Chinese Canadians involved in massive money laundering, interaction with PM Trudeau under scrutiny

Canada is dubbed the “money laundering paradise”, according to the police investigation, the main source of dirty money is China, and the Chinese involved in illegal gambling money launderers, some of them are widely known Chinese community leaders, they not only interact closely with the Chinese consulate in Canada, but also and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Justin Trudeau) and members of Parliament have dealings, causing great concern.

A public hearing on money laundering is underway in British Columbia, Canada, where police initially found that at least $2 billion was involved in money laundering in the province from 2010 to 2018. Meanwhile, last month Canadian police busted a 20,000-square-foot luxury underground casino run by Chinese in the Greater Toronto Area, with the prime suspect being wealthy Chinese businessman Wei Wei, who has had at least two private meetings with Prime Minister Trudeau.

Wei Wei, who is a former president of the Canada-China Business Association, participated in a private dinner in May 2016 with Zhang Bin, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and other wealthy Chinese businessmen to raise money for the Liberal Party, and Wei Wei and Trudeau were also photographed together. A few weeks later, Wei Wei participated in a $1 million Canadian donation to the Trudeau Foundation with Zhang Bin and others.

Trudeau’s close relationship with Wei Wei, who has been charged by police, has been the focus of parliamentary questioning, with Conservative MP Michael Barrett asking, “Will the Prime Minister’s contacts with agents of the Chinese Communist Party in Canada affect his ability to protect Canadian interests? Why should Canadians trust a flawed Liberal government with a Made in China label?”

Trudeau’s response was evasive, making no mention of whether he had meetings with the wealthy Chinese businessmen and Communist Party agents, other than to say that the Liberals follow the regulations. “We have followed all the rules of fundraising and we make sure that we invite the media to all of our fundraising events and we publish the names of the people who attend.” Trudeau also said he was trying to deal with the new coronavirus outbreak, but the Conservatives were playing political games.

A police investigation found that Wei Wei had business ties to former president of the Canadian Chinese Joint Council Chen Yongtao, as well as to the director of the Canada-China Friendship Promotion Federation Yuan Rongxiang, who also interacted with a man named Paul King Jin, although Chen Yongtao and Yuan Rongxiang were never charged. Paul King Jin has long been a prime target of a police crackdown on illegal criminal activity, having been found to have laundered at least C$500 million and owned 20 luxury homes in Canada. The opening of Paul Kim’s boxing gym was attended by not only Chinese community leaders, but also Canadian government officials at all three levels and Chinese consular officials in Vancouver.

Canadian intelligence experts believe that the Chinese Consulate in Canada and some of the Chinese community leaders should be watched to see if they have any connection to illegal activities or even how they work together to influence Canadian political circles. Not surprisingly, they are tied together like a bunch of meat dumplings, bringing that whole Chinese political and business corruption thing to Canada, said Huang Ningyu, convenor of the Vancouver-based China Association for the Promotion of Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights. “In order to protect their interests in China, they must have voluntarily made some contact with the Chinese Consulate, which also relies on them as proxies to control Canadian institutions, which are again involved in illegal activities.”

An unnamed representative of the Chinese community in Canada told reporters that it is normal for certain overseas Chinese leaders to have business dealings, but that all overseas communities and overseas Chinese leaders should not be stigmatized as all having ties to criminal organizations, and also labeled as being part of the Chinese United Front Work Department. “(We) are all Canadian registered groups, how can we be affiliated with the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party, but you said that sometimes we return to China to participate in some activities organized by the overseas Chinese system.”

Chen Yongtao, Yuan Rongxiang and the Canadian Consulate in Vancouver did not respond to reporters’ inquiries.