Anti-Communism Army veteran to take on de Blasio for Congress

Yan Xiong, a young pro-democracy protester in Tiananmen Square, opposed China’s communist government – now he wants to overthrow former Mayor Bill de Blasio in the race for Congress.

“It would be terrible if Bill de Blasio were elected to Congress,” Xiong told The Post on Sunday.

De Blasio announced last week that he is running for the 10th Circuit House seat, as is Xiong. They will face off in the Democratic primary scheduled for August 23.

Nearly 20% of the population in the newly delineated 10th congressional district is Asian American, which includes Chinatown in Lower Manhattan and the large Chinese immigrant community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Xiong, 57, said de Blasio didn’t stand a chance.

“De Blasio ignored Chinatown and the Asian American community,” he said. “The Chinese community will not be ignored if I am elected to Congress.”

On Monday, the up-and-coming MP will hold a “Stop de Blasio” rally in Chinatown as part of his push for Congress.

As a young student dissident in China, Yan Xiong leads protests in Tiananmen Square.
Yan Xiong led protests in Tiananmen Square as a young dissident student in China before fleeing to America.
Yan Xiong campaign

“Bill de Blasio doesn’t care about our Asian communities. He doesn’t care about our safety and openly discriminates against our high-performing students, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Xiong claimed in a campaign flyer.

“I can think of no person more unworthy of the support of the Chinese community and our efforts than Bill de Blasio. For the past eight years, he has single-handedly destroyed Chinatown’s local economy, leaving us vulnerable to crime and ruining our children’s education.”

Xiong claims that de Blasio’s anti-merit and anti-merit educational policies — trying to eliminate the entrance test for entry into specialty high schools and changing programs for the gifted and gifted — are bad for America. De Blasio attempted to change the policy, as only a small number of Black and Hispanic students were admitted.

“His policies do not encourage students to study hard. He doesn’t understand why Asian American parents care so much about their children’s education. This is good for our nation in the long term,” Xiong told The Post.

In another hot topic, he also leads opposition to de Blasio’s plan to close the notorious Rikers’ Island prison complex and replace it with four smaller county jails, including one in Chinatown.

De Blasio and his nascent campaign had no immediate comment.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving his final press conference to the City Hall Rotunda.
De Blasio announced Friday that he is running for Congress in a new borough between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Stephen Yang

The 10th congressional district was created after Democrat-drawn maps were struck down by the courts over partisan gerrymandering — what Republican critics dubbed “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul approved of them. A court-supervised special master redrawn the cards.

As a young student, Xiong led pro-democracy protests in China’s Tiananmen Square, drawing the ire of the communist government. After the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, he fled to the United States as a political refugee and joined the army, where he served as a chaplain in Iraq.

“In China, I was a freedom fighter. I joined the army when I came to America because I wanted to be a freedom defender,” he told the Post.

A view of Chinatown.
Xiong said de Blasio ignored Chinatown during his tenure as mayor.
Paul Martinka

Recently uncovered criminal cases revealed that the Chinese government had recruited spies to monitor and harass dissidents who fled to the US after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre – including Xiong.

Xiong told the Post in March that he wasn’t scared when told the Chinese government was snooping on him.

“It’s terrible, it surprises me, I get angry,” he said. “I’m a US citizen, a 27-year US Army veteran, and a Christian pastor. I have nothing to do with them.

“I’ve experienced the Iraqi battlefield, so I’m not afraid,” he added, of their plans to hurt him. “God forbid.” Anti-Communism Army veteran to take on de Blasio for Congress


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