CPDC Briefs in Texas on the Present—and Growing—Danger from China

***NEWS RELEASE***

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2020

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Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102

CPDC Briefs in Texas on

the Present—and Growing—Danger from China

Key Audiences: Candidates, Voters, State Officials

IRVING, TEXAS—On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Committee on the Present Danger: China (CPDC) held in Texas the fifth in a series of non-partisan, topical and timely 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefings. They are aimed at informing presidential candidates, the electorate and state government leaders about the ominous ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and—thanks in no small measure to financing from U.S. investors—its growing capabilities to act on them.

The Facebook-live-streamed Threat Briefing took place in the studio of Blaze TV’s “Economic War Room with Kevin Freeman” in Irving, Texas.

The briefers included members of the CPDC and other experts who addressed the urgent need for presidential candidates in the upcoming presidential primary on March 3, and those they seek to represent, to understand the multifaceted and proliferating threats posed by the CCP to this country and the world. Whether those who seek to be our next Commander-in-Chief like it or not, they will have to contend with and counter China’s decades-long “unrestricted warfare.” And those doing the hiring for that position have a need to know that the applicants are up to what is certain to be Job #1 in the national security portfolio, and probably in the economic and public health ones, as well.

A particular focus of the CPDC presentations was the dangerous contribution being made to the Chinese threat by individual and institutional U.S. investors—including most state public pension funds, but commendably not the Employees’ Retirement System of Texas (Texas ERS). Such investors are, wittingly or unwittingly, underwriting CCP-owned or -affiliated companies engaged in behavior inimical to our vital interests, economic competitiveness and/or national security.

The Texas 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefers were:

  • Kevin Freeman*, the author of “Secret Weapon” and “Game Plan,” television host and driving force behind the National Security Investment Consultants Institute. Freeman described the contents and implications of “Unrestricted Warfare,” a book published in 1999 by two senior People’s Liberation Army colonels as a how-to manual for weakening and defeating the United States non-kinetically. He identified examples of how the CCP has implemented the strategy again and again, to our lasting detriment and to its advantage.

  • Frank Gaffney*, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense (acting) and the CPDC’s Vice Chairman. Gaffney addressed the historical role a predecessor Committee on the Present Danger played in helping shape the policy battlespace in the run-up to and during the 1980 election with respect to that time’s existential threat to freedom—the Soviet Union. He outlined as well the resulting mandate for President Reagan to abandon the policy of engagement then known as “détente” in favor of rolling back the USSR. Gaffney argued that a similar course-correction is needed with respect to our era’s existential threat—the Chinese Communist Party—and expressed the hope that the Committee’s 2020 Policy Battlespace Threat Briefings would help bring it about.

  • Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, USAF (Ret.), a highly decorated veteran combat aviator and visionary leader. Gen. Kwast discussed the myriad threats posed by Communist China, the need for the U.S. to remain dominant in space and the imperative of protecting against enemy (and naturally) occurring disruptions to our use of the electromagnetic spectrum. He stressed the dire consequences for not only the United States but for freedom more generally if we fail to rise to such momentous challenges. And he laid out a future of unprecedented quality of life for the world’s people if America quickly acts to harness the sun’s power and make it available globally from space.

  • Dr. Sean Lin,* a survivor of the Tiananmen Square massacre, executive director of the Global Alliance against Communist Propaganda and Disinformation, a Falun Gong practitioner, an Army veteran and Ph.D. microbiologist who previously directed a viral disease laboratory at Walter Reed. He spoke about: the CCP’s brutal repression of its own people; the steps like the “social credit” system that it is taking to intensify its ability to exercise total control over them; and the Communist Party’s practice of exploiting and even murdering its citizens (e.g., through harsh mass incarceration and organ harvesting). Dr. Lin also discussed the coronavirus crisis and the CCP’s culpability for the pandemic that is now unfolding, thanks to its concealment of the onset of the disease in Wuhan, its disinformation about the gravity of the resulting danger, and its brutality and incompetence in belatedly trying to contain the virus’ further spread.

*Member, Committee on the Present Danger: China

Gaffney subsequently carried the message of the Threat Briefing to representatives of the Texas Attorney General and Comptroller in Austin.

Upcoming CPDC 2020 Battlespace Threat Briefings include one at the Conservative Political Action Conference from 3-4 p.m. ET Feb. 27 and in Los Angeles from 4-6 p.m. PT March 1. Details of these events and the dates and times for Threat Briefings in other states will be forthcoming shortly.

Video of the Texas Threat Briefing is accessible at www.PresentDangerChina.org.

To interview representatives from the Committee on the Present Danger: China, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.