203. NIH flags 500+ scientists with foreign ties; Chinese eatery denies sending footage to China

A popular Chinese restaurant chain denies sending surveillance footage from overseas locations back to China. But some say they’re not so sure. The U.S. is stepping up to help India. That’s after the White House faced criticism in the past for not doing enough to aid the important ally. 500 American scientists are under investigation over “concerning ties” with foreign regimes. Over 90% of those investigated last year had been receiving undisclosed funding from Beijing. A Chinese priest urges Pope Francis to speak up for China’s orphans. At the same time, Beijing is ramping up its crackdown on Catholics in the country. And, Germany has approved stricter rules for its 5G networks. The move boosts politicians’ power to block foreign gear that could endanger national security.

202. Live Q&A: 500 Scientists Flagged for Hostile Ties; Trump Asks for More Security In AZ Audit

More than 500 scientists have been flagged by the NIH for ties to China and other hostile countries, in ongoing investigations meant to stop intellectual property theft. And in other news, Donald Trump is calling for increased security in Arizona as an audit of the 2020 election is now moving forward. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss these stories and others, and answer questions from the audience.

201. A Glimpse of China’s Ownership in US

A Glimpse at China’s Ownership in the US

Yi Song
April 23, 2021
Commentary

China is more involved in your life than you might think. Sure, who doesn’t like fried rice? Who doesn’t own a thing “Made in China?” However, the kind of involvement I am talking about runs deeper than that.

Precisely speaking, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is becoming increasingly involved in the everyday lives of Americans.

Take my friend Bill for example. He and his wife have three school-aged children. Bill enjoys cooking in his kitchen equipped with GE Profile appliances. The family loves Smithfield ham and bacon. Every now and then, they watch a movie at the nearby AMC theater or go on a road trip in their Volvo XC90. The kids have been doing remote learning via Zoom, which is also how they stay connected with families and friends. Bill’s boys like to play video games, such as League of Legends by Riot Games. Bill is training for his second Ironman race that will take place in July in New York. The family will then take a week-long vacation staying at the famed Waldorf Astoria.

Sounds familiar? Do you know someone like Bill? Do you use any of the iconic products Bill enjoys?

Do you know these products are owned by CCP-controlled Chinese companies or individuals who have pledged allegiance to the CCP?

More Complicated Than Business Decisions

Over the past two decades, China’s state-controlled enterprises embarked on a buying spree for all-things-western. The above-mentioned brands, which are only a small sampling, all became Chinese-owned between 2010 and 2016. Volvo was purchased by Geely for $1.5 billion in 2010. GE Appliances was acquired by Haier in 2016 for $5.6 billion.

The reasons behind the Chinese takeovers are more complicated than pure business decisions. Fan Yu, an expert on finance and economics, sees a few recurring themes behind the purchases:

Moving assets abroad, i.e., money laundering. Some Chinese companies were very active in buying up assets abroad, such as Anbang Insurance (who purchased AMC), HNA Group/Hainan Airlines, etc. They were suspected of moving assets abroad for high-level CCP cadres.
Securing valuable resources, like food, land, oil, etc. Shuanghui’s take-over of Smithfield Foods was to secure pork supplies.
Projecting CCP soft power. The CCP was buying up Hollywood studios to inject some subtle propaganda into American films and TV shows. U.S. films, TV shows, and even video games are very influential and over time, these influences will help project a positive view of the CCP. China’s internet and entertainment giant Tencent has fully owned Riot Games since 2015. With over 300 investments in its gaming portfolio, Tencent is also the world’s largest games publisher, in addition to owning QQ and WeChat.
Buy for-profit businesses and often this is acquiring a famous Western brand so they can market these products back to the Chinese domestic market to make money. GE’s takeover by Haier belongs to this category. In addition, Shandong Ruyi is a fashion conglomerate (aka “China’s LVMH”) that bought a bunch of high fashion brands like LANVIN, St. John, and Bally. Similarly, when China Fosun bought the Club Med vacation resort chain a few years ago, it was also to profit from Chinese travelers who go on vacation at these resorts.
Let’s take a closer look at some of these acquisitions.

Smithfield Takeover: $4 Billion Loan Approved in 24 Hours

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, was purchased by China’s Shuanghui (later renamed to WH Group) for $4.7 billion (30 percent above Smithfield’s market value) in 2013. The deal also included 146,000 acres of American farmland. At the time, it was the largest takeover of an American consumer brand by China.

A documentary produced by PBS in 2014 revealed the CCP’s involvement in the deal. The Bank of China, owned by the CCP, approved Shuanghui’s $4 billion loan to buy Smithfield in a single day. In its annual report, the Bank of China highlights the Smithfield takeover as “social responsibility” and that it “spares no effort to support Chinese enterprises in their international competition.”

Then-president of Shuanghui told PBS: “The Chinese government has been supporting us with preferential policy, as well as investment. For instance, the Bank of China has shown great support both financially and politically.”

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope, who originally denied the knowledge of any Chinese government involvement, was shocked when PBS presented him with the above findings. “I don’t think I could go out today and get the U.S. government to support making a $4 billion loan as a social responsibility for Smithfield to move forward on a foreign—on a foreign country’s territory. No, I don’t think that’s doable in any industry that I can think of,” Pope said in the video.

Why would the CCP support such a takeover? Its “five-year plan” dated 2011 directs food companies such as Shuanghui to obtain more meat for their production lines by purchasing overseas businesses.

According to this Reuters report, Smithfield Foods renovated its Virginia plant to supply carcasses to China. A person with direct knowledge of operations said, “There were departments that were completely eliminated, or erased, or remodeled.” Workers in the Smithfield, Virginia plant have been boxing up pig carcasses to ship to China. Arnold Silver, Smithfield’s director of raw materials procurement, said at an industry conference that sales to China could eventually create bacon and ham shortages for American consumers.

The Smithfield purchase was a prime example of the CCP’s goal to secure valuable resources. China is the world’s biggest pork consumer. Swine flu, injecting pigs with hormones and drugs, etc. are rampant in China. They cause scandals and social unrest. So they need to look outside for good quality pork.

Along these lines, the CCP also signed oil supply deals with Brazil and Venezuela to secure valuable crude oil at bargain prices.

Caught in the Crossfire

The Waldorf Astoria was acquired by an obscure Shanghai-based Anbang Insurance Group for nearly $2 billion in 2014. The Waldorf has hosted every U.S. president since 1933. Since the purchase, the U.S. State Department prefers putting U.S. diplomats up in a different hotel.

In Feb. 2018, the Chinese government took over control of Anbang Insurance and its assets, including Waldorf Astoria. Its chairman was charged with alleged economic crimes. Sources close to the inner circle of the CCP said that Anbang, one of China’s most politically connected companies, used financial transactions to funnel and launder funds abroad on behalf of the Jiang faction, while at the same time parlaying their roles as business tycoons to spy on and influence foreign dignitaries.

The Jiang faction is a faction within the CCP that is fighting for control of the Party. It is named after the former CCP head Jiang Zemin. It is concentrated in Shanghai, and it opposes the current head Xi Jinping.

Who would have imagined that only four years after the change of ownership, the historic American icon Waldorf Astoria would be stuck in the middle of factional in-fighting of the CCP.

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda bought Kansas-based AMC theaters for $2.6 billion in 2012. Wanda bought Ironman in 2015. In 2016, Wanda spent $3.5 billion to acquire Legendary Entertainment, whose portfolio includes “Jurassic Park,” “Warcraft,” “Godzilla,” and “Pacific Rim.”

Wanda’s global buying spree also included luxury hotels, sports clubs, landmark architecture, yacht clubs, and even artwork by Picasso and Monet. By 2017, Wanda and its Chairman Wang Jianlin owned over 80 five-star hotels, over 1,300 movie theaters, 2 movie studios, sports teams, and hundreds of commercial real estate developments around the world.

How did Wanda’s chairman build up a $32.2 billion fortune in just 12 years?

Similar to Anbang Insurance, Wanda and its chairman fell out of favor in Beijing in 2018, as its backbone inside the Party was weakening due to CCP infighting. According to a commentary by economist He Qinglian, Xi could no longer tolerate the “white gloves” money laundering and wanted to prevent too much wealth from flowing out of China. Wanda’s buying spree ended. It began to struggle with huge debt and was forced to offload some of its purchases, including AMC and Ironman.

Zoom: Software Made in China

Unlike other businesses that were purchased by Chinese entities, Zoom remains American, but the Chinese government has no problem exerting control over it.

According to Zoom’s 2019 IPO prospectus, its product development engineering team is largely based in China. In addition, some servers of Zoom are based in China.

Zoom’s founder and CEO, Eric Yuan, came to the United States as an engineering student in the 1990s. He worked for Webex, and then Cisco. Yuan left Cisco in 2011 to start Zoom. In a short 9 years, Zoom went IPO and Yuan became a billionaire.

A highly technical investigation about Zoom’s encryption by Citizen Lab revealed that “Zoom app uses non-industry-standard cryptographic techniques with identifiable weaknesses. In addition, during multiple test calls in North America, we observed keys for encrypting and decrypting meetings transmitted to servers in Beijing, China.”

With the bulk of its R&D done inside China, Zoom has to obey Chinese rules. Chinese tech companies are legally obligated to “provide technical support and assistance to public security organs and national security organs that are safeguarding national security and investigating criminal activities in accordance with the law.”

In 2020, a Zoom executive (in China) was charged with disrupting video meetings commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre at the request of Chinese authorities and providing information about meeting participants in the United States.

Several U.S. lawmakers have asked Eric Yuan to clarify the company’s data practices, whether any data was shared with Beijing and whether it encrypted users’ communications. One Republican senator wrote to Yuan asking him to “pick a side” between the United States and China.

Because of Zoom’s questionable security implementation and illicit connection to the CCP, many companies and governments around the world have banned the use of Zoom. Those include Google, SpaceX, NASA, Taiwan, the German Foreign Ministry, the U.S. Senate, the Australian Defense Force, the NYC Dept. of Education, etc.

The Buying of US Land

China is among the many buyers of U.S. land. The Smithfield takeover included 146,000 acres of farmland. There has been a tenfold expansion of Chinese ownership of farmland in the United States in less than a decade. Massive Chinese investment in American farmland is troubling for it puts the food security of the nation in the hands of a hostile foreign power. There is another type of land that also is very valuable to the Chinese government.

A strategic plot of land in Texas is owned by a Chinese billionaire with strong ties to the CCP. Sun Guangxin wants to build a wind farm on his 130,000-acre parcel of land in southern Texas, just a stone’s throw away from the Air Force’s largest pilot training base and several dozen miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sun’s Guanghui Energy Co. purchased the land in 2018.

Sun is a former Chinese military officer who had “no money but was bursting with ambition” when he left the army in 1989. Today Sun, with a $1.9 billion net worth, is the chairman of Guanghui Industry Investment and dubbed as “Xinjiang’s richest man.” The land Sun purchased at bargain prices throughout Xinjiang is now being used to house Uyghur Muslims and other political prisoners in concentration camps.

Awareness and Vigilance

CCP-controlled entities continue to expand control globally. No matter what their motivations are behind the acquisitions, one thing is for sure: the CCP wants control.

U.S. businesses and consumers need to be aware of what companies are owned by China, what risks are posed, and make informed decisions on what brands or products to support. Regardless of whether the risks are high or low, awareness is still very important.

Thomas Jefferson once said: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

To safeguard our liberty, we need more awareness and vigilance when dealing with the Chinese communist regime.

Yi Song has been a China scholar since 2010. Having lived many years in both the United States and China, she writes about the connections between the two countries.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/a-glimpse-of-chinas-ownership-in-us_3786909.html

200. Trump: don’t push Russia into Beijing’s hands; China-tied chemist steals $120M trade secret

Tesla releases data from a car crash after a Chinese car owner accuses the company of a brake system failure. $120M worth of trade secrets, stolen by a Chinese chemist. They were taken from U.S.-based companies like Coca Cola. China’s most famous tech billionaire is evading the public eye. A comment he made nearly 10 years ago is now in the spotlight, as it seems to have predicted his own fate. Former U.S. President Trump is warning the Biden Administration not to push Russia toward a Chinese partnership. He says the two may pose an even greater threat to America, if allied together. And Australia has canceled two infrastructure deals with Beijing. Authorities there cite the country’s national interests, but Beijing says the action has wronged China.

299. Once Detained in China, Peter Dahlin Started Campaign to Challenge CCTV on Forced TV Confessions

Peter Dahlin was one of the first foreigners to be forced to confess on camera in 2016 for the human rights work he did in China. Later his confession was broadcast on Chinese state-run TV. He was released and expelled from China 3 weeks later. Now Mr. Dahlin is leading a systematic campaign to get CGTN and CCTV off the air in Europe and other western countries. In this interview he explains how his efforts successfully got the UK to suspend CGTN’s license, as well as detailing some of the work behind the scenes. He also shares how in hindsight he found the experience he went through valuable.

298. Live Q&A: China Expands Persecutions, With Help From Overseas Journalists and Corporations

The Chinese government is expanding its social controls and human rights abuses, including with a new hotline where netizens can report fellow citizens for making “illegal” comments on history, and with expanding programs on religious suppression such as a new grid-based enforcement system. As this takes place, reports show that China has been working with overseas businesses and journalists to censor its abuses and promote its interests. In this live Q&A with Crossroads host Joshua Philipp we’ll discuss these stories and others, and answer questions from the audience.

297. The 5 Things the Chinese Regime Fears Most

Alexander Liao
April 21, 2021 Updated: April 22, 2021

Commentary

On April 16, the Hong Kong court officially sentenced key pro-democracy activists who were convicted last month. Most of their sentences are around a year to 18 months in prison. The “crime” for which the people were found guilty was illegal assembly without permission for a large-scale protest in August 2019 that was attended by hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers.

The crime appears to have no connection with the Hong Kong National Security Law, but many have linked the trial and conviction of the Hong Kong court with the National Security Law imposed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

As fear is the motivation for much of the CCP’s domestic and foreign aggression, the Chinese regime’s recent behavior in Hong Kong reveals some of its major fears.

Economic Decoupling
On the world stage, the legitimacy of the communist regime in the past three decades has mainly centered on its economic growth and economic potential of its large population. It uses this as bait to manipulate foreign governments and corporations that want a slice of the Chinese market.

The three major driving forces of economic growth are investment, consumption, and exports. China’s mainland’s domestic consumption contributes the least to its own GDP, accounting for only a little more than 40 percent of GDP—far less than the usual 70 percent for most other countries. Foreign trade through exports are massive levers for China’s GDP.

The CCP system is an administrative-led authoritarian system. The regime controls society in many ways, but in the past two decades, this control has been reflected through China’s economic operations. The more money the authorities have, the stronger their control over society.

The economic development of mainland China relies on the East Asian model, which is export-oriented. The East Asian model relies on consumption in foreign markets to promote economic growth. This is precisely why former U.S. President Donald Trump’s launch of a U.S.-China trade war was terrifying for the CCP.

This is not simply due to the possibility of restraining the American market’s dependence on Chinese products—this action has forced officials in China to reconsider the continuation of the East Asian model in the mainland, which in turn poses a challenge to the structure of the country’s economic growth model.

In light of Trump’s trade war and the pandemic’s effect on the world economy, the CCP has had to take precautions for its future economic development. This is the biggest reason why the CCP has begun to promote self-reliance and internal circulation of Chinese capital. Once the economy contracts, the CCP’s government revenue will be under pressure, and its administrative stability maintenance budget will be affected. Without enough money for propaganda and enough incentive to legitimize their authoritarian leadership of China, the regime will be on shaky ground.

Disruption to Technological Exchange With the West
This fear is primarily related to the economy, because the China’s export-oriented economy has reached its limit, you can only export so many goods. With the development of the world economy at a threshold, the export of simple and cheap goods cannot increase at the pace it has in the past few decades. Therefore, China needs to upgrade the quality of its products to continue increasing its market share. This will require China to seriously upgrade its technology and design innovation.

Technological advancement is also an important factor in the CCP’s control over society and maintenance of its military. China is infamous for its draconian use of artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor and track its citizens.

If scientific and technological exchanges with the West are interrupted, it will severely impact the CCP, especially with regard to its losing the ability to steal intellectual property from foreign countries.

A large number of overseas students from mainland China study and engage in scientific and technological research in European and American universities. In 2020, there were over 370,000 Chinese students studying in the United States. For the CCP, this is an invaluable channel and method of “exchange” with American science and technology. Now, the United States has not only cut off various high-level academic exchanges but is also considering how to reduce the number of Chinese science and engineering students.

Although China has many outstanding scientific and technological professionals, the current culture inhibits true creativity and innovation, because innovation and creation are inherently incompatible with autocratic and totalitarian systems. If it is impossible to continue to “exchange” science and technology with foreign countries, then the progress of science and technology under the rule of the CCP will be greatly affected.

Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang Independence
The CCP started with Marxism and communism and has always used this as the basic core value for ruling mainland China.

But in reality, since the Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong, pure communist ideology has disappeared in the mainland. Only a few senior Party leaders truly believe in Marxist and communist ideology, which has brought an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy to the CCP.

To deal with this crisis, the CCP has since adopted aggressive nationalism to assert its control. This is why Chinese nationalism has continued to rise in the past two decades.

For example, in previous generations of propaganda, the CCP deliberately talked about its victory against the Chinese nationalists to legitimize the CCP’s seizure of power. But recently, the CCP has begun to emphasize China’s historical wars against Japan, boldly claiming that the CCP led China’s victories over Japan. It is widespread knowledge that it was the Chinese Nationalists who led the war against Japan at the time. To obscure this fact, the CCP changed the historically recorded length of China’s war against Japan from 8 years to 14 years to include the Pacification of Manchukuo, an insurgency against Japan from Manchu, which was jointly led by the Soviet Communist Party and the CCP in the mid-1930s.

The fervor for mainland Chinese nationalism continuously promoted by the CCP has continued unabated. The Chinese people have begun to view the CCP from the perspective of nationalism and Chinese identity rather than communist ideology.

In 2016, Xi Jinping boldly claimed in a public speech that they “will never allow any person, any group, any political party, at any time, in any way, to split from China any part of its territory.”

This tough statement is a perfect example of fuel for the rising tide of aggressive nationalism in mainland China.

As a result, in the face of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang affairs, the CCP cannot compromise or show any weakness via concessions. Through its evolution, the CCP has involuntarily taken on the cause of ultra-Chinese nationalism in order to justify its rule, devoid of any of its original communist ideals.

Religious Freedom
In the past decade or so, the CCP has stepped up its suppression of all religions and spiritual beliefs, with a very clear goal: to eliminate any ideological authority other than the CCP. To remain in power, it places controls on what Chinese people can see, do, and believe.

The pillar of a demolished Catholic church is seen in Puyang, in China’s central Henan Province, on Aug. 13, 2018. The church was demolished to make way for a commercial development. (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The pillar of a demolished Catholic church is seen in Puyang, in China’s central Henan Province, on Aug. 13, 2018. The church was demolished to make way for a commercial development. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

The CCP has demolished churches, arrested underground church leaders, and forced Catholic leaders to follow CCP directives that violate Christian principles.

In Tibet, the CCP’s main strategy for destroying the Tibetan independence movement was to target Tibetan Buddhism. Police stations were set up inside Tibetan monasteries. Tibetan lamas were forced to study atheism, materialism, and “Xi Jinping thought.” Those who dissented were arrested and imprisoned without trial.

In Xinjiang, more than one million Uyghurs and other Islamic minorities were arrested and placed in concentration camps for collective brainwashing. The key focus here is still religious ideology. A large number of Muslim imams have been arrested, and various religious books have been destroyed. Any online speech about faith and religion is treated as “religious extremism” and censored.

The core of the suppression of both Xinjiang and Tibet is religion. In Xinjiang, communist authorities tried to eliminate all religious cultures. These efforts included forcing its adherents to drink alcohol, eat pork, marry Muslim women to Han Chinese men, and carry out forced abortions and sterilizations, all of which violate the basic teachings of Islam. But in the eyes of the CCP, these traditional Muslim practices are manifestations of religious extremism.

For practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, a special extrajudicial body, much like Nazi Germany’s Gestapo, was created called the 610 Office. For the past two decades, Falun Gong practitioners have been arbitrarily arrested and subjected to all manner of physical and mental torture. Those who give in are forced to renounce their faith and declare loyalty to only the CCP and the doctrine of atheism. Those who resist face continued torture and even their organs being harvested and sold on the illicit transplant market to locals and foreigners desperate for an organ replacement.

Religion and personal belief often hold moral authority beyond national and political ideology, posing a serious threat to any totalitarian regime.

Detaching the CCP Label From the Chinese Identity
What the CCP fears most is the truth that the CCP is not China, and the CCP does not represent the Chinese people.

On Sept. 4, 2020, Xi Jinping delivered a speech to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the victory of China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. The opening of the speech proudly introduced the five “no promises” of the Chinese regime. According to state-run media Xinhua, they are as follows:

“The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to distort the history of the [CCP] or smear the Party’s nature and mission.

The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to distort and alter the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, or deny and vilify the great achievements the Chinese people have made in building socialism.

The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to separate the [CCP] from the Chinese people or counterpose the Party to the Chinese people.

The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to impose their will on China through bullying, change China’s direction of progress, or obstruct the Chinese people’s efforts to create a better life.

The Chinese people will never allow any individual or any force to jeopardize their peaceful life and right to development, obstruct their exchanges and cooperation with other peoples, or undermine the noble cause of peace and development for humanity.”

The fifth promise highlights the unwillingness of the CCP to decouple from international economies.

Political parties are not equal to the government, and the government is not absolutely representative of the people of any country.

The CCP is not equal to China, and the communist regime is not equal to the Chinese people.

In The Epoch Times editorial series, “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party,” the CCP’s behavior is described as being like that of a possessing spirit.

The non-separation of the Party and the country, the Party and the people, and the Party and the government are the prerequisites and foundations for the CCP to exist in China.

Internally, the Party and its members are very clear. Civil servants must be Party members, and promotions must be given only to Party members. Many jobs are given priority to CCP members. The Chinese are very clear that members of the CCP are the elite.

The day that everyone understands that the CCP does not represent the Chinese people will be the day its end has come. The CCP is not China, and the CCP does not represent the Chinese people.

This understanding was first put forward in official terms by former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a speech. The CCP has since had a deep hatred of Pompeo. His statement struck the CCP’s Achilles heel and has the power to completely delegitimize the Chinese communist regime.

Alexander Liao is a columnist and journalist in research on international affairs in the United States, China, and Southeast Asia. He has published a large number of reports, commentaries, and video programs in newspapers and Chinese financial magazines in the United States and Hong Kong.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-5-things-the-chinese-regime-fears-most_3780429.html

296. US defense leaders underscore rising nuclear threats; Xi Jinping slams US allies at economic forum

While Congress is divided on whether to modernize America’s nuclear forces, defense leaders say America’s biggest rivals are upping their nuclear game. Suspected Chinese hackers have been spying on the U.S. defense industry for months. This, according to a cybersecurity firm. Japan is beefing up its efforts to counter communist China in the South China Sea. A photo is drawing attention online, showing a Japanese warship cruising next to a Chinese aircraft carrier. A Tesla owner protests against the company’s quality issues on the first day of the Shanghai auto show. Some people say she was trying to defame the car-maker, and that the Chinese regime is backing her up. And Beijing is lending Sri Lanka $500 million, as the country is struggling financially. But the loan may have strings attached.

295. How Far Can China-US Climate Cooperation Go?

Yang Wei

 April 21, 2021 Updated: April 21, 2021

Commentary

 

The U.S. President’s special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, ended his trip in Shanghai. The international community is concerned about the outcome of the China-U.S. cooperation on climate issues, especially whether the U.S. government will be fooled by the Chinese regime.

Xi Jinping Doesn’t Care About Climate Issues

Kerry visited several countries, including China, ahead of the climate summit, which will be hosted by the United States from April 22 to 23. Kerry was deliberately arranged to visit Shanghai, instead of Beijing, and even the reception was substandard—it’s obvious that Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not want to meet with him.

A joint statement on climate change was published on the website of the U.S. Department of State and the website of the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment. It’s noteworthy that the website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no relevant information, and even the regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua briefly mentioned the meeting between Kerry and his counterpart, Xie Zhenhua.

The Chinese regime’s lack of enthusiasm probably indicates how the climate issues will be handled. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s climate cooperation is just a way of fooling the international community and a trick in foreign diplomacy. The CCP doesn’t care about climate and environmental issues unless it benefits from the negotiations.

Frankly, if the Chinese regime actually cared about environmental and climate issues, it would not have destroyed China and made it one of the most polluted countries in the world.

Instead of taking climate action now, Xi promised the leaders of France and Germany that China will achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2060.

Will the US Accept the CCP’s Terms on Climate Cooperation?

The CCP proposed to cooperate with the United States on several issues, including the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccines, the economy and trade, and science and technology, but it didn’t get the type of response it wanted from the Biden administration.

Climate cooperation has become one of the remaining tools for the regime to make a breakthrough in China-U.S. relations. I believe the CCP is seeking high-level dialogue and Xi wants to meet with President Joe Biden, and this may be achieved.

I also believe the CCP will seek the opportunity to persuade or pressure the United States into relaxing sanctions on China with regards to science and technology, economy and trade, and human rights. In order to pull the regime into the climate cooperation agreement, the Biden administration might cave into pressure. Many conscientious people are concerned with this issue.

In exchange for climate cooperation, I strongly believe that the CCP will pressure the United States to make concessions on the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea, East China Sea, Hong Kong, and human rights issues. The conflict between the United States and China with regards to these issues is almost impossible to resolve.

Even if the CCP agrees to the terms of climate cooperation, it may not hold its end of the bargain. For example, the CCP couldn’t commit to the terms of the first phase of the U.S.-China trade agreement.

If the United States and Western countries can recognize that the CCP doesn’t keep its promises, then the CCP will not be able to play tricks. Politicians and leaders from various countries must be aware of the CCP’s deceitful tactics as they can be easily lured into their traps that prey on their weaknesses.

Yang Wei has been closely following China affairs for many years. He has been contributing political commentary on China for the Chinese language Epoch Times since 2019.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-far-can-china-us-climate-cooperation-go_3783441.html

294. Wife of rights lawyer worries husband was murdered; Japan, China quarrel over radioactive water dump

A Hong Kong family seeks asylum in the U.S. The longing for freedom pushed them to flee their home in search of a better life without suppression. A U.S. resolution condemns Beijing for suppressing freedom in Hong Kong. It comes just days after nine prominent pro-democracy figures were sentenced there. A human rights lawyer known as “China’s conscience” has been missing for over three years. Now his wife worries he may have already been murdered by the Chinese Communist regime. The Pacific Ocean, used as a drain pipe. Japan and China are accusing each other of releasing nuclear waste water into the sea. And another alliance counters Beijing’s threat. The U.S. and Japan are investing billions of dollars into 6G networks, in hopes of defeating Chinese telecom company Huawei.