Warnings of a wave of Chinese spies being dispatched to the United States in recent months were issued by a controversial Chinese billionaire in self-imposed exile who also added that the a small clique of corrupt “kleptocrats” running China, while blasted government policies in China.
Two days after a previously scheduled appearance at a think tank in Washington was postponed due to what he called heavy pressure from the Chinese government, Guo Wengui said during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington that “what they’re doing is against humanity.”
“What the U.S. ought to do is take action, instead of just talking to the Chinese kleptocracy,” Guo said through a translator.
“They are just a tiny group of Mafia, pure and simple,” said Guo, a real-estate magnate also known as Miles Kwok, who lives in a $68 million apartment in New York City.
“I would like all the members of the Chinese Communist Party to wake up and say no to this ruling clique.”
“To weaken the United States, to bring about turmoil in the United States and to … decimate the United States” and to increase the number of spies in the U.S., Guo said he was aware of multiple initiatives by that clique in China for the same.
“These plans pose great threats to the American people and their property,” Guo said.
He claimed those efforts are “100 times, or even 1,000 times” as potentially damaging as the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The real estate magnate had fled to the United States in 2015 after reportedly learning a security official he had ties with was being targeted by an anticorruption campaign and Guo’s appearance in Washington was just the latest in a recent flurry of controversies surrounding the businessman.
Including claims that the party’s own head of anticorruption activities, Wang Qishan, has unclean hands, Guo has unloaded a barrage of allegations of corruption by people in the highest levels of China’s ruling Communist Party. The New York Times has reported that Guo claims that Wang’s family secretly controls one of the largest conglomerates in China.
Political asylum in the U.S. was sought by Guo in September. But against his targets, he has kept on making scathing and sometimes salacious attacks on social media.
Facebook reportedly blocked a profile with Guo’s name last Saturday.
An interview with Guo was reportedly cut short by the Voice of America, which is operated by the U.S. government in April. In connection with the interview, five of its own journalists were put on administrative leave later.
An international arrest warrant for Guo was asked to be issued to Interpol by the Chinese government earlier this year.
He has set up a $150 million legal war chest to fight the lawsuits, Guo told The Wall Street Journal for a story published Tuesday.
“Nothing can stop me,” Guo told the Journal.
But the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington Guo hours later on Tuesday.
The Journal reported that the Hudson Institute had informed Guo that it was postponing his planned appearance there on Wednesday.
So instead, Guo spoke to reporters Thursday at the National Press Club.
“You have caused quite a stir, not only in the United States but also in China,” said Bill Gertz, senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon, who moderated the event.
(Adapted from Reuters)