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Jul 29 06:22

Coke, Visa, Airbnb, and Other Beijing Olympics Sponsors Deny Uyghur Genocide

A bipartisan congressional panel on Tuesday criticized brands such as Coca-Cola, Visa, Intel, Airbnb, and Procter & Gamble for sponsoring the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics despite China’s human rights violations, including the genocide of Uyghur Muslims.

As Reuters reported on Tuesday, all but one of the corporate representatives who addressed the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing said they did not believe China is guilty of genocide against the Uyghurs. Only Intel executive Steve Rodgers said he agreed with the U.S. State Department’s verdict of genocide, rendered during the Trump administration and upheld by the Biden administration.

“Other executives said they respected the U.S. government’s conclusions, but would not weigh in on the matter,” Reuters noted.

Jul 29 06:20

Marlow to Tucker: Breitbart Report Suggests ‘Deep Penetration’ by CCP into Swallwell’s Operation

On Tuesday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption, stated that a Breitbart News report points to “deep penetration inside” the operation of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) “by the Chinese government.”

Marlow said, “Now, we knew Fang Fang was infiltrating operations within the United States, various offices and having relationships with up-and-coming politicians before she abruptly left the country a few years ago, and we knew she had an intimate relationship with Swalwell. We just didn’t know the extent to which it was intimate.”

“Well, now, apparently, we do, according to this report, which, as of now, Swalwell hasn’t denied,” he continued. “Tucker, this is deep penetration inside the Swalwell operation by the Chinese government.”

Jul 29 06:11

Is the US-China rivalry doomed to fall into the Thucydides Trap, meaning that war between them is inevitable?

In ancient Greece, a general surmised that war between Athens and Sparta was inescapable because of Spartan fears about the growth of Athenian power. Is what’s happening with Washington and Beijing the 21st century equivalent?

Last week, I covered the development as to why China initially shunned a proposed visit by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to the country. The visit was delayed, but the main points as to why that happened remain and carried over into the subsequent meeting in Tianjin, which mirrored the fiery confrontation that happened in Alaska in March.

In this exchange, China’s deputy foreign minister Xie Feng sternly threw down the law to the US, and his message was clear: China is aggravated by what it perceives as a blatant disrespect for its own interests by a United States who is hell bent on pursuing hegemony and competition against it at all costs.

Jul 29 05:39

China Says Taliban Will Play ‘Important’ Role in Afghanistan Reconstruction

A Taliban delegation visited China on Wednesday, and Beijing said the group will play an “important” role in the Afghan peace process and the reconstruction of the country.

“The Taliban in Afghanistan is a pivotal military and political force in the country, and will play an important role in the process of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction there,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

The visit comes as the Taliban is making significant territorial gains against the Afghan government, which the US has responded to by stepping up airstrikes. Regional countries are preparing for the likely possibility that the Taliban will either take over Afghanistan or at least be the dominant political force in a future power-sharing government.

One request China has of the Taliban is to sever ties with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Uyghur Muslim group that Beijing accuses of being behind terrorist attacks in Xinjiang.

Jul 29 05:28

US, India Agree to Expand Multilateral Security Partnership

The top diplomats of India and the United States pledged Wednesday to expand their multilateral security partnership, underscoring the deepening of ties between two countries concerned over China’s growing influence in the region.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met in New Delhi and sought to strengthen a regional front against Beijing’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific and their cooperation in Afghanistan.

They also lauded each country's help in fighting the coronavirus and said their vaccine partnership is an effort to end the pandemic. Blinken also announced a $25 million fund to support India’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

Jul 29 05:28

Concerns as India builds rail network in remote state near China

India’s ambitious railway project to connect a small northeastern Indian state along its border with China to the rest of the country is raising concerns among local forest dwellers and environmentalists.

The 45km (28-mile) project, work on which began in 2009, connects Sevoke in eastern state of West Bengal to Rangpo in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, with five stations between them, one of them underground.

Jul 29 05:10

Chinese City Offers Cash Handouts To Incentivize More Childbirths Amid Demographic Crisis 

As concerns about China's demographic deterioration intensifies (stoked by news that the country's birthrate fell to its lowest level in 2020 since CCP record-keeping began in 1949), one city in Southwest China's Sichuan Province is offering couples subsidies per month to make babies.

China is battling not one but three demons: insurmountable debts, deflation, and demographics threaten to derail the economy.

To fix this, and what may be a pilot test for a much wider rollout, Panzhihua city in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, with about 1.23 million population is handing out 500 yuan ($76.87) per baby every month for families that have a second or third child, until the babies turn three, according to state-run media Global Times.

Jul 28 13:16

China Blames Foreigners After Disastrous Floods

Jul 28 06:52

Corporate Media Joins the Anti-Vaxxers When It Comes to Chinese- and Russian-Made Vaccines

“Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations,” ran Reuters’ bombshell headline earlier this month. The report detailed how 618 Thai medical workers inoculated with the Chinese COVID vaccine have become infected anyway, leading to one death. As is common with such an influential newswire, Reuters’ story was picked up across the world by hundreds of publications, including The Washington Post, Yahoo! News and The New York Post.

Yet the article also notes that over 677,000 Thai medical workers have received the dose, meaning that more than 99.9% of those vaccinated have not developed COVID-19 — a fact that flies in the face of the headline’s implications. A large majority of news consumers do not read past the title, meaning that they were given the false impression that Sinovac is ineffective.

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Jul 28 06:38

Of course! Biden’s DOJ drops charges against Chinese spies in the USA, but still holds patriotic protesters in gulags in D.C.

Forget what the Biden regime says about ‘getting tough on China,’ because it’s not going to happen and here’s why: Those reports prior to the 2020 election that Joe and Hunter Biden are up to their backsides in Chinese money were absolutely true, and the evidence continues to pile up.

Not only is Biden refusing to engage the Chinese and hold them responsible for creating and then releasing COVID-19 to the world, as one Chinese scientist defector has said, but his administration is now refusing to prosecute Chinese military officers who lied to obtain U.S. visas so they could come to America and spy on behalf of Beijing.

Breitbart News reports:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped charges against five members of the Chinese military whom federal prosecutors previously accused of lying to obtain visas to get jobs and a doctoral spot at United States universities.

Jul 28 06:37

Nanjing Battles Surge in COVID-19 Infections in Vaccinated Individuals

On Friday, July 23, health authorities in the city of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 12 asymptomatic cases with most of the detected cases affecting vaccinated cleaning staff at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

The infections are being characterized as “breakthrough infections” as all of those infected had been previously inoculated against the disease. Airport and healthcare workers were some of the first to be vaccinated in China. Health experts in China are saying that the cases do not mean that the vaccines are ineffective but continue to urge people to wear masks and to keep up other measures to ward off infection.

Jul 28 06:21

U.S. leads multinational military exercise with East African, Indian Ocean nations

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021 (CE21) with an opening ceremony held at the Doraleh Coast Guard Training Center in Djibouti, Djibouti, July 25, 2021.

CE 21, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet…increases interoperability between the U.S., African nations and international partners.

Jul 28 06:02

Xi’s Big Mistake

Jul 28 05:58

PLA Military On Alert As British Warships Enter South China Sea

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its strike group are making their way into the South China Sea as the British are using the warship’s maiden voyage to stoke tensions with Beijing.

The South China Sea Probing Initiative spotted the Queen Elizabeth sailing through the Strait of Malacca on its way to the South China Sea on Sunday morning.

Some British warships have already entered the South China Sea, including the HMS Defender. According to USNI News, the Defender was docked in Brunei on Sunday morning.

Before stoking tensions with Beijing, the Defender was in the Black Sea and carried out a reckless provocation against Russia by sailing 12 miles off the coast of Crimea. Moscow responded by firing warning shots on the vessel.

Jul 28 05:50

SecDef Austin Stresses the Importance of Anti-China Partnerships in Asia

With the Pentagon focused on China, the US military wants to shore up and strengthen partnerships to counter Beijing in Asia. Speaking in Singapore on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed China and stressed the importance of alliances to face what he called “coercion” in the Indo-Pacific region.

Austin said the US would work “with partners to deter coercion and aggression across the spectrum of conflict. He said the US will cooperate with allies in the region using what he called “integrated deterrence,” which includes all military domains, including cyber and space.

Austin said he has seen Chinese “aggression” in places like the South China Sea, Taiwan, Xinjiang, and other areas. He reaffirmed that the US was willing to go to war with China over maritime disputes with the Philippines and Japan. “We remain committed to the treaty obligations that we have to Japan in the Senkaku Islands and to the Philippines in the South China Sea,” he said.

Jul 28 05:33

UK Plans To Remove Chinese State-Owned Firm From Nuclear Energy Projects In Latest Sign Of Growing Mistrust

When President Trump was in office, the White House and the Pentagon aggressively lobbied No. 10 to ban components made by Chinese telecom giant Huawei from the UK's 5G network. In the end, while Great Britain agreed to some restrictions, it didn't deliver on what the White House had pushed for.

In another indication of the growing mistrust between China and the US, the UK is looking for a way to remove state-owned Chinese firms from several civilian nuclear-energy projects.

The news comes as Hong Kong's kangaroo courts (no longer subject to the rigid strictures of British Common Law) hand down the first of what's bound to be many convictions under the new national security law imposed by Beijing, the FT reports that the UK is seeking to remove all Chinese firms from its heavily regulated nuclear power industry.

Jul 27 13:37

Researchers find 110 more secret Chinese nuclear missile silos under construction

New satellite images analyzed by nuclear arms researchers revealed that China is preparing a second field for up to 110 new missile silos capable of housing nuclear-capable weapons. The discovery adds to another 119 silos discovered earlier this year, and form what researchers described this week as “the most significant expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal ever.”

Matt Korda and Hans Kristensen, researchers with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), wrote in a paper published Monday that recent satellite images show China is in the early stages of constructing a new missile silo field about 60 miles southwest of the Chinese city of Hami, in the Xinjiang Province of western China.

Jul 27 09:28

US ‘failed miserably’ in wargame reportedly against China attack on Taiwan

The U.S. military “failed miserably” in an October wargame scenario reportedly involving a battle for Taiwan, and now military leaders are looking at how to change the U.S. joint warfighting strategy, a top U.S. general revealed for the first time this week.

During a Monday speech before the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) newly-formed Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman and U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten said, the U.S. tested out its joint warfighting strategy in a wargame scenario in October of last year.

Jul 27 09:03

Chinese Massacre Spreads To Bonds, FX Amid Rumors Of Foreign Liquidations

The rout in Chinese shares, which has demolished the country's tech giants following Beijing’s regulatory crackdown on various sectors, extended into the bond and currency markets Tuesday amid unverified rumors swirled that U.S. funds are offloading China and Hong Kong assets.

The speculation, first reported by Bloomberg, included talk that the U.S. may restrict investments in China and Hong Kong, circulated among traders in late afternoon in Asia, spurring a renewed bout of selling which sent Hong Kong's Hang Seng Tech Index, a gauge of many Hong Kong-listed Chinese stocks, crashing as much as 10% to its lowest level since inception...

Jul 27 05:44

China has no new local infections for the first time, after months of lockdowns and quarantine

China has reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the the pandemic began, marking a major turning point in the global battle to contain Covid-19.

At a news conference on Thursday morning, officials from China's National Health Commission announced there had been just 34 new cases in the past 24 hours -- all imported from overseas -- and eight new deaths, all in Hubei, the province where the virus was first identified.

There were there no new reported cases in Hubei at all on Wednesday.

Jul 27 05:38

U.S. sanctions hand China opportunity to be chip kingpins

The recent announcement by German car manufacturing behemoth Volkswagen AG, that they will have to significantly reduce their production over the next coming months, due to the global chip shortage is just another illustration of the impact the crisis is having on multiple industries worldwide.

The beginning of the global chip shortage can be traced back to the heavy-handed tactics pursued by the U.S. government in its treatment of Chinese ICT vendors.

The United States placed some Chinese technology companies on trade blacklists, but that decision has caused a series of economic ramifications that U.S. legislators in Washington did not foresee when they engaged in a trade war with Beijing.

Jul 27 05:38

US-China tech war: Beijing's secret chipmaking champions

Once a month, senior executives of Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. fly to Beijing for a flurry of meetings with China's top economic management bodies. They focus on the company's efforts to build some of the world's most advanced computer memory chips -- and its progress on weaning itself off American technology.

Based in the central riverside city of Wuhan, Yangtze Memory is considered at the vanguard of the country's efforts to create a domestic semiconductor industry, already mass-producing state-of-the-art 64-layer and 128-layer NAND flash memory chips, used in most electronics from smartphones to servers to connected cars.

These marvels of nanoengineering stack tiny memory cells in ever-greater densities, rivaling industry leaders such as U.S.-based Micron Technology and South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

Jul 27 05:37

US blamed for global chip shortage and rising electronics prices

Huawei Technologies blamed the U.S. for a chip shortage that shook the global industry, saying Washington’s sanctions against Chinese companies sparked panic purchases of semiconductors and other materials.

Due to the US sanctions against Huawei, we have witnessed a panic build-up of stocks among global companies, especially Chinese ones. In the past, companies had little to no stockpiling, but now they are stockpiling for three or six months. This caused the entire system to malfunction.

Chairman of the Board Eric Xu

The US has placed Huawei and other Chinese tech companies on trade blacklists that restrict their access to US technology, citing national security risks.

Jul 27 05:34

Increasing numbers of Chinese graduates returning home from overseas

For years, Chinese students have been flocking to foreign universities to study – often staying on to work after graduating. As recently as 2013, the US-based National Science Foundation found that more than 9 in 10 Chinese students graduating with American PhDs remained in the US five years after finishing their programmes. “These so-called ‘sea turtles’ have long been prized by Chinese companies, both for the quality of their education as well as their experience of living abroad,” says a recent report from Forbes.

There are signs, however, that the labour market for returning students is changing, even as graduates of overseas institutions are now returning to China in greater numbers.

Official government statistics show that 339,700 Chinese students went abroad during 2011, with 186,200 overseas graduates returning to China that same year. In 2016, 544,500 Chinese students went abroad while 432,500 returned from overseas study.

Jul 27 04:57

Escobar: China's BRI Battles The 'New Quad' For Afghanistan's Coming Boom

The race is already on to build and extend Afghanistan's shattered infrastructure as rival powers advance competing initiatives...

Afghan security forces deployed and start operations against Taliban around Torkham border point between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on July 23, 2021. Photo: AFP via Anadolu Agency / Stringer

Over a week ago the excruciatingly slow Doha peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban resumed, and then they dragged on for two days observed by envoys from the EU, US and UN.

Nothing happened. They could not even agree on a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha. Worse, there’s no road map for how negotiations might pick up in August. Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada duly released a statement: the Taliban “strenuously favors a political settlement.”

Jul 27 04:39

"Sky Has Fallen" - Chinese Farmers Reel After Floodwaters Devastate Pig Herds

A week later, after heavy rains hammered Henan province in central China, hog farmers in the pork-producing region are reeling over their herds drowning in floodwaters. There's also a risk of the deadly pig disease African swine fever returning.

Small to medium-sized farmers have been severely impacted by floodwaters.

Reuters spoke with Chinese farmers who expressed despair after their pig herds drowned.

Jul 27 04:31

Top US and Chinese Diplomats Hold ‘Frank and Open Discussion’

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with China’s top diplomats on Monday in the Chinese city of Tianjin and held what the State Department called a “frank and open discussion.”

The meeting came amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing and marked the first high-level meeting since Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Alaska in March. Sherman met with Wang and Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng.

The State Department said Sherman “raised concerns” with her Chinese counterparts over Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan, the South and East China Seas, and more areas. The Biden administration has taken a hawkish approach to China on these issues and slapped Hong Kong-related sanctions on Chinese officials ahead of the talks.

Jul 27 04:31

British Warships Enter South China Sea

The UK’s new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its strike group are making their way into the South China Sea as the British are using the warship’s maiden voyage to stoke tensions with Beijing.

The South China Sea Probing Initiative spotted the Queen Elizabeth sailing through the Strait of Malacca on its way to the South China Sea on Sunday morning.

Jul 27 04:29

Biden Promised Diplomacy, But He’s Overseeing Military Buildup Against China

Shortly after Joe Biden took office, the president delivered a speech at the U.S. Department of State, declaring, “I want the world to hear today: America is back…. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy…. By leading with diplomacy, we must also mean engaging our adversaries and our competitors diplomatically, where it’s in our interest, and advance the security of the American people.”

Instead of de-escalation with China, we are witnessing an enormous U.S. military buildup through massive military exercises in the Pacific.

Jul 26 19:41

China Escalates Global Threats, Saying It Will “Nuke Japan” If The Nation Interferes With Taiwan; Gets Flooding In Return

By Aaron Kesel

China has been very active lately against other nations but it may have recently crossed the line, and in doing so was gifted with flooding in a modern 21st-century Operation Popeye...

Jul 26 19:36

China Scraps Fines For Violating Childbirth Limits, Moves to "Unleash Families' Childbirth Potential"

China is not only ending their anti-natal policies but embracing pro-natal policies as it appears to have dawned on them that they can easily take over the planet demographically due to Western nations' suicidal open borders policies.

Jul 26 12:42

France Warned US in 2015 About Wuhan Lab It Helped Build, Former COVID-19 Investigator Claims

The U.S. federal government should have stopped funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 when China reduced its cooperation with the French in building and operating the lab, according to the leader of an investigation into COVID-19’s origins by the State Department under the Trump administration.

In 2015, French intelligence officials warned the U.S. State Department and their own foreign ministry that China was cutting back on agreed collaboration at the lab, former State official David Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute think tank, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

By 2017, the French “were kicked out” of the lab and cooperation ceased, leading French officials to warn the State Department that they had grave concerns as to Chinese motivations, according to Asher.

Jul 26 10:18

China Braces For The Mother Of All End Of Days MEGATYPHOON After Floods

200 million people in #China brace for Typhoon In-Fa's landfall on the east coast near Shanghai, days after deadly flooding devastated parts of central regions.

Jul 26 10:07

Russia Races Ahead of South Korea, Israel as India Set to Obtain Lightweight Tanks for China Border

Defence sources in New Delhi have confirmed that the Indian army will watch a trial of Russian-made Sprut-SDM1 light tanks in the near future. The cannon fire guided missiles, dart ammunition APFSDS and HEAT among others things. Russia offered a glimpse of the tank last year while Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh was visiting Moscow.

The Indian Army has agreed to buy about 350 lightweight tanks from a global manufacturer as it tries to stand up to China - which has been using its new lightweight tanks, the Type 15, in Ladakh since last year. The two Asian rivals have been filling the Himalayan region with troops and weapons as negotiations for disengagement in eastern Ladakh lost momentum.

Jul 26 09:55

Global central banks to boost share of Chinese yuan while reducing US dollar holdings – survey

One third of central banks worldwide will add the yuan to their reserve assets in the nearest future, prompting the rise of the Chinese currency, a global survey shows.

According to the Global Public Investor survey, published by the London-based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), 30% of central banks plan to increase their yuan holdings over the next 12-24 months, up from only a 10% increase last year.

Jul 26 09:40

China Panic: US First Time Fires Patriot Missile in the South China Sea as a form threat to China

Jul 26 08:16

Shanghai evacuates HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS, cancels flights & suspends train services as Typhoon In-Fa hits China’s coast (VIDEO)

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the coastal areas of the Chinese city of Shanghai as Typhoon In-Fa hits the coast to its south. All flights to the city and high-speed train services have been suspended.

Shanghai issued the second-highest-level typhoon warning as In-Fa is expected to hit the city’s southern Pudong district in another landfall later on Sunday. One video posted to social media shows the sky over the city darkened by black storm clouds brooding over Shanghai’s skyscrapers.

Jul 26 08:11

Fauci says it's 'negligent' not to fund research at Wuhan lab, suggests collaboration with China continue

Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that it would’ve been “negligent” for the National Institutes of Health not to fund bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and declined to commit not to collaborate with Chinese government scientists in the future, insisting that “we have always been careful.”

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul requested Attorney General Merrick Garland criminally investigate Fauci over his Senate testimony, during which he said the NIH never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab, which the Kentucky Republican says is a lie. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, insists the NIH grants did not fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.

Jul 26 06:13

Typhoon In-Fa Hits China's East Coast, Forcing Container Ports To Close 

Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in eastern China with high wind and torrential rains as other parts of the country were cleaning up from last week's historic flooding.

In-Fa came ashore Sunday on China's east coast south of Shanghai. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated, airline flights and trains were canceled, seaports were shuttered, and the public was advised to remain indoors.

The national weather agency said the typhoon made landfall in Zhoushan in Zhejiang province and is expected to dump 10-14 inches.

Jul 26 06:13

Why Did China Buy An Airstrip In Texas?

Should nations let their enemies purchase land within their own borders? You’d likely give a resounding ‘no’ to this question, correct?

And yet, a former Chinese general with alleged ties to Chinese concentration camps recently bought an airstrip in Texas. And this isn’t just some random ranch in the middle of nowhere. It is 200 square miles (130,000 acres) of land between one of the most active Air Force bases in the U.S. and the border of Mexico.

Jul 26 06:07

BEX ALERT - FBI: China Is Behind Past Oil & Gas Pipeline Cyberattacks

State-sponsored Chinese actors targeted U.S. oil and gas pipeline companies in a spearphishing and intrusion campaign between 2011 and 2013, a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, coauthored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said this week.

Jul 26 05:44

Beijing demands withdrawal of sanctions in meeting with US, blaming Washington for ‘stalemate’ and creating an ‘imaginary enemy’

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded the US remove sanctions on officials, students, and communist party members, as Beijing accused Washington of creating an “imaginary enemy” out of China.

Speaking on Monday, during a high-level meeting between Beijing and Washington, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng said relations between the two countries were at a “standstill” and that “serious difficulties” remain, according to Chinese media.

“The United States wants to reignite the sense of national purpose by establishing China as an ‘imaginary enemy,’” Xie was also quoted as saying during a confrontational meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

According to a statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website, Xie is said to have told his US counterpart that Washington is the “inventor of coercive diplomacy,” and described its own countermeasures “legitimate and reasonable.”

Jul 25 07:58

Electrical Engineer Gets Five Years In Prison For Selling Missile Technology To China

An electrical engineer from Los Angeles who plotted to steal missile technology and sell it to a Chinese company has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt sentenced Yi-Chi Shih, 66, of Hollywood Hills, to 63 months—or more than five years—in prison for his role in the scheme. He was also ordered to pay $362,698 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the judge fined him $300,000.

Shih was arrested in January 2019 after he was found to have been involved in an illegal scheme to obtain monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) from an unnamed American company and smuggle them to the Chinese company Chengdu GaStone Technology (CGTC), which was placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List in 2014.

Jul 25 07:15

Lobbyist Tony Podesta returns to work for Huawei

Longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta is joining Huawei as the embattled Chinese telecom company ramps up its efforts under the Biden administration.

Podesta, who previously led one of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington, is making his return to politics after an extended hiatus. His Podesta Group disbanded in 2017 amid scrutiny from then-special counsel Robert Mueller over the firm’s work with former Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort.

The Justice Department ultimately dropped its investigation into Podesta’s firm. With Democrats retaking power and his legal troubles lifted, Podesta is eyeing a return to lobbying, The New York Times reported earlier this month.

Jul 25 06:17

China Celebrates ‘Civilian Heroes’ as Government Fails on Disastrous Floods

Chinese state media on Thursday celebrated the “civilian heroes” who rescued each other during the devastating Henan Province floods, ignoring complaints about the confused and inadequate response of Chinese officials and the disastrous planning decisions that made crowded Henan so vulnerable to flooding.

Flood survivors are telling foreign reporters and social media about failed warning systems, bizarre decisions to keep subways running even as they filled with water, and officials who had to be shown live video of trapped passengers to be convinced they were still alive.

China’s state-run Global Times only wanted to talk about the “civilian heroes” hashtagged in social media posts tolerated by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) censors, while eyewitness accounts that made the authorities look callous or incompetent mysteriously disappeared:

Jul 25 06:16

Blinken: Message that There’s New Sheriff on Cyberwarfare ‘Has Been Sent’ to China, Russia

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken argued that the message that there’s a new sheriff in town on cyber warfare “has been sent” to countries like Russia and China, “and, as necessary, will be sent again.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, “Let’s jump to Russia, and the issue of cyberwarfare, which I think also then ends us up in China. What is the United States prepared to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again? What’s next when the next attack happens to kind of send the message to Vladimir Putin that there’s a new sheriff in town?”

Jul 25 06:07

China Unveils World's Fastest Maglev Bullet Train

China unveiled a travel innovation this week of a maglev bullet train capable of reaching speeds of 600 km/h per hour (373 mph), according to Reuters.

The new maglev train rolled off the production line Tuesday in the eastern coastal city of Qingdao. Maglev trains have been used in China for nearly two-decade but only at a limited scale.

Over this decade, Beijing has plans to expand maglev track networks across the country. There is only one maglev line in commercial use, connecting Shanghai's Pudong Airport with the Longyang Road station in the city. The 19-mile route takes just seven and a half minutes, with the train hitting speeds in excess of 430 km/h (267 mph).

The new superfast train is expected to bridge a gap between airplanes and high-speed rail between major metro areas.

Jul 25 06:06

Iran ready to export gas to China via IP gas pipeline: Jahangiri

“Gas is the most important energy of the world in the future and Iran possesses the world’s largest gas fields. And we are ready to export gas to China through Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline,” he said in a Monday meeting with the visiting Chinese delegation in Tehran led by Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Jul 24 05:16

Why Did China Buy an Airstrip in Texas?

Jul 23 13:46

Floods wiped out China's food supply

Jul 23 10:14

China sanctions top Trump official and 6 others – here’s who

China’s foreign ministry announced new sanctions on seven Americans on Friday, including former U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on seven Chinese officials last week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian confirmed the sanctions against Ross along with US-China Economic and Security Review Committee (USCC) chairman Carolyn Bartholomew, Congressional-Executive China Committee (CECC) former director Jonathan Stivers, National Democratic Institute’s Hyungmo Kim, International Republican Institute’s Adam King, Human Rights Watch’s China Department director Sophie Richardson, and Hong Kong’s Democracy Council.

Jul 23 07:42

China has had 11 African Swine Fever outbreaks this year

China has had 11 African Swine Fever outbreaks and has culled 2,216 pigs due to the disease this year, a ministry of agriculture and rural affairs official said at a news briefing on Tuesday.

African Swine Fever already exists in China and there is risk of the virus spreading from overseas, said Xin Guochang, an official at the husbandry bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Jul 23 07:41

China's record buying spree of protein, as African swine fever bites

"They are like a vacuum cleaner, just sucking up the world's surplus of meat."

Analysts say China's battle with African swine fever has created a protein gap
That's how one analyst described China's demand for protein this year.

While a handful of Australian abattoirs continue to wait for the China trade to reopen, other exporting nations are feeling the full effect of China's need for meat.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), China broke a record in March, importing more than 1 million tonnes of meat from around the world.

Its meat imports for the first quarter of 2021 were up 21 per cent on the same period last year.

Jul 23 06:41

UK's Sending 2 Warships To Japan Infuriates China - Warns Against "Flexing Muscles"

China is urgently warning Britain against "flexing muscles" in and around its claimed territorial waters after the UK confirmed it is sending two warships to be permanently stationed off Japan to patrol Asian waters.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in the wake of the announcement earlier this week that Beijing "firmly opposes the practice of flexing muscles at China." His Wednesday comments to reporters further described that any 'permanent' UK military presence "undermines China's sovereignty and security, and harms regional peace and stability."

As we described previously, Britain's Defense Minister Ben Wallace this week unveiled that the UK will keep two warships in the region while in Tokyo meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi. "Following on from the strike group’s inaugural deployment, the United Kingdom will permanently assign two ships in the region from later this year," he had said.

Jul 23 05:31

Biden's belief that Putin is conspiring with China to take down democracy betrays his complete ignorance of Russia's own politics

Russia and China are betting that autocracy will beat democracy. That’s according to US President Joe Biden. But apart from generating headlines, his explosive claim seems to have little to do with the reality in either country.

Not only is lumping the two states together a mistake, so too is the act of contrasting the two ideologies. The language of political philosophy is, sadly, unsuited to the task of describing political realities. We bandy about words such as “liberalism,” “socialism,” and “fascism,” as if we know what they mean. In fact, they are horribly loose categories that even the brightest political philosopher struggles to define, and confuse more often than they help.

Biden fits neatly within an American tradition that regards the United States as the natural leader of the “free” world, splitting countries neatly into two – democracies on the one hand, and everybody else on the other.

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Jul 23 05:26

Will China rebuild war-ravaged Syria? Here’s why Beijing is doubling down on its newly minted partnership with Assad

The recent visit of China’s foreign minister to Damascus as the first foreign guest since President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a second seven-year term is significant – and signals a shift that will annoy Washington and London.

Over the weekend the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Syria during a trip to the Middle East and met with President Bashar Assad. Yang is known for his highly proactive diplomacy, often dashing across multiple regions of the world to meet his counterparts, but this particular visit was particularly notable for a number of reasons.

Jul 22 12:09

China Demands US Lift Blockade Against Cuba

China demanded again on Monday the lifting of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, in the aftermath of July 11 protests and amid a vast disinformation campaign promoted by foreign mainstream media.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that "China firmly opposes external interference in Cuba’s internal affairs. We urge the US to immediately and fully lift its embargo against Cuba."

Jul 22 10:04

US Deploys Group of B-52 Bombers to Indo-Pacific to Defend Its Allies in the South China Sea

Jul 22 09:37

U.S. Weighs New Sanctions on Iran’s Oil Sales to China if Nuclear Talks Fail

The U.S. is considering tighter sanctions on Iranian oil sales to China as a way to encourage Tehran to conclude a nuclear deal and raise the costs of abandoning stalled negotiations.

U.S. negotiators have been working with European and other international partners in Vienna since April to revive the 2015 deal that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of broad sanctions. As those talks falter, the U.S. is running through options intended to induce Iran to keep negotiating or punish it if it doesn’t, according to U.S. officials and people familiar with the matter.

One plan being drafted would choke off Iran’s swelling crude-oil sales to China, the country’s main client, through fresh sanctions targeting the shipping networks that help export an estimated one million barrels a day and bring critical revenue to Iran, the officials said.

Jul 22 08:13

China Reports Human Case of H10N3 Bird Flu, a Possible First

A man in eastern China has contracted what might be the worlds first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, but the risk of large-scale spread is low, the government said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized April 28 and is in stable condition, the National Health Commission said on its website.

No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission said. This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission, its statement said. The risk of large-scale transmission is low.

Jul 22 06:25

Deputy Secretary of State to Visit China Amid Heightened Tensions

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China this weekend, where she will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the State Department said on Wednesday. Sherman will be in China on July 25th and 26th after visiting South Korea, Japan, and Mongolia.

“These discussions are part of ongoing US efforts to hold candid exchanges with PRC [People’s Republic of China] officials to advance US interests and values and to responsibly manage the relationship. The Deputy Secretary will discuss areas where we have serious concerns about PRC actions, as well as areas where our interests align,” the State Department said in a press release.

The visit comes as tensions are soaring between the US and China. The last high-level meeting between US and Chinese officials took place in March, when Wang held in-person talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Anchorage, Alaska. The Anchorage summit quickly turned hostile and put on display the low state of US-China relations.

Jul 22 06:22

Why Did China Buy an Airstrip in Texas?

Who wants a 10,000' airstrip in the middle of Nowhere, Texas? A former Chinese general with ties to Chinese concentration camps. But, why? And why did the United States allow it?

Jul 22 06:17

US hackers attacked thousands of servers in China, news report claims

China has fleshed out its accusation that the US was behind a number of hacks into the networks of Chinese universities and sensitive government facilities, after Washington and its allies condemned Beijing for cyberattacks around the world.

The news website of the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the People’s Daily, did not specify where its information was from, but outlined three cases of “malicious cyber activities” between August and October last year which allegedly targeted the servers of sensitive facilities to prime them for later intrusion and infiltration opportunities.

In October, a US hacker group allegedly attacked 2,426 servers in China, most at government and party facilities, as well as a power train company, a steel plant and some universities, according to the report.

Jul 22 06:17

China appoints Afghanistan special envoy as it prepares to play greater role after US troop withdrawal

China has appointed Yue Xiaoyong, a veteran diplomat with experience in the US and Middle East, as its new special envoy to Afghanistan.

Yue is replacing Liu Jian, who was only appointed to the post a year ago. Diplomatic observers said his appointment was a signal that Beijing was willing to play a greater role in the country following the US troop withdrawal.

“China has always been proactively involved in and pushing for the Afghan peace process,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing on Wednesday.

Jul 22 05:21

China refuses to participate in 2nd phase of WHO’s Covid origins probe, says research into lab leak theory goes against ‘science’

Beijing has put the brakes on its involvement in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) investigation into the origins of Covid-19, citing its disapproval of any inquiries into the possibility that the virus came from a lab.

The Chinese government will not take part in a second phase of the WHO’s probe into what caused the pandemic, Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China’s National Health Commission, said on Thursday.

The senior health official said at a press conference in Beijing that he was “surprised” to see research into the lab leak theory – which was initially dismissed by the WHO as highly unlikely – as a listed objective for the organization’s proposed second visit to Wuhan and other locations in China.

“In some aspects, the WHO’s plan for the next phase of investigation of the coronavirus origin doesn’t respect common sense, and it’s against science. It’s impossible for us to accept such a plan,” he said.

Jul 22 05:19

Hundreds of thousands evacuated from areas devastated by floods as China death toll rises to 33 and more rain forecast (VIDEO)

Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in Henan province by a 76,000-strong relief force, as the meteorological office warns that storms and heavy rain is set to continue.

On Thursday, officials raised the death toll from the devastating floods to 33, as rescue workers battled to evacuate hundreds of thousands from further danger. Twelve of the 33 died when the subway in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou was flooded by storm waters.

The deadly weather is set to continue, with the province’s meteorological bureau raising the storm alert to red – the highest of the four-stage warning codes – for four Henan cities: Xinxiang, Anyang, Hebi, and Jiaozuo. While the skies have cleared over Zhengzhou, the flood waters remain high – waist height in some places.

Jul 22 04:41

#SOSUSA: Check out this BS

Jul 21 13:32

China: Three collapsed dams and counting.

Jul 21 08:01

COULD AFGHANISTAN CRISIS GIVE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION THE KEY ROLE CHINA WANTS FOR BLOC?

Since its foundation 20 years ago, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a bloc founded by Russia and China, has faced questions over its purpose.

But the recent clashes by the Afghan government and the Taliban – which have escalated since the United States made what Moscow and Beijing described as the “irresponsible” decision to withdraw all troops this year – could prove to be a defining moment for the bloc.

The issue was high on the agenda at an SCO meeting in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on Wednesday, where Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the “SCO to play a key role in achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan”.

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Jul 21 06:17

Dam Near China's Flooded Zhenghou City Collapses, Third In Last 48 Hours

A dam near the city of Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province has been destroyed by heavy flooding, after being seriously damaged in heavy storms that killed several people and brought the region to a halt, local media reported.

The dam is the third to fail in recent days: over the weekend, due to severe rain, two dams in Hulun Buir City in North China's Inner Mongolia collapsed. Fortunately, however, no injuries have been reported.

Jul 21 06:13

Lawmakers Sound Alarm Over China Purchases Of US Farmland

A group of bipartisan lawmakers are sounding the alarm over foreign purchases of prime US agricultural real estate, in an effort to lessen China's influence on the US economy.

Recent legislation advanced by House lawmakers warns that China's presence in the American food supply poses a national security risk, while key Senators have expressed interest in keeping American farms in American hands, according to Politico.

Jul 21 05:50

China Accuses CIA of Hacking Beijing for Over a Decade

China has repeated claims that a CIA group had hacked its key industries for over a decade, just one day after a U.S.-led coalition rebuked Beijing over alleged state-sponsored cyberattacks on Microsoft.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said charges that its Ministry of State Security had sanctioned contract hackers to conduct cyber operations around the world were "unwarranted" and a "political smear."

The allegations put forward by the U.S. and its allies—including NATO, the European Union, Five Eyes and Japan—lacked evidence, he told reporters at a daily press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

Jul 21 05:42

World's first 600 km/h high-speed maglev train rolls off assembly line

China's new high-speed maglev train rolled off the production line on Tuesday. It has a designed top speed of 600 km per hour -- currently the fastest ground vehicle available globally.

The new maglev transportation system made its public debut in the coastal city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

It has been self-developed by China, marking the country's latest scientific and technological achievement in the field of rail transit, according to the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.

Jul 21 05:39

China Influence Over WHO Waning As Calls For 2nd Lab Leak Investigation Intensifies

China opposes international efforts to delve deeper into investigating whether the coronavirus pandemic stemmed from a laboratory accident in a dispute that now pits the regime against the embattled World Health Organization chief.

“The work plan on the second phase origins study proposed by the WHO Secretariat is at odds with the position of China and many other countries on the issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday, per a transcript. “We are concerned about certain countries’ politicization of the issue.”

Jul 21 05:39

China’s ‘iPhone City’ Relocates 100,000 After Floods Leave 12 Dead

More than two dozen people have died and 100,000 have been evacuated as catastrophic floods swept through the central Chinese province of Henan.

China Central Television reported that 25 people have been killed while seven others are missing, citing a local government briefing. The city of Zhengzhou earlier said at least 12 died on a subway there.

Videos circulating on social media showed passengers trapped in subway cars on Tuesday evening local time with water up to their shoulders as a torrent cascaded through tunnels, while others depicted cars floating down broad avenues in Zhengzhou, which has a population of 10 million.

Jul 21 05:38

20" of Rain in 24 Hours Shuts Down Subway

A subway ride turns to terror for passengers in central China as floodwaters force them to escape through waist-high water.

Jul 21 05:25

UK To Permanently Deploy 2 Warships To Asian Waters In Counter-China Mission

London has of late joined Washington in deepening its security ties with Japan, now on Tuesday announcing it plans to permanently deploy a pair of warships in southeast Asian waters off Japan at a moment tensions with China over Taiwan and other contested islands are at their highest in years.

The permanent deployment is to be launched after the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and its strike group sail to Japan in September. This after it joins other allies including the US and Australia in conducting a series of multinational exercises in the Philippine Sea this August, according to a defense ministry statement this week.

Jul 21 05:22

Dams Collapse in China

Jul 20 06:58

FLASHBACK - Cuba building on ‘new era’ of China ties

Ever since its founding as a communist nation in 1959, Cuba has been economically dependent on allied nations. First came the Soviet Union, then Venezuela, and now it has a new benefactor – China.

The main driver of this new alliance is the crisis in Venezuela that has left the island drastically short of crude oil. Trade between the two countries is down 70% since Venezuela’s crisis began, according to the Cuban National Statistics Office, Dialogo Chino reported.

In 2017, the last year for which official statistics are available, Venezuela-Cuba trade was worth more than US$2.2 billion, equivalent to 12% of GDP that year. In the past two years, Havana has received less than half the 100,000 barrels of oil per day that Caracas exported from 2002 onwards.

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Jul 20 06:11

China shipping backlog leaves factory owners with nowhere to put goods, and prices are risin

A month after container shipping operations returned to normal at China’s Yantian Port, factory owners are still feeling the pinch from a debilitating three-week shutdown, with warehouses chock-full of goods awaiting export.

“While we can see the cargo is moving through the port again, this event is shaping up to be one of the most disruptive of the year,” said Josh Brazil, vice-president of marketing at logistics service provider Project44, in a note earlier this month.

In Guangdong, a major manufacturing province that houses the Yantian International Container Terminal, manufacturers and exporters across various sectors – including large household appliances, commodities and toys – are still facing choke points in the supply chain as they vie for space on the freighters to get their cargo out of the country.

Jul 20 05:44

Watch: Two Dams In China's Inner Mongolia Collapse After Heavy Rain 

Two dams collapsed in China's northwestern region of Inner Mongolia after heavy rains, Reuters reports, citing a statement from the water ministry on Monday.

Both dams were located in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir and collapsed on Sunday. There were more than 1.6 trillion cubic feet of water capacity between both dams.

On July 18, the dams on the open spillway of Yong'an Reservoir and Xinfa Reservoir in the Daur Autonomous Banner of Morin Dawa, were breached and collapsed as the water level of the Nuomin River continued to rise because of heavy rain, according to People's Daily.

The dam collapse reportedly affected 16,660 people, flooded 325,622 mu (21708.1 hectares) of farmland, and destroyed 22 bridges, 124 culverts, and 15.6 kilometers of highways.

Jul 20 05:43

Dominic Raab blames Chinese-linked groups for Microsoft Exchange 'sabotage' attacks as Western allies warn Beijing will be 'held to account' for increasing criminal activity

Dominic Raab accused China of 'systematic cyber sabotage' today as Western allies took aim at Beijing over a string of attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK and allies including the United States had identified state-backed groups responsible for hacks on computer networks around the world.

The onslaught took place in early 2021, affecting more than a quarter of a million servers worldwide.

Jul 20 05:42

Most Americans Don’t Realize That Each New Day Brings Us A Little Bit Closer To War

The good news is that at least we aren’t shooting at one another yet, but that could change.  China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan if independence is declared, and if that happens the U.S. military would get involved. -- Many Americans can’t even find Taiwan on a blank map of the world, but the truth is that it could easily spark a major military conflict.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, just consider what some national security experts are saying…

Jul 20 05:21

Washington Post's branding of Russians & Chinese as 'uncivilized' betrays the latent xenophobia fueling America's New Cold War

Who is truly civilized? Well, according to a column in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post over the weekend, it certainly isn't Russia or China. While the content is unoriginal, its Neo-Cold War attitude sparked outrage online.

The piece, by George F. Will, argued that the efforts of “civilized nations to deter” Beijing and Moscow “are starting to add up.” The headline is striking, even by today’s low, post-Russiagate standards. It clearly implies that – to paraphrase Sergio Leone’s Western masterpiece ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ – there are two kinds of countries in this world: the civilized and the uncivilized.

Jul 20 05:20

The Anger Campaign Against China

It shouldn’t be a secret, though it still seems to be, that neither of the two World Wars were started (or desired) by Germany, but were the creation of a group of European Zionist Jews with the stated intent of the total destruction of Germany.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] However, that thesis is not the purpose of this essay and I will not expand on it here, but the content should prove to the average reader that World War I certainly fits this description. The main purpose of this essay is to demonstrate not only that ‘history repeats itself’ but that the history being repeated today is a mass grooming of the Western world’s people (but most especially Americans) in preparation for World War III – which I believe is now imminent.

Jul 19 12:02

Half a million Chinese netizens sign joint letter to the WHO demanding a probe into the US’ Fort Detrick lab

More than half a million Chinese netizens have signed a joint letter to the WHO as of the press time on Sunday, demanding the organization conduct an investigation into the US' Fort Detrick lab, a place whose sudden shutdown is still shrouded in secrecy which has not been subject to any scrutiny from the international community. They believe a thorough probe into the US lab could prevent a future epidemic.

The move came as certain Western politicians and media stirred up a new round of the smear campaign of pinpointing China as the culprit for the coronavirus origin.

A group of Chinese netizens drafted the joint open letter to ask the WHO to investigate the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. They entrusted the Global Times with posting the letter on its WeChat and Weibo platforms on Saturday to solicit a public response. It has garnered half a million signatures within 24 hours.

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