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McSally, Gaetz Push To Ensure US Taxpayer Funding Of Wuhan Lab Stops

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A joint letter written by Senator Martha McSally, R-AZ, and Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-FL, was sent to Congressional leaders Tuesday urging them to “ensure funding is cut off” to the Wuhan Virology Institute, which is currently being investigated for potentially being the source of the coronavirus.

“We were troubled by recent media reports that the National Institute of Health (NIH) has been funding secretive and dangerous laboratory research at the WIV for many years,” the two lawmakers wrote. “According to NIH’s website, the WIV is currently authorized by the NIH to receive taxpayer funding for animal research.”

Questions first began to surface after The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin wrote of State Department cables concerning the lab’s inadequate safety procedures and warning of a potential “SARS-like pandemic” stemming from bats, in January 2018, which U.S. Embassy officials in Beijing discovered two years before the coronavirus pandemic began. The lab is a biosafety level 4 facility, which means it conducts experiments on some of the world’s deadliest viruses such as Ebola.

Multiple sources later confirmed to Fox News that the virus likely came from the Wuhan lab and was used “as part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.” Days later, U.S. officials confirmed to the news site that a “full-scale investigation” into whether the virus leaked from the lab was underway.

The recent letter from Capitol Hill echoes the concerns of the intelligence community. Moreover, McSally and Gaetz are encouraging Congressional action in an attempt to further divest U.S. taxpayer dollars from the Chinese government and their nefarious operations.

They wrote, “We’re sure you agree that taxpayers’ money should not be sent to a dangerous Chinese state-run bio-agent laboratory that lacks meaningful oversight from U.S. authorities and is run by adversaries with a history of lab leaks, including SARS, and deception about the causes and extent of deadly disease outbreaks, including COVID-19. Although President Trump has stated that his administration ‘will end that grant quickly,’ we hope to ensure that WIV will not receive federal funds in any future spending package.”

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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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