The world’s two strongest economies are eyeing nuclear deterrents, to target each other. China plans to produce 1,300 nuclear weapons by 2030. While the U.S. seeks to inject $22 billion in its nuclear sector. The World Health Organization has approved a Chinese-made vaccine. But an insider from China’s CDC reveals its fatal side effects. A tornado hits Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, killing one person and injuring 16 others. Houses left damaged, with trees bent out of shape. And Cornell University makes a deal with China’s Peking University. It’s a plan to set-up a dual-degree program. That’s despite opposition from students and faculty.
The Fast and Furious 9 actor John Cena apologized on Chinese social media network Weibo for calling Taiwan a country. His apology sets off a firestorm in U.S. This is another example that the Chinese Communist Party not only censors content of Hollywood Productions but also free speech of people outside of China. Chris Fenton, former Hollywood executive and author of the book “Feeding the Dragon”, argues that we are at the tipping point where enough is enough, and Americans have to do something NOW to stop Hollywood’s appeasement to the CCP, and fight back on the CCP’s encroachment on our freedom.
Residents in one Beijing village, ordered to undergo virus testing. Now they’re not allowed to leave their homes. But authorities don’t seem to be reporting the situation. A rare strain of bird flu has infected a human for the first time ever. Called the H10N3 virus, the unique form of avian influenza has sickened a man in China. Severe flooding drenches part of Southern China. The overflow submerged roads and cars there. While a bride and groom are spotted on a raft sailing the flooded streets. Two China-born members of New Zealand’s Parliament resigned last year, with curiously close timing. Now local media is reporting that it’s because of their ties to the Chinese regime. And a new British aircraft carrier is set to cross through the South China Sea. The move shows that the Post-Brexit UK is eager to see communist China respect international rules.
The Biden administration announced a $6 trillion budget plan, as the United States faces looming inflation from recent multi-trillion dollar spending packages and economic downturn from virus lockdowns. And in other news, Republican lawmakers announced a new whistleblower site aimed at exposing “woke” ideological training and programs in the US military. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss these stories and others, and answer questions from the audience.
Beijing now allows couples to have up to three children. But the major policy shift is seeing mixed reactions. Questions circulate surrounding the pandemic lab leak theory. A video captures scientists at Wuhan’s Virology institute using lax safety precautions. Hong Kong democracy figure Jimmy Lai and other activists are getting extra prison time. That’s as authorities attempt to stop a long-time Hong Kong tradition, honoring the Tiananmen Square massacre. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize 30,000 Chinese-made necklaces. The makers claim they can protect people from the virus. But American authorities say they could actually poison people. And the family members of a Chinese dissident based in Australia may face punishment in China. Beijing is looking to silence the man by using his child as collateral.
The Senate China bill is being widely criticized for being too weak—for not really addressing the global threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Thus, Senator Josh Hawley’s proposed amendments would see information on the origin of the coronavirus declassified. They would also add a duty of 100 percent on goods from Xinjiang, in response to the use of Uyghur slave labor there. I spoke to national security commentator and publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, Dr Anders Corr, about why America’s China policies are so full of holes. He points to politicians, media and lobbyists with vested interests in not holding China to account. “There’s not a lot of effort behind putting ….any kind of new legislation on this through, in a sense, because the fox is guarding the chicken coop. When they [politicians] leave office, they want the option of becoming….high paid lobbyists, they can make millions of dollars a year…That creates an almost…permanent swamp in Washington that’s very hard to get rid of. —Anders Corr Why is the tiny nation of Lithuania prepared to take a stand against the CCP, where more powerful countries are not? How can the ‘principle of reciprocity’ be applied by the U.S. to give Beijing ‘a taste of its own medicine?” And what is the most urgent action now needed to counter the multi-pronged threats of the CCP?
Economics and philosophy scholar, Dr. Dave Brat reveals how the enlightenment, renaissance, and reformation shaped the freedoms and ethics of our times; which he now considers under major threat. He sees the attack on traditional and universal values manifesting globally in the Israel-Gaza violence, and the multi-pronged China threat. Beneath these pressing crises, he identifies two long-standing, opposing forces—one championing freedom, and one aiming to subvert it. “The rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of expression…All of these have been bipartisan issues for hundreds of years,” Dr. Brat says, before lamenting the ‘value-confusion’ of people of modern times: “People cannot see the basic contrast between freedom and totalitarian regimes. And even in the US, we’re drifting ever so steadily, but steadily toward a bigger and bigger and bigger federal government.” What do our traditions and history tell us about the global conflicts of our times, and how to defuse them?
US taxpayer dollars had been going to a virus laboratory in China, to finance research that makes viruses more deadly. As the possibility that the COVID-19 virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, is coming back into the headlines, there’s now a push to ban US funding for this type of controversial research. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss this story and others, and answer questions from the audience.
A company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party owns 130,000 acres of land in Texas—right next to America’s largest air force pilot training base. The CEO of the company, Sun Guangxin, is a former officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army and one of the largest landowners in China’s Xinjiang province. And the land, purchased to build wind farms, actually sees little wind. So what’s going on here? And in other news, why should America be concerned about China’s emerging digital currency? In this episode, we sit down with Kyle Bass, founder and principal of Hayman Capital Management and a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.