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July 10, 2011

U.S.-China – Selling US Out

OK-SAFE, Inc. 7/8/11 – The following itemizes some, and only some, of the activities the federal and state governments, and universities, are actively engaged in that demonstrate the deepening involvement with the Communist Chinese (and with Russia), particularly through a mechanism called “foreign direct investment.”

Foreign direct investment is defined as “investment in the United States by foreign citizens; often involves majority stock ownership of an enterprise;” and “joint ventures between foreign and U.S. companies.” Read more.

January 2011 – U.S. State Department Signs MOU Creating U.S.-China Governors Forum and commits the U.S. to increased sub-national cooperation. NGA partners with Chinese group to develop agenda here and in China.

February 26, 2011 – National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2011, held in Washington D.C. featured Party Secretary Zhou Chiang of the Hunan Province. NGA Chair, Governor Christine Gregoire (WA), formalized the earlier MOU stating, “Secretary Zhou will join Governor Heineman and myself, along with Madam Lee in signing an accord that will establish a U.S./China Governors Forum.”

May 11, 2011China, U.S. co-op in promoting transformation of economic development pattern has significance for future: WASHINGTON, May 10 (Xinhua) – “The cooperation between China and the United States in promoting transformation of economic development pattern has significance for the future, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said here Tuesday. China has made it clear that we will take adjustment of economic structure as the direction for accelerating the transformation of economic development pattern,” Zhang Xiaoqiang, the Vice Minister of NDRC said in a press conference during the third-round China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), which kicked off on Monday.”

May 2011Building U.S. China Environmental Commitment,” May 2011 Conference at the University of Michigan.

May 24, 2011Smart Grid: San Diego Gas and Electric signs MOU with Russian Federation. Did anyone see this notice in May? The Mayor of San Diego and the San Diego Gas & Electric Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Belgorod in the Russian Federation as part of a Smart Grid Partnership Program. MOU here.

June 13-17, 2011Next Stop America! Conference held in Beijing and Shanghai. Described as “a comprehensive guide to the operational, legal, branding, professional, financing and investment services needed to launch and expand your company in America, through a world-class faculty” this training included one training session entitled  ‘Leveraging Incentives and Governmental Relations’.

June 16-18, 2011Opening plenary comments at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, held in St. Petersburg, Russia included statements by Hu Jintao, President of the Peoples Republic of China, advocating for more global economic governance, a more “balanced” trading regime, and opposition “to all forms of protectionism.”

July 14-17, 2011U.S.-China Trade, Culture & Education Conference 2011, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Little America Hotel.  “US-China 2011 will focus on academic and business development and exchanges in areas such as renewable energy technologies, green technologies, next generation information technologies, bio-science and life science technologies, advanced materials, high-end manufacturing technologies, and mining technologies.”  One session includes one-on-one meetings between China and U.S. business/government officials.

July 15-17, 2011 – National Governors Association (NGA) U.S. – China Governors Forum, also in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be held across the street from the conference cited above at the 5-star Grand America Hotel. It is set to include one-on-one pairing of U.S. Governors with Chinese provincial party secretaries and Governors.  The pairings, called “peer-to-peer exchanges,” aim to “strengthen bilateral cooperation.” Topics are to include items of “mutual interest,” i. e. “job creation, education, health and economic cooperation.”

July 29, 2011 – 2011 EB-5 Investment Summit: Dealmakers Summit – What is an EB-5 Visa?  It’s buying citizenship. “The federal EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program has been created to allow foreign investors to invest in commercial enterprises in the U.S. in exchange for a chance for them and their families to become legal permanent residents in the U.S. To date, over 140 EB-5 regional centers have been designated by the U.S. government and many more local commercial real estate developers and economic development agencies are actively seeking alternative capital to fund its projects. As a result of this unique federal program, several billion dollars in investment has brought into various projects and tens of thousands of American jobs have been created throughout the country.”

September 13-14, 2011The State Chamber’s 2011 Washington D.C. Fly-In.  Topic? “This year’s Washington, D.C. Fly-in will focus on “The New Realities” facing Oklahoma and the nation.  From economic and budget realities to health care and global challenges, the realities facing the business community are unlike any in American history. Washington and the world are changing, and this year’s fly-in will give us a chance to hear from industry and political leaders about what we can expect in the year ahead and beyond.”
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The above is only a partial list of activities in which our “leaders” are engaged. They pooh-pooh and ridicule alarmed citizens’ concerns about where this is ultimately headed: the dramatic decline of the U.S., elevation of “Technology” to a god-like position, and “foreign” interests treated as superior to our own.

Our children are being taught that this change is right, inevitable, and a natural progression of world affairs.

This change has been orchestrated and the end-game is clear – the end of America as we’ve known it.  Are we willing to turn back to the one true God yet?
Acts 17:30-31  “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed….”

July 7, 2011

Missing MOU now on U.S. State Dept. website

On January 19, 2011 the U.S. State Department announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) creating a U.S.-China Governors Forum.

While fact sheets and summaries were available, including photos of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, and press conferences were held announcing this document by State Dept. officials, the actual MOU was noticeably missing.

Numerous phone calls and requests for the missing document to State’s Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis’ office, the official announcing the MOU,  were unsuccessful.  OK-SAFE then made a request through Congressman John Sullivan’s office on June 28, 2011; two days later, a legislative assistant in Sullivan’s D.C. office provided a link to a pdf version of the missing MOU.  This link was provided to him by a contact in the State Department.

Wonder of wonders, this MOU is also now available on the State Department page with the other documents pertaining to the U.S. China Governors Forum. (It wasn’t there January – June of 2011 – interesting.)

Here’s a direct link to MOU in pdf format: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/167499.pdf

The National Governors Association sponsored U.S.-China Governors forum is scheduled for July 15-17, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah and will be held at the 5-star Grand America Hotel.

The NGA event coincides with the U.S.-China 2011 Conference on Trade,Education, and Culture, to be held at the Little America Hotel, directly across the street from the NGA event, July 14-17, 2011.

Both events advertise pairing up of U.S. officials with Chinese counterparts. (See the OK-SAFE blog post entitled “Sleeping With the Enemy” for more details.)

Citizens in all states have been asked to contact their governor and ask whether they plan to attend either of these conferences and if so, just what their intentions are regarding foreign direct investment, or other types of partnerships with the Communist Chinese.

July 1, 2011

Smart Grid: San Diego Gas and Electric signs MOU with Russian Federation

In evidence of a pending global Smart Grid, and the power of these new so-called “sub-national” agreements, heralded by the U.S. Department of State and the White House,  San Diego’s Mayor and the San Diego Gas and Electric Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Belgorod in the Russian Federation, for joint cooperation in the development of the Smart Grid.

The OG&E Transmission Line Project

The Smart Grid, an energy-management system of connected distribution systems, transmission lines, smart meters, and real-time monitoring systems,  is explained by the Dept. of Energy here (the spin), and by Patrick Wood, editor of The August Review here (the non-spin):  researcher Vicky Davis of Channeling Reality has information here.

Smart Meter diagram

The opening paragraphs of the MOU read:

“This Memorandum of Understanding (“Memorandum”) is entered into this 24 day of May 2011 by and between Interregional Distribution Grid Company of Centre, JSC (IDGC of Centre), a corporation and existing under the law of the Russian Federation, the Government of Belgorod Region and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California (“SDG&E”) and the Office of the Mayor of the City of San Diego, California (collectively, the “Parties” and each individually, a “Party”).

PREAMBLE:

Whereas, the Parties are seeking to develop mutually beneficial cooperation as part of the smart grid partnership program under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Energy Working Group;

Whereas, the Parties each seek to contribute to the implementation of the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding dated October 14, 2010 by and between the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Department of Energy of the United States on cooperation in the energy sector….”

It goes on to read:

NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE 1     AIM OF MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION

The Parties agree that the Partnership outlined in this Memorandum aims to leverage the expertise and knowledge of Party in order to:

1.1 Strengthen economic development of our regions and companies, enterd into this Memorandum

1.2 Maximize innovation in energy efficiency and development of Smart Grid

1.3 Qualitatively improve reliability of power supply

1.4 Engage customers in their electric grids management and influence behavior change *

(* This means customers are going to be caused to reduce their energy consumption one way or another – either through rate charge schemes or rationing of usage; the price of energy will rise.)

ARTICLE 2    AREAS OF COOPERATION

The Parties agree to, and acknowledge each other’s mutual interest in:

2.1 Cooperation in the following priority areas:

  • 2.1.1 AMI Smart meters
  • 2.1.2 Distribution Automation
  • 2.1.3 Best practices in business processes
  • 2.1.4 Communications for electric utility operations
  • 2.1.5 Distribution control center, training center, and crew management
  • 2.1.6 Creation of Smart Grid innovation cluster
  • 2.1.7 Security and video surveillance (feeling good now?)
  • 2.1.8 Streetlight management
  • 2.1.9 Supportive government policies to promote Smart Grid (translation: using the coercive power of government to assure compliance)

2.2 Possible future cooperation or collaboration in:

  • 2.2.1 Renewable Energy
  • 2.2.2 Call Centers and Customer Care Centers (San Diego is going to cooperate with the government of Belgorod, with Russia for heavens sake, for Smart Grid call centers and customer care?  Will all the reps be named “Peggy”?)

And so on through 5 pages of items of cooperation and collaboration.

Article 5 contains miscellaneous provisions, including this stunner, “The Parties intend that their cooperation within the framework of the Memorandum shall be on the basis of mutual trust.”

Anyone remember SALT I and II?

The MOU is signed by the Governor of the Belgorod Region (Savchenko, E.S.), the General Director of IDGC of Centre (Gudzhoyan, D.O.), the Mayor of San Diego, California (Jerry Sanders), and the President and COO of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (Michael R. Niggli)

Wonder if the folks of San Diego know what their Mayor has agreed to?

Mayor Sanders email is JerrySanders@sandiego.gov and his phone number is 619-236-6330.

Might want to give him a call.

June 29, 2011

Office of the Historian – Researchers Dream

This goes under the category of “You learn something new everyday.”

It is safe to say that most researchers operate as a sort of combination detective/historian. They love the thrill of the hunt and don’t mind reading what would bore most other people to death. They want to know the facts about what, when, where, how, and why certain things happen. And who did it.

They seek source documents and love archives – whether the dusty boxed kind in poorly lit warehouses or the tidy electronic kind available in pdf format. Source documents and originals paperwork, necessary for sound research, is a thrill to get access to and better than ice cream.

Not having to pay for it is another.

Check out the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department website.  This site and it’s contents were discovered while studying the FOIA law on the State Dept. website.

(Digging into this State Dept. FOIA process was necessary because one of our document requests is getting nowhere.  It seems the State Dept. is having a hard time disclosing the actual Memorandum of Understanding Creating the U.S.-China Governors Forum, announced on January 19, 2011 by Sec. Clinton. This forum, sponsored by the National Governors Association and a Chinese group, is to meet in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 15-17, 2011 at the 5-star Grand American Hotel. For details on this event see the “Sleeping With the Enemy” post below.)

The Office of the Historian has lots of information, with one section called Foreign Relations of the United States, listing four administrations: the Kennedy Administration (includes pre-Kennedy documents); the Johnson Administration; and two Nixon-Ford administrations (the Nixon/Agnew/Ford years, and the Nixon/Ford/Rockefeller years.)

The Nixon-Ford eras are important because we are living with the results of having developed intimate relationships with what were the Communist bloc countries – the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.  It is important to understand how the U.S. developed its current interdependency with the Chinese; this means one needs to understand Henry A. Kissinger, the man present before, during and after the Nixon-Ford years and instrumental in directing policy decisions regarding both the Soviet Union and “Red China”, as it is referred to in several of these archived documents.

Kissinger really liked the communists. And still does.

Click the link to historical Documents on Foreign Relations of the United States to see the four Administrations noted above.

Click Status of the Series to see new and upcoming additions:

Foreign Relations of the United States: Status of the Series

Volumes Published in 2011 (1)

  1. 1969–1976, Volume E–12, Documents on East and Southeast Asia, 1973–1976 (March 3)

Volumes Published in 2010 (6)

  1. 1969–1976, Volume XIX, Part 1, Korea, 1969–1972 (May 4)
  2. 1969–1976, Volume VIII, Vietnam, January–October 1972 (June 24)
  3. 1969–1976, Volume VII, Vietnam, July 1970–January 1972 (September 8)
  4. 1969–1976, Volume IX, Vietnam, October 1972–January 1973 (September 16)
  5. 1969–1976, Volume X, Vietnam, January 1973–July 1975 (September 23)
  6. 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972 (November 5)

This last item – SALT I – is where the U.S. began to disarm while the Soviets built up armament.  Kissinger helped negotiate this treaty.

Bookmark this site – and dig in.

June 7, 2011

Sleeping with the Enemy – U.S. Governors to Pair Up with Chinese Officials

OK-SAFE 6/6/11 – U.S. Governors will be saying more than “Ni hau” (Hello)  to Chinese party officials at an upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) meeting.

The U.S. – China Governors Forum, scheduled for July 15-17, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is set to include one-on-one pairing of U.S. Governors with Chinese provincial party secretaries and Governors.  The pairings, called “peer-to-peer exchanges,” aim to “strengthen bilateral cooperation.” Topics are to include items of “mutual interest,”  i. e. “job creation, education, health and economic cooperation.”

A second session will take place in China in late 2011 or early 2012.

This forum is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of the U.S.-China Governors Forum to Promote Sub-National Cooperation, signed by Sen. of State Hillary Clinton on January 19, 2011.

Secretary Clinton shakes hands with the Chinese foreign minister after the memorandum of understanding signing, 1/19/2011
Photo Source: U.S. Dept. of State

The Governors Forum will be held behind close doors.

[See researcher Vicky Davis’  excellent article on this meeting, entitled “Quislings to Collaborate with Communist Chinese.”]

The collaboration is indicative of the deepening U.S. involvement with the Chinese government, particularly at the sub-national (state and local) level.

Increased Agreements

At the Third Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in May 2011 the U.S. and China agreed to 48 strategic outcomes, including “further cooperation between U.S. and Chinese enterprises and institutions on healthcare, disaster response, and smart grids.”

The Rhodium Group, (RHG) has a China Investment Monitor map, indicating that between 2003-2010 there were 230 deals between states and China, totaling $11.7 Billion in “greenfield and acquisition” investments. This includes Oklahoma.

Oklahoma

According to The Rhodium Group investment map, Oklahoma  has one  Chinese investment so far, totaling $4 million in “consumer products”.

Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, will most likely be promoting more Chinese investment in Oklahoma.

From this committee’s May 2011 briefing:

“Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the States
On May 17, 2011, the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing for governors’ staff about the role of foreign direct investment from the perspective of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign parent companies. Topics discussed included how to recruit investment, tax challenges, conflict-of-laws and the importance of physical infrastructure to global competitiveness. Panelists: Tom Langan, director of U.S. government relations and public affairs, Unilever (NGA Corporate Fellow); Nancy McLernon, president and CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII); and, John Lettieri, senior director of public policy and government affairs, OFII. Audio link (mp3)

Oklahoma’s Dept. of Commerce promotes Foreign Direct Investment in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s universities have been busy developing Chinese partnerships, including OU’s Confucius Institute, which aims to “foster a permanent place for the teaching and study of Chinese in Oklahoma K-12 schools courses.”

Where’s the Document?

According to the Chinese Embassy in the U.S website, describing President Hu Jintao’s U.S. visit:

“During Hu’s January visit, the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding commissioning the CPAFFC and the NGA to create the governors forum mechanism.

According to the document, the forum will serve as an important communication platform aimed at promoting practical cooperation at the sub-national level in areas such as trade, investment, energy, environment and culture”

No amount of searching of the State Department, White House, and Chinese embassy websites has revealed the actual Memorandum of Understanding document.

A FOIA request for a copy of the MOU has been submitted to the State Dept.’s Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.


The 2011 NGA Winter Meeting , held in Washington D.C. featured Zhou Qiang, Party Secretary, Hunan Provincial Committee, pictured above.  Zhou encouraged increased sub-national cooperation. Photo Source: National Governors Association.

What are the intentions of the Fallin administration regarding expanding Chinese involvement in Oklahoma?

Does Gov. Fallin intend to partner with a Chinese party official at the July meeting in Salt Lake City and seek increased “sub-national cooperation”?

Does Fallin intend to encourage Chinese foreign direct investment in Oklahoma or seek public-private partnerships with the Chinese in developing Oklahoma’s infrastructure?

These and other questions need to be answered by this “conservative” governor.

Governor Fallin’s office contact information:
Phone: 405-521-2342
Email: info@gov.ok.gov

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