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    The Pentagon is preparing for United States Speaker Kevin McCarthy to visit to Taiwan later this year. Punchbowl News reported the development on Monday, citing an official directly involved in the talks. Biden administration officials anticipate McCarthy will visit Taiwan sometime in the spring, the report said.
    Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has compared a New York neighbourhood in Queens to China during the inauguration ceremony of a fellow democratic socialist. AOC was filmed singing the praises of newly elected state Senator Kristen Gonzalez who defeated Elizabeth Crowley during last year's State Senate race. Standing in front of a small event held in Astoria on Thursday, part of AOC's speech was posted to Twitter in which the Democrat made the statement. She is heard calling Astoria, a predominantly liberal leaning neighborhood according to voting results, as the 'People's Republic of Astoria' in the speech and refers to a plot line from 'The Avengers' Marvel series. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has compared a New York neighbourhood in Queens to China during the inauguration ceremony of a fellow democratic socialist
    In a lengthy monologue on Friday night, Tucker Carlson went off on the author of a guest essay in the New York Times about raising kids in China. The author, Heather Kaye, lived in China for 16 years as a fashion designer. She raised two daughters there. “She misses the communist party of China co-parenting her children,” Carlson said. “She misses their ‘firm hand’ and we’re quoting. We’re not making this up.” He quoted an excerpt: Our stringent government co-parent quickly made its presence felt. The girls’ Chinese kindergarten lectured us on everything, including how many hours our daughters should sleep, what they should eat and their optimal weight. “The Communist Chinese Party [sic] fat-shamed this lady’s kids!” the Fox News host exclaimed, before continuing to read from the piece: We sometimes felt as if our children were on loan to us for evenings and weekends, to be delivered back to school each weekday. “Now, again, she’s not writing a new version of Darkness at Noon, she’s complementing the government of China,” he said. In the essay, Haye wrote, “Ironically,...
    Joe Biden was named in an email found on Hunter Biden's laptop discussing a 25 million-ton gas deal with China, DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively. In October 2017, Hunter and his uncle –Joe's brother Jim Biden – were brokering a multi-million dollar deal to supply gas from Louisiana to the country on behalf of their business partners, Chinese energy giant CEFC. At the time Joe Biden had finished his term as vice president and had yet to announce any plans to run for president in 2020.  A Louisiana-based lawyer on the other side of the deal wrote in an October 27, 2017 email that he had arranged 'a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning to discuss the purchase of the 5 million tons of gas.' Joe Biden was named by Louisiana-based lawyer Robert Fenet (left) in a 2017 email discussing a multi-million dollar deal to supply gas from Louisiana to the Chinese Fenet wrote in an October 27, 2017 email that he had arranged 'a call from Joe Biden and Hunter Biden on Monday morning to discuss the...
    AP Photo/John Raoux, File Former secretary of state and director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, wrote in his upcoming memoir, Never Give An Inch: Fighting For the America I Love, that then-President Donald Trump once told him to “shut the hell up for awhile” about China. In the book, Pompeo recalls a March 26, 2020 call Trump had with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The call came after Pompeo had accused China of having “repeatedly delayed” sharing data regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and being engaged in a “disinformation campaign” to save face. Pompeo, who listened in on Trump’s call with Xi, recalled Xi warning Trump that Pompeo’s accusations regarding China’s approach to the pandemic threatened a major trade deal between the two countries. Semafor’s Shelby Talcott and David Weigel summarized Pompeo’s writing on the topic: Pompeo believed that Xi was trying to get Trump to fire him — “My Mike, that fucking guy hates you!” the president said after the call — and a few days later, in the Oval Office, Trump told Pompeo that he was “putting us all at...
    The U.S. is expected a hit the ceiling on Thursday, forcing the Treasury Department to start using 'extraordinary measures' so the government can keep paying bills while Congress negotiates to try and avoid an economic meltdown. American debt is now at an eye-watering $31.38 trillion - that's 120 percent of GDP, up from 39.2 percent as recently as 2008 and 77.6 percent in 2018. The staggering figure is the highest since the Second World War, equals $246,876 in federal debt per taxpayer and is more than the economies of China, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom combined. The 'extraordinary measures', set to be initiated Thursday, refers to accounting workarounds to ensure financial liquidity to keep the government open through at least June, according to a letter sent by Treasury Secretary Yellen to Speaker Kevin McCarthy on January 13. If a deal is not made by the Summer, the fallout could result in a global economic crisis. Since 1960 Congress has raised, extended or revised the debt limit 78 times when it the U.S. has hits its borrowing cap. Between now...
    SHANGHAI, CHINA - Tourists pose for a photo at the Shanghai Disney Resort as the resort kicked off a month of festivities from January 13 to February 10 to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.China News Service | China News Service | Getty Images As the end of China's stringent Covid restrictions quickens the country's economic recovery, concerns about pent-up Chinese demand — and the inflation that may follow — could mean bad news for the U.S. Federal Reserve. Economic data indicates that the Fed's aggressive rate hikes are pulling down U.S. inflation, but China's demand could make commodity prices return to levels from early 2022, before the U.S. central bank embarked on its journey of hiking rates to bring down inflationary pressures. "In our view ... a stronger China increases the chances of a stubbornly hawkish Fed," Tavis McCourt, institutional equity strategist at Raymond James, said in his 2023 Outlook. "With China, we do need more of everything – if that drives enough demand to get commodity prices back up closer to where they were in the spring of...
    The White House hit back at Vladimir Putin's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, saying his comparison of Western action in Ukraine with Hitler's Final Solution was 'absurd' and 'offensive.'  During a rambling press conference in which he praised joint military drills between Moscow and Beijing, Lavrov compared the US to Adolf Hitler and Napoleon, who he said mobilised European countries against the Russian empire. By supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia's invading forces, Lavrov claimed that Washington was leading Europe in a proxy war against Russia, with the goal of a 'Final Solution to the Russian Question' - likening it to Hitler's genocidal aims. White House national security spokesman John Kirby expressed outrage at the suggestion.  'Our first reaction is, how dare he compare anything to the Holocaust, anything ... let alone a war that they started,' he said. White House national security spokesman John Kirby (left) hit back at Vladimir Putin's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, saying his comparison of Western action in Ukraine with Hitler's Final Solution was 'absurd' and 'offensive' A Ukrainian T-72 tank maneuvers...
    “Today, Penn’s relationship with China is strong, and continues to grow.” That’s how the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Global website still refers to the Philadelphia-based Ivy League school’s association with the communist-run nation.  “As of April 2018, Penn has over 20 international partnerships with Chinese institutions,” the statement continues. “Faculty from all of Penn’s 12 Schools have reported over 350 research projects and instructional activities in China. And since 2011, 1,400 Penn students have studied abroad on traditional and short-terms [sic] programs in China.” The university’s relationship with the Asian hegemon is receiving renewed scrutiny in light of the classified documents scandal in which President Joe Biden finds himself enmeshed. In 2017, Biden took a professorship at Penn, and the school that year unveiled a new foreign-policy think tank called the Penn Biden Center.  The former vice president would use the D.C.-based office as his primary workplace in the nation’s capital before winning the White House in 2020. Earlier this month, reports came out that almost a dozen classified federal records from the Obama-Biden administration were discovered at the center...
    U.S. President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that the United States strongly supports the defense of Japan as he welcomed him to the White House on Friday. In their Oval Office meeting, Biden also thanked Kishida for his leadership on technology and economic issues. 'Let me be crystal clear, the United States is fully thoroughly, completely committed to the alliance,' he said. 'And more importantly to Japan's defense ... the defense of Japan.' Their meeting comes amid escalating tensions with China over the status of Taiwan and after Japan announced plans last month to raise defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product, a marked change in course for a nation that adopted a pacifist approach after World War II.    U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House on Friday and told him that the United States strongly supports the defense of Japan In their meeting, Biden also thanked Kishida for his leadership on technology and economic issues, while the Japanese prime minister spoke about his increased defense spending RELATED ARTICLES ...
    TURKEY has reportedly placed a $500,000 bounty on Enes Freedom's head as the former NBA player's conflict with his former country continues. The outspoken center, 30, also wants to sue the NBA for "blackballing" him as he's been out of the league since February 2022. 2Former Boston Celtics and New York Knicks center Enes Freedom reportedly has a $500,000 bounty on his headCredit: Getty 2Freedom also wants to sue the NBA, claiming he hasn't played in the league because he's being 'blackballed'Credit: Getty Freedom is known for speaking out against human rights abuse and heavy criticism of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime in Turkey as well as Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party. The Swiss-born big man's political views put him on a collision course with the Turkish government and caused him to have his passport revoked in 2017 — four years before he became an American citizen. But he now appears to be officially a wanted man with his name making Turkey's most-wanted terrorist list this year. Freedom seems to be listed for his connection to the Gulen movement,...
    Chinese officials have blasted Vladimir Putin as 'crazy' and claimed Beijing thinks Russia is going to fail in its war in Ukraine and will emerge from the conflict as a 'minor power'. Several Chinese officials warned Beijing must not 'simply follow Russia' and blindly support the war in Ukraine in a rare rebuke of Putin's barbaric invasion. The officials said they believe that Russia will fail to win the war in Ukraine - and the impact of such an expensive and deadly conflict will see Moscow emerge as a 'minor power' with a diminished economy and a poor standing on the world stage. The scathing comments from the Chinese officials, with some accusing Putin of being 'crazy', mark a significant turning point in the supposedly amicable relations between Russia and China - just a month after the two countries vowed to deepen their bilateral ties. It now appears that President Xi Jinping may be doing his best - through his officials - to distance himself from Putin and his war, as the Chinese leader now focuses on improving his diplomatic relations...
    House Republicans moved quickly on Tuesday to have a new select committee to investigate China and a select committee to investigate the 'weaponization' of the federal law enforcement approved.  GOP lawmakers are vowing to bring accountability to the Biden administration, pledging to investigate federal law enforcement agencies, including those that are conducting probes into former President Donald Trump. Republicans also established a committee, with broad bipartisan support, to investigate 'strategic competition' between the U.S. and China, in line with the party's push for a more hardline approach to the Asian nation. The creation of the committees is the first of many investigative steps Republicans plan to take as they settle into their slim majority and attempt to serve as a check against President Joe Biden and his agenda on Capitol Hill. It amounts to a massive reshuffling away from the oversight priorities of Democrats, who used their majority to form a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.  That committee is no more, and Republicans have no plans to revive it, vowing instead to take a...
    China's ambassador to Australia has suggested one of our allies, Japan, could invade us, invoking the memory of World War II in an extraordinary moment with reporters in the nation's capital. 'During World War II, Japan invaded Australia, bombed Darwin, killed Australians, and treated Australian prisoners of war in a way that was unacceptable,' Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian said during a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday. 'The Japanese government has not apologised for that. 'Does that mean they haven't really realised it is wrong? If they don't apologise, they don't accept it's wrong, and they might repeat the history. 'When someone threatens you, they might threaten you again.' China's ambassador to Australia, Xiao Quin (pictured), has bizarrely claimed that Australia could be invaded by ally Japan Mr Xiao's inflammatory remarks came a day after The Australian published an interview with his counterpart from Japan, ambassador Shingo Yamagami. In that interview, Mr Yamagami addressed the recent thaw in relations between Australia and China under the Albanese government. 'I think this is a good step forward. But at the same time,...
    Passengers prepare to enter Shenzhen through the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Control Point on the first day of the resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and mainland China on Jan. 8, 2023 in Hong Kong.Li Zhihua | China News Service | Getty Images Mainland China's move away from its zero-Covid policy has led to a sharp surge in infections, and the resumption of travel means some are looking farther afield for vaccines.  In mid-December, China's full Covid vaccination rate stood near 87%, with 54% boosted. The main Covid vaccines approved for use in China are from Sinovac and Sinopharm. Mainlanders have been flocking to Macao in recent months for Western mRNA vaccines, which are widely administered around the world but not endorsed by China.  But even if patients attempted booking an appointment as early as mid-December, the next available slots at the Macau University of Science and Technology Hospital, the only location offering jabs to tourists, are as late as February. Analysts expect that the list of destinations for vaccine tourism will grow.'Natural first destination': Hong Kong"I believe that...
    Last year, many cinema-goers in China would have seen a hit movie called Moon Man. Starring Shen Teng, a famous actor best described as the Chinese equivalent of Hollywood’s Will Ferrell, it revolves around Dugu Yue, a lonely maintenance worker stranded in a lunar research facility after an asteroid hits planet Earth. His slapstick exploits lifted the spirits of a locked-down nation, helping Moon Man become the second-highest grossing movie of the year. Taking 3.1 billion Yuan (£380 million) so far, it’s already one of the most successful Chinese-language comedy films of all time. That’s no mean feat given the impact of Beijing’s draconian covid restrictions on box-office takings. Yet China’s burgeoning fascination with lunar exploration goes beyond mere fiction. For the prospects of the communist superpower creating a real-life version of Dugu Yue has just sparked a major diplomatic row. The Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket lifts off from launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in November Astronaut Wang Yaping waves after disembarking from the return capsule at the Dongfeng landing site in April...
    LAX’s arrivals area in the Tom Bradley International Terminal is now filling with the sounds of Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunanese and other languages as travelers from China seize the chance to enter the United States for the first time in nearly three years. Under a new policy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all were required to produce a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flights to the United States. But that’s an imperfect means of protection, shown to miss anywhere from 30% to 70% of people who are in the early stages of an infection. The sudden return of Chinese visitors may inadvertently throw a bit of fuel onto the dumpster fire of COVID-19 cases that continues to burn in the United States. But the CDC is also concerned about a more remote — and far scarier — possibility: that a traveler from China infected with a new coronavirus variant could enter the country and jump-start a fresh wave of transmission and illness. “New variants can arise anywhere there’s uncontrolled infection, and COVID is spreading through China like...
    My top 10 things to watch Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 1. Employment number Friday. Federal Reserve should move if we don't get above 4% unemployment and wages don't fall. Wage inflation seems to be the only thing that matters to central bankers. The Homestretch, our new audio feature to get you ready for the final hour of trading, starts Tuesday. Look for the alert. Here's my Sunday commentary, detailing our worldview for the first half of 2023 and the stocks that will win in the new year. The overall market looks higher on the first trading day of 2023 after Wall Street on Friday closed out a terrible 2022. 2. China's continued move toward reopening its economy after prolonged, strict anti-Covid measures has been good for Club holdings Estee Lauder (EL) and Starbucks (SBUX). Both stocks have soared over the past three months, with EL up 15% and SBUX up nearly 18%. Starbucks can be bought even up there. Club stock Wynn Resorts (WYNN), also closely tied to China, upgraded at Wells Fargo to overweight from equal weight (buy from...
    The Department of Justice is trying to prevent disclosure of 400 pages of sensitive documents on Hunter and Jim Biden's dealings with China, Russia and Ukraine – by pretending they don't exist. Colorado lawyer Kevin Evans sued the department in March after it failed to comply with his request for records on the Bidens' dealings under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Evans, a FOIA expert, asked for documents pertaining to 'any relationship, communication, gift(s), and/or remuneration in any form' between the president's son Hunter or brother Jim, and China, Russia or Ukraine. He said government lawyers first admitted in court to having at least 400 pages of 'potentially relevant' documents – but are now trying to get away with saying they can 'neither confirm nor deny' the existence of any records that match his request. The DoJ is trying to prevent disclosure of 400 pages of sensitive documents on Hunter and uncle Jim Biden's dealings with China, Russia and Ukraine, DailyMail.com can reveal  Colorado lawyer Kevin Evans sued the department in March after it failed to comply with his...
    The Investing Club's top 5 things to watch in the market Friday: Stocks lower, China Covid cases, Dogs of the Dow
    The Club's 5 things to watch Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 1. Stocks rise Thursday morning after coming under pressure Wednesday, but can this be trusted? Markets got a boost after inline jobless claims increased more than expected. 2. Oil slipping on worries that surging Covid-19 cases in China will cool demand. But if China goes into lockdown again, will it be the last one? Encouragingly, no new mutations found in Chinese travelers to Milan, while Pfizer's Paxlovid is a popular gift among the Chinese elite.
    The Club's top 5 things to watch Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 1. Stock futures are positive Wednesday morning after closing mostly lower Tuesday, with the technology sector leading the way down. Will the market sell it down quickly again and, if so, how much of this is so-called tax-loss harvesting, especially in tech stocks? Meanwhile, Treasury yields are down ahead of pending home sales data and the Richmond Federal Reserve's manufacturing index Tuesday morning. 2. Oil is trading slightly lower Wednesday, with West Texas Intermediate crude futures down 0.7%. Crude prices came under pressure Tuesday, as Russia said it would ban oil sales to countries that imposed a price cap this month.
    Travelers check in at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport in on Dec. 12, 2022, after China relaxed domestic travel restrictions.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Now that China is set to reopen its borders, locals are rushing to plan overseas travel for the Lunar New Year in late January, according to Trip.com Group. Within half an hour of China's announced policy change, searches for travel abroad surged to a three-year high, the travel booking company said. Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the U.K. made the list of top 10 destinations outside the mainland with the fastest-growing search volume, the company said. Macao and Hong Kong also made the list, which did not include any countries on the European continent. China's National Health Commission announced late Monday that starting Jan. 8, inbound travelers would no longer need to quarantine upon arrival on the mainland, ending a policy of nearly three years. Authorities also said they would allow Chinese citizens to resume travel, without providing details on timing or process. During the pandemic, Beijing prevented...
    Crowds gather to watch a band perform at the Solana mall in Beijing on Christmas Eve 2022, as the city recovers from a Covid wave.Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — People are returning to the streets in China's capital city as it emerges from a wave of Covid infections. During the Monday morning rush hour, traffic in Beijing surged by about 90% from a week ago — to "heavily congested" levels, according to Baidu data. Over the weekend, ticket orders for Beijing city attractions doubled from the prior week, according to data cited by Chinese business news site 21st Century Business Herald. CNBC was unable to verify the figures. Anecdotally, foot traffic at malls and Universal Beijing Resort's CityWalk over the weekend was up significantly to modestly crowded levels. Not all stores have reopened yet. Christmas is not a public holiday in mainland China, but often celebrated by younger people. In contrast to the surge in Beijing city traffic, Shanghai and Shenzhen still saw very low levels of congestion Monday morning, the Baidu data showed. The...
    My top 10 things to watch Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 1. Federal Reserve-driven selling continues in stocks but the long bond does nothing. These moves say earnings must go lower. But the question is: which ones? Since the Fed outlined a more hawkish outlook Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 900 points total in back-to-back declines. 2. Atlantic Equities expects growth at Club holding Estee Lauder (EL) to reaccelerate as China relaxes Covid restrictions. As we've been saying, analysts there say lifting Covid rules unlocks China's potential. Atlantic put an overweight (buy) rating on EL, with a $302-per-share price target.
    The incoming Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee is planning to focus both on President Biden's son Hunter and the role of the president's former 'body man' in pushing a potential business introduction in China. The probe, part of a broader look at Hunter's foreign business dealings based in part on information gleaned from his laptop, will take in communications from Francis 'Fran' Person, who was a close personal aid to to Biden when he was vice president. As Biden's body man, Person traveled with the vice president to 47 states, keeping track of personal details, fielding calls, helping with schedules, and staying in close quarters at odd hours. He also assisted Biden in the Senate, working with him for eight years. Person left government in 2014 and went on to join the Harves Group, founded by Chinese executive Bo Zhang, who has 'ties' to the Chinese Communist Party. House Republicans are gearing up probes of Hunter Biden, including his contacts with a former close Joe Biden aide who sought to connect him with a Chinese executive RELATED ARTICLES ...
    U.S. Senator Republican Marco Rubio gives a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, February 25, 2022.Octavio Jones | Reuters A new bill from a bipartisan group of lawmakers, if passed, would ban TikTok in the U.S. after years of broad concern across the Trump and Biden administrations about potential Chinese government influence on the company. Social media stocks like Meta and Snap were positive Tuesday when the news broke. Meta shares were up more than 6% and Snap was up more than 3% as of late morning. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has raised fears in the U.S. that Chinese government officials could gain access to U.S. user data under Chinese law that could compel the company to hand over information. TikTok has insisted U.S. user data is safely stored outside of China, which it says should keep it out of reach of government officials. But the company's reassurances have done little to turn down the heat on TikTok. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. is in talks with the company about...
    Sheets of copper cathode are pictured at BHP Billiton's Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine, in Antofagasta, northern Chile March 31, 2008.Ivan Alvarado | Reuters Copper — traditionally seen as a leading indicator of economic health — has unsurprisingly had a rough year. But analysts expect a resurgence in 2023, even as the global outlook remains highly uncertain. Some of Wall Street's biggest banks in recent weeks have suggested a combination of short-term supply tightness and long-term energy transition-related demand will push the red metal north from here.related investing newsDeutsche Bank upgrades chipmaker Lam Research, sees a memory demand rebound in 2024Alex Harring18 hours agoGoldman and Bank of America see copper soaring to record highsElliot SmithKatrina Bishopa day agoShares of this under-the-radar global miner are set to rally 50%, analyst saysGanesh Raoa day agoThe downward pressure in 2022 stemmed in part from persistent market expectations for a surplus inflection in the metal market, driven by anticipation of sluggish demand amid slowing global growth and an acceleration of mining activity, Goldman Sachs strategists said in a note last week. However, this...
    As more politicians and agency leaders sound the alarm on the social media app TikTok over its Chinese ties, states are taking action, with several using executive orders to ban the app on state devices and others issuing directives to state agencies ordering the removal of the app. The move to protect cyber infrastructure and security in individual states is being carried out solely by Republican governors, despite lawmakers advocating similar action in Democratic-led states. SEE IT: OKLAHOMA GOV. STITT BANS TIKTOK, JOINING GOP GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TikTok and Facebook application on screen Apple iPhone XR (Anatoliy Sizov/Getty Images) Nebraska In the summer of 2020, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) was ahead of his time when he announced a ban on the app on state devices. "The Chinese government has long engaged in systematic, covert efforts to access sensitive data from U.S. governments, companies, and individuals,” Ricketts said at the time. “As an app owned by a company based in China," he continued, "TikTok is legally obligated to provide data from its...
    NBC weatherman Al Roker is back home after being readmitted to the hospital nearly two weeks ago. Roker, 68, was in the hospital for a second time being treated for blood clots that went from his leg to his lungs. He was first discharged on Thanksgiving, only to be rushed back to the hospital via ambulance the next day. The Today weather anchor took to Instagram to express his gratitude over being home. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Al Roker (@alroker) AL ROKER TAKEN BACK TO HOSPITAL ONE DAY AFTER BEING RELEASED: ‘HIS CONDITION WAS WORRYING’ "Home! So incredibly grateful to family, friends, medical folks, @todayshow family and all your thoughts and prayers,” Roker wrote. Roker shared a photo of him along with his wife Deborah Roberts and daughter Leila. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie commented: “CUTIES!! Right where you belong.” Former Today co-host Katie Couric also responded to Roker’s post with several red heart emojis. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER As...
    Anna Webber/Getty Images In 2020, Washington Post columnist Max Boot happily served as one of the most useful idiots in Xi Jinping’s arsenal, prematurely declaring that the genocidal regime that unleashed the coronavirus on the rest of the world had won the pandemic. “China’s success is mainly due to the application of science in a country where people are taught to respect science,” explained Boot, who found it within himself to heap praise upon the Chinese Communist Party for, of all things, separating Covid-positive children from their parents. “If the virus were a human enemy, [Donald] Trump would have long ago run up the white flag, while China would be accepting its unconditional surrender,” he concluded, putting a bow on a staggering #Resistance artifact that boasted the jaw-dropping title: “China is beating the coronavirus while Trump leads America to defeat.” Fast-forward to this week, and Boot has been forced to admit that you do not, under any circumstances, have to hand it to the Chinese Communist Party. His epiphany, however, came without an admission of his own error in judgment....
    British Members of Parliament demanded answers on Wednesday from foreign ministers about how they will protect the joint UK/US military base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean if the government signs a deal with Mauritius to hand over the surrounding Chagos Islands. Last week, DailyMail.com revealed fears that any deal could allow China to move in and lease uninhabited islands close to the base. Diego Garcia's strategic location, between Africa and Asia, has seen it used as a crucial base for operations in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan among others.  Its future was highlighted in a Westminster Hall debate, as MPs pressed for assurances on its future.  Daniel Kawczynski, the conservative MP who called the debate, said: 'If the mantra is to keep Diego Garcia while giving some of the other islands away, imagine what would happen to the viability and sustainability of UK and American bases on Diego Garcia. It would be absolutely intolerable for us. Diego Garcia is the biggest island in the Chagos Archipelago. Its position in the center of the Indian Ocean gives it a crucial strategic...
    Disney is selling t-shirts and other merchandise that appear to mock China's president Xi Jinping with a Winnie the Pooh anti-lockdown logo. The line of merch, available on Disney's Japanese online store, shows a frowning Pooh Bear examining a blank piece of paper - something that has become symbolic of the on-going anti-lockdown movement in China. Chinese citizens have previously likened the iconic Disney character to president Xi, with Beijing even going as far as banning the release of Christopher Robin - a 2018 film adaptation of AA Milne's beloved story - because of the comparisons. The image is based on a viral 2013 meme which shows Pooh Bear examining a blank piece of paper, but has been adapted to include the frowning - presumably as a nod to Xi's frustrations over the protest movement across China. Disney has mocked China's president Xi Jinping with a collection of Winnie the Pooh anti-lockdown merchandise, including t-shirts (pictured), mugs, hoodies and tote bags Like protesters in Hong Kong and Russia before them, people in China began to adopt a blank piece of paper as a symbol...
    People walk outside wearing masks during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Harlem area of the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, February 10, 2022.Carlo Allegri | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control Prevention on Monday encouraged people to wear masks to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses this season as Covid, flu and RSV circulate at the same time. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, in a call with reporters, said wearing a mask is an everyday precaution that people can take to reduce their chances of catching or spreading a respiratory virus during the busy holiday season. "We also encourage you to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses," Walensky said. The CDC director said the agency is considering expanding its system of Covid community levels to include other respiratory viruses such as the flu. The system is the basis for when CDC advises the public to wear masks. But Walensky encouraged the public to take proactive action. "One need not wait on CDC action in order to put a mask...
    My top 10 things to watch Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 1. Morgan Stanley's Mike Wilson says he has seen enough of the rally, and he says it's time to bail. There's less than 2% upside at the high end of his year-end S&P 500 price target of 4,000 to 4,150. Stay with defensive stocks and utilities. The industrials have been carrying the market. I wrote about some of the hot old-school stocks lately and how we're playing the sector for the Club. 2. China manufacturing for the U.S. is down 40%, according to the latest CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map data, due to factories being shut down there due to Covid restrictions. According to Reuters, China may be ready to announce 10 more Covid easing measures this week as Beijing slowly admits that the latest variants of Covid are no worse than the flu. 3. Wedbush says the current situation in China is an absolute disaster for Club holding Apple (AAPL). Typical overstatement. Foxconn saw a 29% revenue drop in November, largely because of a slowdown at the biggest iPhone...
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on December 2, 2022 in New York City.Michael M. Santiago | Getty Images Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:1. Waiting on the FedThe Federal Reserve's policy makers don't hold their December meeting until next week, but investors are already looking ahead to the most eagerly awaited Fed decision in months. The central bank has steadily increased its benchmark rate in increments of three-quarters of a point since June but is now expected to start easing off that aggressive pace. Yet as recent economic data has shown – inflation is still high, albeit a bit cooler, and the job market is still rocking – the Fed hasn't cooled the economy as much as it would have liked by now. "Despite some promising developments, we have a long way to go in restoring price stability," Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said last week. Read live market updates here.2. Covid hopes lift Chinese marketsA person walks past a poster encouraging elderly...
    by Micaela Burrow   TikTok accounts operating as voices of Chinese state media promoted messages that appeared to denigrate Republican candidates and favor Democratic ones ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, according to a Forbes investigation. While the Chinese-owned social media app has verbally affirmed the need to crack down on election disinformation and foreign interference, several news-oriented accounts failed to disclose their affiliation with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) state-owned media on the platform, Forbes found. The accounts racked up tens of millions views on posts that covered divisive topics, such as abortion and race, as well as critical clips that mostly targeted Republican candidates ahead of the 2022 midterms. “This opens a new dimension for conversation about TikTok,” Conor Healy, director of government research at surveillance research group IPVM, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The accounts are managed by MediaLinks TV, which registered as a foreign agent for China with the Treasury Department in 2019 and distributes the U.S. branch of China Central Television (CCTV), CGTN, according to the company’s LinkedIn page. MediaLinks also operates the CCTV and CGTN apps, according to Apple. The largest accounts are @Panadorama, @The…Optimist...
    China has allegedly set up more than 100 police stations across the world to spy on, harass, and even repatriate Chinese citizens living in exile, with the help of other nations.  In an exclusive CNN report citing NGO Safeguard Defenders, China has been operating 48 additional police stations abroad since the group first revealed 54 stations in September. Beijing has denied running such operations, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs telling CNN in November that 'using this as a pretext to smear China is unacceptable.'  It was claimed that the facilities are actually administrative hubs to help Chinese expatriates with tasks like renewing their driver's licenses. The offices were also used to help during the Covid-19 pandemic, when many citizens were locked down in other countries and unable to renew their documentation. The new report comes after alarming footage showed a man being wrestled out of his home by Chinese authorities in hazmat suits after he refused to be moved to a quarantine facility.  This is despite Chinese authorities announcing a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions after President Xi Jinping appeared to buckle under the pressure of...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to meet next week in Uzbekistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization forum, a Russian official said on Wednesday.Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images This year has been a tough one for the world's worst authoritarians: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Each of them ends 2022 reeling from self-inflected wounds, the consequences of the sorts of bad decisions that hubris-blinded autocrats find far easier to make than to unwind.  Given that, the United States and its global partners should double down in 2023 to shape the contest unfolding between democrats and despots that will define the post-Cold War order. U.S. President Joe Biden has consistently focused on this competition as a historic "Inflection Point." His third year in office provides him his best opportunity yet to score lasting gains in that contest. At the beginning of this year, autocracy seemed to be on the march. Presidents Putin and Xi in early February 2022, just ahead of the Beijing Olympics, entered a...
    A SCIENTIST who worked closely with the Wuhan lab has claimed Covid was genetically engineered - and leaked from the facility. Dr Andrew Huff, former vice president of EcoHealth Alliance, claims to have had a ringside seat to what he brands one of the greatest cover-ups in history - and the "biggest US intelligence failure since 9/11". 4Dozens of experts have suggested Covid could have escaped from the Wuhan labCredit: AP 4Security guards keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the WHOCredit: Reuters 4Dr Andrew Huff was vice president of EcoHealth Alliance The Wuhan Institute of Virology - a high security lab specialising in coronaviruses - has been in the eye of the storm as questions rage over whether Covid could have escaped from its lab. Both China and the lab have furiously denied any allegations - but evidence of a lab leak has been piling up over the last two years as scientists, researchers and governments hunt for answers and step forward with evidence. Dozens of experts have suggested Covid could have escaped from the Wuhan lab through...
    CHINA is allegedly engaged in a massive "Trojan Horse" operation aimed at getting hold of military technology and knowhow, experts have warned. “Tens of thousands” of potential spies are feared to be working inside universities and companies, passing on secret technology that one day may be used against the West. 3A UK university works with the manufacturer of China's J-20 stealth fighterCredit: EPA 3It also co-operates with a company that makes China's H-20 stealth bomberCredit: weibo 3UK universities work with Chinese companies that make missilesCredit: Getty Fears have been raised China is dangling huge amounts of cash to get its hands on top tech from the US and UK. Beijing has funded research in “blindly naive” universities, poached RAF fighter pilots to train its own, and lured Chinese nationals home with big salaries after they worked in top secret projects. Research labs are said to be the new front in a global arms race as China seeks to overtake the US as the world's dominant superpower. President Xi Jinping has said he wants parity by 2027 and to have overtaken...
    The Chagos Islands may be little more than specks in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but they are at the center of a looming diplomatic row over a key American military base and the rise of Chinese power. Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have raised fears that the British government's decision to begin negotiations to hand over the islands to Mauritius could allow China the chance to build its own military facility on the archipelago — right under the nose of American forces at Diego Garcia. The issue is one of the most important strategic locations in the Indian Ocean, from where U.S. B1 and B52 bombers can reach maritime chokepoints, vital sea lanes and even potential Chinese bases everywhere from Djibouti to Pakistan.  The British government says any deal will protect the U.S. operation at Diego Garcia.  But British MP Daniel Kawczynski is warning his American counterparts that handing sovereignty to Mauritius - with its deepening economic ties to Beijing - offers no guarantee that China won't soon have its own base on the island chain.  ...
    U.S. President Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, France's president, met at the White House.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images The United States has stepped up its heavy rhetoric against China, and wants Europe to follow suit. But the bloc can't quite afford to do the same. The U.S. administration has been particularly focused on China, having made the topic a dominant feature of international discussions shortly after President Joe Biden took office. Comments and actions have escalated in recent months. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, for instance, said Wednesday that Beijing has become a growing threat to U.S. companies. This message has been shared and acknowledged in Europe. Reports suggested that American officials had told European counterparts to consider using export control restrictions on China. The U.S. Commerce Department was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC Thursday. The U.S. in October imposed restrictions on Chinese access to certain U.S.-developed technologies. But while the European Union has dubbed China as a "strategic rival" on different occasions, it is pursuing a different approach from the U.S. "The EU is...
    Not a day goes by in Washington that someone in the national security community doesn’t warn the United States is falling dangerously behind China. Usually, it’s a reference to the U.S. military’s ability to deter China from seizing Taiwan. But there’s another area where China is racing to get ahead of America: space and, more specifically, the moon and its potential water and mineral resources. In November, both China and the U.S. experienced giant leaps in the advancement of their space exploration goals. STUNNING PICTURES FROM NASA'S ORION SPACECRAFT SHOW MOON ECLIPSING EARTH America, for the first time in 50 years, sent an unmanned space capsule flying toward the moon. It was the first step in NASA’s Artemis program, named after Apollo's mythological twin sister, which plans to send four astronauts to circle the moon in 2024, followed by a moon landing as soon as 2025. Meanwhile, the Chinese made history in low Earth orbit, sending three astronauts to join three already aboard its Tiangong space station to complete its construction and conduct China’s first-ever...
    This is the sweet moment a stubborn cat clung onto a door frame so that they would not have to face the freezing temperatures outside.  The moggy defied their owner, who wanted to put them outside for a while in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China as they had grown tired of the cat's hijinks.  Footage shows the British shorthair next to their owner, who is trying in vain to lead them outside on November 20.  But the feline refuses, by getting up on its back legs and holding tightly onto the door frame with its right front paw.  This is the sweet moment a stubborn cat clung onto a door frame so that they would not have to face the freezing temperatures outside RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Round of Appaws! 'Crowd-pleasing' French bulldog named... Man who survived after stepping on a venomous stonefish used... Share this article Share The owner does not give up and keeps trying to prise the animal off. But their strong paw remains- and the owner gets tired...
    Apple has come under intense scrutiny for restricting its AirDrop features on iPhones sold in the People's Republic of China as citizens take to the streets to protest the Chinese government’s strict nature surrounding COVID-19 lockdowns. In the Nov. 9 iOS 16.1.1 update, the AirDrop feature, which allows iPhone users to share information with other iPhone users without the use of the internet, on Chinese iPhones limited the receiving options from non-contacts to a maximum of 10 minutes. The receiving preference automatically returns to "off" or "contacts only" once the 10 minutes have passed. There was no time limit previously. ELUSIVE ALIBABA FOUNDER JACK MA LIVING IN TOKYO FOR PAST SIX MONTHS, REPORT SAYS The modified AirDrop receiving options are only present in China, as all other iPhones still have the option of receiving from everyone with no time restrictions. The change is set to be made worldwide, but the company has not confirmed a change, Bloomberg reported. The change has caused backlash from prominent figures, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, who decried the move and...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson spent a significant portion of his show Tuesday portraying Apple as a lapdog for the Chinese Communist Party. During his opening monologue, the host laid out what he said was a secretive pact the company has with China’s government to suppress free speech both in China and in the U.S. Carlson commented on ongoing protests in China where organizers rely on Apple’s airdrop feature to connect. The feature leaves no digital paper trail and does not rely on either cellular towers or WiFi. Apple has declined to comment on its decision to suppress the file-sharing feature. The host then shared a tweet from Twitter owner Elon Musk, who claimed this week Apple has threatened to remove the platform’s app from its app store. “Several tech developers are coming forward to confirm this is how Apple operates and has for years,” Carlson said. “So, when Parler was thrown off of the app store because they allowed Donald Trump to speak, you would think it was an anomaly. It wasn’t.” Carlson claimed suppressing speech its shareholders disagree with...
    Chinese officials and diplomats used the humiliating American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 to portray the U.S. as an unreliable international partner and a 'declining power,' according to a Pentagon report released on Tuesday. The report — an annual review of Chinese military capabilities — also says Beijing is rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, and is on track to have 1500 warheads by 2035, nearly quadruple the number it has now. It is part of an effort to strengthen the nation by 2049, the centenary of the communist takeover, and 'revise the international order.' Its release comes two weeks after President Joe Biden met with China's Xi Jinping on the sidelines the Group of 20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, as they sought to repair fractured relations.  And it describes how the People's Republic of China sought to capitalize on Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan. 'In 2021, the PRC employed multiple diplomatic tools in an attempt to erode U.S. and partner influence, such as highlighting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and criticizing U.S.-backed security partnerships,' the Department of Defense concluded.  The withdrawal of...
    Chinese human rights lawyers are mobilizing on behalf of dissidents despite the risk of government retaliation following a wave of protests that reportedly forced Chinese Communist Party officials to close universities ahead of schedule. "A fellow lawyer said it wasn't appropriate and reminded me of the risks, but ... I just want to provide them with whatever help I can," lawyer Wang Shengshen told Radio Free Asia. "I want to thank them and ... do anything in my power to support them at this time, or I wouldn't be able to live with myself.” Chinese cities have been rocked by mass protests against the regime’s “zero-COVID” policy, a heavy-handed testing and lockdown protocol that Beijing once hoped would showcase “a great contrast between ‘China’s orderliness’ and ‘the West’s chaos,’” as one senior official put it in 2020. Chinese officials have accused “forces with ulterior motives” of exaggerating the public discontent, but several internal analysts suggest that the surging anger of students and other dissidents has presented the authoritarian leaders with a difficult dilemma. "There is a huge sense of public...