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Sen. Graham introduces bill to sanction China if it refuses to cooperate on coronavirus investigation

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Tuesday introduced legislation that would allow President Trump to impose a wide range of sanctions on the Chinese government if it refuses to cooperate with an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. “I’m convinced that without Chinese Communist Party deception the virus would not be here in the United States,” Graham said in a statement. “China refuses to allow the international community to go into the Wuhan lab to investigate. They refuse to allow investigators to study how this outbreak started. I’m convinced China will never cooperate with a serious investigation unless they are made to do so. This hard-hitting piece of legislation will sanction China until they cooperate with investigators. “ The COVID-19 Accountability Act would require Trump to certify to Congress that China had: cooperated with an international coronavirus investigation, led by either the U.S., an ally or a U.N. body; closed all relevant wet markets, and released Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters arrested during the crisis. If not, then Trump would be authorized by Congress to impose a range of sanctions — including asset freezes, travel bans and measures barring U.S. institutions from making loans to Chinese businesses. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Todd Young, R-Ind., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss. “China must be more forthcoming as investigations begin and we endeavor to learn lessons from this disaster,” Hyde-Smith said. “This legislation will demonstrate to the communist regime in Beijing that the world needs answers on how this pandemic started and spread misery across the globe.” It comes as part of a growing appetite in Congress to investigate and possibly punish the Chinese for their actions in the initial outbreak of the crisis. House Republicans last week launched a “China Task Force” to coordinate a strategy against the geopolitical threat from Beijing — eyed as a clearinghouse to coordinate responses to the threat from China. Meanwhile, the U.S. is investigating how the virus initially spread — and particularly whether it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan, China, or the result of transmission at a nearby wet market. Fox News reported in April that there is increasing confidence from U.S. officials about the role of the laboratory, where it is believed that naturally occurring strain was being studied as part of an effort to show Chinese superiority in identifying and combating viruses. Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell later announced that the U.S. is investigating that possibility. Meanwhile, a 15-page document from the intelligence agencies of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand was obtained by Australia’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper and reportedly found that China’s secrecy amounted to an “assault on international transparency.” The dossier highlighted the initial denial by the Chinese government that the virus could be transmitted between humans, the silencing of doctors, destruction of evidence, and a refusal to provide samples to scientists working on a vaccine. Click here for more:

Coulter: Lab Theory of Wuhan Virus Cooked Up in a Neocon Lab

Just because the media say something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true. In the case of Trump’s claim that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab — or as I call it, the All Cultures Are the Same! Theory — the media are probably right. Granted, whatever the truth is, it will somehow become an argument for more immigration and more war. Still, the lab theory sounds a lot like what we were told before going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to liberate the poor Afghans and Iraqis from their vile leaders! They’re just like us! Then it turned out the Iraqis were shooting at our guys, as well as one another, and the Afghans were pederasts. Twenty years later, we’re still there and not much has changed. They weren’t just like us. The Chinese aren’t just like us. Cultural differences are a more likely explanation for the Wuhan flu pandemic than a simple lab accident. Here are some of the clues: 1) Chinese people eat bats, dogs, civet cats and live octopuses, as well as a variety of endangered species, which are sold at wet markets, jam-packed with wildlife being slaughtered on site in breathtakingly unsanitary conditions. Among the “high-risk” behaviors at wet markets cited by the National Institutes of Health, shoppers “[blow] the cloacae of chickens” to “examine their healthiness.” (Look it up.) 2) At least a half-dozen other animal-to-human viruses have come from the wet markets. 3) Scientists have been warning us for decades: THE NEXT VIRAL PANDEMIC WILL COME FROM THE CHINESE WET MARKETS! That doesn’t prove that this particular virus came from the wet markets, but it doesn’t sound like a case for Jessica Fletcher. 4) A lot has been made of the fact that there’s a biosafety level-4 super laboratory in Wuhan that just happens to study bats, the original incubator of this coronavirus. More ominously, last year, the lab was cited by the U.S. for safety violations. On the other hand … a) Any lab studying coronaviruses is going to be studying bats, the source of a vast number of viruses, including the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus (SARS), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus (MERS), the Marburg, Nipah and Hendra viruses and the Ebola virus. b) Any lab studying deadly viruses is going to have safety violations. (Just a few years ago, the U.S. military accidentally shipped live anthrax samples to nine labs in the U.S. and a military base in South Korea.) c) For 20 years, coronaviruses have emerged from Chinese wet markets. Maybe this coronavirus came from a lab accident! (There’s a bio lab nearby.) For 20 years, nooses showing up on college campuses have been hoaxes intended to raise “awareness” of racism. Maybe this time it’s an actual racist! (There’s a fraternity nearby.) For 20 years, Muslims have staged spectacular terrorist attacks on the West. Maybe 9/11 was the Israelis! (What about the dancing Israelis?) 5) The lab theory places great stock in the fact that bats were not for sale at the wet market in Wuhan. But the coronavirus didn’t jump from bats directly to humans. Like SARS, MERS and the bird flu (H5N1), it migrated from bats to some other exotic animal, and then to humans. Based on a genetic analysis, the intermediate animal in the Wuhan virus is believed to be the pangolin. Guess what was for sale at the Wuhan wet market? Pangolins! (“Traditional Chinese medicine” teaches that pangolin scales can cure a score of ailments, from impotence to arthritis.) 6) Western scientists who have examined the Wuhan coronavirus say it’s “improbable” that the virus “emerged through laboratory manipulation” rather than natural selection. Kristian Andersen, director of Infectious Disease Genomics at the Scripps Research Institute, for example, notes that that “the genetic data irrefutably show that [the Wuhan virus] is not derived from any previously used virus backbone.” 7) Twenty-seven of the original 41 Chinese people who came down with COVID-19 had been to the Wuhan wet market. Several others were family members of those infected at the wet market. 8) New diseases are constantly being attributed to mad scientists whipping something up in their laboratories — AIDS, Lyme disease and Ebola, to name a few. Louis Farrakhan and Spike Lee were big proponents of the idea that AIDS was made in a government lab just outside Virginia. No matter how much you hate the media, conservatives, you don’t want to sound like those guys. Finally, we don’t need a crackpot It Escaped From a Lab! theory to blame the Chinese for this pandemic. They allowed these disease-ridden wet markets to continue, year after year, pandemic after pandemic, putting the entire planet at risk. We also don’t need another war to “liberate” the Chinese from their Communist masters. (I note that the primary advocates of the lab theory are Permanent War devotees Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton.) We just need to shut down the wet markets, shut down the border and bring our manufacturing home. All cultures are not alike.

Very true!  Thanks to conservative firebrand Ann Coulter for that brutal piece.  She makes some really good points here, and had me laughing with her biting sarcasm.  Only area we’d disagree with her would be her unnecessary attack on Sec. of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).  Sec. Pompeo, who graduated #1 in his class from West Point, is our country’s chief diplomat and he needs to be VERY careful how he phrases things, especially if he wants to build a coalition of countries against China.  His job, by definition, requires him to be more diplomatic than someone like Ann.  And, Sen. Cotton became an infantry officer in the Army AFTER he graduated from Harvard Law School with a law degree.  Who does that??  He went to Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star, among other things, for his service there.  So, his patriotism is solid.  Our political leaders need to be VERY careful, and need to have bullet-proof evidence to back up their claims when they go to the UN and make accusations against China.  They don’t have the luxury of just going off like Ann does.  That all aside..  Ann is not wrong about much of what she just said.  Hopefully President Trump and his very able team will continue their campaign of pressure against the Communist Chinese Party (CCP).  As usual, if you’re about to buy something and you have two options:  One made in China, and one that says “Made in the USA,” but maybe costs a few extra bucks…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BUY AMERICAN!  That’s one small thing we can ALL do…and if we all did that, it’d send a very strong message to China.  Thanks again to Ann for that outstanding piece!!      🙂

China’s Xian H-20 stealth bomber completes nuclear triad, could make debut this year

China’s newest supersonic stealth bomber — which doubles the country’s strike range and completes its nuclear triad — could be ready for rollout later this year but Beijing has purportedly been weighing the step and what it could mean for escalating regional tensions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The highly-hyped Xian H-20 puts Australia, Japan, and the Korean peninsula all within shot and could spell trouble for the United States down the line. “If the H-20 does have the range and passable stealth characteristics attributed to it, it could alter the strategic calculus between the United States and China by exposing U.S. bases and fleets across the Pacific to surprise air attacks,” National Interest reported. The H-20 is a strategic bomber along the lines of the B-2, B-21, or the Russian PAK DA, according to a report from the Defense Intelligence Agency. The H-20 would give China what only the United States and Russia have –a nuclear triad, or a three-pronged military force structure that can launch nuclear attacks from the air, land, and sea. China, Russia, and the U.S. are the only three countries that have the needs and resources to develop huge strategic bombers that can strike targets across the globe. DIA director, Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr., said in a 2019 speech that “China is likely to at least double the size of its nuclear stockpile in the course of implementing the most rapid expansion and diversification of its nuclear arsenal in China’s history.” In 2018, China launched more ballistic missiles for testing and training than the rest of the world combined. “We expect this modernization to continue and this trajectory is consistent with Chinese President Xi’s vision for China’s military, which he laid out at the 19th Party Congress and stated that China’s military will be ‘fully transformed into a first-tier force’ by 2050,” Ashley said. He added that China’s H-20 demonstrates the country’s “commitment to expanding the role of (the) centrality of nuclear forces in Beijing’s military aspirations,” adding that while China’s overall arsenal is smaller than Russia’s, it is just as concerning. The H-20 could make its first public appearance in November, during Zhuhai Airshow, if the coronavirus pandemic is under control by then. “The Zhuhai Airshow is expected to become a platform to promote China’s image and its success in pandemic control – telling the outside world that the contagion did not have any big impacts on Chinese defense industry enterprises,” one source told South China Morning Post. Another claimed Beijing’s leadership is still “carefully considering whether its commission will affect regional balance, especially as regional tensions have been escalating over the COVID-19 pandemic. “Like intercontinental ballistic missiles, all strategic bombers can be used for delivering nuclear weapons … if China claimed it had pursued a national defense policy which is purely defensive in nature, which would it need such an offensive weapon.” In October 2018, Chinese state-run media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil the H-20 bomber during a parade celebrating the air division’s 70th anniversary in 2019.

For more, click on the text above to read the rest of Army Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley’s remarks back in May 2019 regarding Russian and Chinese nuclear modernization trends.  As was already mentioned, LTG Ashley is the current Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  This is very serious and scary stuff, folks.

Bill Gertz: White House hails doctors who exposed coronavirus cover-up in rare Chinese-language address

The Chinese doctors who sounded the alarm over the government cover-up of the coronavirus disease outbreak are heroes of democracy like those of a century ago, the White House deputy national security adviser said Monday. Matthew Pottinger, speaking in Chinese to a University of Virginia conference, said several doctors including Li Wenliang were persecuted by Chinese authorities for seeking to alert people and embody the spirit of China’s pre-communist May Fourth pro-democracy movement. “To my mind, the heirs of May Fourth are civic-minded citizens who commit small acts of bravery, and sometimes big acts of bravery,” Mr. Pottinger said, becoming the latest senior administration to issue a sharp critique of Beijing’s handling of the deadly global coronavirus outbreak. “Dr. Li Wenliang was such a person.” The physician “wasn’t a demagogue in search of a new ideology that might save China. He was an ophthalmologist and a young father who committed a small act of bravery and then a big act of bravery.” The unusual Chinese-language address by a senior White House official was to be broadcast into China as part of the Trump administration’s escalating war of words with Beijing over the coronavirus. President Trump and aides such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and trade adviser Peter Navarro have adopted an increasingly critical line on China’s handling of the virus. Top government voices in Australia, Britain and other countries are starting to echo the American criticisms. The Reuters news agency reported Monday that an internal Chinese think tank report prepared for the Ministry of State Security last month warned that Beijing may be facing a global anti-China backlash on the order of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 because of COVID-19. In China, state-controlled press organs in recent weeks have stepped up their own attacks on U.S. officials, especially Mr. Pompeo, for publicly chastising China over its mishandling and covering up the disease outbreak. They accuse Washington of trying to scapegoat China and divert attention from the U.S. government’s own record in dealing with the crisis. Mr. Pottinger said after his speech the United State is not seeking to punish Chinese for the coronavirus, but wants a reciprocal and fair relationship. The decades-long policy of ignoring nefarious Chinese actions has not produced a more moderate Communist China, he said. China instead is moving in a more dictatorial direction, in both politics and economics, he said. He focused in his remarks on the case of Dr. Li, who in late December passed along a warning through the social media outlet WeChat to several former medical school classmates about a new and dangerous virus causing pneumonia-like symptoms among patients turning up at Wuhan hospitals. He urged his friends to take steps to protect their families and co-workers. Instead of being praised, however, the doctor was admonished by police for spreading “rumors” and forced to sign a false confession. He also was threatened with prosecution under China’s strict information control regulations. “Anyone tempted to believe this was just a case of overzealous local police, take note: China’s central government aired a news story about Dr. Li’s ‘rumor-mongering,’” Mr. Pottinger said. Undeterred, Dr. Li then went public about the effort to silence him and in doing so alerted the entire world to what would eventually become a global pandemic, Mr. Pottinger said. “By this time, Dr. Li had contracted the disease he’d warned about. His death on Feb. 7 felt like the loss of a relative for people around the world,” Mr. Pottinger said. On his death bed, Dr. Li told a reporter that “I think there should be more than one voice in a healthy society, and I don’t approve of using public power for excessive interference.” Chinese Communist Party authorities have since tried to divert widespread public support for the doctor by declaring that he was a loyal party member and that unspecified “hostile forces” were using his death to attack the government. “It takes courage to speak to a reporter — or to work as one — in today’s China,” said Mr. Pottinger, a former news correspondent based in China. China also has cracked down on news gatherers, both official and unofficial, who tried to provide truthful information on the disease outbreak in Wuhan. Three citizen-journalists, Chen Qiushi, Fang Bin and Li Zehua, have gone missing after reporting on Wuhan, and several U.S. journalists were expelled from China. A medical colleague of Dr. Li, Ai Fen, also has been silenced after voicing her concerns about the Chinese response to the virus outbreak to a reporters. Mr. Pottinger said the activists who are bucking Chinese rule are part of a long national tradition of scholars “serving as China’s conscience.” Millions of Hong Kong citizens and Catholic priests in China are facing repression, he noted. Mr. Pottinger said the legacy of the pro-democracy May Fourth movement 100 years ago is up to the Chinese people to decide. The movement’s aspirations today could be stifled by Chinese official censorship and disinformation and its champions slandered as unpatriotic, pro-American and subversive, he said. “We know the Communist Party will do its best to make it so,” Mr. Pottinger said. The deputy security adviser said China today would benefit from less nationalism and more populism. “Democratic populism is less about left vs. right than top vs. bottom,” he said. “It’s about reminding a few that they need the consent of many to govern. When a privileged few grow too remote and self-interested, populism is what pulls them back or pitches them overboard. It has a kinetic energy.” The White House adviser cited similar populist energy behind the Brexit vote in Britain five years ago and President Trump’s election in 2016. “It is an admonition to the powerful of this country to remember who they’re supposed to work for: America first,” Mr. Pottinger said. The May 4 movement was motivated by a similar populism and an effort to break an enforced conformity preventing free through. “Wasn’t the goal to achieve citizen-centric government in China, and not replace one regime-centric model with another one?” he asked. “The world will wait for the Chinese people to furnish the answers.”

 

Trump plans action against China and WHO for failing to stop spread of the coronavirus

President Trump said Wednesday his administration is developing “very distinct” recommendations to hold the World Health Organization and China accountable for the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. “We’re not happy about it, and we are by far the largest contributor to WHO,” Mr. Trump told reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Louisiana’s governor. “They misled us. They’re literally a pipe organ for China.” The president has instructed U.S. intelligence agencies to look into whether the WHO and China withheld information about the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. “It’s coming in, I’m getting pieces already,” Mr. Trump said of the probe. “There’s nothing positive about what happened in China.” The president said he will be coming out soon with a recommendation about the WHO, “with China to follow.” Mr. Trump reiterated that the disease “could have been stopped at the source” in Wuhan, China, late last year. Since reaching the U.S. in January, the virus has infected more than 1 million Americans and claimed the lives of more than 58,000. “They should have been able to stop it,” the president said of the WHO and the Chinese government. “And then why did China allow planes to fly out, but not into China? Planes were coming out of Wuhan, and going all over the world. They were going to Italy, very big time to Italy. But they’re not going into China. What was that all about? We’re not happy with it.” Mr. Trump noted that he wrapped up a trade deal at the White House in January with Chinese officials as the crisis was worsening in China. But he said Chinese officials didn’t warn him. “You would have thought that somebody could have said ‘hey.’ They could have stopped it at the source,” Mr. Trump said. “They didn’t have to let airplanes fly out, and loads of people come out.” The president banned travelers from China on Jan. 31, except for thousands of U.S. citizens returning.

This is a positive start.  China and the WHO need to be held to account.  For the WHO, we need to cut off funding to them PERMANENTLY, or until they have new leadership NOT tied to China, and have undergone serious reforms worthy of our sending them hard-earned monies from American taxpayers.  But, for now, we shouldn’t send them one dime.  As for China..  They need to be shamed publicly at the UN, the U.S., and our allies.  Then we need to make them pay monetarily for the damage they’ve cost us.  Then, we need to bring back manufacturing of critical products (i.e. pharmaceuticals, etc.) to the U.S. that we’ve been importing from China for decades, and it is now a national security issue.  And, as always, we need to stop buying so much cheap crap made in China.  If you the option to buy something made in China and a comparable product that’s maybe a couple bucks more, but it’s made in the USA, then PLEASE PLEASE PEASE BUY AMERICAN!!!   Let’s tell the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) what we think of them, and vote with our wallets.

Pew Research: More than 9-in-10 Americans Call China’s Power a ‘Threat’ to U.S.

More than 9-in-10 Americans now call China’s power and influence in the world a “threat” to the United States, a new survey reveals. The latest Pew Research Center survey finds that Americans are nearly unanimously worried about China’s dominance in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis that has ravaged the U.S. About 91 percent of Americans say China’s power and influence is a threat to the U.S. — 62 percent of which say China is a “major threat” and 29 percent of which say China is a “minor threat.” Americans today regard China as a major threat to the U.S. – more than global warming, Russia’s power and influence, the condition of the global economy, and global poverty. The survey shows a continued increase in concern over China among Americans over the last few years. Between 2017 and this year, the number of Americans who now say China is a “major threat” to the U.S. has spiked by 21 percent. The same Pew Research survey finds that more than 8-in-10 Americans call mass migration a threat to the U.S., with about 42 percent of those calling mass migration a “major threat.” China’s economic rise has been at the expense of America’s economy and U.S. workers. Since 2001, free trade with China has cost millions of Americans their jobs. For example, the Economic Policy Institute has found that from 2001 to 2015, about 3.4 million U.S. jobs were lost due to the nation’s trade deficit with China. Of the 3.4 million U.S. jobs lost in that time period, about 2.6 million were lost in the manufacturing industry, making up about three-fourths of the loss of jobs from the U.S.-China trade deficit. Research has revealed that American towns that had their manufacturing bases gutted have been hit hardest with rampant drug addition during the opioid crisis.

 

Peter Navarro: China ‘cornered’ the personal protective equipment market and ‘is profiteering’ during coronavirus outbreak

White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro said during an exclusive interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” that China “cornered” the personal protective equipment (PPE) market during the coronavirus outbreak and “is profiteering.” Navarro, who is also the National Defense Production Act policy coordinator, made the comment on Sunday reacting to a recent Fox News report, which cited multiple sources, that there is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States. Navarro, who was one of the first to warn about the novel coronavirus, noted “China did [several things] over the course of this thing,” which, he said, “led to the deaths of many people worldwide.” “First of all, the virus was spawned in China. Second of all, they hid the virus behind the shield of the World Health Organization. The third thing they did was basically hoard personal protective equipment and now they’re profiteering from it,” Navarro told host Maria Bartiromo, referencing the fact that many states have been dealing with a shortage of PPE for health care workers during the coronavirus crisis. Sources believe the initial transmission of the virus – a naturally occurring strain that was being studied there – was bat-to-human and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan. The sources explained that there was an extensive cover-up of data and information about COVID-19 orchestrated by the Chinese government. Documents detail early efforts by doctors at the lab and early efforts at containment. The Wuhan wet market initially identified as a possible point of origin never sold bats, and the sources tell Fox News that blaming the wet market was an effort by China to deflect blame from the laboratory, along with the country’s propaganda efforts targeting the U.S. and Italy. On Thursday, China’s foreign ministry pushed back on the suspicion that the virus escaped from the facility, by citing statements from the World Health Organization that there is no evidence the coronavirus came from a laboratory. China moved quickly to shut down travel domestically from Wuhan to the rest of China, but did not stop international flights from Wuhan. Additionally, the sources tell Fox News the World Health Organization (WHO) was complicit from the beginning in helping China cover its tracks. “What we know is that the ground zero for this virus was within a few miles of that lab,” Navarro noted. “I think it’s incumbent on China to prove that it wasn’t that lab,” Navarro went on to say. He added that “more importantly, we know that for a critical six-week period of time, China used its influence at the World Health Organization to hide the virus from the world. This was a time where that virus could have been contained in Wuhan; instead, 5 million Chinese people went out from Wuhan and propagated the virus around the world.” Navarro went on to explain what he thinks “should be very disturbing to every American.” “During that period of time, that six-week interval when they were hiding this virus from the world, China went from a net exporter of personal protective equipment, they are the largest producer of that in the world, to a large net importer,” Navarro said. “They basically went around and vacuumed up virtually all of the PPE around the world, including a lot from this country, which was for humanitarian reasons sharing our PPE with them, and what that did was leave people in New York, Milan, and everywhere in-between defenseless when it came time to have that PPE.” “Now what’s happening today, which is equally alarming, is China is sitting on that hoard of PPE where it cornered the market and is profiteering,” he continued. “I have cases that are coming across my desk where $0.50 masks made in China are being sold to hospitals here in America for as much as $8.” As of Sunday, more than 2.3 million people around the world have tested positive for the new coronavirus and more than 162,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. In America more than 735,000 cases have been reported and 39,000 people have died. Navarro noted the death toll on Sunday and said that China “may attempt to use this crisis now to advance their own agenda worldwide.” He went on to say that his current focus is “to make sure people have everything they need here.”

The communist Chinese regime is slick, to be sure.  But, they’re evil, and a threat to each and every one of us.  Don’t let Democrat and liberal news apologists tell you any differently.

Missouri files suit against China for ‘enormous’ consequences of coronavirus ‘deceit’

Missouri became the first state to file a lawsuit against China on Tuesday, accusing the country of being responsible for the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and seeking damages to make up for “the enormous loss of life, human suffering, and economic turmoil” resulting from the disease. The suit in the Eastern District of Missouri follows at least seven federal class-action suits that have been filed by private groups, with one filed in Florida saying that China knew “COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic, yet slowly acted, proverbially put their head in the sand, and/or covered it up in their own economic self-interest.” It also comes on the heels of 22 Republican lawmakers on Monday requesting that the Trump administration bring a case against China to the International Court of Justice (ICIJ) for the country’s actions during the pandemic. Officials told Fox News that outside of the health consequences of the coronavirus — Missouri has confirmed 5,963 cases of the virus and 215 deaths as of Tuesday morning — the economic shutdown the state imposed to reduce the spread of the disease has cost Missouri about $44 billion, according to one estimate. “In Missouri, the impact of the virus is very real – thousands have been infected and many have died, families have been separated from dying loved ones, small businesses are shuttering their doors, and those living paycheck to paycheck are struggling to put food on their table,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement. The text of the lawsuit lays the blame for the pandemic’s consequences squarely at China’s feet. “The repeated unlawful and unreasonable acts and omissions of” China, the Missouri suit claims, “have been injurious to—and have significantly interfered with—the lives, health, and safety of substantial numbers of Missouri residents, ruining lives and damaging the public order and economy of the State of Missouri.” Officials say that in addition to extracting as large a financial judgment out of China as it can, Missouri is looking to hold the Chinese government officially accountable for its alleged actions to exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic and potentially bring further facts about how the Chinese government handled the virus, and possibly about the virus’ origin, to light. “An appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction by Chinese authorities unleashed this pandemic,” the suit reads. “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.” The suit makes numerous claims of wrongdoing by China and the other defendants related to the Chinese government it seeks to hold responsible, including an “emerging theory on the origin of the virus … that it was released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was studying the virus.”

Kudos to Missouri AG Eric Schmitt and the rest of his legal team for taking this action, and leading the charge from the state level against the communist Chinese government responsible for this Wuhan virus nightmare.  For more, click on the text above.

China’s claim of zero coronavirus infections in military is bogus, sign of intimidating rivals, experts say

China has recast itself as a global leader in defeating coronavirus — and nowhere is that more apparent than in their military. In fact, China has claimed that not a single member of its 2 million strong People’s Liberation Army has contracted COVID-19, a virus that was started in China and has infected 2 million people worldwide. The fantastical claim is being labeled an implausible narrative that scientists and scholars find bogus and warn is a classic and transparent tactic meant to intimidate regional rivals. Chen Jingyuan, health division director of the Logistic Support Department under the Central Military Commission, claimed there were no cases of infection because the military’s prevention measures had been perfect. He said in a press conference that instead of falling to the virus, the pandemic had actually “improved the combat readiness of the Chinese military.” One person not buying that logic is foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang. “It is virtually impossible, as claimed, that none of the 2.0 million soldiers, sailors and pilots of the People’s Liberation Army has been infected with coronavirus, especially since some of them went into Wuhan, the epicenter, at the heart of the outbreak,” he told Fox News. Zack Cooper, a former U.S. official working on China-related issues at the White House and the Department of Defense, told Voice of America that “militaries are being impacted just like the rest of societies so, I would expect that to be the case in China, as well.” Chen Chi-wen, editor-in-chief of Asia-Pacific Defense, a leading defense magazine published in Taiwan, pointed out that there are PLA units based in and around Wuhan, including airborne troops, a reserve anti-aircraft artillery battery and the central depot of the Joint Logistic Support Force, and that in towns with such a heavy military presence, “tens of thousands of the soldiers and their family members were interacting with local residents all the time.” Timothy Heath, a senior international researcher at the RAND Corporation, told VOA that China’s claims of being virus-free is one that “no one would expect” or believe. Countries including the United States, France, Great Britain, Japan, South Korea have all seen a rise in infection in their armed forces. In some places like the Philippines and Poland, the virus has hit top generals. Chang believes that China’s inflated claims are part of a bigger and more aggressive military strategy. “China is now acting as if it is ready for battle,” he said. Over the weekend, a Chinese aircraft carrier sailed past Taiwan in a show of strength as the U.S. Navy continued to struggle with outbreaks on its military ships in the Pacific. The USS Theodore Roosevelt, in particular, has been badly hit by an outbreak and is currently docked in Guam. While the American carriers have been sidelined, China’s Liaoning is the only one that is operating in the Western Pacific. “We have to be concerned that the Chinese military is looking for trouble,” Chang said. “In recent weeks, it has moved belligerently against Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia. Beijing is taking on everyone at the same time. Not good.” Japan’s ministry of defense said Monday that the Liaoning and its strike group, including five warships, passed through the 155-mile wide Miyako Strait between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako on Saturday, before turning south and passing east of Taiwan on Sunday. The strait is an international waterway. Taiwan’s navy also sent ships to monitor the strike group as it passed on Sunday, according to Taiwan’s ministry of defense. “We have conducted reconnaissance and monitoring over the sea and air space around Taiwan,” ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen said. In response, the U.S. Air Force then posted a tweet showing multiple bombers lined up on the runway in Guam. While China’s military is flexing its muscle at sea, the PLA has also been engaged in an online campaign and has posted stories on its large-scale exercises as well as the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat. It also boasted about ramping up military industries in Wuhan.

Think about that kind of mentality…  The Chinese military brags in an online post, how it sunk a defenseless Vietnamese fishing boat.  Wow..  Is that supposed to make us afraid at their awesome might?  China continues to bully it’s neighbors.  And, this latest claim that in their military of over 2 MILLION, including units in the Wuhan area, they have not had a single case of the virus?  That is, of course, bs.  But, it’s what China does; lie.  That’s all they do.  And for far too long, we’ve been suckers and just gone alone with their bs, regardless of the consequences.  Presidential administrations of BOTH parties have tolerated their military aggression and allowed critical goods, like prescription drugs, to be made solely in China.  In addition, globalist companies like Microsoft have sold us out to China.  That’s why Bill Gates is all upset that Trump had the nerve to put a temporary hold on U.S. funding to the WHO, which has been a total disaster during this Wuhan virus crisis.  Trump was absolutely right to demand better accountability, transparency, and so on with our generous funds which are 10 times what China gives to the WHO.  And yet, they do China’s bidding..  It’s WAY past time we took a united stand against communist China.  Trump is doing what he can, in spite of pushback from Democrats in the House like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who is a globalist herself and would love to spend YOUR money on the WHO and other foreign entities who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.  We can do our part by avoiding purchasing products made in China.  Instead, BUY AMERICAN!

China Announces ‘Preparation for Military Struggle’ with Taiwan

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held military drills featuring warplanes near Taiwan on Friday as part of “military struggle preparations against the island,” Chinese state media reported on Friday. Global Times, a Communist Party propaganda newspaper, said multiple PLA warplanes – including H-6 bombers, KJ-500 early warning aircraft, and J-11 fighter jets – conducted a far-sea, long-range drill above southwestern waters near the island of Taiwan. The PLA warplanes were seen flying over waters southwest of Taiwan and then entering the skies over the Bashi Channel – located between Taiwan and the Philippines – before returning to base via the same route, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed on Friday. Taiwan’s armed forces are closely monitoring the country’s surrounding waters and airspace, Taiwanese military spokesman Shih Shun-wen said. Friday’s drill marks the sixth time this year that PLA aircraft have been recorded operating near Taiwan’s airspace, according to Taiwan’s MND. On April 2, China’s PLA reported that the Chinese military command responsible for patrols around Taiwan staged a long-endurance, early-warning exercise in March. The drill was intended to simulate quickly countering enemy planes during wartime, a PLA officer said at the time. In early February, China organized army-navy war games near Taiwan and surrounded the country with warplanes. Following days of drills, China’s PLA Eastern Theatre Command said its forces had carried out “air-ground assault and fire support drills to further refine and test their multi-service joint combat capabilities.” In response, the United States recently sent military aircraft to operate near Taiwanese airspace to show support for Taiwan. The U.S. claims to be allied with Taiwan, but does not formally recognize that it is a sovereign state. On March 25, the U.S. sent EP-3E Aries electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft to fly near Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan, and Hong Kong. On Friday, Taiwan’s MND said it had also spotted a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft flying near its airspace, with some suggesting that the U.S. may have been monitoring the unusual activity by the PLA warplanes in the area that same day. China’s recent drills near Taiwan come after the U.S. signed the Taiwan Allies and International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act into law on March 4, which enhances U.S. support for Taiwan. According to TAIPEI, the U.S. will reduce its economic, security, and diplomatic engagements with nations that take significant actions to undermine Taiwan, especially China.