Liu Chaoying

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Liu Chaoying(劉超英)

Liu Chaoying (劉超英) , or Helen Liu, was an executive at China Aerospace International Holdings, Ltd. Hong Kong (中國航天國際控股有限公司) which is the Hong Kong subsidiary of China's premier satellite developer, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (中國航天科技集團公司). She was a Lt. Col. in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. Liu is the daughter of former PLA General Liu Huaqing (刘华清). Liu was a major figure in the 1996 United States campaign finance controversy.

According to the Washington Post,[1] Johnny Chung (鍾育瀚) met Ms. Liu in June 1996 through mutual business contacts in Hong Kong. Liu was looking for a foothold in Western markets. When she visited the U.S. in July 1996, Chung introduced her to Bill Clinton at a Los Angeles fund raiser. She and Chung also paid a call on the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, a meeting arranged by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, another recipient of Chung's illegal contributions. On the agenda: the procedure for getting a foreign firm listed on American stock exchanges. On Aug. 9, 1996 Liu and Chung formed Marswell Investment, a Los Angeles corporation that issued 50,000 shares of stock—30,000 for Liu, 20,000 for Chung. And within days, Liu wired $300,000 into Chung's account at a Hong Kong bank, a source familiar with the case told Time. Most of it was for their new business venture; some went to the D.N.C. Between 1994 and 1996, Chung donated $366,000 to the Democratic National Committee. Eventually, all of the money was returned. Chung told federal investigators that $35,000 of the money he donated came from China's military intelligence.[2]

The relationship between Liu and Chung became increasingly apparent to officials within the intelligence community, and specifically with regards to U.S. National Security Council (NSC) aide Robert Suettinger,[2] when Chung befriended former Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying during a Commerce Department trade mission to China.

Johnny Chung later testified under oath to the U.S. House Committee in May 1999 that he was introduced to Chinese Gen. Ji Shengde, then head of China's military intelligence, by Liu Chaoying. Chung said that Ji told him: "We like your president very much. We would like to see him reelect [sic]. I will give you 300,000 U.S. dollars. You can give it to the president and the Democrat [sic] Party."[3] Both Liu and the Chinese government denied the claims.[4]

Liu Chaoying has encountered, since her departure from the PLA. other funding controversies. According to the Chinese publication Ren Min Bao 人民報 [5] of February 14, 2001, in the lead-story "Liu Chaoying encounters trouble!" (刘超英又遇到了麻烦!), it was reported that "former Chinese Central Military Commission, Liu Huaqing, vice chairman's daughter, Liu Chaoying, together with a business partner, were litigated by The Kwangtung Provincial Bank in January 2001, which filed civil proceedings in the (Guangdong Provincial) High Court, alleging that Liu Chaoying and another unnamed businesswoman were the principals involved in a defaulted HK $10 million loan, as loan guarantor, and it ruled that the two are the responsible parties for the loan's repayment."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washington Post "Campaign Finance Key Player: Johnny Chung", Washington Post, May 21, 1998
  2. ^ a b Jackson, David and Sun, Lena H., "Liu's Deals With Chung: An Intercontinental Puzzle", Washington Post, May 24, 1998
  3. ^ Johnston, David, "Committee Told Of Beijing Cash For Democrats ", New York Times, May 12, 1999
  4. ^ "Chinese Aerospace Official Denies Giving To Dems", CNN.com, May 21, 1998
  5. ^ Ren Min Bao,"倘若刘华清也誓死保卫江主席,刘超英会不会又化险为夷?", 人民報, February 14, 2001