Long Beach Harbor
Sellout To Red Chinese
Said Nearly Complete
By Joseph Farah
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The high-level fix appears to be in to base the China Overseas Shipping Co., a Chinese military front, in Long Beach, Calif.
Last week, Judge Peter Lichtman cleared a Los Angeles County courtroom of all spectators before issuing a ruling favorable to Washington's headlong desire to hand over the strategic former naval base to the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Thus, the long march to Long Beach continues.
The wacky idea was formulated right in the Oval Office following one of those visits by Chinese arms dealers who dumped money into President Clinton's 1996 election campaign. Long Beach city officials, oblivious to the national security concerns of the plan, saw it as a bonanza for local commerce and jobs.
China's interest in Long Beach is as understandable as Beijing's desire to take control of the Panama Canal. But there's even more to the story than meets the eye -- more than most of the opposition to the plan have ever imagined.
China also wants COSCO, which serves as an intelligence-gathering operation for the PLA, located near the multinational Sea Launch project, which will use its Long Beach base to launch dozens of satellites into space from equatorial ocean locations. The Russian company RSC-Energia is a partner in Sea Launch along with Boeing. RSC-Energia is as closely tied to Russian military intelligence as COSCO is to Chinese military intelligence.
The Sea Launch Commander, a ship two-thirds the length of the Queen Mary, arrived in Long Beach Harbor last weekend bringing along two Ukrainian and Russian-built rockets that will launch commercial satellites into space beginning later this year. The unprecedented launches at sea require two ships, the command vessel and a super-sophisticated launch platform -- a self-propelled converted oil-drilling rig -- expected to arrive in Long Beach next month. It is about 440 feet long, 220 feet wide, 20 stories high and rides on giant pontoons that can be submerged for stability when rockets are launched.
Sea Launch is a joint venture of four companies, headed by Boeing Co. The operation will be based within a stone's throw of the proposed COSCO facility. The Sea Launch rocket consists of three stages, the first two being Ukrainian-built Zenits. The upper stage, which carries the satellite, is the Russian Block DM, which now flies as the fourth stage of the Proton rocket.
And guess who's benefiting from this project? Some familiar names, indeed. Sea Launch has sold 13 launches to Hughes Space and Communications and five to Loral Space Systems. Both, of course, have long-standing and deep relationships with China.
You might think the administration would be reluctant to risk another satellite scandal -- given the ongoing investigations into Loral's transfer of sensitive technology to Beijing through launches in China. But business is business.
And the Sea Launch business is big business. The first launch is set for October. A site near the equator has been chosen as a launching area for satellites that will assume geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. Sea Launch will make it possible for many more commercial satellites to be launched at competitive prices -- ranging from $70 million to $100 million.
China does not want to be left out in the cold while such monumental technological achievements are being accomplished. Long Beach will offer Beijing a key listening post -- just in case its strategic intelligence and military partners, the Russians, don't keep the Chinese fully informed.
There's a lot of money at stake -- and a lot of power, too. That's why the entire military-industrial complex, paid foreign lobbyists such as Gen. Alexander Haig, and the World Bank are lining up behind the COSCO and Sea Launch projects.
But don't worry. Companies like Loral, Boeing and Hughes are sure to keep America's vital national security interests in mind at all times. And China doesn't mean us any harm. President Clinton has told us so.
Keep your eye on Long Beach. It's a staging ground for the New World Order. When Bill Clinton says he and China share a vision for one big happy planet, this is what he is talking about.

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