I am familiar with an immigration matter of the One China policy and the capricious extent to which the US State Department officials coddled Beijing in the aftermath of Tiananmen.
In 1989, a young mother was killed in a bicycle accident in Beijing. An American couple whom were her teachers in a China university decided to adopt her baby daughter in her memory and then applied for an immigration visa to the USA. They did manage to get the baby into Hong Kong where the State Department flatly refused the visa due to objections of Beijing. Not in their national interests.
Because of the One China policy kowtowing to the Emperors in Beijing, the older couple hired a New Zealand solicitor in Hong Kong. This boisterous individual had the heart of gold and ran ads for two day in the English press in Hong Kong. The ad accused the USA of cruel intentions by denying an immigration visa to such a young victim of their China policies. The ad banner made it very clear the orphan’s mother had been killed in a “bicycle accident” in Tiananmen. It just diplomatically failed to mention that she had been run over by a PLA tank.
The US Embassy reacted quickly and Rep. Tom Foley, Majority Leader in House of Rep., had a phone conversation with the Hong Kong attorney and overruled the State Dept visa center by expeditiously issuing that orphan her immigration visa in the “public interest” of avoiding anymore international embarassment.
Just think of the social repercussions of moral indignation if the whole truth of the “accident” had been revealed. Those unflappable diplomats and their national interests of the State Dept can only become unnerved when confronted by the brinksmanship so needed to acquire the “public interest” policy waivers in compelling situations like that. Does seem one has to pose a threat of provoking an international incident to be noticed.
The flipside of the advocacy coin is backstabbing against any higher authority pressure tactics of Congressmen on behalf of their “foreign constituents” seeking to immigrate into the USA. In 1994, the “outspoken” Congressman Stephen Solarz persistantly attempted to pressure the US Ambassador in Hong Kong to officially issue an immigrant visa in the “public interest”. A rich “foreign constituent” of Chinese descent had been officially denied a visa on the inadmissible grounds of being a “Triad member”, according to the Hong Kong police intelligence sources.
Today, we know how the scandal caused the threat of Congressional investigations into Mr. Solarz’s relations with Chinese organized crime. To avoid scandalous implications, the very contentious Congressman was officially forced to resign and his constituent was never allowed to immigrate to my knowledge. During the late 1990’s, Solarz became the “official” advisor to Al Gore on China policy and the 1999 invasion drama of the PLA was the result.
So lessons of “foreign representation” are to provoke an international incident and then to traumatize the State Dept by rocking the ship of state. Isn’t this capricous, or are they just a bunch of bureaucratic sadomasochists?
AIT Nominee being blocked by Blue Team staffers
There are two possibilities at the moment: the head of the Asia program at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Larry Wortzel, who was once the military attache at the US Embassy in Beijing, and AIT’s Taipei office acting director, Pamela Slutz, who was recently promoted to a position that, sources in Washington say, would qualify her for the director’s post.
Nevertheless, Paal has powerful friends in the State Department, sources note. “Jim Kelly and Rich Armitage have their heels dug in on this, and Doug Paal is their man, and they’re not going to budge,” a Senate source said.
Did you know that George Kerr was a naval attache when the USA “jointly occupied” Taiwan on October 25, 1945?
Connect the dots…if you want to be heard.