Canadian House of Commons Votes to Move 2022 Winter Olympics out of China; Cites ‘Genocidal’ Actions against Uyghurs

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Last week, the Canadian House of Commons, equivalent to the American House of Representatives, voted unanimously 266-0 to declare China’s treatment of their Uyghur population “genocidal.”

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leader of the nation’s Liberal Party, and his cabinet members abstained from the vote, both the majority and opposition parties voiced overwhelming support for the non-binding motion. A single member of of Trudeau’s cabinet, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau, attending the vote, declaring before the House of Commons he abstained “on behalf of the government of Canada.”

Opposition leader and Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said the vote sends a “clear and unequivocal signal that we will stand up for human rights and the dignity of human rights, even if it means sacrificing some economic opportunity.”

The vote also has potential ramifications for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics set to take place in Beijing. According to the BBC, “lawmakers also voted to pass an amendment asking Canada to call on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing ‘if the Chinese government continues this genocide.'”

China has been accused of forcefully detaining over 1 million Muslim Uyghurs across over 85 detention centers. The CCP has long denied their existence until recently when satellite images confirmed their continued existence and expansion. China claims they’re merely “re-education camps” used to combat extremism, and voluntary vocational centers, but Uyghurs who’ve both spent time in the facilities and who know of people who have tell another story. Uyghurs have accused China of using interned people for forced labor, beating, sexually assaulting, and sometimes killing them for their religious beliefs. Chinese officials have also banned the use of religious attire, and forced the Muslim minority to consume alcohol, a practice prohibited by their religion. China has a long history of oppressing their own people, and publicly lying about it.

The Netherlands also joined Canada in passing a motion disavowing China’s genocidal actions, on Friday. “A genocide on the Uyghur minority is occurring in China,” the motion read, making them the first European nation to levy such an accusation.

China’s ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu, blasted the move by Canada. “We firmly oppose that because it runs counter to facts. There’s nothing like genocide happening in Xinjiang at all,” he said.

“Facts have proven that there has never been genocide in Xinjiang. This is a pure lie concocted by anti-China forces, a ridiculous farce to smear China. Some Canadian politicians’ blatant politicization of sport violates the spirit of the Olympic Movement and harms the interests of their athletes,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told Chinese state owned media.

Though its passage does not carry any direct action, its passage signifies Canada as only the second nation behind the United States to call-out China’s acts of genocide against its Uyghur minority in the province of Xinjiang. Former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the first declaration in mid-January during the administrations final day.

China Jails Citizen Journalists for Investigating COVID-19 Origin; Censors Scientists and Researchers

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China has arrested, charged, and sentenced yet another citizen journalist for independently investigating the origins of COVID-19; she’s not the first and will almost certainly not the last.

On Monday, a Chinese court sentenced lawyer turned independent journalist Zhang Zang to 4-years in prison after reporting stories around the spread of the Coronavirus that did not align with the Chinese Communist Party’s approved narrative, her lawyer confirmed. Zhan was arrested in May “following accusations she spread false information, gave interviews to foreign media, disrupted public order and ‘maliciously manipulated’ the outbreak,” the Associated Press reported.

Her Indictment claimed she was spreading “false information through text, video and other media through [platforms like] WeChat, Twitter and YouTube”.

“She was arrested in May amid tough nationwide measures aimed at curbing the outbreak and heavy censorship to deflect criticism of the government’s initial response,” the AP added.

Zang’s lawyer, Zhang Keke did not provide further details, pointing to a potential gag order placed on her legal team.

The 37-year-old lawyer made the jump to investigative citizen journalist in February when she traveled to Wuhan and began sharing videos, interviews, and information on Twitter, WeChat, and YouTube.

She went on a hunger strike following her arrest, leading jailers to force-feed her. She’s reportedly in poor health.

Zang’s story is reflected in China’s grand Coronavirus response – cover up after cover up. From day 1, government officials ranking as high as China’s president have taken steps

Communist officials were questioning and intimidating doctors caring for COVID patients as early as December 30th, 2019, pressuring them to cease discussion of what was then an unknown virus. Labs that same week were ordered to destroy samples of COVID-19 and forbid any further research. Xi Jinping would go weeks without announcing the Coronavirus’s existence and ease of transmission to the world, letting the virus take root in multiple countries.

The Associated Press published an investigative piece on the suppression of Coronavirus related research, finding that the CCP heavily restricted who was authorized to conduct research into the pandemic’s origin, and those granted permission were told not to speak with the press. All findings and data must be submitted to the Chinese government for approval before publication.

The government is handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to scientists researching the virus’ origins in southern China and affiliated with the military, the AP has found. But it is monitoring their findings and mandating that the publication of any data or research must be approved by a new task force managed by China’s cabinet, under direct orders from President Xi Jinping, according to internal documents obtained by the AP. A rare leak from within the government, the dozens of pages of unpublished documents confirm what many have long suspected: The clampdown comes from the top.

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A team of AP journalists in China were even “tailed by plainclothes police in multiple cars who blocked access to roads and sites in late November.”

Unfortunately, Zang is not the only Chinese citizen punished for prying into an outbreak the CCP has tried so desperately to coverup.

According to the United Kingdom’s Chinese Embassy, “Ms. Zhang is one of at least 47 journalists currently in detention in China” for Coronavirus related investigations. While the global community knows the whereabouts of Zhang, many others have disappeared in the tyrannical government’s secretive prison system.

A British diplomat was reportedly blocked from attending her trial.

“The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement regarding Zhan’s sentencing. “We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally.”

“The rest of the world relied heavily on uncensored reports from citizen journalists like Zhang to understand the true situation in Wuhan,” he continued. “Her hasty trial, to which foreign observers were denied access, shows how fearful the [Chinese Communist Party] is of Chinese citizens who speak the truth.”

China Attempted to Pay ‘Non State Actors’ to Attack American Soldiers in Afghanistan; White House Officials Claim

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Unconfirmed and newly declassified reports from White House officials claim China attempted to hire “non state actors” to target U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Two senior members of the Trump White House told Axios the administration “is declassifying as-yet uncorroborated intelligence, recently briefed to President Trump, that indicates China offered to pay non-state actors in Afghanistan to attack American soldiers.”

One anonymous official told Axios, “the U.S. has evidence that the PRC [People’s Republic of China] attempted to finance attacks on American servicemen by Afghan non-state actors by offering financial incentives or ‘bounties.'” The NSC is coordinating with other members of the intelligence community to confirm reports and investigate the situation.

The official did not elaborate on who these ‘non state actors’ were, leaving the door open to the possibility of them being Taliban insurgents.

“The source would say only that this happened some time after late February when the U.S. struck its deal with the Taliban,” Axios added, but it’s worth noting the US saw zero combat deaths since that time.

China has a history of building relations with the Taliban, even going as far as inviting representatives to Beijing in 2019 to discuss peace talks with the US. China offered to build infrastructure through Taliban territory as part of their Belt & Road initiative to create trade routes linking Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with China, hoping to increase the CCP’s sphere of influence. Chinese made weapons have also found their way into the hands of Taliban operatives.

China joins Russia as yet another global power who attempted to place bounties on American troops fighting in the Middle East. President Trump was briefed over the summer of alleged plans by the Russian military to pay militants linked to the Taliban targeting coalition forces in Afghanistan. Russia and the Taliban both deny these allegations, and Trump, during the general election debates with Joe Biden, claimed any reports of Russia paying hostile forces was unverified.

According to Axios, Trump was verbally briefed by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien on December 17th. While the report is still unconfirmed, intelligence officials claim, “multiple agencies are currently working to corroborate the initial intelligence reports.”

The Policy Coordinating Committee (PCC) met on December 22nd to, in part, attempt to corroborate and verify initial reports of China placing bounties on American troops. The PCC also discussed ways to defend remaining troops in the region, if the intelligence is accurate.

China, Iran, and Russia have already picked sides and are Interfering in the 2020 Election

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While millions of Americans are still undecided on who they’ll cast their vote for come November, America’s foreign adversaries already made up their minds and, according to U.S. intel, are actively working to bolster their chosen candidate.

In the lead up to 2016, Russia’s attempt to stir division through the purchase of less than $200,000 worth of Facebook ads, and the creation of political memes ranging from pro-Bernie to pro-Trump images led to a two-year investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the degradation of Americans trust in the political process.

According to the New York Times, memes created and shared by Kremlin backed Internet Research Agency, or IRA, included depictions of Satan & Jesus arm wrestling over whether Trump would beat Hillary in 2016, a buff Bernie Sanders in a speedo promoting LGBT rights, a statement claiming the government unjustly dissolved the Black Panthers while letting the KKK continue to exist, Sanders calling out the Clinton Foundation, anti-Muslim and anti-illegal immigration petition, #NotMyPresident rallies, and posts both supporting and slandering police officers. It’s clear Russia attempted to maximize American division and supported candidates likely to shake up the establishment, specifically Trump and Sanders.

It’s worth noting the IRA only reached 126 million users during the 2016 election. While that number seems high, most public meme pages with over 50,000 followers can rival those numbers organically.

According to a statement released by NCSC Director William Evanina on August 7th, “foreign states will continue to use covert and overt influence measures in their attempts to sway U.S. voters’ preferences and perspectives, shift U.S. policies, increase discord in the United States, and undermine the American people’s confidence in our democratic process.”

Evanina warns foreign actors could take actions such as, “interfering with the voting process, stealing sensitive data, or calling into question the validity of the election results.” He added, “it would be difficult for our adversaries to interfere with or manipulate voting results at scale,” giving some relief to worried Americans.

While many countries have a preference in who wins, Evanina detailed three main hostile nations who have taken active steps to maliciously shift voter sentiment in the direction they’d find most beneficial: China, Iran, and Russia.

The statement continues, “we assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.” Trump is a prominent critic of China, from levying tariffs and trying to shift production out of the area to his attempts at weakening their influence in the South China sea, Hong Kong, and more recently criticizing their handling of the Chinese Coronavirus.

Similar to 2016, Russia is, while not entirely ‘pro-Trump,’ they’re anti-Biden. Evanina writes, “we assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia “establishment.” This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia.” He adds, “pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party.” Russia is continuing to share Pro-Trump information and memes on social media. Despite accusations, the Mueller report found the Trump campaign in no way colluded with the Russians during their 2016 attempt to sway the election.

In a move that shocked no one, Iran is working to keep Trump out of a second term. “We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections. Iran’s efforts along these lines probably will focus on online influence, such as spreading disinformation on social media and recirculating anti-U.S. content.” From tariffs, to pulling out of the Iran Nuclear deal, and more recently taking out one of Iran’s top generals and terror cell leaders in a precision airstrike, Iran does not want four more years of Trump.

CNBC recounted an exchange between the President and reporters last week, addressing this new report:

At a press conference Friday evening, Trump himself pushed back on the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

“It could be,” Trump began when a reporter asked if he believed the assessment that Russia was attempting to meddle in the election against Biden. 

But he quickly added: “I think that the last person Russia wants to see in office is Donald Trump.”

When the reporter noted that the statement from U.S. intelligence in fact says the opposite, Trump shot back, “Well, I don’t care what anybody says.”

“Nobody with any common sense would say” that Russia wanted him to win, Trump said.

Asked what he planned to do about the alleged interference, Trump said, “Well, we’re going to look at it very closely.”

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The Intelligence Communities are continuing to provide candidates and Congressmen with briefings about ongoing election interference attempts, and Evanina promised to continue releasing public statements on the matter as new information comes out.

Mike Pompeo: ‘China will Pay a Price’ for Coronavirus Outbreak

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In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News’ Hannity, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave viewers an early glimpse at the Trump Administration’s plan to hold China accountable for the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, which is causing global lockdowns, mass deaths, and economic stagnation. Sec. Pompeo said he was “very confident that the Chinese Communist Party will pay a price” for their role.

It’s been well established the Chinese government withheld information about the Coronavirus and punished whistleblowers. A secret White House report also indicated China lied about their death and infection rates. China oddly boasts a 2 death per million rate where most of the Western world is seeing between a couple hundred and several thousand deaths per million people.

Pompeo told Hannity, “China caused an enormous amount of pain, loss of life and now a huge challenge for the global economy and the American economy as well by not sharing the information they had.”

“Sean,” Pompeo added, “you should know, we still don’t have full transparency from the Chinese Communist Party. I’m so concerned that there are things we don’t know. We don’t know the history. We haven’t been able to get our team on the ground to do the work that it needs to do.”

“How do we get them to make up for this, make good on this?” Hannity asked before bringing up that most U.S. federal debt is held by China. “My feeling is we shouldn’t pay it back. Maybe that’s impossible.

“I am very confident that the Chinese Communist Party will pay a price for what they did here certainly from the United States,” Pompeo replied. “I don’t know exactly what form that will take. Our focus today isn’t on that, it’s on making sure we keep America safe, take down the health risk, keep people healthy as we can and get this economy going back.”

Economic restrictions in response to the outbreak is estimated to shrink the U.S. economy by more than 5% in 2020 – a 38% drop in Q2 alone. U.S. unemployment offices have seen historic spikes in claims totally almost 30 million claims since the shutdown began.

“I talk to businesspeople all around the country. I talk to ordinary citizens. People who have put their lives at risk over the last weeks. They know that this is a result of this virus that originated in Wuhan, China and they know that the Chinese government didn’t do the things it needed to do.”

Japan was the first country to aid their companies efforts to move manufacturing out of China, allocating $2.2 billion in funding for the project.

“There will be a cost associated with that,” Pompeo continued. “We need to focus on the here and now and there’ll be a time to make sure that we get this right to make sure that we’re not dependent on China for our pharmaceutical goods and all the things that we’ve seen that we just didn’t have right and that President Trump had identified early on as things we needed to fix in the relationship between the United States and China.”

The Trump administration is being “very direct” with China about placing blame, according to Pompeo. The U.S. is also looking for more transparency with China’s other disease research labs. Because the Coronavirus is thought to have originated in a Wuhan infectious disease lab, it’s in the U.S.’s interest to know what’s going on in these secretive labs.

China Falsified Number of Coronavirus Cases and Deaths; U.S. Intelligence Report Says

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According to a classified report delivered to the White House sometime last week, China falsified the total number Coronavirus cases and deaths in an attempt to shield the actual impact on the communist nation from the ever intensifying global pandemic.

Three top White House officials told Bloomberg that the intelligence community concluded “China has concealed the extent of the Coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease.”

This report would be the first evidence towards something we all knew: China blatantly lied to the world about their success with stopping the spread of Coronavirus.

The numbers released by China, which tallied 81,550 cases and over 3,300 deaths, were “intentionally incomplete.” If the numbers were true, the highly densely populated country with low health standards would have one of the lowest rates of infections and deaths per capita. By all available data, China, who claims to have completely stopped the spread, has 57 infections and only 2 deaths per million people. The United States, for example, is on the lower end of the global infection rates yet was still inflicted with 636 cases and 14 deaths per million people. Italy is faring much worse with 1,829 cases and 218 deaths per million people. It’s easy to see how China’s numbers seem oddly low.

According to Bloomberg, “the Chinese government has repeatedly revised its methodology for counting cases, for weeks excluding people without symptoms entirely, and only on Tuesday added more than 1,500 asymptomatic cases to its total.” A nation known to lie has lied. Big surprise. This brings far more questions into the mix about whether that 1,500 is inaccurate as well. China’s top down control of information, and their expulsion of western media outlets from the country makes verifying anything the CCP says extremely difficult.

Deborah Birx, the State Department immunologist advising the White House on its response to the outbreak, said Tuesday that China’s public reporting influenced assumptions elsewhere in the world about the nature of the virus.

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China’s withholding of valuable and accurate data may have cost the rest of the world more lies through delayed responses, and downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak in its early days. If the CDC and other health organizations had a better picture of what they were dealing with, our course of action may have been different.

Iran, Russia, Indonesia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt are suspected of also misrepresenting their cases.

According to the National Review, “based on the aggregation of funeral and cremation numbers, authorities likely know the real number and are keeping it under wraps.”

Though the Chinese government may report fake numbers, that doesn’t change the reality on the ground. The National Review added, “funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains to families every day, but rumors began circulating after one funeral home received two shipments of 5,000 urns over the course of two days.”

A massive influx of urns and overcrowding in funeral homes that coincides with a global pandemic claimed to have been contained in China certainly raises some eyebrows.

One resident claims the government is bribing Wuhan residents who lost loved ones with 3,000 Yuan to keep quiet.

China’s lies surrounding the Coronavirus did not begin with infection reporting. For weeks, the CCP repeatedly lied about the existence of this disease, likely causing the outbreak to get out of hand.

Government officials in Wuhan ordered researchers to destroy samples of the Coronavirus in early January and to cease all testing on the virus in order to cover up news of the new disease. While Xi Jinping was briefed on the virus on January 7th, it took the dictator two weeks to publicly address the outbreak.

Chinese researchers also hid the Coronavirus’s genome for a week before sharing the data with scientists around the globe.

On January 14th, China lied again to the WHO, claiming COVID-19 cannot be transmitted from person to person, information that would have certainly shifted early response efforts.

Beijing led a failed propaganda campaign claiming U.S. military forces, not Wuhan’s unsanitary wet markets or faulty bio-research facilities, were the true origin of the outbreak.

At every stage of the pandemic response, China littered the global exchange of information with misinformation, coverups, and falsifications. China lied; people died.

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Human Trials for Coronavirus Vaccine Could Start “Within a Few Weeks;” Would be ‘Fastest in History” to do so

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Despite the hard times faced by humanity in our fight against the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, U.S. health officials shared an optimistic message during a hearing with the House Oversight Committee on Thursday claiming the U.S. could be administering the first COVID-19 vaccine “within a few weeks,” all while laying out how dire the situation really is.

The Dow opened down by another 2,000 points to a multi-year low of under 22,000 following President Trump’s address to the American people the night prior. In his statement, Trump announced a 30-day restriction on travel from Europe (minus the UK) to the U.S. He also announced $50 billion in low interest government loans available to small businesses reeling from the panic caused economic slowdown.

Despite his attempt at reassuring the public, millions are still terrified of health and economic ramifications from COVID-19.

CDC Public Health Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Stephan Redd said President Trump’s early travel restrictions that reduced travel from China by 90% “was a very useful move to prevent more cases from China coming into the United States.” He added, there “really isn’t anything we would’ve done differently.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases, gave a grimmer account. “Bottom line: It’s going o get worse,” Fauci told Congress. “If we don’t do very serious mitigation now, what’s going to happen is we’re going to be weeks behind.”

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“The system is not really geared to what we need right now… let’s admit it,” he added.

The federal government has been criticized for its lack of preparedness, and shortages of testing kits, making identifying people who should be quarantined very difficult.

In a tweet on Monday, President Trump wrote, “so last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year…. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” While the total number of flu infections is far greater than Coronavirus, the mortality rate for the flu is by some estimates between 10 times and 50 times worse.

Fauci added, “the flu has a mortality rate of 0.1%. This has a mortality rate of 10 times that That’s the reason I want to emphasize we have to stay ahead of the game in preventing this.” President Trump comparison of the Coronavirus with the annual flu was heavily criticized for mismatching total deaths and mortality rates.

While there are existing drugs being used to help fight off the disease in any patients, health officials warn there’s currently no proven cure to COVID-19.

Fauci and others have warned infections will grow in the coming months, and there’s little we can do about it besides containing infections, quarantining carriers, treating symptoms, and trying to delay mass spreads as much as possible. Many fear a shortage of hospital beds if the virus spreads too rapidly.

However, warmer weather may signal an upcoming end to the virus, as many flu-like viruses cannot survive in temperatures higher than 80 degrees.

“We said… that it would take two to three months to have [the vaccine] in the first human.” However, in what should be good news, Fauci thinks we will crush hat estimate, saying, ” I would hope within a few weeks we may be able to make an announcement to you all that we’ve given the first shot to the first person.”

Fauci has said the potential vaccine contains genetic material called messenger RNA, or mRNA, that was produced in a lab. The mRNA is a genetic code that tells cells how to make a protein and was found in the outer coat of the new coronavirus, according to researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

The mRNA instructs the body’s own cellular mechanisms for making proteins to make those that mimic the virus proteins, thereby producing an immune response.

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Though we may be within range of a usable vaccine, “it will take a year to year and a half to really know if it works.”

Though a year seems like a long way away, Facui commented on how remarkably fast the process developing a vaccine was this time around. “We were able to very quickly go from an understanding of what this virus was to what the genetic sequence was to actually developing a vaccine” and heading into a phase 1 trial. ” Going into a phase 1 [trial] in a matter of months is the quickest that anyone has ever done literally in the history of vaccinology.”

The risk to healthy people under 50 is still extremely low, but health officials worry low risk carriers may transmit the disease to high risk seniors, or those with preexisting conditions Mortality rates among people over 80 is nearly 15%.

Infection rates in the U.S. are some of the lowest in the world, 4.2 infections per million people, compared to places like China (56.1), Italy (250), Iran, (120), or South Korea (153.3), however, the U.S. only tested about 11,000 people compared to South Korea which tested 210,000 people and is testing 20,000 new people every day. There could easily be thousands of unknown infected Americans, and because symptoms are so mild, we would never know they’re sick.

China Jails University of Minnesota Student over Tweets

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Censorship in China continues down a dark path as one Chinese student enrolled in the University of Minnesota was arrested and sentenced to jail time over a series of harmless tweets in which he mocked the totalitarian government.

Axios first reported that 20-year-old Luo Daiqing was first arrested in July of 2019 while staying in his hometown of Wuhun, China “for tweets he posted while in the United States.”

The university student had shared a series of memes targeting the communist dictatorship and its leader Xi Jinping.

Court documents obtained by Axios read that “in September and October 2018, while [Lou] was studying at the University of Minnesota,” he “used his Twitter account to post more than 40 comments denigrating a national leader’s image and indecent pictures,” which “created a negative social impact.”

The Chinese government found 40 examples of tweets, retweets, and comments made while Lou was in the United States that they consider too offensive for their people to post. Those tweets included images of Winnie the Pooh, which was banned in China after several students began posting memes comparing Xi Jinping to the lovable cartoon.

The adult cartoon South Park was also banned in China for the same reason, and after its creators targeted media censorship in the country.

Others included Chinese government propaganda placed on pictures of a cartoon villain, Lawrence Limburger.

After months of detainment, Luo was sentenced to 6-months in prison for a crime dubbed “provocation.” While he was to get credit for time served, it’s unclear whether he was released as of yet. The University of Minnesota just became aware of the situation and does not know the future of its students.

Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement on the situation:

The Chinese Communist Party ought to release Luo Daiqing immediately, and the University of Minnesota ought to give him a full-ride scholarship. Don’t forget that the Chinese Communist Party has banned Twitter, so the only people who even saw these tweets were the goons charged with monitoring Chinese citizens while they’re enjoying freedom here in the United States. This is what ruthless and paranoid totalitarianism looks like.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents the district where Lou went to school, also tweeted in support of the student, saying “This is what ruthless totalitarianism looks like. Luo Daiqing made these posts while he was in the U.S., attending college in my district. Here in the United States, we believe in free speech.”

She added, “I am calling on the Chinese government to immediately release him.”

It’s becomes more apparent that Chinese students studying abroad in the United States are being monitored by their government. Many now fear to speak out against the dictatorship for fear of repercussions when they return home.

China Agrees to Increase Imports from U.S. by $200 Billion in ‘Phase 1’ of Trade Deal

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After two years of trade wars and what seemed like never ending tariffs being levied against China by the U.S., and vice versa, a groundbreaking deal has been made which is projected to dramatically increase U.S. export to China and protect American intellectual property… and that’s just ‘Phase One.’

Markets are up today as President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sign what Trump has dubbed the long awaited “phase one” of a new trade deal with China.

According to an analysis from CNN, the trade deal signals a “pause” to the ongoing trade war, and “commit[s] Beijing to buy $200 billion in US agricultural, auto, manufacturing and aviation goods.” The deal also allows Trump and China to keep the current tariff’s on nearly $380 billion worth of goods and services in place.

Yahoo Finance broke down the additional purchases China pledged to make over the course of the next two years. “Beijing will make at least $32.9 billion in additional agricultural purchases over the next two years… an additional $77.8 billion in U.S. manufactured goods, $52.4 billion in U.S. oil and gas purchases, $37.9 billion in financials and other services, and increase protections for U.S. intellectual property.”

On the issue of intellectual property protection, the agreement reads, American companies will “be able to operate openly and freely in the jurisdiction of the other Party without any force or pressure from the other Party to transfer their technology to persons of the other Party.” Within 30-days of signing, China must create a plan to “strengthen intellectual property protection aimed at promoting its high-quality growth.”

It’s estimated that intellectual property theft by Chinese companies, enabled and encouraged by Beijing, costs American businesses at least $225 billion per year with estimates hitting as high as $600 billion a year. 

If the trade export estimates are correct, then U.S. exports to China will sore to $260 billion a year in 2020, and $310 billion in 2021. Currently, yearly U.S. exports to China hovers around $120 billion.

This deal is expected to be a huge relief to American farmers, who have been hit hard after agricultural exports dried up amid new tariffs levied by China in response to Trump’s tariffs.

Many worry that the intellectual property proactive measures put in place may not be enough, as the deal does not leave much room for punitive punishments for failing to abide by the provisions in the agreement. If a consensus on a trade or IP dispute between the United States and China is not met, the only recourse would be exiting the deal, according to Yahoo. 

“The signing of the Phase 1 deal would represent a welcome, even if modest, de-escalation of trade hostilities between China and the U.S.,” said Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economist and former head of the International Monetary Fund’s China division. “But it hardly addresses in any substantive way the fundamental sources of trade and economic tensions between the two sides, which will continue to fester.’’

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The effectiveness of the deal will depend largely on China’s willingness to enforce its promises; the cost of intellectual property theft is far greater than any amount of soy the Chinese could buy from American farmers.

President Trump called ‘Phase One’ “one of the greatest trade deals ever made” in a tweet.

Phase two of the three phase plan is expected to come before the November election, according to statements made by Trump. 

Protesters Wore “Stand with Hong Kong” Shirts to NBA Game

As tensions between the NBA, the Chinese government, and Hong Kong supporters intensifies during the leagues preseason, protesters decided to hold the commission’s feet to the flames by highlighting their censorship of players and coaches commenting on the Communist nation’s human rights violations.

Following the Brooklyn Net’s return to the Barkley Center from their preseason games in China, over 100 peaceful protesters gathered along the court side, filling almost 8-rows of seats, dawning shirts that read Stand with Hong Kong. Nine fans also wore shirts with Free Tibet written on them.

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Protests targeted towards the NBA came after Huston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey shared an image via Twitter which state he supported the Hong Kong protesters who have been fighting recently implemented extradition laws, and trying to implement democracy in the once Western colony turned territory of China.

After the NBA came out against Morey and his Tweet, Lakers player Lebron James told reporters the general manager was out of line for criticizing China, saying “I believe [Morey] wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.”

Brooklyn Nets owner, Alibaba co-founder, and Hong Kong native Joe Tsai released a statement condemning Morey as well in a Facebook post stating:

What is the problem with people freely expressing their opinion? This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has been very progressive in allowing players and other constituents a platform to speak out on issues.

The problem is, there are certain topics that are third-rail issues in certain countries, societies and communities.

Supporting a separatist movement in a Chinese territory is one of those third-rail issues, not only for the Chinese government, but also for all citizens in China.

The one thing that is terribly misunderstood, and often ignored, by the western press and those critical of China is that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens stand united when it comes to the territorial integrity of China and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland. This issue is non-negotiable.

Joe Tsai on Daryl Morey’s support of Hong Kong protesters.

Regardless of how much pro-athletes tell people they’re uninformed on the issue, the 100 protesters who assembled in the Barkley’s Center last night, doing something that would’ve gotten them sent to a modern day concentration camp, Hong Kong natives who made up the majority of the protesters had another story.

People raise signs referencing Tibet and Hong Kong during the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

Several protesters spoke with reporters at the New York Post, saying:

“We want to use our performance art to show our support for Hong Kong and the NBA,” one organizer, author Chen Pokong, 55, told The Post.

“They want to take away freedom of speech and now spread dictatorship to America,” he said of China.

“It seems like NBA people cannot choose their words. So if we don’t stop them, they not only will do bad things in China, they will do bad things in America.”

Another organizer, Andrew Duncan, took Lebron James to task criticizing Rockets GM Daryl Morey for tweeting his support for the Hong Kong protesters.

“Lebron needs to take time on this issue,” Duncan said. “Why is he not supporting Democracy? I think the King has made a royal mistake.”

The human rights violations by mainland China is no secret to the Western world. However the likely reason why NBA stars like Lebron James refuses to come out against the atrocities despite supporting Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests is due to the massive amounts of money China shells out to the NBA; over half a billion by some estimates.