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China elevates warnings to U.S. over possible Pelosi visit to Taiwan

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China is elevating official warnings to the White House regarding recent admissions that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan in August, according to sources who spoke to the Financial Times.

According to the Financial Times report Saturday, Beijing’s threats are significantly stronger than the previous warnings. The Chinese Communist Party has previously warned the United States that any interference with its political involvement in Taiwan would be seen as an affront to China. China has claimed that Taiwan is part of its nation. However, Taiwan sees it very differently and there have been numerous uprisings against the Chinese government and many young Taiwanese freedom fighters have been threatened by the communist regime.

The Financial Times cited several people familiar with the situation, who spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity.

An earlier report from the Financial Times, on July 18, revealed that Pelosi had planned on visiting Taiwan.

In early July, the Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met his US counterpart Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in an informal meeting at the Asian security summit in Singapore, according to the BBC and other reports.

Wei noted that dividing Taiwan from China will leave the Chinese military without a choice but to “fight at any cost.”  Austin stated that actions taken recently by the Chinese military have been “provocative, and destabilizing.”

He said there were record numbers of Chinese aircraft flying near the island on a near-daily basis, which “undermine peace and stability in the region.”

China views self-ruled Taiwan as an integral part of China’s territory, a stance that prompted Mr Wei to condemn US arms sales to Taiwan.

This story is developing. Return for updates.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC 

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  1. Scott

    July 24, 2022 at 9:19 am

    They will not keep her for long. They will realize that America is better without her, and they will send her back to keep wreaking havoc.

  2. rbblum

    July 24, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Any government agency taking the position that Pelosi should not go to Taiwan is but a reflection of how conflicted and compromised dear ‘ol Joe truly is.

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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