- Democrats are counting on Sen. John Kerry's military
credentials to convince voters that he can be trusted with America's national
- But documents that surfaced over the weekend raise serious
questions about whether Kerry was duped in the 1990s into helping the Chinese
military perfect its ability to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons.
- In 1996 Kerry met with Liu Chaoying, the daughter of
a powerful Chinese military official who also doubled as vice president
of a subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Corp.
- Before the meeting, held in Kerry's Senate office, Liu's
sponsor, Johnny Chung, made clear she was interested in getting her company
listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange.
- The Democratic presidential front-runner was only too
happy to oblige and ordered his aides to contact the Securities and Exchange
- "The next day," reports Newsweek, "Liu
and Chung were ushered into a private briefing with a senior SEC official."
- Within weeks, Chung returned the favor, staging a Kerry
fund raiser at a Beverly Hills hotel that raked in $10,000 for the senator's
- Bank records would later show that Kerry's Chinese campaign
cash came from $300,000 in overseas wire transfers sent to Chung on orders
from the chief of Chinese military intelligence, Newsweek reports.
- The money was routed through a Hong Kong bank account
controlled by Liu, whose company later benefited from waivers granted by
the Clinton administration to the U.S. aerospace giant Loral Corp.
- As Liu and Chung were lining the pockets of the Democratic
Party's political elite, Loral handed over top-secret missile guidance
technology to Liu's firm.
- Liu's China Aerospace used the information to perfect
Beijing's fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles, which before the
1990s could not strike the U.S.
- By the end of the decade, however, China's ICBMs could
reach the entire continental United States with pinpoint accuracy, thanks
in part to the senator who says now he can be trusted with America's national
- Chung later testified that before Liu wired him the cash
to contribute to prominent Democrats, the chief of Chinese intelligence
personally told him: "We like your president. We want to see him re-elected."
- Apparently, Beijing felt the same way about Sen. John
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