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Gordon Chang: If we don’t impose costs on the CCP for COVID-19, they will think they can do it again

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Conservative columnist and East Asian expert Gordon Chang joined the “Sara Carter Show” podcast Thursday to discuss the latest developments on the Chinese Communist Party and its potential to start a war.

Chang warned that the Biden administration is taking steps in the wrong direction that may cause dangerous implications for the U.S.

“[The Biden administration] says we should cooperate with China on COVID-19. They want to rejoin the World Health Organization, these are the steps in the absolute wrong direction,” Chang tells Carter.

“This was deliberate, that means this was mass murder. And that has all sorts of implications that the Biden administration is not willing to consider.”

“China is developing pathogens that will leave the Chinese alone, but will attack foreigners. So that means the next disease from China could very well be something that kills civilizations outside China. And this shows you the maliciousness of the Chinese regime,” he continued.

Chang also warned that Xi Jinping, the head of the CCP, may cause another deadly attack.

“If we don’t impose costs on China for deliberately spreading this disease. Xi Jinping will just naturally think that he can do this again,” Chang said.

“We’re giving incentives to China, because we’re supporting the World Health Organization, which China controls, because we know that the way that China got its false narrative out to the world, was a January 9 statement, and a January 14 tweet from the World Health Organization, propagating the false narrative that COVID-19 was not readily transmissible from one human to the next. This was when WHO senior doctors knew that it was highly contagious, but their views were completely shut out by the political leadership of WHO and Biden has just agreed to shovel hundreds of millions of dollars a year to those people who were complicit in attack that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of 1000s of Americans.”

Carter agreed with Chang that the CCP is trying to see how far they can push the Biden administration and asked him if he is concerned about Taiwan and India.

On Jan. 23, the Chinese military flew a large number of warplanes, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and fighter jets, to practice a run against the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

“Which means that China was practicing attacks on us,” Chang explained.

“We don’t know where they’ll strike next, but we do know It’ll be against our friends and allies. And we need to meet them there. Because if we don’t, we’re gonna be fighting them over here.”

Gordon’s book, The Coming Collapse of China, explains why he believes the CCP will not be able to sustain its behavior for much longer.

“Right now, although China looks pretty fearsome, its economy is barely growing, if it’s growing at all,” Chang said. “It’s got a demographic collapse on the horizon. And Chinese leaders, we know from their propaganda, are seeing a closing window of opportunity. We know they’re arrogant, we know they’re insecure. We know they think they can push Biden around. They believe that they got to do this quickly.”

“We’ve got to worry about China now, because this is the critical time where China thinks it does have maybe the last chance to accomplish the historic objectives,” Chang warned.

“We know that China is effective. We know that they’re malicious, we know that they can accomplish their goals. And that means our country’s at risk.”

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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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.

Conclusion

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.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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