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August 8, 2022

China Retaliates Against US After Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1786: Congress unanimously selects the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America.

China retaliated against the U.S. after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited Taiwan, suspending all planned discussions on major international issues.

The U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party were reportedly supposed to discuss climate change, drug networks, and military action.

“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the U.S. that the Chinese side will never accept the U.S. blatantly damaging China-U.S. relations without bearing any consequences,” said Lü Xiang, a U.S. studies scholar from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the recent trip to Taiwan, trying to smooth things over.

“I want to speak to the recent activity concerning Taiwan because I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds,” Blinken said on Thursday.

“The United States continues to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We oppose any unilateral efforts to change the status quo, especially by force.”


Source: Fox News

August 2, 2022

“Pray” for Pelosi: Chinese Media Issues Chilling Statement

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1790: The first US census was conducted. The population was 3,939,214, including 697,624 slaves.

China’s state-affiliated media made a chilling statement ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan.

“Let her go to Taiwan,” tweeted Hu Xijin, commentator for the Global Times. “But pray before departure: wish herself a safe journey and wish herself not be defined by history as a sinner who starts a spiral of escalation process expanding military frictions to a large-scale war in the Taiwan Strait.”

On Monday, the Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS reported that Pelosi was set to arrive on Tuesday night as part of her tour of Asia.

A CNN report also confirmed Pelosi’s plans. The outlet noted that the stop isn’t currently included in Pelosi’s public itinerary. A Taiwanese official said she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight, though it is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

The speaker’s trip comes even after President Joe Biden recently said that the US military didn’t think it was a good time for Pelosi to visit Taiwan.

July 31, 2022

Trump Slams Pelosi: “She Will Only Make It Worse”

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1917: World War I – Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins and goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties.

Former President Donald Trump emphatically criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plan to visit Taiwan.

Trump rebuked Pelosi in a post on his Truth Social app.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting involved with China and Taiwan other than to make trouble and more money, possibly involving insider trading and information, for her cheatin’ husband?” Trump wrote.

“Everything she touches turns to Chaos, Disruption, and ‘Crap’ (her second big Congress ‘flop’ happening now!), and the China mess is the last thing she should be involved in – She will only make it worse. Crazy Nancy just inserts herself and causes great friction and hatred. She is such a mess!!!”

The Chinese government has also condemned Pelosi’s planned visit, saying it would challenge a “red line” and be met with “resolute countermeasures.”

President Joe Biden recently said that the U.S. military thinks Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is “not a good idea right now.”

But some lawmakers have applauded Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan, including Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), who chairs the Congressional Taiwan Caucus.

“I hope she stands up to the pressure that she’s going to get, and is already getting, from President Biden and the administration. I think it’s important that we show solidarity with our ally Taiwan,” said Chabot. “So I commend her for making the decision to go. I hope she sticks to her guns.” 

July 30, 2022

China Says White House Lied

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1935: 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution.

The White House claimed that President Joe Biden raised concerns over “forced labor” and “ethnic genocide” during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping — but China pushed back against the claim, calling it “disinformation.”

“According to White House Press Secretary, ‘genocide’ & ‘forced labor’ came up in last night’s call between Chinese & US Presidents. That is disinformation,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The two presidents had a call on Thursday. Hours later, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had “raised genocide and forced labor practices by the [People’s Republic of China].”

“That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” said Jean-Pierre. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another leader and called on [the] PRC to cease its ongoing human rights abuses across China.” 

MFA spokesperson Lijian Zhao addressed the White House’s claim in a press conference on Friday, calling the White House’s claim “pure lies.”

“White House spokesperson said the issues of genocide and forced labor were mentioned in the call last night, that is false information,” said Zhao.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council reiterated the White House’s claim in a statement to the New York Post on Friday.

“I’m not going to get into a back and forth with a [People’s Republic of China] government spokesperson,” said the spokesperson. “The president raised concerns about human rights with President Xi, as he always does. He was crystal clear about his concerns. He also raised the need to resolve the cases of American citizens who are wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China.”

July 28, 2022

Massive “Out of Control” Chinese Rocket Hurtling Toward Earth

Experts are alarmed over yet another out-of-control Chinese rocket currently plummeting toward Earth.

The debris of a 21-ton Long March 5B rocket may fail to burn up as it re-enters into Earth’s atmosphere, concerned experts say. The rocket, which was just launched into space on Sunday, could plummet to an uncertain location and at a great speed.

The Long March 5B was carrying a solar-powered new lab as an addition to China’s Tiangong Space Station.

The chances of rocket debris hitting a populated area are very low, but experts still believe that China is taking an unnecessary risk — a risk that’s increased in recent years.

Last year, China’s spacecraft showered debris over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, at the time, accused China of “failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” including lowering risks during re-entry and being transparent about operations.

“Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations. It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris,” Nelson said in a statement.

Scientists say the problem with China’s rockets can be traced back to the country’s risky launch process.

Discarded rocket stages typically re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere soon after launch, normally over water, and don’t soar into orbit. The Long March 5B rocket, however, goes into orbit. 

China has denied any irresponsibility, with its Foreign Ministry saying the possibility of damage to anything or anyone on the land is “extremely low.”

In 2020, debris from the first Long March 5B fell on Ivory Coast, causing damage to several buildings. No injuries were reported as a result.

July 20, 2022

“Unacceptable National Security Risk”: FCC Calls For Popular App’s Removal

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1921: Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives.

Brendan Carr, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores, citing national security concerns.

Carr outlined his concerns in a letter to Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai late last month.

“TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that sensitive data,” he wrote in the letter dated June 24, 2022.

“But it is also clear that TikTok’s pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have sensitive US user data … puts it out of compliance with the policies that both of your companies require every app to adhere to as a condition of remaining available on your app stores,” he wrote.

“Therefore, I am requesting that you apply the plain text of your app store policies to TikTok and remove it from your app stores for failure to abide by those terms.”

Carr detailed the national security risks in a Twitter thread.

“TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing,” Carr wrote on Twitter. “It harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing.”

The FCC commissioner said that TikTok “collects search and browsing histories, keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images, and videos that are stored on a device’s clipboard.”

Carr noted that both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress have raised concerns about TikTok and its Beijing-based parent company Bytedance.

“TikTok’s pattern of misrepresentations coupled with its ownership by an entity beholden to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] has resulted in U.S. military branches and national security agencies banning it from government devices. Bipartisan leaders in both the Senate and House have flagged concerns,” Carr said.

But a TikTok executive claimed that the wildly popular app doesn’t pose any security concerns.

During a rare interview with CNN’s Reliable Sources, Michael Beckerman, VP, Head of Public Policy, Americas at TikTok, largely refuted the FCC’s claims.

“He’s mentioning we’re collecting browser history, like we’re tracking you across the internet. That’s simply false,” Beckerman said. “It is something that a number of social media apps do without checking your browser history across other apps. That is not what TikTok does.”

When asked if the CCP has seen any non-public user data, the TikTok executive said, “We have never shared information with the Chinese government nor would we.”

“We have US-based security teams that manage access, manage the app, and, as actual national security agencies like the CIA during the Trump administration pointed out, the data that’s available on TikTok—because it’s an entertainment app—is not of a national security importance.”

But Buzzfeed News reported that leaked audio from internal meetings showed that Beijing-based TikTok employees “repeatedly” accessed US user data from September 2021 to January 2022.

“Everything is seen in China,” a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety department reportedly said during a meeting in September 2021.

In another September 2021 meeting, a director allegedly referred to an engineer in China as a “Master Admin” who “has access to everything.”

March 19, 2022

White House Issues Warning to China

President Joe Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country would face consequences if it provides “material support” to Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

According to a White House readout of a call between the two leaders, “President Biden detailed our efforts to prevent and then respond to the invasion, including by imposing costs on Russia.”

“He described the implications and consequences if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians.”

During a press conference, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked if Biden requested that China intervene against Russia’s invasion.

“The president really wasn’t making specific requests of China,” Blinken said. “He was laying out his assessment of the situation, what he thinks makes sense and the implications of certain actions.”

Later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked why Biden didn’t make “specific requests.”

“Because China has to make a decision for themselves about where they want to stand,” Psaki said.

Psaki said that the Biden administration was still concerned that China may provide military assistance to Russia.

“That is something we will be watching and the world will be watching,” she said.


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Biden warns Beijing: No ‘material support’ to Russia

February 2, 2022

FBI Director Says Threat from China ‘More Brazen’ Than Ever

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the threat to Western countries from the Chinese government is “more brazen” than ever before, accusing China of stealing American innovations and launching massive hacking operations.

Wray’s remarks came during a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library just days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“When we tally up what we see in our investigations, over 2,000 of which are focused on the Chinese government trying to steal our information or technology, there’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation, and economic security than China,” Wray said.

According to Wray, the FBI is opening new cases to counter Chinese intelligence operations roughly every 12 hours.

“The harm from the Chinese government’s economic espionage isn’t just that its companies pull ahead based on illegally gotten technology. While they pull ahead, they push our companies and workers behind,” Wray said.

“That harm — company failures, job losses — has been building for a decade to the crush we feel today. It’s harm felt across the country, by workers in a whole range of industries.”



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FBI director says the threat from China is ‘more brazen’ than ever before

January 30, 2022

China’s Ambassador Warns Taiwan Could Lead to ‘Military Conflict’ with U.S.

China’s ambassador to the U.S. warned that if Taiwanese authorities “keep going down the road for independence,” it would “most likely” lead to a “military conflict” between the U.S. and China.

“The Taiwan issue is the biggest tinderbox between China and the United States,” veteran diplomat Qin Gang said.

China views Taiwan, a self-governing island, as a rebellious province that must be brought back under mainland control — either peacefully or by force.

In his interview with NPR, Qin claimed that Taiwan has been “emboldened by the United States,” which maintains a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on whether it would go to war with China to defend the island from an invasion.

The remarks come as the U.S. and other Western countries have led a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Olympics over China’s genocide of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

More than 1 million Uyghurs are believed to have passed through mass internment camps, where they have reportedly been subjected to forced labor, forced sterilization, and other atrocities.

Qin called the allegations of repression “fabrications, lies, and disinformation.” He claimed that Uyghurs “enjoy happy life” like all other citizens of China.

Qin told the outlet that some Uyghurs are terrorists and “the destination for them is prisons,” while asserting that others who have been influenced by extremist thoughts had been sent to “vocational schools” for an “opportunity to change.”


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China’s ambassador to the U.S. warns of ‘military conflict’ over Taiwan

December 8, 2021

Study: China Controlled Its Weather This Summer

A new study from China’s Tsinghua University found that the government used cloud seeding — climate technology that inserts ice nuclei into winter storms by deploying airplanes to release special burn flares within the storm clouds — to control rain and pollution this past summer.

On July 1, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrated its 100th anniversary with a military flyover at Tiananmen Square with a 100-gun salute. Here, the CCP also used the elaborate cloud seeding process.

According to the South China Morning Post, the CCP launched its operation to spur rainfall over the area ahead of the July 1 event. Researchers found that the artificial precipitation reduced air pollutants by more than two-thirds and moved the air quality index from good to moderate.

This past summer’s cloud seeding wasn’t China’s first foray into weather manipulation. The CCP spent billions of dollars to alter the weather ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, avoiding inclement weather and reducing smog.

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New study says China controlled its weather this summer

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