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    According to a bipartisan Senate Homeland Security subcommittee report, there are 10,000 Chinese nationals conducting research in the Department of Energy’s National Labs. The report found that agencies and departments conducting scientific research like the National Institutes of Health and the State Department do not “systematically track visa applicants linked to China’s talent recruitment plans.” The report found that foreign-born researchers working for various U.S. scientific research agencies were being paid by China under the Thousand Talents Plan run by the communist government. It concludes, “American taxpayer funded research has contributed to China’s global rise over the last 20 years” because it allowed China to go “from brain drain to brain gain.” The endless supply of Chinese visa holders has served as this conduit for China’s brain gain. Now, these same companies that lobbied for a bill touted as shoring up America’s control over production of chips are trying to use the money to hire foreign nationals. Given our immigration trends, they will likely be Chinese and Indians. Massive corporations lobbying for endless corporate welfare along with visa pork...
      China has experienced a meteoric rise in the past 40 years, becoming a global superpower in such a short space of time. Largely thanks to President Deng Xiaopengs policies in the 1980s, of opening up to foreign investment, China has become extremely rich. It has become the manufacturing hub of the world, and has wrapped its tentacles around developing countries around the globe. Then again, it does not stop there, with Chinese companies buying up a lot of Western real estate and businesses, no one can say they do not have clout. The governance of China is unlike the Western world, which favours democracy, justice and liberty. It is a one party dictatorship – and has been since 1949, with no signs of this changing in the short term future. Its autocratic way of government has helped things get done and completely transformed the economy. Also, infrastructure like transport has experienced a major upgrade in the past few decades. China has had an open policy with Western companies, but at the same time extremely controlled. The model was that...
    Chinese officials are looking at ways to defend the country from economic attack if the West should look to sanction China in the same way it did Russia — stoking fears the nation is preparing for an invasion of Taiwan. China's regulators held an emergency meeting on April 22 between officials from China’s central bank, the finance ministry, domestic banks operating within China, and international lenders such as HSBC. The West's harsh economic sanctions on Russia prompted the emergency meeting, with the Ministry of Finance stating that President Xi’s administration had been put on alert by the surprise dollar freeze. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) speaks to United States Senator Lindsey Graham (left) and other US officials during their visit inside the Presidential office in Taipei. China's regulators held an emergency meeting on April 22 between officials from China’s central bank, the finance ministry, domestic banks operating within China, and international lenders RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Chilling Anzac Day warning Australia must 'prepare for war'... Taiwan TV station apologises for 'causing public panic'... ...
    (Reuters)The Philippines has pulled the plug on all domestic screenings of a Hollywood film called "Uncharted," over a scene showing a disputed map of the South China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.The move comes shortly after Vietnam, another claimant in the South China Sea, also banned the Sony Pictures action movie, which stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg. It was released in the Philippines on February 23.A two-second frame in the movie contains an image of the so-called nine-dash line, which marks China's claims in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway. The scene "is contrary to national interest," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. JUST WATCHEDWhy it matters who owns the seasReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhy it matters who owns the seas 03:48The U-shaped line is a feature used on Chinese maps to illustrate its maritime territory in a region where Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia all have competing claims.A 2016 ruling by an arbitration tribunal in The Hague invalidated China's claims to almost the entire waterway through which about $3 trillion worth of ship-borne...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government said Tuesday it is discussing obtaining another loan from Beijing to repay some of its debt to Chinese banks after China told the nearly bankrupt island nation it was not in favor of restructuring the existing loans. Sri Lanka has nearly $7 billion in foreign debt due for repayment this year and will need to repay $ 25 billion over the next five years. A severe shortage of foreign exchange means the country l acks money to buy imported goods, leading to shortages of food, fuel and other essentials. The economic crisis has brought weeks of protests across the country calling for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation. Government spokesman Nalaka Godahewa said Beijing was balking at restructuring Sri Lanka’s debt because it does not want to set that precedent. He told reporters the finance ministry will announce details of discussions with China later. Earlier this month, the government said it was suspending repayment of foreign loans pending negotiations with the International Monetary Fund for a loan restructuring plan. Sri Lanka’s debt problems are...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has accused China of failing to meet its commitments to the World Trade Organization and says it is exploring new ways to combat aggressive Chinese trade practices. In its annual report on Chinese compliance with WTO rules, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Wednesday that China isn’t keeping the promises it made to open its markets to foreign competition when it joined the 164-country Geneva-based agency in 2001. “China has instead retained and expanded its state-led, non-market approach to the economy and trade,’’ said U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. “China’s policies and practices challenge the premise of the WTO’s rules and cause serious harm to workers and businesses around the world.’’ Among other things, the United States repeated longstanding accusations that China uses subsidies and regulations to favor its own companies at the expense of foreign competitors; floods world markets with cheap steel, aluminum and other products; and forces U.S. and other foreign companies to hand over prized technology as the price of access to Chinese markets. The U.S. report said: “China’s...
    A Dutch reporter covering the Beijing Winter Olympics was captured being dragged away by Chinese security live on air.  Sjoerd den Daas, a correspondent for NOS Journaal, was covering the long-awaited games in China when a man wearing a red armband entered the frame and grabbed the journalist by the shoulders. Mr den Daas attempted to continue his broadcast but was pulled away, in an example of one of China's latest tactics at intimidating foreign reporters. Onze correspondent @sjoerddendaas werd om 12.00u live in het NOS Journaal door beveiligers voor de camera weggetrokken. Helaas is dit steeds vaker de dagelijkse realiteit voor journalisten in China. Hij is in orde en kon zijn verhaal gelukkig een paar minuten later afmaken pic.twitter.com/GLTZRlZV96— NOS (@NOS) February 4, 2022 Sjoerd den Daas, a Dutch reporter covering the Beijing Winter Olympics was captured being dragged away by Chinese Communist security live on air The interruption came from a man wearing a black jacket and a red band around the sleeve which appears to distinguish him a 'Public Security Volunteer' The publication's post said: 'Our correspondent...
    Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping can’t protect the Russian economy from the “consequences” of intensified Western sanctions in response to a prospective major Russian offensive against Ukraine, according to U.S. officials. “If Russia thinks that it will be in a position to make up some of those consequences to mitigate some of those consequences by a closer relationship with the PRC, that is not the case,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, using the acronym for the official name of the Chinese state. “It will actually make the Russian economy, in many ways, more brittle.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been negotiating with European allies to develop a trans-Atlantic plan to impose unprecedented economic punishment on Russia in response to the mobilization of its forces around Ukraine's borders. Putin, who authorized those apparent invasion preparations while demanding a practical contraction of NATO, has complained that Western officials are ignoring his demands and arranged public shows of support from Beijing. THREATS TO PUTIN'S INNER CIRCLE MAY DO LITTLE TO SHIFT UKRAINE PLANS “By working together, we can achieve stable economic...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)China's government is using new intimidation methods against journalists and their sources, according to an annual survey by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.The report, which was released Monday, said foreign correspondents are facing "unprecedented hurdles" covering the world's most populous nation. Those hurdles include online trolling, cyber hacking, visa denials and physical assaults.Almost all the foreign journalists surveyed said that reporting conditions in China did not meet what they considered to be international standards. The survey was conducted in December 2021, and includes responses from 127 of 192 correspondent members representing news organizations globally.As the Chinese government continues "to block and discredit independent reporting," covering one of the world's most important economies is "increasingly becoming an exercise in remote reporting," the report said. Hong Kongs free press is being gutted. Heres what the world losesThe survey comes just days before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Declining media freedoms have made coverage of the event challenging for news organizations around the world. Read MoreForeign media companies in China are operating under "critical labor shortages"...
    BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Persian Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the ministers and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf expressed firm support for China’s “legitimate positions on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and human rights.” He said they “expressed opposition to interference in China’s internal affairs and politicization of human rights issues.” They also rejected the “politicization of sports and reaffirmed their support” for China’s hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics that open on Feb. 4, he said. China is accused of detaining more than a million Turkic Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region as part of a campaign to wipe out their traditional culture, language and beliefs. It claims Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under its control by force if necessary. China and the GCC, meanwhile, agreed to establish a strategic partnership, complete negotiations on a free...
    The report indicated Potomac Media's registration as a foreign agent comes at a time when the federal government is tightening enforcement of foreign agent laws, requiring state-controlled media companies in China, Russia, and Turkey to register their activities with the Justice Department. CGTN was required to register as a foreign agent in 2019, the Free Beacon notes. WCRW has reportedly aired content from state-run China Radio International since 1992 but has not until now registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department. In 2015, Reuters reported that the FCC would investigate allegations that WCRW was controlled by China Radio International. At the same time, the Department of Justice announced an investigation to determine whether CRI was in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. At the time, Reuters reported that 60% of the station's airtime was leased by a subsidiary of CRI. China's partnership with a U.S. radio station is just one part of a multifaceted strategy to promote propaganda in the United States. Chinese state-run media organizations have relied on social media and publication...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will not designate any country as a currency manipulator, but it did name China, Vietnam and Taiwan among the nations that have failed to live up to global agreements not to use their currencies to gain unfair trade advantages. In a report to Congress released Friday, the Treasury Department cited China for a number of failures that prevent trading partners from gaining full knowledge of how it is manages its currency. The Treasury plans to closely monitor the foreign exchange activities of China’s state-owned banks to get a clearer picture of China’s currency practices, according to the report. Vietnam and Taiwan have violated a number of criteria that would justify naming them as currency manipulators and both will be placed on a monitoring list, according to the report. Being named as a currency manipulator under U.S. law does not carry any immediate penalties but it does require Treasury to engage in negotiations with the foreign country in an effort to get it to alter its currency practices. If those negotiations fail,...
    Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., is questioning a nearly $1.5 billion decrease in reported foreign gifts to U.S. colleges and universities since President Biden took office. The Education Department (DOE) in 2019 and 2020 began cracking down on schools’ acceptance of foreign gifts under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act in an effort to track the scope of foreign money from countries like China and Qatar in the U.S. education system. Gallagher noted in a Wednesday letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that, between July 1, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021, U.S. schools reported $1.6 billion in foreign gifts. Since Jan. 20, however, schools have reported just $4.3 million in gifts over a longer time period. CHINESE PROPAGANDA PROGRAM IN US SCHOOLS QUIETLY CHANGES HEADQUARTERS NAME TO AVOID SCRUTINY "Since Biden took office on Jan. 20, the number of reported foreign gifts has absolutely plummeted," Gallagher told Fox News Digital.  "American universities have reported just over $4 million in donations. That's a tiny number. The math doesn't add up. And making matters worse, it appears that the Biden administration has...
    EXCLUSIVE: Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., have partnered up to send a letter to four prominent far-left climate groups inquiring about possible ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).The four groups that will receive a copy of the letter are the Sunrise Movement, Union of Concerned Scientists, MoveOn and Earthworks.  In the letter, Rodgers, who serves as Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leader, and Griffith, who serves as Republican leader for Oversight and Investigations, said they fear that "foreign interests" may be influencing the group's "advocacy activities directed toward Congress" after Earthworks, and other progressive groups, called on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to abandon an "antagonistic posture" toward China in favor of a more cooperative relationship to combat climate change in a July 7, 2021, letter. MCCONNELL ACCUSES DEM LEADERS OF ‘LETTING THE RADICAL LEFT RUN CAPITOL HILL’ AFTER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL STALLS According to the letter sent by Rodgers and Griffith, Earthworks "appears to be requesting the U.S. government not only to ignore China’s crackdown on Hong Kong and its atrocious human rights abuses, including...
    President Joe Biden argued that leaving Afghanistan would allow the U.S. to pivot to a foreign policy focused on great power competition, but his failures could embolden America’s chief rival, China. Biden telegraphed his desire to move away from a counterterrorism focus during the 2020 campaign and shortly after his inauguration, and he viewed an American presence in Afghanistan as a hindrance to those efforts. Nonetheless, the decision to withdraw will have implications for America’s place and perception on the international stage. For example, it will hinder American intelligence-gathering in a crucial part of the world. Furthermore, the loss of Bagram Air Force Base deprives the military of a launching point right next to major powers like China and Russia. Additionally, China has begun using the chaotic withdrawal as a propaganda boost, arguing that the U.S. can not be trusted on the world stage. Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized their desire to combat China on human rights abuses and trade policy before they were sworn into office. Less than a month in, Biden announced a task force...
    FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin is warning companies about insider espionage The FBI is stepping up its warnings to tech firms of the insider threat posed by employees who may be stealing secrets for China and Russia, urging them to be vigilant for spies. FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin, the Director of the Strategic Technology Task Force for the FBI's San Francisco Field Division, spoke out about the threat in an interview with Protocol published on Thursday.  Part of Shenkin's job is to brief companies on best practices in identifying potential insider threats, an issue that is on the rise, with employees being persuaded or coerced by foreign actors to hand over sensitive information or login credentials.  'The reason why we're being so much more assertive about these briefings and trying to be more open with U.S. industry is because we've just come to the realization that if there is no cost, then they will continue to do what they're doing,' Shenkin told the outlet.  'So the briefings are like, 'Please American companies, raise your shields, protect yourselves, make it more...
    This week, I sat down with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the fourth episode of my “Real America with Ronna McDaniel” podcast. Our conversation made it strikingly clear that President Joe Biden’s foreign policy is weak, directionless and undoing many of President Trump’s biggest wins for America on the world stage. From China, to Cuba, to the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, the Biden administration has offered a masterclass in weak leadership and failed policies that is directly undermining American strength across the globe.  When the COVID-19 virus began to spread in early 2020, President Donald Trump took decisive steps to protect the American people. This included the bold decision to shut down travel from China and Europe, a move which was panned at the time by the left and mainstream media as racially motivated. Biden joined in, dutifully referring to the common-sense travel ban as “xenophobia.” Those across the political spectrum now admit that the move saved lives. Trump had the wherewithal and decisiveness to make the tough, correct call while ignoring the hysteric cries of...
    Hong KongEditor's note: CNN has launched the Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here.During this year's Pride Month, soccer star Li Ying made history as China's first female athlete to come out publicly as gay, in a candid series of celebratory photos posted on social media, showing her posing happily alongside her partner.It's increasingly common worldwide for celebrities and high-profile sports stars to come out, often to widespread public support. But in China, Li's announcement received a very different reaction.Her post, uploaded on June 22 onto Weibo, China's heavily censored version of Twitter, immediately went viral, becoming one of the top trending topics on the platform. And while much of the reaction was positive, with people sending their congratulations, Li's account was also inundated with a wave of homophobic abuse. The post was later deleted without explanation.Li has not posted on Weibo since. Chinese state-run media, meanwhile, did not report on Li's announcement, nor the subsequent reaction it generated.Read MoreLi's experience...
    House Republican leaders demanded the Biden Education Department to say whether it intends to enforce the law related to foreign funding on campus and crackdown on Chinese Communist Party influence at U.S. colleges and campuses. Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Virginia Foxx, ranking member on the House Education Committee, sent a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Wednesday “to express concern and request information regarding the Department of Education’s administration of Section 117 of the Higher Education Act, which requires higher education institutions to disclose large gifts and contracts from overseas sources to the Department” because “the American public deserves to know that their money is not being compromised by Communist China and other adversarial nations.” The Education Department declined in May to weigh in on investigations into foreign funding on campuses initiated by the Trump administration when asked by the Washington Examiner. Department officials wouldn’t comment on possible future inquiries after Trump officials increased pressure on China. The United States has ramped up efforts in recent years to confront...
    President Biden is set to embark on his first trip overseas since taking office Wednesday, a journey in which he will meet with G-7 and NATO allies to discuss ways to address the coronavirus pandemic and an increasingly aggressive China and Russia. Biden is set to arrive in the United Kingdom Wednesday night. His first order of business will be a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, before joining G-7 leaders for the group's summit over the weekend. BIDEN ASSURES ZELENSKY HE WILL ‘STAND UP FIRMLY’ FOR UKRAINE SOVEREIGNTY IN PUTIN SUMMIT Biden is also expected to meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, before traveling to Belgium for the NATO Summit, and later to Geneva for a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  "This trip is about realizing America's renewed commitment to our allies and partners," Biden wrote in an op-ed previewing his trip in The Washington Post over the weekend. "Whether it is ending the COVID-19 pandemic everywhere, meeting the demands of an accelerating climate crisis, or confronting the harmful activities of...
    In this article CNY=Jason Lee | ReutersBEIJING — China is trying to rein in the yuan as it surges to three-year highs against the U.S. dollar. A stronger yuan makes Chinese goods relatively more expensive to buyers overseas, and has spurred concerns about the competitiveness of Chinese exports — a major contributor to national economic growth. The Chinese yuan traded slightly weaker against the U.S. dollar Wednesday after the People's Bank of China set the yuan's daily midpoint at 6.3773 versus the greenback. The move reversed six straight trading days of stronger fixings since May 24, according to data from Wind Information. The PBOC has tried to allow the market to play a greater role in determining the yuan's exchange rate. But the central bank retains some control through daily midpoint fixings against the dollar, allowing the yuan to move 2% higher or lower from that level. The weaker fix followed the central bank's announcement late Monday that beginning June 15, financial institutions must increase the ratio of their foreign exchange deposits by 2 percentage points — to 7% from...
    Greg Baker/Getty Images A state-backed Chinese newspaper paid more than $1.6 million for advertising in Western media outlets with a presence in the United States over the last six months, according to disclosure forms filed Tuesday. The cash China Daily forked over included $272,000 to The Los Angeles Times; $291,000 to Foreign Policy; $371,577 to the British Financial Times; $329,898 to the Canadian Globe and Mail; and $700,000 to TIME Magazine. The figures were included on disclosure forms the Chinese newspaper filed on Tuesday under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires foreign agents to register with the federal government. The Chinese newspaper frequently pushes controversial claims, and sometimes misinformation, promoted by the Chinese government. It carried a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman’s claim last year that the U.S. started the AIDS crisis, and in January, argued that China’s concentration camps for Uighurs helped women to become more than “baby-making machines.” The latest figures come after several large publications — including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post — ended advertising agreements with the newspaper last year. The new...
    China barred Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly to punish its elected government for “obstinately” resisting Beijing’s efforts to assert control over the island democracy, a senior Chinese diplomat acknowledged. “The Taiwan region's participation in the activities of international organizations, including [the World Health Organization], must be handled in accordance with the one-China principle,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday. “China cannot agree to the Taiwan region's participation in this year's WHA.” Taiwanese officials have lobbied to return to the global health forum throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged from neighboring mainland China. The communist regime maintains that Taipei’s participation in the forum would represent a step toward Taiwan’s recognition as an independent country, but Zhao put a finer point on the controversy when he acknowledged the years Taiwan was not excluded from the World Health Assembly. “Since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power, it has placed its political agenda over the well-being of the people in the Taiwan region, obstinately adhered to the separatist position of ‘Taiwan independence,’ and refused to admit...
    A Chinese propaganda newspaper has encouraged Beijing to bomb Australia if Canberra supports US military action in protecting Taiwan.  Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of The Global Times, which is seen as Beijing's mouthpiece on foreign policy to the world, said China should retaliate with 'long-range strikes' if Australia gets involved in a potential military conflict over Taiwan.  'I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation,' he wrote in an opinion piece.  'The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China's offshore areas and combats against the PLA (People's Liberation Army).' Mr Hu said it would be important for the Chinese government to send a strong message about the plan for retaliatory military action 'to deter the extreme forces of Australia' from 'committing irresponsible actions'.    He warned Australia 'they must know what disasters they would cause to their country' if they were 'bold enough to coordinate with the US to militarily interfere...
    The Guardian Biden’s world: how key countries have reacted to the president’s first 100 days The new administration has signalled a sharp break in foreign policy from the Trump era – but how is that playing globally? Joe Biden makes opening remarks of the Leaders Summit on Climate last week. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP The European Union At the opening of Joe Biden’s online climate summit last week, Europe’s relief was was palpable: “It is so good,” gushed the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, “to have the US back on our side.” But while improved relations will certainly help after four years of what one analyst called Hurricane Donald, they will not be enough – because if the US and EU do now agree on the climate crisis, there are plenty of areas where they don’t. Biden’s early Trump rewinds (rejoining the Paris accord, dropping US opposition to a digital tax, seeking a return to the Iran nuclear deal, removing many tariffs on EU goods) have been greeted effusively in Europe as signs of normalisation. But analysts warn the...
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss held an online meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, saying before the meeting that the EU has long regarded China as a partner, rival and organizational opponent. “From these three perspectives, it is essential to establish a strong and stable channel of communication with China.” Disconnecting from it is the wrong approach. Image: New Head Shell Gallery Germany and China held a video conference with the Foreign Minister on the 21st. German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss said before the meeting that the EU should establish a strong and stable communication channel with China, despite its many differences with China. Wrong. “Training”. According to a detailed foreign news report, Moss held an online meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, and before the meeting said that the EU has long regarded China as a partner, rival and organizational opponent. “Out of these three aspects, it is necessary to establish a strong and stable communication channel with China” is the wrong way to deviate from that. Last month, the European Union,...
                      by Srdja Trifkovic  The most significant diplomatic event in the month of March was a rapid, seemingly irreversible deterioration of relations between the United States and China. Its signs were on display at the first high-level meeting between the two sides since President Joseph Biden took office on Jan. 20. Held in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18, it ended very badly indeed. The encounter was unprecedented in the annals of great power diplomacy. Speaking first—with  cameras present for what was supposed to be purely opening formalities—Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the U.S. would “discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, [and] economic coercion of our allies.” Blinken also criticized China for its lack of transparency on the origin of the COVID-19 virus and went on to say that “each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability” which the U.S. intends to uphold. A lengthy and angry response came from Yang Jiechi, the leading architect of China’s...
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) has introduced legislation that would prohibit his state’s public colleges and universities from having ties with the Confucius Institute. “Colleges and universities are a place for the robust debate of ideas – not a place for foreign governments to operate in the shadows,” said Lee in a recent statement. The governor cited the need for his state to act in the wake of the President Joe Biden administration’s decision in February to withdraw a Trump administration proposed rule that would have required K-12 schools and universities with foreign exchange programs to reveal any connections to the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute. “After the federal government rolled back critical reporting requirements around Confucius Institutes, my administration is taking action to provide Tennessee taxpayers greater transparency in all foreign investment on our campuses,” Lee stated. “I thank university leadership for working with us to preserve the integrity of our state and national security.” We need greater transparency in foreign influences on TN college campuses. Lets talk about Confucius Institutes. pic.twitter.com/hjo5F3Edlg — Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) February 25, 2021...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - The official news outlet of the Communist Party of China's Xinjiang region said unidentified companies from the area have filed a domestic civil lawsuit seeking unspecified compensation from a U.S.-based human rights researcher whose reports alleged forced labour is used in the region's cotton industry. The companies said researcher Adrian Zenz's reports were untrue, damaged the reputation of the industry and led to economic losses after the United States banned cotton imports from Xinjiang, according to a report on by the Xinjiang Communist Party website on Monday evening. Monday's report on the lawsuit did not include details of which companies were behind the civil action nor how much they were seeking in compensation and Reuters was not immediately able to review a copy of any legal filing. The report said the suit was filed in what it called a local Xinjiang court, but didn't say when the filing was made. The Xinjiang government did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the case on Tuesday. Experts said if it the suit would be the...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed new safeguards to crack down on China’s attempts to steal intellectual property from Florida. “For far too long, the Communist Party of China and other foreign adversaries have been deliberate in their economic infiltration of other nations, the United States in particular,” DeSantis said Monday. “China has made it a mission to steal intellectual property from our businesses, our government, and our academic institutions — all to further fuel their global objectives.” "We will place strategic safeguards against foreign influence by closing loopholes, strengthening institutional vetting, and applying common-sense protections for Florida schools, government entities, and more," he added. Florida Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls said he found evidence of China stealing intellectual property from universities, such as the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. CPAC CROWNS RISING STAR IN GOP ITS NEXT CHOICE FOR POTUS AFTER TRUMP “We found that there are no limits to the depths to which other countries, especially China, will go to steal our science and technology,” Sprowls said. “Foreign adversaries use our...
    “For the third consecutive year, not a single correspondent has declared that his working conditions have improved,” notes the Club of Foreign Correspondents in China (FCCC) in its annual report. China expelled at least 18 foreign journalists working for the American dailies New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post in 2020. A retaliatory measure against the United States, which had forced several dozen Chinese correspondents to leave American soil last year. It is “the biggest expulsion of foreign journalists since the days of the Tiananmen massacre more than 30 years ago,” according to the Club. Still in retaliation, China no longer issues US media correspondents with press cards – the key to working – when they are unhappy with a journalist’s media coverage. The press cards of at least 13 correspondents have thus been reduced to six months or less – compared to one year normally. Among the media concerned: the New York Times, the BBC, the Globe and Mail, Le Monde or the Voice of America. Another type of pressure: that against Chinese employees of international...
    The situation of foreign media in China has “deteriorated considerably” in 2020, deplores Monday a professional association, with 18 expulsions, multiple pressures, few visas issued and restrictions on behalf of the Covid. “For the third year in a row, not a single correspondent declared that his working conditions had improved”, notes the Club of Foreign Correspondents in China (FCCC) in its annual report. China’s response to Trump’s expulsions of Chinese journalists China expelled at least 18 foreign journalists working for US dailies in 2020 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington post. A retaliatory measure against the United States, which had forced several dozen Chinese correspondents to leave American soil last year. It is “biggest expulsion of foreign journalists since the days of the Tiananmen massacre over 30 years ago”, according to the Club. Still in retaliation, China no longer issues American media correspondents with press cards – essential for working. Punitive measures against foreign journalists The Chinese authorities, when they are unhappy with the media coverage of a journalist, also continued in 2020 to apply punitive measures....
    President Biden in a Thursday address from the State Department committed to rebuilding U.S. alliances and signaled a compete about-face from the Trump administration's norm-busting foreign policy, which antagonized NATO and other U.S. allies.  Biden emphasized the role diplomacy will play in achieving his aims, saying this had "atrophied" under Trump.  And he pledged to work with allies to promote democratic, battle climate change and work to counter Russia and China.  “America is back, diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy,” Biden said. “We will repair our alliances, engage with the world once again – not to meet yesterday’s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’s.” The president’s remarks were his first address to a government agency other than the White House and underscored his effort to turn the page on former PTrump’s “America First” agenda, which Biden has often criticized as leaving “America alone.” Biden also spoke of the need for foreign policy to advance U.S. interests domestically.  “There's no longer a bright line between foreign and domestic policy. Every action we take, and our conduct abroad, we...
    More On: joe biden Trump calls for ‘peace and calm,’ says 25th Amendment will ‘haunt’ Biden Watch out Wall Street, Gary Gensler tapped to head SEC National Guardsmen in DC to outnumber troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Pompeo reveals Iran-al Qaeda secret terror alliance ​President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee refunded a $500 donation from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer​ after she registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese firm that monitors the detention camps holding Uyghur Muslims, according to a report on Tuesday.  The former Democratic lawmaker, who was succeeded by Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris, registered as a foreign agent to provide “strategic consulting services” to Chinese company Hikvision’s subsidiary in the US, Axios reported. Boxer, who served in the Senate from 1993 to 2017, heads up the company’s Los Angeles office. Hikvision was one of about 20 Chinese companies the Pentagon identified as either owned by or have deep ties to the Communist People’s Liberation Army. The Commerce Department put the companies, including Huawei, on a blacklist in October 2019 that bars them from buying components...
    President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee will reportedly return a donation it received from former Sen. Barbara Boxer after she registered as a foreign agent of China. Boxer, who donated $500 to the committee, reported that she will provide “strategic consulting services" to the United States subsidiary of Chinese surveillance firm Hikvision in a document filed with the Department of Justice, according to Axios. Boxer justified her position as beneficial for America's interests overseas. "When I am asked to provide strategic advice to help a company operate in a more responsible and humane manner consistent with U.S. law in spirit and letter, it is an opportunity to make things better while helping protect and create American jobs,” she said in a statement to Axios. The scheduled refund comes as Biden battles allegations of improper familial ties to China. Biden's son, Hunter Biden, has come under investigation for his dealings with the country. Hunter Biden has been accused of exchanging financial kickbacks for access to the then-vice president. One of the most high-profile incidents includes a venture between the Chinese Communist...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee will refund a donation from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer after she registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese surveillance firm. The Biden team’s decision to return Boxer’s $500 donation shows its effort to balance between its pledge to hold China accountable and the notable Democrats that lobbyists have enlisted to lobby Biden’s incoming administration, Axios reported. Boxer registered as an agent for Hikvision USA, an American subsidiary of a Chinese surveillance firm that has been blacklisted by the U.S. government and has played a central role in China’s mass detention of Uighur Muslims, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. The Commerce Department in President Donald Trump’s administration barred Hikvision from doing business with American firms in 2019 after accusing the firm’s Chinese parent company of helping repress China’s Uighur population. The Trump administration also accused Hikvision of having ties to the Chinese military, Reuters reported. (RELATED: China Sanctions US Lawmakers Who Called Out Its Human Rights Abuses) Boxer, a Democrat who served in the Senate from 1993-2017, registered her work through Mercury Public...
    Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters Joe Biden’s foreign policy in-tray is only looking more difficult as he approaches inauguration day – even as the US still confronts the pressing issue of record coronavirus deaths and infections. The massive and ongoing hack of US federal agencies – blamed on Russia – has so far elicited no response from Donald Trump, who has a long history of denying or downplaying Russian interventions. Iran, say reports, has restarted work on its nuclear site at Fordo. Then there is the knotty issue of what direction relations with China will follow after four years of mounting friction with Trump’s Washington. On top of all that add North Korea, which – despite Trump’s flip-flopping between threats and craven courting – now has both longrange missile capabilities on top of being a nuclear power, a huge failure in terms of US longterm policy. Some hangovers of the Trump era will be easier to fix – not least rapidly rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord. But the thorniest issues are likely to be circumscribed by...
    The left-wing Italian government has spent €1.57 billion on supplies from Chinese companies during the Wuhan virus pandemic. From January 31st to November 17th, the leftist coalition spent €4.73 billion, much of which went on medical supplies and other items, with 36.25 per cent of the cash going to foreign companies. Of the 1.71 billion euros spent abroad, 1.57 billion, or 91.7 per cent, went to Chinese-owned firms. South Korean companies were the second-largest foreign beneficiary of the pandemic in Italy, earning €29 million, newspaper Il Giornale reports. UK Paid £320 Million to CCP Linked Firms During China Virus Outbreak https://t.co/Nr4KFADn6Q — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 21, 2020 Giorgia Meloni, leader of the national conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, criticised the fact a third of the cash spent during the crisis ended up with Chinese companies. Meloni labelled the figures “disturbing” and claimed they revealed an “absolute dependence” of the government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing. “The misfortune within the misfortune is that while having to face a health,...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The US government is just one step away from enacting a law that could kick several Chinese firms off Wall Street, further escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would prevent companies that refuse to open their books to US accounting regulators from trading on US stock exchanges. The legislation won unanimous backing in the Senate earlier this year, meaning it only needs President Donald Trump's signature to become law.The bill would apply to any foreign company, but the focus on China is obvious. Beijing has resisted such scrutiny. It requires companies that are traded overseas to hold their audit papers in mainland China, where they cannot be examined by foreign agencies. All US-listed public companies would also be required to disclose whether they are owned or controlled by a foreign government, including China's Communist party. China looms as Bidens biggest foreign policy challenge. Heres where he standsThe bipartisan cosponsors of the legislation said earlier this year that their goal was to "kick deceitful Chinese companies off US...
    Stuart Bee: The man who was found clinging to his boat is safely on shore and heading home Pelosi, Schumer back bipartisan $908B pandemic relief proposal as basis for talks House passes bill that could delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges © str/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images CAPITOL REPORT Load Error The Democratic-run House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that could bar many Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. exchanges or otherwise raising money from American investors. The measure, known as the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, could get signed into law quickly by President Donald Trump, as it was approved by the Republican-controlled Senate in May. The bill aims to make foreign companies let the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board oversee the auditing of their financial records if they want to raise money by selling stocks or bonds to the U.S. public. All U.S. companies and most foreign companies already work with the PCAOB in this way, but Chinese ones do not. Opinion: The ‘Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act’ has all the nuance of...
    Some of Americas leading universities have financial partnerships with or have received large donations from countries that lead the world in human rights abuses, National Review Reports. According to the outlet, about one-third of foreign funds donated to American colleges come from countries that commit large amounts of human rights violations. According to the U.S. Department of Education, several universities reported receiving $6.6 billion in recent years from countries including Qatar, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The Education Department said it “believes this amount is a fraction of the true total,” and that these funds could be considered a “national security risk.” One example noted by the National Review came in March 2018 when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. During the visits, he talked up multi-million-dollar partnerships between the Saudi government and the schools. Diplomatic official Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb accompanied the prince on his visit. Just six months later, he helped coordinate the killing of Saudi citizen and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul....
    President Trump successfully ended Barack Obama and Joe Biden's foreign policy of "leading from behind," especially when it comes to American interests in Asia, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien told "The Story" Thursday. O'Brien told host Martha MacCallum that under the president's predecessor, America had "turned a blind eye to Chinese unfair trade practices.  "It turned a blind eye to Chinese intellectual property theft of all of our great innovations," O'Brien added. "It turned a great blind eye to China hollowing out the American Midwest and our manufacturing capability." The adviser referred to Trump as the "first president in my adult lifetime" to recognize the threat from Beijing, and respond with tariffs and consequences for intellectual property theft. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP O'Brien said Trump has adopted Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" model of building up the military during a period of noninterventionism, letting the world to see the military capacity of the United States as a warning. "All I can do is look at what we faced when Trump came into office and what President Trump has done," he said, "and it's been pretty spectacular what the president has done with respect to...
    Getty Images WASHINGTON — In one week, the United States will either reelect President Donald Trump or send former vice president Joe Biden to the White House. In addition to contending with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery, either Trump or Biden will also have to deal with an array of global pressures. From the wars in the Middle East to trade relations with China, here's a look at the foreign policy challenges awaiting the winner of the U.S. presidential election.Trade relations with ChinaPresident of China, Xi Jinping.SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe crumbling relationship between Washington and Beijing has intensified following an attempt from the world's two largest economies to mend trade relations. Over the past four years, the Trump administration has placed blame squarely on China for a wide range of grievances, including intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices and recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who served as Trump's second national security advisor, said last week that China posed the biggest national security threat to the United States. He added that the winner...
    (CNN)Should Joe Biden win the upcoming US presidential election, his first and overwhelming foreign policy challenge will be winning back the trust of America's allies. With the planet in its most chaotic period since World War II, a steady Biden leadership could potentially reset the world order -- but only with allies' help. European allies in particular will be hoping that if he does become president, Biden swiftly makes a convincing case that President Donald Trump's four years in office were an anti-democratic aberration that can never be repeated. Without such an understanding it will be difficult to convince friendly nations that Biden's own replacement won't renege on deals he makes.Biden committed to this during a speech in New York in July last year promising to "invite my fellow democratic leaders to put strengthening democracy back on the global agenda." But it will take more than words to overcome the uncertainty. Quick confidence-builders could include recommitting the US to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, from which Trump began formally withdrawing in 2019. Biden promised as much during his...
    Facebook says it has removed a small network of fake accounts and pages that originated in China and focused on disrupting political activity in the U.S. and several other countries. The U.S.-focused activity was just a "sliver" of the accounts overall activity and gained almost no following, Facebook said. Their primary focus was Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. In the U.S, the accounts posted material both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, and President Donald Trump. Facebook did not link the network directly to the Chinese government. It said the people behind the network tried to conceal their identity and location via virtual private networks and other methods. Concerns about foreign efforts to interfere in the election were underscored by a warning Tuesday from the FBI and Department of Homeland Securitys cybersecurity agency that foreign actors and cybercriminals were likely to try to spread disinformation regarding the results of the election, including by creating fake websites or social media content aimed at discrediting the process. The agencies noted, even if a foreign actor managed to...
    BEIJING (AP) — China is delaying the renewal of press cards for at least five journalists working at four U.S. media outlets, an organization of foreign correspondents said Monday, making them vulnerable to expulsion in apparent retribution for Washington’s targeting of Chinese reporters working in the United States. China’s foreign ministry responded by saying applications for renewal were being processed and those reporters involved would not have their lives in China “affected in any way.” However, ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also accused the U.S. of being “arrogant and unreasonable” in talks about the matter and “not addressing China’s normal and reasonable concerns and demands at all.” “If the U.S. government truly cares about American journalists, it should extend visas for all Chinese journalists as soon as possible, instead of taking journalists from the two countries as hostages for the certain politicians’ political interests,” Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing. Atlanta-based CNN said its China correspondent was among those given a letter authorizing him to continue reporting for the next two months instead of the usual one-year...
    The Chinese Embassy in the US on Monday promoted comments from the foreign minister trying to cast doubt that the coronavirus pandemic originated in China. “Where the epidemic originated and who is ‘patient zero’ requires scientific research. No one has the right to politicize the origin-tracing & label the virus. No factual basis to blame China for one’s own ineffective response,” the embassy tweeted, linking to Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s comments reported in state-run media. Wang was responding to a question about China not sharing critical information that allowed COVID-19 to spread worldwide during a news conference last week with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide in Oslo. “What you have said is not the fact,” he replied, according to the Xinhua News Agency, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. “China is the first country to report the epidemic, which does not mean that the novel coronavirus epidemic originated in China.” He claimed scientists and medical experts would need to examine the question of “patient zero,” adding that the coronavirus was unknown before the outbreak was first reported...
    A group of Hong Kong protesters has reportedly been captured by the Chinese coast guard. Chinese officials claim they intercepted a boat with more than 10 people in China's territorial waters of southeast Hong Kong. Those people were attempting to flee to Taiwan to seek refuge from China's crackdown on the city. Sources for the Wall Street Journal and Radio Free Asia said that the group included Andy Li, an activist who was arrested in Hong Kong earlier in August for his alleged ties to a dissident group suspected of colluding with foreign countries. Other members of the group of detainees might have included suspects in two makeshift bomb cases. It also appears that this latest incident might not be an isolated one. Dissidents have been attempting to flee the city by boat since early July, said HK01. China's coast guard has been strengthening its presence in those waters in order to intercept people trying to escape, the outlet reported. China's national security law for the city went into effect on June 30. That law criminalizes acts of subversion,...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared at the RNC Tuesday night in a speech that he taped in Jerusalem. Pompeo praised a number of Trump foreign policy accomplishments, starting with China and “the ridiculously unfair trade arrangement with China.” On North korea, Pompeo said, “The president lowered the temperature and against all odds got the North Korean Leadership to the table.” He also invoked the killing of Qassem Soleimani, U.S. progress against ISIS, Trump withdrawing from the “disastrous” nuclear deal, and the recently announced peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Pompeo’s speech came under serious criticism ahead of its airing tonight. The State Department said he was speaking in his “personal capacity,” but some current and former diplomats expressed concern, and now one House subcommittee is investigating the matter. You can watch above, via Fox News. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    A trio of House Republican leaders gave Harvard, Yale, and a handful of other universities a week to hand over documents and other information on their foreign funding amid increased scrutiny about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party and other foreign entities on U.S. campuses. The GOP letters told the schools that “we write to further understand the effects of adversarial foreign direct investment in the U.S. higher education system” and noted that an Education Department investigation “has uncovered over $6.5 billion of previously unreported foreign donations” to U.S. institutions of higher education. Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, James Comer of Kentucky, and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina — the ranking members on the Judiciary, Oversight, and Education committees, respectively — requested Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, the University of Delaware, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania provide answers about all of their gifts from and contacts with the governments of or businesses and nationals from China, Russia, Qatar, Iran, and Saudi Arabia by next Monday. The letters sent to the...
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