Hidden Agenda and Deception: China’s National Intelligence Law and Silk Road of Health Initiative

DAFOH is concerned that there is a hidden agenda behind both China’s National Intelligence Law and the Silk Road of Health Initiative and that China be utilizing information gathered as a consequence of the National Intelligence Law to deceptively expand its organ transplant market via the Silk Road of Health in their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries.

In January of 2017, China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros signed a memorandum to establish the Silk Road of Health Initiative, a global initiative to “achieve universal health coverage with [improved] infrastructure, access to medicines, human resources, and a platform to share experience and promote best practices.”

The Silk Road of Health Initiative could potentially be a semantic trick designed to replace the term “transplant tourism” with “organ exchange platforms,” thereby normalizing, while helping to expand, China’s transplant tourism industry. As China has been and remains to this day a major destination for global transplant tourism, DAFOH asks the countries participating in the BRI to be on their guard so that transplant tourism to China is not normalized as part of the BRI’s infrastructure development strategies.

China’s National Intelligence Law, which became effective in July 2017, requires individuals, organizations, and institutions both inside and outside of China to assist Public Security and State Security officials in carrying out a wide array of intelligence work. Such work includes Chinese students studying abroad, Confucius Institutes’ staff, Chinese employees in Western companies, as well as Chinese nationals being trained in Western academic, scientific, and medical institutions. The law also requires unconditional cooperation from such individuals, organizations, and institutions.

Thus, all Chinese companies are therefore mandated to gather information for Chinese intelligence agencies. For instance, Huawei, by spreading its 5G network to hospitals, would be in the position to identify those hospitalized patients in need of organ transplant surgery.

A recent report by the Institute to Research the Crimes of Communism, found some western patients in need of transplants were contacted by organ brokers either before or soon after being put on transplant waiting lists. The authors pondered how clinical information regarding the need for transplantation could have been so easily accessed by third party entities.

Over the past twenty years, there has been exponential growth in China’s transplant industry in direct correlation with the persecution and incarceration of adherents of the spiritual movement Falun Gong. The unequivocal judgement of the recent China Tribunal stated, “In the long-term practice in the PRC of forced organ harvesting it was indeed Falun Gong practitioners who were used as a source—probably the principal source— of organs for forced organ harvesting.”

The National Intelligence Law could force Chinese citizens anywhere around the world into complicity with the forced organ harvesting of all prisoners of conscience in China, including Falun Gong, Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Christians.

Throughout its history, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has incarcerated and eliminated those it deemed undesirable, such as religious believers, ethnic minorities, and political dissidents. To cover up the most heinous crime of live forced organ harvesting, the CCP has used deception to deny, hide, and disinform the world regarding its unethical actions while profiting handsomely from the monetization of its own citizens’ bodies.

A DAFOH report focusing on the CCP’s use of deception states, “The nature, intent, and actions of the CCP should no longer be allowed to continue unabated. The world must act to stop abusive transplant practices in China, protect internationally accepted medical ethics, and prevent individual patients and institutions from becoming criminally complicit in cold genocide against the Falun Gong practitioners in China.”