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  • Elon Musk tears up the decoupling script in China

    06/02/2023 3:22:52 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 13 replies
    As the global economic intelligentsia debates how to “decouple” or “de-risk” from China, Elon Musk clearly didn’t get the memo. The Tesla founder was feted like a returning king in Beijing this week. From the moment his private jet arrived on Tuesday, Musk is reportedly being called “Brother Ma,” putting him in rarified league with Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma. There are many takeaways from Musk’s first China visit in three years. One is that not everyone is decoupling from China, least of all the globe’s most influential electric-vehicle (EV) evangelist and owner of Twitter. Another: the future of EV production...
  • Who is Hunter Biden's partner Thornton Group?

    09/30/2019 6:54:07 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 21 replies
    Many Articles | Vanity
    To assist in their new venture, they(Biden & Heinz) partnered with a Massachusetts-based consultancy called the Thornton Group, headed by James Bulger, son of former Massachusetts state Sen. Billy Bulger. James Bulger has the dubious honor of being named after his uncle, the notorious mob hitman James “Whitey” Bulger. They have a Chinese counterpart Solebury Thornton (Beijing) Consulting Co., Ltd., Beijing, China
  • US, China stuck in a loop spinning out of control---- Chinese officials used climate envoy John Kerry's visit as occasion to snub cooperation and call on US to 'rectify wrongdoings'

    09/08/2021 7:16:17 PM PDT · by elpadre · 13 replies ^ | September 7, 2021 | Francesco Sisci
    Twelve years ago in autumn, the Year of the Ox according to the traditional Chinese horoscope and a year after the massive 2008 financial crisis, then-US president Barack Obama went to Beijing to propose a megadeal to China. It was a pact about the environment that could include technology transfer from the US to China. The pact didn’t gain traction in China and was finally scuttled at the climate conference in Copenhagen that December. Last week, again in the Year of the Ox, US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry went to Tianjin to broach the environmental issue with the...
  • University that housed Biden center pressed to end FBI China spy probe after big Beijing donations

    01/12/2023 8:38:38 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Just the News. ^ | January 12, 2023 | John Solomon and Nick Givas
    University of Pennsylvania, which hosted the Penn Biden Center where classified documents were found in November, received $47.7 million from China in the three years when Biden was affiliated with it. ... The University of Pennsylvania, the Ivy League institution which collected tens of millions of dollars from China while paying Joe Biden and hosting his foreign policy think tank, successfully pressured the Biden Justice Department to end an FBI counterespionage program targeting Beijing's increasing influence within U.S. academia. Attorney General Merrick Garland shut down the FBI's so-called China initiative in February 2022 shortly after more than 160 members of...
  • US, German Embassies in China Suspend Visa Services as COVID Infections Soar

    12/17/2022 8:11:22 PM PST · by lightman · 13 replies
    epoch times ^ | 17 December A.D. 2022 | Alex Wu
    U.S. and German embassies in China’s capital of Beijing announced on Dec. 15 the suspension of routine visa services due to the city’s COVID-19 outbreak that is also being seen in other large cities in China, following dozens of countries who have already suspended their visa applications in China. Meanwhile, concerns have been rising that the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing will spread to the countryside during travel for the Chinese new year in January. The recent outbreak started before the communist regime lifted its “zero-COVID” restrictions last month, the World Heath Organization’s (WHO) emergencies chief noted. Foreign Embassies and Visa...
  • In Beijing, funeral homes and crematoriums are busy as COVID spreads

    12/17/2022 1:39:11 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/2022 | By Alessandro Diviggiano, Ryan Woo and Winni Zhou
    BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Hearses bearing the dead lined the driveway to a designated COVID-19 crematorium in the Chinese capital on Saturday while workers at the city's dozen funeral homes were busier than normal, days after China reversed tight pandemic restrictions. In recent days in Beijing the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant has hit services from catering to parcel deliveries. Funeral homes and crematoriums across the city of 22 million are also struggling to keep up with demand as more workers and drivers testing positive for coronavirus call in sick.
  • Commentary: Listening to Chinese whispers shielded Beijing from COVID-19 blame

    12/06/2022 12:53:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Channel News Asia ^ | 06 Dec 2022 | Ryan Manuel
    As the power to make decisions over COVID-19 restrictions had been delegated to local leaders, Beijing can distance itself from public frustration about harsh COVID-19 policies, says a China observer.China was wracked with unprecedented anti-zero-COVID protests in late November. They started with a fire in Urumqi city, Xinjiang. At least 10 people perished after not being allowed to leave the building due to COVID-19 restrictions. Local street demonstrations followed this tragedy. The next day, local authorities declared that the city had been rid of COVID-19 at the community level and issued a number of tone-deaf statements about the need for...
  • Beijing grinds to a near halt as China's capital city battles Covid with more lockdowns

    11/25/2022 4:55:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 48 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 11-25-22 | Evelyn Cheng
    More and more apartment compounds in Beijing on Friday forbade residents from leaving for at least a few days. "You constantly hear of someone going into lockdown and you have this constant feeling that you're going to be next," Joerg Wuttke, president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, said Friday. It was not clear how many people were affected at a city level, and to what degree stay-in-place measures were being enforced. This morning most of our 30+ staff reported their communities went into a 7-day lockdown," James Zimmerman, partner in the Beijing office of Perkins Coie, said...
  • White House Spokesman Won’t Say if Hunter Biden Still Shares Ownership of Firm with Beijing

    10/28/2022 5:26:47 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 27 Oct, 2022 | Eric Lendrum
    On Wednesday, White House spokesman John Kirby claimed that he had no information as to whether or not Hunter Biden is still co-owner of an investment firm that he shared with the Chinese government, even though Hunter’s lawyer has claimed that he has divested the entirety of his ownership stake. The New York Post asked Kirby, the top spokesman for the National Security Council, if Joe Biden’s son still owns 10 percent of BHR Partners, a private equity company backed by the state. “On China, this is a very simple question, but it’s an enduring point of uncertainty: Does the...
  • Beijing appears to retract vaccine mandate after pushback

    07/08/2022 7:37:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 July 2022
    The Chinese capital Beijing appears to have backed off a plan to launch a vaccine mandate for entry into certain public spaces after pushback from residents. While not explicitly saying it had dropped the plan, a city official was quoted in state media late Thursday saying that people could enter venues with a negative virus test result and a temperature check, as has been the norm. They also said vaccinations would continue on the principle of "informed, voluntary consent." An unidentified official in the pandemic control office said residents of the city could enter any sort of public venue with...
  • Beijing Communist Chief Announces Five More Years of Lockdowns

    06/29/2022 5:32:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/27/2022 | John Hayward
    Cai Qi, the Chinese Communist Party secretary of Beijing, told state media Monday that the city would adhere to its “zero-Covid” policy of lockdowns and quarantines for the next five years.State media rapidly deleted his comment — and Chinese censors relentlessly scrubbed it from websites — after a burst of shock and outrage on social media.The original quote from Cai, as published by the state-run Beijing Daily, read as follows: “In the next five years, Beijing will unremittingly grasp the normalization of epidemic prevention and control.”The rest of the article made it clear that Cai was talking about the harsh...
  • Taiwan says its supersonic missiles can strike Beijing

    06/15/2022 8:48:24 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 47 replies
    American Military News ^ | 6/14/22 | Ryan Morgan
    Taiwanese Legislative Speaker You Si-kun warned China on Sunday that Taiwan possesses supersonic missiles capable of reaching the Chinese capital city of Beijing. In a speech on Taiwan Overseas Network, which was translated by Taiwan News, You warned China against invading Taiwan and offered the “strategic clarity” of letting China know that a war would also be costly for the mainland. You, who previously served as the Premiere of Taiwan’s executive branch (a role separate from that of the Taiwanese President) from 2002 to 2005, said that when he was premiere he was made aware of Taiwan’s Yun Feng supersonic...
  • Taiwan Official Warns Supersonic Cruise Missile Can Strike Beijing

    06/14/2022 12:46:08 PM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 32 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 13, 2022 | EMMA HELFRICH
    You Si Kun, President of Taiwan’s Legislative Assembly, or Yuan, gave a speech on Taiwan Overseas Network where he declared that the country’s domestically produced Yun Feng supersonic cruise missile is capable of reaching Beijing. The message follows ominous warnings made by Chinese military officials directly to their U.S. counterparts to avoid the Taiwan Strait, claiming it is not international waters. However, the United States, along with the vast majority of the international community, does not accept China’s claims in this regard. This also comes as U.S. President Joe Biden recently vowed to defend Taiwan amid a crisis, although the...
  • China will 'not hesitate to start war' over Taiwan, Beijing tells US

    06/10/2022 9:39:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 10 Jun 2022
    Beijing will "not hesitate to start a war" if Taiwan declares independence, China's defence minister warned his US counterpart on Friday (Jun 10), the latest salvo between the superpowers over the island. The warning came as Wei Fenghe held his first face-to-face meeting with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore. US-China tensions have been soaring over democratic, self-ruled Taiwan, which lives under constant threat of invasion by China. Beijing views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
  • Beijing health chief sacked as city battles virus outbreak

    05/25/2022 12:38:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 25 May 2022
    Beijing has sacked its top health official, state media reported on Wednesday (May 25), as the Chinese capital battles a surge in COVID-19 infections despite the country's strict zero-tolerance policy. The city has reported hundreds of cases in recent weeks in an Omicron-variant-fuelled outbreak - its largest since the start of the pandemic. Millions have been ordered to work from home with the vast majority of bus and subway services suspended, while thousands of people were relocated to quarantine hotels after a handful of infections were detected in their residential compounds.
  • Beijing Residents Keep Faith With Government’s Zero-Covid Strategy

    05/08/2022 11:13:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 6 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 05/08/2022 | Jonathan ChengFollow and Joyu Wang
    BEIJING—For weeks, Beijing has teetered on the edge of a hard, Covid-induced lockdown. For the most part, citizens are unruffled, confident that the restrictions that have paralyzed Shanghai for six weeks are simply unthinkable in the capital.
  • China won't give up on its COVID zero policy. As a Beijing lockdown looms, experts explain why

    04/30/2022 10:31:14 AM PDT · by EBH · 12 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/30/22
    This week, supermarkets in Beijing were hit with panic buying after only a few dozen confirmed cases stoked fears a lockdown was imminent. Apartment complexes have been locked up and barricaded due to infections inside. Not only are the lockdowns expensive, but investors are also wary of China's aggressive strategy, with the share market performing poorly this year and the local currency, the yuan, hitting a 17-month low. So, why are China's rulers still determined to use lockdowns in the pursuit of COVID zero? "It's the only playbook they have," Chang Chuan Chan, a health policy expert at Taiwan National...
  • New Zealand PM Stands Firm on ‘Mature’ Relationship With Beijing

    04/22/2022 3:36:13 AM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 4/22/22
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stood by her government’s relationship with Beijing, saying that there was still a need to “work together” in areas of mutual interest, despite its “growing assertiveness” in the region. “China is a very important trading partner for us, but it’s also a mature relationship for us,” Ardern told the BBC. “Where there are areas we can work together, we will—but there will always be areas in which we will not necessarily agree and when those areas arise, we are very forthright and clear on our position.” Ardern questioned the need for the Solomon Islands...
  • China’s “Breathtaking” Nuclear Expansion Confirmed – Beijing Officials Cite Fear Of US-Led Regime Change

    04/10/2022 7:41:56 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 4-10-2022
    The Chinese government has greatly “accelerated” its nuclear weapons program due to a revised threat assessment of risk posed by the United States, according to a new in-depth Wall Street Journal report that cites both Chinese and US officials. It follows a Pentagon assessment from last year which laid out Beijing’s drive to “modernize, diversify and expand” its nuclear arsenal. The fresh WSJ investigative report appears to confirm the prior US military assessment that China seeks to expanding “land, sea and air-based nuclear delivery platforms” while establishing more necessary infrastructure to support it. While its nuclear goals predate Russia’s invasion...
  • Why Beijing Thinks Taiwan Is Different From Ukraine

    03/10/2022 1:49:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 10 Mar, 2022 | Minnie Chan
    Russia’s full-scale attack on Ukraine – justified by Moscow as a response to its neighbour’s tilt to the West and Nato – has many pondering whether Beijing would follow suit in Taiwan. Beijing has long felt that Washington is using the self-ruled island as part of a strategy to undermine and contain its rival – accusing the US of disrespecting its sovereignty by backing the Taiwanese pro-independence camp. Beijing regards the island as part of its territory, which it intends to recover by force if necessary, and “Today Ukraine, Tomorrow Taiwan” quickly emerged as a Taiwanese catchphrase after the Russian...