President Trump has tweeted video of a Chinese professor suggesting that China has managed to influence U.S. policy for decades thanks to a special network of relationships with people at the upper echelons of American power.
The video, which had originally been posted on Weibo but has since been removed from Chinese social media according to Fox News, depicts Di Dongsheng, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.
Professor Di suggests that China has managed to influence American policies for decades through a special undercover network of ‘old friends’ who were at the highest levels of the U.S. government and financial institutions.
Di notes that everything changed the moment the Trump administration came to power.
Di Dongsheng, a professor at Renmin University in Beijing, appeared on a Chinese television show about Wall Street and international trade last month
Professor Di stated how China had ‘people at the top of America’s core inner circle of power and influence’ for years
Although Di said he was unable to give specific details without compromising the identities of those involved, he revealed how President Trump’s trade war with China caused huge upset over ties that had been nurtured for decades between Washington and Beijing.
‘Trump waged a trade war with us. Why couldn’t we handle him? Why is it that between 1992 and 2016 we always resolved issues with US? Did you guys know?’ Di asked the Chinese audience in his 18 minute long presentation.
‘Now, I’m going to drop a bomb: Because we had people up there inside America’s core circle of power, we had our old friends,’ said Di, noting that he needed to speak carefully so as not to reveal the identities of those involved.
The video was tweeted, without comment, by President Trump after parts of Professor Di’s lecture were replayed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Monday night
Professor Di said the relationship between the U.S. and China was great for decades until President Trump, pictured here looking strained with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Professor Di believes the old ties between China and the U.S. will be restored once President Biden is in the White House in January
‘In plain and simple language, during the last three to four decades, we used the core circle inside America’s real power,’ Di said. ‘Wall Street had a very profound influence over America’s domestic and foreign affairs since the 1970s. We used to heavily rely on them.’
But, the professor claims that after Trump was elected in 2016, ‘Wall Street couldn’t control Trump, because, awkwardly, there was a soft breach of contract between them, which made them hostile to each other.’
‘During the U.S.-China trade war, they tried to help,’ Mr. Di said. ‘My friends in U.S. told me that they tried to help, but they couldn’t.’
The video was deleted from Chinese social media soon after being uploaded but copies were made which have since been circulating including YouTube
However, Di noted that things are about to change once again thanks once the incoming Biden administration is in charge.
Once Biden is in the White House, Di believes that China will once again be able to renew its long-held connections.
‘Now with Biden winning the election, the traditional elites, political elites, the establishment, they have a very close relationship with the Wall Street,’ he said.
‘You all heard that Trump said Biden’s son has securities companies all over the world. But who helped Biden’s son build his global companies?,’ Professor Di asked.
‘There are indeed buy-and-sell transactions involved in here, so I think at this particular time, [with Biden winning the election], it is of strategic and tactical value for us to show goodwill to him.’
Old friends? President Xi Jinping meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington in February 2012