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Dissident Warns U.S. Politicians Cave In to China

Thursday, 16 November 2000 12:00 AM

Speaking at the second annual gathering of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Wei Jingsheng said: "Chinese Communism does not seek to fight a war with the United States. But they seek advantage in culture, in ideas in Congress and diplomacy.”

Wei, who twice was subjected to years of torture in a Chinese prison, told his audience, through an interpreter, that the Chinese aim is "to make American politicians work for Chinese Communism.

"In other words”, he said earlier this week, "the arena of war is not outside of the United States. The arena of war is in the United States, especially in Washington.”

That last comment was followed by a moment of stunned silence, followed by applause.

The anti-communist dissident quoted an astrologer who said 2005 years ago that the best kind of war to win is the war of strategy, followed by the war of diplomacy. The last resort would be "(hot)warfare.”

Wei declared, "I have the responsibility to tell America to protect America, that we should not lose the war at the doorstep of America.”

These comments come in an era when new revelations of Chinese espionage are coming out in rapid-fire succession, most notably in the book "The China Threat: How the People’s Republic Targets America,” by Washington Times national security reporter Bill Gertz.

The warning also comes as President Clinton and his administration are playing down or ignoring intelligence reports that the Chinese are stealing America’s nuclear weapons secrets.

And it comes when, as one writer recently said, Washington’s "dirty little secret” is that much of the Republican opposition on this is muted, for fear of losing trade advantages with the People’s Republic of China.

The foundation’s Truman-Reagan Freedom Award was bestowed on Wei by Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb., who once described Clinton as "an unusually good liar.”

In his own remarks, Kerrey, who is leaving the Senate in January, said he had done a complete turnaround on his assessment of the Whittaker Chambers, the man who first exposed Alger Hiss as a Soviet spy.

The Nebraska lawmaker, a wounded Vietnam veteran, told his audience that he used to think Chambers had sold out a friend, Hiss, and that he was a petty man who had started an anti-communist hysteria in the postwar years.

However, on the advice of a trusted friend, the senator bought a copy of Chambers’ classic book, "Witness.” He almost asked the store clerk for a bag, lest someone in Washington catch him reading Whittaker Chambers.

Kerrey said he was "shocked at how good the writing was and how relevant the thinking was to the great debates of today."

"Whittaker Chambers was a victim of communism too … His story should be read by anyone who either wants to understand the history of communism or the hold it once had on the minds of men.”

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