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It may come as a shock to many but the US provided the Chinese Air Force a fleet of aircraft equipped with special ground tracking radars designed to monitor troop movements. The aircraft were sold to a firm known to be a Chinese Air Force front by the Clinton administration.
According to Seattle-based Boeing Aircraft Corp., the Chinese army air force obtained 10 civil 737-300 jet transports in 2000 through a purchase by China United Airlines. U.S defense official documentation confirmed that the Chinese Air Force is operating the 10 Boeing civil airliners as military jet transports and long range military surveillance aircraft.
The documents, obtained by using the Freedom of Information act, show that the Clinton administration was aware that China United was actually owned and run by the Chinese Air Force. However, the sale took place anyway with no authorization for the US jets to be used for military purposes - required by law along with Congressional notifications.
"China United Airlines (CUA) is a commercial entity of the PLA Air Force," states a 1994 report on the Chinese military issued by Lt. Col. Dennis Blasko, former U.S. defense attaché to Beijing.
China United was well known for flying fake airliners equipped with sophisticated sensors and radars for illegal surveillance. China United Airlines aircraft B-4138, a Russian-made TU-154M three-engine airliner, was also clearly marked. B-4138 was painted in the colors of the airline and flew under an international civilian number as a passenger plane. The markings on B-4138 include large black block letters and a CUA symbol on the tail.
B-4138 was a Chinese spy plane. Defense analysts confirmed that the so-called "civil" aircraft was actually a Chinese air force spy plane equipped with a sophisticated radar and communications equipment. The modified TU-154M airliner was equipped with an array of communications antenna on the rear and a huge radar dome on the bottom of the aircraft.
B-4138 was replaced by newer Boeing 737 jet airliners equipped with a special Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to track ground forces. Documents obtained from the Commerce Department show that Loral Defense Systems sought the personal intervention of the Clinton administration to approve Synthetic Radar technology exports to China.
Loral Defense Systems President, Jerald A. Lindfelt, wrote to Clinton's Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in March 1996. Lindfelt sought Brown's help in the export of SAR technology to China. Lindfelt's appeal also included a direct request for Brown to overrule the Department of Defense, the State Department and even Brown's own Commerce Department, which had all previously denied SAR radar export to China.
"We've worked hard trying to resolve these problems with the Department of State, the Department of Commerce and the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)," Loral's Lindfelt wrote to Brown. "But someone in these organizations always manage to block our participation."
Lindfelt attached a letter for Brown from Mrs. Zheng Lizhong, deputy director of the National Remote Sensing Center for the State Science and Technology Commission of China.
"Since 1989, the U.S. government has withheld any support for the equipment installed in our aircraft," Mrs. Zheng wrote Loral's Kelly.
"Your company has been very helpful in trying to solve the problems and release the equipment from the embargo, but so far have been unable to achieve a result. According to your manufacturers, because of the function of the equipment can be classed as military and civilian, the U.S. State Department continues to block any moves to put the products in the control of the Commerce Department."
LORAL LETTERS - CLICK TO SEE FULL IMAGE
According to a document obtained from the U.S. Defense Department, the Chinese Institute of Remote Sensing Equipment is actually the Chinese Air Force military radar and laser guidance design office. The 1999 US Defense Department document notes that the Chinese "Institute of Remote Sensing" is "a developer of optical precision and photoelectric guidance systems for surface-to-air missiles."
In 1996, then-President Clinton moved control for advanced technology exports to the Commerce Department. The Chinese National Remote Sensing Center quickly won approval for the radar export the Clinton Commerce Department, and the Chinese army currently operates the system on a U.S.-made Gulfstream jet. The Chinese experts, using the exported SAR radar as a basis for their design, and then re-fitted the US made Boeing 737 aircraft with a more advanced model. The US made PLAAF aircraft are flying today, observing American and allied military movements in Korea, Japan, as well as Indian troop movements.
USAF E-8 JSTARS - tracks troops on ground using SAR Radar
The payoff was easy. Then Chairman of Loral, Bernard Schwartz, was one of the largest contributors to the DNC and the Clinton campaign. In a September 1994 memo to Clinton, Harold Ickes, then White House chief of staff, informed him that Schwartz could be used to raise campaign donations "in order to raise an additional $3,000,000 to permit the Democratic National Committee to produce and air generic TV/radio spots as soon as Congress adjourns."
Ickes then urged Clinton to invite Schwartz to the White House "to impress [him] with the need to raise $3,000,000 within the next two weeks." In another memo, Ickes informed Clinton that Schwartz "is prepared to do anything he can for the administration."
Between October 1995 and March 1996, as Clinton mulled over whether to ignore the State, Justice, and Defense Department reasons against granting Loral waivers to export advanced technology to China, Loral Chairman Bernard Schwartz injected more than $150,000 into the DNC's coffers.
After Clinton's decision to lift the ban in Loral's case and to allow the exportation of the company's technology to the Chinese military, Loral CEO Schwartz handed over an additional $300,000 to the DNC.
CHARLES R. SMITH
CEO FOUNDER OF SOFTWAR INC.
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