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The Barker Files (Part II): The ET-China Connection

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 05:47

By Raymond A. Keller, II, Ph.D.

Behind the “Bamboo Curtain”

1984 marked a significant year in the ever evolving United States policy toward the People’s Republic of China.  On 26 April1984, President Ronald Reagan arrived in China for a diplomatic meeting with Chinese President Li Xiannian. This was the second time a United States president had traveled to China.   President Richard Nixon was the first to travel there in 1972.  The first lady, Nancy Reagan, accompanied her husband on the historic trip, together with some 600 journalists, a contingent of Secret Service agents and, according to various reports from the British Broadcasting Corporation, officials who guard the codes for launching nuclear missiles. The Reagans toured many cultural and historical sites in Beijing and the surrounding area, and also attended a dinner in their honor hosted by President Xiannian.  The importance of President Reagan’s trip served to underscore his administration’s desire to improve diplomacy with China in light of the growing economic relationship between the two superpowers. But economics and trade were not the only issues discussed by the two world leaders.  Other topics of mutual interest between the two leaders over the course of the six-day trip included the development of commercial nuclear power in China, in addition to the Xiannian administration’s displeasure with continuing United States support for the Nationalist regime entrenched in the small island Republic of Taiwan, just off the southeast coast of the People’s Republic. 

But what about UFO research in the People’s Republic of China?  What were the Communist Chinese authorities hiding about what they really knew about the origins of the elusive flying saucers?  Inquiring minds in the United States wanted some answers to these pertinent questions.  And apparently the Reagan administration was, behind the scenes at least, applying some degree of pressure for the Communist Chinese government to come clean about some of the incredible secrets of paranormal phenomenon that their officials had previously locked behind the “bamboo curtain.”  Nevertheless, and due largely to national security interests in both of the countries concerned, we may never really know what kind of deal that Presidents Reagan and Xiannian arrived at.  But within one week following President Reagan’s historic trip, China’s most touted authority on UFOs and all things paranormal, Paul Dong, came out with his blockbuster book, Four Major Mysteries of Mainland China (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall). 

After the Communists seized power in China in 1949, successive American presidents continually refused to recognize the government of the People’s Republic, but supported instead the pro-democratic Nationalists that had been exiled to the island of Taiwan.  Naturally, during the Cold War hysteria of the early 1950s, United States support for Taiwan included the sales of arms.  But this action infuriated the Communist government in Beijing. So it wasn’t until President Nixon made tentative diplomatic overtures to China in 1969 and, in October 1970, told a Time reporter that, “If there’s anything I want to do before I die, it’s go to China.”  The rest is history.  The conservative Republican president Nixon led the United States government in officially recognizing the Communist Chinese government, and as a result, became the first American president to visit China one year later.  But it was not until 1984 that another president, Reagan, would travel to China in an attempt to resolve remaining diplomatic, economic and other remaining differences.  Throughout his week-long trip, President Reagan impressed the Chinese Communist Party dignitaries and officials with his ability to speak a little Mandarin.  Much progress was made across an array of persisting issues dividing the two superpowers, although when it came to the matter of Taiwan, there still remained some difference of opinion.  But in getting back to the concerns about UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, it may be more than mere coincidence that Dong’s book was released in the United States one day before Reagan returned to touchdown back on United States soil. 

In an undated letter to Gray Barker, soliciting the West Virginia ufologist’s aid in promoting the book, the noted Chinese paranormal researcher explained that he wrote Four Major Mysteries because, “In Mainland China there is a tremendous public interest and vigorous scientific research that centers of four paranormal phenomena:  1)  UFOs (Chinese publications carry many UFO reports);  2)  Exceptional Human Functions (the Chinese term for psychic abilities);  3)  Bigfoot (Yes, there is a Chinese Bigfoot); and Qi Gong (An ancient deep-breathing technique that is said to develop paranormal abilities in people).” 

The book includes an introduction by the former United States Air Force Project Bluebook technical consultant on UFO sightings, Dr. J. Allen Hynek (1910-1986), an astronomer from Northwestern University in Illinois, just outside Chicago.  So right away we understand that the author has a high level of credibility.  Of Paul Dong himself, he is widely recognized as an international and professional journalist, as well as an expert on the Qi Gong technique and most matters of a metaphysical nature. He has served as the editor of the Beijing based Journal of UFO Research.  Many of his articles have appeared in Omni, the prominent science magazine, and other prestigious periodicals around the globe.

As Dong tells it, “Word of these Chinese mysteries has reached the West only in small news articles and largely obscure journals;” adding that, “I have been in a unique position to gather extensive information on all these phenomena.  I have interviews with eyewitnesses and scientists in China, along with scientific reports, photographs, Chinese newspaper articles and other data that tell the full story.”  In other words, Dong wrote the blockbuster book precisely because he wanted to reveal to the Western World for the first time what was really going on in China.  His enthralling book served to penetrate the Communist wall of secrecy that had been in place since 1949. 

Dong declares that UFOs have been sighted over China since ancient times; and that from the period of 1974-1984 there were more than 30,000 well-documented sightings that poured in from all corners of his vast homeland encompassing an area approximately the same size as the lower 48 of the United States.  In his book, Dong wrote to Barker that, in his estimation, UFOs were the “first mystery” that needed further investigation in China.  He discussed the rise of UFO research in the People’s Republic in addition to the strategy that needed to be followed in breaking through the barriers to further UFO investigation.  And we aren’t alone in facing the so-called Silence Group.  Dong reports that Chinese UFO observers have also been quieted by the notorious agents known as the “Men in Black.”  The international journalist also comments on the UFO fever catching hold throughout China, in addition to some of the more “shocking” reports, delving into UFO research and cases in Hong Kong, Macao, and even Taiwan.  What is most surprising to me is even though most citizens of the People’s Republic of China were extremely limited in where they could travel Dong was permitted to come and go at a whim between Communist China and the United States for decades, and to interview UFO witnesses unencumbered by any restrictions throughout most of his homeland. 

As far as psychic phenomena, Dong reports on the discovery of child prodigies within the People’s Republic and their culling by the government for the development of a psychic contingent working on behalf of Chinese security interests in sundry top secret programs.  He also discusses the dramatic rise of public interest in the powers so long latent in humankind but only now emerging.  And he relates the development of proper breathing control to the development of extrasensory powers in any given individual.  And for those Bigfoot investigators, Dong informs us about China’s so-called “Wild Man” and his assorted activities in Asia since the beginnings of recorded history.  Dong tells about Dr. Zhou Gouxing and his Wild Man Research Team, how they have searched and continue to search for this elusive creature in every nook and cranny of the People’s Republic of China.

Note:  Dr. Keller, the author of this article, was teaching in Wuxi, China, in 2012.

Next:  Crashed saucer, ancient aliens and strange encounters throughout China.