The university, which aims to control foreign opinions about the Chinese Communist Party, has multiple U.S. federal judges join its teaching platform.
The Peking University School of Transnational Law, based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, is led by Qiu Shuiping, a former official of the local spy agency.
According to National Pulse, many judges of various U.S. courts have been invited to lecture or join the school’s faculty force, even including Supreme Court Justices.
The outlet named Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who spent a week at its campus in 2016, and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who delivered a keynote address for the school’s opening in 2008.
The School of Transnational Law also has visiting lecturers from the U.S. who were Senior Circuit Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus of the D.C. Court of Appeals Harry Edwards, Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit William Fletcher, and Chief Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit D. Brooks Smith.
The list continues with Judge Russel Canan, an Associate Judge at the Superior Court of D.C, Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Judge Frederick Weisberg who served as an Associate Judge on the D.C. Superior Court and taught at the Chinese university at the same time.
The school was also able to have Obama elected Chief Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, Judge Robert Morin, as a visiting professor in 2012.
Likewise, the university’s background is a bit worrisome, adding to a hypothesis that the Chinese Communist regime is trying to influence high-profile U.S. political figures for covert power.
The school is funded by China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a foundation that is known to have been one of the most prominent Chinese entities funding lobbying efforts in the U.S. and having close ties to the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front.
The mission of the United Front is of no upright purpose. Rather, as described by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, it aims to control foreign acknowledgment of the Chinese Communist Party’s image.
“China uses what it calls “United Front” work to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” wrote the review, explaining that the agency would “influence foreign governments and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”
“It is precisely the nature of United Front work to seek influence through connections that are difficult to publically prove and to gain influence that is interwoven with sensitive issues such as ethnic, political, and national identity, making those who seek to identify the negative effects of such influence vulnerable to accusations of prejudice.”
This profile certainly is alarming. In fact, the FBI was already aware of potential threats of espionage among the scholars who graduated from Peking University two years ago, with NPR reporting that the federal agency would contact those who return to the U.S. over scrutiny for any spying relation.
Yet, it is curious indeed how many high-ranked U.S. judges would agree to contribute to the school’s academic teaching despite its complications.
Thomson Reuters is also listed as one of the university’s sponsors.