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Inside the ring: Hunter Biden’s associate linked to the PLA

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Associate of Hunter Biden linked to PLA

Chinese billionaire Ye Jianming, who has been linked to large cash payments to President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and the Biden family, worked for a unit of the People’s Liberation Army involved in military operations. secret influence against the United States.

Mr. Ye, former chairman of the defunct CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd., has been detained in China on corruption charges since 2018.

Documents and emails obtained from young Mr Biden’s laptop provide details of payments from Mr Ye and his company to the Biden family. The activities would be subject to a federal investigation.

Two studies of Chinese influence operations identified Mr. Ye as part of a special PLA information warfare unit called “Base 311”. The unit is engaged in what Beijing calls the “three wars” – public opinion warfare, psychological warfare and legal warfare.

Young Mr Biden, who worked for a US investment firm, met Mr Ye and CEFC executive director Jianjun Zang in December 2015, and two years later was offered 10 million dollars a year to hold “presentations”, according to emails in Hunter Biden’s laptop was left in a Delaware computer repair shop.

The deal included a gift to Hunter Biden of a 3-carat diamond worth $80,000, according to a document.

According to the publication “Chinese Influence Operations – A Machiavellian Moment”, by Paul Charon and Jean-Baptiste Jeangene Vilmer, Mr Ye founded a front used by Base 311 called the Huaxing Training Center in Fujian, near the Chinese coast in facing Taiwan. The authors are at the Strategic Research Institute of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

The Huaxing training center was established by a Chinese think tank called the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), funded by Mr. Ye’s oil conglomerate, CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd.

The think tank “has been identified as a political warfare platform, affiliated with the former Department of General Policy. His ties to the PLA and the Party have been well documented,” the authors state.

Base 311, which operates behind a facade of several civilian companies, is now part of the PLA’s Strategic Support Force, which conducts information warfare, cyber and military operations in space.

Mark Stokes, a former Air Force military attaché in China, also reported on Mr. Ye’s ties to the Chinese military in his study of Unit 61398 of the General Staff Department of China. the PL. He described the Chinese Energy Fund Committee as a “platform of political warfare of the PLA…and [part of] the [Chinese Communist Party’s] system of propaganda and ideology.

In the 2015 report, Mr Stokes also disclosed that the China Energy Fund committee and Mr Ye were linked to a PLA front group known as the Shanghai Association for International Friendly Contact, which he called ” major influence operations platform based in Shanghai”. ”

“CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming also served as Deputy Secretary General of SAIFC in 2005,” said Stokes, who currently works for the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank.

Base 311 has been in charge of political warfare operations since 2011 and is linked to Chinese efforts to interfere in Taiwan’s 2018 elections.

“It also emerged that Base 311 is conducting research on the information environment in the United States,” wrote Mr. Charon and Mr. Jeangene Vilmer. “Affiliated researchers have published reports on the United States, including the potential effects of laws passed to combat propaganda, the role of social media in American political life, such as their impact on political polarization, etc.

Mr. Ye has also influenced the Czech Republic’s government policies towards China after being hired in 2015 as an adviser to President Milos Zeman. Prior to Mr Zeman’s election, the Czech government criticized Chinese human rights abuses and backed the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader.

“Under President Zeman, the Czech foreign minister apologized for the previous government’s meetings with the Dalai Lama, and President Zeman told Beijing he hadn’t come to ‘teach economics markets or human rights'”, reports the 2018 annual report of the United States Congress. -China Economic and Security Review Commission said.

Mr. Zeman has also supported some of Beijing’s most high-profile initiatives and was the only Western leader to attend China’s Grand Military Parade in 2015. He also praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “, calling it “the most fascinating project in modern history”. says the report.

The Chinese doctrine of “effective control” in times of war and crisis

A new study from the Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute indicates that China’s military concept of “effective control” now guides military leaders‘ thinking about war and crises. Deterring conflict with China will require a thorough understanding of how the concept of effective control will be used by the People’s Liberation Army in a war, the study concludes.

For the PLA, effective control is used in times of peace as well as in times of crisis and war.

“In peacetime, China’s ability to ‘establish a position’ will continue to grow as China increases its capabilities and expands its national interests outward,” the report said. “China will also be able to shape its strategic environment through increasingly diverse means, including economic influence, political influence, control of media discourse, security cooperation, infrastructure building military, military deterrence, cyber and intelligence operations, and psychological and legal warfare”.

The PLA uses military activities and influence operations specifically in the campaign to regain control of Taiwan. The approach is described as “attacking with the pen and readying the sword”.

Large-scale naval, air and military exercises around Taiwan aim to prepare the PLA for war while undermining what Beijing sees as pro-independence activities and growing ties between Taipei and the United States.

The report warns that despite similarities to Western military approaches to managing escalation, China’s strategy is “dangerously opportunistic”, calling for “seizing opportunities” and “taking advantage of crises”.

The report’s authors warn that “this is potentially dangerous and at odds with the goal of preventing escalation: if China miscalculates, its opportunism can lead to conflicts spiraling out of control.”

China’s massive military buildup is part of the doctrine of effective control, even as preparation for conflict has alarmed other states and triggered multiple international crises, according to the report.

The PLA’s doctrine for controlling conflicts – beyond crisis control – is described in the report as “very cautious”.

The approach also calls on China to avoid war as much as possible, to be fully prepared and assured of victory before entering a war, and to “take the initiative and minimize both the cost and the duration of war when war is inevitable,” the report concludes.

China is also preparing for a “computerized” war in the future. This requires that conflicts be fought in multiple domains, in coordination with non-military forces and using information technology in all domains.

“The computerized nature of local wars greatly increases both the importance and the range of ways to effectively control the war situation in favor of China, while disrupting the enemy’s control of the war situation through strikes multidomains of critical nodes,” the report said.

The concept is part of the PLA’s authoritative publication The Science of Military Strategy.

2008 satellite downing considered a threat by China and Russia

The 2008 US military operation to shoot down a plummeting satellite with a missile is seen by China and Russia as a sign of US weaponization of space, according to a report released this week by the Rand think tank Corp.

Beijing and Moscow have developed many space attack capabilities and lead the United States in the development of space weapons.

Operation Burnt Frost, staged in 2008, involved a specially modified SM-3 missile interceptor fired from the USS Lake Erie to destroy a non-functional satellite tumbling towards Earth with a 1,000 pound cargo of dangerous propellant that was to survive the fall. . SM-3 blew up the satellite and booster without creating space debris.

But the operation was seen as a cautionary tale in Beijing and Moscow. “Operation Burnt Frost is widely seen in China as another example of America’s weaponization of space and, more specifically, as demonstrating a kinetic counterspace capability,” the report said.

Chinese military writings did not discuss the operation extensively.

The shooting reinforced China’s prospect that US missile defenses could be used for offensive attacks.

A year earlier, China carried out the infamous anti-satellite missile test that left tens of thousands of pieces of debris floating in space after destroying a weather satellite.

Russia has described Operation Burnt Frost as an example of American aggressiveness and a desire to weaponize space. A state media report in 2008 claimed the operation was an excuse to test anti-satellite weapons.

Russian accounts of the operation have faded since 2008 and been replaced by propaganda from Moscow claiming threats posed by the X-37B spaceplane and the creation of the US Space Force, which Russia opposes .

Contact Bill Gertz on Twitter @BillGertz.