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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • China gets feisty with Feinstein.

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • This is Devin Nunes,

  • a US congressman from California.

  • He's been working to derail

  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation

  • into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • Now imagine what would happen

  • if the FBI discovered that a staffer for Nunes,

  • who had worked for him for 20 years, had been spying for Russia.

  • And all Nunes did was quietly fire him and then keep it under wraps.

  • I think people would freak out.

  • Now, this is Dianne Feinstein, a US Senator from California.

  • Turns out, one of her long-time staffers was allegedly a spy

  • for the Chinese Communist Party.

  • The Chinese spy was Feinstein's driver for 20 years,

  • who also served as a gofer in her Bay Area office,

  • and who was a liaison to the Asian American community.

  • He even attended Chinese consulate functions for the Senator.”

  • Five years ago,

  • the FBI came to Feinstein with this information,

  • and she quietly dismissed the guy.

  • No one else on her staff even knew.

  • It only came out recently,

  • thanks to this brief blurb in a Politico article.

  • Now this was at a time when Feinstein

  • was the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Not to worry.

  • “A spokesperson for Feinstein said...

  • no Feinstein staffer in California

  • has ever had a security clearance.”

  • Oh, well that is a relief.

  • A possible Chinese spy was close to a US senator

  • while she sat on a sensitive intelligence committee,

  • but his lack of security clearance means

  • he definitely never heard anything

  • at any point that could be a political advantage

  • to the Chinese regime.

  • Whew.

  • It's not clear right now how much this alleged spy

  • was able to communicate with his handlers,

  • and the FBI apparently didn't think

  • they had enough evidence to prosecute.

  • In fact, this San Francisco Chronicle story makes it seem like

  • he was more of an accidental spy...

  • who thought he was just talking to a friend,

  • who happened to work for the Chinese Ministry of State Security.

  • This is why I always say, never make any friends.

  • Remember that, kids.

  • But you know what?

  • The spying part...isn't even the most interesting part of this story.

  • We're just getting started.

  • See, the Chinese Communist Party has been working hard

  • to influence important people in the United States,

  • to guide our country on a moreChina friendlypath.

  • China experts have called this strategyelite capture.”

  • Getting the wealthy and influential on your side.

  • But you can't just capture elites by luring them into

  • a trap set with fine wine and caviar.

  • So how does the Chinese Communist Party do it?

  • Take a look at this Hudson Institute report,

  • The Chinese Communist Party's Foreign Interference Operations.

  • Under the section, “China's Willing American Enablers,” it says,

  • For everyone from businesspeople to politicians,

  • the promise of market access to China....

  • is a powerful incentive to work with the Chinese government

  • and acquiesce to its broader agenda.”

  • In other words, money.

  • I know, what a surprise.

  • It turns out Senator Dianne Feinstein is

  • a perfect example of elite capture.

  • She knew that the Chinese government was taking an interest in her.

  • The FBI warned her of that back in 1997.

  • Why would the Chinese regime be interested?

  • Here's former FBI agent Josh Harp,

  • who used to run counter-espionage for the FBI in the Bay Area,

  • talking about Dianne Feinstein.

  • You know anybody who sits on the House Intelligence Committee,

  • they all have a top secret security clearance and even higher,

  • and those people are all prime targets of opportunity.”

  • And Feinstein didn't exactly

  • make it difficult for Chinese officials

  • to get close to her.

  • Now I'm not saying Dianne Feinstein is a spy

  • or that she did something illegal.

  • I'm not accusing her of that.

  • But I am saying, records show Feinstein had

  • very close dealings with the Chinese Communist Party.

  • And in particular,

  • everyone's favorite mass murder and natterjack toad

  • Jiang Zemin!

  • And the two of them made sweet music together.

  • I wonder what future dictators sing at karaoke.

  • What's that, Shelley?

  • One Day When We Were Young”?

  • Well, that's disappointing.

  • I thought it would be something likeHighway to Hell.”

  • Or at leastWe are the Champions.”

  • So how did this duet begin, you ask?

  • Well, Feinstein was the mayor of San Francisco from 1978 to 1988.

  • And the Chinese Communist Party is very interested in keeping

  • close ties to San Francisco's Chinese community.

  • As the LA Times wrote,

  • Mayor Feinstein had a close relationship with Jiang Zemin,

  • who was then the mayor and party secretary of Shanghai.

  • In 1980, Mayor Feinstein made Shanghai the sister city of San Francisco.

  • It was the first sister city relationship the US had with China.

  • In fact, the two cities are still sisters to this day,

  • thanks to Feinstein and Jiang's “lasting ties.”

  • But back when San Francisco's sister relationship with Shanghai began,

  • Feinstein was just a mayor,

  • and so was Jiang Zemin.

  • Jiang didn't become the leader of China until after 1989,

  • when he supported killing all those students in Tiananmen Square.

  • Ok, I know that sounds bad.

  • But, as Feinstein put it in 2010:

  • That whole Tiananmen Square incident is in the past.

  • And one learns from the past.

  • And China has learned a lesson.

  • And that lesson is, brainwash the next generation

  • into forgetting it ever happened.

  • That's not a joke.

  • That's what they did.

  • Anway, Feinstein and Jiang's relationship began

  • in the simpler times of the 1980s,

  • well before the alleged Chinese spy in her office,

  • and definitely before Jiang would rise to power

  • and launch a systematic campaign

  • to kill Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

  • Apparently, “Feinstein became friends with Shanghai's mayor,

  • Jiang Zemin,

  • and the two visited each other regularly;

  • Jiang once spent Thanksgiving in San Francisco

  • with Feinstein and her husband.

  • Why, Jiang even danced with Feinstein

  • during one of those visits.

  • Ok, dancing and singing together is one thing,

  • but did Feinstein's friendship with Jiang affect

  • how she treated US-China relations?

  • Well, back in the 1990s, a lot of US officials

  • were reluctant to normalize trade with China

  • because of that whole Tiananmen Square whoopsie-daisy.

  • Congress had to re-approve trade with China every year.

  • But Feinstein wanted to change that.

  • In 1996 she wrote this op-ed for the LA Times called,

  • Most-Favored Status Is Not a Perk.”

  • It's not?

  • I'm pretty sure becoming most favored anything is a perk.

  • Anyway, she wrote,

  • We should grant most-favored-nation status

  • to China on a permanent basis and get past

  • the annual dance that is proving to be extraordinarily divisive.”

  • Also, remember,

  • this was only seven years after the Tiananmen Massacre.

  • Surely the Communist Party had completely changed by then!

  • Well, according to Feinstein, it had.

  • The positive changes in China have been dramatic.

  • Chinese society continues to open up

  • with looser ideological controls,

  • freer access to outside sources of information

  • and increased media reporting.

  • More people in China vote for their leadership on the local level

  • than do Americans.”

  • Um...you realize that the localvotingdoesn't count

  • when the Communist Party picks all the candidates, right?

  • Fortunately for Feinstein,

  • she wasn't alone in her support for China...

  • and Jiang Zemin.

  • There was also this guy.

  • Then-president Bill Clinton wanted China

  • in the World Trade Organization.

  • Or, you could say, American corporations

  • wanted access to the China market,

  • and Bill Clinton did his best to represent

  • his well-funded constituents.

  • But when trade talks with China started going sour,

  • in August 1999,

  • the White House sent Feinstein there meet with Jiang Zemin

  • and encourage him to resume negotiations.

  • And eventually, Clinton and Feinstein successfully got China

  • to join the World Trade Organization.

  • And nowas you know

  • China plays by all the international rules,

  • has a vibrant democracy,

  • respects human rights, and...haha, no.

  • It was a total failure.

  • Although that's not how some see it.

  • Senator Feinstein told the Washington Post in 2010

  • that China has gotten soooo much better.

  • She said, “There was originally

  • this kind of anti-communist view of China.

  • That's changing...

  • China is a socialist country but one that is

  • increasingly becoming capitalistic.”

  • Well, I guess selling people's organs for profit is capitalistic.

  • And that kind of optimism spreads to the people around Feinstein.

  • I mean, besides that alleged Chinese spy.

  • In 2011, her former aide,

  • Peter Ruffo joined the Chinese telecom giant ZTE

  • as their first in-house political lobbyist.

  • Ruffo is still ZTE's lobbyist.

  • Even though the House Intelligence Committee

  • has been warning for 6 years that ZTE

  • poses a national security threat to the US.

  • But it's not just Feinstein's former staff who

  • are enamored with totally-not-communist China.

  • This may shock you,

  • but while Dianne Feinstein

  • was arguing for more trade with China,

  • her husband Richard Blum was making

  • an awful lot of money...

  • in China.

  • In 1986, Feinstein and Jiang designated several corporate entities

  • for fostering commercial relations,

  • one named Shanghai Pacific Partners.

  • Feinstein's husband served as a director.”

  • That project also involved state-run Shanghai Investment Trust Corp.

  • And itwas cited by Chinese officials as a testament

  • to the friendly business ties between Shanghai

  • and San Francisco that Feinstein had initiated.”

  • And business grew.

  • In May 1994, in a speech delivered on the Senate floor,

  • Feinstein urged President Clinton to increase

  • favorable trade relations with China

  • at the same time her husband Blum planned to invest

  • up to $150 million there on behalf of several clients.

  • Now, both Feinstein and her husband said that his businesses

  • did not benefit from her China relationships.

  • And that he had his own relationships in China.

  • But their behavior still raised eyebrows.

  • Feinstein took three trips between 1995 and 1997 to China,

  • in addition to trips earlier in her mayoral service,

  • to meet with top communist officials,

  • including Jiang [Zemin].

  • Blum often attended the meetings with her,

  • an arrangement the Times described as 'unusual.'”

  • In one instance, in 1996, Jiang Zemin took Feinstein

  • and her husband to the home of Mao Zedong.

  • They were the first foreigners to see his bedroom and swimming pool.

  • It was very historic.

  • Like, if you got to see Stalin's old bedroom and swimming pool,

  • the first thought on your mind would be how historic it was.

  • All these private meetings with Jiang Zemin

  • and the couple were very good for Blum's business,

  • according to American experts in Chinese business practices.

  • Now a spokesperson for Feinstein said that by 1999,

  • her husband had gotten rid of his last holdings in mainland China.

  • Which is good because at the time she was really pushing

  • for China's entry into the WTO,

  • and that would be a conflict of interest, right?

  • Anyway, I think we should totally trust Feinstein

  • when she said her husband had gotten rid of

  • his mainland China holdings.

  • Because technically, maybe it was true.

  • It's just that his Newbridge Capital was investing

  • $400 million dollars in East Asia,