” said journalist Ken Silverstein. written at the time. “His suggestion, which is the subject of great contempt in Congress, is only a smokescreen to prevent a serious look at China’s terrible record.”
“There was originally this kind of anti-communist view of China,” Feinstein said in 2012. “That’s changing. … China is a socialist country but it’s becoming more and more capitalist.”
At the same time Feinstein was encouraging Chinese leadership, her husband, Richard Blum, had concerning business ties to the communist nation.
“I can’t think of a single reason why Chinese leaders would want to help us with investment opportunities,” Blum said of his ties to China.
In 1997, as his wife faced increasing scrutiny of her husband’s continued investments in the country, Blum has pledged to donate his personal profits from its Chinese investments to its own fund for Tibetan refugees.
“It should remove any perception that I, in any way, shape or shape, benefit from or influence my wife’s position on China as a U.S. senator,” Blum said.
In 2000, the Associated Press cited public documents in an exposé showing that Blum’s company, Richard C. Blum & Associates, was doing business in China with another company as part of the Newbridge Capital joint venture. At the time of writing, the company had invested at least $90 million in mainland-related businesses.
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In 2005, the Chinese company Lenovo—itself formed with a $25,000 donation from the Chinese Academy of Government Sciences—purchased IBM’s personal computer business, launching the new business into the market. global. US officials were skeptical of the new company, fearing Chinese ownership of the computer maker could compromise security. An investigation was launched and eventually Lenovo was approved to do business with the US government. Feinstein had a seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time.
Years later, US officials found evidence of backdoor malware and spyware on government-bought Lenovo laptops.
Lee Chieffalo, a US Marine security expert, testified in 2010: “A large quantity of Lenovo laptops were sold to the US military that had an encrypted chip on the motherboard that recorded all data that was entered in this laptop and send it back to China […] It was a huge security flaw. We have no idea how much data they obtained, but we had to remove all of these systems from the network.”
Feinstein has positioned herself as an advocate against the ongoing Uyghur genocide in China’s Xinjiang region, as her personal investments remain in a blind trust. However, Blum’s personal investments in or outside the United States are known only to him, the senator claims.
“The senator has no involvement in her husband’s financial or business decisions,” a spokesperson for the senator said. says Newsweek in December 2021, asked about financial ties with the country.
In 2014, the FBI reportedly informed Feinstein, then chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that there had been allegations of espionage buried in her office. The alleged spy, Russell Lowe, served as Feinstein’s driver in California, but took on additional responsibilities at the office, such as working as a liaison with the Asian American community in California.
The staff member reportedly attended Chinese consulate events on behalf of the senator and was recruited after befriending someone from the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
“Five years ago, the FBI informed me that they were concerned that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially wanted by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a 2019 statement. “This was not a mole or a spy, but someone a foreign intelligence service thought could recruit.”
Feinstein said the FBI had “reviewed the matter” and “shared its concerns” with her. The staff member has been removed.
The questionable ties to China don’t stop at Feinstein and Blum.
first son Biden hunter allegedly had such a strong relationship with a Chinese businessman linked to Xi’s regime that he dubbed him the ‘superpresident’, according to Swiss.
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“I think there’s no doubt. We’ve spent over a year investigating ‘Red Handed’, and one of the most startling things we’ve uncovered is the simple fact that the Biden family , while serving as vice president of the United States and continuing when he became president, received some $31 million from Chinese people connected to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence,” Schweizer said.
One of those numbers, he said, is an investor Che Fongchairman of the Chinese company Ever Union Capital.
Fox News contacted Sen. Feinstein’s office for comment, but did not receive a response.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.