A380. Communist China’s Legal Warfare Targets Overseas Dissidents

Communist China’s Legal Warfare Targets Overseas Dissidents

Stu Cvrk

Stu Cvrk
September 29, 2022

Commentary

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to extend its security law to the rest of the world to target overseas Chinese dissidents (and everyone else).

The Chinese communists have been evolving and honing their Three Warfares doctrine since it was endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee and the Central Military Commission in 2003. Focused on helping the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) win wars by other non-kinetic means, the Three Warfares involve the softening up of adversaries via public opinion warfare, legal warfare, and psychological warfare.

Much Western attention has been focused on the PLA’s employment of the Three Warfares in conjunction with CCP leadership, the ministry of foreign affairs, and state-run Chinese media as the CCP targets its main adversary, the United States, with particular emphasis on the propaganda and psychological elements of the strategy.

It is well-known that the CCP seeks to shape public opinion through synchronized messaging and the use of influence agents in Western media to echo Beijing’s narrative. These efforts have been modernized through social media campaigns, including fake accounts and “bot farms.

Because the exploitation of the Three Warfares is so ingrained in the CCP through indoctrination and common use, the strategy is employed to advance other communist goals and objectives besides the ongoing hybrid warfare against the United States and its allies.

For example, the legal warfare element of that strategy (adapted and renamed as “lawfare” by American leftists) is also being relentlessly used by the CCP in order to achieve another of its long-term objectives: the subjugation of overseas Chinese, followed by the subjugation of the rest of the world to “world leadership with Chinese characteristics.”

Let us examine the topic.

Two Key Pillars of CCP Legal Warfare

The CCP believes that all people of Chinese descent are subject to the laws, dictates, and arbitrary whims of the Party regardless of their citizenship and residence. Having more or less pacified domestic Chinese over the past few decades, Xi Jinping and the CCP leadership are ramping up efforts to control overseas Chinese.

Two key pillars of Beijing’s legal warfare push for control of all Chinese under the sun (and eventually, the rest of us) are the Civil Code and the National Security Law.

The Civil Code was adopted at the Third Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on May 28, 2020. It micromanages Chinese society—economic, social, travel, education, etc.—and mandates compliance by all Chinese citizens irrespective of residence. Article 1 boldly states that the Code is for “developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and carrying forward the core socialist values.” And “carrying forward” is a clear signal of CCP intentions: to extend socialism with Chinese characteristics everywhere.

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Pupils read the Civil Code in Yantai City, East China’s Shandong Province, on Nov. 30, 2020. (Costfoto/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Just one month later (not a coincidence!), the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (China’s rubber-stamp legislature) passed the National Security Law on June 2020, which includes 66 articles and covers four areas of criminal activity: secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign or external forces.

Although focused on the rapid integration of Hong Kong into mainland China, most observers believe its application in Hong Kong is a trial run for its extensions overseas because the law as written applies to anyone, anywhere in the world, and is expansively extraterritorial in its scope. According to Article 38, it can apply even to offenses committed “outside the region by a person who is not a permanent resident of the region.”

Testing the Pincers

What do these two legalistic pincers mean for people outside China? Potentially a lot if the rest of the world allows the CCP to enforce them without pushback.

In 2014, Xi directed the Ministry of State Security to conduct Operation Fox Hunt, which is an effort to target, intimidate, and abduct Chinese political dissidents and their families living overseas under the auspices of Xi’s “anti-corruption campaign.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray has previously described the purpose of Fox Hunt: “Fox Hunt is a sweeping bid by General Secretary Xi to target Chinese nationals whom he sees as threats and who live outside China, across the world. We’re talking about political rivals, dissidents, and critics seeking to expose China’s extensive human rights violations.”

Fox Hunt has subsequently been incorporated into Operation Skynet (shades of “The Terminator” movies!), which has a global mission focused on “recovering funds and arresting international fugitives” from CCP justice, according to ABC News.

The National Security Law and Civil Code have now provided the legalistic backdrop and excuse for the CCP’s pursuit, capture, and prosecution of people under Operation Skynet and Operation Dragon deemed to be in violation wherever they reside in the world.

Some examples:

In August 2020, Hong Kong authorities issued arrest warrants for six democracy activists living abroad, including a U.S. citizen, who were “wanted on suspicion of inciting secessionist sentiment and colluding with foreign countries.”

On Sept. 7, 2022, a Hong Kong court convicted five speech therapists of sedition under the National Security Law after they published a series of illustrated children’s books about cartoon animals “that amounted to ‘indoctrinating’ children to support separatism and hatred of Beijing.”

Hong Kong police
Police stand guards as a prison van arrive High Court on the first day of the trial of Tong Ying-kit, the first person charged under a new national security law, in Hong Kong, on June 23, 2021. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

According to a Telegraph report, on Sept. 15, China opened its latest secret “overseas police service centers” in Chinese restaurants and shops throughout the United Kingdom. According to The Washington Free Beacon, this is the newest of 54 such police centers around the world that the CCP runs in conjunction with the United Front Work Department’s new overseas mission. The police centers have been accused of harassment and extortion of Chinese political dissidents to “encourage” their return to China for prosecution under the National Security Law.

On Aug. 10, Taiwanese citizen Yang Chih-yuan, who was living in China’s Wenzhou city and had been previously detained by the national security bureau on suspicion of engaging in separatist activities and endangering national security, was reported to have been “put under surveillance” by Chinese authorities, according to Chinese state media. This is a reminder that there is no freedom of expression in communist China under the Civil Code.

On July 7, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York returned indictments “charging five defendants with various crimes pertaining to a transnational repression scheme orchestrated on behalf of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)” that targeted U.S. residents whose political views are considered “disfavored” by Beijing. The CCP is growing bolder in its operations in the United States!

Concluding Thoughts

The CCP has adapted the Three Warfares principle of legal warfare (lawfare) to control overseas Chinese. Direct efforts to intimidate, harass, and ultimately force overseas Chinese dissidents to return to mainland China are already underway with the assistance of the United Front Work Department.

The CCP should not be allowed to enforce the National Security Law and Civil Code against overseas Chinese. Allowing Beijing to persecute overseas Chinese gives the CCP an unnecessary psychological victory that paves the way for much worse. If the overseas jurisdiction of both laws is ever accepted, it will eventually lead to the end of the national sovereignty of other nations over time.

Stu Cvrk retired as a captain after serving 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of active and reserve capacities, with considerable operational experience in the Middle East and the Western Pacific. Through education and experience as an oceanographer and systems analyst, Cvrk is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a classical liberal education that serves as the key foundation for his political commentary.

 

A379. Navarro’s Account Explains How to Fight the Chinese Regime

Navarro’s Account Explains How to Fight the Chinese Regime

Bradley A. Thayer

Bradley A. Thayer
September 27, 2022

Commentary

Peter Navarro’s exceptional new book, “Taking Back Trump’s America: Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win It Back,” is a major contribution to understanding what went right during the Trump administration—and what went wrong.

The work is an essential read for anyone who seeks to understand the essence of Trumpism, the “Make America Great Again” movement, populist economic nationalism, and the failures that led to Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020.

The book is also valuable due to its clear explication of the threat posed by the Chinese regime and how the Trump administration—the first administration to understand the threat from the regime—labored to counter it. In this regard, Navarro’s rightful focus is on the mistakes made by the administration in its efforts to fight China.

The book’s deep contribution is Navarro’s argument that most of the errors made by Trump resulted from bad personnel choices. Navarro is frank: bad personnel choices make bad policy, which makes bad politics. The work is not shy concerning who the bad personnel choices were and the mistakes that were made.

Navarro points out five “strategic failures.” First, and most significantly, was to make China the most important issue of the 2020 campaign. Second, Trump’s failure to govern as a populist economic nationalist and run on this in 2020, which would have likely allowed him to win once again Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Third, the failure of the Trump campaign itself, which was, in his assessment, the most mismanaged in modern history. Fourth, the incompetence of two key advisers—Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows—to bring the phase four stimulus and relief bill, which would have provided payments to tens of millions of Americans before election day. Finally, the inability of the White House communications team to fight back against the Never Trump and Orange Man Bad media.

The great value of the work regarding the threat from China is that the administration was hamstrung in the fight against the Chinese regime, often by its own members. Senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary Mnuchin, and National Economic Policy Director Gary Cohn sought to sustain a globalist agenda that would, in essence, sustain the status quo on China, permitting trade and access to capital markets and so foster China’s growth as had occurred under each president since Bill Clinton.

Time and again, Navarro recounts how Kushner, Mnuchin, Meadows, and others were able to negate or weaken Navarro’s efforts to hold the Chinese regime accountable over many issues. This included the Muslim genocide in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. In one example of many, Navarro discusses how his administration opponents attempted to limit the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Work Release Orders (WROs) on products made by forced labor in Xinjiang.

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A Chinese farmer is picking cotton in the fields during the harvest season in Hami, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, on Sept. 20, 2015. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

This account enriches the public’s understanding of the battle between the strategists, those who understand the gravity of the China threat to the American people, economy, and national security interests, and the financiers, those who want to have business as usual with China, investing in it, transferring American jobs and industry to it, and permitting it to fund its growth through access to U.S. capital.

For the first time since the Cold War’s end, the strategists were able to act to weaken the Chinese regime, protect the American people, and advance U.S. national security. But they did not get the full loaf. The financiers within the administration were able to serve as a powerful and consistent break on these efforts to Wall Street’s and China’s benefit.

Thus, there is a fundamental problem for U.S. national security: the strategists cannot win the day because the financiers choose not to understand the China threat—and the balance of power in determining China policy still favors finance over strategy. Until this lamentable situation changes, the United States will continue to conduct its exercise in strategy lunacy by supporting the rise of its enemy and concomitantly hurting the American people, industry, and national security.

Navarro’s solution to changing the balance of power is spot on: good personnel will cause good policy. This book well serves its role in calling out the financiers. Finally, were Trump to return to office, Navarro’s account is useful for illuminating what must be accomplished.

Just as good personnel are essential, so is time. Time to sustain the policies and promote individuals and the worldview that is not defined by the old regime evinced by Kushner and Mnuchin—that is, cooperation and accommodation with the Chinese regime—but opposition, resistance, and the employment of a strategy for victory over the regime. Also, time to repair the U.S. economy, rebuild its industry so that the West is no longer hostage to Chinese manufacturing, protect the U.S. economy from intellectual theft and counterfeit goods, protect the American people from fentanyl, and promote employment for American workers.

Precious time has been lost while the Biden administration has reversed the key Trump policies, at times offering a faint echo of Trump but substantively only defined by a return to the failed and dangerous engagement policy. The Chinese regime has used its time to continue the attack against the United States and labored to insulate itself from U.S. countermeasures should Trump return to office.

Navarro’s book illuminates the path ahead for action to weaken the Chinese regime and protect U.S. interests. It is a testament to his abilities that he accomplished so much, given the opposition he faced. Should there be a second Trump term, it will have learned Navarro’s lessons to ensure that the United State

s utilizes all its tools, including finance—denying U.S. capital to Chinese entities would be a good place to start—to defeat communist China.

Bradley A. Thayer is coauthor of Understanding the China Threat and Director of China Policy at the Center for Security Policy.

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/navarros-account-explains-how-to-fight-the-chinese-regime_4758287.html

A378. Do US Research Investments Benefit China?

Do US Research Investments Benefit China?

China in Focus

China in Focus

Tiffany Meier

The biggest beneficiary of American tech research funding is China, not the United States.

The United States is trying to court Pacific countries away from Beijing, pledging to spend big dollars there.

Students in Chinese colleges are protesting against what they call a year-long lockdown.

An Australian port rented to China is under fresh scrutiny. The U.S. Navy uses the port to transport aircraft for military exercises, with Chinese workers present.

Vice President Kamala Harris is denouncing North Korea’s “brutal dictatorship.” She’s voicing strong criticism during her visit to the border between the North and South.

Topics in this episode:

  1. Do U.S. Research Investments Benefit China?
  2. U.S. Pledges $4.8 Million Funding for Pacific Nations
  3. China Lease of Australian Port Under Fresh Scrutiny
  4. VP Harris Denounces North Korea’s ‘Brutal Dictatorship’
  5. Britain to Spend $560M in Indo-Pacific
  6. Protests in Chinese Colleges: Lockdowns Lifted
  7. Luxury Slowdown? Chinese Snap Up Used Fendi, Gucci
  8. DOD Expert: China Trying to Influence U.s. Midterms

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A377. The TikTok Trojan Horse and China’s Long Arm of Artificial Intelligence: Geoffrey Cain

The TikTok Trojan Horse and China’s Long Arm of Artificial Intelligence: Geoffrey Cain

American Thought Leaders

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 In this episode of American Thought Leaders, I sit down with Geoffrey Cain, an award-winning journalist, technologist, and author of “The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future.”

“Everybody was constantly being watched by an artificial intelligence system, which was called the IJOP,” says Cain, referring to a pre-crime surveillance platform that the Chinese Communist Party launched in Xinjiang to predictively police the population.

Cain recently testified before the U.S. Senate about TikTok and why he believes the social media app’s troubled emergence in America, its shadowy corporate structure, and its connection to China’s security and data laws make it a unique national security threat.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen because TikTok, though the company denies it, is fundamentally obligated to follow … the laws that were created by the Chinese Communist Party,” Cain says.

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A376. Meta Stops China-Based Influence Operation

Meta Stops China-Based Influence Operation

China in Focus

China in Focus

Tiffany Meier

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Japan, as tensions rise in the Indo-Pacific.

Democrats and Republicans are sounding fresh alarms over China. We look into a letter sent to the president’s desk from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Facebook is taking down over 80 accounts from China. New details say the move involves the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

A war on beef: why is American beef getting sent to China, while Americans unknowingly consume meat from elsewhere?

A notice from the Solomon Islands is reportedly saying it won’t sign onto a U.S. security deal, prompting concern over the nation’s ties to China.

Topics in this episode:

  1. Harris: U.S. Will Support Taiwan’s Self-Defense
  2. N. Korea Fires Missiles Before Harris Trip to Seoul
  3. Lawmakers: Regulate U.s. Investments in China
  4. Meta Stops China-Based Influence Operation
  5. Solomon Islands: Won’t Sign U.S. Summit Declaration
  6. Chinese Yuan Hits Record Low Vs. U.S. Dollar
  7. Tiktok Working Out U.S. Security Deal to Avoid Sale
  8. Tiktok May Face Big Fine Over Children’s Data
  9. UK to Join Long Term Exercises in Indo-Pacific
  10. Texas Cattleman Explains the ‘War on Beef
  11. UK College to Close Chinese-Funded Centers
  12. State-Owned Firm Joins in on 4 Evergrande Projects

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A375. Chinese Firm Buys 1,400 Acres of Land in Florida

Chinese Firm Buys 1,400 Acres of Land in Florida

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A U.S.-based group is tied to both China and White House climate goals.

A Chinese biofirm is buying 1,400 acres of land in Florida. But its leadership holds links to the Chinese military.

A U.S. ship has a surprise encounter with several Chinese and Russian naval vessels off Alaska’s coast.

A NASA researcher is pleading guilty to hiding connections to Beijing. His studies were useful for boosting military development.

Protests are breaking out in China. Residents in one city say they’ve had enough of lockdowns and are speaking out.

Topics in this episode:

  1. Group Working w/ White House on Climate Has Ties to CCP
  2. Chinese Firm Buys 1,400 Acres of Land in Florida
  3. China Tries to Lobby Lawmakers on Drugs
  4. U.S. Spots Chinese, Russian Ships near Alaska
  5. 80% of South American Fishing Done by China
  6. Apple Shifting iPhone Production to India
  7. NASA Researcher Pleads Guilty to China Ties Deception
  8. Chicago Graduate Student Convicted: Spying for China
  9. Shenzhen Locals Speak Out Against Lockdown Mandate
  10. Shenzhen: Residents Break Barriers Amid Lockdown
  11. China: Protests Break Out Over Lockdown Orders
  12. Connor Boyack: Empower Kids Against Marxist Thinking

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A374. Report: Beijing Lures Talent From Top US Nuclear Lab

Report: Beijing Lures Talent From Top US Nuclear Lab

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Siphoning U.S. innovation by luring talents from America’s top nuclear lab: a new report is highlighting how Beijing uses American technology to advance its own military.

Thousands of homebuyers in China are living in unfinished buildings, without electricity, running water, or sewage systems.

A 90-year-old cardinal stands trial in Hong Kong. The case is linked to humanitarian aid he offered the city’s pro-democracy movement in 2019.

The United States is selling arms to Taiwan, but not delivering them. Two lawmakers are pushing for a solution to the delays.

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Japan. We look at the top goals on her schedule.

Topics in this episode:

  1. Report: Beijing Lures Talent from Top U.S. Nuclear Lab
  2. China’s ‘Rotting Home’ Owners Struggling
  3. 90-Year-Old Cardinal Stands Trial in Hong Kong
  4. Hong Kong Curbs Restrictions for Int’l Travelers
  5. New Bill May Accelerate Taiwan Arms Transfers
  6. Harris: Alliance Between Japan, U.S. a ‘Cornerstone’
  7. S. Korean Leader Warns of Threat from North
  8. Falun Gong Practitioner Calls for Release of Sister
  9. Beijing-Ordered Lockdowns Spark Resentment in Tibet
  10. Strict COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Continue in China

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A373. China Is ‘Building Up Their Capabilities to Eventually Push the US out of That Industry’: Sekora

China Is ‘Building Up Their Capabilities to Eventually Push the US out of That Industry’: Sekora

China in Focus

In this special episode, we continue our series with Michael Sekora, founding director of the #SocratesProject within the Reagan White House. In part two, he sheds light on specific examples of how the Socrates Project would tackle challenges, the different approaches between tech-based and finance-based planning, and more.

A372. Even More Than the Economy, 2022 Is the Fentanyl Election

Even More Than the Economy, 2022 Is the Fentanyl Election

Roger L. Simon

Roger L. Simon
September 23, 2022

Commentary

The other night I attended a fundraiser for Andy Ogles running for Congress in Tennessee’s newly redistricted 5th. That was the district, some readers will recall, for which The Epoch Times, in conjunction with the Nashville Republican women, staged a unique primary debate with domain (subject matter) experts rather than journalists asking the questions.

Ogles won that debate, at least in the straw poll, and the primary election that followed by a solid margin.

The fundraiser was held at the home of Lulu and John Elam, Lulu Elam herself having recently been elected to the Tennessee Republican Party’s State Executive Committee.

The atmosphere at the event could be described as worried for the country but optimistic for Ogles’s election that would make him a member of the House Freedom Caucus where he was anointed by none other than Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

But during his speech and the question period afterward, it became clear that the greatest concern of this Republican activist crowd—even more than the rapidly escalating global economic calamity, China and Russia on the march, the recent local child abuse-by-transgenderism scandal at Vanderbilt University Hospital, and the devastating crime wave in our big cities (including Nashville)—was the open southern border with its unprecedentedly massive illegal immigration leading to even more massive deadly consequences.

The source of the deadliest of all those deadly consequences is, of course, that drug now on everyone’s lips and, unfortunately, in the mouths of far too many—fentanyl.

Tracked from China into Mexico and the Mexican cartels, who have virtually taken over that country and become more powerful than the mafia in its wildest dreams, fentanyl is now being called by many a “weapon of mass destruction.”

And it surely is.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark), who has been sounding the alarm on fentanyl for some time, reminds us of just how bad it is in an op-ed for The Washington Times:

“Fentanyl is an especially dangerous drug. Just two milligrams—the equivalent of a few grains of sand—can kill an adult male. The Mexican cartels have built super labs to mass produce this extremely deadly drug. Last year alone, authorities seized around 2.5 billion deadly doses of fentanyl at our border. Fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.

“Each drug death and severe case of addiction is like a bomb going off in a community. Families are shattered, children are orphaned, promising young Americans are psychologically destroyed, and neighborhoods physically deteriorate. It’s little surprise that some parts of this country look and feel like warzones.”

The Biden administration allowed this horrendous crime—we can easily call it mass murder since more of us are dying annually from fentanyl than did American troops in the Vietnam War—via the open border. It’s time for all of us to channel Emile Zola and say “J’Accuse…!” No more of this crime against our nation’s citizens.

We can do so at the ballot box in November, obviously, but also this may well be the best issue with which to wake up those who hide behind the terms “liberal” and ”progressive” and think of themselves as “good people.”

How can you be “good” and countenance this?

It’s incumbent on all of us to publicize this expanding catastrophe as widely as we can, not just through articles and postings on social media, but even more potently one-on-one where people are often more prone to listen.

This is not just an epidemic in red America. It’s everywhere and growing.

Is it a conspiracy of communist China? You decide. But whatever it is, those pills, dressed up and repackaged as they are by the cartels in pretty, inviting colors, are killing our children as nothing has in the past.

COVID-19 is a piffle by comparison. Fentanyl is destroying our younger population, therefore our future. As Cotton noted, it is the leading cause of death between those 18 and 45.

Michael Anton, writing under the name Publius Decius Mus, called 2016 “The Flight 93 Election.”

I think we can comfortably call 2022 “The Fentanyl Election.”

Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.

 

https://www.theepochtimes.com/even-more-than-the-economy-2022-is-the-fentanyl-election_4751809.html

A371. China Steals Your Shipping Data

China Steals Your Shipping Data

Logistics program tracks 90 percent of container ships in real time

 

Anders Corr

Anders Corr
September 23, 2022

Commentary

China stole a march on the United States by getting a major information technology system to market while we were dozing. The technology, called LOGINK, reportedly tracks 90 percent of the world’s container ships in real time, including granular details about thousands of containers per ship and packages per container.

Beijing provides the technology free of charge to ports and shippers globally. The cost is the confidentiality of shipping, price, customs, and even military information lost to Beijing, which almost certainly hacks it through LOGINK backdoors and without notifying users.

Beginning in 2007 as a Chinese provincial initiative, LOGINK grew to a regional network with Japan and South Korea in 2010 and globally after 2014, according to a Sept. 20 U.S. congressional report. “The state-sponsored and -supported platform has now expanded to partner with over 20 ports worldwide as well as numerous Chinese and international companies.”

Only now, 15 years after its inception, is the United States gearing up to address the danger. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) report is 16 pages full of evidence about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is stealing the world’s shipping data.

In July, Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) introduced legislation to ban LOGINK. “Only the House version has been voted on,” according to an email from Steel’s staff. “That version included Rep. Steel’s amendment to ban the US military from using LOGINK. Rep. Steel introduced a separate bill that would ban the entire federal govt & govt contractors from using LOGINK.”

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A Cosco Shipping container ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge bound for the Port of Oakland, in San Franciso, Calif., on May 14, 2019. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

The Chinese system might sound like a backwater of the global economy. Still, the third-party logistics industry is worth almost $1 trillion, and the freight-forwarding services market is worth nearly $200 billion. Of course, the CCP wants a big part of that.

LOGINK “has cooperation agreements with at least 24 ports, freeports, and port operators outside of China, including twelve in Asia, nine in Europe, and three in the Middle East,” according to the USCC report.

China’s biggest companies in shipping, including Alibaba and state-owned COSCO, are LOGINK partners. COSCO “currently operates terminals at Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle, potentially granting LOGINK a window into vessel, container, and other data at those ports,” the report reads.

The Port of Los Angeles is a member of an international organization that may potentially share data with LOGINK on vessel and container status from 70 ports and 10 airports.

LOGINK is also expanding its cooperation with international organizations, like the United Nations and the International Organization for Standardization, to set standards regionally and internationally that would benefit China’s leadership in not only shipping logistics, but other adjacent technologies.

LOGINK is integrated with China’s Cainiao network of over 200 global warehouses. “In the past few years, Cainiao has focused on expansion in Europe, building a major hub at Liège Airport in Belgium; launching regional warehouses in Madrid, Paris, Bremen, and Rome and announcing plans for several more in late 2021; and establishing an intra-Europe trucking fleet and system of delivery lockers throughout Europe,” according to the report.

It notes that the system gives China a major business advantage, as “streamlined logistics from a factory in China to a European wholesaler may make the difference between the wholesaler buying from China or from a supplier within the eurozone.”

The LOGINK information system uses China’s Beidou satellite navigation system. It is a key part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, also known as “One Belt, One Road”), which is the economic core of Beijing’s plans for a mercantilist and global hegemony.

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A Long March 3B rocket carrying the Beidou-3GEO3 satellite lifts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province, on June 23, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

LOGINK is part of China’s “smart transportation system” in a “Digital Silk Road” that could eventually make political control of international trade possible through Beijing’s centralized system.

The CCP can extend its global control by using LOGINK data to precisely target economic coercion against U.S. allies, or interdict U.S. military shipments during times of crisis, for example.

As with other areas of CCP expansion, the United States and its allies must get much tougher on LOGINK—and quickly. In addition to Steel’s legislation, U.S., European, Japanese, and South Korean businesses should voluntarily stop using the system.

The United States and allies should work together to offer the world’s shippers an alternative shipping logistics information and facilitation system that is superior to LOGINK and free of charge.

This system should be extended to Africa, Latin America, and Asia while making clear that trade privileges in the economies of the United States and its allies are a privilege, not a right, and that countries and companies will only be afforded those privileges when they refuse to use information systems like LOGINK that are associated with the CCP and other totalitarian regimes.

Anders Corr has a bachelor’s/master’s in political science from Yale University (2001) and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2008). He is a principal at Corr Analytics Inc., publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. His latest books are “The Concentration of Power: Institutionalization, Hierarchy, and Hegemony” (2021) and “Great Powers, Grand Strategies: the New Game in the South China Sea” (2018).