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FBI to brief McCarthy on Rep. Swalwell ties to suspected Chinese spy

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) asked why Democrats “cannot admit that China is an adversary to the United States” on Friday’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends,” when discussing the ongoing scandal of fellow California Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) and his ties to a Chinese spy, Fox News reports.

“What do the communist Chinese have on the Democrats that is so powerful, so powerful that they focused on a person when he was a city council member, bundled money for him to become a member of Congress,” McCarthy told the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts.

Furthermore, he added that the FBI will shortly brief him on the matter after the initial meeting was canceled on short notice.

“I will not give up,” McCarthy emphasized.

Already, the House Republicans leader has called for Swalwell to be “removed from Congress.”

Talking with “Fox & Friends,” McCarthy called for the removal of Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee and said the Democrats’ habit of siding against Republicans on China-related issues “raises so many more questions.”

“This person got on to the intel committee. Did somebody lobby for him? And in his first year, his committee was overseeing the CIA? And then at the same time, he ran for president,” he said.

It was first reported last week by Axios that Christine Fang, otherwise known as Fang Fang, pretended to be an exchange student and ventured to the U.S. to build relationships with politicians on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Swalwell was one of her highest-profile targets, whom she met when he was still a city councilman in the East Bay city of Dublin almost 10 years ago.

McCarthy, it should be noted, emphasized that Swalwell’s ties with a Chinese spy is not a matter of partisanship, but rather a “national security” issue. Moreover, McCarthy said that when a Chinese spy infiltrates the U.S. intelligence committee, they can “learn and keep the secrets of the country.”

“We have Nancy Pelosi, who just last year said it was a diversion to focus on China. You got the Democrat armed service chair who literally sat on the floor of Congress, that it was not China’s job to warn us about the virus. You got Adam Schiff, the now chairman of the intel committee, saying it was just escalation, that it was wrong that we close that consulate of China, it raises so many more questions,” McCarthy said.

“There are 200 other Democrat members of Congress. You’re going to tell me one of those other 200 are not better to be on the intel committee than Swalwell? I’m asked for this briefing today because I have a lot of questions,” he continued. “The Democrats backed out of the bipartisan task force on China last year, on the day before we are announcing it? Why? Why can you allow Swalwell to stay on this committee and cheat the American public? It is justified that we look at, and save our national security.”

Swalwell gained some national attention when he ran for president in 2020, but his long-shot campaign was overshadowed by the dozens of other Democrats, many with greater name recognition, in the unprecedentedly crowded field. Ultimately, he suspended his short-lived campaign in July 2019 after the first round of debates.

Swalwell was also a vocal advocate of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe into the now-debunked allegations that then-candidate Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign engaged in collusion with Russians.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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