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Jan 23 07:47

"Career Advancement Tied To Whether You Have Kids" As China's Birth-Rate Hits Record Low

After China's once-in-a-decade census had already corrected the number of births in the country downwards considerably in 2020, Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports that the latest release from the National Statistics Bureau of China (NBS) shows that in 2021, even fewer babies were born in the country.

The statistic only counted 10.62 million births in 2021, down from twelve million in 2020. Meanwhile, China's population stagnated at around 1.41 billion people.

Jan 23 07:12

'My hell in Beijing's sterilisation camp': Uighur Muslim incarcerated for three years at a 're-education' jail relives chilling ordeal as Prisoner No 9 and how she was cruelly tricked by captors into having a vaccine that left her sterile

One at a time, our warders led us into a makeshift infirmary where men in lab coats were waiting. There was no choice.

I was told by one of the superintendents: ‘You must be vaccinated. You’re 50 years old. Your immune system isn’t what it used to be. If you don’t do this, you might get the flu.’

Terrified of reprisals if I didn’t agree, I signed a document giving my permission. One of the men jabbed the vein in my arm. I was so stupid.

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Jan 21 10:11

China, Russia delay U.S. bid to sanction North Koreans at U.N.

China and Russia delayed a U.S. bid to impose U.N. sanctions on five North Koreans on Thursday, diplomats said, as Pyongyang suggested it may resume tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

Jan 21 07:08

JOHN PILGER - THE COMING WAR ON CHINA

Jan 21 06:58

Exclusive — Rep. Michael Waltz: ‘Swamp Is Lighting up’ to Protect Defense Department Contracts that ‘Pour Billions’ into China’s ‘Military Buildup’

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) told Breitbart News on Wednesday that the “swamp is lighting up” to defeat legislation he introduced to implement a four-year ban on federal government contracting with business sponsors of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“I made an attempt this year on the defense bill,” Waltz said on Wednesday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily podcast with special guest host Jerome Hudson. “As we were creating the defense bill, I put an amendment in that said if you’re going to sponsor these Olympics and give our greatest adversary this global propaganda platform and turn a blind eye to all of these atrocities and, oh, by the way, pour billions in that’s funding their military buildup, then you can’t have Defense Department contracts and you can’t sell to the United States military.”

Jan 21 06:43

Exclusive-U.S. Seeks Way to Speed Delivery of New Fighter Jets to Taiwan

The United States is looking for ways to potentially accelerate delivery of Taiwan's next generation of new-build F-16 fighter jets, U.S. officials said, bolstering the Taiwanese air force's ability to respond to what Washington and Taipei see as increasing intimidation by China's military.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they have not yet come up with a solution on how to speed delivery of Block 70 F-16s, manufactured by Lockheed Martin and equipped with new capabilities. The aircraft are currently slated to be delivered by the end of 2026.

Jan 21 06:25

Joint naval drills reflect growing ties between China, Russia and Iran

Joint naval exercises involving Russia, China and Iran scheduled to begin Friday in the northern Indian Ocean have as much to do with global geopolitics as they do with warship capabilities and the fight against local sea pirates. In the face of growing pressure from the United States, the maneuvers are a particularly strong signal that some of America’s leading adversaries are moving closer together as relations with the U.S. deteriorate.

The exercises coincide with the visit this week by hard-line Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Moscow and proposals for a 20-year economic and security pact between the two countries. China agreed to its own 25-year “comprehensive strategic partnership” with Tehran in March even though the U.S. is still enforcing major economic and financial sanctions on Iran and its trading partners over its nuclear programs.

Jan 20 12:28

Chinese Made Crap Ruining People’s Lives

Jan 20 08:22

China ‘warns off’ US destroyer

The Chinese military said naval and aerial assets were deployed on Tuesday in response to a so-called freedom of navigation mission conducted by the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold in the South China Sea.

The Arleigh Burke-class ship “illegally entered” the area near the Paracel Islands – which Beijing calls the Xisha Islands and claims are under its sovereignty – a spokesman for the Southern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reported on Thursday. The command dispatched naval and air forces to follow and ultimately “warn off” the American warship, the spokesman, Colonel Tian Junli, said.

He said the passage of the ship “seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security” and warned that unless Washington ceases such activities, “it will bear the serious consequences of unforeseen events.”

Jan 20 08:12

Yuan rises in ranks of top global currencies

The yuan has now firmly placed itself among the world’s top five most popular currencies for cross-border payments, securing the fourth spot for the first time in six years.

When the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) started tracking cross-border payment messages in 2010, the yuan ranked only 35th.

The Chinese currency’s transaction activity recently surged to its second-highest level on record, Reuters reported citing SWIFT. The yuan accounted for roughly 2.7% of global payments in December 2021.

Against the US dollar, the yuan posted its second straight year of gains in 2021. It also became last year’s best performing emerging market currency, rallying on surging exports, a growing trade surplus, and robust capital inflows into Chinese assets. Data shows global holdings of Chinese government bonds also hit a record high last month.

Jan 20 07:54

China Warns Olympic Athletes Over "Any Speech" Contrary To Chinese Laws

The same week that Western media outlets and privacy advocates have issued warnings that athletes who bring their personal smart phones to Beijing's winter Olympic games will leave themselves open to Chinese state surveillance, given that a new app developed by Beijing to track Olympic athletes' health data has been found to have several startling security flaws, top China officials have a message of their own...

"A member of China's Olympics organizing committee warned that foreign athletes may face punishment for speech that violates Chinese law at the 2022 Winter Games, spotlighting concerns about the country's restrictions on political expression," The Washington Post writes Wednesday.

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Like the US isn't doing the same thing with cancel culture...

Jan 19 14:21

China shuts down more ports due to “covid,” global supply chain collapse imminent?

China’s “covid-zero” policy means that consumer goods will now have an even more difficult time getting out of China to the rest of the world. Some of the supply is being rerouted through Shanghai, but it will not be enough to avoid the same types of congestion bottlenecks – or worse – that occurred last summer. -- The United States is still feeling the effects of this as at least 105 supply ships float off the West Coast with no end in sight. That number will soon skyrocket as China engages in more economic warfare under the guise of fighting “covid.”

Jan 19 13:22

Live Q&A: China Reports Community Transmission of Hemorrhagic Fever; Biden Has His ‘Worst Week’

It appears that another virus is spreading in China. It allegedly has patients bleeding from bodily openings, including the eyes and ears. Reports from Xi’an, where the government has locked down a city of 13 million people, some who are nearing starvation, claim there are now signs of community transmission of hemorrhagic fever. The state-run Global Times reported on this, and claimed the regime is urging quick vaccinations to stop the spread of the virus.

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Biological warfare?

Jan 19 13:22

Russia, Iran, China to hold joint naval maneuvers

The Russian, Iranian and Chinese navies will hold joint naval maneuvers, Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported on Tuesday.

"The Pacific Fleet’s naval group made up of the Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Tributs and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma has anchored in the roadstead of the Chabahar port in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the port, the Russian Navy’s official delegation will take part in a planning conference on holding joint naval drills of combat ships of Russia, Iran and China," the Pacific Fleet’s press office reported.

The Russian naval ships will also replenish food, fresh water and fuel supplies at the port, the press office specified.

Jan 19 11:29

China's Covid Lockdowns Are INSANE

Jan 19 08:20

US Has Stepped Up Aircraft Carrier Deployments in South China Sea

Reflecting the Pentagon’s new focus on China, US aircraft carrier strike groups almost doubled deployments to the South China Sea in 2021 compared to the year before.

According to the Beijing-based South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI), US carrier strike groups entered the South China Sea 10 times in 2021, compared with six times in 2020, and five in 2019.

“The US military have drastically reinforced their military deployment in the South China Sea since last year, in terms of training scales, sorties and scenarios,” SCSPI director Hu Bo said Friday, according to The South China Morning Post.

Hu said that the carrier training patterns have become “more complicated and unpredictable.” In the past, US warships typically entered the South China Sea through the Bashi Channel, a waterway between the Philippines and Taiwan. But Hu said over the past year, the US has diversified its routes, and the time span of the deployments varies.

Jan 19 08:05

Michelle Malkin: Blundering Billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya More Right Than Wrong

I'm not mad that some venture capital mogul (whom I'd never heard of before) said this week on a podcast (which I'd also never heard of before) that "nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs."

I am, however, mildly (but not surprisingly) annoyed that this blundering billionaire backed down so quickly in the face of exactly the kind of virtue-signaling bloviators whom he so rightfully criticized in the first place.

Chamath Palihapitiya, who is apparently a former AOL and Facebook executive and founder of a Palo Alto investment firm called Social Capital, outraged the perpetually outraged mob by dismissing his co-host Jason Calacanis' praise for the Biden administration's "very strong" support of Muslim Uyghurs in China.

Jan 19 07:51

Do China’s ties to the Mideast run deep?

A burst of diplomatic activity between China and Middle East countries has kicked off 2022. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week hosted a delegation from the Gulf Cooperation Council, including the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, as well as the GCC’s secretary general. They were immediately followed by the Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers. Beijing also made small waves with the announcement that Syria had signed a cooperation agreement to work with China on the Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI.

It was indeed a major week in China-Middle East, North Africa relations, but not without recent precedent. In 2021, Wang made two substantive trips to the region, visiting Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the UAE, Oman, and Bahrain in March, and then Syria, Egypt, and Algeria in July. Add to this State Councilor Yang Jiechi’s trip to Qatar and Kuwait in early 2021, and it is clear Beijing is devoting significant diplomatic resources in the region.

Jan 19 07:51

US Has Stepped Up Aircraft Carrier Deployments in South China Sea

Reflecting the Pentagon’s new focus on China, US aircraft carrier strike groups almost doubled deployments to the South China Sea in 2021 compared to the year before.

According to the Beijing-based South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI), US carrier strike groups entered the South China Sea 10 times in 2021, compared with six times in 2020, and five in 2019.

“The US military have drastically reinforced their military deployment in the South China Sea since last year, in terms of training scales, sorties and scenarios,” SCSPI director Hu Bo said Friday, according to The South China Morning Post.

Hu said that the carrier training patterns have become “more complicated and unpredictable.” In the past, US warships typically entered the South China Sea through the Bashi Channel, a waterway between the Philippines and Taiwan. But Hu said over the past year, the US has diversified its routes, and the time span of the deployments varies.

Jan 19 07:30

Putin to Brief China's Xi on Russia-NATO Talks, Kremlin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin will brief his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Moscow's talks with NATO when he travels to Beijing next month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Putin is set to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 4. Russia and China have moved closer together as both have come under increasing pressure from the West - Moscow over its military build-up near Ukraine and Beijing over trade and human rights.

Jan 19 07:07

China Is Chipping Away At America's Influence In The Middle East

Last week saw a series of meetings in Beijing between senior officials from the Chinese government and foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). At these meetings, the principal topics of conversation were to finally seal a China-GCC Free Trade Agreement and “deeper strategic cooperation in a region where U.S. dominance is showing signs of retreat,” according to local news reports.

Jan 18 09:54

China Blames Canada, Not Raging Domestic Outbreak, for Omicron Threat to Olympics

The Communist Party of China admitted on Sunday it had detected at least one case of the omicron variant of Chinese coronavirus in Beijing on Sunday, a less severe but more contagious iteration of the Wuhan disease.

The revelation that Beijing is now home to cases of omicron arrived less than a month before the beginning of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, whose Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for February 4. The Olympics have already prompted a global boycott movement as a result of China’s long list of ongoing human rights abuses against its own people, including genocide.

Jan 18 09:04

'Ebola-Like Hemorrhagic Fever Virus' Now Spreading In China, mRNA Vaccine Technology Inventor Reveals

Dr. Robert Malone, known as the inventor of mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, recently spoke with Steve Bannon on "The War Room" to shed light on the latest viral outbreak in China, which the government he claims is hiding the truth about its origins.

In December, the Chinese communist government placed Xi'an city in northwest Shaanxi province under lockdown following reports of hemorrhagic fever cases.

According to WION, there had been "multiple community transmission chains" including hemorrhagic fever cases in the area. China's state-run Global Times described it as a "grim and complicated epidemic situation." The disease was also described as "[sharing] similarity in early stage symptoms with COVID-19."

Jan 18 08:31

Washington’s Bi-Partisan Russia-Bashers Are Determined to Start a War — Ron Paul

Incidentally, as soon as the regime change attempt was put down in Kazakhstan, Russian and allied troops began leaving the country. But, of course, the reflexively pro-war US media doesn’t report anything outside the narrative. --What to do about Russia? Stop backing regime change along Russia’s borders, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere. Stop meddling in foreign elections. Look at how we wasted four years on false claims that the Russians meddled in ours. End weapons shipments and all aid to Ukraine. End sanctions. Re-imagine the US defense budget as a budget to actually defend the US. It’s really not that complicated: stop trying to rule the world.

Jan 18 07:59

Beijing Faces Twin Variant Threat as Cases Rise Before Games

China’s highly guarded capital is seeing signs of further coronavirus spread, with new cases of both the omicron and delta variants found less than three weeks before the Winter Olympic Games. Beijing’s first omicron patient has passed the virus to at least two close contacts, according to the health commission.

Jan 18 07:34

China's Property Sector Is Crashing Again And This Time It Has Reached The Country's Biggest Developer

The crisis engulfing China's property sector - which has prompted Beijing to capitulate on its tightening ambitions yet again, and forced China to launch an increasingly more aggressive easing campaign, which so far culminated in the first rate cut in Chinese official rates in almost two years - has impacted the country's biggest developer, sending the shares and bonds of Country Garden Holdings - which is even bigger than Evergrande - plunging amid fears that a reportedly failed fundraising effort may be a harbinger of waning confidence.

Country Garden is one of the few remaining large, (arguably) better-quality private developers that had been largely unscathed by the liquidity crunch, even as peers such as Shimao Group Holdings - a recently investment grade developer whose collapse in December was viewed as "more devastating than debt crises at Evergrande and Kaisa" - dramatic reversals in their credit ratings.

Jan 18 07:28

China Halts All Foreign Mail Due To COVID Threat As Tianjin Reports 80 New Cases

With the Winter Olympics in Beijing set to start in just a few weeks, the CCP is still struggling to suppress a handful of small but alarming outbreaks of COVID, several of which have involved cases of the omicron variant.

And now, in the capital city, Beijing officials are warning locals not to order items and products from abroad, because they're worried that COVID might be carried into the country on the outsides of these packages. Or at least that's what they want the public to think.

Chinese authorities have been warning for years that COVID might be spread on the packaging of foodstuffs and other goods shipped internationally, something that many scientists have questioned, but that Chinese authorities have nonetheless kept alive with their state-controlled media.

Jan 17 13:23

Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0? Putin may put hypersonic missiles, troops in Cuba, Venezuela, as NATO deploys forces closer to Russia

The world has always been a dangerous place, but geopolitically speaking, it has become much more unstable under the ‘leadership’ of Joe Biden, a president who proves daily he is incapable of being commander-in-chief because he can barely speak and function. -- When Donald Trump was president, sure, he sent out ‘mean tweets,’ but he also quite obviously commanded respect from our enemies and near-peer competitors. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not threaten their neighbors like they are now threatening Ukraine and Taiwan, respectively; North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump and did not advance his nuclear weapons program, but has since resumed it. Ditto Iran; Biden’s “strategy,” in fact, is to blame Trump. -- In fact, the Biden regime is so bad at geopolitics and foreign policy that America is now facing a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0.

Jan 17 12:52

China Is Now Holding Americans HOSTAGE And The Mainstream Media Refuses To Cover It

China is banning people from exiting the country, including U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents, according to reports.

Jan 17 09:06

China landed on the moon and found water in dirt and rocks

Scientists detected water on the moon, and for the first time they can say they literally found it while on the lunar surface.

A Chinese lunar lander returned more than 60 ounces of soil and rock samples from its trip to the moon in December 2020. But before Chang’E-5 arrived back on Earth, the spacecraft used an onboard instrument to take measurements there on the spot. Based on the readings, scientists about 239,000 miles away on Earth knew it had likely encountered water.

Water is a rare resource in deep space. Given that it’s a vital, life-sustaining ingredient, the scarcity of it beyond Earth presents an obstacle for people to explore space. Scientists have been interested in whether the moon's tiny bit of water could be tapped for astronauts to use while away from the planet for a long time.

Jan 17 08:17

China Unexpectedly Cuts Key Rate, Adds Liquidity As Economic Growth Slowed, Retail Sales Slump

A busy night started with weakness in US equity futures (Nasdaq down 0.5%) and an unexpected cut in a key China policy rate and a modest addition of liquidity. This was then followed by a mixed bag of China macro with a GDP beat (but slowing growth) but ugly retail sales disappointment. All of which sent the Yuan lower...

As Bloomberg reports, China lowered a key interest rate for the first time since the peak of the pandemic in 2020 as a property-market slump and repeated virus outbreaks dampened the nation’s growth outlook. The People’s Bank of China cut the rate on its one-year policy loans by 10 basis points to 2.85%. That’s the first reduction since April 2020. It also slashed the rate on the seven-day reverse repurchase agreements by the same magnitude to 2.1%.

Jan 17 07:20

Video: Chinese COVID-19 patients confined to metal boxes in quarantine camps

Photos and videos from Chinese quarantine camps show that government officials are isolating residents in what looks like hundreds of metal boxes.

Twenty million Chinese residents from Xi’an, Yuzhou and Anyang are being confined to their homes as a result of China’s strict “zero-COVID” policy.

Additionally, China has set up quarantine camps with hundreds of metal boxes to house infected individuals to further halt the spread of the virus, according to the Daily Mail.

Jan 17 07:19

COVID 'COVER UP' China’s virus death toll could actually be 17,000% higher than admitted in Covid cover up, claims analyst

CHINA'S coronavirus death toll could actually be a staggering 17,000 per cent higher than admitted in a shocking cover-up, an analyst has claimed.

It's feared the country's true Covid fatality figure is around the 1.7million mark opposed to the 4,636 reported by Chinese authorities - despite having the world's strictest lockdown.

Jan 16 08:37

Weeks ahead of Winter Olympics, Beijing records first local omicron case, state media reports

Weeks ahead of its staging of the Olympic Winter Games, China's capital Beijing reported its first locally transmitted infection of the highly transmissible omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday, according to state media.

State television reported that the new infection had been identified as the omicron strain.

Lab testing found “mutations specific to the omicron variant” in the person, Pang Xinghuo, an official at the city’s disease control authority, told a news briefing.

Officials have sealed up the infected person’s residential compound and workplace, and collected 2,430 samples for testing from people linked to the two locations, a Haidian district official said.

Jan 15 08:26

This one-two punch from China and Russia marks the end of American adventurism

Damascus officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Wednesday, which will provide a massive lifeline to the country that has been torn to shreds after more than a decade of war and Western sanctions. But more than this, this development has set a precedent that will fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape.

This is because the decade-spanning Syrian conflict has hosted several proxy conflicts, which has invariably left the United States and its Western allies the losers.

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For starters, while the conflict itself was, at least initially, part of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, numerous sources (including U.S. government sources published by WikiLeaks) suggest that the United States had been seeking regime change in Syria long before then. There are also countless reports by very good journalists, including on RT, that have dug up these connections.

Jan 15 08:24

US, China step up race for rare-earth dominance

A bipartisan piece of legislation to be introduced in the US Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earth minerals from China by 2026, Reuters reports.

The bill will also require the use of the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of the strategic minerals. It essentially uses the Pentagon’s purchase of billions of dollars-worth of fighter jets, missiles and other weapons as leverage to require contractors to stop using Chinese rare earths and thus support revival of domestic output. Waivers are allowed only in rare situations.

Rare-earth metals – a group of 17 elements that are critical for a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to military hardware – have long been at the center of the US-China trade war. The US used to be the world’s number-one producer of those minerals, but is now heavily dependent on Chinese exports.

Jan 15 07:25

China blasts US sanctions on Iran with launch of strategic partnership

China has reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran as the Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers announced the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening economic and political ties.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province on Friday, with a summary of the meeting posted on China's foreign ministry website on Saturday.

Wang, who is also State Councilor, said the US bears primary responsibility for the ongoing difficulties with Iran, having unilaterally withdrawn from a 2015 nuclear deal.

The United States reimposed the sanctions that the agreement had removed and slapped new bans under different labels.

Wang said China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation through topics including human rights, and interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries.

Jan 14 10:23

“Based” China

Jan 14 07:47

Global Economy Heading For "Mother Of All" Supply Chain Shocks As China Locks Down Ports

Over the past month, as Wall Street turned increasingly optimistic on US growth alongside the Fed, with consensus (shaped by the Fed's leaks and jawboning) now virtually certain of a March rate hike, we have been repeatedly warning that after a huge policy error in 2021 when the Fed erroneously said that inflation is "transitory" (it wasn't), the central bank is on pace to make another just as big policy mistake in 2022 by hiking as many as 4 times and also running off its massive balance sheet... right into a global growth slowdown.

Jan 14 07:22

House Democrat Calls for Legislation to Give Biden War Powers for Taiwan

On Wednesday, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) repeated a call for legislation that would give President Biden authorization to go to war with China in the event that Beijing invades Taiwan.

Even though a military confrontation between the US and China should be unthinkable since it could easily spiral into nuclear war, Luria thinks the US must intervene if China ever moves to take Taiwan by force.

Luria is unhappy that Biden “doesn’t have the authority [under the law] to actually respond” should China attack. “If China were to invade Taiwan today, the president would have to come to Congress for authorization to respond,” she said. “We can’t lose [the] months that it would take in order for us to provide a response.”

Jan 14 07:22

US piles on South China Sea pressure with dual carrier strike exercises

The United States has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and a landing helicopter dock group to the South China Sea where the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong exercised two weeks ago, adding new tension to the hotpot.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the Wasp-class USS Essex, as well as their respective escorting vessels, entered the southern waters of the South China Sea on Tuesday evening, according to Beijing-based think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, which monitors open-source ship tracking information.

Jan 14 07:05

China is buying billions in US farmland and lawmakers are scrambling to try to stop them

U.S. lawmakers are acting with increased concern as Chinese purchasers are buying tens of thousands of acres of U.S. farmland.

As of the start of 2020, Chinese investors owned about 192,000 acres of U.S. agricultural land valued at about $1.9 billion, according to Politico. While Chinese land ownership in the U.S. is less than that of other foreign nations, the growth in Chinese land ownership is part of an overall trend in China rapidly buying up other country’s farmland over more than a decade.

Jan 14 06:36

China: Locked-Down Xi’an Shuts Down Hospitals for Letting Non-Coronavirus Patients Die

The Chinese state propaganda outlet Global Times reported on Thursday that authorities in the locked-down metropolis of Xi’an had shut down two hospitals for three months, despite the Chinese coronavirus situation there being so severe that authorities largely ban people from leaving their homes.

The two hospitals — Xi’an Gaoxin Hospital and Xi’an International Medical Center Hospital — were implicated in separate cases of patients enduring severe health conditions losing their lives because the hospitals refused to treat them.

“With a weak sense of responsibility, both hospitals failed to fulfill their duty to rescue the wounded and save lives, and failed to implement the core system of medical quality management,” the Global Times condemned, “such as first diagnosis responsibility and emergency treatment to critically ill patients.”

Jan 13 07:41

The trade battleground where China can deliver a serious blow to the US

Earlier this week, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, and the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrived in Beijing for a four-day visit aimed at strengthening economic ties with China.

Top of the agenda is a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the Gulf states and Beijing. Talks on this actually got under way back in 2004, but have stagnated. It’s now hoped they will find new momentum in a visit described by the Global Times as “unprecedented.”

It comes just weeks after the United Arab Emirates dumped a deal to buy F-35 fighter jets from the United States following Washington’s attempt to make dropping use of Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei a condition of purchase.

Jan 13 07:30

Taiwan Passes Extra $8.6 Billion Military Spending Bill

On Tuesday, Taiwan’s parliament passed an additional military spending bill worth $8.6 billion as the island looks to procure more weapons.

The $8.6 billion is in addition to Taiwan’s record-high $17 billion military budget for 2022. The extra funds will be used to acquire more missiles and to expedite the manufacturing of naval ships.

Washington has been pressuring Taiwan to spend more on its military so the island could purchase more US arms. Since Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979, the US has continued to sell weapons to Taiwan, and US support for the island has been increasing in recent years.

Some US lawmakers want to start giving Taiwan military aid. Towards the end of last year, Republican lawmakers introduced legislation that would give the island billions in military aid.

Jan 13 07:28

New US report dismisses Beijing’s claim to South China Sea ‘historical rights’

The US government stepped up its criticism of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea on Wednesday, issuing a report that declares “historical rights” a meaningless term.

Referencing the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and an international ruling dismissing most of China’s claims in the South China Sea, the US State Department said in its report, titled Limits in the Seas, that they “gravely undermine the rule of law in the oceans”.

Beijing asserts “historic rights” over more than 80 per cent of the South China Sea region via its “nine-dash line”– an area stretching as far as 2,000km (1,243 miles) from the mainland and reaching waters close to Indonesia and Malaysia.

Jan 13 07:22

China’s meetings with Middle East ministers sets the scene for Beijing to step up in region

China is positioning itself as a prominent player in the Middle East with a string of meetings promising an upgrade in ties, the sealing of a free-trade agreement and deeper strategic cooperation in a region where US dominance is showing signs of retreat.

The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and foreign ministers from four of its member countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain - are visiting the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi in Jiangsu province this week until Friday.

In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was expected to visit China on Wednesday and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was expected on Friday.

Jan 13 07:21

New US Military Base in Albania Aimed at Countering China

In a recent interview, a former CIA agent reported that his country is opening a military base in Albania in order to contain China. A unit of American special forces in the Balkan country has as its main objective to stop any form of rapprochement between Tirana and Beijing, turning Albania into a mere regional satellite of Washington’s interests.

Last Friday, the US European Command (better known by the acronym, EUCOM) announced that it was establishing a new headquarters in the Balkans – a special operations unit based in Albania, which would form part of an overall US government effort to increase the capacity of Western forces to guarantee stability in that region, commonly strained by various conflicts with historical roots. The unit would be responsible for ensuring the interoperability between US and Albanian forces, as well as the strategic access to key Balkan military centers.

Jan 13 07:03

Kazakhstan… Putting the Xinjiang in Context

The short-lived attempt at a colour revolution in Kazakhstan has brought into focus the geo-political game being waged by the West in Central Asia. This clumsy attempt to once again destablise the region was quickly squashed thanks to the response of Kazakhstan’s fellow members of the CTSO, led by Russia. As all colour revolutions do, it tapped into genuine anger among the populace about rising fuel costs and other legitimate grievances. However any pretence that this was an organic, leaderless uprising was soon exposed, the beheadings were the giveaway.

Jan 13 06:16

China Seals People's Doors, Xi'an Residents Cry For Food

The Chinese regime sealed residents’ homes in Xi’an on Jan. 8, but didn’t arrange for a reliable food supply, residents say. After being locked down for almost three weeks, they are lacking in food and on the edge of mental breakdown.

The Chinese regime has claimed the COVID-19 outbreak in Xi’an has been under control since Jan. 5. However, the regime upgraded the control measures and Xi’an residents still can’t leave their homes even on Jan. 11.

“I had never been diagnosed with COVID-19. Why did they seal my door?” Cai Jiaying (pseudonym), a resident at Rongshang Compound, Changyanbao Community, Yanta district in Xi’an, told the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times on Jan. 9. “Our residential compound has been locked down for 21 days. … In the beginning [of the lockdown], I consoled myself. I was disappointed days later, and then felt hopeless and despair. This morning, I went crazy.”

Jan 12 10:59

BEIJING OLYMPICS NIGHTMARE: HEMORRHAGIC FEVER OUTBREAK IN CHINA

Jan 12 08:35

The reality of Zero Covid in Communist China: Social media videos show 'quarantine camps' where pregnant women and children are confined to tiny cells amid reports of mass detentions in the dead of night

Sprawling quarantine camps with rows upon rows of cramped metal boxes to house people suspected of having Covid-19 have sprung up in China, social media videos show.

The Communist country is attempt to eradicate the virus despite warnings that the more infectious Omicron variant makes a Zero Covid strategy impossible, even with the draconian measures used by Beijing.

There are now a total of 20million people confined to their homes in China after the cities of Anyang and Yuzhou joined the 13million in Xi'an under quarantine and banned from leaving their home even to buy food.

Jan 12 08:21

Coronavirus Panic: China Locks Down Another 5.5 Million People

Local Communist Party authorities in Anyang, China, ordered all of the city’s 5.5 million residents to observe strict stay-at-home orders in a notice issued Monday evening after health officials detected an increase in Anyang’s Chinese coronavirus caseload, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

Anyang’s municipal government on January 10 “issued orders to ban all vehicles from roads and required all residents to stay put while an epidemiological investigation is underway,” according to Xinhua, which is China’s official state-run press agency.

“Currently, all supermarkets in the city have suspended business other than selling daily necessities. Shops have been closed and take-out services have also been suspended,” the report revealed.

Anyang’s health department said it recorded 58 new Chinese coronavirus infections on January 11. The additional cases increased the community’s caseload of the disease to 84 since January 8, according to state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

Jan 11 09:57

5 Lies China Told the World

Jan 11 07:04

Deputy NSA Finer: China’s Behavior Won’t Be Influenced by How U.S. Responds to Russia-Ukraine Situation

On Monday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Deputy National Security Adviser Jonathan Finer said he doesn’t see any relation between the situation with Russia and Ukraine and the situation with China and Taiwan and “China will set its own policy based on its own considerations, not based on anything Russia chooses to do in Ukraine or in any way on how the United States responds to that situation.”

Jan 10 11:56

China’s moves in this war-ravaged region are a tactical and strategic gambit

China kicked off 2022 with a diplomatic tour of Africa, with its Foreign Minister Wang Yi visiting Comoros, Eritrea and Kenya. While on the trip, Wang announced that China would be creating a “special envoy” for The Horn of Africa – the region of East Africa comprising Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti, which has frequently suffered from destabilizing conflicts, including the current Ethiopian civil war.

Beijing has for a while now been gearing up its diplomatic focus on the region, having in November invited Eritrea to join the Belt and Road initiative, while constructing its first foreign overseas military base in Djibouti. All these initiatives drew opposition from the United States, which has also been issuing sanctions against Ethiopia and Eritrea over the Tigray war, having recently booted the latter out of a preferential trade program over allegations of human rights abuses.

Jan 10 11:21

Covid pandemic: Chinese city tests 14m people after cluster

The Chinese port city of Tianjin is aiming to test its 14 million residents within the next 48 hours after the discovery of a cluster of Covid cases.

Residents have been advised to stay home until tested, and must return a negative result to get the health pass needed to use public transport.

Of the 20 cases discovered, two are the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

China is pursuing a zero-Covid policy, which aims to eradicate the disease in the community.

In contrast to other parts of the world, which have opened up following vaccination campaigns, China has responded to small numbers of local cases with mass testing and tight lockdowns.

Jan 10 07:38

Are We Really Expected To Believe This China COVID Data?

In April of last year, something very strange happened. COVID-19 death rates in Ireland, a country I hail from, surpassed death rates in China.

Yes, Ireland, a tiny country with a population of less than 5 million people versus China—the world’s most populated country—with more than 1.4 billion citizens.

According to a John Hopkins University (JHU) report, in late April 2021, Ireland had 4,873 COVID-related deaths and close to a quarter of a million confirmed cases. Meanwhile, in China, 4,845 official deaths were reported, with 102,373 cases.

Today, almost a year on from this rather staggering report, China’s “official” (a slippery term, especially when discussing China) death toll has hardly budged. On the other hand, Ireland’s death toll is almost 6,000. How is this possible?

Jan 10 07:10

China to host ministers from oil-rich Gulf states as Kazakhstan unrest heightens energy security fears

Foreign ministers from the Gulf states will start a five-day visit to Beijing on Monday in with energy expected to top the agenda.

China is worried about supply security following the turmoil in Kazakhstan, one of its key suppliers while the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) want to find a counterweight for their over-reliance on the United States and Beijing’s close ties to Iran, analysts said.

Jan 10 06:58

What Does America Stand to Gain by Surrounding Russia with Missiles? Ukraine and Taiwan: Spark Plugs for WW3?

n the wake of the December 31 phone call between Presidents Biden and Putin, two very different perceptions of reality were brought into conflict which we can only pray will be resolved in the coming days and weeks of meetings between both sides.

Where one side sees itself committed to supporting Ukraine’s independent right to join NATO in order to help empower the trans Atlantic rules based order, the other side sees an encroaching military encirclement of its vast territory under a military doctrine dubbed “full spectrum dominance”. This latter doctrine, born in the bowels of Brzezinski’s “Flexible Response” doctrine of 1980, assumes that it is possible to deliver a nuclear first strike on Russia (and China) with only minor “acceptable” rates of collateral damage suffered as a consequence.

Jan 09 07:09

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar probe finds first on-site evidence of water on moon’s surface

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar lander has sent back the first on-site evidence of water on the surface of the moon.

The moon had long been thought to be totally dry, but scientists have confirmed the presence of water on its surface just over a decade ago.

Jan 09 06:36

Israel-China trade caught between US pressure and BDS

On Monday, sources in the Israeli government leaked the news that Israel had informed the US State Department that, from now on, all major business deals between Israel and China would be cleared with Washington first.

According to Haaretz, this was an Israeli initiative rather than succumbing to a direct US demand.

The announcement comes after the Israeli government has been pushing the boundaries of US goodwill towards the country in recent months.

Jan 08 08:35

Buchanan: Russia Is Not The Great Rival; China Is

While all facts are true, not all facts are relevant.

And what are the relevant facts in this crisis where 100,000 Russian troops are now stationed along the Ukrainian border?

Fact one: There is not now and never has been a vital U.S. interest in Ukraine to justify risking a war with Russia.

History tells us that. Even as Ukraine was suffering in the Stalin-induced Holodomor, the terror-famine of 1932-33, President Franklin Roosevelt granted diplomatic recognition to the Bolshevik regime.

During four decades of Cold War, the U.S. never regarded Moscow’s control of Ukraine as any threat to the USA.

President Joe Biden was thus right to rule out military action in response to any Russian incursion or invasion of Ukraine.

Moreover, as it is declared U.S. policy not to retaliate militarily to an invasion of Ukraine, Biden should make it clear that Ukrainian membership in NATO is a closed question.

Not going to happen.

Jan 08 08:33

Japan, US Vow More Defense Cooperation Against China's "Destabilizing" Actions

Coming off a "historic" signing of a formal defense cooperation agreement with Australia on Thursday, Japan is now pursuing a deepened commitment for military assistance from the United States. Both are expressing concern over China's growing military might and influence in the region.

Following a virtual meeting of top defense and foreign policy leaders between Tokyo and Washington, the two sides issued a joint statement on Friday, citing closer cooperation on a military level amid Beijing's attempts to "destabilize" the region - including with an eye on Taiwan, according to Reuters. The Japanese side, which included the foreign minister, had this to say:

The ministers expressed concerns that China's efforts "to undermine the rules-based order" presented "political, economic, military and technological challenges to the region and the world", according to their statement.

Jan 08 08:21

Mystery on Moon’s dark side solved

A Chinese rover has finally made it close enough to explore an oddly-shaped object spotted on the far side of the Moon last year. The discovery was dubbed ‘mystery hut’ online.

The image of a gray cube-shaped object on the Moon’s horizon was published by Our Space, a channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA), early last month.

The photo was taken by Chinese rover Yutu-2 when it was traversing the large Von Karman crater. It was reported at the time that it would take two to three months for the rover to reach the object.

Jan 08 08:18

Mind-reading robot tested on humans – reports

Chinese scientists have built a wearable robot that can reportedly read a human mind by monitoring brain waves and muscle activity. Developers claim the machine was able to “recognize human intention” with 96% accuracy.

Testing the device on factory workers, researchers from the Intelligent Manufacturing Innovation Technology Centre at China Three Gorges University apparently found that the volunteers did not need to issue verbal commands or perform gestures when they needed to grab a tool or a component.

The developers noted that the robot reacted “almost instantly,” picking up the required object and placing it on the workstation, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The paper added that the team had published its findings in the domestic peer-reviewed China Mechanical Engineering journal. The researchers could not be reached for additional comments.

Jan 08 08:05

Pakistan, India tap China, West for warplanes as aerial arms race looms between nuclear-armed rivals

Pakistan’s recent hint that all-weather ally China supplied it with advanced J-10C warplanes has signalled the beginning of an arms race with arch-rival India, as New Delhi takes delivery of a fleet of French-built fighter jets to counter the threat posed by Beijing.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed told reporters on December 29 that 25 Chinese-built J-10Cs had arrived in Pakistan and would be flown during a national day parade in Islamabad on March 23 – a move he characterised as a “jawbreaking response” to India’s recent induction of 36 French-made Dassault Rafales into its own air force.

Pakistan is rumoured to have ordered 36 J10-Cs from China in total, with deliveries reportedly taking place in parallel with the arrival of India’s Rafales. Ahmed stopped short of confirming these rumours, however. Spokesmen for Pakistan’s military declined to comment.

Jan 08 07:47

US Likely Set Up Base in Albania to Counter China, Ex-CIA Analyst Says

One reason the US military may have opened a special operations command in Albania is because Washington is concerned about Tirana's ties with China, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern told Sputnik.

On Friday, US European Command (EUCOM) said it was establishing a special operations headquarters in Albania as part of an effort to boost capabilities as a keystone for regional stability. EUCOM also said the base offers increased interoperability with US Albanian allies and important access to transportation hubs in the Balkans.

McGovern said Washington decided to locate a base there "because they [the US] just learned that Albania is a tight ally of the Chinese Communists."

Jan 08 07:24

Xi Jinping sends message of support to Kazakhstan’s Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as unrest continues

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a message to his counterpart in Kazakhstan, saying Beijing opposes any attempts by foreign forces to stir up trouble in the country.

Xi told President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev that China was willing to support the country’s efforts to resolve the crisis.

Xi’s message came after days of unrest in the Central Asian nation, a development that has triggered fears that it might spill over the border into Xinjiang.

Jan 08 07:18

China Threatening Walmart & Sam's Club Over Uyghur Stance

China's anti-corruption agency has threatened Walmart Inc. with a customer boycott, accusing it of "stupidity and short-sightedness" for removing Xinjiang-sourced products from its Sam's Club online app in reaction to religious minorities' forced labor and the extermination of Uyghur Muslims.

According to Reuters, the Chinese Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection accused Walmart and its Sam's Club franchise of boycotting Xinjiang items and attempting to "muddle over" the problem by neither responding to concerns or issuing a comment.

Jan 07 08:29

America builds military bases around the world. China builds economic ones

Morocco is a strategically important North African country that sits at a crossroads between multiple regions of the world. To its immediate north is the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. To the south and east is the rest of the African continent, and to the west is the vast Atlantic Ocean and the Americas.

This advantageous position has been noted in Beijing, and so it’s no surprise that in one of China’s first diplomatic engagements of 2022, Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), signed a deepened Belt and Road Initiative cooperation plan with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

Jan 07 07:58

China Is Tracking You Online. Yes, You.

Jan 07 07:52

China's Xi Orders Military To Create "Elite Force" To Win Wars

Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered this year’s mobilization orders to the regime’s military on Jan. 5, saying it must evolve into an elite force capable of winning any war.

“The armed forces must closely follow the evolution of technology, warfare, and rivals, redouble their efforts to better combine training with combat operations, and strengthen systematic training and the use of technologies to develop an elite force that is capable of fighting and winning wars,” the order said, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

Xi, who is both the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the head of the Party’s military as chairman of the Central Military Commission, has issued mobilization orders annually since 2018. The orders signal the priorities of the armed forces and initiate military-wide training for the coming year.

Jan 07 07:50

Spy chief reacts to China’s mockery of MI6 & CIA

MI6 head Richard Moore tipped his hat to Chinese state media for giving his agency “free publicity,” after Xinhua News produced a satirical video poking fun at London and Washington’s intelligence services.

Entitled ‘No Time to Die Laughing’, the oddball ‘James Bond’ mock-up centers on two ‘MI6’ spies – Agents 0.07 and 0.06 – who are seen discussing the agency’s fixation on China as a “top priority” over a sitcom-like laugh track. Responding to the “leaked video” on Thursday after it was posted by Xinhua, Moore thanked the outlet for its “interest” in the MI6, as well as “the unexpected free publicity.”

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Jan 07 07:29

How Washington’s Move toward Strategic Clarity on Taiwan Creates New Risks

Washington’s policy regarding Taiwan has become an increasingly prominent topic in world affairs. On two occasions in recent weeks, President Joe Biden has stated flatly that the United States has a firm commitment to defend the island, only to have subordinates walk??back his definitive statements of support. Analysts around the world speculate about the real nature of US Taiwan policy and its implications for relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Jan 07 07:24

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China’s growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met in a virtual summit to sign the Reciprocal Access Agreement, the first such defense pact signed by Japan with any country other than the United States.

The agreement follows more than a year of talks between Japan and Australia aimed at breaking down legal barriers to allow the troops of one country to enter the other for training and other purposes.

Jan 07 07:08

China Secures Foothold In This Strategic Middle East Oil State

The recent talks between Oman’s Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Operations and Planning, Brigadier Abdulaziz Abdullah al-Manthri, and the Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces, Major-General Mohammad Bagheri, may mark a new phase in the already deep and broad relationship between Oman and Iran, and in the Sultanate’s drift into the Iran-China axis. “The two countries [Iran and Oman] have conducted several joint naval drills in recent years, within the scope of securing the waterway from the Persian Gulf through to the Gulf of Oman from smuggling and other threats, including terrorism, but these [recent] talks were concerned with expanding that cooperation both in terms of the armed services involved beyond just the navy and the scope of their joint activities beyond anti-smuggling and dealing with terrorist threats,” an Iranian source who works closely the Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week.

Jan 07 07:04

Eric Greitens: Biden Can’t Stand the Truth About January 6 – Or Anything Else

President Abraham Lincoln famously said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

Less than a year since being sworn into office, Joe Biden has steered our nation into crisis after crisis. By any sane measure, Joe Biden’s administration is a complete and total failure.

President Trump pursued a peace through strength foreign policy. Historic peace agreements followed. Joe Biden has pursued a policy of weakness and apology, which led to the disaster in Afghanistan, which killed 13 service members, including Marine Cpl. Jared Schmitz from my home state of Missouri. China now regularly flies nuclear-capable aircraft through Taiwanese airspace. The Russians have signed a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia.

Jan 07 06:19

Former GlaxoSmithKline Scientist Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets for Chinese Pharma

Another Chinese national has been linked to the theft of scientific information or technology developments to benefit a Chinese firm or government.

A former GlaxoSmithKline Plc scientist pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to steal trade secrets from the British drug manufacturer to benefit a Chinese pharmaceutical company.

Lucy Xi, 44, entered her plea in Philadelphia federal court, becoming the fourth person to admit to wrongdoing in connection with a scheme to misuse GSK’s trade secrets to benefit Renopharma, which received financial support from the Chinese government.

According to the Department of Justice, Xi and her co-defendants (Yu Xue, Tao Li, and Yan Mei) created Renopharma in Nanjing, China, to research and develop anti-cancer drugs. The stolen information was focused on monoclonal antibody treatments.

Jan 06 12:59

Xi'an Authorities Block All "Negative" Posts On Social Media As Lockdown Backlash Grows

As Beijing struggles with the worsening outbreak in Xi'an, the provincial capital of 13M that has been under lockdown for about 2 weeks now, authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to paper over the popular outcry. So, authorities in the northern Chinese city have banned "negative news" on social media as many residents took to Weibo and other platforms to complain about their present circumstances.

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Kind of like what Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook do here!

Jan 06 07:55

China claims to have beaten US to develop next generation heat-seeking hypersonic missiles that could hone in on stealth fighter jets, aircraft carriers and moving vehicles

China claims it has beaten the United States to developing heat-seeking hypersonic missiles that could hone in on targets including aircraft carriers and moving vehicles.

The development, which is likely to add intensity to the ongoing arms race between China, the US and Russia, comes after Beijing denied testing a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August.

The projectile, which circled the planet, sparked concerns among officials in the US, but China insisted the missile launch was for a spacecraft.

Jan 06 07:21

China's "Zero COVID" Policy Failure Is A Top Risk Of 2022

As millions of Chinese brace for another weeks-long lockdown, this time in Xi'an, the analysts over at the Eurasia Group believe that the "failure" of President Xi's "COVID Zero" policy is one of the biggest policy blunders to look out for in 2022.

As the firm does every year, Eurasia Group on Monday announced its breakdown of the biggest risks for 2022, and coming in at the No. 4 spot is China's refusal to abandon its "COVID Zero" policies.

Jan 06 07:18

China Imposes New Rules Regulating Algorithms Used By Big Tech

Beijing has once again devised a way to protect Chinese children from the deleterious effects of technology like TikTok: China's Cyberspace Administration will start closely regulating algorithms like the TikTok content recommendation algorithm start.

A draft of the rules was released back in August. But according to the final version released Tuesday, the rules forbid practices that encourage addiction or high consumption as well as any activities that endanger national security.

According to the Internet Information Service Algorithm Recommendation Management Regulations: "In recent years, algorithm applications have injected new momentum into political, economic, and social development. At the same time, problems caused by algorithm discrimination, 'big data killing,' and inducing indulgence in the unreasonable application of algorithms have also profoundly affected the normal communication order and market order."

Jan 06 07:16

Thousands Of Cops Deployed To Quell Public Anger In China's Locked Down Xi'an Amid Widespread Food Shortages

Tens of thousands of police officers were deployed to China's Xi'an where public anger has exploded among the city's 13 million residents who were left bargaining and bartering for essential foodstuffs amid ongoing food shortages, as the city entered its 13th day of lockdown amid a wave of COVID-19 cases.

As some people took to social media to appeal for assistance as their food supplies ran low, or they were unable to access medical care, others started local trading networks in residential compounds to try to meet each other's needs through bartering.

"Everything is getting bartered in Xi'an," a resident of the city told RFA. "People are swapping stuff with others in the same building, because they no longer have enough food to eat." Another resident said in a video clip that some people were trading cigarettes and iPhones for bags of rice.

Jan 06 07:07

BIDEN AND CHINA ARE PARTNERS IN A NEW WUHAN LAB, ECOHEALTH HUNT FOR 'RECOMBINANT' RODENT CORONAVIRUSES.

Researchers from the COVID-19-linked Wuhan Institute of Virology and disgraced researcher Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance have carried out new research on “recombinant” coronaviruses in rodents, a recently published paper reveals. The paper lists the Chinese regime as well as Joe Biden’s International Development department as funders and supporters of the dangerous work.

The October document – “A Novel Potentially Recombinant Rodent Coronavirus with a Polybasic Cleavage Site in the Spike Protein” – describes how researchers sampled rodents and shrews collected from the wild for coronavirus prevalence. In the years preceding COVID-19, the Wuhan Institute of Virology carried out similar expeditions to gather data on bats.

Using the samples collected, researchers from the Wuhan lab in collaboration with the American non-profit EcoHealth Alliance discovered “killer” viruses that they bragged were capable of “direct human infection.”

Jan 06 06:55

US Plays Tibet Card as India Seeks Modus Vivendi with China

The cracking sound of ice breaking on the frozen lake of India-China relations will trigger a new wave of US-backed media campaign to instigate the hawks. Armed with satellite imageries made available from the US and peppered with random, free-wheeling remarks by garrulous Indian ex-generals and academics, the Washington Post has drawn attention to the Ladakh region.

A feature article in WaPo on Wednesday, ostensibly reporting from the construction site of the $600 million Zoji La tunnels in Kargil, Ladakh, is backed by imageries from Maxar, known to be “the indispensable mission partner” of the US Government, providing satellite imagery and expert intelligence.

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