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Hong Kong leaders must pledge loyalty to — and show ‘love’ for — China’s communist party to stay in office

Hong Kong leaders must pledge loyalty to — and demonstrate “love” for — China’s communist party in order to stay in office, Reuters reported.

What are the details?

Community-level district councils must pledge the oath of allegiance to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, according to a bill the Chinese-ruled city is announcing this week, the outlet said.

Secretary for Mainland and Constitutional Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai said politicians viewed as insincere would be barred from office, Reuters reported.

“You cannot say that you are patriotic, but you do not love the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, or you do not respect it — this does not make sense,” Tsang said, according to the outlet. “Patriotism is holistic love.”

The district councils are the only fully democratic institution in Hong Kong, the outlet noted, adding that the city’s Legislative Council is “stacked with pro-Beijing figures, while its chief executive is not directly elected.”

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Any district councillor suspended from office after failing the loyalty test would be sent to court for formal disqualification, and banned from contesting elections for five years.

The bill potentially paves the way for the mass disqualification of pro-democracy politicians who took almost ninety percent of 452 district council seats in Hong Kong in the 2019 elections, humiliating the pro-Beijing camp.

While district councils decide little beyond community-level issues, such as garbage collection and bus stops, Beijing and Hong Kong authorities are determined that all public institutions in the city must be run by people loyal to Beijing.

Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of China’s State Council, on Monday said Hong Kong can only be ruled by “patriots,” the outlet reported. As for who qualifies as “patriots,” Baolong told Reuters they include those who love China, its constitution, and the Communist Party. But anti-China “troublemakers” do not qualify as “patriots,” he added to the outlet.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday endorsed Beijing’s stance, the outlet said, and added that the loyalty oath is necessary to halt hatred of China and sustain the “one country, two systems” of government model.

Henry Wong, a pro-democracy councillor, told Reuters he’s still deciding whether to take the oath: “This is just an act to legalize their brutal force in destroying democracy voices.”

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have been battling against communist China’s takeover since last year. Three of them were sentenced to serve jail time in December for involvement in demonstrations.

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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.


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Commentary: Hypocrites at NY Times run op-ed by Chinese propagandist pushing authoritarian put down of Hong Kong protests. Where’s Tom Cotton’s apology?

Remember when the New York Times caved to pressure to pull down an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) advocating for the U.S. military to intervene and stop the rioting and looting in major U.S. cities? If you would recall, a Times editor actually resigned amid outrage from the paper’s staff that he would dare publish Cotton’s opinion, an opinion they said would put people in danger.

Will the Times retract this op-ed by a Chinese communist propagandist celebrating the authoritarian crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong?

The op-ed, titled “Hong Kong is China, like it or not,” was written by Regina Ip, a legislator and member of the Executive Council in Hong Kong. Ip is an advocate for Hong Kong’s new expansive national security law, a law supported by the Chinese Communist Party leadership in Beijing that critics say will severely encroach on civil liberties and abuse Hong Kong citizens.

“Hong Kong has been rocked by a series of crises after the eruption of protests last year over a proposed bill (long since withdrawn) that would have allowed the extradition of some suspects in criminal cases to mainland China,” Ip writes. “Something had to be done, and the Chinese authorities did it.”

Last year, pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong began demonstrations against the planned security law, protesting the pro-Chinese elements of the government in Hong Kong. In response, Beijing announced in May that the communist government would ignore the Hong Kong legislature and impose the security law by fiat, declaring that the protests were evidence the law was needed.

Then the crackdown on protests and free speech began.

As the New York Times itself reported, “the Chinese government has used the letter and spirit of the law to crush Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition with surprising ferocity.” A tenured law professor and pro-democracy advocate at the University of Hong Kong was forced out of his position by authorities. Four young activists were arrested on suspicion of expressing support online for Hong Kong’s independence, an act of subversion under the new law. Beijing even canceled an election in Hong Kong, using the coronavirus as a cover, to prevent pro-democracy candidates from winning, according to the Times.

At the time, Ip welcomed the arrests, saying the authorities were “acting in accordance with the law.”

Now, Ip’s op-ed accuses pro-democracy advocates of having “done great harm to the city by going against its constitutional order and stirring up chaos and disaffection toward our motherland.” She defends the decision to postpone the election in Hong Kong as “sound.”

Even today, Hong Kong riot police enforcing the security law arrested more than 50 peaceful protesters who had gathered on China National Day. The Chinese Communist Party’s tyranny stares the world in the face, and the New York Times runs an op-ed on the same day with the sub-headline, “after months of chaos in the city, something had to be done, and the Chinese government did it.”

The New York Times has published Chinese propaganda before. The paper also publishes opinion editorials from convicted terrorists, Middle Eastern dictators, Russian dictators, and Hamas.

But Sen. Cotton wrote an op-ed calling for President Trump to invoke the insurrection act to stop criminals in American cities because local and state officials refuse to enforce the law, and somehow that opinion was too extreme.

Yascha Mounk, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, called out the Times for its blatant hypocrisy.

Mounk is entirely correct, and he doesn’t even agree with Cotton’s op-ed.

The New York Times is a joke.

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MSM “Third Wave” Lockdown Propaganda Ramps UP

Over the weekend, mainstream media outlets put together articles detailing how we need to learn “lessons” from Hong Kong about locking down effectively. The propaganda wants us to be in fear and is warning of yet another draconian lockdown.

As if the economy hasn’t been decimated enough, mainstream media is doing their job to push the fear and ensure the public’s minds are molded into accepting another lockdown. We were already told that “one way or another” the United States would face another round of economic terrorism too.

Government Warning: “One Way Or Another, The Economy Is Going To Lockdown Again”

Many articles, such as this one from the BBC blame Hong Kong’s “third wave” on lax policies (which were not lax at all, in fact, incredibly tyrannical) during the first and second waves. This propaganda is done for one reason: condition the average Americans’ mind into accepting another lockdown, the dollar collapse, and the destruction of the U.S. They don’t need the U.S. in the New World Order.

Technocrats have been out in full force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci who is now recommending we cover our eyes with goggles and face shields in addition to wearing their occultic muzzle over the mouth and nose.  There is no denying any longer that those who believe face masks work have some kind of strange religious devotion to them. It’s cult-like at best.

Dr. Deborah Birx, yet another technocrat is also ginning up the fear to manufacture compliance, saying coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. are “extraordinarily widespread.” Just yesterday, Sunday, August 2, Birx said the U.S. has entered a “new phase” of the novel coronavirus scamdemic. Birx, the physician overseeing the White House’s epidemic response, said Sunday, according to the Washington Post. 

“Experts” also see “worrisome trends emerging” in major East Coast and Midwest cities, and they anticipate major outbreaks in college towns as classes resume this month. The Washington Post went on to warn that rural areas aren’t safe either.  Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma are among the states witnessing the largest surge of infections over the past week.

The fear is still front and center now with renewed propaganda pushed for another lockdown. Brace yourselves.  Finish stocking up on food, water, and a water filter now if you haven’t. We are likely in for a rough autumn and a downright brutal winter. The warning signs are there, let’s finish preparing instead of ignoring them.

Those Who Planned The Enslavement of Mankind Warn Of “A Dark Winter” For Us

 

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Ready For The “Third Wave?” They Are Starting The Propaganda For It NOW

The mainstream media has been ramping up their reporting on the “third wave” of the coronavirus scamdemic. It sure looks like another lockdown is coming and the economic destruction of the United States will be complete.

As anxieties about a global “second” (or, in Hong Kong’s case, “third”) wave intensify, health authorities in China have just reported the biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases on the mainland in three and a half months on Wednesday when 101 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health commission, reported ZeroHedge

This is all by design. None of this is by accident. The economy will crash and the dollar will be worthless as they usher in the one digital dollar that will be controlled and monitored by the central bank.

The IDF has begun preparations for a “third wave” of the coronavirus, which it predicts will reach its peak in October and continue throughout the winter. The Israeli news site Walla reported that the IDF believed the current second wave of the virus had topped out, and the time to get ready for the next wave was now, according to Algemeiner

In particular, it was thought the winter weather could lead to the worst outbreak yet. The IDF chief of staff has ordered the purchase of enough flu vaccines to vaccinate all soldiers before winter, thus removing a possible complication due to the ease of confusing the symptoms of the two diseases. “Winter” has been an important time frame to the elitists.

Fauci Talks “Winter” Again: “We Will Have An Answer On A COVID Vaccine”

Those Who Planned The Enslavement of Mankind Warn Of “A Dark Winter” For Us

So far, most of the news reports on the “third wave” are coming from outlets overseas. But remember, this is how the second wave nonsense started. If the mainstream media in the U.S. thinks they will be able to use this fear-mongering “news” to further control the public and convince them to participate in the beast/vaccine system, they will for certain, being reporting on the third wave frequently.

This seems like one long nightmare that’s hard to wake up from.

 

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NBA shop banned ‘free Hong Kong’ message on jerseys, but did allow ‘KillCops’ — until it reversed course

The NBA incited outrage Monday after online users noticed the league’s official website would not let fans purchase customizable jerseys with pro-Hong Kong messages — but did allow anti-police and anti-Semitic messages.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, when a user typed “Free Hong Kong” as the customizable message on a jersey, the NBA’s official website returned the following message, “We are unable to customize this item with the text you have entered. Please try a different entry.”

However, the website did allow fans to purchase jerseys with the following phrases, among others:

  • F**k Hong Kong
  • Abolish cops
  • Sneaky Jews
  • Cancel Israel
  • Pence is gay
  • Trump has AIDS

One reporter, the Daily Caller’s David Hookstead, even called the NBA store’s customer service. A sales representative told him that he was not permitted to buy a jersey with the phrase “Free Hong Kong,” but could buy one that said, “KillCops.”

The NBA infamously kowtowed to China last year after a Houston Rockets executive praised the freedom movement in Hong Kong.

How did the NBA respond?

The NBA has not released an official statement, but social media outrage apparently made a difference.

According to Hookstead, fans can now purchase customizable jerseys with the message “Free Hong Kong,” while those with anti-police slurs are no longer available.

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British PM Boris Johnson offers 3 million Hong Kong citizens refuge in the UK to hit back at China over city’s new security law

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that his country will offer 3 million Hong Kong residents refuge and a path to citizenship in the United Kingdom in retaliation to China’s new national security law, which effectively ends autonomy in the city.

According to Business Insider, Johnson told the House of Commons Wednesday that the law is in violation of the Sino-British joint declaration, which was signed by the U.K. and China in 1984.

The new law, which was met with global opposition, outlaws “foreign interference” and cracks down on pro-democracy demonstrations within the city. On Wednesday, it was put into effect as police arrested nearly 200 Hong Kong residents after thousands participated in a rally against the legislation.

Under the U.K. order, Hong Kong citizens eligible to apply for a British national overseas passport, along with their dependents, will be able to seek 5 years of limited right to remain in the U.K. — that number amounts to about 3 million.

After their 5-year stay and an additional year of settled status, arrivals will be eligible to apply for full U.K. citizenship.

“The enactment and imposition of this national security law constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British joint declaration,” the prime minister told Parliament. “It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and is in direct conflict with Hong Kong basic law. The law also threatens the freedoms and rights protected by the joint declaration.

“We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with British national overseas status to enter the U.K., granting them limited right to remain with the ability to live and work in the U.K. and thereafter to apply for citizenship — and that is precisely what we will do now,” he added.

According to BBC, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said there would be no limit on numbers or quotas, telling members that the U.K. “will not look the other way on Hong Kong” and “will not duck our historic responsibilities to its people.”

Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong sounded the alarm over the new law last month, saying it marked the end of the “one country, two systems” agreement between Beijing and the autonomous city.

Soon after, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed, officially declaring that with the imposition of the new law, Hong Kong could no longer be considered autonomous.

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Hong Kong democracy activist calls out LeBron James for social justice hypocrisy: ‘All he cares about is money’

An activist who protested for democracy in Hong Kong and who has testified in front of Congress called out NBA star LeBron James for being “hypocritical” on the issue of social justice, Bloomberg reported.

The activist, Joshua Wong, pointed out that while James is active and vocal about seeking justice for black Americans, he declined to say a word against China’s oppression because doing so would put him at some financial risk.

“Defending democracy is vital, but @KingJames only talks loud in the U.S.,” Wong wrote. “All he cares about is money, not human rights.”

Wong served two months in jail for participation in the 2014 protests in Hong Kong against the influence of the communist Chinese government.

In the fall, the NBA got into a conflict with the Chinese government because Daryl Morey, an executive for the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The NBA has a significant presence in China, and many players have endorsement deals either in China or strongly boosted by sales in China.

China threatened to cut ties with the NBA over the tweet, and players were forced to choose between speaking out against human rights violations by the Chinese government or protecting their own business interests. James, one of the most influential voices in sports, chose the latter.

Instead, James criticized Morey for putting players in an uncomfortable position with his support for Hong Kong. The Los Angeles Lakers star was among players who were in China at the time for a series of preseason basketball games.

“I don’t want to get into a word- or sentence-feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand,” James said after a Lakers game in October in China. “And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

James recently started a group that aims to protect voting rights for black Americans. The organization is a response to reported voting issues in predominantly black precincts this week.

“Everyone talking about ‘how do we fix this?'” James said. “They say ‘go out and vote?’ What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?”

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War for Hong Kong?

This article was originally published by  Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. at Lew Rockwell. 

President Trump faces trouble, and he is handling it in a dangerous way. Our economy is reeling, as the Fed pours out billions of dollars in a futile effort to avert disaster. We know to our cost that politicians, faced with crisis at home, provoke war “to busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels.”

Unfortunately, this is just what Trump is doing. According to a CNN news report on Friday, May 28, “President Donald Trump launched a blistering attack on Beijing Friday, naming misdeeds that range from espionage to the violation of Hong Kong’s freedoms, and announced a slew of retaliatory measures that will plunge US-China relations deeper into crisis.

‘They’ve ripped off the United States like no one has ever done before,’ Trump said of China, as he decried the way Beijing has ‘raided our factories’ and ‘gutted’ American industry, casting Beijing as a central foil he will run against in the remaining months of his re-election campaign.

Trump called out China for ‘espionage to steal our industrial secrets, of which there are many,’ announced steps to protect American investors from Chinese financial practices, accused Beijing of ‘unlawfully claiming territory in the Pacific Ocean’ and threatening freedom of navigation.

The President also blasted Beijing for passing a national security law that fundamentally undermines Hong Kong’s autonomy, announcing that going forward the US will no longer grant Hong Kong special status on trade or in other areas and instead will apply the same restrictions to the territory it has in place with China. Trump outlined that the US will strip Hong Kong of the special policy measures on extradition, trade, travel, and customs Washington had previously granted it.”

Let’s look at Hong Kong first, as this is the issue most likely to get the American public roused up. “Isn’t it terrible,” some people will say, “that the Chinese government has rounded up and imprisoned rioters against its authority in Hong Kong?” In answer to this, you need to bear in mind a key fact. The American government instigated the Hong Kong protests and egged them on in a direct challenge to the Chinese government. As Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially known for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook,” pointed out last September, “even US policymakers have all but admitted that the US is funneling millions of dollars into Hong Kong specifically to support ‘programs’ there. The Hudson Institute in an article titled, ‘China Tries to Blame US for Hong Kong Protests’ would admit:

A Chinese state-run newspaper’s claim that the United States is helping pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong is only partially inaccurate, a top foreign policy expert said Monday. 

Michael Pillsbury, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland the U.S. holds some influence over political matters in the region.

The article would then quote Pillsbury as saying:

We have a large consulate there that’s in charge of taking care of the Hong Kong Policy Act passed by Congress to ensure democracy in Hong Kong, and we have also funded millions of dollars of programs through the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] … so in that sense, the Chinese accusation is not totally false.

A visit to the NED’s website reveals an entire section of declared funding for Hong Kong specifically. The wording for program titles and their descriptions is intentionally ambiguous to give those like US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plausible deniability.

However, deeper research reveals NED recipients are literally leading the protests.”

Given this provocative US behavior, the Chinese government could not back down. As Pat Buchanan warned back in December: “There is another issue here — the matter of face.”

China has just celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Revolution where Mao proclaimed, ‘China has stood up!’ after a century of foreign humiliations and occupations.

Can Xi Jinping, already the object of a Maoist cult of personality, accept U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of his country or a city that belongs to China? Not likely. Nor is China likely to accede to demands for greater sovereignty, self-determination or independence for Hong Kong.

This would only raise hopes of the city’s eventual escape from its ordained destiny: direct rule by Beijing when the 50-year China-U.K. treaty regarding the transfer of Hong Kong expires in 2047. For Xi to capitulate to the demands of Hong Kong’s demonstrators could cause an outbreak of protests in other Chinese cities and bring on a crisis of the regime.”

In thinking about what to do, we need to be guided by the wisdom of Murray Rothbard. He long ago pointed out that we should oppose American intervention in foreign countries. It isn’t our job to act as a world rights enforcing agency. We should mind our own business. As he put it, “We must say rather that, given the unfortunate existence of the State, we must limit and reduce its power, anywhere and everywhere, and wherever possible. We must try constantly to abolish or at least lower taxes-whether for ‘defense’ or for anything else-and never, never advocate any tax increase. Given the existence of the State, we must try to abolish, and if not abolish to limit and reduce, its internal power-its internal exercise of taxation, counterfeiting, police state aggression, controls, regulations, or whatever. And similarly, we must try to abolish its external power-its power over the citizens of other States. The criminal State must be reduced as much as we can everywhere-whether it be in its internal or external power. In contrast to the usual right-wing partiality for – foreign over domestic intervention, we must recognize that foreign intervention tends to be far worse.”

What Murray said about intervention in Eastern Europe when it was under communist control applies perfectly to our situation: “Now don’t misunderstand me; I have not abandoned the moral principle for cynicism. My heart yearns for ethnic justice, for national self-determination for all peoples. . . . But, to paraphrase Sydney Smith’s famous letter to Lady Grey, please let them work this out for themselves! Let us abandon the criminal immorality and folly of continual coercive meddling by non-Eastern European powers (e.g. Britain, France, and now the U.S.) in the affairs of East Europe. Let us hope that one day Germany and Russia, at peace, will willingly grant justice to the peoples of East Europe, but let us not bring about perpetual wars to try to achieve this artificially.”

Trump’s complaints about China’s trade policies again ignore the role of American provocation. Eric Margolis identifies the core fallacy in Trump’s strategy: “Trump’s wars are economic.  They deploy the huge economic and financial might of the United States to steamroll other nations that fail to comply with orders from Washington.  Washington’s motto is ‘obey me or else!’  Economic wars are not bloodless.  Imperial Germany and the Central Powers were starved into surrender in 1918 by a crushing British naval blockade.

Trade sanctions are not making America great, as Trump claims.  They are making America detested around the globe as a crude bully.  Trump’s efforts to undermine the European Union and intimidate Canada add to this ugly, brutal image.

Trump’s ultimate objective, as China clearly knows, is to whip up a world crisis over trade, then dramatically end it – of course, before next year’s elections.  Trump has become a master dictator of US financial markets, rising or lowering them by surprise tweets.  No president should ever have such power, but Trump has seized it.

Trade wars rarely produce any benefits for either side.  They are the equivalent of sending tens of thousands of soldiers to be mowed down by machine guns on the blood-soaked Somme battlefield in WWI.  Glory for the stupid generals; death and misery for the common soldiers.”

Trump also mentioned Chinese claims of territory in the Pacific Ocean.  He ignored the fact that the South China Sea belongs to them, not to us, yet we send our ships there and insist we have a right to control what happens there. Also, a great deal of China’s industry and agriculture is privately owned, so an attack on China would be an attack on private property. Both the neocons and the nationalist “Right” want war with China. We should aim at peace instead, as Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul have taught us.

It is ironic that Trump accused China of industrial espionage. The US has for decades spied and monitored governments and industries all over the world, of course including China.

As the writer “Moon of Alabama” has said, “European countries do not fear China or even Chinese spying. They know that the U.S. is doing similar on a much larger scale. Europeans do not see China as a threat and they do not want to get involved in the escalating U.S.-China spat. . . Every nation spies. It is one of the oldest trades in this world. That the U.S. is making such a fuss about putative Chinese spying when it itself is the biggest sinner is unbecoming.”

The Chinese people are highly productive and intelligent, and their success doesn’t depend on industrial espionage against the United States. Rather than condemn the Chinese, Trump should commend them for their monumental steps toward a free market, with unprecedented economic growth, after suffering the carnage of Maoist communism.

Trump spoke about suing the Chinese for the damage caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. As I wrote in an article last month, “There is good reason to believe that the coronavirus epidemic is part of an American biological warfare campaign against China and Iran. The brilliant physicist Ron Unz, who has time and time again been proved right by events, makes this case in a scintillating analysis.”

Even if the US didn’t do this, it would be highly irregular to sue a nation just because a virus began there. Besides, if America wants to go that route, wouldn’t many countries have grounds to sue America for what the American government did to them? What about Iraq, which has suffered from US bombing and blockades in a war now widely admitted to be a mistake? What about people all over the world who have been killed with arms supplied to foreign governments by the US?

Rather than stir up trouble with China, President Trump should promote free trade. How can it help the people of Hong Kong to deny them its free port, with no tariffs on imports or exports? America needs to confront its domestic crisis, brought on by the terrible lockdown and financial irresponsibility.  War with China will only make our present crisis immeasurably worse.

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China plans to bypass Hong Kong legislature, impose massive new national security law on city

China announced that it is stepping up its abuse of Hong Kong citizens with a sweeping new national security law that will outlaw “foreign interference” and further quash pro-democracy forces in the once autonomous city.

What happened?

A year ago, pro-democracy forces in Hong Kong began demonstrating against pro-China polices backed by the city’s leadership, especially Chief Executive Carrie Lam. In June, thousands of protesters took to the streets to protest their local government’s efforts to pass a bill that to make it easier for China to extradite fugitives from the city to the mainland.

The protests upset Communist Party leaders in Beijing, so the regime announced Thursday at its annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that it would bypass the Hong Kong legislature and impose an oppressive new national security edict by fiat, the Washington Post reported.

Hong Kong has enjoyed relative autonomy since the British turned it over to Communist China in 1997. But recent and repeated moves by Beijing to suppress civil liberties have led to increasingly disruptive and sometimes violent protests by pro-democracy, pro-West factions.

The communist regime cited the protests as evidence that the sweeping new security law is necessary.

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned in December that his Communist Party would not tolerate challenges to its authority or interference from “external forces,” the New York Times reported. But protests continued until the coronavirus pandemic led world leaders to begin issuing stay-at-home orders.

And a Thursday letter from China’s foreign ministry said, “The opposition in Hong Kong have long colluded with external forces to carry out acts of secession, subversion, infiltration and destruction against the Chinese mainland,” according to the Times.

The law, which Chinese leaders declared is a “direct response to last year’s protests” that were spurred on by “secessionist forces” and outside influence, the Post said, “will ban secession, subversion of state power, foreign interference and terrorism.”

Stanley Ng, a pro-Beijing member of China’s legislature from Hong Kong and long-time proponent of the security law, said the city’s failure to quell the protests only proved that China needed to step in.

“The social unrest last year showed that the Hong Kong government was unable to handle passing [national security legislation] on its own,” Ng said, according to the Post. “Hong Kong’s status will be sacrificed with or without this law if society is unstable due to the protesters’ violence.”

Pro-democracy forces were stunned by the move. From the Post:

[U]nder Xi’s leadership, the Communist Party has encroached on Hong Kong’s autonomy with stunning speed.

“I’m speechless,” said Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy lawmaker, of the proposed national security legislation. Kwok was singled out for criticism by Beijing and was recently removed from his chairmanship of a key legislative council committee. “This is a complete and total surprise and I think it means the end of one country, two systems.”

Kwok said that the Hong Kong government and Beijing had used the coronavirus pandemic as cover to clamp down on the city.

“When the world is not watching they are killing Hong Kong, killing one country, two systems, and using social distancing rules to keep people from coming out to protest,” he said. “This is the most devastating thing to happen to Hong Kong since the handover.”

After the state announced its plan to implement the new security law, calls went out for protesters to take to the streets of Hong Kong.

“The arms of tyranny have reached Hong Kong,” pro-democracy leader Ted Hui said, according to the Post. “Darker days are coming.”

This move follows a recent trend of anti-democracy abuse.

Earlier this week, pro-China forces within the Hong Kong legislature had pro-democracy lawmakers forcibly removed and blocked from re-entry in order to install pro-communist leadership for a key legislative committee as the body fought over a bill that would criminalize disrespect of the Chinese national anthem.

And last month, pro-Beijing Chief Executive Lam used the coronavirus quarantine to arrest democracy advocates.

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VIDEO: Security drags pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong legislature, block the doors in order to install pro-China leadership

A just-released video from a pro-democracy organization opposed to Chinese communist rule shows security forces within the Hong Kong legislature forcibly removing pro-democracy lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature Monday.

What’s happening?

During the ongoing fight between a pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and the communist regime in Beijing, pro-China forces have repeatedly attempted to quash any and all demonstrations by those who would question Chinese governance in the region.

A new video from the Twitter account — Things China Doesn’t Want You To Know (@TruthAbtChina) — shows security guards dragging pro-democracy lawmakers from the chamber of the Hong Kong legislature.

The fight, according to the BBC, was over a bill that would criminalize disrespect of the Chinese national anthem. The scrape in the chamber came as legislators fought over who would lead a committee that was key to how the bill would progress through the Legislative Council, the BBC said.

According to the outlet, the security team’s move came as the body fought over who would serve as chairman of the committee.

More from the BBC:

The Legislative Council was in dispute over who should run the house committee, which scrutinises bills and decides when they are voted on.

Last week, the council president appointed Chan Kin-por, a pro-Beijing lawmaker, to oversee the election of a new leader.

On Monday – before the Legislative Council began – Mr Chan was in the chairman’s seat, surrounded by more than 20 security guards.

As pro-democracy lawmakers entered the room, they tried to reach the seat, but were stopped by the guards.

The New York Times reported that one pro-democracy leader, Lam Cheuk Ting, was seen ripping out pages from the body’s rule book and scattering them into the scuffle while other members yelled that “Chan and the pro-Beijing camp had improperly seized power over the committee.”

The @TruthAbtChina account said that following the removal of at least nine pro-democracy lawmakers, a pro-communist member was unanimously elected.

“Security guards drag several pro-democracy lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature,” the organization tweeted. “After 9+ pro-democracy lawmakers are forcibly removed, the vote procedes. Pro-communist Starry Lee is unanimously elected as chairperson.”

The “illegal vote,” the group said, was facilitated by a security crew that held the chamber doors shut after the pro-democracy officials had been removed. The lawmakers can reportedly be heard banging on the doors that are being braced shut.

“Pro-Beijing security guards hold the doors shut as the illegal vote continues and pro-democracy lawmakers bang on the doors from the outside,” the organization tweeted.

The pro-Beijing leadership of Hong Kong has been cracking down on many voices of dissent against ChiCom rule. Just last month, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam used the coronavirus quarantine to arrest democracy advocates.

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Hong Kong uses coronavirus quarantine to arrest pro-democracy citizens

Looks like the pro-Beijing leader of Hong Kong has learned a lesson about crises: Never let them go to waste. And now she’s using the city’s stay-at-home practices during the coronavirus pandemic to crack down and arrest democracy advocates.

What’s the background?

Last summer, thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest their local government’s push to pass a bill that would make it easier for China to extradite fugitives from the city to the mainland.

The protesters demanded the resignation of local officials, including Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who introduced the pro-Beijing bill.

Police armed with tear gas, water canons, and rubber bullets attempted to quell the pretests.

Then authorities brought in Chinese armored vehicles, leading to fears that a military crackdown was coming. And Communist officials in Beijing began planting rumors the the pro-democracy protests were showing “sprouts of terrorism.”

President Donald Trump later revealed that U.S. intelligence was reporting that the Chinese government was moving troops to the Hong Kong border.

In early September, Lam finally scrapped the extradition bill that sparked the protests, but the democracy advocates still had other demands: free elections, a stop to prosecutions of protesters who had been arrested, and an investigation of the city’s police.

At the end of September, as protests continued, at times descending into violence, and the Chinese national holiday marking the 70th anniversary of Communist rule approached, Beijing doubled its military presence in Hong Kong in an attempt to keep protests down.

But the protests have continued for months. Police have shot a few protesters and pepper-sprayed and tackled a pregnant woman. And masked men attacked a Hong Kong newspaper that had a record of being critical of Chinese authorities, setting fire to the printing press and papers.

What now?

With the streets currently more calm during the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong leader Lam decided now was the time to go after and arrest at least 14 leading pro-democracy activists, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Those arrested Saturday for unlawful assembly included, “81-year-old activist and former lawmaker Martin Lee and democracy advocates Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan and Au Nok-hin. Police also arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who founded the local newspaper Apple Daily,” the AP said. Also arrested were Yeung Sum, a former Democratic lawmaker, and leaders of the League of Social Democrats, including its chairman, Raphael Wong.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr condemned the arrests. From the AP:

“Beijing and its representatives in Hong Kong continue to take actions inconsistent with commitments made under the Sino-British Joint Declaration that include transparency, the rule of law, and guarantees that Hong Kong will continue to ‘enjoy a high degree of autonomy,'” Pompeo said. He was referring to the 1997 handover of the former British colony to China, which promised the city would enjoy political freedoms not afforded mainland China.

Attorney General William Barr also weighed in with a statement saying these events show how “antithetical the values of the Chinese Communist Party are to those we share in Western liberal democracies. These actions — along with its malign influence activity and industrial espionage here in the United States — demonstrate once again that the Chinese Communist Party cannot be trusted.”

China, of course, accused the U.S. of instigating the protests and demanded that the West butt out.

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Hong Kong is doling out $1,280 to every adult resident in order to boost its economy amid Coronavirus outbreak

Every adult citizen in Hong Kong — roughly 7 million people — will be given 10,000 Hong Kong dollars (the equivalent of $1,280) in an effort to boost the territory’s economy amid political unrest and fears over the Coronavirus outbreak.

The giveaway is part of a massive spending initiative the government announced in its annual budget Wednesday.

“I have decided to disburse $10,000 to Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above, with a view to encouraging and boosting local consumption on the one hand, and relieving people’s financial burden on the other,” Financial Secretary Paul Chan said.

According to Yahoo News, Hong Kong will dip into its massive stockpile of fiscal reserves totaling more than 1 trillion Hong Kong dollars to pay for the handout, which Chan estimates will cost 71 billion Hong Kong dollars.

“The social incidents in the past months and the novel coronavirus epidemic have dealt a heavy blow to Hong Kong’s economy,” Chan said as he introduced the measure. “Making good use of fiscal reserves to support enterprises and relieve people’s hardship is certainly in line with our people’s expectations,” he added.

The news comes after months of economic and political unrest in the city resulting from pro-democracy demonstrations and the U.S.-China trade war. When a surge of Coronavirus infections hit the city, it only accentuated the economic downturn.

Chan acknoledges that “Hong Kong’s economy is facing enormous challenges” and is predicting a growth range of -1.5 percent to 0.5 percent for the coming year. But he hopes that the new budget initiatives will see the economy through its first recession in a decade.

“In the medium term, the economic outlook of Hong Kong remains positive,” he said.

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Apple, other major US companies starting to feel the effect of coronavirus spread in China

As coronavirus continues to spread and disrupt daily life and business in China, American companies that rely heavily on China for production are starting to feel the impact, Axios reported.

Perhaps most notably, Apple reported Monday that it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations because coronavirus has limited both production of its products, and the demand for those products in China.

In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed the factors leading to the revenue dip:

The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.

The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic. We are gradually reopening our retail stores and will continue to do so as steadily and safely as we can. Our corporate offices and contact centers in China are open, and our online stores have remained open throughout.

Apple isn’t the only company starting to feel the worldwide effect of coronavirus. MarketWatch reported that, of 364 earnings calls that occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 13, 38% of them mentioned coronavirus although many of them were yet unwilling to issue negative guidance based on the outbreak.

The Chinese market accounts for about 10% of Coca-Cola’s global volume, and CEO James Quincey is concerned about how this blow to China’s large and influential economy will impact his and other businesses.

“China’s economy was in a different place when SARS happened,” Quincey said. “It’s worth noting that China’s economy is [now] much bigger, and this could become more connected to the rest of the world.”

China is responsible for about two-thirds of global sourcing for Hasbro, and uncertainty about the speed with which factories will be able to reopen and resume production presents significant issues for the company’s outlook.

Roughly half of Nike stores in China are closed, and those that are open aren’t getting the usual amount of traffic. Ralph Lauren Corp. could take a hit of at least $70 million, as two-thirds of its Chinese stores have been closed for a week.

Still, the U.S. markets have not shown a downturn despite these issues, although some economists warn that could change abruptly if business doesn’t pick back up in China soon.

“This will eventually end badly,” Guggenheim Investments global CIO Scott Minerd said, according to Axios. “I have never in my career seen anything as crazy as what’s going on right now. The cognitive dissonance in the credit market is stunning.”

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This Coronavirus Outbreak Is Really Starting To Take A Very Serious Toll On The Global Economy

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

Factories all over China have been shut down, global supply chains have been hit by an unprecedented shock, the Baltic Dry Index is absolutely collapsing, the tourism industry is being absolutely devastated, and companies all over the globe are warning that sales will be lower than anticipated this quarter.

This coronavirus outbreak is already taking a very serious toll on the global economy, and experts are warning that we could still be in the very early chapters of this crisis.  If this outbreak ultimately evolves into a horrifying worldwide pandemic that kills millions of people, what will the global economy look like a few months from now?

For the moment, more than 98 percent of the confirmed cases are still in China, but that could soon change.

And if this virus does start spreading in other countries like it is in China, that could rapidly push us into a deep global recession.

Many are fearing the worst.  In fact, Forbes is already labeling this outbreak as “a black swan event”…

A black swan event is a term used on Wall Street that refers to a rare and unpredictable occurrence that is beyond what is expected and has severe consequences. It’s derived from European explorers who had previously thought that all swans were white and only white, as that was all they knew. They were overcome with shock and confusion when Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered the existence of black swans in Australia.

The coronavirus is a black swan event, which may have serious consequences for your job, the stock market and global economy.

Needless to say, China is feeling the most economic pain from this outbreak so far.  In this sort of environment, it makes sense that very few Chinese citizens would want to buy homes, and that is precisely what we are currently witnessing

Bloomberg cited a new report via China Merchants Securities (CMSC) that said new apartment sales crashed 90% in the first week of February over the same period last year. Sales of existing homes in 8 cities plunged 91% over the same period.

“The sector is bracing for a worse impact than the 2003 SARS pandemic,” said Bai Yanjun, an analyst at property-consulting firm China Index Holdings Ltd. “In 2003, the home market was on a cyclical rise. Now, it’s already reeling from an adjustment.”

We have never seen an economic catastrophe of this nature since the communists took power in China, and everyone agrees that all of the Chinese economic numbers are going to be absolutely terrible for the foreseeable future.

And since more global trade goes through China than anywhere else in the world, the ripple effects are literally being felt all over the planet.

In fact, the Baltic Dry Index has fallen more than 80 percent since September and is rapidly headed toward an all-time low

The BDI is now in freefall, closing at 466 on Monday, down over 80% since September 2019. Rates for Capesize bulkers (vessels with capacity of around 180,000 deadweight tons) are now at around $3,500-$4,000 per day — less than a third of their mid-teens breakeven rates.

With economic activity all over the world steadily slowing down, there just isn’t a lot of demand right now, and large shipping companies are potentially facing an extended slump.

But things are going to be even worse for the tourism industry.  After what we have witnessed in recent days, very few people are going to want to set foot on a cruise ship any time soon.  In particular, the case of the Diamond Princess continues to make headlines all over the world, and the number of confirmed cases onboard has now risen to 174

After a relatively quiet 36 hours for the ‘Diamond Princess’, Japanese authorities reported 39 more cases, bringing the total to 174 out of 492 people on board tested, while Japan’s defense Minister Taro Kono tweeted that a quarantine officer from the health ministry also tested positive for the virus. As Bloomberg notes, Carnival’s Diamond Princess cruise ship has become the biggest center of infection of any place outside of China. The Diamond Princess was placed under quarantine last week and checks were conducted after a passenger from Hong Kong who had been on the ship tested positive for the virus. The ship has become a case of concern because of the possibility of more infections in the vessel’s confined spaces, and the increased risks to elderly passengers.

To a lesser extent, the airline industry is being affected as well.

Many airlines have already suspended all flights to China, and on Tuesday American Airlines actually extended their flight cancellations until late April

Due to a reduction in demand, American Airlines on Tuesday extended its flight cancellations to and from mainland China and Hong Kong amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a company statement, the airline is extending the suspensions between mainland China and Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles through April 24.

Flights from Dallas to Hong Kong are suspended through April 23. Flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong are suspended through April 23.

So what is going to happen if this virus starts spreading all over the globe like it is currently spreading in China?

At that point, very few people would want to fly anywhere at all.

In fact, most people would want to avoid public places entirely.

If this crisis gets bad enough, we are potentially facing a global economic shutdown, unlike anything we have ever seen before.

Let us hope that we never get to that point.

Here in the United States, there have only been 13 confirmed cases so far, and most businesses continue to operate normally.

But without a doubt, this crisis will have an impact, and the truth is that the U.S. economy was already starting to slow down before this virus appeared on the scene.  For example, the number of job openings in the U.S. plummeted dramatically in both November and December

The number of job openings in December dropped by 364,000 from November (seasonally adjusted), after having already plunged by 574,000 in November, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). This two-month plunge of 938,000 job openings came after a series of ups and downs with downward trend starting after the peak in January 2019.

If this virus gets out of control in this country, it is probably going to be impossible to avoid a very serious economic downturn.

Of course, even if this virus were to completely disappear tomorrow, the truth is that we would still be headed for very difficult times.

Life as we have all known it is starting to change and the chapters ahead are going to be very, very painful.

As for this virus, let us keep hoping that this outbreak will start to subside.  Because we already have enough problems, and a horrifying global pandemic would definitely be more than enough to push us over the edge.

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Disease Expert Warns: The “Coronavirus Could Infect 60% of the Population”

An infectious disease expert is warning that if the coronavirus continues to spread at the rate which it is, it could infect 60% of the population.  Because of this, a public health epidemiologist says other countries should consider adopting China-style containment measures.

The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning comes after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who had never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg,” according to a report by The Guardian.

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Professor Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to about 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%.

“Sixty percent of the world’s population is an awfully big number,” Leung told the Guardian in London, en route to an expert meeting at the WHO in Geneva on Tuesday. –The Guardian

Even if the general fatality rate is as low as 1%, which Leung thinks is possible once milder cases are taken into account, the death toll would be massive.  And this is all on the assumption that China is accurately reporting the number of cases and deaths. There has been some speculation that based on the crematoriums running all day every day, that the numbers infected and dying are being dramatically understated. 

The Coronavirus Outbreak Shows “No Signs Of Slowing” As Crematoriums Burn Bodies 24 Hours A Day

Leung also suggests that if China’s lockdown and forcing people into quarantine camps has worked, those violent policies should be rolled out worldwide. But if they hasn’t worked, there is another unpalatable truth to face: that the coronavirus might not be possible to contain. Then the world will have to switch tracks: instead of trying to contain the virus, it will have to work to mitigate its effects.

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