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Airline Insecurity: Red Skies in Canada
Charles R. Smith - Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004
There is a great deal of security concern over who is flying on foreign
airliners bound for the United States. However, there seems to be little if any
security concern over the ownership of foreign airlines. Victor Li, son of the
famed Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing, is poised to take control of Canada's
flag airline, Air Canada, by plunking down more than a half billion dollars.
Victor Li holds a dual Canadian-Chinese citizenship, which entitles him to buy
as much as 31 percent of Air Canada and appoint five of Air Canada's board of
His offer has a great deal of appeal to the bankrupt airline. The restructuring
deal gives $450 million in shares to Air Canada's creditors.
Li's offer also cuts out Air Canada's other investors, leaving them only a
fraction of a percent of the airline.
The biggest problem with Victor Li is his close working and financial
relationship with his father. The Li family was the subject of a massive
Canadian intelligence and RCMP probe, Project Sidewinder. The final
report, "Chinese Intelligence Services and Triads Financial Links in Canada,"
concluded that Li Ka-shing is closely associated with the Chinese government.
The fact is that Li Ka-shing is no ordinary billionaire. His company Hutchison
Whampoa operates the two ports on the Panama Canal, the Pacific port of Balboa
and the Atlantic port of Cristobal. Li Ka-shing's official bio from the Clinton
White House states that the billionaire was convicted of insider trading in
1984 but served no time in jail.
According to recently declassified documents from the U.S. Commerce Department,
Li Ka-shing is a very special man in Beijing, Washington and Hong Kong.
"Li is reputed to have a close business relationship with key figures in
Beijing and he has a number of real estate and infrastructure projects in the
mainland. These close relationships were said to be key to his obtaining the
prime site on Beijing's Wangfujing for his USD2 billion Oriental Plaza
Project," states an August 1999 from the American Embassy in Hong Kong.
Li Ka-shing paid $125 million to kidnappers to return his son Victor. According
to reports, the kidnappers took two days to retrieve the large sum of money. Li
reportedly also asked Chinese President Jiang Zemin to help capture the
criminals. According to official U.S. documents, Li got his revenge and more.
"Some have suggested that it was because of Li's mainland connections that the
man behind the 1996 kidnapping of his son Victor was arrested last year in
China and swiftly executed. Li is a leading member of Hong Kong's ethnic
Chinese business elite, a tycoon who is no democrat. This fact is reflected in
his recent claim that he canceled a HKD10 billion (USD1.3 billion) project
because of the unfavorable business climate created by Hong Kong's politicized
(more democratic) business climate."
Li and the Chinese Army
The United States is concerned about the Chinese billionaire's growing
influence. To protect national security, the Bush administration recently sank
a deal to sell the international communications firm Global Crossing to Li Ka-
shing and Hutchison Whampoa.
The fact is that Li Ka-shing has a long history of helping the Chinese military
erect communications networks using U.S.-made equipment. For example, in 1989
Li Ka-shing raised $120 million to buy a Hughes communications satellite for
AsiaSat is also a front company for the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
According to Aviation Week and Space Technology, AsiaSat is part owned by the
Chinese Army unit COSTIND or the Commission on Science, Technology and Industry
for National Defense. The AsiaSat Hughes satellite regularly carries "military
communications" traffic for PLA units and Chinese military owned companies.
A 1996 report written by then U.S. Ambassador to China James Sasser alleges
that the Chinese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Li Ka-shing
were directly involved with the PLA in financing the communications networks
for the Chinese army.
The report also states that the PLA was directly involved in the so-
called "civilian" Chinese fiber optic communication systems. Sasser's report
noted that the PLA actively worked on a Ministry of Posts and
Telecommunications (MPT) fiber optic network that the Clinton administration
stated was "civil" for the House National Security Committee.
"For example," wrote Sasser, "in laying long distance fiber optic lines for the
MPT's telephones and digital data network, the PLA has provided soldiers to do
much of the work. The PLA cadres are considered disciplined and hard working.
Once the cable has been laid, the MPT typically allocates some of the bandwidth
to the PLA."
In 1997, the Rand Corp. wrote a secret report on the "Chinese Defense Industry"
and included a section on Li Ka-shing and his business with the Chinese army.
The Rand report was obtained in a successful federal lawsuit against the
Commerce Department. The report highlights Li Ka-shing's direct connections to
the Chinese military.
According to Rand's report, "Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong, controlled by Hong
Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing, is also negotiating for PLA wireless system
contracts, which would build upon his equity interest in [Chinese army] Poly-
owned Yangpu Land Development Company, which is building infrastructure on
China's Hainan Island."
U.S. Commerce Department documents show that law enforcement agencies were very
concerned about Li Ka-shing's connections to the Triad gangs. A 1995 cable from
the American Embassy in Nassau noted that Li Ka-shing had signed an agreement
to build an $88 million container ship terminal in the Grand Bahamas.
Curiously, for a harmless deal done by a Hong Kong tycoon, the copy list for
the cable is addressed to several law enforcement agencies such as the Customs
Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency. "Reftel describes U.S. agencies'
security concerns about possible smuggling attempts through the terminal,"
states the cable from the American Embassy. "Post will request via septel
assistance in addressing these concerns while port development plans are still
on the drawing board."
In addition, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) refused to release criminal data
on Li Ka-shing citing that to do so would "violate" the billionaire's right to
'Threat' to Panama Canal
One document on Li Ka-shing, previously discovered by Larry Klayman and
Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, came from the U.S. Defense
Department. According to an October 1999 "Intelligence Assessment", prepared by
the U.S. military Southern Command, the Hong Kong billionaire is a "threat" to
the Panama Canal.
"Hutchison Whampoa's owner, Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-shing, has extensive
business ties in Beijing and has compelling financial reasons to maintain a
good relationship with China's leadership," states the 1999 assessment.
"For example, Hutchison Whampoa could threaten to shift some business from
Panama to its facilities in the Bahamas, thus giving the company additional
leverage over the Panamanian government."
"Hutchison's containerized shipping facilities in the Panama Canal, as well as
the Bahamas, could provide a conduit for illegal shipments of technology or
prohibited items from the west to the PRC, or facilitate the movement of arms
and other prohibited items into the Americas," concluded the U.S. military
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