Magazine article Insight on the News

Could We Have a Word with You, Gen. Xiong?

Magazine article Insight on the News

Could We Have a Word with You, Gen. Xiong?

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Gen. Xiong Guangkai, deputy chief of staff for intelligence for China's People's Liberation Army, will be visiting the United States in December as part of an effort to bolster the military-to-military relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Insight readers are familiar with some of Xiong's known espionage successes against the United States involving thefts and purchases of nuclear and high-tech secrets.

Writing in the Washington Times, Edward Timperlake and William Triplett III mention the above operations masterminded by Xiong, as well as coups such as funneling campaign funds to the Democratic Party with the objective of helping reelect President Clinton. Gen. Xiong, they note, is "most famous for his threat to incinerate Los Angeles with nuclear destruction if the United States should come to the aid of democratic Taiwan."

The list goes on, including Xiong's role in sales of weapons of mass destruction to countries with grudges against the United States, and his responsibilities in setting the stage for the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. Timperlake and Triplett, whose book, Red Dragon Rising, was published by Regnery this year, suggest that Xiong should be welcomed with a subpoena from Congress. …

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