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  • TIKTOK vows to fight 'unconstitutional' US ban

    04/24/2024 12:00:06 PM PDT · by RandFan · 70 replies
    BBC ^ | April 24 | BBC
    TikTok says it will challenge in court an "unconstitutional" law that could result in it being sold or banned in the United States. President Biden has signed into law a bill which gives the social media platform's Chinese owner, ByteDance, nine months to divest the app or it will be blocked in the US. The law has been introduced because of concerns TikTok might share user data with the Chinese government - claims it has always denied. "We are confident and we will keep fighting for your rights in the courts," said TikTok boss Shou Zi Chew. "The facts, and...
  • North Korean officials make rare public visit to Iran

    04/23/2024 6:25:15 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/23/24 | Reuters
    A North Korean delegation led by the cabinet minister for international trade is visiting Iran, the North’s official media says in a rare public report of an exchange between the two countries believed to have secret military ties. The minister for external economic relations, Yun Jong Ho, left Pyongyang on Tuesday by air leading a ministry delegation to visit Iran, the North’s KCNA news agency says. It gives no other detail. North Korea and Iran have long been suspected of cooperating on ballistic missile programs, possibly exchanging technical expertise and components that went into their manufacture.
  • China closing in on laser-propelled fast, stealth subs...China and US locked in underwater race to produce new generation of submarines driven by less-detectable propulsion technologies

    04/23/2024 8:22:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Asia Times ^ | April 23, 2024 | GABRIEL HONRADA
    China is angling to deploy laser-propelled submarines. Image: Twitter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ China may be moving closer to the holy grail of submarine stealth technology – a propulsion system with no mechanical moving parts. Such technology would eliminate all detectable vibrations, allowing for unprecedented underwater stealth capabilities. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Chinese scientists have found a way to significantly improve the efficiency of laser propulsions, which could one day drive submarines. The report says the new technology can produce nearly 70,000 newtons of thrust, using 2 megawatts of laser power emitted through the submarine’s coating of optical fibers,...
  • Contracts Between US Universities, China Total More Than $2 Billion: Investigation

    04/20/2024 9:47:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 04/20/2024 | Micaiah Bilger
    American universities have entered more than $2.3 billion in contracts with China in the past decade amid on-going concerns about the influence of its communist government on U.S. higher education, a new investigation found.These contracts included agricultural research regarding orange crops, trainings for airline pilots, and medical trials for a tumor treatment drug developed by a Chinese pharmaceutical company, the Wall Street Journal reported.The investigation uncovered approximately 2,900 contracts from 2012 and 2024 between Chinese businesses and about 200 U.S. public colleges and universities in all 50 states.Some involved specialized training, such as $37 million in contracts between Chinese airlines...
  • Chinese Government Poses 'Broad and Unrelenting' Threat to U.S. Critical Infrastructure, FBI Director Says

    04/20/2024 11:57:55 AM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    FBI ^ | 4/18/24
    FBI Director Christopher Wray on April 18 warned national security and intelligence experts, as well as students, that risks the government of China poses to U.S. national and economic security are “upon us now”—and that U.S. critical infrastructure is a prime target. “The PRC [People’s Republic of China] has made it clear that it considers every sector that makes our society run as fair game in its bid to dominate on the world stage, and that its plan is to land low blows against civilian infrastructure to try to induce panic and break America’s will to resist,” he said in...
  • US Fentanyl Crisis Is A 'CCP-Run Operation', Says Investigative Writer Peter Schweizer

    04/19/2024 10:19:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 04/19/2024 | Terri Wu and Jan Jekielek
    Three months after the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned a Chinese mafia leader for fentanyl trafficking, he received an award in Beijing.Peter Schweizer in March 2022. (NTD)In March 2021, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Overseas United Working Committee recognized Wan Kuok Koi, also known as “Broken Tooth,” as a “patriotic businessman” and the “chief representative” of all international Hongmen associations. Hongmen is synonymous with triads, or Chinese transnational organized crime syndicates, to many Chinese.The awarding entity is a CCP United Front organization and a platform under the China Association for Science and Technology. It also pushes China’s flagship infrastructure...
  • China Building New Outpost on U.S. Doorstep, Leaked Documents Reveal

    04/19/2024 11:03:58 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 11 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 04.19.2024 | DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW
    On a Caribbean island just 220 miles from the shore of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a black-clad Chinese security guard swept an arm at more than a thousand acres of woodland and a glittering, aqua-green marine reserve beyond."It's like a small country," he said in Chinese.
  • Volt Typhoon: FBI Warns Chinese Hackers Are Preparing to Attack US Infrastructure

    04/18/2024 8:17:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2024 | John Sexton
    Last May I wrote about a group of Chinese hackers who'd been identified by Microsoft after malware was discovered in telecom systems on the island of Guam. Microsoft named the hacking group "Volt Typhoon."Microsoft called the hacking group “Volt Typhoon” and said that it was part of a state-sponsored Chinese effort aimed at not only critical infrastructure such as communications, electric and gas utilities, but also maritime operations and transportation. The intrusions appeared, for now, to be an espionage campaign. But the Chinese could use the code, which is designed to pierce firewalls, to enable destructive attacks, if they choose.Today,...
  • China picks its lowest-scoring officers to command nuclear submarines

    04/17/2024 9:52:45 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 16, 2024, 4:30 PM CDT | Michael Peck
    The job of commanding a nuclear submarine should go to smart and well-qualified officers. Or at least that's the case in Western navies. Not so in the Chinese navy. Except for engineers, Chinese submarine officers tend to come from military academies with the lowest college-entrance-exam scores, a US military analyst said. This suggests that People's Liberation Army Navy sub commanders are not the "best and the brightest" officers who may be most equipped to cope with the stresses and challenges endemic to submarine warfare. Based on China's college-entrance exam — called the gaokoa — the People's Liberation Army Navy engineering...
  • Rand Paul finally dug up the emails everyone’s been waiting for. Buckle up, Fauci…

    04/17/2024 9:16:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Revolver News ^ | April 17, 2024
    It looks like Senator Rand Paul might have just dug up the emails that everyone’s been waiting for. He’s got his hands on a pile of them as part of his deep dive into how COVID started, and he spilled the beans on X. These aren’t just any old emails—they involve Peter Daszak and David Morens, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s right-hand man at the NIH. What’s the big deal? Well, they’re chatting about how samples from the Wuhan lab could unlock the genomes of over 700 coronaviruses. Here’s the kicker: Despite all the times Dr. Fauci has been grilled in Congress...
  • House committee finds Chinese government pushes fentanyl materials, fueling drug crisis

    04/17/2024 6:05:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Just The News ^ | April 16, 2024 11:00pm | Steven Richards
    This is the latest evidence that China has said one thing and done another when it comes to its role in the fentanyl crisis. Anew report Tuesday detailing the Chinese Communist Party’s role in the fentanyl crisis plaguing the country details the findings of a House investigation that concluded the Chinese government subsidizes the manufacturing and export of fentanyl materials and refuses to crack down on the illicit market. The report, released by the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, coincided with a public hearing with former Attorney General Bill Barr, former DEA Chief of Operations Ray Donovan,...
  • If Apple declines, the West declines: China is turning from a supplier to western companies into a direct competitor

    04/16/2024 7:45:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 04/16/2024 | Matthew Lynn
    It has been a long time since the West dominated shipbuilding or steel making. We are already aware that we are losing ground in consumer goods, as well as in finance and transport. Add it all up, and we no longer expect the US, Europe or its allies to control the global market in most major industries. Still, even as other industries lost ground there was one thing most economists and industrial experts would have felt sure we could rely on: Apple. Whatever else happened, nothing would knock its world-beating iPhone — without question the world’s most profitable product —...
  • Ex-TikTok employees sound the alarm over ties to China

    04/16/2024 7:41:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 04/16/2024 | Cockburn
    Cocaine Mitch may be onto something. Last week, the senator called on his colleagues to pass a bill banning TikTok unless it is sold by its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. Now ex-TikTok employees are coming forward with stories detailing the company’s entanglement with China. The bill to ban TikTok or force its sale is still stalled in the Senate, but McConnell may be one step closer to his dream. On Sunday, Democratic senator and chair of the Senate Commerce Committee Maria Cantwell said she wants to end China’s control of TikTok and push the vote on the bill “sooner as...
  • Putin's Plan to Displace US Dollar Failing Spectacularly

    04/16/2024 2:08:38 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 16, 2024 | Brendan Cole
    Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted last August that a drop in the importance of the U.S. dollar was "irreversible"—but there appears to be no sign that the global economy is turning its back on the greenback. "The U.S. Dollar was used in 48% of international payment transactions last year, the highest level in more than a decade. But Brics...," it said next to the graph, which showed the euro making 23.2 percent of transactions and the Chinese yuan way behind at 3.47 percent. "BRICS countries would like their currencies to be used in world trade, but each has a major...
  • China’s illegal police stations in 53 countries

    04/16/2024 2:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    It’s well known that China won’t stand for any criticism. There, opponents of the communist regime are simply not tolerated. But it seems Beijing now thinks it also has the right to ignore international borders and silence dissent anywhere it sees fit. Around the world it’s setting up illegal outposts called “Chinese Overseas Police Service Stations”, and as the name implies, the objective of these offices is clear. Our law enforcement agencies deny there are any of these stations in Australia, even though Chinese authorities openly publicise their existence. But as Tara Brown reports in a special 60 MINUTES investigation,...
  • NEW: FBI opens up criminal investigation into Key Bridge collapse

    04/15/2024 6:39:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Post Millennial ^ | Apr 15, 2024 | Thomas Stevenson
    Authorities are investigating the events that led up to the ships crash into the bridge, causing the collapse. ... The FBI has opened up a criminal investigation into the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland after a boat crashed into it last month. ... The boat reportedly lost power briefly before veering one of the bridge's support, sending the bridge cascading into the water below. Six lives were lost. On Monday, federal agents boarded the crashed boat to conduct a search. Agents wore yellow and orange life jackets as they boarded the Dali, standing where it...
  • The US Air Force is bringing a 40-year-old supersonic bomber out of mothballs. This is why

    04/13/2024 7:47:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 11, 2024 | David Axe
    The US Air Force has 140 of its biggest warplanes – its heavy bombers – in active service: 76 Boeing B-52Hs, 44 Boeing B-1Bs and 20 B-2 stealth bombers built by Northrop Grumman. .. Any other air force might content itself with 140 bombers and redistribute the lost bomber’s operating budget. But the US Air Force is counting on the B-1 to play a lead role in a possible air war over the Taiwan Strait. It’s such a high priority that the service is spending millions of dollars recovering, from long-term storage, a surplus B-1 nicknamed “Lancelot” that’s been sitting...
  • Iranian Rial Loses 30% of its Value Overnight

    04/12/2024 12:43:59 PM PDT · by Tell It Right · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/12/2024 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    In the midst of all its other woes, the Islamic Republic of Iran has just suffered the worst economic collapse of its existence: the Iranian rial has lost 30% of its value overnight.
  • Kim Jong Un: Be ready for war

    04/12/2024 4:16:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/12/24 | Tziki Brandwine
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a speech before his state's military academy that Pyongyang must be more ready for war than ever. He based his warning on "the complicated international situation and the unsafe and unstable military and political situation around North Korea." "If the enemy dares to attack North Korea, we will hit him without hesitation, making use of all available resources," Kim said. In addition, he instructed his forces to be prepared with a "mental, ideological, moral, and tactical" advantage.
  • In just four years, tens of millions of dollars flowed from CCP-tied military companies to DC lobbyists

    04/12/2024 10:13:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2024 | Olivia Murray
    >Maybe it’s time we all start learning Mandarin.According to a report published by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) yesterday, “Chinese military companies” have paid D.C. lobbyists tens of millions of dollars in just the past few years alone—but as you might expect, neither the companies nor the lobbying firms responded to the outlet’s “request for comment” on the matter.Here are the details, via the DCNF exposé:Chinese Military Companies Have Spent Over $24 Million Lobbying The US Gov’t In Recent YearsEntities the Pentagon classifies as ‘Chinese military companies’ have spent more than $24 million lobbying the U.S. government since 2020,...