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China Supports Foreign Leftists

Thursday, 10 May 2001 12:00 AM

The Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance flight in late May 1997 revealed the meeting between Sean Garland, president of the Dublin-based Workers´ Party, a communist political party, and Cao Xiaobing, the Times said, citing a classified National Security Agency report.

"Garland is suspected of being involved with counterfeiting U.S. currency, specifically, the Supernote, a high-quality counterfeit $100 bill," the report said.

Cao was described in the report as bureau director of the International Liaison Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing´s official office for supporting foreign communist parties.

The classified report did not say what was discussed at the meeting, but a spokesman for the Workers´ Party told the newspaper the discussions were "political" in nature.

According to the London Sunday Times, Garland was a leading member of the Irish Republican Army in the 1960s and early 1970s.

A 1986 Russian document made public by dissident writer Vladimir Bukovsky stated that Garland wrote a "Dear Comrade" letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev asking Moscow for the equivalent of $1.42 million to fund Workers´ Party activities.

Intelligence officials said the report highlights China´s support for foreign communist parties, a role once played by the now-defunct Soviet Union, the Washington Times said.

In addition to Ireland´s communists, Beijing is also backing Japan´s Communist Party and other parties once supported by Moscow, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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