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GOP Reps. Ask WHO’s Dr. Tedros To Testify, Accuse Him Of ‘Shielding China’

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Republican lawmakers on the House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis along with Oversight Committee Ranking member James Comer, R-KY, requested Wednesday that World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus testify before the committee and answer to “revelations that WHO provided false information to Congress about China’s actions in the pandemic.”

The WHO previously reported learning of a cluster of pneumonia cases from China in late December in response to the Committee’s request for information in April. That story has since changed. Last week, the WHO quietly updated their timeline on the discovery of the novel coronavirus, saying they first learned of the virus from a U.S. website, first reported by The Washington Free Beacon.

“This revelation demands your complete and forthright response to the Committee’s previous request and sworn testimony before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (the Select Subcommittee). Until you appear under oath, America and the world will not know the origins of this crisis,” the lawmakers wrote.

“By refusing to disclose the truth, you have shielded China from accountability,” the Republicans added. “Your public statements regarding the initial outbreak coupled with the WHO website and your June 15 letter to this Committee demonstrate an endorsement of the CCP propaganda efforts to cover up the origins of this virus and mislead the world.”

President Donald Trump has been moving to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO, saying the organization and its leadership are “China-centric.” This week, he made it official in a notice to Congress and the United Nations.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee first wrote to Dr. Tedros in April about his organization’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and raised concerns over its alleged “improper relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.”

Their calls for transparency from the WHO chief were ignored by Democrats on the Committee who refused requests in late April and in May to investigate the WHO.

The WHO responded to the April letter on June 15, and its response, the GOP members say, was “wholly incomplete and contained at least the one false statement.”

The WHO earlier praised China’s response to the pandemic and lauded the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the virus. The organization also spread misinformation that the virus couldn’t be spread from person-to-person, ignoring early warnings from Taiwan.

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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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