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McCarthy files resolution to remove Swalwell from intel committee

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy filed a resolution Thursday to remove Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee over his ties to a suspected Chinese spy, Axios has reported.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Swalwell “has not denied public reporting that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative helped raise money for Representative Swalwell’s political campaigns” and “other troublesome elements of public reporting.”

The document is calling for Swalwell to be removed from his committee assignment “in light of conduct he has exhibited.”

“Meet the New McCarthyism,” Swalwell tweeted in response to the resolution.

“Multiple sentences in resolution state “Swalwell has not denied…” Yet fails to include multiple FBI statements of “no wrongdoing” and did nothing but “cooperate.” All of this to deflect from @GOPLeader’s support for QAnon.”

McCarthy and other Republicans have been calling for Swalwell’s removal for months and argue that he is a national security threat due to his former ties with an alleged Chinese spy.

“Based upon the information I was given and the speaker was given by the FBI, there is no way he should be on that committee at all,” McCarthy told Punchbowl News.

Swalwell’s connection with Fang Fang, an alleged Chinese spy, was revealed in December by Axios. It was reported that Fang Fang helped raise money for Swalwell’s campaign and placed one or more interns in Swalwell’s office.

Despite the controversy, Swalwell was named one of the House impeachment managers for the second Senate trial of former President Donald Trump and was recently reappointed to the intel panel by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Swalwell said his interactions with Fang Fang were “something that congressional leadership knew about it” and that he is no longer in contact with Fang Fang. Swalwell has yet to be accused of any wrongdoing by federal investigators.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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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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