EXC: Lancet’s COVID Chairman Jeffrey Sachs States “Opposition” To “Confronting” China, Linked To Hunter Biden’s China Energy Deals.
APRIL 13, 2021NATALIE WINTERS
But Sachs – like many other Western scientists cast by the media as impartial COVID-19 investigators like the World Health Organization’s Peter Daszak and Marion Koopmans – has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Conflict of Interest.
As COVID-19 was spreading across the U.S., Sachs appeared on The China Current, a show launched by the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) propaganda group in 2019. CUSEF was founded by a former Chinese Communist Party apparatchik who serves as the Vice-Chairman of the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” China’s United Work Front according to the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission.
The effort, according to the U.S. government report, aims to “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”
In practice, CUSEF has set out to “effectively disseminate positive messages to the media, key influencers and opinion leaders, and the general public” regarding the Chinese Communist Party, according to Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings with the Department of Justice.
CEFC China Energy’s Chairman Patrick Ho was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for “schemes to bribe top officials for business advantages,” and used the committee “to conceal his criminal scheme.”
He was also a close business partner of Hunter Biden, as emails between the president’s son and CEFC China Energy’s founder Ye Jianming reveal a potential contract for $10 million annually “for introductions alone.” Later emails show Hunter Biden identifying himself “unequivocally with no room for different opinions or interpretation” as a Managing Director of the Chinese military and government-linked company:
“I am the managing director of CEFC. I have complete authority as to who I hire and who I fire. I have only employees that work for me in DC.”
Sachs has spoken at CEFC events such as the Sino-US Colloquium and sat on the group’s Advisory Council in 2015.
Jeffrey David Sachs (/sæks/; born November 5, 1954) is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is known as one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable development, economic development, and the fight against poverty.
Sachs is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is an SDG Advocate for United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals adopted at a UN summit meeting in September 2015. From 2001 to 2018, Sachs served as Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, and held the same position under the previous UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and prior to 2016 a similar advisory position related to the earlier Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight internationally sanctioned objectives to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease by the year 2015. In connection with the MDGs, he had first been appointed special adviser to the UN Secretary-General in 2002 during the term of Kofi Annan.
Sachs is co-founder and chief strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger. From 2002 to 2006, he was director of the United Nations Millennium Project’s work on the MDGs. He is co-editor of the World Happiness Report with John F. Helliwell and Richard Layard. In 2010, he became a commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, whose stated aim is to boost the importance of broadband in international policy. Sachs has written several books and received several awards. He has been criticized for his views on economics and China.
Sachs’s economic philosophies have been the subject of both praise and criticism. Nina Munk, author of the 2013 book The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, says that, although well intended, poverty eradication projects endorsed by Sachs have years later “left people even worse off than before”.
William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University, reviewed The End of Poverty for The Washington Post, calling Sachs’ poverty eradication plan “a sort of Great Leap Forward”. According to Easterly’s cross-country statistical analysis in his book The White Man’s Burden, from 1985 to 2006, “When we control both for initial poverty and for bad government, it is bad government that explains the slower growth. We cannot statistically discern any effect of initial poverty on subsequent growth once we control for bad government. This is still true if we limit the definition of bad government to corruption alone.” Easterly deems the massive aid as proposed by Sachs to be ineffective, as its effect will be hampered by bad governance and/or corruption.
Commenting on Sachs’ $120 million effort to aid Africa, American travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux says these temporary measures failed to create sustained improvements. Theroux focuses on a project in a sparsely populated community of nomadic camel herders in Dertu, Kenya, funded by Sachs’ Millennium Villages Project, which cost US$2.5 million over a three-year period. Theroux says that the project’s latrines were clogged and overflowing, the dormitories it built quickly became dilapidated, and the livestock market it established ignored local customs and was shut down within a few months. He says that an angry Dertu citizen filed a 15-point written complaint against Sachs’ operation, claiming it “created dependence” and that “the project is supposed to be bottom top approached but it is visa [sic] versa.”
In December 2018, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S., which was seeking her extradition to face charges of allegedly violating sanctions against Iran. Soon after Meng’s arrest, Sachs wrote an article in which he said her arrest was part of efforts to contain China and accused the U.S. of hypocrisy for seeking her extradition. He wrote that none of the executives of several U.S. companies which had been fined for sanctions violations were arrested. After he was criticised for the article, Sachs closed his Twitter account, which had 260,000 followers. Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at Asia Society, noted that Sachs had written a foreword to a Huawei position paper, and questioned whether Sachs had been paid by Huawei. Sachs said he had not been paid for the work.
In June 2020, Sachs said the targeting of Huawei by the US was not solely about security. In their 2020 book Hidden Hand, Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg comment on one of Sachs’ articles in which he accuses the U.S. government of maligning Huawei under hypocritical pretenses. Hamilton and Ohlberg write that Sachs’ article would be more meaningful and influential if he did not have a close relationship with Huawei, including his previous endorsement of the company’s “vision of our shared digital future”. The authors also allege that Sachs has ties to a number of Chinese state bodies and the private energy corporation CEFC China Energy for which he has spoken.
During a January 2021 interview, despite the interviewer’s repeated prompting, Sachs evaded questions about China’s repression of the Uyghurs by alluding to “huge human rights abuses committed by the U.S.” Subsequently, 19 advocacy and rights groups jointly wrote a letter to Columbia University questioning Sachs’ comments. The letter’s signatories wrote that Sachs took the same stance as China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a digression to the history of U.S. rights violations as a way to avoid discussions of China’s mistreatment of Uyghurs. The rights groups went on to say that Sachs “betrayed his institution’s mission” by trivializing the perspective of those who were oppressed by the Chinese government. Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief at The Globalist, and J.D. Bindenagel, a writer, wrote that Sachs is actively promoting “a classic Communist propaganda ploy”.
In April 2021, Sachs and human rights academic William Schabas wrote an article for Project Syndicate criticising the US State Department’s claim of Uyghur genocide, calling the charge “flimsy” and stating that there had been no proof of genocide provided by the US State Department. They stated that “Unless the State Department can substantiate the genocide accusation, it should withdraw the charge. It should also support a UN-led investigation of the situation in Xinjiang.” According to the conservative magazine National Review, Sachs “has long expressed views with a forgiving attitude toward authoritarian regimes, including the Chinese Communist Party” and “routinely takes Beijing’s line on a number of issues, including COVID’s origins, China’s role in the world, and the Uyghur genocide”.
Jeffrey Sachs condemns crackdown on China cooperation
Nic Mitchell 19 June 2021
Professor Jeffrey D Sachs, renowned economist and leading American expert on sustainable development, told the 2021 British Council Going Global conference that he was “aghast at the crackdowns taking place in the United States when researchers cooperate and collaborate with China”.
Sachs, who is director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University in the US and president of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, told the virtual conference held from 15-17 June that it was “disgraceful” for the US government to threaten academics and universities for working closely with Chinese colleagues on big issues facing the world, such as climate change.
Sachs, an economist who is an SDG Advocate for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, told the opening plenary session of this year’s Going Global conference that what makes universities unique is that they bring together various disciplinary areas of knowledge and combine them for the kinds of breakthroughs the world needs.
He cited the example of the University of Oxford’s work on the COVID-19 vaccine, even if our “hyper-capitalistic world” leads to great scientific knowledge being put into private hands and discoveries becoming better known by the companies that manufacture the research findings, like AstraZeneca.
But Sachs turned his main fire on governments, including the past and present US government, for failing to think adequately or finding the time to think properly and said he was particularly disappointed by the recent G7 meeting of world leaders in Cornwall, England, which spent too much time talking about opposition to China.
While universities have been part of global networks since Plato’s times and speak a common language and relate to each other, “governments are not such great collaborators” and want to know who the enemy is, said Sachs.
“Academics don’t talk that way. They don’t think that way. China is not the enemy in my view. I’m more worried about my own government frankly. We need cooperation internationally and universities are good at cooperation.
“We’ve even had people arrested because they didn’t disclose their China work. This is disgraceful for a society that calls itself a free society, but it is also part of a mindset that is growing right now in the US government and in other governments – apparently under pressure from the US government,” Sachs told delegates to the conference.
He said it is the role of universities to resist efforts to break connections and urged the global higher education and research community to continue to “work closely with our Chinese colleagues” and “not let some government official or politician without a passport” tell us who the enemy is.
This was even more important now with universities having a special role in tackling the global challenges of sustainable development and addressing and solving the great environmental crisis of climate change, the collapse of biodiversity, mega-pollution and emerging pandemic diseases, Sachs told delegates.
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