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Biden administration gives $175 million taxpayer dollars to Chinese electric vehicle plant in MI

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A Chinese electric vehicle battery plant is going ahead with construction on a $175 million Michigan plant, thanks to President Biden’s administration. According to Fox News, the $175 million is direct taxpayer funding, after “the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) decided that the proposed plant was not a covered real estate purchase under the Defense Prohibition Act, which ultimately deemed the company a non-threat to national security.”

The committee’s decision came after development of Gotion, a subsidiary of parent company Gotion High-Tech, was halted “and requested a federal review, after intense criticism about the company’s ties to China and concern from local residents”, Fox reported.

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Some Michigan residents have stated they feel “angry” with Democratic lawmakers for approving this decision and feel concerned about communist influence coming to their state. Gotion High-Tech’s corporate bylaws state that the company must operate under the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party.

“The Party Committee of the Company shall perform its duties in accordance with the Constitution of the Communist Party of China and other Party regulations,” state the bylaws.

“I think that any Chinese communist plant buying up 700 acres of Michigan land is a concern to all citizens throughout the state,” said Michigan resident Cheryl Vitito during a Michigan Senate committee hearing, according to Fox. “We don’t want the CCP here by way of the Gotion plant as they have no regard for the value and dignity of human life.”

Following the CFIUS report, Gotion said in a statement that it “would continue to move forward with due diligence” on the Chinese-owned project.

“We voluntarily submitted all the needed documents to the U.S. Department of Treasury Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to be transparent and accountable and received the response that it is not a covered transaction,” said Gotion’s VP of North American operations Chuck Thelen, according to Fox.

Gotion’s battery plant will cost $2.4 billion to build, and the company will receive $175 million in direct taxpayer money to help fund its construction. Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has commended the proposed project and said it will shore up the state’s status as the “global hub of mobility and electrification,” Fox reported.

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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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