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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Discusses Communist China’s Threats to American Democracy

Writer: Lois

In a recent interview with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Americans to ignore anti-US propaganda spread by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and gave his perspective on the current Biden administration’s China policies.

In the interview, Mr Pompeo denied that the United States was falling behind China.

“I don’t believe for a moment that we’re in second place, but there’s a real risk of that,” said the former U.S. Secretary of State.

“For four decades, Republicans and Democrats alike thought that engagement with China would be a solution. . .we thought that they’d become less hostile, that they would engage in the world and trade on a set of rules that we understood and when they made promises internationally, whether that was about the South China Sea or Hong Kong or Taiwan or Tibet, that they’d live up to them, and that all we needed to do was trade a little bit more with them.”

Mr Pompeo stated this strategy proved to be a failure and complete misunderstanding of the CCP and its leaders, including Xi Jinping.

Although the Trump administration traded fairly and reciprocally with China, its “America First” policy prioritised American workers’ protection.  ······ [Read more] “Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Discusses Communist China’s Threats to American Democracy”

Russian Foreign Minister Plans China Visit Following US-China Talk

Writer: Lois

According to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Mr Lavrov will be in China for two days at the invitation of Mr Wang. 

Diplomatic commentators expect a coordinated response to the United States’ new policies towards the two nations to be at the top of the meeting agenda. Wang and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) senior official Yang Jiechi have already expressed the CCP’s strong opposition to the new sanctions in an Alaska meeting last week with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Blinken also recently cautioned China against the use of aggression and coercion. 

“With shifts in the policies of US and Western countries towards China and Russia, the strategic partnership between China and Russia needs to be reflected and upgraded,” said Yang Jin, an associate research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences specialising in Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies.

Mr Yang further commented that he expected the two nations to discuss improved collaboration on significant regional and international issues. He added that they would probably consider unifying their United Nations, where they have a history of supporting one another on matters concerning Iran, North Korea and Myanmar.   ······ [Read more] “Russian Foreign Minister Plans China Visit Following US-China Talk”

Uyghur Genocide: New Sanctions for Chinese Officials Part of U.S., Allies’ Response

Writer: Lois

The United States Treasury Department, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada enforced new sanctions for four Chinese officials involved in Uyghur Muslims’ abuse on Monday. The sanctioned individuals are Zhu Hailun, Wang Junzheng, Wang Mingshan and Chen Mingguo, all of whom are senior officials of northwestern Xinjiang, the Uyghurs’ native region.

The new sanctions cite human rights violations against ethnic minorities, including reports of torture and political brainwashing. Furthermore, the U.S. sanctions block all properties, interests and transactions affiliated with the sanctioned officials.

The EU’s sanctions target a further two CCP officials.

Australia and New Zealand have welcomed the sanctions but are yet to impose any of their own.

In a furious response, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) imposed sanctions on 10 EU officials. These individuals include German politician and chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for China relations Reinhard Butikofer and Adrian Zeno, an academic with research experience on China’s Xinjiang policies.

The CCP then accused Germany’s Mercator Institute of China Studies of harming the regime’s sovereignty as part of an attack on four entities.

Despite its angry retaliation, the communist regime’s foreign ministry urged the EU to withdraw its sanctions and warned Brussels to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs.  ······ [Read more] “Uyghur Genocide: New Sanctions for Chinese Officials Part of U.S., Allies’ Response”

Russia Reopens Borders to International Students

Writer: Lois

According to Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, the country is reopening its borders to international students from at least 21 countries worldwide, under the condition that they test negative for COVID-19, or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus in a pre and post-departure test. Russian domestic students have returned to full-time, on-campus learning as of February 8, 2021.

The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, or Rospotrebnadzor, states that students must have a Russian or English document proving they have tested negative for COVID-19 less than three days before their departure for Russia. Upon arrival, students must self-isolate and undergo another test within three days. If the test is negative, they are permitted to leave quarantine.

Eligible students will be from any of the 21 countries with which Russia has resumed flight service. As of February 23, this list is Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

To prevent the spread of the British CCP virus variant, Russia has stopped airline service with the UK until March 16.  ······ [Read more] “Russia Reopens Borders to International Students”

U.S. Secretary of State Visits Belgium To Address NATO Alliance and the Transatlantic Relationship

Writer: Lois

According to a United States Department of State fact sheet released on Monday, March 22, U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Belgium to particulate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Foreign Ministerial held at Brussels from March 22-25. 

During his visit, Blinken will speak with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Allied Foreign Ministers, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès.

“Secretary Blinken will emphasise the strength of the Transatlantic relationship, NATO’s ongoing success in safeguarding the Transatlantic community, the Alliance’s adaptation to new security challenges, and the Administration’s desire to repair, revitalise, and raise the level of ambition in U.S.-EU relations,” the fact sheet reads.

The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit has indeed started with a bang, with the U.S., U.K., EU and Canada all issuing sanctions on CCP officials involved in Uyghur Muslims’ abuse in China’s Xinjiang province.

“NATO leaders are actively considering the security implications of China’s aggressive and coercive behaviour. Beijing is investing in infrastructure in Europe, while at the same time building up its military and expanding its footprint in cyberspace, the Arctic, and in areas that directly affect Transatlantic security, including the Middle East and Africa,” states U.S.  ······ [Read more] “U.S. Secretary of State Visits Belgium To Address NATO Alliance and the Transatlantic Relationship”

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tests Positive for COVID-19 Two Days After Vaccination

Writer: Lois

Pakistani officials announced on Saturday that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19, or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus. The announcement comes two days following Khan’s first shot of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, the only vaccine currently available in Pakistan.

Pakistan Health Minister Dr Faisal Sultan stated the 68-year-old prime minister is self-isolating at his private residence in an Islamabad suburb.

The Pakistan Ministry of Health also retweeted a statement from Dr Sultan reassuring the public that Khan’s contraction of the virus was due to both the vaccine’s timing and that Khan still required a second dose.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan was not fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus. He only got the 1st dose merely two days ago, which is too soon for ANY vaccine to become effective. Anti-bodies develop 2-3 weeks after the 2nd dose of 2-dose COVID vaccines. #VaccinesWork,” read the tweet.

Despite Khan’s current health situation, Pakistan officials are continuing to encourage vaccinations among the public.

John Hopkins University data states Pakistan has recorded 13,799 deaths and 623,135 cases since 2020.

Along with its capital of Islamabad, Pakistan’s eastern and northern areas have also recently experienced a surge in CCP virus cases.  ······ [Read more] “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tests Positive for COVID-19 Two Days After Vaccination”

Former U.S. Department of State Lead Investigator Points to Wuhan Gain-of-Function Research as Origin of Global Pandemic

Writer: Lois

In an interview with FOX News on Wednesday, former U.S. Department of State Lead Investigator David Asher discussed his concerns around gain-of-function research conducted at Wuhan Institue of Virology (WIV) laboratories in China and its role in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus pandemic.

“[Gain-of-function research] is the manipulation of genetic material to increase the virulence of diseases. For some reason, the United States medical disease community, with many international partners, has decided we can get ahead of biology using synthetic techniques. . .including in partnership with the Chinese Wuhan Institute since at least 2007,” Mr Asher stated.

The former U.S. State Department Lead Investigator commented that there is little difference between bioweapons development gain-of-function research and vaccine development gain-of-function research.

“You’re not going to really understand the nexus of this program and what it was trying to accomplish unless you understand who was involved, where the money was coming from and what their motivations were,” he said.

Mr Asher also noted the connections of Peter Daszak, who led the U.S. contingent of the WHO delegation into Wuhan, to the WIV‘s joint research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

“The massive time delay, the time the Chinese have taken to destroy evidence, cover it up and now handpick the members of our own delegation, including their guy who has worked with them under contract, ironically funded by our own lead doctor Dr Antony Fauci, is a mystery,” stated Mr Asher.  ······ [Read more] “Former U.S. Department of State Lead Investigator Points to Wuhan Gain-of-Function Research as Origin of Global Pandemic”