On the surface, Condoleezza Rice is the perfect pick for George W.
Bush. Rice worked for George Bush Sr. in the White House, handling
Russian issues. She is a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution
at Stanford University. Bush insiders have mentioned Rice as being on
the short list for Secretary of State.
Rice reportedly is also close with former Clinton Secretary of
Defense Dr. William Perry. Rice worked with Perry and the Clinton
administration during her term at Stanford. Clinton insiders have also
mentioned her as being on the short list for Secretary of State.
On Aug. 1, Condoleezza Rice stated during her speech at the
Republican National Convention that George W. Bush is up to speed on
“I know that he understands the complexities of our relationship with
China,” stated the former Stanford provost of the Texas governor.
“He believes that conflict between our nations is not inevitable. Yet
he recognizes the challenge that the Chinese government poses to our
interests and values and the irresistible demand for liberty that can be
unleashed by freer trade with its people.”
Rice has some experience concerning past free trade issues with
China. In 1996, Rice was involved in the largest Chinese army
penetration of the Clinton administration. To this day, Condoleezza Rice
will not answer questions about her service at Stanford with Chinese
Army spy Hua Di.
Hua Di came from a family of prominent Communist officials. Hua Di
studied missiles in Russia, and worked in the Chinese ballistic missile
program for 24 years. In 1984, Hua Di went to work for the China
International Trust and Investment Company (CITIC) a firm part owned by
the Chinese army.
In 1989, Hua Di fled China for America during the Tiananmen Square
crackdown and joined Stanford University. While at Stanford, Hua Di
worked with Condoleezza Rice, Dr. William Perry and Dr. John Lewis. Hua
Di spent most of his time documenting Chinese missile systems for the
University and the Clinton administration.
Hua Di also started a little home-based company at Stanford. By 1994,
Dr. Lewis of Stanford and Hua Di were in business with the Chinese army.
In 1994, Hua Di and Dr. Lewis joined with Chinese Gen. Nie Li — wife of
Chinese warlord Gen. Ding Henggao — and entered into a joint venture
called Galaxy New Technology.
As a result of that joint venture, a secure fiber-optic communication
system was exported directly to the Chinese army.
The project, named “Hua Mei,” also drew a
Office report that was sharply critical of the direct transfer to the Chinese army.
The key to the whole transaction was Chinese defector Hua Di. In an interview published by the Far Eastern Economic Review, Hua Di described himself as a “matchmaker.” Hua Di also noted that he was a good friend of Gen. Huai Guomo, the Chinese army officer then working for Gen. Ding.
Hua’s business partner, Dr. Lewis, was also a busy man with two extra jobs. In 1994, Dr. Lewis was officially listed on the U.S. Defense Department payroll as Defense Secretary William Perry’s personal “consultant” at the same time he worked on the Hua Mei project. According to
documents obtained using the Freedom of Information
Act, Lewis was pulling three paychecks: one from Stanford, one from the U.S. Defense Department, and one from the Chinese army.
In 1994, Dr. Lewis traveled to Beijing with Secretary Perry. Lewis went to China in order to meet with Gen. Ding and his subordinate, Gen. Huai, as a paid consultant to the secretary of defense. At the same time, the Hua Mei deal was completed with the same Chinese generals. The sudden upgrade of Chinese military technology enriched Ding and Lewis.
Gen. Ding’s incredible espionage success inside the Clinton administration brought a literal flood of advanced military equipment for the People’s Liberation Army. The long list of advanced military equipment obtained by Gen. Ding does not stop with the Hua Mei secure fiber-optic communications system. Ding, reported to be a close and old friend of Dr. Perry, also obtained super computers for nuclear weapons research, missile nose cone design software, special missile manufacturing equipment and multiple nuclear warhead designs.
In 1996, then Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice investigated Dr. John Lewis, Dr. Perry and Hua Di. According to the allegations, some of the documentation used to support the Hua Mei project with the Chinese army was prepared using Stanford resources.
“We’ll follow what is a normal process under these circumstances. It’s not all that unusual that issues arise concerning conflict of interest,” said Rice in 1994.
Nothing ever became of the Stanford investigation. Rice made no comment.
In December 1997, I tried to contact Chinese missile expert Hua Di at Stanford University in California. Curiously, Hua Di would not grant an interview on missiles or the Hua Mei project.
In fact, immediately after my call, Hua Di suddenly decided to return to China.
On Dec. 31, 1997, Hua returned to China. Later in 1998, the official Chinese press announced that Hua had been arrested and charged with passing state secrets to U.S. officials. In response, the Clinton administration and Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University worked together to lobby the Chinese government. Stanford officials wrote to the Chinese government appealing for Hua’s release.
Then Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice said, “Professor John Lewis had provided evidence to the fact that the source materials for publications written by him and Mr. Hua were provided by approved Chinese authorities or already were available through the Stanford University library.”
Dr. Lewis, Dr. Perry and Rice have all refused repeated requests for an interview. Hua Di is in China and unavailable for comment. However, an Aug. 28 article by top reporter Bill Gertz, titled
Military Gets Lesson In U.S. Thinking,” contains an interesting point about Condoleezza Rice, the George W. Bush campaign adviser.
“Mr. Bush’s key campaign national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, has said she does not regard China as a threat,” noted Gertz in his excellent article.
As provost it was Rice’s job to investigate and document the work of Hua Di and Dr. Lewis. Rice did not make public that two top Stanford missile researchers were involved in a business deal to provide the Chinese army a secure communications system. Rice never noted that the Clinton administration’s military evaluation of the Chinese missile force is based on the now-in-question Stanford works of Hua Di and Dr. Lewis.
Condoleezza Rice is reported to have traveled to China in recent years. Her views on China, her close work with the Clinton administration and her involvement in the Hua Mei project raise disturbing and unanswered questions. Today, Rice continues to maintain the Clinton administration fiction that Hua Di was not a spy and nothing happened.