Dr. Lawrence Sellin (ret’d) joined the Two Mikes Today and explained that his recent research is showing that the Chinese government is actively engaged in establishing a beachhead in the Hawaiian Islands based on commercial companies and real-estate acquisitions.
Dr. Sellin described the Chinese project as being conducted by people close to the Chinese intelligence services who are gradually developing a number of innocent-appearing businesses — some in real estate — that could well be used for intelligence-gathering purposes.
Chinese individuals also have purchased parcels of land near important U.S. military facilities. One such parcel lies close to the headquarters of the U.S. Army’s Pacific operations, which is also home to one of the Army’s infantry divisions.
Both of these practices mirror Chinese intelligence activities in the continental United States. Chinese individuals, for example, have purchased tracts of land near U.S. Air Force bases in the upper Midwest. There also is a growing ethnic Chinese population in the Hawaiian Islands, perhaps as a potential force to cause disruption in the region in times of high tension between China and the United States.
Dr. Sellin noted that there is practically no evidence that U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies are investigating any of these Chinese projects. Chinese individuals also have been reported to be trying to stir up Hawaiian animosity toward the United States by reminding Hawaiians that their islands once were an independent kingdom.
Indeed, President Biden, on taking office, ordered the closing of an investigation Trump had begun to define the breadth of Chinese intellectual theft in the United States, as well as to understand the same kind of business and real-estate operations in the United States that are occurring in the continental United States
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