I just want to make one thing clear before I go on with this short column that first and foremost China lied to the world. The Chinese Communist Party lied about COVID19, and has left the world mired in a pandemic that has killed more than 217,000 people and infected more than 3.1 million people. Moreover, economies are paralyzed and every day more and more people are losing their jobs and some of their lives all because the Chinese government failed to report the truth.
In the U.S. alone more than 27 million people have applied for unemployment in the past several months, which is a staggering number and evidence of China’s destructive behavior.
Now the Chinese Communist Party, through the George H.W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations in Houston and the Sino U.S. Cooperation in Beijing are going to donate more than 100,000 masks to the city of Houston. It is supposed to be a gesture of goodwill but remember China does nothing without having an ulterior motive.
It was stunning to see a recent story in the Chinese communist news outlet, The China Daily, where Neil Bush, the son of George H. W. Bush was praising the Chinese government’s donation of masks, as well as its friendship with the United States.
“We share a common humanity, and the willingness to help support communities around the globe in times of need reflects the values that are consistent with my father’s life-long service to others, and consistent with the values that underpin the relationship between the US and China,” Neil Bush said in a statement posted in the Chinese communist outlet.
China, however, is opportunistic and its actions around the world over the past several months are evidence of that. The communist party seizes on opportunities in the midst of the crisis. They have used this crisis to build up its military, pillage economies and integrate itself into nations and organizations blinded by China’s ambitions as long as it lines their pockets.
For example, while the world is grappling with how to handle the COVID19 pandemic the Chinese military is expanding in the South China Sea, the communists are putting a stranglehold on Hong Kong freedom movements and the party continues to crush any hope of independence for Taiwan.
In a similar move to providing masks for a disease they themselves, the Chinese government help spread, it is now donating $30 million dollars to the World Health Organization, just as the Trump administration said it would pull funding because of the organization’s failure in responding to the pandemic, as well as its deference to China.
The George H.W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations @GHWBushChina has secured donations of nearly 100,000 masks through a Texas-China network to fight the novel #coronavirus in the Houston area. #COVID_19 https://t.co/yFF6UsxIil pic.twitter.com/zJpT9g10TQ
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) April 29, 2020
We should hold China accountable, not praise the nation like Neil Bush has done in his statement and with his organization. Instead of masks, China should be pay for its actions against our nation, its own people and for that matter, the world. The communist nation shouldn’t be given an opportunity to turn their own mess into good deeds or exploit a world in chaos.
Gordon Chang, who lived in China for roughly 20 years and is the author of the book “The Coming Collapse of China” told me on The Sara Carter Show podcast that China must be held accountable and that the United States must rethink its old failed foreign policy with the communist nation.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily in an interview with host Alex Marlow, Chang proposed building an allied coalition against China to hold the nation financially responsible for its actions. He proposed that Washington seize China’s U.S. Treasury holdings and that it should be done in parallel measures in Ottawa, London, Brussels, Bern, and Tokyo.
“If we act with our allies and friends — the issuers of these other currencies — we can take away that argument from China. We can never take enough money from China to compensate us. We’ve lost so many people. We will lose so many people,” said Chang. “Even just if you looked at the financial damages, China doesn’t have enough assets in the world to compensate the United States, much less other countries. Nonetheless, we’ve got to deter bad actors including China from doing what they did in spreading this disease.”
“All we have to do is [have] the Treasury Department and the President of the United States say, ‘We’re not paying you back. We’re confiscating your holdings of treasuries,” said Chang.
Chang is right. If we don’t do something now to hold the failed Chinese communist party accountable for a pandemic they allowed to be unleashed on the world, we never will.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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