On October 27, a report, “Made in China: China’s Role in Transnational Crime and Illicit Financial Flows,” was presented by the U.S. think tank Global Financial Integrity. Their research concludes that criminal groups work alongside the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the transnational trade of drug trafficking, human and animal trafficking, counterfeiting, intellectual property theft, forced labor, and illegal cash flows.
David Luna, Executive Director of the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE), said:
“Corruption and illicit trade are among the drivers of China’s national aspirations to global economic power, its aggressive foreign policy and great power competition strategies. China’s illicit trade facilitates a convergence of crimes that generates greater destabilizing threats throughout the international community.”
“State-sponsored corruption exported through its strident foreign policy is sanctioned at the highest level of government through China’s state-owned enterprises or external economic development initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative.”
The report emphasizes the trafficking of fentanyl produced in China. It enters the United States from the Mexican border or through the international mail service. This synthetic opioid, 100 times more potent than morphine, is wreaking havoc on the American population and is considered the most lethal, accounting for 70% of all overdose deaths. About 50,000 people die each year.
Now Mexican drug cartels have entered the business. They buy the precursors for its production from Chinese laboratories. It is estimated that there are about 160,000 Chinese companies with the capacity to produce this substance. The rapid consumption growth, ease, and difficulty of fentanyl detection increase the business year after year, as well as the American victims.
The U.S. government called on the Chinese regime to combat this traffic without obtaining sufficient responses. It would be easy for the CCP to cut off the flow of this substance, as it firmly controls the country’s production.
“The Chinese Communist Party is directly or indirectly supporting these transnational crimes. Because China is an authoritarian state, if China (CCP) wants to crack down on fentanyl and other drug trafficking, as long as the government really wants to do it, China can easily do it,” commented John Cassara, former U.S. Treasury Department special agent.
According to the Global Financial Integrity report, human trafficking in China generates about $19 billion annually. Most of the trafficking is internal, but there is a significant flow of people sent to countries around the world under false promises and then recruited for forced or low-paid labor, prostitution, or into the entertainment industry. Trafficking also occurs in the opposite direction. People voluntarily come from other countries to China and then fall into the same type of exploitation.
The CCP’s one-child policy broke the natural balance, so there are more men than women. The situation encouraged the recruitment and abduction of brides in Eastern countries to marry Chinese men. Witnesses in Myanmar say that a woman could be sold for between $3,000 and $13,000. According to the annual report issued by the U.S. State Department, China is considered among the countries with the least commitment to combat these illicit activities.
China ranks number one in illegal animal trafficking. With economic growth came an increase in demand and a decrease in the population of the most affected species, such as elephants, rhinoceroses, big cats, turtles, pangolins, etc. Many are preyed upon for use in traditional Chinese medicine remedies, manufacturing art objects, exotic gastronomy, or as pets. For example, ivory from elephant poaching in Africa is smuggled from the Myanmar border into China, where the world’s largest market for this product is. An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed each year.
Counterfeiting and industrial espionage
The flood of counterfeit products from China directly attacks the companies that supply legitimate products and the consumers who risk buying them, as they are toxic, dangerous, and of poor quality. The GFI report estimates that 80% of all counterfeits in the global market come from China, some $500 billion a year.
Technology theft and counterfeiting have been widely encouraged by the Chinese regime, as expressed by David Luna:
“The Chinese government supports hackers and criminals who continue to steal intellectual property from the U.S. government and U.S. companies, which has harmed U.S. innovation, competitiveness and economic development.”
The report says the CCP uses overseas Chinese citizens as commercial spies abroad and facilitates technology transfer and theft of foreign intellectual property through joint investment and research.
Killed for their organs
This issue deserves special attention because it reflects the lengths to witch the CCP can go.
The CCP has heavily promoted the organ transplant industry. As a result, in the early 2000s, the number of organ transplant surgeries and the infrastructure to meet the demand skyrocketed, with many new hospitals being built for this purpose.
People worldwide flocked to China for a transplant because of the short waiting time, which could be days or weeks. Thus began what was called “transplant tourism.” In addition, the price of the operation was advertised on the Internet, depending on the organ required. However, the experts did not understand how they managed to do it.
Soon the source of these organs was discovered.
David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, a former member of the Canadian parliament, published a report detailing how prisoners of conscience, primarily practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, are killed for their organs. In addition, prisoners undergo medical tests to determine the state of their organs and compatibility with patients to compile data for future clients.
It is estimated that the number of transplants exceeds one million. Voices from the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament call for an end to this atrocity. In addition, millions of Falun Gong practitioners worldwide raise awareness of what is happening while clarifying the truth of the facts.
“Governments and anyone who interacts in any substantial way with the People’s Republic of China … must now recognize that they are, to the extent disclosed above, interacting with a criminal state.”
So said the Final Judgment of the China Tribunal in London on June 17, 2019.