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Sen. Blackburn: U.S. Cannot Allow Communist China To Spy On Americans

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Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn is fighting to keep China out of America’s private data, as China experts warn that Beijing’s vast spy network is infiltrating nations all over the world through social media applications.

Republican Sen. Blackburn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explained to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that China’s expansive spy network poses a direct threat to U.S. national security. Blackburn is right. The threat also appears to be the most dangerous faced by the U.S. in modern times as the Chinese communist government is also simultaneously doing the same in other parts of the world.

Bartiromo asked Blackburn about the ongoing controversy regarding the U.S. battle with China over the social media app TikTok, which President Donald Trump has threatened to ban unless it is managed or taken over by a U.S. entity. U.S. and western intelligence officials have noted that TikTok is being used by Beijing to collect data on its users.

According to recent reports, TikTok and Oracle will become business partners in the United States. The decision was announced Tuesday after Microsoft lost the deal to obtain about the short-form video app. However, the exact nature of the contract between TikTok and Oracle (ORCL) remains unclear. Reports suggest it was not an outright sale. 

The complication with the deal, says Blackburn, along with other Senators opposed to the agreement, is that it appears to be a shell game that allows TikTok to remain with its developer China’s ByteDance company.

“The deal is you have to look at what ByteDance participation would be,” she said. “You have to look at what would happen with the data of U.S. consumers. How would this be transported is it held within the U.S.? Does ByteDance have visibility into that? Now CIFIUS (Committee On Foreign Investment In the United States) reviewed this yesterday, we do not know what they will come out with but we do know that Oracle is pushing to make this happen.”

“You know I’ve had concerns for some time about China,” she added. “I’m concerned about what they are doing with data, concerned about their spy networks. We do not need to let them get any type presence that is going to give them control over U.S. consumer data.”

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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