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As US Confronts Coronavirus Pandemic, China And Others Exploit The Threat

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When General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, announced that the U.S. wouldn’t let the cartels “get past jump street” after the Pentagon received intelligence that they were planning to exploit the coronavirus crisis, he was not just sending a message to the drug cartels, he was sending a “message to every enemy state actor across the globe that is thinking about taking advantage of this situation in the United States” amid the coronavirus outbreak, Sara A. Carter told listeners during her podcast “The Sara Carter Show” Thursday.

One of those foreign adversaries is China, Carter explained. Not only is China the origin of the pandemic, it is responsible for the manufacturing of the illicit narcotic fentanyl that’s been the fuel behind the drug crisis in the U.S. and it’s been able to bring the drug into the country with the help of their distributors, the cartels.

“Remember, China imports so much fentanyl into the United States. And the reason we’re losing so many of our young lives, so many Americans in this drug war is because of that.” Carter said, “It is because of fentanyl. It is because of the amount of narcotics that are coming in through Mexico. Remember, China pushes them in through Mexico, Mexican drug cartels then push them into the United States. Although the cartels have taken over some of the production of fentanyl inside Mexico.”

Further exacerbating the problem is China’s push into South China Sea, rich in fossil fuel. In recent days the Chinese military has deployed large-scale military assets into the area and conducted military drills. The U.S. military is having to reshuffle its resources and assisting with transferring much needed medical equipment and deploying its medical personal and ships to aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. Navy is doing its best in attempting to balance out the needs of fighting the COVID19 pandemic and keeping watch over enemy actors. For example, the New York Times reported that the Navy is “refusing to completely evacuate an aircraft carrier where 93 service members have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.”

Moreover, China has still not been held accountable for the mass quantities of fentanyl being illegally shipped into the United States. Gordon Chang, a China Expert, agreed with her on the issue. He warned that China’s control of fentanyl trafficking into the U.S. is a major national security issue.

He said that the problem will only be resolved if the U.S. puts China in check.

“These fentanyl gangs are multinational,” said Chang. “They are large. They’re well organized and in a totalitarian surveillance society that China now runs, China has to know what’s going on, and, yet, these gangs continue to operate selling fentanyl into the United States and killing Americans by the tens of thousands every year.”

He continued, “So we have to, as the General (Milley) said, these gangs are killing Americans…And China is killing Americans and we’re not going to solve the fentanyl problem until we solve the China political problem. So this is all bound up together and we’ve got to recognize that this is part of an existential attack on American society where Americans are dying and Americans are not only dying.”

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New documents show China trying to establish ‘satellite state’ in Caribbean

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China has been “exploiting a fragile security environment and taking advantage of the region’s need for economic investment to gain influence and advance its malign agenda” in a move that challenges U.S. hegemony in the Americas, U.S. Southern Command Comm. General Laura Richardson recently told Congress in written testimony.

The Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, located about 220 miles from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is where China is planning to establish a special Chinese-run economic zone, according to documents reviewed by Newsweek

Just The News  reports that per the documents, the area will have its own customs and immigration facilities, a shipping port and it will even issue passports. China will also establish different kinds of businesses that will specialize in things from facial surgery to virology, the latter of which is closely associated with the research in Wuhan that is the suspected source of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for SOUTHCOM said that the U.S. military is “aware that China may use its commercial and diplomatic presence for military purposes. In Asia, Africa and the Middle East, China has already abused commercial agreements at host-country ports for military aims; our concern is they may do the same in this region.”

More than two-thirds of the 31 nations under SOUTHCOM’s responsibility have signed onto China’s belt-and-road initiative, which is Beijing’s program to lend money to developing nations to use for infrastructure projects, according to Just The News.

Several nations have had problems with repaying such loans, resulting in Beijing seizing the country’s assets. For example, Sri Lanka struggled to pay back Beijing in 2017 and instead signed off the rights to a strategic port, according to Foreign Policy.

Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Mo., a member of the House Oversight Committee proving China’s incursion inside the U.S. sphere of influence, told Just the News on Monday night that Beijing’s aggression in the Caribbean reminded him of the Soviet’s intervention in Fidel Castro’s Cuba more than a half century earlier.

“It reminds me of Russia’s involvement in Cuba, just 220 miles off the shore of the US Virgin Islands. We have Antigua. It used to be considered the United States back yard. Unfortunately, today, it’s China’s front yard,” Burlison told the “Just the News, No Noise television show. “And China has used the united front to enter into loan agreements and contracts to create trade zones within Antigua in order to gain a foothold into the Caribbean.”

“And this is just part of their efforts around the globe, whether it’s in African countries or Laos. They’re they’re creating a network to try to undermine the U.S. dollar and try to end run around some of our tariffs and other programs,” he warned.

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