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Swalwell joining homeland security committee despite Chinese spy scandal

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is joining the House Committee on Homeland Security just one month after Axios revealed the former presidential candidate had been targeted by a Chinese spy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tapped Swalwell to rejoin the committee, where he is prepared to fight the “scourge of white nationalist extremism,” according to a Twitter post. Swalwell was in hot water in the past weeks for his relationship with Fang Fang (also known as Christine Fang)—the Chinese spy had attended several campaign events and aided in fundraising efforts for the Congressman’s 2014 re-election. Swalwell will not say if he had sex with Fang, but his family members are still connected with her on Facebook, as reported by the New York Post.

“My committee memberships—along with my experience as a prosecutor and as the son and brother of law enforcement officers—will give me a unique opportunity to delve into one of America’s most serious national security threats,” Swalwell wrote in a Twitter post—referring to white supremacy.

Fang had slept with multiple elected officials in California, in an alleged effort to infiltrate the American political system. Fang is directly responsible for at least one intern placement in Swalwell’s office.

The Homeland Security committee oversees legislation on United States security as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.

Pelosi has stood by the congressman through the controversy.

“In the election, the American people elected a Democratic House Majority that not only will ensure that our nation recovers from this historic pandemic and economic crisis, but will Build Back Better,” Pelosi said in a statement. 

Swalwell still sits on the House Intelligence Committee, as well.

As Pelosi begins yet another term as speaker of the house, she is making it clear that relationships and possible incriminating contact with China and Chinese spies is not a breaking point for important positions in her congress.

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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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