Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
On May 14, 2022, Payton S. Gendron, a white supremacist, opened fire on black people in a New York supermarket. The next day, thousands of miles away in California, David Wenwei Chou, a militant supporter of Communist China, opened fire in a Taiwanese church.
While Gendron’s mass shooting has been widely covered, with every detail of his manifesto made public, Chou’s motives have received very little coverage. Biden visited Buffalo, NY where the supermarket shooting took place, but has shown no signs of visiting Laguna Woods, CA.
Unlike Gendron, Chou may not have passed around the usual 4chan manifesto, and probably never used Discord or Twitch, but his motives are certainly no great mystery. He had his own manifesto, “Diary of an Independence-Destroying Angel” (a reference to Taiwan’s independence) that he sent to an alleged pro-Chinese paper operating in the United States.
While we’ve been regaled with excerpts from Gendron’s manifesto, the contents of Chou’s manifesto have yet to be printed. And that’s certainly a convenient double standard.
But even without Chou’s manifesto, we know that he had been recruited by Communist China and was a member of a ChiCom front group aimed at the very people whom he set out to kill.
Chou had told a neighbor that he saw himself as Chinese and “strongly believed China and Taiwan were one country”. Notes left behind by Chou referred to the same ChiCom idea. A photo shows Chou next to a banner in Chinese reading, “Swiftly and violently exterminate the independence demons.” The reference was to efforts by Taiwan to maintain its independence.
It’s also typical of the violent rhetoric being directed by China at the people of Taiwan.
Chou had been a director of Las Vegas Chinese for Peaceful Unification where the eliminationist banner in question had allegedly been displayed. The Vegas organization was apparently a chapter of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification which is run by China’s United Front Work Department.
In 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had announced the designation of NACPU as a foreign mission controlled by Communist China.
“Peaceful reunification” is China’s euphemism for taking over the nation of Taiwan.
A year after Pompeo’s designation, China’s Xi had urged that “compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, must come together and move forward in unison. We must take resolute action to utterly defeat any attempt toward ‘Taiwan independence.'” And called for “peaceful national reunification” while warning that “no one should underestimate the resolve, the will, and the ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
In March 2022, the Communist regime emphasized that it intended to solve the problem of Taiwan “in the new era”: a term widely taken to mean during Xi’s rule.
In April, China’s Los Angeles consul warned that his regime would “reserve the option of taking all necessary measures” in response to, among others, “Taiwanese independence separatists.”
Chou’s attack at the Geneva Presbyterian Church where he opened fire was not a random act.
It was a Communist terrorist attack.
While the mass shooting only killed one person and wounded four others, Chou had made plans for a massacre. He glued the locks and nailed a door shut. He had brought explosive devices and had clearly studied previous mass shootings.
It was only Dr. John Cheng’s heroism in tackling Chou, at the expense of his life, that prevented the Communist mass shooter from racking up a much bigger death toll.
The FBI and local authorities are treating this Communist attack on a church as a hate crime, yet there’s been virtually no national coverage and no action from the Biden administration.
“Beijing’s pro-unification campaign has been sending out dehumanizing languages such as ‘annihilating the people and saving the island’ and dismissing the Taiwanese independence movement as a violent separatist crime,” an academic warned.
Secretary of State Pompeo had warned that China “uses front organizations like the NACPU to advance propaganda and malign influence.”
Even while the Biden administration tries to stamp out domestic free speech under the guise of fighting “disinformation”, it’s dialing back the Trump administration’s efforts against China’s influence operations.
In February, Biden’s DOJ shut down the “China Initiative” while falsely claiming that it had “fueled a narrative of intolerance and bias”. Using leftist talking points, it dishonestly contended that the attempts to stop Communist China’s persecution of Asians in America was somehow connected to a “rise in anti-Asian hate crime and hate incidents”.
The church shooting in Laguna Woods shows however that fighting China’s Communist infiltration saves Asian-American lives.
Numerous Chinese Americans have complained of being stalked, followed, spied on and threatened by ChiCom agents operating in the United States.
This latest attack escalates the assaults and kidnapping plots to Communist terrorism.
Had the Biden administration taken China’s influence operations seriously, the church shooting in Laguna Woods might have been averted. By shutting down the China Initiative, Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland betrayed America and Asian-Americans in particular.
That’s why the Biden administration is focusing on Buffalo and not Laguna Woods.
The racist supermarket shooting was a failure by New York authorities, however the Geneva Presbyterian Church shooting was a crime whose roots were in Beijing. While Democrats have deployed counterintelligence resources to target domestic political opponents, they have surrendered to China’s intelligence assault while claiming that opposing it would be racist.
Biden can go to Buffalo to score some political points for the midterm elections, but he can’t go to Laguna Woods because the blood from the Geneva church shooting is on his hands.