A report reveals that 33 congressmen advise the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) think tank associated with the counterpart Taihe Institute, which employs more than a dozen members of the Chinese communist regime.
The Taihe Institute was involved in an August report discrediting the United States as a “failed country” for its response to the pandemic. It claims that COVID-19 was leaked from a military base in Maryland, according to The Washington Examiner’s Dec. 21 report.
Meanwhile, HDI Director General Joseph Merante urged the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to strengthen its “cultural soft power” and global influence by promoting cultural and artistic exchanges, in 2017.
The HDI Congressional Advisory Board had seven Republican and 26 Democratic congressmen in November, and some of them said they did not know about the partnership with the Taihe Institute.
So said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) resigned from the group after learning of the CCP ties.
“So, you can imagine my alarm and distress when I learned about recent revelations of HDI’s connections to the Chinese Communist Party,” Bilirakis wrote in a Dec. 18 letter to HDI.
He added: “It is particularly abhorrent to me to be associated with an organization that has ties to a government widely known to actively support infanticide, engage in forced sterilization, exploit slave labor, and persecute religious minorities and political dissidents.”
Founded in 1998, HDI has linked more than 550 members of Congress and congressional staff to its activities as participants in summits with senior United Nations officials and promoted congressional delegations to more than 30 countries.
Also, in 2015 HDI announced its partnership with the Taihe Institute. In addition, the group announced that Chinese video game developer Perfect World would represent HDI’s Higher Education Alliance program in Chinese universities.
HDI finalized a five-year agreement between the two groups that would help recruit Chinese universities and students to be part of their educational alliance that “helps create the next generation of global leaders by connecting institutions of higher education with the United Nations.”
On the other hand, a U.S. State Department spokesman expressed last year about “an alleged leaked database of Communist Party members.”
“China’s role in the world today cannot be understood without reference to the wide array of malign activities that the [CCP] undertakes to influence our societies in ways that are covert, coercive and corrupting.”
In this context, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell confirmed these infiltrations on Dec. 13, 2020, saying, “Communist China has been allowed to infiltrate our universities and corporations with people loyal to only the Communist Party.”