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Kerry's Secret Ties to China

Thursday, 02 September 2004 12:00 AM

China has a new satellite in orbit. The satellite blasted off from the Jiuquan space center in the country's desert northwest at 3:50 p.m. local time on Aug. 29, carried into space by a Long March 2C rocket.

The official Chinese news outlet, the Xinhua News Agency, claims that the latest satellite orbited by the People's Liberation Army is a "scientific" project.

According to Xinhua, the satellite will carry out land surveying and other scientific projects for several days and then return to Earth. The satellite reportedly will remain in orbit "for a few days" and return a film canister to Earth for processing.

"The satellite is mainly for space scientific research, land surveying, mapping and other scientific experiments," reported Xinhua, quoting Chinese space officials.

However, a report in the PLA Daily, the official news outlet of the Chinese army, shows that the satellite is actually under control of the Chinese military. According to the PLA Daily, data collected by Xi'an Satellite Monitor and Control Center noted that the satellite was orbiting normally.

The false story suggesting the Chinese satellite is some sort of peaceful mission is almost laughable. China already has the ability to purchase significant amounts of land mapping data from various sources including the French SPOT satellites. Land mapping missions also do not require expensive film capsules that have to be returned to Earth and recovered.

The current satellite is most likely an FSW-class PLA military film photographic satellite. The FSW orbit-and-recover film satellites are classic PLA military space reconnaissance systems. The satellite is on a mission to photograph American, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese military sites for targeting and missile strike missions.

Previous Chinese military FSW satellites remained in orbit for two weeks, taking high- and medium-resolution pictures and then returning the film to Earth by a remote-controlled re-entry capsule.

The Chinese military frequently shares the space images with its allies, including North Korea. In fact, North Korea may need the images in order to re-target long-range SCUD and No Dong missiles against recently moved U.S. forces in South Korea.

The military mission from Jiuquan comes at the same time the PLA put on a show tour of the space facility for the international press. Thirty journalists from 24 news organizations and seven countries made the trip to Jiuquan. The journalists were closely monitored by Foreign Ministry officials every step of the way.

The Jiuquan space center is dominated by Dongfeng Aerospace City, named after a Maoist slogan, "East Wind." Dongfeng is also the name given to all PLA long-range nuclear-tipped missiles.

The tour illustrated China's growing military power and its efforts to import more foreign technical and financial support for its future military space program.

"We are interested in international cooperation, and this is reflected by our efforts to open up," stated the assistant to the Gansu governor.

"We don't have McDonald's, but we do have KFC," offered Yun Ning, a base spokesman.

While members of the Chinese military enjoy KFC chicken, they also use a vast array of U.S. space technology from various American high-tech firms such as Hughes and Loral. The current success of China's latest military satellites is a direct result of the U.S. high-tech sales to the Chinese army by the Clinton administration.

According to a Hughes document sent in March 1995 to then Clinton National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, satellite technology "has no military significance."

The U.S. technology sent by Clinton to China included a list of items sought by the Chinese military: anti-jam capability, advanced antennas, crosslinks, baseband processing, encryption devices, radiation hardening, and perigee kick motors.

In fact, the CEOs of Hughes, Loral and Lockheed all co-wrote a letter to Bill Clinton in October 1995 expressing their desire that the president "transfer all responsibility for commercial satellite export licensing to the Commerce Department."

The 1995 letter, signed by C. Michael Armstrong of Hughes and Bernard Schwartz of Loral, states that "we understand you many soon be issuing an Executive Order intended to make further improvements to the process for reviewing export license applications."

"During a recent meeting involving Vice President Gore and representatives of the satellite industry discussing national/global information infrastructure, this was one of several issues raised. We clearly appreciate your administration's strong commitment to reforming the U.S. export control system, but we respectfully request your personal support for establishing the Commerce Department's jurisdiction over the export of all commercial communications satellites," states the letter from the aerospace CEOs.

In 1995, Hughes CEO Armstrong wrote then Clinton National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, seeking to transfer satellite export authority from the State Department to the Commerce Department.

"The USG (U.S. Government) does not require Congressional approval to remove commercial satellites from the United States Munitions List (USML), which is under State Department jurisdiction, and placing them on the Commerce Control List (CCL), which is under Commerce Department jurisdiction," wrote Armstrong.

"It is my understanding that State has resisted vigorously Commerce attempts to do just that. For the national good, this situation must change. A commercial communications satellite is not a defense item. State Department control of satellites is not required for national security. Continued State Department control is damaging to the U.S. satellite industry and is not warranted."

In 1996, President Clinton moved the oversight of satellite exports from the State and Defense departments to the Commerce Department.

In the end, both Hughes and Loral were charged with violating U.S. national security. Hughes pleaded no contest to the 123 charges filed by the U.S. State Department and has since paid a record fine. Loral also pleaded no contest and paid a record fine.

All of the violations took place during Armstrong's term as head of Hughes and Schwartz's term as head of Loral. All of the violations took place during Clinton's term as president.

The Bush administration has resisted the powerful aerospace lobby to restart space exports to China. The main reason is because of the continuing Chinese proliferation of advanced missile and nuclear weapons technology to Iran, Pakistan and North Korea.

Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz backs the Kerry campaign. Since 2000, Schwartz has donated over $4 million to Democrats including Kerry.

Kerry also has a secret relationship with Beijing. During the late 1990s, John Kerry traveled to Beijing on behalf of a firm associated with the Chinese military and today he does not want to talk about it.

Yet the Massachusetts-based firm of Boston Capital and Technology openly advertised its connection to Sen. Kerry and also admitted selling advanced U.S. space technology to China. Boston Capital's Web site noted that the firm was "China Advisor to U.S. Senator's commercial agenda for China."

"Advised, assisted, and executed Minister level commercial agenda for U.S. Senator. Advanced Senator in China for all Minister level meetings, coordinated and acted as liaison to:

The U.S. State Department, The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, The Department of Commerce, and all relevant Chinese authorities," states the Web site.

According to the company's Web page, BCT "acted" as a China adviser to "U.S. High Technology's Corporation technology transfer efforts in the People's Republic of China. They were responsible for technology transfer for full-scale manufacturing in China of technologies in telecommunications and satellites."

"Each production package sells for $15-$20 million. The Corporation has successfully transferred these [satellite] technologies to several Chinese manufacturers now in production," states the Boston Capital & Technology Web site.

The Bush administration's position on space technology exports to China is a matter of public record. President Bush has resisted the big money trying so hard to help the Chinese military.

In contrast, Sen. Kerry's position remains secret. Both the senator's campaign and the senator's office refused repeated requests to answer questions. The Kerry policy toward the Chinese military space program is written on large donation checks and remains behind the closed doors of a secret meeting in Beijing.



Charles Smith will be on:

The Jerry Hughes show on Friday, 9/3/04, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.cilamerica.com

The Charlie Smith Show on the American Freedom Network on Friday, 9/6/04, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.americanewsnet.com


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