"But the WSJ piece didn’t imply this was a “broad casting net”.
You are correct, but the FACTS are that the United States Department of Education has cast a fairly broad net including, as I stated above, the following entities as well as the additional entities I provide below:
Zoom Video Communications
Wuhan Institute of Virology
Educational Advisors Deda Co. Ltd.
Xi’an Jintong University
University of Beijing
University of Shanghai
Dalian Auto Tech. Inc.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Tafel New Energy Tech Co. Ltd.
Zhejiang Normal University
ATEC Shenzhen Expressway Engineering
Huawei Software Technologies Co. Ltd.
Beijing Normal University
China University of Mining and Technology
Chengdu Technological University
Southwest Jiaotong University
South China University of Technology
China University of Petroleum
Southwest Petroleum University
Shandong University of Science and Technology
The Communist Party of China (its agents, employees, representatives, and instrumentalities)
The Communist Party of China’s Central Committee
The Communist Party of China’s Central Office
The Communist Party of China’s Politburo Standing Committee
The Communist Party of China’s General Office of the Central Military Commission
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of Education
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
The Communist Party of China’s People’s Liberation Army
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of State Security
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Communist Party of China’s Chinese Ministry of National Defense
The Communist Party of China’s Central Bank of the People’s Republic of China
AND Any People’s Republic of China province, autonomous region, or municipality
I would say that qualifies as a broad casting net__, that includes NO OTHER entity or individual outside of the People’s Republic of China other than Eric Yuan and Zoom Video Communications.__
“No other specific person was mentioned except Yuan, and no other company. But yes… the company does have a VERY HIGH profile right now.”
This is my point Breezy. Why is Eric Yuan, a U.S. citizen, and Zoom, a U.S. company, being singled out in this investigation if the investigation seeks to, according to the letter submitted to the University of Texas by the U.S. Department of Education states according to CBSAustin.com, get to the bottom of the following:
“Between June 6, 2014, and June 3, 2019, UT reported approximately twenty-four contracts with various Chinese state-owned universities and ten contracts with Huawei Technologies, all purportedly worth a reported total of $12,987,896. It is not clear, however, whether UT has in fact reported all gifts from or contracts with or relating to the Wuhan MCL, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and/or all other foreign sources, including agents and instrumentalities of the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China.”
Full Article provided here and credit given to CBSAustin.com: https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/us-dept-of-ed-requests-ut-r…
In those “catch basins” described in the USDOE letter as: a.) Various Chinese State Owned Universities, b.) Huawei Technologies, c.) Wuhan MCL, d.) Wuhan Institute of Virology, e.) all other foreign sources, f.) agents and instrumentalities of the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China…where does Eric Yuan fit? Where does Zoom Video Communications fit?
Am I now supposed to assume through deductively valid reasoning of the “catch basins” as enumerated above that Eric Yuan and/or Zoom Video Communications is “f.)” agents and instrumentalities of the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China? That would be the only catch basin they would fit into.
Or, am I supposed to assume or deduce that somebody at the USDOE figures that Eric Yuan and Zoom Video Communications are “e.)” foreign sources, because he was born in China, appears to be Chinese and speaks broken English with a heavy Chinese accent?..is that what makes him a target of the investigation?
So, it breaks down like this:
1. Either Eric Yuan and Zoom are “agents” and “instrumentalities” of the Chinese government, or
2. Somebody at USDOE is a complete knucklehead and screwed up, or
3. Somebody at USDOE is maybe (not definitely) a xenophobe and “assumed” that Eric Yuan was a dangerous Chinese national and his company is a foreign company based in China.
I betting on the fact that it is a little bit of #2 and a lot of #3 and this whole thing smells to me like good 'ol fashion Number 2.