This story, from Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon, appears to have been conjured out of thin air. Relying on virtually no links or sources beyond whatever was picked up from China's official state media and unnamed, unlinked U.S. 'sources,' how could you trust anything in the article?
The thing is, this is what passes for journalism now. No one questions the haphazard methods by which Gertz has assembled his article. Everything in it could be factually correct but, the problem is, why would you link to it? His sources consist of wire services and the Chinese government. Why would you base an article on something as slim as that?
Oh, content filler. That's all it is. Just filler. Now I get it. No wonder you can't trust anything on the Internet anymore.