The Latest News of Chinese Espionage

May 20, 1999

It seems every news cycle brings more revelations of Chinese espionage. Consider these four news stories. First is the revelation that nuclear submarine detection information may have been passed to the Chinese government. The Navy's ballistic-missile submarine force makes up approximately 54 percent of America's nuclear deterrent. Once submerged, Trident-class submarines are undetectable by potential enemies. Or are they? The most recent revelations suggest that the Chinese may now more easily detect deployed submarines and thus change the global balance of power.

A second story involves campaign fund-raiser Johnny Chung. He is testifying that the head of Chinese military intelligence provided $300,000 for the campaign to re-elect President Clinton.

The third story surrounds the latest interviews with Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson. In a Sunday interview on "Meet the Press," host Tim Russert repeatedly asked whether President Clinton has lied in March when he repeatedly denied ever being notified about Chinese espionage at the nuclear-weapons laboratories. Mr. Richardson was evasive to say the least. And so Tim Russert continued asking questions because he believed that the "president's word" was "at stake."

Secretary Richardson's evasion reminded many people of his refusal to answer George Will's "simple question" about what Mr. Richardson had done about security of e-mail during his first seven months as energy secretary. He continues to act like a person who has something very significant to hide.

The final story is the routine announcement by the Clinton administration that it has approved the export of technology to China to permit the launching of a communications satellite aboard a Chinese rocket next month.

All I can conclude from these stories is that America's nuclear secrets have been breached (perhaps because of Chinese donations to a re-election campaign), and administration officials want to hide that fact and continue on with "business as usual."

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.