267. How the CCP Has Unleashed Its ‘3 Secret Weapons’ on the US

How the CCP Has Unleashed Its ‘3 Secret Weapons’ on the US

Gu Feng
July 8, 2021


The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken advantage of economic globalization and information globalization to launch a large-scale covert war against the United States. In this process, the CCP applied Mao Zedong’s “three secret weapons” (united front, armed struggle, and Party building) to the United States, with the goal of strengthening itself while destroying the United States.

In October 1939, the CCP launched its first internal party journal, “The Communist.” Mao Zedong summed up their 18 years of experience in revolutionary struggle in writing the entire preface.

He wrote, “The united front, armed struggle, and Party building are the Chinese Communist Party’s three secret weapons for defeating the enemy in the Chinese revolution.”

United Front

The CCP mainly uses this weapon through profit and gain (money, women, official positions, reputation) to bribe important people from the enemy or buy off people with social influence for their own use, forming an allied force against the enemy.

The goal is to spend the least cost in exchange for the enemy’s greatest loss, so as to achieve the goal of defeating the enemy.

Armed Struggle

The CCP relied on organizing the poor farmers and workers to rebel. The main strategies were: attacking local landlords and occupying their farmlands, encircling cities by building foundations at rural areas, organizing guerrilla forces behind enemy lines, organizing workers’ strikes, organizing students to take to the streets; and using underground Party members to conduct activities that disrupt social stability, such as kidnapping, explosion, instigating rebellion, assassinations, political propaganda, intelligence, etc.

Its goal is to create social contradictions and attack the enemy in the form of organized riots to strengthen itself and weaken or destroy the enemy.

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A poster is displayed in late 1966 in Beijing’s street featuring how to deal with so-called “enemy of the people” during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. (Jean Vincent/AFP via Getty Images)

Party Building

The CCP built the Party branch into military companies. A dual management model of separating military management from political management in the army was set up to prevent military commanders from rebelling. The party organizations also infiltrated deep into grassroots villages and factories.

Party building also includes the development of underground party organizations. In the struggle against the enemy, the effectiveness of underground party organization is no less than that of the army.

Mao believed that the three secret weapons should never work alone and that they were more effective in unity. The contents of the three secret weapons are not separated from each other but are interlinked and closely related.

After Xi Jinping came to power, he inherited Mao’s philosophy of struggle and applied the three secret weapons worldwide. The United States was CCP’s main foreign battlefield.

Judging from the information disclosed by the major media in the United States, it can be seen that the CCP has launched its three secret weapons against the United States with clear targets, routes, and tactics as the following.

Top Ten United Front Targets in the United States

During the Sino-U.S. confrontation, the CCP’s united front targets in the United States include the following ten types of people:

  1. Key members of the U.S. government
    This includes government officials at all levels, representatives of the House, senators of the Senate, judicial personnel, intelligence personnel, and retired senior officials.
  2. American military institutions
    This includes active-duty officers, retired military officers, military academy instructors, military experts at military research institutes, military intelligence personnel, managers, and technical personnel of military-industrial enterprises.
  3. Key members and members of social influence of the opposition parties, churches, and industry associations in the United States
  4. The leaders of the overseas Chinese associations
    This includes leaders at these organizations of both Chinese and Taiwanese in the United States.
  5. Investors, executives, editors, and service personnel of American media institutions
    This includes personnel from newspapers, magazines, television stations, radio stations, websites, and communications agencies.
  6. Experts and scholars from universities and scientific research institutions
    This includes experts, scholars, staff, and investors from universities and scientific research institutions.
  7. Wall Street financial tycoons and financial company executives
    This includes practitioners from banks, investment companies, securities companies, accounting firms, and financial service institutions.
  8. The United Nations and its officials
    This includes officials and media professionals from various countries stationed in the U.N.
  9. Investors of multinational companies, executives, and lawyers
  10. The Hollywood film and television industry
    This includes investors, producers, directors, planners, service providers, and performing stars.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, on Oct. 28, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Among the series of armed struggles launched by the CCP overseas, this article mainly refers to the forms of covert warfare that aim to bring down the United States.

The War of Public Opinion

The CCP manipulates a large amount of foreign propaganda media, online troops, and pro-communist international celebrities to launch a public opinion war against the United States.

For example, after the outbreak of the CCP virus (COVID-19), it was clear that the origin of the virus was Wuhan. To shirk its responsibility, the CCP tried to make the United States bear the blame.

On March 12, 2020, the spokesperson of the regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, stated on his Twitter account that the U.S. military could have brought the virus to Wuhan and asked the U.S. to give the world an explanation. A campaign of discrediting opinion against the United States followed by the CCP’s foreign propaganda media, cyber troops, and pro-communist international celebrities.

Economic Warfare

The CCP organizes hackers, intelligence personnel, and internet information companies to steal or purchase personal information of U.S. government, educational institutions, companies, and individuals.

For example, on Feb. 10, 2020, The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against four hackers from the Chinese military, “They allegedly conspired with each other to hack into Equifax’s computer networks, maintain unauthorized access to those computers, and steal sensitive, personally identifiable information of approximately 145 million American victims.”

The CCP imports fake goods and fake dollars into the United States through the organization of the manufacture of fake goods and counterfeit currency.

The purpose is to damage the credit of the United States, disrupt the U.S. market order, and create hidden dangers to the U.S. macroeconomy.

For example, on April 6, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Chicago’s International Mail Facility (IMF) announced that the agency has “seized more than 100 shipments of counterfeit currency totaling more than $1.64 million in the past three months.”

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Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes (2nd R) announces a large seizure of counterfeit items at a press conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on July 2, 2008 (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Another example was on Sept. 21, 2020, CBP officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport “seized 31,072 counterfeit products arriving in a containerized cargo shipment from China.” “The seized items included 25,000 counterfeit Viagra pills, 5,145 pieces of wearing apparel and footwear in violation of the Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Moschino, Versace, Balenciaga, Nike’s Jordan and Air Max registered and recorded trademarks, and 927 pieces of counterfeit makeup and perfume in violation of the MAC and Chanel registered and recorded trademarks.”

Election Interference

The CCP interferes in U.S. politics through its organizational activities.

On Aug. 8, 2020, then director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) William Evanina issued a statement saying that “Ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives,” and that “China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection.”

These CCP tactics are just the tip of the iceberg.

Party Building in the United States

In order to fight the United States, the CCP’s embassy in the United States has established overseas Party branches in major universities, Chinese associations (chambers of commerce and associations), and Chinese enterprise organizations.

In late 2020, a Shanghai dissident provided an international group of legislators, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, with a list of overseas party members of the CCP (top secret information). The list shows that the CCP has 1.95 million registered party members and 79,000 party branches abroad, of which the United States is heavily loaded with these Party members and branches.

The Foreign Policy reported in April 2018 that the CCP was “setting up cells at Universities across America.” It’s a strategy to “strengthen ideological guidance while the students were in the United States.”

It is “to extend direct party control globally and to insulate students and scholars abroad from the influence of ‘harmful ideology.’”

According to the report, these Party cells have appeared in Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, North Dakota, and West Virginia.

One Chinese exchange student who studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2017 says that before embarking on the study tour in Illinois, the students had to attend a lecture on the dangers of Falun Gong, a spiritual group banned in mainland China but active and freely practiced in the United States and the rest of the world, said the report.

According to the report, members were sometimes asked “to report on each other’s behaviors and beliefs.”

US Senators Call for Legislation to Prevent CCP Infiltration

In response to the CCP’s infiltration on all strata of the United States, on Feb. 13, 2020, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) “reintroduced the Countering the Chinese Government and Communist Party’s Political Influence Operations Act, bipartisan legislation that aims to combat China’s political influence operations in the United States and worldwide.”

We are now at a critical moment when the world is challenged and threatened by the CCP virus and the CCP’s attacks on all fronts. Recognizing the tactics and the danger of the CCP relies on our understanding and righteous minds.

Gu Feng is a former media veteran from mainland China who spent many years reporting on the country’s political, economic, and social issues. He is now living in the United States.


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