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    Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the exchequer, Britain's chief financial officer, is running to become the United Kingdom's next prime minister, casting himself as the candidate who can address its flagging economy. Sunak, 42, who is vying to be the next leader of the Conservative Party against Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, was a prominent figure in outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Cabinet until his resignation and steered the country's economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. NOW THAT JOHNSON HAS RESIGNED, HOW IS A NEW PRIME MINISTER SELECTED? The economy has been a sticking point for both candidates, though Sunak has said he would focus on tampering inflation rates before cutting taxes, arguing that it would increase the public debt and be worse for people in the long run if not addressed. "It’s not moral to ask our children to pick up the tab for the bills that we’re not prepared to pay,” Sunak said at a debate Monday night. Sunak, who has been accused of taking a softened stance on China, said Monday that the...
    Joe Biden has tapped America’s strategic reserves and sent the oil to China (and a bunch of other places around the world). He should be impeached and, at a minimum, should offer an explanation for this, but he won’t. And we’ll all continue to pay exorbitant amounts at the pump. Host Alex Marlow breaks down the latest economic and political headlines before launching into today’s “Woke Update,” which features NPR using your tax dollars to “queer” our youths (whatever that means). Also, climate crazies blocked the Beltway and did their best to ruin at least one man’s life in the process. That story and more in Alex’s opening. Then, Alex speaks with Dr. Sebastian Gorka about Boris Johnson’s resignation as the United Kingdom’s prime minister. He also gets Gorka’s thoughts on the Biden administration’s latest failings and the rest of President Joey’s agenda, which now apparently includes trying to provide more taxpayer funded abortions for illegal aliens. The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief...
    WILBERFORCE — Tim Ryan targeted China while Morgan Harper went after Ryan during a debate between Democratic U.S. Senate candidates at Central State University Monday. Harper, a former consumer protection lawyer and community organizer, repeatedly hounded Ryan — a 10-term U.S. Congressman — over his accepting big donations from the defense and fossil fuel industries throughout his career, something she said she won’t do. Ryan, while justifying the contributions that Harper said were in the $400,000 range, pivoted to competition with China as he responded to most of the prompts with promises to fight for Ohio’s workers and invest in job training during the hour-long debate. It is expected to be the only debate before the May 3 primary, which is still in limbo because of redistricting issues that have reached the Ohio Supreme Court. Activist and tech executive Traci Johnson also participated in the debate. The Republican candidates debated at CSU Monday night. Harper set the tone with the first question from Spectrum 1 news anchor and debate moderator Curtis Jackson regarding the Russian war on the Ukraine and...
    Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Monday revealed a $100,000 direct payment from CEFC China Energy to Hunter Biden in 2004 when Joe Biden was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While Joe Biden was head of the powerful Senate committee, Grassley and Johnson allege Hunter was directly paid $100,000 via a wire transfer to Wells Fargo Clearing Services and designated “further credit to Owasco,” Hunter’s law firm. Hunter’s business dealings with CEFC China Energy are well documented. Peter Schweizer’s book, Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win, shows CEFC China Energy paid Hunter Biden nearly $6 million dollars in 2017. The Chinese energy company, no longer in operation, was led by chairman and majority owner Ye Jianming. Breitbart News reported: Furthermore, by July 2017, CEFC began making interest-free, forgivable loans to the Biden family. CEFC executive Zhao Running wrote that $5 million was intended as money lent to the BD family,” not just Hunter Biden. “This $5 million loan to the BD [Biden] family is interest free,” Zhao wrote. Schweizer notes that “interest-free loans provide tremendous leverage because the...
    Two top Republicans who led investigations into Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings have revived their arguments about the “Biden family” financial links to “communist China.” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin gave floor speeches on Monday expounding upon the conclusions of a September 2020 report they had released that detailed extensive financial connections between Hunter Biden and China, Ukraine, and elsewhere — a report dismissed by Democrats as part of an effort to spread Russian disinformation, which the two senators have denied.
    The United Kingdom has warned Communist China it will face sanctions if they send weapons to Russia to aid in the invasion of Ukraine. International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said on Wednesday that Beijing (Peking) — which has so far attempted to appear somewhat neutral in the ongoing conflict — will face similar consequences to Belarus should it aid in the Russian war effort. “We’ve sanctioned Belarus right alongside Russia precisely because they basically said feel free to park your tanks on our lawn. That is just not acceptable,” she said in comments reported by The Sun. “Anyone who wants to support the outrageous and illegal invasion of a democratic nation needs to be cognizant of what they’re doing and the impacts that is going to have elsewhere.” “China are clearly sitting and considering and watching. I would think economics is always going to be critically important to [Chinese dictator Xi Jingping] and his balance of trade with the U.S. and with Europe is critical to him. “So I would hope very much that he wouldn’t think that arming the Russians was...
    The Wisconsin Republican doesn't want government to spend money 'picking winners and losers.' Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has long made it clear that he does not believe it is his job to promote economic growth in his own state over others. During a hearing on March 23, he also indicated that he doesn't believe the federal government should help support U.S. domestic businesses over foreign ones. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was considering the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, a bipartisan $52 billion bill to incentivize and promote semiconductor manufacturing in the United States. Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger testified in support of the package, noting that semiconductors are "foundational to every other industry" and that the legislation is urgently needed to restore domestic production in an industry "born in the United States." "Thus," he told the committee, "we believe it's justified to take such steps as the CHIPS Act." Johnson responded: I think my concern is when government starts attempting to allocate capital, it just screws things up. It doesn't do it...
    IF the Tory party did what it says on the tin, then they would be throwing everything they have at the cost-of-living crisis. If the Tories were — as so widely advertised — now the natural party of the working man and woman, then every effort would be made to help your family during the coming poverty pandemic. 6Rishi Sunak should cut fuel duty in next week’s mini-Budget 6Rishi, Boris and the rest make all the right noises - but do they get it? It’s dead simple — Tories should be bringing taxes DOWN. Cutting VAT on energy bills — that unforgivably and brazenly broken Brexit promise — should have already happened. The green levies on energy bills imposed by Labour’s Energy Secretary Ed Miliband in 2008 — then retained during 12 years of Tory Prime Ministers! — should be ditched like a stale bacon sandwich. Stop yakking about net zero and get cracking on fracking. And — as 50 Tory MPs demand — Rishi Sunak should cut fuel duty in next week’s mini-Budget. Rishi, Boris and the rest make...
    During an appearance on FBN’s “Mornings with Maria,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) warned the turmoil in the world, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was underway, there are still unresolved issues about President Joe Biden’s business dealings with Russia and China. Johnson described Biden as “dramatically, seriously compromised.” “That’s my concern,” he said. “We don’t know all of his foreign financial entanglements. We’ve certainly shown the indication of the advanced web of them. But I’ll tell you who does know: Russian intelligence, Chinese intelligence. Is that why he lifted the sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which again was one of the factors emboldening and tempting Putin to invade Ukraine? What does China know? Is that why he canceled the China initiative, to make sure they don’t steal our intellectual property from our university systems?” “Again, I think Tony Bobulinski was right,” Johnson added. “President Biden is dramatically, seriously compromised. We just don’t know to what extent.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reportedly re-open high-level trade talks with Communist China for the first time since 2018 despite concerns over widespread human rights abuses and the British parliament declaring a genocide is being committed in Xinjiang. Trade talks between Britain and Beijing effectively collapsed in 2018 following the vicious crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in the former UK colony of Hong Kong and the imposition of the draconian national security legislation on the city, which has all but stamped out the freedoms promised to Hong Kong under the Sino-British Joint Declaration. However, according to a report from POLITICO, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has personally pushed for a reset of post-Brexit trade talks with the communist state, a government official claimed. The news outlet said that government officials are currently in talks to set up a meeting of the U.K.-China joint economic and trade committee (JETCO) to open up negotiations with Beijing, the first time such a meeting will have been held since 2018. It comes on top of reports indicating that Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is preparing...
    In this article SBUXVIDEO2:3102:31Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson: China provides long runway for growth after CovidSquawk on the StreetReduced international travel and low traffic to office buildings weighed on Starbucks' same-store sales in China, CEO Kevin Johnson said Wednesday. "Our stores that are in airports in the international travel terminals are closed, so clearly that's weighing on comps," Johnson said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." "Stores that are in office districts are much slower than they used to be." He added that cafes in residential and commercial zones are seeing same-store sales growth, a positive sign for demand in the country. However, it isn't enough to offset declines elsewhere. The coffee chain reported Tuesday that its same-store sales in China shrank by 14% in its fiscal first quarter. The country is Starbucks' second-largest market, trailing only the U.S. Starbucks stock fell as much as 3% in morning trading. In addition to same-store sales declines in its second-largest market, the coffee giant reported mixed results for its top and bottom lines and cut its earnings outlook for fiscal 2022 on Tuesday...
    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 16 The Washington Post on “Martin Luther King, Jr. did not give up. Those fighting for democracy must follow his example”: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is perhaps more important than ever to recall King’s immortal expression of hope, a paraphrase of a 19th century abolitionist minister: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” King preached both urgency and patience — nonviolent perseverance in the face of fire hoses, dogs, beatings, lynchings. Every second of marginalization was intolerable. Yet it took a decade after King’s 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott for Congress to approve the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Enslaved Americans had been freed a century before. King did not lose hope. He kept working. He believed that most people feel compassion for their fellow human beings, even if it can take time for some to recognize themselves in others — and even more for this recognition to change minds. Though the...
    The UK will be sending Olympians to China’s Beijing games, although it will keep officials at home in a poor simulacrum of a boycott, according to Boris Johnson. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that UK athletes will be allowed to go to the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Johnson however did say that the UK government will join the US in their alleged “diplomatic boycott” of the Genocide Games by not sending any politicians or officials to the event. “There will be effectively a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing,” Johnson said during Prime Ministers Questions in House of Commons. “No ministers are expected to attend and no officials.” The prime minister also claimed that the UK has had “no hesitation” in raising the issue of the Uyghur genocide with the Chinese Communist party, but revealed he’d decided to take absolutely no real action in the high-profile opportunity the Olympics provides, as he did not think that an actual sporting boycott would be “sensible”. Uyghurs Demand Biden Boycott "Genocide Olympics" in China pic.twitter.com/JCF59Crtmp — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews)...
    The U.K. will join Australia and the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday. UK joins diplomatic boycott of China Winter Olympics https://t.co/Ojr2grdWop — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 8, 2021 The U.K. will not send any government ministers to the February games in what Johnson said is “effectively” a diplomatic boycott, according to the Associated Press. Like Australia and the U.S., the U.K. will not participate in a sporting boycott and will still send athletes to participate, the AP reported. The boycott comes in response to China’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in the Xinjiang province of China. China’s government has been accused of forcing over one million Uyghurs into forced labor camps, brutally torturing them and harvesting the organs of some in a massive ethnic cleansing project. In addition to the treatment of Uyghurs, China has cracked down on protests in Hong Kong and threatened Taiwan. Johnson was initially hesitant to call the move a boycott, only acknowledging it as “effectively a diplomatic boycott”...
    THE US and Britain have announced that they will stage a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Australia are also following suit ahead of the Games, which come 14 years after China hosted the Summer Games in 2008. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply) 2The Beijing Winter Games are set to start next FebruaryCredit: Reuters But what exactly is a diplomatic boycott and will athletes be competing from Team GB? What is a diplomatic Olympics boycott? The USA announced their boycott on Monday, December 6 and cited China’s human rights 'atrocities' as their reasoning. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that the US were staging a boycott due to “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang. And Boris Johnson confirmed on Wednesday that Team GB would follow suit. A diplomatic boycott is different to a complete boycott and athletes from USA, Great Britain and Australia WILL currently be competing in the Games. Essentially, no government official will travel to China from...
    Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) warned President Joe Biden was “emanating weakness” in his handling of China’s growing aggression. Johnson, reacting to the three-hour call between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, said Biden was “demonstrating weakness” by failing to achieve peace. He argued that the president’s weakness “invites aggression” from the likes of Xi. “Well, I wasn’t expecting much. I don’t think we got much,” Johnson said of Biden’s call with Xi. “But, you know, the bottom line — actions speak much louder than words. And unfortunately, what President Biden has been doing is been demonstrating weakness while Xi Jinping militarizes the South China Sea islands, threatens Taiwan with overflights, represses his own people, the Uighurs, we are actually — concerned more about wokeness in our military as opposed to military readiness. So, Xi Jinping understands that.” He continued, “[W]e have a very weak president. He is just emanating weakness. His actions are weak, and weak invites aggression. You achieve peace through strength, and this administration is doing everything the wrong way...
    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the U.N. climate summit as a “game-changing agreement” that sounded the “death knell for coal power” on Sunday — although he added that his delight at the progress on fighting climate change was “tinged with disappointment.” Johnson said it was “beyond question” that the deal coming out of the Glasgow conference marks an important moment in the use of coal because most of western Europe and North America have agreed to pull the plug on financial support for all overseas fossil fuel projects by this time next year. But in a major shift demanded by coal-dependent India and China, the Glasgow Climate pact used watered-down language about “phasing down” the use of coal instead of “phasing out” coal. Johnson, however, said the compromise did not make “that much of a difference.” Ending coal is seen as the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause the Earth to warm up and produce rising seas and more extreme weather including droughts, storms and wildfires. “It’s an immense thing to get...
    The Cop 26 climate summit was dealt a major blow last night as Beijing pushed back against global warming targets – and Joe Biden blasted the leaders of both China and Russia for failing to attend.  Puncturing what had appeared to be growing momentum at the talks in Glasgow, China’s top climate envoy suggested limiting the temperature rise to 2C could still be the world’s goal, not the more ambitious 1.5C.  Meanwhile President Biden said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had made a ‘big mistake’ by not attending the summit – and also criticised the absent Russian leader Vladimir Putin for not doing more to tackle climate change when ‘his tundra’s burning, literally’.  US President Joe Biden said it was a 'big mistake' for his Chinese counterpart not to show up at Cop 26 and he also criticised Russian leader Vladimir Putin's absence Chinese President Xi Jinping was slammed for not attending the Cop 26 summit, while envoy Xie Zhenhua insisted the 2C target set in 2015 at the Paris Agreement had to remain up for discussion The developments threatened...
    ROME (AP) — Leaders of the world’s biggest economies were set to tackle climate change Sunday, the final day of a weekend summit in Rome that is widely expected to set the tone for a major conference on the same issue taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, over the next two weeks. The Group of 20 countries, which represent more than three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, are looking for common ground on how to reduce emissions while helping poor countries deal with the impact of rising temperatures. If the G-20 summit ends with only weak commitments, momentum could be lost for the larger annual talks in Glasgow, where countries from around the globe will be represented including poor ones most vulnerable to rising seas, desertification and other effects. The future of coal, a key source of greenhouse gas emissions, has been one of the hardest things for the G-20 to agree on. However, the U.S. and other countries are hoping to get a commitment to end overseas financing of coal-fired power generation, said a senior U.S. official who spoke...
    Boris Johnson today urged Xi Jinping to 'step up' China's ambitions on tackling climate change.  The Prime Minister spoke to the Chinese President on the phone this morning after Beijing confirmed he will not be attending the COP26 summit in person but will address his fellow world leaders via video link.  China has dashed hopes of significant progress being made at the summit in Glasgow after it recommitted to its old climate goals and failed to set out any additional ones.  China is the biggest emitter of CO2 in the world and its formal submission ahead of COP26 restated its goal of achieving 'carbon neutrality' by 2060 despite other nations urging Beijing to go further.   A Downing Street summary of the phone call with President Xi said Mr Johnson had 'acknowledged' China's plans to tackle climate change.   A Number 10 spokesman added: 'He emphasised the importance of all countries stepping up their ambition on climate change at COP26 and taking concrete action to cut emissions and expedite the transition to renewable energy, including phasing out coal.' Downing Street also said the...
    VIDEO3:3003:30Where bitcoin heads next after China's latest cryptocurrency crackdownTrading Nation Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies sold off Friday after China took a hard line against the space. The People's Bank of China in a Q&A overnight called all crypto-related activities illegal — the latest in a regulatory crackdown that had previously targeted activities such as mining. Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Sandler, said the latest announcement is more bark than bite. "The whole discussion that this is going to be made illegal, I don't think that's ultimately going to play out. We've heard this time in and time out," Johnson told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday, alluding to previous moves in 2013 and 2017 to wrest control over digital currencies. Johnson, who mines bitcoin, said this weakness offers an entry point to get into bitcoin at a lower price. "This little lower high in here, it's going to be an opportunity here where I'm going to be wanting to buy on these pullbacks," said Johnson.Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsIn a separate email to CNBC, he highlighted $41,000 as a...
    In this article BTC.CB= BTC.BS=-USS CNBC.com's MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day's top business news headlines. On today's show, CNBC's Kate Rooney explains why Chinese property developer Evergrande Group's debt crisis could be trouble for Tether. Plus, Johnson & Johnson finds a second shot of its Covid vaccine to be 94% effective against infection. The global economy could feel the effects of China’s Evergrande crisis. Here’s what investors should know A liquidity crisis at a large Chinese property developer has shaken global markets, and strategists say it could send ripples across the global economy. But they also say the issue will likely be contained by the Chinese government before it wreaks damage in the banking system, and it is not expected to lead to a broader global financial contagion. The critical question for investors is how and when do leaders in Beijing handle the situation and whether they launch a restructuring of China Evergrande Group, as many market pros expect. Investors have worried that Beijing is likely to let the company fail, wounding stockholders and domestic bondholders. Evergrande faces...
    NYC hostess allegedly punched after asking customers for proof of COVID vaccine required by city Biden administration to write workplace safety rule tackling heat stress Discussions around finance are set to play a key role at COP26, which will be hosted by the U.K. in the Scottish city of Glasgow between Oct. 31 and Nov. 12. According to the U.N., developed nations have previously said they would "jointly mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 in support of climate action in developing countries." © Provided by CNBC September 19, 2021: Prime Minister Boris Johnson boards RAF Voyager at Stansted Airport ahead of a visit to the United States. There is a six out of 10 chance an agreement on climate finance will be reached before the forthcoming COP26 climate change summit, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. Load Error In remarks made to the media during a flight to New York over the weekend, Johnson was asked about securing commitments related to climate finance and, according to the BBC, environmental targets over the next few...
    IT is unseemly to gloat over another person’s humiliation, but in the case of French President Emmanuel Macron, I’m prepared to make an exception. Only a few weeks ago this tinpot Napoleon stole the headlines at Boris Johnson’s G7 gathering of world leaders in Cornwall, turning it into the “Sausage Summit”. 3It is unseemly to gloat over another person’s humiliation but in the case of French President Emmanuel Macron I’m prepared to make an exception The Great British banger was to be barred from Belfast breakfast tables by the French-backed Northern Ireland protocol on food exports. A petulant Macron was then filmed grabbing anti-Brexit US President Joe Biden by the arm and leading him away for private chats, leaving our PM seeming deflated. Yet as he seized the spotlight, America, Britain and Australia were behind closed doors in the Carbis Bay Hotel plotting the biggest shake-up in Western defence since World War Two. The plan was kept secret until a few hours before Wednesday’s AUKUS (Australia, UK, US) bombshell. There is now a brand new military alliance in which Macron...
    Boris Johnson's nuclear submarine deal with the US and Australia has raised fears Britain could be dragged into war if China invades Taiwan. He was asked yesterday what the new naval alliance - dubbed Aukus - would do if Beijing marched on Taipei. The sabre-rattling PM refused to rule anything out, saying it was the UK's job to 'defend international law'. Meanwhile his national security adviser hailed the cooperation between the nations as creating 'indissoluble bonds'. Boris Johnson was asked yesterday what the new naval alliance - dubbed Aukus - would do if Beijing marched on Taipei The UK, US and Australia agreed to co-operate on the development of the first nuclear-powered fleet for the Australian navy in the ground-breaking agreement. Pictured: China;s submarine in the Yellow Sea in 2019 Former Prime Minister Theresa May asked her successor what would happen if China invaded Taiwan. Mr Johnson refused to rule anything out His national security adviser hailed the cooperation between the nations as creating 'indissoluble bonds'. Sir Stephen Lovegrove (pictured) said the move marked a 'profound,...
    Boris Johnson will visit the White House as part of a four day trip to America next week, according to US media reports. President Joe Biden will reportedly extend an invite to the Prime Minster, as the pair look to patch-up the frayed 'special relationship' between the UK and US in the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Covid, climate change and China will be the three major topics of conversation, as the leaders look at how the US and the UK can work together on the key issues. The meeting is due to take place early next week, according to US media site Axios.  Downing Street officials had been calling for a meeting to take place while Mr Johnson's is in the US for the UN general assembly - which will take place in New York from September 21. The bilateral meeting had previously been scheduled as part of Mr Johnson's four-day trip.  But there was previously no confirmation on whether the talks would take place at the White House. However, those familiar with the preparations say the talks will now...
    Australia's new alliance with the US and Britain to build nuclear-powered submarines and beef up security in the Pacific is all about one thing - the rise of China. But as Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared the stage, all took great pains not to mention the Asian superpower. Not a single mention of China, Chinese, or Beijing was uttered in the 12-minute joint press conference on Thursday morning, nor in any official statements. The closest they got was referring to 'the Indo-Pacific region'.  However, the panda in the room was visible for all to see, with numerous veiled allusions to the authoritarian regime and its expansionism in the region. Why Australia needed a new deal with the UK and the US. Australia's Defence capabilities are dwarfed by those of China 'We have always believed in a world that favours freedom, that respects human dignity - the rule of law, the independence of sovereign states and the peaceful fellowship of nations,' Mr Morrison, who spoke first, said. 'Our world is becoming more...
    Morrison said the first major endeavor by AUKUS will be to create a new nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. Biden and Johnson emphasized that the submarines would not be armed with nuclear weapons, only powered by nuclear energy. Johnson also emphasized the hundreds of highly skilled jobs that would be supported by efforts supporting AUKUS. "This is about investing in our greatest source of strength: our alliances," said Biden," and updating them, to better meet the threats of today and tomorrow." While none of the three global leaders mentioned China specifically in their statements, many commented on how the agreement was likely to be perceived as a challenge to the growing Chinese influence in the region. "For more than a century, we have stood together for the cause of peace and freedom," Morrison concluded, "motivated by the beliefs we share, sustained by the bonds of friendship we have forged, enabled by the sacrifice of those who have gone before us, and inspired by our shared hope for those who will follow us." In 2018,...
    BORIS Johnson will make a joint announcement at 10pm on a security agreement with US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Morrison. It is understood Britain, the US and Australia, will unveil a landmark new security pact to share advanced technologies. 1Boris Johnson will make a joing national security announcement alongside Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tonightCredit: PA The three nations will form a group to enable more efficient sharing of defence information in a thinly veiled bid to counter China. A Downing Street spokesman said: “At 2200 BST tonight the Prime Minister will make an on camera address, alongside US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Morrison, on a strategic national security announcement.” Mr Biden is set to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan at the White House next week. Last year, the Government was in talks with an alliance of Western spy agencies to urgently “resurrect” an intelligence unit to combat China’s growing power. SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT Five Eyes countries — Australia, Canada, New Zealand the UK and the US — were said to be...
    National security concerns have been raised after it was revealed that the United Kingdom is almost exclusively reliant on Communist China for tens of thousands of products, including many from the “disaster relief list” required to deal with pandemics, such as the Wuhan virus. Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson launching the so-called Project Defend to decrease Britain’s reliance on Beijing amid the worldwide pandemic, a report from the Independent Business Network found that the 28,000 companies in the UK are almost “entirely dependent” on Chinese firms to run their businesses. The group found that over 50,000 types of products are exclusively being imported into Britain from China, alone, with the imports of 123 of the 183 of the products on the “disaster relief list” deemed essential to combatting the Chinese coronavirus rising in scale since the beginning of the pandemic. The products include “vital components” of coronavirus preparedness including test kits, disinfectants, masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and adhesive dressings, The Telegraph reported. In January, Breitbart London reported that the government had paid companies connected to the alleged genocide in Xinjiang nearly £150 million...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Australia’s home World Cup qualifying game against China on Sept. 2 will instead be played in Qatar, the Asian Football Confederation confirmed Thursday. The change was made “in light of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and China,” the AFC said, as arrivals into both countries face 14-day quarantines. China will stay in Qatar, which hosts next year’s World Cup, to face Japan five days later while Australia will head to Hanoi to play Vietnam in Group B. Australia soccer federation chief executive James Johnson said it’s disappointing to not play at home, but he’s hopeful about scheduled home games against Oman and Saudi Arabia in October and November, respectively. “History highlights that playing on home soil provides a distinct advantage for the Socceroos when it comes to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup,” Johnson said. ”We are equally committed to continuing dialogue with governments about bringing the Socceroos … home this year.” Quarantine rules have caused headaches for clubs, national teams and administrators all around the world. On Tuesday, English Premier...
                      by Andrew Kerr  The National Institutes of Health’s refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight on risky gain of function virus research in China is unacceptable, a group of seven Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, railed against the agency’s director, Francis Collins, for blowing off their previous May 20 letter demanding answers to 17 questions related to gain of function research, noting that the NIH’s response to that request was nearly identical to the response provided to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who had asked a completely different set of questions about its funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Your refusal to provide detailed responses that fully address each oversight request is unacceptable,” the GOP lawmakers wrote to Collins on Thursday. “NIH’s lack of response to the May 20 letter shows a complete disregard for congressional oversight and transparency.” “Congress and the American people have a right to...
    National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight on risky overseas virus research is unacceptable, GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday. “Congress and the American people have a right to know the complete truth about NIH’s role in funding potentially risky gain of function research,” the lawmakers wrote to NIH Director Francis Collins. GOP lawmakers said previously that numerous federal agencies, including the NIH, have refused to comply with oversight requests that invoke a federal law compelling them to do so. The National Institutes of Health’s refusal to cooperate with congressional oversight on risky gain of function virus research in China is unacceptable, a group of seven Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, railed against the agency’s director, Francis Collins, for blowing off their previous May 20 letter demanding answers to 17 questions related to gain of function research, noting that the NIH’s response to that request was nearly identical to the response provided to Sen. Chuck Grassley...
    Share Actor Dwayne Johnson continues to search for great franchises that impact viewers and does not mind remaking action classics. As demonstrated with Jumanji, to Dwayne johnson He’s good at continuing or restarting movie sagas. For some time it has been speculated that he will make a new movie of Big Trouble in Little China 1986. Although we had not known anything about this project for a long time, now the producer Hiram garcia says they are still working on the movie. “It is still an ambition of ours, but unfortunately there are complications that come with an inherited property like the one that has been attributed so much over the years. We have a really fun idea of ​​what we’d like to do with it, especially since our goal was never to remake Hit in Little China, but just to continue it. Similar to what we did with Jumanji, we continue the story and make sure the original stands on its own, as it means a lot to us and fans around the world. So it...
    Australia, Qatar (China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Oman), who have four consecutive World Cup finals, are in Group B, where they will be the first to qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup. Socceros, who will begin their qualification campaign on September 2, will be deported to China for welcome. Health restrictions associated with the Govit-19 infection actually impose a two-week isolation of any foreign person coming to Australia, whether they wear crombs or not, as the Australian government has refused to grant an exception to soccer officials. On the privileged tracks of Dubai and Doha “Our home game will be played in September, which is a significant game drawback”James Johnson, Director General of the Australian Federation regrets. For this meeting, Australia is looking for a setback overseas. Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Doha (Qatar) are one of the preferred routes. Johnson hopes to host Soccer’s next home matches against Oman and Saudi Arabia in Australia in October and November. “I have no doubt we will play at home by the end of...
    Millions of Californians to get $600+ stimulus checks Veterans can now see how VA hospitals rank on patient satisfaction. Most do well. Then theres Memphis. LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his finance minister Rishi Sunak will be limited to working from their offices and subject to daily COVID-19 testing after being identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for the virus. © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Britain's PM Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Sunak visit school in London © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference in London Health minister Sajid Javid on Saturday said he had tested positive for COVID-19. “The Prime Minister and Chancellor have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID," a statement from Johnson's Downing Street office said on Sunday. Typically, anyone identified as a contact by the tracing scheme would be required by law to self isolate for 10 days. However, the government's two most senior ministers will instead take part...
    A pro-lockdown bot army has taken over social media after leaders around the world began to lift coronavirus restrictions. The Twitter posts repeat the same exact comment on several different accounts with specific stories about people contracting the coronavirus and calling for extended lockdowns. “My brother has just tested positive for covid. The delta variant,” one phrase says. “He has been double jabbed. How on earth can Johnson go ahead with relaxing the rules on the 19th July. It’s madness.” (RELATED: Beijing-Controlled News Outlet Paid US Newspapers Millions To Publish Propaganda This Year) Screenshot:Twitter The accounts that posted the phrase all tagged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced a reopening plan Monday afternoon. Johnson vowed to end mask mandates and no longer enforce social distancing guidelines. Another group of bots advocated for lockdowns until at least Christmas time. The tweets were either taken down by Twitter or removed by the users after several people pointed it out. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment asking if they removed the tweets, but Twitter does have an anti-spam...
    The meeting of the G7 nations proved that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is closer to a Green Party politician than an actual Conservative, said Brexit leader Nigel Farage. At the G7 meeting in Cornwall, Mr Johnson declared that the UK will look to be “building back better together, and building back greener, and building back fairer, and building back more equal, and… in a more gender-neutral, and perhaps a more feminine way”. Responding to the comments, Brexit’s Nigel Farage told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade that Johnson’s tone reflected the beliefs of the “metropolitan liberal elite” rather than the working class, remarking that Johnson has virtually transformed the Conservative Party into “the Green Party”. “Whether this is his new wife who was an eco-warrior that’s had this influence, I don’t know. What I do know is this is not what conservative voters gave him a big majority for,” Farage said. The Brexiteer said that to him, Mr Johnson appears to be “easily influenced” by those around him, adding: “That little speech was astonishing and told us that Boris is not really...
    NATO chiefs have agreed to join forces in a space war if Russia and China blast satellites. World leaders said they will defend each other should military attacks be launched to cripple communications surveillance or navigation technology. 5NATO chiefs have agreed to join forces in a space war if Russia and China blast satellites 5Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and others listen while NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg addresses a meeting in BrusselsCredit: AFP NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said any attack on satellites or other space assets could trigger collective military action under Article 5. Traditionally this response has only applied to threats on land, sea, air or cyberspace. In a statement released after the NATO summit in Brussels, leaders said they "consider that attacks to, from, or within space" could threaten "national and Euro-Atlantic prosperity, security, and stability". They added such challenges "could be as harmful to modern societies as a conventional attack" therefore "could lead to the invocation of Article 5. A". But "a decision as to when such attacks would lead to the invocation" would be...
    The leaders of the world’s richest countries pledged to send more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, endorsed a global minimum tax on multinational corporations and agreed to jointly challenge Chinaj’s "non-market economic practices" and call on Beijing to respect human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders’ summit in southwest England on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the promised vaccine doses would come both directly and through the international COVAX program. The commitment falls far short of the 11 billion doses the World Health Organization said is needed to vaccinate at least 70% of the world’s population and truly end the pandemic. The decision to support a minimum corporate tax had been widely anticipated after finance ministers earlier this month embraced placing a global tax of at least 15% on large multinational companies to stop corporations from using tax havens to avoid paying their share. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visit during a bilateral meeting ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June...
    Many turned to libraries during the pandemic. Will these venerable public institutions get the credit they deserve? How Joe Manchin speaks for a lot of Americans By Elizabeth Piper © Reuters/POOL G7 summit in Cornwall CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -G7 leaders will commit on Sunday to increase their climate finance contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming. Load Error As part of plans billed as helping speed the finance of infrastructure projects in developing countries and a shift to renewable and sustainable technology, the world's seven most advanced economies will again pledge to meet the target. At the G7 summit in southwestern England, there was a clear push by the leaders to try to counter China's increasing influence in the world, particularly in developing nations. They signalled their desire to build a rival to Beijing's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative but the details were few and far between. Some green groups were unimpressed with the climate pledges, with Greenpeace UK saying...
    MEMBERS of the G7 are the leading nations of the free world and their meeting this weekend must be more than backslapping. In front of them are the enormous issues of getting our economies back to growth and fighting the pandemic. 4China will spend up to eight trillion dollars in loans to the developing world — dwarfing the West’s offerings - this money isn’t a gift, those in debt to China have to support them against the WestCredit: Alamy Yet despite the huge importance of these issues, President Biden is right to highlight how the growing shadow of China looms over everything they do.  That’s why Boris Johnson’s declaration that we haven’t forgotten the developing world and the pledge to share a billion doses of vaccines with the poorest countries is most welcome. And so is Mr Biden’s call for a G7 initiative to help increase financial support to developing countries to counter China’s Belt and Road project.  Violent regime China will spend up to eight trillion dollars in loans to the developing world — dwarfing the West’s offerings.  This...
    (CNN)The first American tourists began appearing on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Wednesday, just as Joe Biden was touching down in Britain for his presidential debut on the world stage. The message that he's brought with him is a single, unified theme -- one he's enunciated at virtually every opportunity since his arrival and that he clearly intends to repeat at the G-7 summit this weekend and that NATO summit that will follow. That message? America's back. And you can count on us. David A. AndelmanOr can they?Certainly, in the early moments of Biden's first international swing as president, he and first lady Jill Biden are saying (and wearing) all the right things. The first lady's "Love" message embroidered onto the back of her ensemble is certainly a sharp contrast with the "I really don't care, do you?" question emblazoned across her predecessor's jacket on one trip. But more important than Biden's message is his tone. The last four years have been a rough time for the trans-Atlantic relationship. Three years ago, at the tense G7 summit in Canada,...
    More On: lindsey graham Sen. Graham: Skeptics of Wuhan lab leak theory ‘were covering their ass’ Ted Cruz shares photos of rocket attack damage in Israel, accuses Biden of ‘weakness’ Three GOP senators arrive in Israel amid Hamas cease-fire Graham calls for China sanctions after COVID origin probe announced Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took a dim view of President Biden’s meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of this year’s G7 Summit, telling Fox News Thursday that it produced nothing but “fluff and happy talk.” Earlier in the day, the two world leaders unveiled an updated version of the 1941 Atlantic Charter inked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II. While the original version committed the US and the UK to be leaders of the post-war world, the updated document identified urgent 21st century issues including, in Biden’s words “cybersecurity,” “emerging technologies,” “global health,” and “climate change”. “We’ve had two cyberattacks on our economy coming from Russian territory, by Russian organizations I think are given a pass by the Russian government. They’re probably working...
    Carbis Bay, England (CNN)Carbis Bay in Cornwall, with its golden beaches and azure blue ocean, is prime G7 real estate. Think past summits, such as Taormina, Sicily in 2017 or Biarritz, France in 2019, but instead with the temperature turned down and rapacious seagulls scavenging for a free lunch.For generations British holidaymakers have flocked here to the country's most southwesterly tip for its relaxing, restorative charm. Traditional calm however will be upended this week as leaders of the world's richest democracies meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years to sort out our planet's problems -- principally, global warming and the Covid-19 pandemic.Joe Biden heads overseas as his prospects darken at homeFor the prime ministers, presidents and their attendant aides, no summer break recuperation awaits in Cornwall, although they will all expect to leave buoyed in the belief they have done good for us all, and in the way they love best: around a table -- not a computer screen. Last year's G7, due to have been hosted in the US, was canceled because of the pandemic.Both the...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Breitbart News in a lengthy exclusive interview on Tuesday that he is hopeful enough Republican senators will flip against a plan from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that the plan could sink when the Senate comes back from Memorial Day recess. “We need them to speak loudly,” Johnson told Breitbart News when asked what the public should be doing to help him and others fight the Schumer proposal. “Let’s try and kill this bill. Let’s not acquiesce to it. It’s not too late. It’s really not too late. It’s not too late. That’s my main message, it’s not too late, but you need to have your voices heard among the Republicans who voted for this thing.” The bill, originally called the Endless Frontier Act but renamed to a new title the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, would spend tens of billions of dollars to help steer investment in research and technological innovation in the United States in the name of countering similar such investment by the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. The price tag is...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was forced Friday to postpone the vote on the massive bipartisan Endless Frontier Act, which had been expected to easily breeze through the U.S. Senate, into the second week of June. The legislation is meant as a U.S. counter to the Chinese Communist Party’s agenda and would fund more than $100 billion worth of research institutions in the United States. Republicans, however, began raising objections to the bill late into Thursday evening and early Friday morning and derailed what was supposed to be its smooth passage. The delays began earlier on Thursday when four senators — Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — opposed proceedings on the bill for varying reasons. Rubio, for instance, was concerned the bill did not have sufficient safeguards to protect the research it would fund from falling into the hands of the very Chinese communists it is meant to counter, while Sanders took issue with a controversial provision in the proposal that he warned would amount to a “bailout” for Amazon...
    The Senate pushed a vote on a bipartisan bill to make the U.S. more competitive against China back to June after Republicans ground the chamber to a halt for hours Thursday evening. The delay was part of an agreement reached by the Senate, setting up a vote on the bipartisan Jan. 6 commission bill Friday and allowing senators to leave Washington for their Memorial Day recess. The bill, titled the United States Competition and Innovation Act, advanced in the Senate Thursday after an approximately three-hour vote. Republicans objected to the bill and its lack of amendment votes, but a compromise was ultimately reached. (RELATED: Senate Advances Bill Multi-Hour, Behind-The Scenes Deliberations Secure GOP Support) “It’s something we proposed,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor. “It assures a vote on the Jan. 6 commission in the next hour, it assures it occurs in the light of day, not at 3 a.m. in the morning.” “It assures that the vote on the U.S. Competition Act will take place when we return in June,” he said. Republican senators Ron...
    Overnight chaos in the Senate prevented the bill establishing a 9/11-style commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack from getting a vote to block a Republican-led filibuster.  The upper chamber went into recess at 2:51 a.m. after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson held up a vote on another bill, a large package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive against China, because he didn't get any amendments in.  Johnson, a top ally of former President Donald Trump, wanted an amendment attached that would address border security.  Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, held up a vote on a large package aimed at making the U.S. more competitive against China, wanting to insert an amendment on border security. Johnson's move also held up a vote on the 9/11-style January 6 commission  Majority Whip Dick Dubin announced that the Senate would recess at 2:51 a.m. Friday and return at 9 a.m.   The Senate stayed in session until nearly 3 a.m. after Sen. Ron Johnson held up a vote on a technology bill  The Senate resumed its session at 9...