Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson – currently obstructing efforts to investigate Michigan’s election results – developed ties with Chinese state-run universities and trained lawyers for the Chinese Communist Party – even delivering a lecture at Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s alma mater – The National Pulse can reveal.
Benson undertook the work aiding the Chinese Communist Party while serving as the Dean of Wayne Law School in Detroit, Michigan.
Benson – who oversaw a state allegedly riddled with election fraud and told county clerks to “destroy certain election data and software” – visited China in June 2013 in an attempt to court students from Chinese Communist Party-run universities into studying at Wayne State University’s Law School.
Wayne State’s own website maintains the press release from 2013 which describes Benson’s efforts to link up with the Chinese Communist Party as “vigorous”:
“A growing number of students from China are expected to study at Wayne State University Law School in 2014 — a result of the school’s decision to offer a master’s degree in U.S. law and its vigorous outreach efforts to promote it.”
Benson wanted to provide individuals who could work in Chinese “government ministries involved in negotiations with the U.S.” with legal training from her Detroit-based institution:
“Wayne’s new master’s degree program in U.S. law is designed for outstanding law students from other countries. This will be an attractive program for students who seek to practice law in the United States, transnational law in their home countries, who may work in government ministries involved in negotiations with the United States, or who intend to work on advanced degrees and careers as scholars.”
Benson described the nearly week-long trip as “very productive,” and visited several Chinese law schools, one of which – China University of Political Science and Law – forged a partnership with Wayne Law that would “include an exchange of professors as well as new law students coming to Detroit to study American law.”
Benson also appears to have lectured at Tsinghua University, the Alma Mater of authoritarian CCP leader Xi Jinping.
Xi retains a close link with the college, recently meeting with the institution’s advisory board at the CCP’s Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Speaking to “a group of students and professors about Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the 2009 Supreme Court decision on election campaign funding and First Amendment rights in that case,” Benson opted to become involved with the school that churns out Chinese Communist apparatchiks.
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 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.
Chairman Xi 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.
Tsinghua University 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 current Michigan Secretary of State also visited the Northwest University of Politics and Law and the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing to court students.
Roughly six months later, Benson’s employee, Wayne State University Law School Associate Professor Paul Dubinsky, similarly visited China in an effort to boost ties. He visited five Chinese state-run institutions before inking a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University. In addition to boosting Chinese enrollment at Wayne, the memorandum laid the groundwork for Chinese Communist Party-employed professors to teach at Wayne Law:
“The Chinese law schools that I visited are highly interested in having one or more Wayne Law faculty members teach courses there. It’s also very possible that some of the junior faculty there will be coming here and perhaps co-teaching courses with Wayne faculty.”
Dubinsky’s trip was “coordinated” with Wayne State’s Confucius Institute, a Chinese state-funded propaganda network targeted by the Trump administration.