World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the commencement speaker for the upcoming graduation at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management, a Chinese Communist Party-run institution and President Xi Jinping’s alma mater.
The news follows President Trump’s repeated attacks on the United Nations-affiliated body for its subservience to China unearthed in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic, culminating in his recent decision to withdraw funding from the body. The Wolrd Health Organization’s (WHO) willingness to delay notifying the world about the virus’ human-to-human transmission and issuing a pandemic warning at the request of the CCP while praising the regime for its “transparency” one week later demonstrates where the body’s allegiance lies. And the great danger it poses to the rest of the world.
These ostensible ties certainly cast Tedros’s decision in a different light.
Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management (TUSEM) is state-funded and controlled institution that has countless members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on staff. The school’s Dean, for example, is an Executive Vice Chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a bank owned by the CCP that receives its capital from the country’s Ministry of Finance.
Xi collectively spent eight years at Tsinghua, studying chemical engineering from 1975 to 1979, and while serving as a CCP Deputy Secretary of the Fujian Province, he “studied Marxist theory and ideological and political education in the in-service Postgraduate Class at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences” from 1998 to 2002.
Xi retains a close link with TUSEM, as he recently met with the institution’s advisory board at the CCP’s Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Tsinghua also has a “clear connection between them and the state administration for technology and industry in discussions on what [they] can do to help the national security,” according to former Senior Intelligence Officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency and State Department Official Nicholas Eftimiades.
The school has even launched cyberattacks against the U.S. government: “Tsinghua University has a cyber group called the Blue Lotus Group, which is students, and – but they’ve also – we’ve had millions of hits out at Tsinghua in – cyber hits through Africa, the state of Alaska, against the Alaska government, multiple countries coming out of Tsinghua. So their cyber component is pretty aggressive in collection.” Independent studies have confirmed the institution “was the origin of multiple recent cyber-espionage campaigns targeting groups such as the Tibetan community in India and the Alaskan state government.”
The school was also highlighted by the New York Times in its article, “Professors, Beware. In China, Student Spies Might Be Watching.”
At Tsinghua University in Beijing, Mr. Xi’s alma mater, Lü Jia, a professor of Marxism, was investigated by the school’s administrators this year after students led an online campaign accusing him of speaking critically of China and socialism. The students said they were inspired by a call by Mr. Xi in March to strengthen ideological training and to prepare for a “national rejuvenation.” They started an anonymous social media account where they published line-by-line criticisms of Professor Lü’s lectures and criticized him for saying that Western civilization was still predominant in the world while China’s civilization was in decline.
These actions corroborate Xi’s 2019 decree he’d “perfect the Party leadership over the National People’s Congress, government, supervision organs, trial organs, inspection organs, armed forces, people groups, companies and institutions, grassroots organizations, and social groups.”
Symbolically, Tedros’s decision to give the commencement address at a school so heavily linked to the CCP also assists in the regime’s latest publicity stunt in its quest to absolve itself of blame for spawning and spreading coronavirus.