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John Cena’s groveling apology to communist China fails miserably; movie ticket sales crash hard

Actor John Cena’s embarrassing capitulation to communist China last week did not produce the outcome that Hollywood executives had hoped.

What is the background?

Cena, of course, posted a video to Sena Wiebo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform, apologizing to Chinese fans for calling Taiwan a “country” in a recent interview promoting “F9,” the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. The mea culpa was delivered in Mandarin, the official language of China.

Who prompted Cena to apologize is not clear, whether his own instincts or the demands of Hollywood executives who depend on Chinese ticket sales. However, the former WWE star, whose foray into the movie industry has been successful thus far, was immediately rebuked by Americans for, as it appeared, bowing down to China.

Disputed claims over Taiwan stem from the Chinese civil war in the last century, which was ultimately a fight between communism and democracy. China maintains its claims over Taiwan, yet the island is self-governed and has declared its own sovereignty.

What are the details?

Despite Cena’s apology, ticket sales for “F9” plummeted in China following his Chinese nationalist faux pas, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In fact, the movie generated $136 million in China during the opening weekend, but earned only $20.8 this past weekend, the second weekend the movie was played in Chinese theaters. That’s a massive 85% decrease in ticket revenue.

And, despite the successful opening weekend, “F9” is now predicted to earn slightly more than just half of the two preceding “Fast & Furious” movies in China.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

After two laps, the Vin Diesel/John Cena action flick has totaled $185.3 million. That’s slightly ahead of where franchise spinoff Hobbs & Shaw was sitting at a similar point in its China run, but far weaker than the preceding franchise mainstays Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, which topped out at $390.9 million in 2015 and $392.8 million in 2017, respectively.

Chinese ticketing app Maoyan currently projects F9 to finish at $211.9 million — certainly not a number to slouch at but far inferior to the franchise’s recent heights, especially since China’s theatrical market is back to full earning capacity (See the $825 million earned by local comedy hit Hi, Mom in February).

Reaction from Chinese fans to Cena’s apology almost foreshadowed the hard crash in ticket sales.

“Please say in Chinese, ‘Taiwan is part of China,’ otherwise we won’t accept [your apology],” the top comment on the video said, Newsweek reported.

“Then at least say Taiwan is China’s. You’re avoiding the issue and talking nonsense. You can’t benefit from [the Chinese market] and trash it at the same time,” another critic said.

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China Warns Australia’s Military Is “Weak”, Will Be “First Hit” In Any War With Western Alliance

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Following now completed joint war games held by the US, Japan, France, and Australia in the East China Sea off the southwest coast of Japan earlier this month, China has lashed out particularly at its large regional neighbor Australia, calling its military “weak” and “insignificant” at a moment the two are locked in a severe trade and diplomatic tit-for-tat dispute.

Beijing voiced specific threats and warnings via its state-run English language mouthpiece Global Times, which recently wrote, “Australia’s military is too weak to be a worthy opponent of China, and if it dares to interfere in a military conflict for example in the Taiwan Straits, its forces will be among the first to be hit.”

ARC 21 exercise off the coast of Kagoshima, Japan in mid-May. Image: US Marine Corps

“Australia must not think it can hide from China if it provokes,” the report continued with its threats. “Australia is within range of China’s conventional warhead-equipped DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile.”

Exercise Jeanne d’Arc 21 – or ARC21, as the Western alliance called it, also featured rare amphibious assault landing drills, which is seen as aimed at challenging China’s expansive claims over regional island-chains and contested reef areas on which it’s built up military installations.

Here’s more from the GT column’s response

The ongoing joint exercises by Japanese, US, French and Australian troops, claimed to “serve as a deterrent to China,” is only symbolic and of little military significance, as the drill was put together by participants that have different agenda or are too weak, experts said on Wednesday, while slamming Japan’s outdated mindset of rallying alliances for confrontation.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) doesn’t even need to make pointed responses to the joint drill since it’s insignificant militarily.

Japan was also focus of China’s media attacks over the exercise as it was warned not to let it’s historic “militarism come back to life”.

Also at a sensitive moment it’s hosting the summer Olympics is in question, the article called for Tokyo not to get distracted from the more pressing pandemic and health crisis in its midst:

Despite its severe domestic COVID-19 situation, Japan remains stubborn in hooking in “like-minded” countries for joint military exercises, which is an outdated Cold War mindset and will only build divisions and confrontation, Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

As an invading country defeated in World War II, why is Japan holding offensive exercises like this? Zhang asked. “Japan should learn from history and not let militarism come back to life.”

All of this comes as the United States also this week announced it will send its only Asia-Pacific carrier presence to Mideast waters in order to assist with the Afghanistan withdrawal this summer – a move which Republican Congressional hawks lamented as leaving the US exposed in a “priority theater”.

Rabobank noted on the USS Ronald Reagan’s impending departure from waters off Japan that “For the first time in a long time, the US has no aircraft carrier in the Pacific. The symbolism is clear: and it leaves some wondering what might happen if push comes to shove.”

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John Cena gets demolished online after profusely apologizing to China for calling Taiwan a ‘country’

John Cena, the WWE star-turned actor, was bashed online Tuesday after he posted a video to Chinese social media network Sina Weibo apologizing to the Chinese people for referring to Taiwan as a “country.”

Oh, and Cena delivered his mea culpa in Mandarin, the official language of China.

What happened?

While promoting the release of “F9” — the latest installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise — Cena told Taiwanese broadcaster TVBS that Taiwan would “be the first country to see Fast & Furious 9.”

The problem with Cena’s statement, according to communist China, is that he acknowledged Taiwan as a sovereign country separate of China. The communist government claims Taiwan as its territory, but Taiwan claims to be a sovereign, self-governing republic. Conflict over Taiwan’s status stems from the 20th century Chinese civil war, which has never technically ended.

Taiwan’s independence, unfortunately, is mostly unacknowledged on the world stage — most countries have not established official diplomatic relations with Taiwan — and China aggressively polices speech regarding Taiwan. The communist government considers the recognition of Taiwan’s sovereignty as crossing the proverbial “line in the sand.”

What did Cena say?

Uploading a video to China’s Twitter-like social media platform Sina Wiebo, Cena profusely apologized — although it was not good enough for many Chinese people.

“Hello, China. This is John Cena. I did many, many interviews for Fast & Furious 9. In one of the interviews I made a mistake,” Cena said, according to Newsweek.

“I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry for my mistake. Sorry, sorry. I’m very sorry,” he added. “You must understand I love and respect China and Chinese people. Sorry. Goodbye.”

The video was reportedly flooded with thousands of comments from Chinese users who thought Cena’s apology was not sufficient.

“Please say in Chinese, ‘Taiwan is part of China,’ otherwise we won’t accept [your apology],” the top comment on the video said, Newsweek reported.

“Then at least say Taiwan is China’s. You’re avoiding the issue and talking nonsense. You can’t benefit from [the Chinese market] and trash it at the same time,” another critic said.

The movie debuted in China last Friday, Newsweek reported.

What was the reaction?

Cena’s capitulation to communist China’s claim about Taiwan triggered an avalanche of backlash for the Hollywood star.

  • “Pathetic,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) reacted.
  • “Taiwan is a country. Hong Kong should be free. If you are unwilling to say these things because it might hurt your bottom line, you are a pathetic coward,” Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro said, tagging Cena and NBA superstar LeBron James.
  • “John Cena supports genocide,” journalist Tim Pool said, referring to the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims in China.
  • “The willingness of American celebrities and large companies to bend the knee to modern day genocidal Nazis in China the year after China lied about covid and unleashed it on the world is truly being on the wrong side of history. It’s pathetic,” Clay Travis said.
  • “[M]an, China really does have Hollywood by the balls. [I]t’s at the point now where the [Chinese Communist Party] has U.S. actors issuing POW-style confessions,” commentary writer Becket Adams said.
  • “Bought and sold,” another critic said.
  • “At least now I know which part of my body is stronger than John Cena’s — my spine,” another person said.
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In Just A Few Days, Biden Has Brought The U.S. Much Closer To A War With China

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

The warmongers are back in control in Washington, but this time the wild-eyed lunatics that Joe Biden has surrounded himself with won’t just be starting wars in the Middle East.  Relations with China are already taking a turn for the worse, and the Chinese are warning that actions that the Biden administration is taking could soon push us to the brink of military conflict.

I know that this may surprise many of my readers because a major Republican talking point has been that Joe Biden and his family have been way too friendly with the Chinese in the past.  Many had assumed that Biden would have a very cozy relationship with China now that he is in the White House, but it looks like the opposite is going to be true.  The Biden administration is taking a very aggressive posture, and the Chinese are not happy about that at all.

Shortly after Biden was inaugurated, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and its battle group entered the South China Sea.  It is being called a “Freedom of Navigation Operation”, but the Chinese are viewing this aircraft carrier battle group as a major provocation

CHINA has angrily accused the US of “flexing its muscles” in the South China Sea after new President Joe Biden sent an aircraft carrier group into the disputed waterway in a move which Beijing warned could trigger a disastrous war.

Meanwhile state-run Chinese media has claimed the new administration is seeing how far it could push China, both with regard to the South China Sea and Taiwan.

In addition, the U.S. State Department issued a very blunt statement on January 23rd which greatly alarmed the Chinese…

The United States notes with concern the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives.

We will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific region — and that includes deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan. The United States will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues, consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people on Taiwan. The United States maintains its longstanding commitments as outlined in the Three Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances. We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region.

China considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory, and any suggestion otherwise is considered to be extremely offensive.

So for the Biden administration to say that Taiwan is China’s “neighbor” is a really big deal in Beijing.

And I guarantee you that the phrase “deepening our ties with democratic Taiwan” really pissed off Xi Jinping and other top Chinese officials.

If all of that wasn’t enough, the Biden administration actually invited the de facto ambassador from Taiwan to the inauguration.  That is something that hadn’t been done since the 1970s.

As much as Trump liked to anger the Chinese, not even he went that far.

China has responded to these moves by sending military aircraft into Taiwanese airspace on a daily basis.  The following is from a news report that was posted on January 23rd

CHINA has breached Taiwan’s Air Defence Zone with eight bombers and four fighter jets in a blatant provocation against the autonomous island, sending a clear signal to new US President Joe Biden in the process.

CNN’s Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted: “Taiwan’s Defence Ministry says that 8 Chinese PLA Bombers and 4 Fighters have Breached Island’s Air Defence Zone. Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued and air defense missile systems deployed to monitor the activity.”

And then on Saturday and Sunday, China sent more planes than ever toward Taiwan…

China sent 13 warplanes into Taiwan’s ADIZ on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. The first incursion included nuclear-capable bombers, fighter jets, and an anti-submarine aircraft. The second incursion featured more anti-sub planes, advanced fighters capable of using stealth technology, and a reconnaissance aircraft.

On both days, Taiwan scrambled fighter jets, activated its surface-to-air missile defenses, and broadcast radio warnings to the Chinese planes.

I don’t think that military action is imminent, but it is important to remember that the Chinese have been rehearsing an invasion of Taiwan for a very long time.

In addition to the saber-rattling by the Chinese military, China’s state-run Global Times published a very strongly worded editorial on Monday

If the tension across the Taiwan Straits is to be eased, we must return to its deteriorating starting point, which is the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities in Taiwan refusing to recognize the 1992 Consensus and opposing the one-China principle. All tensions across the Taiwan Straits originate from the DPP authorities’ perverse act. And this is in contradiction with the US establishment’s general direction in controlling the situation in the Taiwan Straits, and is also incompatible with the three China-US joint communiqués. If the US places its China policy on the basis of the DPP authorities’ reckless moves, which obviously have a trend of Taiwan secessionism, then it will bear long-term and cumulative strategic risks.

The easing of the tension in the Taiwan Straits should start from the political point of view. It cannot reach a breakthrough through strategy. The interaction among the Chinese mainland, the US and the island of Taiwan has been broken in all directions and is difficult to repair. In the later period of the Trump administration, the situation across the Taiwan Straits actually reached the edge of collapse. If the Biden administration does not want the situation to get out of control or get itself seriously involved, they should sent out a clear political signal to distinguish themselves from the previous administration’s mischief, and restore the controllability of the Taiwan Straits on the basis of the one-China principle.

As far as the Chinese government is concerned, the status of Taiwan, the status of Hong Kong, and the status of the South China Sea are non-negotiable issues.

If the Biden administration continues to push the envelope on those issues, it will inevitably bring us closer and closer to a future military conflict with China.

Of course many would argue that we need to be tough on bullies such as China, and it is hard to argue with that reasoning.

But foreign policy takes finesse because if you push the other side too fast or too hard they could snap and do something irrational.

President Reagan understood this very well, and his patience was one of the reasons why we were able to win the Cold War.

Now a new Cold War is here, and the warmongers that Biden has put in charge of our foreign policy could end up starting a war with China that nobody wants.

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Xi Orders Chinese Army To “Be Ready To Fight At Any Second”

Chinese communist party leader and totalitarian tyrant has ordered the Chinese army to be ready to fight “without fear of death.” He has said the army should “be ready to fight at any second,” as tensions continue to heighten with India and Taiwan.

Xi, one of Earth’s most brutal tyrants, who chairs China’s Central Military Commission, ordered the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to maintain “full-time combat readiness” and to be ready to “act at any second.” He has also reportedly directed the military to bolster training in 2021 and use more hi-tech in its drills, according to a report by RT. 

The commanders and the soldiers of the whole army must… carry forward the spirit of combat without the fear of hardships and the fear of death,” the order read, noting that this year will be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

Last month, China sent an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait a day after a US warship sailed there. Beijing’s increased military posturing in the region took place as Taipei launched a rearmament program and secured several major arms deals with Washington.

China and the US continued accusing each other of provocative maneuvers in the South China Sea, while their ties were further damaged by a trade war and Washington’s support for the protest movement in Hong Kong. -RT

Nigel Farage has also been outspoken about the CCP’s desire for total war on the planet. “This Chinese Communist Party poses a massive threat to the world, a threat to our freedom, a threat to our way of life,” Farage said. “So my next campaign is to make sure people understand who China are, what the Chinese Communist Party is, what it’s doing to its own people, what it wants to do to the rest of the world.” He added: “We need to wake up to the threat that is posed by China,” he said according to a report by Sky News Australia. 

The warning about China from Farage is timely considering China appears to be preparing its soldiers for death.  As we are all stuck on this prison planet with the ever-increasing enslavement of the masses by the few politicians and elitists, it is becoming much more difficult to stick one’s head in the sand and pretend it is anything less.

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Taiwanese lawmakers hurl pig organs in Parliament during brawl over US meat imports

Taiwanese lawmakers’ battle over allowing the import of American pork and beef products devolved into a literal fistfight Friday on the floor of Parliament in Taipei, but lawmakers threw more than just punches: Pig intestines and other organs were hurled between opposing parties.

What are the details?

The Hill gave some background, explaining that “President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration decided to end a ban on imports of U.S. pork and beef in August,” and that “the lifting of the ban, set for January, signals a move toward a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S.”

The Associated Press reported that the pandemonium ensued in Parliament as Premier Su Tseng-chang of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) attempted to address the chamber on the pork policy, when “opposition party lawmakers from the [Chinese] Nationalist party, also known as the KMT, blocked his attempt to speak by dumping bags of pig organs. Legislators from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party attempted to stop them, resulting in chaos and an exchange of punches.”

The outlet noted that while the amount of U.S. pork expected to be imported would only account for a small amount of the nation’s consumption, citizens and political factions opposed to lifting the ban have protested fiercely against the policy change.

Critics in Taiwan have expressed concern over a feed additive used by some U.S. pork producers called ractopamine, which is aimed at promoting leaner growth in the animals.

According to The Washington Post:

More than 100 countries ban meat with the additive, which is used by U.S. pig farmers to promote leanness but frequently poses an obstacle when it comes to exporting abroad. Washington has pressed successive Taiwanese administrations to lift the ban on meat from pigs given ractopamine-laced feed, but the issue has been highly charged in Taiwan, where politicians and industry groups have warned about adverse health affects of the additive.

Anything else?

There is a long history of Taiwanese lawmakers coming to blows, but Friday’s brawl involving pig guts was a whole new level of display.

KMT lawmakers said in a statement that they were left with no choice but protest, explaining, “In order to protect people’s health and protect the bottom line of food safety, the opposition party cannot but resist.”

The DPP called the KMT’s actions “disgusting” and a waste of food, The Guardian reported.

Fists and pig guts fly in Taiwan parliament

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Taiwan: A US Foothold Before a Chinese Tidal Wave

November 27, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Taiwan has found itself increasingly in the middle of the growing power struggle between a waning US and a rising China. 

Taiwan is recognized by both the UN and the vast majority of the world’s nations including (officially) the United States under the One China policy – but Taiwan’s pro-independence circles have nonetheless enjoyed large amounts of financial and political support from Washington and has been a point of contention in the region and between Beijing and Washington for decades. 

The most recent example of this – reported by the Taipei Times in their article, “Two Washington-based pro-democracy NGOs to establish offices in Taipei,” – was the increased footprint of Washington’s notorious regime change front – the National Endowment for Democracy. 

The article would claim (emphasis added): 

Two Washington-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), are to establish offices in Taiwan after they were sanctioned by Beijing last year.

The two institutes, along with the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Freedom House and Human Rights Watch were sanctioned last year after speaking in support of Hong Kong democracy activists and as well as being part of China’s tit-for-tat reaction against US President Donald Trump signing the US’ Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. 

Of course the US NED was not simply “speaking in support” of Hong Kong opposition groups – but was a primary conduit through which US government funding passed to these opposition groups. 

Making the purpose behind the US NED’s expansion in Taiwan much clearer was IRI president Daniel Twining’s comments claiming (emphasis added): 

From our Taipei base, we will work with our partners to highlight Taiwan’s hard-won democratic lessons, strengthen networks of Asia’s democratic actors and build resilience against malign authoritarian influence in the region… As the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] becomes more aggressive in violating the global rules-based order, now is the time for all democracies … to invest in strengthening ties with Taiwan.

In other words, the US NED’s move in Taiwan is meant to contribute to Washington’s wider campaign of encircling and containing not only China but to fuel US-funded unrest targeting China’s closest regional allies. 

Independence movements in Taiwan have identified themselves as part of the so-called “Milk Tea Alliance” – a united front of US-funded opposition groups from across the region attempting to coerce their respective governments into a confrontational posture toward Beijing. Most recently this has included the opposition in Hong Kong and anti-government protests in Thailand. 

And while the US is clearly banking on its heavy investments in “soft power” – essentially region-wide political interference – China’s strategy focuses instead on economic ties underpinned by principles of non-interference. 

It is no surprise that the Asian region has responded positively to the latter instead of the former. 

Taiwan’s Future is Inevitable 

The US and the wider Western media have promoted narratives of an impending Chinese invasion of Taiwan. This narrative has been used to justify the sale of US weapons to Taiwan’s military including a recent arms deal worth several billion US dollars. 

The Business Insider in an article titled, “A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would not be easy, and the 400 anti-ship missiles the US plans to sell to Taiwan would make it even harder,” would note: 

Less than a week after it authorized a $1.8 billion arms sale to Taiwan, the US Department of State notified Congress on Monday of another possible Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan for $2.4 billion that includes hundreds of Harpoon anti-ship missiles and launchers.

The big sale, if approved by Congress, would give Taiwan 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and 400 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Surface-Launched Missiles, very capable all-weather weapons that can search for and take out ships as far as half-way across the Taiwan Strait.

The sale of the additional missiles would later be approved

The weapons are for a “Chinese invasion” that will likely never come and in addition to the US “soft power” networks Taiwan now serves as a base for – the US still lacks any means to confront or contain China’s influence – both in regards to Taiwan and in regards to the wider region. 

The need for a “Chinese invasion” of territory already recognized as part of China by the UN makes so little sense on so many levels. But the clearest level is economically where mainland China now stands as Taiwan’s largest trade partner and investor.  

Mainland China has been the key to Taiwan’s economic growth throughout recent years and had helped drive the easing of cross Strait tensions. 

Because of Taiwan’s economic ties with the mainland, the most recent drive by the US to re-introduce a wedge between the two has come at high cost to Taiwan’s economy. The government fulfilling Washington’s desire to restrict mainland investment and  oppose Beijing’s decisions regarding Chinese territory has cut Taiwan off from economic inflows the US – and even the wider West – are unable to compensate for. 

A look at Taiwan’s foreign investment and trade over the last two decades reveals an obvious and unavoidable trend regarding Taiwan’s near to intermediate future.  It is a trend of a shrinking Western role in Taiwan’s economy replaced by a rising mainland China – and a trend that inevitably impacts Taiwan geopolitically. 

Twenty years ago only 4% of Taiwan’s exports headed to mainland China while 18% headed to the United States. Today, 34% of Taiwan’s exports head to China versus 10% to the United States. Taiwan’s imports reflect a similar shift in economic power. Both China’s economic rise and its proximity to Taiwan means that this trend will only continue. 

US efforts to build up Taiwan’s independence movement is meant to deliberately disrupt this trend – and it is doing so not by providing Taiwan with economic alternatives but instead baiting the island into a growing political and even military standoff with the mainland and its regional allies. This is being done specifically at the expense of Taiwan’s economic ties to both.

Just like Australia and others being drawn into Washington’s anti-Chinese foreign policy – such a stance is not sustainable. As long as China can avoid provocations and conflict and continue offering the benefits of economic prosperity and peace as an alternative to Washington’s strategy of tension – patience and time will run out for Washington’s style of Indo-Pacific hegemony and the interests in the region abetting it will be displaced by those interested in a more constructive regional architecture. 

Perhaps on a more global scale a similar process can play out within the United States itself – where current circles of power pursuing this counterproductive foreign policy are displaced by those with a more constructive vision of America’s role not only in Asia but around the globe.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”. 

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China warns of ‘resolute counterattack’ after Pompeo says ‘Taiwan has not been a part of China’

In response to comments from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizing the reality that “Taiwan has not been a part of China” for decades, the Chinese government responded by promising a “resolute attack” against “any behaviour that undermines China’s core interests and interferes with China’s domestic affairs.”

In a radio interview Thursday, Pompeo explained why the administration’s position is that “Taiwan has not been a part of China,” saying, “That was recognized with the work that the Reagan administration did to lay out the policies that the United States has adhered to now for three-and-a-half decades.”

Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou thanked Pompeo for his support, noting, “The Republic of China on Taiwan is a sovereign, independent country, and not part of the People’s Republic of China. This is a fact and the current situation.”

The communist Chinese government, meanwhile, was not amused.

According to a report from Reuters, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin responded furiously, “We solemnly tell Pompeo and his ilk, that any behaviour that undermines China’s core interests and interferes with China’s domestic affairs will be met with a resolute counterattack by China.”

He did not elaborate on what that “resolute counterattack” might entail.

The United States’ relationship with Taiwan has been an ongoing source of angst to the Chinese government, which insists that Taiwan is a rebel province and repeatedly threatens retaliation against countries that recognize Taiwan’s independence.

The United States has at least arguably a legal obligation to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack on the island by mainland China. Additionally, the Trump administration has taken a series of incremental steps to increasingly recognize Taiwan’s independence, including encouraging arms sales to Taiwan and inviting representatives from Taiwan to participate in economic talks with the United States as an independent country.

These moves have also rankled the Chinese government, which has placed sanctions on United States companies that have sold to Taiwan.

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Report: Chinese government is preventing Taiwan from participating in WHO meetings even though Taiwan hasn’t had a local COVID infection for seven months

The Chinese government, which failed to control the initial outbreak of the virus and is widely suspected of having misled the World Health Organization and the global community about both the origins of the virus and the scope of its early spread, is now preventing Taiwan from participating in WHO meetings and explaining its success at containing the virus, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, Taiwan has not had a locally transmitted coronavirus infection in seven months. Taiwan has sought to participate in World Health Organization meetings about the pandemic to discuss measures the island nation — which China considers to be a rogue province — has taken to successfully combat the spread of COVID. However, due to China’s influence at the World Health Organization, which has frequently been criticized by President Trump and other Republicans, Taiwan has been prevented from participating.

In addition to their objections regarding any recognition of Taiwan’s independence, the communist Chinese regime has a propaganda-related motive for restricting Taiwan’s participation in these meetings. Since the start of the pandemic, China has waged a public relations campaign designed to convince the world that their authoritarian form of government has been more efficient at containing the virus than free countries. In keeping with that, they have released laughably low and likely fraudulent coronavirus infection statistics, which have been contradicted by whistleblowers who have escaped the Chinese mainland.

According to the WSJ report, “Chinese state media has pointed to the effectiveness of the country’s response in contrast to democratic countries, where a deference to individual liberties has contributed to the rampant spread of the virus.” Taiwan’s presentation, if permitted, would demonstrate that free, democratic societies can also effectively contain the coronavirus’ spread.

A spokesperson for the WHO explained the stated reasoning for Taiwan’s exclusion from conferences related to COVID-19 by saying that extending an invitation to Taiwan would lead to a challenge from other, unspecified nations, “at the expense of the good order of W.H.A. and its ability to function around substantive issues.”

President Trump and numerous other individuals have long accused the WHO and its head, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of being in the pocket of the Chinese government, and of willingly repeating obvious communist Chinese propaganda. In April, Trump announced that he was halting United States funding to the organization, and in July, the administration sent a letter to Congress announcing that the U.S. would formally withdraw from the organization.

Former Vice President Joe Biden promised, in response, to immediately rejoin the organization if he was elected.

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‘If not a genocide, something close to it’ going on in China: US national security adviser; warns Taiwan of Chinese invasion

United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien delivered warnings regarding China on Friday, while also praising Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. Speaking at a webinar hosted by the non-partisan Aspen Institute, O’Brien expressed concern over China’s iron-fisted rule in the Xinjiang region.

“If not a genocide, something close to it going on in Xinjiang,” O’Brien told the online audience. Xinjiang is home to millions of China’s ethnic minority of Uighur Muslims. The northwest region of China is also home to internment camps, which the Chinese Communist Party officially calls “vocational education and training centers.”

There could be as many as 3 million Uighur Muslims detained in the secret re-education camps, according to Randall Schriver, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.

O’Brien said, “The Chinese are literally shaving the heads of Uighur women and making hair products and sending them to the United States.”

O’Brien is citing the seizure of 13 tons of hair products worth more than $800,000 at the Port of New York/Newark by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in June. The confiscation of human hair products, which originated from Xinjiang, points to “potential human rights abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment” by China.

O’Brien was also troubled by the crackdown of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators by the Chinese government.

“Anyone who’s been to Hong Kong and spent time there, it’s sad what’s going to happen. Hong Kong has been fully absorbed into China,” O’Brien stated. “It’d be great if we had more immigrants from Hong Kong. They’re terrific people.”

The National Security Adviser also warned Taiwan to bolster its military to defend against a possible invasion by China.

“I think Taiwan needs to start looking at some asymmetric and anti-access area denial strategies and so on and really fortify itself in a manner that would deter the Chinese from any sort of amphibious invasion or even a gray zone operation against them,” O’Brien said at the event.

O’Brien added that China doesn’t want to do an amphibious landing on Taiwan, “It would be a hard operation for the Chinese to do.” He added an animal aphorism, “Lions generally don’t like to eat porcupines; they can, but they prefer not to.”

Earlier this week, the Trump administration informed Congress that it plans to sell advanced weapons systems to Taiwan.

“The U.S. sales involve the Lockheed Martin-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a truck-mounted rocket launcher; the Boeing-made over-the-horizon, precision strike missile Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response; and external sensor pods for Taiwan’s F-16 jets,” as reported by Defense News.

Last month, the Trump administration announced they would sell 66 new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.

O’Brien said that Beijing would be forced to consider possible retaliation by the United States for China’s aggression. “We have a lot of tools in the toolkit that, if we got involved, could make that a very dangerous effort for China to engage in,” O’Brien said.

“China is truly the challenge for the United States for this generation,” O’Brien said, “I hope we’re not enemies, although I understand that Xi Jinping was telling his troops this morning to prepare for war.”

O’Brien is referring to Xi’s appearance at a military base near Shantou in the east of the province this week, where he reportedly told troops, “[You should] focus your minds and energy on preparing to go to war, and stay highly vigilant.”

These allegations come on the heels of the New York Post’s bombshell report that Hunter Biden allegedly pursued “lasting and lucrative” deals with a Chinese energy company that he said would be “interesting for me and my family.” A source familiar with the negotiation of the deal and who was one of the people included on the reported email claimed that Joe Biden was named in the email and would profit off the deal with CEFC China Energy Co.

China has been confronted about reported ethnic cleansing in the past, but has denied all wrongdoing. As seen on BlazeTV, Glenn Beck discussed leaked video that purportedly shows hundreds of shaven Uighur Muslims who are bound, blindfolded, and being boarded onto trains by soldiers.

Leaked video EXPOSES Uighur ethnic cleansing in China & AMBASSADOR tries to justify it

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China threatens US after Mike Pompeo sends message of support to Taiwan’s president

The Chinese communist government threatened the United States early Wednesday after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a message of support to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

On Tuesday, Pompeo released a statement congratulating Tsai on the start of her second presidential term while also reaffirming U.S.-Taiwan relations.

I would like to congratulate Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on the commencement of her second term as Taiwan’s President. Her re-election by a huge margin shows that she has earned the respect, admiration, and trust of the people on Taiwan. Her courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy is an inspiration to the region and the world. …

As we look toward the future, I am confident that, with President Tsai at the helm, our partnership with Taiwan will continue to flourish.

The Chinese Communist Party responded with “strong indignation and condemnation” and threatened “necessary counter-measures.”

“On Pompeo’s congratulation to Tsai Ing-wen on her inauguration, we express strong indignation and condemnation. China will take necessary counter-measures, and the consequences will be borne by the US side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on Twitter.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also released a formal statement condemning the U.S. for “seriously violating” the one-China policy by recognizing Taiwan’s sovereignty.

The statement said:

We are telling the US that “Taiwan independence” is a dead end, and indulging and supporting “Taiwan independence” is doomed to failure. Any action that damages China’s core interests and interferes in China’s internal affairs will be vigorously countered by China, and will not stop the historical trend of China’s reunification.

China urges the US to immediately correct its mistakes, abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques, stop official US-Taiwan exchanges and enhance substantive relations with Taiwan, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop any words and deeds that harm the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait and Sino-US relations.

China will take necessary countermeasures against the above-mentioned wrong actions of the US, and the consequences arising therefrom shall be borne by the US.

China’s threatening statement comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate over trade, national security matters, and China’s culpability in the coronavirus pandemic.

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WHO director was accused of covering up epidemics in 2017

A report accusing the director of the World Health Organization of covering up epidemics has resurfaced in light of current accusations that the WHO aided China in covering up the global coronavirus pandemic.

The report was first documented in a 2017 New York Times article about Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who goes by the name Dr. Tedros, and his campaign to become the director of the WHO.

The accusations centered around his time as health minister of his native Ethiopia.

“Dr. Tedros is a compassionate and highly competent public health official,” said global health law expert Lawrence O. Gostin of Georgetown University at the time.

“But he had a duty to speak truth to power and to honestly identify and report verified cholera outbreaks over an extended period,” he added.

Dr. Tedros denied the allegations that he had covered up cholera epidemics in Ethiopia in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

He fired back that his accusers had a “typical colonial mind-set.”

He was later elected to lead the World Health Organization and oversaw the response to the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.

The debate over the culpability of the WHO came to a head when President Donald Trump announced that he was cutting off payments to the organization pending an investigation into recent questionable mistakes.

Democrats quickly claimed that the president did not have the authority to cut off funding to the WHO and condemned him for the decision.

The 2017 report resurfaced when critics of the WHO began circulating it on social media.

Here’s more about WHO and China:

How China Corrupted the World Health Organization’s Response to COVID-19

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Report: World Health Organization ignored Taiwan’s coronavirus warnings to cover for China

Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen revealed last month that his country warned the World Health Organization in late December that China was lying about the novel coronavirus. China had said the virus was not transmittable by human-to-human contact, and the WHO disseminated that lie in mid-January.

In fact, Chen claimed the WHO ignored Taiwan’s warnings in order to maintain its relationship with China, whose communist government demands the international community not acknowledge Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Now, Chen’s claims have been corroborated by new reporting.

In an Economist article detailing the remarkable COVID-19 response of Taiwan — which has thus far seen only 376 confirmed COVID-19 cases and just five related deaths — the London-based news outlet reported that the WHO blatantly ignored Taiwan’s warnings.

That decision, the Economist declared, cost lives:

For all that, Taiwan’s performance is remarkable. Even more remarkable is that the country is not a member of the World Health Organisation. The simple reason is that a bullying China refuses it entry. It may not even attend the World Health Assembly, the who’s decision-making forum, as an observer. When Taiwan wrote to the WHO in late December asking whether there was human-to-human transmission in the virus outbreak in Wuhan, the WHO, the body now admits, did not reply.

Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19 has shown that it can cope outside the WHO, even if there is a cost. But its exclusion causes wider damage. Taiwan’s early understanding of the threat of the coronavirus could have given others advance warning. Taiwan’s inability to disseminate its findings cost lives.

Evidence is mounting that China’s communist government has lied to the world about COVID-19 and that WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the WHO are culpable in helping China cover for its mistakes.

Now, President Donald Trump is considering slashing American financial contributions to the WHO, which make up nearly 15% of the WHO’s annual budget. China, on the other hand, contributes just 0.21% of the WHO’s annual budget.

(H/T: Naomi Ackerman)

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Bombshell accusations say the WHO ignored key coronavirus warning, relied on Chinese propaganda

Taiwanese officials attempted to warn the World Health Organization in December that China was not being honest about the coronavirus, but those warnings were ignored, Taiwan’s vice president revealed on Friday.

Doctors in Taiwan learned from colleagues in mainland China last December that medical professionals were falling ill over a new virus — which would eventually become known as SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus — a significant indicator of human-to-human transmission.

Upon learning this crucial fact, Taiwanese officials alerted the WHO — but they were ignored.

“While the [International Health Regulations’s] internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s [Centers for Disease Control] is being put up there,” Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen told the Financial Times.

“The WHO could not obtain first-hand information to study and judge whether there was human-to-human transmission of COVID-19. This led it to announce human-to-human transmission with a delay, and an opportunity to raise the alert level both in China and the wider world was lost,” he explained.

Indeed, on Jan. 14, when COVID-19 was rapidly spreading across China, the WHO disseminated Chinese propaganda that COVID-19 could not be transmitted from human to human.

China, of course, knew the information was false, but chose to lie to the world anyway.

According to the Financial Times, the WHO ignored Taiwan because the international organization sides with China in the geo-political dispute over Taiwan.

From the Financial Times:

Taiwan is excluded from the WHO because China, which claims it as part of its territory, demands that third countries and international bodies do not treat it in any way that resembles how independent states are treated.

The WHO’s relationship with China has been criticised in the past, with some accusing the organisation of overly praising Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak despite allegations local officials had initially covered it up.

In response, the WHO said it needed to “hold frank and open discussions on sometimes sensitive issues,” which “requires that we respect the confidentiality of such communications.”

On Friday, despite widespread accusations that China lied to the world and covered up their COVID-19 response, Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the WHO, repeated more Chinese propaganda, disseminating the communist government’s highly suspicious claim that they are no longer seeing new cases of COVID-19.