Watching the Trump, Putin saga unfold, China’s ability to keep mud from splattering on them has been impressive. Until now. Cindy Yang is actively associated with a Chinese Communist Party organization pushing for take-over of Taiwan. As journalists keep worrying this bone (it’s got sex in it, they should) it seems certain more goo will fall out. It’s a long shot, but some of the mud -might- land near Elaine Chao.
Cindy Yang (杨莅) was a deputy director of the Florida Association for the Peaceful Unification of China in June 2016, a relatively new chapter of the Chinese Council for Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification of China. She's on the left (rep from PRC consulate also in pic) pic.twitter.com/OblPrjbv5D
— Mark Stokes (@Stokes2049) March 9, 2019
More intrigue in Cindy Yang / Trump tale. She seems to have been active in an org overseen by the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front. The Florida branch of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification (pushes Beijing line on Taiwan) https://t.co/OqK1r9UX53 https://t.co/fZsJVtUPzm
— Gady Epstein (@gadyepstein) March 10, 2019
1. Cindy Yang was photographed with Elaine Chao.
2. Chao’s brother in law, Jim Breyer, chairs the Tsingua U. School of Economics and Management (SEM) Advisory Board.
3. Non-PRC residents must apply to SEM through United Front.
— Milo M. (@Ex67T20) March 10, 2019
Tus-Holdings, managed by Tsinghua University, was a primary ZTE shareholder when Elaine Chao spoke at Tsinghua on October 22, 2015. Why did Chao omit this speech from her written nomination testimony?
— Milo M. (@Ex67T20) March 10, 2019
A Florida Massage Parlor Owner Has Been Selling Chinese Execs Access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago
The latest Trump political donor to draw controversy is Li Yang, a 45-year-old Florida entrepreneur from China who founded a chain of spas and massage parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was recently busted for soliciting prostitution. She made the news this week when the Miami Herald reported that last month she had attended a Super Bowl viewing party at Donald Trump’s West Palm Beach golf club and had snapped a selfie with the president during the event. Though Yang no longer owns the spa Kraft allegedly visited, the newspaper noted that other massage parlors her family runs have “gained a reputation for offering sexual services.” (She told the newspaper she has never violated the law.) Beyond this sordid tale, there is another angle to the strange story of Yang: She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to Trump and his family. And a website for the business—which includes numerous photos of Yang and her purported clients hobnobbing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private club in Palm Beach—suggests she had some success in doing so.
Yang, who goes by Cindy, and her husband, Zubin Gong, started GY US Investments LLC in 2017. The company describes itself on its website, which is mostly in Chinese, as an “international business consulting firm that provides public relations services to assist businesses in America to establish and expand their brand image in the modern Chinese marketplace.” But the firm notes that its services also address clients looking to make high-level connections in the United States. On a page displaying a photo of Mar-a-Lago, Yang’s company says its “activities for clients” have included providing them “the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures.” The company boasts it has “arranged taking photos with the President” and suggests it can set up a “White House and Capitol Hill Dinner.” (The same day the Herald story about Yang broke, the website stopped functioning.)
Hell has frozen over (climate change?) and I am including a quote from Bill Kristol. How out of whack can things be that Bill Kristol makes a salient point?