Friendly Appeasement: Chinese-American “Committee Of 100” Seeks Accommodation with Beijing
multicultural times, a critical eye is necessary
regarding the activities of
ethnic organizations, no matter how reputable each
may appear on the surface. Those that aren`t flagrant
fifth columnists like La Raza still may not value
American sovereignty as passionately as those of us
with no spare country. Even ostensibly well-intentioned
efforts, particularly those designed to increase
trade, can and do work against interests of the
One such group is the
Committee of 100, an A-list organization founded in
1990 by "a group of
concerned Chinese-Americans", including
architect I.M. Pei and cellist
Yo-Yo Ma. (See the group`s 4-minute
statement of principles on YouTube.)
membership (which is actually 149) represents a
variety of professions. But business leaders predominate
rather than scientists or artists. In reality, the
Committee of 100 appears to be just another ethnic
Chamber of Commerce, only with more attitude.
On December 10, the Committee used the National Press
Club as the forum to present the findings of its recent
bi-national survey titled
"Hope and Fear: American and Chinese Attitudes Toward
Each Other". The organization engaged the
Zogby polling company to do a mirrored survey of the
attitudes of citizens of the United States and Red China
about each other, as well as more general questions like
what they want out of life.
The press releases (one for the
general media and another designed for the
business press) tried to balance chipper
"building bridges" sentiment with actual mention of
the economic and military threat. However, the emphasis
was clearly on the positive:
" `Through a better understanding of how each
public feels, the leaders of both countries can work
more cooperatively on common issues and tip the balance
further in favor of hope, and less on fear,` said
General John L. Fugh, Chairman of the Committee of
The poll is not without interesting points. (Full
report in PDF here.) For example, 88 percent of
their country is on the right track, compared to
just 34 percent of Americans. Many answers are broken
down according to the varying responses of the
general public, opinion elites and
Still, you have to wonder when a reported 52 percent
of average Americans say they have a favorable
impression of China, even after months of media coverage
of millions of
poison products being dumped upon local store
shelves. (The poll was conducted from August 18 to
September 19, 2007, in both countries.)
Are Americans really so foolishly trusting, or are
they merely being polite and delivering the
kumbaya responses required in any diversity-oriented
questionnaire? A 2006 Zogby poll showed Americans to be
similarly positive in a shockingly wrong-headed way
about Mexicans, while Mexicans despised Americans.
Speak no evil to pollsters, perhaps?)
However, at no point did the Committee see fit to
mention that despite the improved lifestyles of many
Chinese in the
cities, China remains a
Communist state, with
no semblance of representative government.
no one wants a military confrontation with the
People`s Republic. So some will argue that it is a good
thing to increase cultural outreach by having American
citizens of Chinese heritage doing their little surveys,
gala banquets and conferences dedicated to the
However, the real problems are far more serious than
a mere social misunderstanding. They cannot be solved by
happy-face bridge building.
The PRC wants to be the next super-power and will do
whatever it takes to get there. Red China`s behavior is
not that of a friendly trading partner but of a future
enemy that is building its offensive strike power. As
security analyst Bill Gertz has written (The
China Threat and How to Resolve It, ABC News,
May 14, 2007), "China … is building niche weapons
with one goal: arming to defeat the United States in a
- The PRC conducted its
first anti-satellite missile test earlier this
military expansion includes building a
blue-water navy, with a fleet of 29 modern
- Red China has been engaged in a 15-year military
largest since the end of the Cold War.
Chinese spies in America have gone after U.S.
manufacturing expertise as well as military secrets.
The FBI has arrested nearly
30 Chinese in the past two years for
spying. One example is convicted spy
Chi Mak who said he
acted out of loyalty to his homeland. He
intended to retire in China after his career as an
engineer for an American defense contractor and
20-year Communist agent.
- Chinese hackers apparently
succeeded in removing data from the Oak Ridge
nuclear weapons lab, highlighting the increased
cyber-warfare being waged by China.
The above list is not comprehensive—it`s merely to
VDARE.COM readers about the continuing full-court
press by Beijing against the United States.
Yet the Committee of 100 tells us: don`t worry—be
happy—buy Chinese! It`s a brave new Chinese world from
where they stand.
Committee members figure they are in the catbird
Wilson Chu, a partner with the Dallas law firm of
Haynes & Boone, LLP, thinks Chinese Americans make
perfect additions to the boardroom. "They are
bicultural. They grew up here, but do business in China
and have friends and relatives there," he says. "They
are global Chinese." [Emphasis added]
Committee of 100 Newsletter, Spring 2006
But do these "global Chinese" have America`s
best interests at heart? Not necessarily.
What Chu describes is the Asian flavor of what Samuel
Huntington called the
Davos Man—a creature who views "national
boundaries as obstacles that thankfully are vanishing".
But since the Chinese tribe is so strongly loyal to
itself, becoming a citizen of the planet isn`t quite the
model—not when being a global Chinese is perfectly
acceptable among the
Indeed, increasing numbers of Chinese are returning
to the homeland after having availed themselves of
valuable resume-building in the United States. The
San Diego Union Tribune recently observed as much:
“Frustrated by stagnating federal funding for
research and clampdowns on visas, Asian scientists are
increasingly returning to their homelands. One-quarter
of the 700,000 students who left China between 1978 and
2003 have gone back, China`s Ministry of Education has
“Most of those left the United States recently,
with more than 20,000 a year returning to China in the
past five years, according to the ministry.” [Finding
greener pastures at home, Asian scientists leaving
America, December 16, 2007, by Terri Somers]
One reverse migrant, a successful Silicon Valley
“`I`ve been living here
and speak the language,` said Philip Hu, 60. `But inside
I`m very Chinese…. it`s very natural for me in China,
to be surrounded by my own people.`” [Émigrés
Feel China`s Pull, by Vanessa Hua, San
Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2006]
Keep in mind that the large majority of Chinese in
America—over 70 percent—are immigrants, according to the
2000 Census. Somewhere over a quarter (29.1 percent)
were born here. Most have little reason to be loyal to
America`s national community.
Plus, their other country is going gang-busters!
Beijing`s non-democratic government is not such a big
problem when there are piles of yuan to be made.
To get rich is glorious, as they say.
Cheap consumer goods, particularly the ones that
don`t cause illness or death, are supposed to make us
forget Red China`s real intent—global dominance and the
defeat of America.
Indeed, the PRC may not need all that weaponry if the
White House and Congress continue to put America`s
wealth in the hands of our enemy.
Meanwhile, the smug “global Chinese” involved
in the Committee of 100 pitch questionable friendship
and trade with Red China to their own benefit—and
detriment of America.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
She has known some drunken sailors and believes they are
a lot more responsible than Washington politicians.