President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin met in Beijing to strengthen bilateral ties

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Important Takeaways:

  • President Biden has made his “biggest blunder” yet by driving China and Russia into a closer strategic partnership through his faulty foreign policy
  • Heritage Foundation senior fellow Michael Pillsbury argued on “Fox & Friends” that the “shocking” relationship the two nuclear world powers have fostered never would have happened under the Trump administration
  • Putin visited Xi in Beijing to strengthen bilateral relations and garner additional support for the war in Ukraine
  • China has vowed “resolute measures” against the U.S. in retaliation for Biden’s newly announced tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese imports

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Daily Mail report exposes China investing and infiltrating K-12 public school program: ‘The Chinese Communist Party wants the next generation of American leaders to be amenable to its political aims’

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Important Takeaways:

  • Iowa high schoolers thank ‘Grandpa Xi’ for ‘fully funding’ field trips to China: Emails expose how Beijing is infiltrating American public classrooms
  • The Chinese Communist Party paid for multiple trips to China for small-town Iowa high schoolers who exchanged letters with President Xi Jinping and praised the country and its leader.
  • Shocking correspondence exclusively reviewed by DailyMail.com reveals lengthy emails between public school officials in Muscatine, Iowa, and Chinese government officials to coordinate several field trips to the Asian country.
  • One Chinese language teacher who helped organize a previously reported January 2024 trip to China informed the Muscatine Community School District officials that the journey for 24 students would be fully paid for by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • Further, email correspondence between Muscatine administrators reviewed by DailyMail.com indicates that a third trip to China is tentatively scheduled for Muscatine students in October.
  • ‘In the past few days, the Chinese consulate has been in contact with me regarding the upcoming China trip,’ the Chinese language teacher wrote to fellow administrators.
  • ‘We have been invited by the Ministry of Education of China to visit at the end of January.’
  • ‘You’re all invited and China will cover all of the costs,’ the note continued.
  • Days later, two dozen Muscatine High School students were flown to China for a eight day trip flush with visits to the Great Wall of China and the Chinese Ministry of Education.
  • In February, Chinese state-run TV outlet CCTV visited Muscatine High School to interview students about their trip.
  • Students heaped praise on the country, with a group of them telling the outlet ‘I love you, China.’
  • The students also sang a song celebrating Chinese President Xi Jinping for helping them visit the country.
  • ‘Thank you Grandpa Xi,’ one student said in mandarin, before adding ‘China is vast and beautiful.’
  • ‘The Chinese Communist Party wants the next generation of American leaders to be amenable to its political aims and willing to dismiss the plethora of atrocities it’s committed, including genocide,’ investigative fellow at Parents Defending Education Alex Nester told DailyMail.com.
  • ‘American schools are playing right into the CCP’s hands,’ she continued. ”All expenses paid’ does not mean ‘free’ when we’re talking about the communist regime in China.’
  • ‘The CCP has openly stated that infiltrating the American education system is a top priority,’ Nester told DailyMail.com. ‘Adults need to wake up and realize what’s really happening under their watch.’
  • The Chinese president said at the time he aims to bring 50,000 American students to Asian country in the next five years.
  • The elderly Iowan has a longstanding relationship with the Chinese leader dating back to 1985 when she hosted him and other Chinese officials visiting the midwest.
  • They toured farms and manufacturing facilities during their research into American food production systems.
  • Previously, Parents Defending Education published a report indicating that the Chinese government was investing millions in public schools across the country.
  • The report said that the close coordination between the CCP and U.S. schools to establish Confucius Classrooms has historically included 143 school districts in 34 states and Washington, D.C.
  • In addition, at least seven contracts are still active in Texas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington.

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A massive data breach involving the Ministry of Defense, targeting service personnel

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Important Takeaways:

  • MPs will be told of a massive data breach involving the Ministry of Defense later today, targeting service personnel.
  • The government will not name the country involved, but Sky News understands this to be China.
  • The Chinese state is to be accused of two or three attempts at hacking MoD employees – including personnel.
  • The cyberattack was on a payroll system with current service personnel and some veterans. It is largely names and bank details that have been exposed.
  • All salaries will be paid this month.
  • China’s foreign ministry said it “firmly opposes and fights all forms of cyber attacks” and “rejects the use of this issue politically to smear other countries”.
  • Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative MP and former soldier, told Sky News that China “was probably looking at the financially vulnerable with a view that they may be coerced in exchange for cash”.
  • Defense Secretary Grant Shapps will make a statement to the Commons today, with the BBC reporting he will set out a “multi-point plan” which will include action to protect affected service men and women.

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Analysis from Gordon Chang on China’s relationship with Elon Musk

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Important Takeaways:

  • A year ago, Tesla held the No. 1 ranking in China’s new-energy vehicle retail segment. In the first quarter of this year, the company had fallen to third place…. It is not clear that Tesla can compete in China, where the regime does just about everything it can to favor Chinese competitors.
  • Musk has made Tesla reliant on China, and China’s rulers know that.
  • “What is there to stop them [Chinese officials] from going to Musk directly and saying, ‘We’ll call your line of credit early, unless you give us X, Y, or Z?'” — Congressional Republican aide, Washington Examiner, August 26, 2020.
  • “Musk should expect China to make demands for technology and data transfers to include Starlink and SpaceX heavy-lift rockets.” — Blaine Holt, retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier general and technology entrepreneur, to Gatestone Institute, May 3, 2024.
  • “Will Congress now look the other way while the often-used CCP playbook of corporate blackmail plays out, compromising our security?” — Blaine Holt to Gatestone Institute, May 3, 2024.
  • “You have me, and I have you.” — Chinese Premier Li Qiang to Elon Musk, CNN, April 28, 2024.
  • The words, ostensibly meant to show U.S.-China friendship, are in reality a warning. It is now clear that one person so beholden to China should not be so central to America’s effort to stay in space.

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National Security Analyst says ‘China is dead set on retaking Taiwan’ possibly before the end of 2024

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Important Takeaways:

  • China attack on Taiwan ‘imminent’ as island warned invasion coming ‘before end of 2024’
  • China won’t listen to the US’ demands and will stop at nothing to take Taiwan back by force, a defense expert has told Daily Express US.
  • …according to Brandon Weichert, a National Security Analyst from The National Interest, who says China is dead set on its goal of retaking Taiwan.
  • He said: “China will not listen [to the US], especially because I remain convinced that Beijing is readying to strike Taiwan soon–possibly as early as this fall.
  • “They don’t care what the Americans say anymore.”
  • According to Mr. Weichert, China refuses to listen as it is obsessed with controlling the region.
  • He said: “China under Xi Jinping is deeply committed to reshaping the world system away from the maritime democracies of the US-led Western order and toward the continental autocracies of the China-led Eurasian order.”
  • But Beijing Xi appeared to take a friendly tone as he sat down with Blinken amid the surging tensions.
  • The Chinese President reportedly called for mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation, describing these as the “three major principles” for US-China relations.
  • He reportedly said: “[The two countries] should make achievements for each other, not do harm to each other.”
  • But Beijing has not responded well to US’ stance on Taiwan, calling the issue “the first insurmountable red line” in relations between the two powers.

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Congress approved $60.8bn for Ukraine; Medvedev wishes for the US “the inglorious collapse of the vile evil empire of the 21st Century”

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Important Takeaways:

  • After half a year of delays and debates, the US Congress has approved a $60.8bn military aid package for Ukraine, lifting the spirits of Kyiv’s forces this week as special operations destroyed Russian air defenses, a long-range bomber, a unique ship, and oil refineries.
  • “It’s a dangerous time. Three of our primary adversaries, Russia and Iran and China are working together … their advance threatens the free world and it demands American leadership,” said US House Speaker Mike Johnson
  • US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Senator Mark Warner told CBS News that the missiles would be on their way to Ukraine “by the end of the week”
  • Russian reactions ranged from the cynical to the vitriolic: “I can’t help but wish the USA with all sincerity to dive into a new civil war themselves as quickly as possible,” Medvedev wrote. “Which, I hope, will be very different from the war between North and South in the 19th century and will be waged using aircraft, tanks, artillery, MLRS, all types of missiles and other weapons. And which will finally lead to the inglorious collapse of the vile evil empire of the 21st century – the United States of America.”

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Beijing becoming more aggressive in the Indo-Pacific

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Important Takeaways:

  • China is rapidly becoming more aggressive in its rhetoric and actions across Asia, the out going head of the US Indo-Pacific Command said, as Beijing turned up the heat on Washington just before Secretary of State Tony Blinken heads to the country for high-stakes visit.
  • “We all need to understand that it’s moving very fast,” Admiral John Aquilino told reporters

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Gordon Chang points out Washington’s failure and China’s intimidation of the Philippines could be leading to real disaster

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Important Takeaways:

  • Thanks to Biden, China Could Start World War III Here
  • China is swarming the waters of the Philippines, hoping to intimidate Manila into surrendering territory. US President Joe Biden and the State Department keep on issuing warnings, but Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to ignore them, suggesting deterrence is failing….
  • [R]ecently, China took Scarborough Shoal …. Washington then brokered an agreement for both sides to withdraw their craft, but only Manila complied. Beijing has been in firm control of Scarborough ever since.
  • When Chinese leaders, generals and admirals saw Washington’s failure to act, they began moving against Second Thomas Shoal and other Philippine reefs and islets in the South China Sea, went after Japan’s islets in the East China Sea, and began reclaiming and militarizing features in the Spratly chain. Biden as vice president legitimized the worst elements in the Chinese political system by showing everyone that aggression works.
  • Beijing has been waging proxy wars on three continents: Europe in Ukraine, Africa across its northern rim, and Asia in Israel and surrounding areas.
  • Xi apparently now believes he is boss of the world. “Change is coming that hasn’t happened in 100 years,” the Chinese leader told Russian President Vladimir Putin after their 40th in-person chat, in Moscow on March 22 last year. “And we are driving this change together.”
  • Biden is now trying to reestablish deterrence. Britain and France desperately attempted to do that in late summer 1939 when they warned Germany that they would declare war if it invaded Poland. Then, German leaders did not believe the British and the French would in fact fight because for three years they had failed to make good on previous warnings.
  • The United States, therefore, is left with only risky options to deter China in the South China Sea. “Once a country loses credibility and prestige, it must fall back on military force to achieve its aims,” Gregory Copley, the president of the International Strategic Studies Association and editor-in-chief of Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy, told this author. “The U.S. has lost both around the world.”
  • Thanks to Biden, America is now the Britain and France of our decade, and the world is again on the brink of global conflict. Some 55 craft in Philippine waters tells us that China thinks it has a free hand.

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‘Tip of the Iceberg’ China is stealing everything leaving no sector safe from espionage including agriculture, tech, medical, manufacturing and military

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Important Takeaways:

  • China is stealing everything from nuclear weapons secrets to genetically-modified seeds as part of an estimated $600billion-a-year theft of US technology, DailyMail.com can reveal.
  • Analysis of Department of Justice cases shows rampant and brazen plundering of US companies by Chinese spies who send trade secrets back home.
  • In at least two cases, Beijing has plotted to steal technology related to the production and detection of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
  • …also pilfered medical secrets from a children’s hospital in Ohio, as well as stealing seed technology from a farm in Iowa.
  • com has found more than a dozen cases in which the US Government has charged Chinese entities or individuals with conspiring to steal American intellectual property on behalf of Beijing since 2018.
  • Our audit reveals:
    • The People’s Republic of China has orchestrated attempts to steal billions of dollars worth of trade secrets from some of the biggest companies in the US, including Tesla, Google, Apple, and Coca-Cola
    • But the shameless thievery filters through all levels of society, from Wall Street to Main Street, with small businesses and start ups also targeted
    • No sector of society is safe, with agriculture, tech, manufacturing, medical and military fields all subject to Chinese espionage
    • US-based Chinese nationals are often paid large sums by CCP-backed entities or provided grant funding in exchange for passing on company secrets
  • These findings are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with the FBI revealing last year that it had around 2,000 active investigations related to China’s efforts to ‘steal information’

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‘Once a Century’ storm floods Chinese province putting 127 million at risk

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Important Takeaways:

  • Nearly 127million people in China brace for ‘once a century’ floods as biblical downpours trigger landslides and deluge cities – with terrified residents trapped in their homes as emergency crews launch rescue missions
  • Landslides in southern China injured at least six people and trapped others, state media reported Sunday, as a region with nearly 127million people braced for severe floods ‘seen around once a century’.
  • Torrential downpours across swathes of Guangdong province since Thursday have swollen rivers in the Pearl River Delta and triggered deluges in mountainous areas.
  • State broadcaster CCTV said Sunday that rains had sparked landslides affecting six villages in the northern Guangdong town of Jiangwan, ‘causing people to become trapped’

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