Monday, June 1, 2020

MixedTimes - John Hayward

Companies Begin Planning Hong Kong Exodus as Chinese Security Law Looms

Companies Begin Planning Hong Kong Exodus as Chinese Security Law Looms

While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) confidently boasts that the security law it intends to impose on Hong Kong will stabilize the city and win applause from business leaders, some corporations are making plans to flee before the last shred of Hong Kong’s autonomy is destroyed.

Chinese Propagandists Compare Minnesota Riots to Hong Kong Protests

Chinese Propagandists Compare Minnesota Riots to Hong Kong Protests

Chinese propagandists quickly jumped on the Minneapolis riots to score political points against the United States, comparing the riots to the Hong Kong protests and behaving as if China has a lighter touch when dealing with civil unrest than President Donald Trump because Trump said in a tweet that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

Pompeo Announces End of Obama-Era Iran Sanctions Waivers

Pompeo Announces End of Obama-Era Iran Sanctions Waivers

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced he is “ending the sanctions waiver for JCPOA-related projects in Iran, effective in 60 days.” JCPOA stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal struck by former President Barack Obama.

Hong Kong Suspends Anthem Bill Debate After Legislator Throws Rotten Plant

Hong Kong Suspends Anthem Bill Debate After Legislator Throws Rotten Plant

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, commonly known as LegCo, on Thursday suspended debate on a controversial bill that would criminalize disrespect of the Chinese Communist national anthem after pro-democracy legislator Ted Hui threw a rotten plant at the seat of LegCo President Andrew Leung.

Xi Jinping to Chinese Military: ‘It Is Necessary to Prepare for War’

Xi Jinping to Chinese Military: ‘It Is Necessary to Prepare for War’

In an address to Chinese military officers at the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC), Communist China’s rubber-stamp legislature, dictator Xi Jinping said it was important to “step up preparations for armed combat” against various threats, specifically mentioning “Taiwan independence forces.

Report: Washington Governor Personally Asked Chinese Dictator for Medical Gear

Report: Washington Governor Personally Asked Chinese Dictator for Medical Gear

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Wednesday that the Democrat governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee, wrote a personal letter to Chinese dictator Xi Jinping in early April asking China to use its “enormous productive capacity” to provide “critically needed medical supplies” including masks, gloves, and gowns.

Chinese City Considers Permanent Health Tracking System

Chinese City Considers Permanent Health Tracking System

The Chinese city of Hangzhou is considering proposals to make the smartphone-based coronavirus health tracking system permanent, expanding it to include factors such as how much sleep citizens are getting, how much alcohol they drink, and how frequently they exercise.

China Plans Dozens of High-Level Biosafety Labs in Southern Province

China Plans Dozens of High-Level Biosafety Labs in Southern Province

Officials from China’s province of Guangdong said on Monday they are planning to build dozens of high-level biosafety laboratories that should be able to safely handle infectious diseases, including at least one capable of handling Ebola.

Tedros Defends W.H.O.: We 'Worked Day and Night’ on Coronavirus

Tedros Defends W.H.O.: We 'Worked Day and Night’ on Coronavirus

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that his organization “worked day and night to coordinate the global response” to the coronavirus pandemic, “providing technical advice, catalysing political solidarity, mobilising resources, coordinating resources and much more.

Saudi Arabia Imposes 24-Hour Eid al-Fitr Lockdown

Saudi Arabia Imposes 24-Hour Eid al-Fitr Lockdown

The Ministry of the Interior of Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a 24-hour coronavirus lockdown and nationwide curfew for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is scheduled for May 23 to 27 in the kingdom.

Hong Kong Organizer Plans Socially Distant Tiananmen Square Vigil

Hong Kong Organizer Plans Socially Distant Tiananmen Square Vigil

Lee Cheuk-yan of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democrat Movements of China, organizer of an annual June 4 vigil to remember the victims of Communist China’s murderous crackdown on Tiananmen Square in 1989, said on Wednesday that this year’s event will be held in a socially distant manner due to extended coronavirus bans on large public gatherings.

China’s Rubber-Stamp Legislature Considers Laws to Crush Hong Kong Protests

China’s Rubber-Stamp Legislature Considers Laws to Crush Hong Kong Protests

The Chinese Communist Party’s sham legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), is reportedly preparing to bypass the Hong Kong legislature (which is looking more than a little shamtastic these days itself) and impose a set of national security laws that could crush the Hong Kong protest movement and hollow out what remains of the island’s limited autonomy.

China Allows Con Artists to Create ‘Chaos and Dysfunction’ in Medical Supply Sales

China Allows Con Artists to Create ‘Chaos and Dysfunction’ in Medical Supply Sales

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Wednesday that despite copious promises by the Chinese government to crack down on scammers and con artists, they are still preying upon foreign governments and private citizens desperate to buy masks and other protective equipment to combat the Wuhan coronavirus.

Coronavirus Forces China to Lock Down over 100 Million People

Coronavirus Forces China to Lock Down over 100 Million People

The new coronavirus outbreak in northeastern China, originally dismissed as a minor spate of mostly foreign infections that should not distract from China’s total victory over the Wuhan virus, has grown until 108 million people are under lockdown in the region.

China Declares the World Health Assembly a Big Win for Beijing

China Declares the World Health Assembly a Big Win for Beijing

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media celebrated this week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting as a big win for China, projecting confidence that the CCP has stymied the worldwide movement to investigate the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus and retains commanding influence in the World Health Organization (WHO).

China: Trump ‘Like a Giant Baby on the Brink of a Meltdown’

China: Trump ‘Like a Giant Baby on the Brink of a Meltdown’

Chinese state media ridiculed U.S. allegations of wrongdoing in the coronavirus pandemic in a spate of editorials on Thursday and Friday, mocking U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby throwing a temper tantrum and repeating the Communist Party’s standard line that all questions about China’s conduct are merely attempts by other nations to distract from their own purportedly inferior responses to the coronavirus.

China Admits Destruction of Early Coronavirus Samples

China Admits Destruction of Early Coronavirus Samples

Chinese National Health Commission official Liu Dengfeng admitted on Friday that his government did indeed destroy early samples of the Wuhan coronavirus, as has long been alleged by skeptics.

China: Federalism, Lack of ‘National Tracking’ Mean U.S. Cannot Defeat Coronavirus

China: Federalism, Lack of ‘National Tracking’ Mean U.S. Cannot Defeat Coronavirus

Chinese state media on Wednesday asserted that federalism, multi-party democracy, and respect for individual privacy would make it impossible for the United States to defeat the Wuhan coronavirus, since Washington cannot dictate top-down solutions for the entire country or micro-monitor American citizens the way Beijing does.

Wall Street Journal Publishes Chinese Propaganda After Getting Kicked out of China

Wall Street Journal Publishes Chinese Propaganda After Getting Kicked out of China

Less than a week after China’s state-run China Daily censored a column written by a group of European ambassadors, less than three months after three of its correspondents were ejected from Beijing over an op-ed the regime didn’t like, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) handed over an op-ed page to Xie Feng, commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong.

Report: FBI to Warn Chinese Hackers Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Research

Report: FBI to Warn Chinese Hackers Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Research

According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times on Sunday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon issue a warning that hackers linked to the Chinese government are trying to steal data from American researchers working on a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus.

China Calls for Global Media Takeover by ‘Belt and Road News Network’

China Calls for Global Media Takeover by ‘Belt and Road News Network’

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newsletter People’s Daily on Monday demanded a controlling role for China’s Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) over all global media, ostensibly to counteract “racially discriminatory messages” from certain Western nations that refuse to stop asking questions about where the Wuhan coronavirus came from.

Indian and Chinese Troops Injured in Border Brawl

Indian and Chinese Troops Injured in Border Brawl

Minor injuries were reported on Saturday when about 150 Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a confrontation on the border between India’s Sikkim state and China. The Indian military said soldiers on both sides engaged in “aggressive behavior” that led to an exchange of punches and thrown rocks, but evidently not any gunfire.

China Admits Coronavirus Cases Appearing Again in Wuhan

China Admits Coronavirus Cases Appearing Again in Wuhan

After weeks of claiming the coronavirus has been completely eradicated from Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province, save for a few “imported” infections brought by foreigners and Chinese citizens returning home from abroad, the Chinese government admitted over the weekend that fresh coronavirus outbreaks are occurring in Wuhan and other cities.

Xi Jinping Admits Coronavirus Still a Problem in China

Xi Jinping Admits Coronavirus Still a Problem in China

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda has been declaring near-total victory over the coronavirus for a month, but on Wednesday Chinese dictator Xi Jinping admitted at a leadership meeting that the Wuhan virus is still a major problem in China.

Hayward: China Says Evangelicals Have ‘Kidnapped’ the Trump Administration

Hayward: China Says Evangelicals Have ‘Kidnapped’ the Trump Administration

In the course of its days-long sputtering tirade against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for daring to criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Chinese state media on Tuesday blasted Pompeo’s Christianity and claimed the entire Trump administration has been “kidnapped” by evangelicals.

China: Hong Kong Protesters a ‘Virus’ That ‘Must Be Eliminated’

China: Hong Kong Protesters a ‘Virus’ That ‘Must Be Eliminated’

China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO), the top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) political office in Hong Kong, on Wednesday condemned pro-democracy demonstrators as a “political virus” that “must be eliminated” before Hong Kong can return to prosperity.

Millions Travel Across China for May Day Holiday

Millions Travel Across China for May Day Holiday

Chinese state media on Monday was brimming with upbeat accounts of travelers crossing the country and flooding into tourist attractions to celebrate May Day, a major holiday for the Communist country.

Australian Sen. Matthew Canavan: Western Countries Will See Through ‘Amateur Hour’ Chinese Propaganda

Australian Sen. Matthew Canavan: Western Countries Will See Through ‘Amateur Hour’ Chinese Propaganda

Queensland, Australia, Sen. Matthew Canavan joined hosts Rebecca Mansour and John Hayward on Thursday’s edition of Breitbart News Tonight to discuss a remarkable incident on Wednesday in which billionaire philanthropist Andrew Forrest invited a Chinese Communist Party official to make a surprise appearance at a press conference he was holding with Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Chinese Journalist Jailed 15 Years for Criticizing Communist Party

Chinese Journalist Jailed 15 Years for Criticizing Communist Party

Chinese journalist Chen Jieren was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday under the oppressive Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) one-size-fits-all charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” because he dared to publish criticism of the Party and file investigative reports that undermined its credibility.

Chinese Smartphone Sales Suffer Worst Decline Ever

Chinese Smartphone Sales Suffer Worst Decline Ever

The South China Morning Postreported on Thursday that Chinese smartphone sales suffered their worst decline ever during the first quarter of 2020, with a drop of 22 percent for every major manufacturer except Huawei, which grew by six percent.

Chinese State Media: U.S. ‘Is Likely to Regret’ Holding Beijing Accountable for Coronavirus

Chinese State Media: U.S. ‘Is Likely to Regret’ Holding Beijing Accountable for Coronavirus

Chinese state media is still cranking out editorials denouncing U.S. lawsuits intended to hold Beijing accountable for the death and damage inflicted by the Wuhan coronavirus, suggesting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is more than a little worried about backlash from the pandemic, even if the legal principle of sovereign immunity protects it from these particular lawsuits.

Hayward: Chinese Media Threatens Lawsuits Against U.S. for AIDS Deaths

Hayward: Chinese Media Threatens Lawsuits Against U.S. for AIDS Deaths

An especially unhinged editorial from China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday threatened to sue the United States for supposedly creating AIDS in the 1980s in retaliation for the state of Missouri filing a lawsuit against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for unleashing the Wuhan coronavirus.

China Sends $30 Million to W.H.O. After U.S. Freezes Funding

China Sends $30 Million to W.H.O. After U.S. Freezes Funding

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that it will donate another $30 million to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), which is under growing scrutiny from member states for its poor handling of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and its suspicious tendency to toe the political line from Beijing.

Report: Hackers Linked to Vietnam Target Wuhan Government

Report: Hackers Linked to Vietnam Target Wuhan Government

Cybersecurity firm FireEye reported on Wednesday that a hacking group called APT32, which has been linked to the government of Vietnam, launched attacks on email accounts used by the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management and the city government of Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese Media Admits Coronavirus Still Raging: ‘Prevention Will Become a Protracted War’

Chinese Media Admits Coronavirus Still Raging: ‘Prevention Will Become a Protracted War’

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda claims the country suffered a relative handful of infections during the coronavirus pandemic compared to other countries around the world and has all but eradicated the virus across most of China, but state media this week tacitly admitted the disease is still raging and told readers to prepare for preventive measures remaining necessary far into the future.

Report: China Traps Human Rights Activists, Religious Believers in 'Mental Hospitals'

Report: China Traps Human Rights Activists, Religious Believers in 'Mental Hospitals'

Human-rights watchdog Bitter Winter on Saturday criticized the government of China for its long-standing, but increasingly abusive, practice of classifying human rights activists, religious believers, and other dissidents as “mentally ill” and holding them in psychiatric hospitals where they are kept docile with drugs.

China Tries (and Fails) to Get Wisconsin to Pass Law Praising Beijing on Coronavirus

China Tries (and Fails) to Get Wisconsin to Pass Law Praising Beijing on Coronavirus

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) outrageous effort to pressure the legislature of Wisconsin to pass a resolution praising Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus effort “backfired spectacularly,” leading to a motion that will condemn the CCP for lying to the world if it passes.

China: Vast Underreporting of Wuhan Death Toll Normal, ‘Not a Political Problem’

China: Vast Underreporting of Wuhan Death Toll Normal, ‘Not a Political Problem’

Chinese state media on Friday admitted the death toll from the coronavirus in Wuhan had to be “rectified” by admitting to 1,290 more deaths - an increase of about fifty percent - but insisted it was merely a paperwork adjustment unrelated to mounting global anger with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for its extravagant and dangerous lies about the pandemic.

Report: China Quietly Keeping Residences Quarantined Despite 'Reopening' Wuhan

Report: China Quietly Keeping Residences Quarantined Despite 'Reopening' Wuhan

A report at the Epoch Times on Tuesday said that despite the much-ballyhooed grand reopening of Wuhan, the city at the heart of the global coronavirus pandemic, and the confident proclamations of Chinese officials that the virus has been all but exterminated, quarantines are being quietly reimposed on residential compounds as new infections spread.