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New book reveals China’s ‘disintegration warfare’ against the United States

New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer’s new book delves in to China’s comprehensive strategy to undermine the United States while U.S. politicians fail to take action.

Published: March 7, 2024 11:02pm

The investigative journalist who first uncovered Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings is shaking up Washington yet again with a comprehensive book warning Americans about China’s “disintegration warfare” against the United States.

Peter Schweizer—the author of "Clinton Cash" and "Red-Handed"—takes aim at the American political elite in his new book "Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye While China Kills Americans" over complacency in the nation’s capital in the elected officials’ response to China’s efforts to undermine the politics, society, and economy of the United States.

Blood Money is meticulously sourced with 939 endnotes and includes information from open sources, leaked U.S. law enforcement and Mexican government documents, Chinese corporate records and military journals. Schweizer relies on no anonymous sources to back up his findings.

“I think the big message I want Americans to take away is there's there's a lot of turmoil, a lot of things going on in the United States today, whether that's violence on the streets, whether that's social division, whether that's the fentanyl poisoning crisis in China is exacerbating those problems, they are fanning the flames, and our leaders aren't doing anything about it,” Schweizer said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show Thursday evening.

“The way I think about it, is that, you know, America is on fire, China's holding an empty can of gasoline, and our leaders are not doing anything about it, they’re remaining silent,” he added. We need “to realize that we are at war with China or rather China's at war with us. They call it disintegration warfare,” he said.

One of the most jarring findings from Schweizer’s book is how the Chinese have partnered with the Mexican cartels to traffic fentanyl into the United States, exacerbating the crisis that has plagued the country for the past decade.

By 2016, deaths related to fentanyl had surpassed those by heroin and prescription drugs, according to the Congressional Research Service. “From 2015 to 2020, the rate of opioid-involved overdose deaths—driven by fentanyl— once again doubled, from 10.4 to 21.4 per 100,000,” it concluded.

Schweizer’s research found the Chinese have been closely involved in the several stages of fentanyl manufacturing, trafficking, and distribution into the United States that have helped fuel this ongoing crisis.

“Based on leaked US national security documents, Mexican government hacked emails or correspondence, and Chinese corporate records, we know that the fentanyl operation is under Chinese control from start to finish,” Schweizer wrote in Blood Money.

“So the fentanyl, I think, myth that's out there is that this is a cartel operation by the Mexican drug cartels. The Mexican cartels are really the junior partner here because the entities that set them up with the precursors with the skill set with the money laundering opportunities were Chinese organized crime,” Schweizer told Just the News.

“One in particular, there's a criminal group called UBG—United Bamboo Group is what it's called. It's headed by Chang An-lo, who goes by the name 'White Wolf.' They essentially made the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, the kings of fentanyl. And if you look at every chain in fentanyl coming into the United States from China, China is the senior partner. The cartels are the junior partner,” he explained.

Schweizer explained his research showed China’s intimate involvement in fentanyl precursor ingredient shipments to Mexico, where Chinese nationals help to manufacture fentanyl-laced pills, and then sell the product to Mexican cartels who traffic it into the United States.

But this is only part of China’s assistance to the Mexican cartels.

“The next step is if you are a drug cartel in Mexico, you need secure communications. China provides this as well. Drug cartels use Chinese apps. They use Chinese communication devices. They're encrypted in China. They know that China will not share those encrypted communications with US law enforcement,” Schweizer said.

Chinese financial institutions—state-owned banks—also assist the cartels to launder their profits from the drug trade.

“Some of the Mexican cartels’ most successful and proficient launderers are Chinese and use Chinese state banks to do their dirty work. In the United States, Chinese nationals living across the United States from Virginia to Illinois to Oregon have been arrested in recent years for laundering money for drug cartels,” Schweizer wrote.

In one recent case, a Chinese American cartel associate Xizhi Li handled over $10 million in cartel funds in a seven-month period. The cartels would contract him to launder an amount of funds.

“He would then sell the dollars to wealthy Chinese clients who were looking to get hold of US currency,” Schweizer wrote. “Li even had an association with a senior Chinese military official. To sell the dollars, he would have the wealthy client transfer the equivalent amount of money into bank accounts that he controlled in China,” he explained.

But fentanyl is not the only China-connected product killing Americans. Schweizer also described efforts by Chinese companies to smuggle “Glock switches” into the United States contributing to the uptick in gang violence.

“Beginning in 2018, they started smuggling these into the United States. It's a small metal device about the size of a quarter. But here's what it does. John, if you slip it in to a Glock handgun, it turns a Glock handgun into a fully automatic machine gun. And you can attach, say, a 50, round drum magazine to the bottom of it. And you've got a very potent weapon. It's hard to control but a very potent weapon,” Schweizer told the "Just the News, No Noise"  TV show.

“Now, here's what is so concerning about this,” Schweizer said. “These devices were smuggled in the United States produced in China. They were advertised in English on Alibaba in China. And according to ATF, these were particularly targeted at criminal gangs and felons in the United States. So they were specifically trying to get these into the hands of, you know, groups that want to sow chaos and violence in the United States.”

The data shows this strategy has been successful. Automatic weapons fire grew by 1,400% from 2019 to 2021, CNN reported. SoundThinking, Inc.—a public safety technology company whose ShotSpotter product detects gunfire across America through acoustics—recorded a total of approximately 5,600 incidents across 130 cities in 2021 alone. Reports indicate Glock switches are smuggling into the United States both from China directly or through Mexican intermediaries, bearing striking resemblance to the fentanyl crisis.

In light of these anecdotes, and the many others contained in his new book, one may wonder why America’s elected officials are not doing more about the comprehensive challenge posed by China. Schweizer believes this reality is caused by complacency and motivated by ease.

“I think part of the broader problem is a lot of people are in D.C. to go along and get along. So look, if you accept the reality of what China's doing, that they're literally have killed millions of Americans, that they are engaged in this campaign of, you know, social destruction in the United States, you can't have a normal relationship with this country,” Schweizer said. “So they want the easy path, they want the path of least resistance.”

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