by PHILIP LENCZYCKI at dailycaller.com
New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng frequently met and attended events with an alleged Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operative who was recently arrested by the FBI, according to photos and news reports reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Since 2016, Meng has attended multiple New York City events held by Chinese-American organizations to which Lu Jianwang, the suspected CCP operative, has belonged, according to photos and reports from multiple Chinese-language news sites. On April 17, the FBI arrested Lu Jianwang, the former “chairman” of the nonprofit America Changle Association, for allegedly “opening and operating an illegal overseas police station” within the nonprofit’s Manhattan headquarters.
Not only has Meng attended multiple events alongside Lu Jianwang, who also goes by Harry Lu, but the six-term congresswoman was also present at several key moments in America Changle’s history, photos and reports from multiple Chinese-language news sources reveal.
“While Congresswoman Meng has likely encountered him at local community events, she has no personal relationship with [Lu Jianwang], and was unaware of any allegations against him until last Monday’s news,” Meng’s press secretary told the DCNF.
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On September 26, 2016, Meng apparently participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the launch of America Changle’s Manhattan headquarters — the same office where Lu Jianwang allegedly operated a CCP police station — according to a report from Chinese state-run news outlet FJsen.com’s social media account.
Photos included in the news report show Meng standing right beside Lu Jianwang during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. At that time, Lu Jianwang was America Changle’s “chairman,” having served in that position between 2012 and 2018, according to an archived version of the organization’s website.
In addition to allegedly running the purported Chinese government police station, the FBI claims Lu Jianwang has conducted several “repressive activities” within the U.S.
Among other allegations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that in 2015 Lu Jianwang protested in Washington, D.C., against “members of a religion” forbidden under Chinese law. The FBI also claims that Lu Jianwang enlisted a “coconspirator” in 2022 to help a Chinese security official track down a “pro-democracy activist” living in California.