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Trump responds to Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine claims: He was ‘either not telling the truth or mentally gone’

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During a Wednesday interview on Newsmax, former President Donald Trump responded to President Joe Biden‘s claims that the coronavirus vaccine was not available before he took office in January.

At a CNN Town Hall Tuesday night, Biden said, “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn‘t have when we came into office.”

Trump argued that Biden was “either not telling the truth or mentally gone.”

Biden received the second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 11, over a week before he was sworn into office. That vaccine and others like, Moderna, were developed under the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed.’

“Well I saw that he said that there was no vaccine when he came into office, and yet he got a shot before he came into office,” Trump told Newsmax host Greg Kelly.

Trump went on to say that a vaccine was announced early November and millions of doses were administered during Trump’s presidency.

“So he was either not telling the truth or he’s mentally gone, one or the other and he’s getting — actually Joe Biden is being killed on that whole thing, because even the haters said, ‘Well wait a minute, you know this vaccine was announced long before,’ and I believe he got the shot sometime before January twentieth… long before January twentieth,” Trump said.

“He made the statement that we had no vaccine. Literally, quote, we had no vaccine. He is getting lit up on that one. Even the bad ones. Even the ones that aren’t exactly fans, they were saying that was a bad statement.”

“Maybe, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt,” Trump offered. “Could he be joking? Because frankly that was a very dumb statement.”

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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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