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Mar 2 9 tweets 2 min read
1. China's Influence Operations

Add 'think tanks' and 'politicians' to the list when it comes to China's influence operations, especially in the U.S.

And to give you a sense of how deeply embedded China influencers and spies are in American politics, let us review Charlie Trie.
2. Charlie Trie, a longtime friend of President Bill Clinton, was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with campaign finance abuses and mail fraud. However, Trie, believed to be somewhere in Asia, could not be arrested because he could not be found.
3. Charlie Trie had raised $1.2 million for the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's legal defense fund. Congressional investigators alleged that some of the money Trie contributed to Clinton and the Democrats came from sources in China which is barred by federal law.
4. Trie also was linked to schemes by which money was distributed to people legally able to contribute, who then allegedly donated it to the Democrats in their names in order to conceal the actual source of the funds.
5. Trie also was seen on one of the videotapes taken of controversial Clinton White House receptions for campaign donors.
6. Neither Trie nor Clinton were new to this. Trie had been a friend of Clinton since the 1970s, when Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas.

In 1994, Trie moved to Washington and eventually became part of an effort to raise money from Asian-American sources for the Democrats.
7. When those fund-raising efforts started to raise headlines, Trie disappeared and was thought to be in China, thereby thwarting congressional committees who wanted to question him.
8. Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics.
9. And lest you think Charlie Trie was an isolated example, meet John Huang.

John Huang was involved in systematic illegality in the way the DNC raised money in 1996.

See this report from SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS for details.…

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