A wealthy real estate magnate has organized a protest campaign against a Midland pastor and activist. Each claims that the other is an agent of Chinese communism.
Bob Fu, Chinese expatriate and founder of Midland-based Christian nonprofit China Aid, has faced organized protests at his home as well as threats after billionaire Miles Kwok began a social media campaign against him. Kwok’s accusations are vague — and often in Mandarin — but he has claimed that Fu works for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In a video posted to YouTube on September 27, the day after protesters first lined the sidewalk at Fu’s home, Kwok threatened to send up to 200 “comrades” in a campaign against Fu.
“Once our comrades get to your house tomorrow, we will never retreat,” the video’s translation reads. “We will not start another campaign until we are done with you.”
Kwok, who also goes by Guo, is a close friend and ally of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and an outspoken critic of the CCP. A constant target of investigations, Kwok has faced similar accusations himself: he took the research firm Strategic Vision to court for accusing him of being a Chinese spy — after Kwok hired the firm himself to investigate Chinese nationals he suspected were CCP members.
The firm claims in court documents that Kwok is “not the dissident he claimed to be” but rather a “dissident-hunter, propagandist, and agent in the service of [China] and [the CCP].”
After the falling-out with Strategic Vision, Kwok took to a site that seems to be his mouthpiece — one of the categories is reserved for his opinions and “exposes” — and called the firm a fraudulent shell company.
Fu, who protested at Tiananmen Square and was imprisoned in China for illegal Christian evangelism in the late 1990s, founded China Aid after coming to the U.S. as a religious refugee to promote religious freedom in his home country. The organization publishes reports on Chinese persecution and contributed to campaigns to gain asylum for lawyer Guangcheng Chen who shed light on forced abortions in east China.
Fu told The Texan that Kwok’s accusations have come out of the blue, considering that his social media praise of Kwok’s anticommunist efforts in 2017 remains the only contact the two have ever shared.
“It was a total shock when he mobilized his followers to harass and intimidate us just at our door… I have not done anything dealing with him, any public or private dispute or feud with him before he attacked me, so the only thing I could think of is that somebody from Beijing must have sent him an order to take us down,” Fu said.
“He said I’m a communist party member. No. I have never joined the communist party at all, and I worked in the Beijing communist party school as an English teacher for three years before my wife and I were thrown into prison, so I was one of the two only teachers who were non-party members teaching there.”
Kwok’s motivations have also mystified local law enforcement, who Fu says are working with federal law enforcement to get to the bottom of the protests and protect him at a safe location away from his home where the protesters continue to congregate for the second week in a row.
Fu, who has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as other parliaments around the world on human rights abuses in China, also noted that China Aid is a federally registered 501(c)3 organization whose finances are audited every year. Fu also serves on the pastoral staff of Mid-Cities Community Church in Midland.
China Aid released a statement yesterday alleging that the protesters themselves are CCP agents.
“Make no mistake, even now as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to test our freedom and challenge our way of life in America, their evil intents lurk at our doorsteps,” Fu’s statement reads.
“This current well-funded, sophisticated, overtly organized, cross-continent campaign bears the gargantuan footprint of the CCP’s overseas operation.”
The protesters, some of whom have been arrested, began showing up via charter bus outside Fu’s home on September 26th when Fu was away at the National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance in Washington, D.C. among a slate of speakers that included Ben Carson and Mike Lindell.
In another video, Kwok called the mayor of Midland a terrorist and said the police used excessive force in dispersing the protesters, also accusing Fu of employing “rednecks” to threaten the protesters with guns in their hotel.
Kwok did not respond for comment.
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