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As Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliff, and his counterintelligence chief, Bill Evanina, warn of the massive communist Chinese effort to infiltrate and influence U.S. politicians, including those in and around Team Biden, we now see how far Chinese spies will go to get inside America’s political leadership.

In the case of at least one Chinese spook in the liberal bastion of San Francisco and the Bay Area, she ensured her access by sleeping with at least two Midwestern Democrat mayors as part of a years-long Chinese intelligence operation.

According to Business Insider (BI), Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, an attractive 20-something Chinese “student” embedded herself in Bay Area politics by organizing and fundraising. She was heavily involved in mostly Democrat politics from 2011 to 2015.

Of particular note, “two US representatives Fang reportedly fundraised for — Eric Swalwell and Tulsi Gabbard — both ran as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.”

B. Allen-Ebrahimian, China reporter at Axios tweeted:

Christine used her position as president of these two campus organizations to branch out into local off-campus politics. Between 2013 and 2015, she experienced an almost meteoric rise in Bay Area politics, becoming a ubiquitous presence at fundraisers and other political events.

Christine Fang was “everywhere,” to quote several people who knew her. She appears in photos with Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna, Judy Chu, and Mike Honda, and numerous mayors, state assembly members, town council members, staffers, and other prominent politicos.

Business Insider notes that according to one official, “Fang was put under FBI surveillance, and in 2015 senior US intelligence officials started tipping off the politicians Fang was getting close to.” BI added that in mid-2015, Fang abruptly left the U.S. and returned to China, since her cover had been blown.

BI explained that while U.S. officials do not believe Fang received or passed on classified information, a senior U.S. intelligence official said the case was still huge “because there were some really, really sensitive people that were caught up” in this web of espionage.

Earlier Donald Trump retweeted a Tucker Carlson video that seems to show a Chinese ‘professor’ saying “We have people at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence.”

In response to all this Chinese political spy news, Donald J. Trump, Jr tweeted:

Does anyone else notice that the Chinese spies always seem to attach themselves to Democrats and the Chinese communist government propaganda always seems to be targeted at Republicans?

This is an astute observation, and with a potential Biden administration looming, deserves an aggressive counterintelligence investigation.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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