Washington Post Admits Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Was Dismissed Because it was Supported by Trump

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At a Jan. 30, 2020 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican told colleagues: “This coronavirus is a catastrophe on the scale of Chernobyl for China. But actually, it’s probably worse than Chernobyl, which was localized in its effect. The coronavirus could result in a global pandemic. I would note that Wuhan has China’s only biosafety level-four super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus.”

Cotton was widely mocked by the liberal media over those remarks and similar ones to follow.

Looking back to the early days of the coronavirus, anyone who mentioned that the virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan was labeled a conspiracy theorist. Saying the virus may have been created in that lab was even worse.

In recent weeks, however, journalists who once scoffed at such a notion are opening to the possibility.

The Washington Post’s “fact-checker,” Glenn Kessler, who was himself the subject of a fact-check involving remarks about Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, actually admits that the legacy media’s anti-Trump bias may have been behind their rejection of the lab leak theory.

Kessler excuses both himself and his colleagues from performing their due diligence by saying that the lab leak theory “often got mixed up with speculation that the virus was deliberately created as a bioweapon,” which he finds preposterous. (When the truth finally comes out, he may be proven wrong about that as well. But I digress.) Surely any journalist worth his or her salt would be able to separate the two, and investigate both theories. Did the virus escape accidentally from the lab that was tied to the CCP’s military or was it intentionally released?

It was China’s “lack of transparency” and “renewed attention to the activities of the Wuhan lab” that finally opened their eyes to the possibility that the virus may have leaked from the lab, the only lab in China that is known to work with this specific pathogen.

He finally gets around to the real reason: former President Donald Trump. Here too, Kessler tries hard to absolve himself and the rest of the media. He writes: “The Trump administration also sought to highlight the lab scenario but generally could only point to vague intelligence. The Trump administration’s messaging was often accompanied by anti-Chinese rhetoric that made it easier for skeptics to ignore its claims.”

I’m sure by now, nearly a year and a half after the coronavirus reached our shores, U.S. intelligence agencies have more solid information about its origins. But in those early days, all Trump had to go on was vague intelligence.

As for his anti-Chinese rhetoric making it easier to ignore his claims, wouldn’t a serious investigative journalist be able to put the President’s comments aside and look at the facts? Isn’t that a journalist’s job?

Isn’t Kessler essentially saying that the theory was dismissed mostly because of its connection to Trump?

Kessler takes readers through a COVID-19 timeline. Most of the early reactions were based on the lab leak theory and left the door open to the possibility that it could have been intentional.

Later in January, The Daily Mail and The Washington Times published articles making the connection between the virus and the Wuhan lab.

On Feb. 6, “Botao Xiao, a molecular biomechanics researcher at South China University of Technology, posts a paper stating that ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.’ He pointed to the previous safety mishaps and the kind of research undertaken at the lab. He withdrew the paper a few weeks later after Chinese authorities insisted no accident had taken place,” according to The Post.

Did any journalists wonder why Xiao withdrew the paper? That researchers who didn’t acquiesce to the CCP’s version of events had a way of disappearing?

On Feb. 9, Cotton struck back via Twitter against China’s ambassador who had said his remarks were “absolutely crazy.”

Following more criticism from The Washington Post, Cotton responded with the following Twitter thread:

The hypotheses include: “1. Natural (still the most likely, but almost certainly not from the Wuhan food market); 2. Good science, bad safety (eg, they were researching things like diagnostic testing and vaccines, but an accidental breach occurred); 3. Bad science, bad safety (this is the engineered-bioweapon hypothesis, with an accidental breach); 4. Deliberate release (very unlikely, but shouldn’t rule out till the evidence is in); Again, none of these are ‘theories’ and certainly not ‘conspiracy theories.’ They are hypotheses that ought to be studied in light of the evidence.”

The turning point in the debate over COVID’s origins came on Feb. 19 when a group of public health scientists published a joint statement, which was scolding in its nature, in the elite medical journal Lancet.

It read: “The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumours and misinformation around its origins. We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin. Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2),1 and they overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.”

According to The Post, “the statement was drafted and organized by Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance,which funded research at WIV with U.S. government grants. (Three of the signers have since said a laboratory accident is plausible enough to merit consideration.)”

These so-called “experts” did the world a great disservice by signing on to this statement. They provided China with an excuse to escape blame for the virus. It was this letter that did more than anything else to turn the tide away from the lab leak theory.

The media would point to this letter from the “experts” and ridicule anyone who mentioned the lab leak theory.

So, why now are they changing their tune? Why did PolitiFact retract their earlier fact check (which debunked the lab leak theory) last week? Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing. Perhaps they’re privy to something that hasn’t been made public yet. Or maybe it’s because there is growing circumstantial evidence that points to the lab leak theory.

Whatever the reason, Kessler’s article was a feeble attempt to explain why the vast majority of journalists, once again, failed to do their jobs.

A version of this article was posted in The Western Journal.

Engineer Who Published Theory About Origin of COVID in February 2020 Is Looking Pretty Smart Right About Now

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Back in February 2020, Dr. Joel S. Holmes, who occasionally posts on this site, published a book entitled “The China Virus: Corona Pandemic, What Families and Countries Can Do.

In his book, Holmes told the story of how the Chinese may have obtained the coronavirus. I read his book at that time and immediately posted on it here on RedState.

Looking back to February 2020, anyone who mentioned that the virus may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan was labeled as a conspiracy theorist. Saying the virus may have been created in that lab was even worse.

Holmes first considered the uncommon characteristics of this virus:

1. The extraordinary length of the incubation period and its transmissibility during that period.

2. The length of time the virus remains alive on surfaces (nine days).

3. Its high R0 or “Basic Reproduction Number,” the number of people an infected person will transmit the disease to.

Here are several excerpts from Holmes book:

Specifically we start at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, and with Scientific Director Dr. Frank Plummer…On May 4, 2013 the Novel Coronavirus arrived at the Canadian lab in Winnipeg.

It was sent by well known Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, most certainly because the National Microbiology Laboratory of Canada specializes in complete testing services for COVID-19.

Fouchier himself had received it from a colleague in the Middle East who had isolated the virus from the lungs of a patient.

The Canadian Lab grew a research bank of the new virus and set about to see what animals could be infected by it.

The National Microbiology Laboratory is the only LEVEL 4 virology lab in Canada, capable of handling the most dangerous diseases.

Unfortunately there were additional dangers that the lab was not aware of. And those dangers were high level Chinese staff members who were engaged in espionage and theft.

One of the Chinese spies was Director of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies Section in the Special Pathogens Program. Xiangguo Qiu graduated from Hebei Medical University in 1985 and came to Canada for advanced studies.

How Dr. Xiangguo Qiu morphed from a medical doctor to a virologist is not known, but she ended up doing leading work at the Canadian lab.

And she was not alone at that lab. Her husband, Dr. Keding Cheng, a bacteriologist was also at the National Microbiology Laboratory, and who also mysteriously shifted into virology.

Together they infiltrated the NML and engaged in theft of technology, secrets, and of actual viral samples, which they sent secretly to China.

Of importance, is that Xiangguo Qiu is a specialist in biological warfare.

The management and staff of the NML were sleeping at the wheel while these two engaged in theft of dangerous viral samples. Perhaps political correctness played a role in turning a blind eye to possible irregularities.

In addition to their own espionage and thefts, these two arranged for additional Chinese nationals to infiltrate the NML…

Stolen materials, including samples of the Novel Coronavirus were somehow taken or shipped by this group of six to Wuhan.

And possibly taken personally by Dr Xiangguo Qiu on multiple trips she made to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2017 and 2018.

It was not until early July 2019, too late, that the Canadian lab woke up to the obvious. Even then they did not act appropriately and bring in law enforcement, but simply escorted Xiangguo Qiu and her husband out of the building.

I wrote:

While we can’t know exactly what these two Chinese doctors were doing at the lab or what their motives were, the timeline Holmes specifies and the fact that the couple had been escorted out of the building last July are corroborated by this CBC Canada article dated October 3, 2019. Additionally, the article confirms that they are currently under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The receipt and the timing of the coronavirus sample is corroborated here.

It all sounds very plausible. China has a long history of stealing research and technology from foreign countries. We would be foolish not to investigate.

Last September, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had Dr. Li Meng Yan, a leading Chinese virologist, as a guest on his show. The episode, which instantly went viral, spurred a number of “fact-checks” including one from PolitiFact which was retracted earlier this week. I posted about this here.

Dr. Yan told Carlson: “This virus, COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus, actually is not from nature. It is a man-made virus created in the lab. … I can present solid scientific evidence to our audience that this virus, COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus, actually is not from nature. It is a man-made virus created in the lab.”

She said that, previously, the bat coronavirus could not affect people, but after the [lab] modifications, it became a very harmful virus.

Carlson says, “You’re saying that the Chinese government manufactured this virus if I’m hearing you correctly?”

“Yes, exactly…,” Yan says.

She explained how the evidence that it was man-made could be found in the genome itself and that “big suppression” was coming from the Chinese Communist Party.

Following Yan’s revelations, Holmes wrote an article about the study she and other “internationally leading virology experts” had published.

The study can be viewed here: Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route

Holmes wrote that “the study shows clearly that the COVID-19 virus is a laboratory-created biological weapon.”

The study begins:

In this report, we describe the genomic, structural, medical, and literature evidence, which, when considered together, strongly contradicts the natural origin theory. The evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 should be a laboratory product created by using bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21 as a template and/or backbone. Building upon the evidence, we further postulate a synthetic route for SARS-CoV-2, demonstrating that the laboratory-creation of this coronavirus is convenient and can be accomplished in approximately six months.

Holmes: “This introduction makes the point that the virus is synthetic and that it can be recreated from the natural virus by any expert team in a six-month periodThe report specifically also states what part of the virus was modified to become a biological weapon. And that without the modification the virus would not be infectious to humans.”

SARS-CoV-2 contains a unique furin-cleavage site in its Spike protein, which is known to greatly enhance viral infectivity and cell tropism. Yet, this cleavage site is completely absent in this particular class of coronaviruses found in nature. In addition, rare codons associated with this additional sequence suggest the strong possibility that this furin-cleavage site is not the product of natural evolution and could have been inserted into the SARS-CoV-2 genome artificially by techniques other than simple serial passage or multi-strain recombination events inside co-infected tissue cultures or animals.”

Holmes: “The study nails matters, when it points out that the COVID-19 virus is quite similar to biological warfare viruses previously developed by the People’s Liberation Army:

The genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 is suspiciously similar to that of a bat coronavirus discovered by military laboratories in the Third Military Medical University (Chongqing, China) and the Research Institute for Medicine of Nanjing Command (Nanjing, China).”

Based upon information from other sources, Holmes wrote that the “father of the virus is reportedly … Dr. Anthony Fauci.” Holmes’ article continues:

That the funding for the creation of this virus was provided by Anthony Fauci to the Wuhan Virology Laboratory in 2017 is beyond dispute. It was US taxpayer money that his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provided as a grant to the Wuhan laboratory.

The United States had made illegal the creation of such Frankenstein monster synthetic viruses, called Chimeric Viruses, thus the work had to be outsourced to the Wuhan Laboratory.

Furthermore, it has been reported that a virus fragment added to the natural virus, is derived from an HIV virus fragment, amazingly enough quite similar to one on which a patent is held. The holder and creator of that patent is none other than Anthony Fauci.

Massive additional information provides unimpeachable evidence that the virus is man-made and based on a natural virus stolen from the Canadian National Level 4 Virology Lab.

Um, why didn’t our media look into any of this over the last 15 months?

 

Biden Includes Russia, But EXCLUDES China from His Cybersecurity Executive Order; Why?

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Cybercriminals launched a very serious attack on the Microsoft Exchange Server in March. After assessing the breach, the company’s “Threat Intelligence Center” concluded with “high confidence” the attack had originated in China, from the sophisticated Chinese hacking group, Hafnium, according to the MIT Technology Review. This group is said to have ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Outside cybersecurity experts agreed with Microsoft’s findings.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on May 12, the purpose of which is “to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks.” According to the White House fact sheet, “recent cybersecurity incidents such as SolarWinds, Microsoft Exchange, and the Colonial Pipeline incident are a sobering reminder that U.S. public and private sector entities increasingly face sophisticated malicious cyber activity from both nation-state actors and cyber criminals.”

The Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy finds it very strange that the Biden Administration has yet to acknowledge publicly that China is likely behind the cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchanger Server. He points out that, in April, the administration formally blamed the massive SolarWinds attack on Russia’s SVR, the country’s foreign intelligence service in a White House fact sheet.

Biden openly attributed the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack to a hacker group called DarkSide which operates out of Russia.

That’s why the refusal of Biden Administration officials and agencies to name China as the source of the attack on the Microsoft Exchange Server strikes Dunleavy, actually many of us, as odd.

He is not exaggerating. Below, he describes the runaround he’s gotten from government agencies.

“A spokesperson for the National Security Agency told the Washington Examiner to reach out to the National Security Council. The NSC did not provide a comment. A spokesperson for DHS said to “please contact the FBI for help with this inquiry.” The FBI spokesperson said that “unfortunately, we do not have a comment.” A DOJ spokesperson said they “don’t have anything to share with you on this at this time.” A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that “we do not have a comment on attribution.” And the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not respond to a request for comment.”

At a March White House press briefing, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was asked if China was responsible for the Microsoft attack.

Sullivan replied, “I’m not in a position, standing here today, to provide attribution. But I do pledge to you that we will be in a position to attribute that attack at some point in the near future. And we won’t hide the ball on that. We will come forward and say who we believe perpetrated the attack.”

Except that they haven’t. No individual or agency within the administration will acknowledge the obvious.

Much of China’s progress been gained through theft.

Though tensions between the U.S. and China didn’t boil over until the pandemic hit, the Chinese have been trying to gain superiority over us for decades. They’ve held their vision of becoming the world’s dominant super power in their collective consciousness for so long, their ill will toward the U.S. has become impossible to hide.

They will lie, cheat, steal, threaten and even kill to reach their goal. They’ve become the bully of the world.

Cyberattacks have become their weapon of choice in recent years. The Week addressed this topic in an article entitled, “The most famous Chinese cyberattacks: How hackers made China one of ‘the world’s pre-eminent cyber players.’”

“Used as methods of espionage, state-sponsored data breaches and server hacks pose a significant threat to global security and public safety.”

“Cybercrime worldwide has risen by 600% during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research published by business insurance company Embroker. Analysts point to China as one of the main culprits. Even before the virus hit, China had overtaken Russia as the biggest state sponsor of cyberattacks against the West, research has found – although Beijing tells a very different story.”

Yet, Biden refuses to call them out after their massive cyberattack on a U.S. company.

Is Biden afraid of Xi Jinping? It certainly looks that way. What would explain the administration-wide circle of protection around China?

Last week, a video emerged of a renowned Chinese professor who embodies the goals of the CCP.

New York based blogger Jennifer Zeng obtained the video and provided the translation of the professor’s remarks. Ping Chen told the group:

“In 2020, China won the trade war, science and technology war, and especially the biological war. The achievement is unprecedented. This is an epoch-making historical record. So for the liberal, America-worshiping cult within China, their worship of the US is actually unfounded. After this trade war and biological warfare, the US was beaten back to its original shape.”

“So I think Trump’s attempt to restore the declining international status of the US during his four years has failed. This failure is not only the failure of Trump’s personal campaign for re-election as president, but also the failure of the neo-liberalism-led globalization of the past four decades led by the US and the UK. Therefore, the development and modernization model of the US and Europe is not worthy of China’s imitation and repetition.”

Zeng directs readers to Ping’s curriculum vitae and a clip of his remarks.

Biden’s silence in the face of China’s crimes against America is a direct threat to U.S. national security.

Does anyone in his administration care?

 

This article was previously published by The Western Journal.

Uh Oh: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Ghosted by His Chinese Counterpart

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It looks like U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been ghosted by his Chinese counterpart, General Xu Qiliang, the vice-chair of the Central Military Commission and a member of the politburo.

“Three people briefed on the impasse” told The Financial Times on Friday that Austin has tried on three occasions to contact Xu, “but China has refused to engage.”

As evidenced by the acrimonious talks held in Alaska between Biden officials and CCP leaders two months ago, the US/Chinese relationship, while never smooth, has become increasingly more strained in recent months.

Austin would like to speak with Xu about “the rising tensions in the Indopacific,” specifically Chinese aggression in Taiwan and their military activity in the South China Sea. “The two militaries are increasingly coming into closer contact, particularly in the South China Sea as the Chinese navy and air force conduct aggressive activity near Taiwan,” according to the FT.

In March, a U.S. defense official told the FT that “President Xi Jinping was flirting with trying to seize Taiwan.” Within hours, “China flew a record number of fighters and bombers into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.”

In late January, the FT reported that Chinese military aircraft had conducted “simulated missile attacks on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier near Taiwan.”

Additionally, the U.S. is concerned about the ongoing territorial dispute between Japan and China over a small group of uninhabited islands located northeast of Taiwan. The islands are currently controlled by Japan, where they are known the Senkaku Islands. In China, they are called the Diaoyu islands.

These islands are important “because they are close to important shipping lanes, offer rich fishing grounds and lie near potential oil and gas reserves” and they are located “in a strategically significant position,” according to the BBC.

A U.S. defense official who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters, “The military relationship is strained, no question about that. It’s hard to know how much this is reflective of that strain as much as it is just Chinese intransigence.”

“But we certainly want to have a dialogue. We just want to make sure we have a dialogue at the proper level,” the official added.

Reuters spoke to a second official who explained there was disagreement with the Biden administer over whom Austin should reach out to – General Xu or Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. “Xu is seen as having more power and influence with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

Both Austin and Wei had planned to attend the Shangri-La defense forum, scheduled to take place in Singapore next month, however, the gathering was cancelled last week due to COVID-19.

A defense official told the FT that Austin prefers to meet with Xu “who outranks Wei in the Chinese political and military system. … We believe the appropriate counterpart is the vice-chair of the Central Military Commission.”

FT reports that “[Former Defense Secretary] Jim Mattis met Xu in Beijing in 2018. … But China almost always offers up its defense minister instead. This has increasingly frustrated the US because he has little power in the Chinese system and does not serve on the 25-member politburo that rules China.”

“The White House is split over how Austin should handle the situation. Some National Security Council officials are opposed to Austin dealing with Wei. Another group are less resistant, but want Austin to use any meeting or call to tell Wei that he would only hold talks with the CMC vice-chair.”

Former Pentagon Asia official Heino Klinck explained that, due to the structural differences between the U.S. and Chinese militaries, “it had always been challenging agreeing [on] protocol for meetings.”

“Given the situation with Taiwan and other issues such as the East China Sea and South China Sea, as well as attempted Chinese coercion of our key allies and partners such as Australia, it is important to have clear communication,” Klinck told the FT. “We need to be conveying to the Chinese what our own red lines are because they convey theirs.”

China’s reluctance to engage with the U.S. should come as no surprise after the complete breakdown of the diplomatic talks in Alaska, where it was made immediately and abundantly clear that Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi had neither fear, nor respect, for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The photographs below show that the U.S./Chinese relationship had been quite different under the Trump Administration.

America has never been as weak as they are now against China and the Chinese know it. Maybe Austin ought to drop his war against extremism “in the ranks” and his concern over the “existential” threat to national security from climate change, and focus on America’s real enemies.

 

This post was previously published by The Western Journal.

Satellite Images Showing Massive New Hangar Added to Remote Chinese Military Base Raise Eyebrows

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Over the last few years, satellite images have picked up the construction of a massive hangar near “Luhe-Ma’ana,” a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) bomber base located approximately 30 miles north of Nanjing in eastern China. The new facility is surrounded by high-security fencing and is “detached” from the main base.

Joseph Trevithick, who writes a column called The War Zone, has obtained satellite images of the progress of its development via Planet Lab and Google Earth, and provides some insight into what its purpose might be. He has included many of these photos in his report.

The images show that work on this “mysterious secluded facility” began in 2017. Trevithick estimates the hangar to be 265 feet long by 245 feet wide, and three stories high.

He believes that “the remote nature of the installation and its fortified perimeter indicate that it is used to support sensitive work.”

There are two layers of fencing around the perimeter. According to Trevithick, there are “guard towers and lights along the northern edge, and gates on the taxiway … that lead to Luhe-Ma’an’s main runway.”

He explains that the facility emerged “ahead of reports that one of the units at this base, the 30th Air Regiment, appeared to be operating the WZ-8, a large high-speed and high-flying rocket-powered spy drone designed to be launched in mid-air from the H-6N missile carrier aircraft. The construction has also come amid persistent rumors about the imminent public debut of China’s H-20 stealth bomber.”

“The primary aircraft based at Luhe-Ma’an are variants of the H-6 bomber, itself derived from the Soviet Tu-16 Badger, including the H-6H, H-6J, and H-6M missile carrier versions.”

Trevithick compared satellite images of this extension to existing ones at other PLAAF bomber bases, “but none of them have the same level of associated infrastructure and security measures, or as are secluded and highly developed, as the one seen at Luhe-Ma’an.”

 

 

Trevithick is skeptical that this new structure is “simply an expansion of the base’s infrastructure given the distance from the main portion, the additional security perimeter, and the unique set of self-contained facilities there. Typically, these kinds of features point to areas of military bases where uniquely sensitive activities occur.”

 

 

 

He goes into great detail about the capabilities of the WZ-8 and notes that while it’s “no longer secret,” it’s sensitivity may warrant “more specialized facilities, such as the ones at Luhe-Ma’an.”

And he points out that the location of these facilities in eastern China, provides them with “ready access to multiple areas of strategic significance in the western Pacific region.” Think Taiwan and Alaska.

 

 

Trevithick also speculates the new facility could potentially provide a new home for China’s still unveiled H-20 stealth bomber which “has reportedly been in development, at least on some level, since the early 2000s.” Though the Chinese have been very secretive about the H-20, it is “reported to be a flying wing-type design very roughly analogous to the U.S. Air Force’s B-2. The parking/runup area on the apron at the facility in question is roughly the same dimensions as the B-2.”

Reasons why this hangar may have been built to house the H-20, according to Trevithick, are its enhanced security and its ability “to fly, even just for test and evaluation purposes, from an established bomber base. A large hangar would be particularly useful to shield these aircraft from both prying eyes and the elements.”

He notes that the U.S. has built a similar facility at Edwards Air Force Base in California to prepare for the expected 2022 arrival of the B-21 Raider stealth bomber.

There’s also a chance, he says, it “is related, in some way, to the restoration of the PLAAF’s strategic nuclear mission, which formally occurred in 2017, according to the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).”

Or the Luhe-Ma’an facility could have been built for something else entirely. Whatever its ultimate purpose, Trevithick is convinced the construction of this hangar and “the other associated infrastructure hidden away within its security perimeter,” are an indication that “some significant and sensitive activity [is] going on at the base.”

While it’s not clear what exactly this is meant to house, it seems evident that civilian infrastructure is not the only thing undergoing rapid construction in the country. Military installations are being expanded and hardened as China surges again. Hangers are just as important as the aircraft they house – these hold the tools, parts, fuel, and experts that keep the warplanes in service.

Regardless of what this facility was built for, it’s simply one more sign of China’s insatiable hunger for domination. It needs to be checked. And if not by the U.S., then by whom.

This is a time for strength. And we are being led by a buffoon.

Australian Senator Sounds the Alarm: We Have No Defenses in the Event of Hostilities with China

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One Australian senator is worried about his country’s defenses in the event of hostilities with China. As the communist power’s belligerence in the region and the world grows, Sen. Rex Patrick’s concerns are not misplaced.

During a Senate discussion about Australia’s military “readiness” on Monday, Patrick, an independent who represents South Australia, asked the following questions:

“Can the minister representing advise what capabilities the Australian Defense Force has in its current inventory that, in the event of major hostilities in the Western Pacific region, protect Australian cities from missile strikes from China?

“Does Australia currently possess any anti-ballistic missile systems capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles such as the DF-31, the DF-31A or the JL-2?”

Sen. Michaelia Cash of the Liberal Party responded, “The Australian government is investing more than $270 billion to upgrade the capabilities of the Australian Defense Force. We’re also engaging our allies and partners to ensure the peaceful development of our region. We are working in forums including the Missile Technology Control Regime and other measures to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missile technologies.

“But it is the case that advanced intercontinental missiles are very difficult to defend against.”

Patrick then asked, “Can the minister representing advise what other government plans, if any, for the acquisition of antiballistic missile capabilities, capable of defending Australia’s major cities from long-range missile attack? When will any such ability be operational?”

“The Force Structure Plan 2020 outlines the government’s plan for investment in integrated air and missile defense systems. Funding is planned mid-decade, seeking capability by the end of the decade,” Cash replied, clearly disappointing her colleague.

In a tweet Tuesday in which he shared the video, Patrick said, “While the Govt has talked up the ‘drums of war’, today I asked about potential missile threats to our cities in the event of a conflict with China. We have no defences, and the Govt’s reply shows there won’t be any for at least a decade, probably longer, if ever.”

Patrick is right to worry about the Chinese threat. It is rather amazing that a country as isolated and remote as Australia would be so complacent about its national security with a thug like Xi Jinping in the region.

If things go hot with China, there’s little the nation could do without outside help. If outside help doesn’t arrive, the consequences could be devastating for Australia.

As evidenced by an Australian Broadcasting Corp. interview with Defense Minister Peter Dutton on April 30, the country’s strategy regarding China appears to be one of conflict avoidance.

Dutton was asked about Chinese aggression in Taiwan: “Two of your former colleagues … believe the prospects of a battle over Taiwan are growing, could happen quite soon. Do you share that view? … Are there red lines as far as Australia is concerned?”

“I don’t think it should be discounted,” he replied.

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One Humiliating Image Sums Up the Reality of John Kerry’s Trip to Shanghai Last Week

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Despite the U.S. media’s attempt to put a positive spin on special envoy for climate John Kerry’s visit to Shanghai, China last week, the truth is that he accomplished little to nothing and that the Chinese government treated him with disrespect.

According to human rights activist and author Jennifer Zeng, “The #CCP hired a bus from a travel company for John Kerry, and no longer arranges for officials at the state councilor level to meet him. How humiliating.”

Pictured below, Kerry is seen sitting on that bus – at the back of the bus. Is that any way to treat a diplomat?

The Associated Press reported that the U.S. and China had “agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency.”

A joint statement was issued at the end of the talks which said: The United States and China “are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”

The South China Moon Post reported the story in a far more negative light. The headline read: “US climate envoy John Kerry ends China trip with little to show.”

The lede said, “Beijing remains tight-lipped about chances of Xi Jinping joining Joe Biden’s climate summit next week. … Former secretary of state was first senior figure from new administration to visit China and strained relations may hinder efforts to fight climate change.”

Here are several excerpts from the SCMP report:

China has upped the ante by calling on the US to shoulder more responsibility.

“China attaches importance to dialogue and cooperation on climate change with the US side,” vice-premier Han Zheng told Kerry during a virtual meeting on Friday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

“China welcomes the US return to the Paris agreement and expects the US side to uphold the agreement, shoulder its due responsibilities and make due contributions.”

Beijing regards US demands on climate as part of Washington’s grand strategy to curb China’s economic growth and force China to give up its energy-intensive, highly polluting development model, said Pang Zhongying, an international affairs specialist at the Ocean University of China.

“The expectations that climate cooperation could help reverse the downward spiral in bilateral ties are largely misplaced,” he said.

“With both China and the US hardening their stance towards each other, it’s getting harder by the day for them to still cooperate on climate in the middle of deepening, across-the-board competition. Kerry’s visit may be further proof that the window of opportunity for bilateral cooperation is closing.”

“For a big country with 1.4 billion people, these goals are not easily delivered,” he said, referring to Xi’s surprise announcement last year that China would be carbon-neutral by 2060 and aim to reach a peak in its emissions by 2030.

“Some countries are asking China to do more on climate change. I am afraid this is not very realistic.”

Xi himself also weighed in on Friday, trying to win support from the European Union despite recent tensions over China’s crackdown in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

During a virtual meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said he welcomed cooperation between China and the EU but, according to Xinhua, warned climate change “should not become a geopolitical chip, a target for attacking other countries or an excuse for trade barriers”.

H/T: Gateway Pundit

Top NATO Scientist Convicted of Spying for China

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The conviction of top NATO scientist Tarmo Kõuts in Estonia last week gives us an indication of just how far China’s tendrils reach.

Kõuts, highly respected for his work at the Tallinn Technical University’s Maritime Institute, a NATO facility which specializes in maritime and submarine research, was recruited as a spy by Chinese military intelligence (specifically China’s Intelligence Bureau of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission) in 2018, according to a report in The Daily Beast.

Aleksander Toots, the deputy director of Estonia’s counterintelligence service (KAPO) and the Baltic country’s top counterintelligence official, told the Daily Beast, that Kõuts and a colleague, who will be tried separately, were arrested on September 9, 2020. News of this arrest received no attention by the Estonian media, he noted.

The report said “Kõuts pleaded guilty to conducting intelligence activities against the Republic of Estonia on behalf of a foreign state. The charges were one stop short of treason. He was sentenced to three years in prison. … Kõuts was recruited on Chinese territory.”

Toots believes “he was motivated by traditional human weaknesses, such as money and need of recognition.”

According to Toots, “Kõuts received cash payments from his Chinese handlers as well as paid trips to various Asian countries, with luxury accommodations and dinners at Michelin star restaurants. The intelligence operatives handling him were operating under cover of a think tank. Inna Ombler, the prosecutor handling the case confirmed that Kõuts earned €17,000 — a little over $20,000 — for his espionage, which the Estonian government has since seized from him.”

Kõuts held both “a state secret permit as well as NATO security clearance dating back” to 2006 when he “became directly involved in the national defense sector,” Toots told the Daily Beast.

He added, “That he had such security clearances was one of the reasons we decided to put a stop to his collaboration [with the Chinese] so early.”

The report said, “His role at the NATO center gave Kõuts direct access to Estonia’s and NATO’s confidential military intelligence. In the three years Kõuts worked for Chinese military intelligence, confined his espionage to observations and anecdotes about his top-level work but did not, according to Toots, yet pass on any confidential military information.”

It’s odd that throughout three years of spying for the Chinese, Kõuts never provided them with any “state or NATO secrets.”

Toots explained that, had Kõuts done so, he would have been charged with treason, which carries a far stricter sentence.

KAPO has developed a reputation for catching insiders spying for Russia. The Daily Beast writes that “the biggest espionage breach NATO ever had was an Estonian one. … In 2008, KAPO arrested Herman Simm, the head of the Ministry of Defense’s Security Department. Simm’s job was to coordinate the protection of state secrets, issue security clearances and act as a liaison between the Estonian Ministry of Defense and NATO. He’d been working for Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, for the entirety of his tenure. Simm was sentenced to twelve and a half years imprisonment and he additionally needed to pay €1.3 million—$1.8 million in today’s dollar value—in damages. … Since that scandal, Estonia has become one of the foremost Russian spy-catchers.”

Few (outside of the Biden Administration) would question the fact that China poses the greatest threat to global security. KAPO recognizes the new world order and has “raised the alarm about the rising threat of Chinese espionage.”

Estonia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, Välisluureamet, issued an advisory to citizens traveling to China, cautioning them that they would be “susceptible to influence operations and recruitment.” Individuals most likely to be targeted included “politicians, public servants and scientists who hold political or defense-related clearances.”

An annual report released by the agency stated “To this end, Chinese special services may use various methods and pretexts, such as establishing first contact or job offers over the internet. At home, Chinese special services can operate almost risk-free.” The assessment also said the Chinese are especially looking for “decisions on global issues, be it the Arctic, climate or trade.”

The recent spate of arrests in the U.S. of academics from prestigious universities such as Harvard tells us this threat is for real. The Chinese as I wrote in a weekend post, are power hungry, determined, disciplined, patient and ruthless. As we witnessed repeatedly throughout last week’s U.S./China talks, the Chinese have also become more brazen since the departure of former President Donald Trump from the White House. Well aware that they face a far weaker foe in the Biden Administration, they’ve grown bolder in their criticism of the U.S. and more unwilling to conform to the “rules-based international order” which U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had hoped they might adopt.

Kõuts is but a grain of sand compared to the vast universe of men and women China might tap to obtain information they can leverage in their quest for power.

Government agencies, universities, and corporations of even the most seemingly insignificant countries must remain mindful of the threat this country poses and actively monitor their organizations for signs of potential espionage activity just as we might scan our computers for evidence of a virus.

No one can say they haven’t been warned.

Top Chinese Diplomat Who Humiliated Blinken in Alaska Treated Mike Pompeo Far Differently [Photos, Video]

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In two previous posts, here and here, I discussed the failure of the meeting between top U.S. and Chinese diplomats held in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Specifically, it was made immediately and abundantly clear that Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi had neither fear, nor respect, for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The situation with former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was 180 degrees different. In the photographs below, the same Yang who displayed such contempt for Blinken and to the United States of America, is shown smiling and bowing before Pompeo.

At one point during the contentious talks, the press was inexplicably dismissed from the room. This move was not lost on the combative Yang, who immediately pounced on his American counterpart. In the clip below, Yang asks Blinken, “Why is the U.S. afraid of the presence of reporters?  You don’t need to be afraid of the presence of reporters, do you? Didn’t you believe in democracy? You should give China the right to make two rounds of speeches just as the United States did. History will prove that if you use cutthroat competition to suppress China, you will be the one to suffer in the end.”

Yang was right. Unlike many Republicans who fold in the face of the left’s attempts at suppression, Yang was not about to let this slide. We would do well to take notice.

It must have stunned Biden officials to find that the obvious tactics they employ so liberally back in Washington were instantly detected by the Chinese.

Yang’s remarks were not reported by the U.S. media. The National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam posted a clip he’d found on China’s state-run media.

Here is a report of the incident from The South China Morning Post. (Emphasis added.)

“Because, Mr Secretary and NSA Sullivan, you have delivered some quite different opening remarks, mine will be slightly different as well,” Yang said.
The meeting was supposed to kick off with two minutes for opening remarks, agreed to by both sides. But Blinken and Sullivan spoke for about 10 minutes.

The Chinese delegation did not take well to Blinken and Sullivan’s opening salvo and hit back with a lengthy address almost 20 minutes long.

Yang’s address was so long he joked it was a test for the interpreter, to which Blinken countered that the interpreter should get a pay rise.

“I think we thought too well of the US. We thought the US side would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we make our position clear,” Yang said at one point.

A tussle over the presence of journalists then ensued, turning what is usually a few minutes of opening remarks into an event lasting over an hour, according to press pool reports.

Handlers started to usher journalists out when Yang finished speaking but Blinken and Sullivan waved them back in to say more.

Blinken said he took from the Chinese comments satisfaction that the US was back and engaging in the world, but also deep concern. The United States “is not perfect” but has throughout its history dealt with its challenges openly, he said.

Sullivan added that America’s “secret sauce” was that it had looked hard at its own shortcomings and then worked to improve.

Once Blinken and Sullivan finished their comments, handlers again ushered reporters out but Yang told the press to “wait”, and raised a finger of admonishment. The Chinese diplomat accused the Americans of speaking to them in a condescending tone. He said the efforts to nudge the press out of the room was an example of how the US did not support democracy.

Afterwards, a senior US official speaking on background also accused the Chinese side of “violating protocol”, arriving intent on grandstanding and focusing on theatrics.

The public sparring followed days of posturing from the two countries, with Washington announcing this week it was imposing sanctions against Chinese officials because of Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system.

In the last high-level meeting between China and the US, occurring during the Trump administration in June last year, then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke with Yang behind closed doors in Hawaii for around seven hours without showing the back and forth seen in Anchorage on Thursday.

Here are some of the replies from Twitter users to Kassam’s post:

  • Dems discover that manipulating other governments to sell their narrative is not as easy as manipulating our media to do the same.
  • Sounds like a man who knows he’s on the winning side.
  • People don’t realize how bad things are truly because of all the distractions in the media but this is very concerning what’s playing out between the US and China.
  • China says it will win at cut-throat competition. Is that a threat or challenge? A Great America would accept this challenge.
  • Can you imagine if Trump was in the room?
  • Somewhat of a disaster for us. Maybe Biden fell on purpose to take focus off the meeting.
  • Will the morons in this admin finally wake up when a delegate from China confronts them? What’s the over/under?
  • America has never been as weak as they are now against China & the Chinese know it.
  • Human Rights violator China instantly dog walking America under weak Biden Admin thanks to our very own vilifying our country everyday. Thanks big Media. Thanks big Tech. Thanks big Govt. Thanks big Corporations. Thanks Hollywood. Thanks woke liberal soldiers. Thank you.
  • The once country of might is slipping before are eyes.
  • Blinken and his team had initiated exchange by arrogant and out-of-protocol public hectoring of Chinese diplomats. It was irresponsible and invited retaliation. US diplomats could accomplish more by being, uh, diplomatic.
  • The Chinese pulled off a huge beat down on Winken and Blinken.
  • It’s embarrassing and disturbing at the same time.
  • The US Secretary of State started off by basically insulting China in front of reporters. This is our chief diplomat?
  • This is embarrassing AF. What the hell have liberals done to this country?
  • I’ve never felt embarrassed of how my country handled itself on the world stage until the Biden admin.
  • Wow brutal, We need new leadership… like yesterday!
  • They would not have done that to Mike Pompeo or he would have walked out.
  • Never in a million years would they have spoken to @mikepompeo like that. Weakness invites aggression.
  • This is getting real folks!
  • With this meeting, China just confirmed that they can now roll through Taiwan with no resistance from an impotent American leadership.
  • Utterly owned.
  • Sec of state and his team tried to get the press to bounce? Why, cause they didn’t want to be on film kneeling like bitches?
  • You had a good run America.

Chinese Official: ‘Trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious’

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The former CCP leader of the Xinjiang region of China, Zhang Chunxian, spoke to a group of deputies from the National People’s Congress in Hubei earlier this month where he touted the country’s “extraordinary accomplishments” and said that 2020 had been a “watershed year.” He said, “Since no country could escape the major test of the pandemic last year, this trend that the East is rising while the West is declining has become very obvious,according to the South China Morning Post. He added that, “The phenomenon of China advancing and the US retreating has also been conspicuous.”

Conspicuous?

Zhang even cited a report from the French media which said the Chinese would soon have a higher average life expectancy than the U.S. “concluding that China’s rise was unstoppable.”

The sentiment among the Chinese of an ascendant China and a waning West has become quite prevalent among CCP leadership and nowhere was that more apparent than during the talks with U.S. diplomats this week in Alaska. In fact, one gets the distinct impression that the Chinese no longer feel equal to the U.S., but superior.

Separately, Guo Shengkun, party secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, told a group, “Chinese of all ethnic groups experienced the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by our party, the country and the public [last year]. This was especially seen in the striking contrast of the order in the East and chaos in the West, the rise of the East and decline of the West, and the ascendancy of China and fall of the U.S.”

The SCMP also cited an advisor to CCP leaders, Zheng Yongnian, who said “the US was ‘still developing but at a slower pace’ to other countries.”

Zheng did acknowledge that “the US was far ahead of other nations in some areas. ‘In areas like the economy, military, science and technology – and innovation – no other country can match it.” He also noted that “differences between the US and China were deeply rooted, and Beijing needed to ‘discard its unrealistic ideas and learn to live with the US.'”

He added that, “Realistically, China has risen to the point where it is regarded as a real threat by the US. The fact is, the US cannot contain China’s rise – but China cannot replace the US.”

The Chinese, at least among loyal members of the CCP, have a deep sense of national pride. They’ve clearly adopted a “China First” policy as every nation should.

China focuses intensely upon measurable economic goals. At the recently concluded U.S./China talks held in Alaska, Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi told the U.S. delegation that China had just “we adopted the outline for the 14th five-year economic and social development plan and the long-range objectives through the year 2035. … By the year 2035 China will surely achieve basic modernization. And by the year 2050, China will achieve full modernization.”

“China has made decisive achievements and important strategic gains in fighting COVID-19, and we have achieved a full victory in ending absolute poverty in China. China’s per-capita GDP is only one-fifth of that of the United States, but we have managed to end absolute poverty for all people in China. And we hope that other countries, especially the advanced countries, will make similar efforts in this regard,” Yang said.

They also focus intensely on their military goals which they track with the same precision as their economic objectives. According to an annual  Department of Defense report to Congress released in September, “China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already surpassed the U.S. in missile development and its number of warships and air defense systems under the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to achieve dominance by 2049.”

The ultimate goal of the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, is to “develop a military by mid-Century that is equal to — or in some cases superior to — the U.S. military, or that of any other great power that the PRC views as a threat,” reports Military.com.

China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas” essential to its overall aim of progressing from homeland and periphery defense to global power projection.

The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines, including over 130 major surface combatants.

That’s compared to the U.S. Navy’s current battle force of 295 ships.

The PRC has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBMs) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers,” while the U.S. currently fields one type of conventional GLBM with a range of 70 to 300 kilometers and no GLCMs.

In some respects, China is also ahead on integrated air defense systems with a mix of Russian-built and homegrown systems.

Despite the advances, the PLA “remains in a position of inferiority” to the U.S. in overall military strength…

The Military.com article quotes retired Marine officer Chad Sbragia, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for China, who said, “the report does not claim that China’s military is 10 feet tall,” but the Chinese Communist Party wants it to be, and has the plan and resources to reach that goal.”

Following a report earlier this month that China has allocated “$208.6 billion for military spending for 2022, a 6.8% increase” from 2021 and their concerns over China’s increased aggression in the South China Sea and elsewhere, eight Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee wrote a letter to Biden requesting he “increase next year’s defense budget by three to five percent.”

The lawmakers wrote:

“Years of Budget Control Act (BCA) related defense cuts undermined military readiness, set back efforts to modernize the force, and gave our adversaries the time necessary to gain significant advantages that now jeopardize our military superiority. … The Chinese Communist Party increased its defense spending by over 75 percent in the last decade. If we do nothing, over the next decade, China will fully modernize its military, potentially bringing it into parity with our own.”

The Chinese are power hungry, determined, disciplined, patient and ruthless. Biden Administration officials are power hungry, determined and ruthless, but they are undisciplined and impatient. And they’re starting to resemble the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

The near instant devolvement into acrimony that occurred between the U.S. and Chinese diplomats in Alaska this week highlighted one unmistakable fact: The Chinese neither respect nor fear the Biden Administration.

Rightly or wrongly, the Chinese related to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his delegation as if they were convinced they hold the upper hand. Their firm belief that ‘the East is rising while the West is declining’ was unmistakable. Their game plan is to simply stay the course and methodically move toward their goals.

Their unwillingness to make concessions or to yield to the U.S. even the slightest bit, will complicate future relations with the U.S. or may possibly prevent any meaningful dialog at all.

Regarding the tone set by the Chinese during the talks, Michael Pillsbury, a China expert at the Hudson Institute, told The Wall Street Journal, that “the thrust of Mr. Yang’s remarks presages difficult dealings ahead.”

Pillsbury said that “the tone seems to be different. Now China is not just equal to us, they are superior.” He added “the U.S. needs to find more leverage over China.”

And they better find it soon because, as I see it, China is starting to behave like Germany in the 1930s.