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Michael Rectenwald: The US Undergoing a ‘Soft Cultural Revolution’ Towards Socialism | CLIP​



Michael Rectenwald describes the cultural trend towards a digital castigation of unfavorable people and dissident views as a “soft call to a cultural revolution.” He makes many parallels to the Cultural Revolution in China, and describes the exodus from the left that he experienced personally.
 

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Trevor Loudon: The Alliance between the CCP and the American Left | Focus Talk​



Mr. Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. In this interview, he talks about the Communism infiltration in the United States and the alliance between the Chinese Communist Party and the American Left.
 

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Mao’s Cultural Revolution: The First Thing They Did Was Indoctrinate the Teachers | CLIP​



Xi Van Fleet, a parent in the Loudoun County school district who grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China, describes how when the CCP rose to power, the very first thing they did was round up all of the teachers to indoctrinate them with Communist ideology.
 

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Chinese star accuses ex-official of sexual assault; Food buying frenzy in eastern China​



A sexual assault allegation takes the Chinese internet by storm. One of China’s biggest sports players is accusing a former top official of sexual misconduct. Reports say people in China are stocking up on essentials, while Chinese state-owned media outlets are spreading fake news about Taiwan, saying island residents are panic-buying over fear of a war. Combating a pandemic isn’t an easy task, but for residents in one Chinese city, leaving town isn’t either. One young woman tells her story after a 7-month ordeal. Yahoo is leaving China, completely. An expert says U.S. companies like Yahoo cannot afford China’s censorship. China’s reported hypersonic missile test surprises the United States. But according to a former Defense Department official, this is not enough to serve as a wake-up call.
 

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China: another property group in debt trouble; Venture global’s record-breaking gas deal with China​



A battle may be around the corner. Young children are taught new fighting tactics, and weapon-carrying trucks are spotted rolling down the street. But an expert says Beijing is just trying to boost morale. Little financial aid, blocked from going to work, personal freedom halted—that has been the situation in one Chinese city for the past seven months. Amid strict pandemic-lockdown orders, many who are suffering have been silenced. China ramps up surveillance use in its battle against the pandemic. For Chinese citizens, if a confirmed virus patient so much as walks by, they may end up confined in quarantine. A Chinese property developer is knee-deep in a debt crisis—but it’s not Evergrande. The group missed a payment to investors, and now its shares are halted on Hong Kong’s stock exchange.
 

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NBA’s Kanter slams CCP over forced organ harvesting; UN seeks info on missing Chinese tennis star​



In the thick of preparing for the Winter Olympics, Beijing is suffering from a scandal exposed by a top Chinese athlete. The United Nations is concerned about her whereabouts—and an international tennis association is considering cutting business ties with China. NBA player Enes Kanter is speaking out, pointing the spotlight on the widespread killing of Chinese prisoners of conscience for their organs. U.S. President Joe Biden is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, meaning U.S. government officials wouldn’t attend, though American athletes would still compete. Beijing rolls out new technology for use in its Xinjiang region. It’s a kind of emotion sensor, reportedly used to detect potential terrorists. A top university in Europe is found to be leaking technology to China’s military, all because of one staff member there.
 

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Workers housing collapses in China, kills 4; China’s birth rate lowest in 43 years: data​



Chinese real estate company Evergrande’s crisis isn’t over. Hundreds of home buyers are protesting, as construction on their future homes has been suspended for months. Reports of China’s so-called tofu buildings strike again. Four are dead after a residential workers’ dorm collapsed in the middle of the night. China’s birth rate plummets to its lowest point in four decades, despite authorities’ efforts to encourage a baby boom. A young man from Wuhan announces his decision to quit the Chinese Communist Party. He’s one of around 400 million Chinese people that have abandoned their ties to the CCP. China is exerting pressure on a small European country related to tensions over Taiwan. But the United States is defending the country and is offering a trade deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
 

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Chinese tennis star returns amid further worries; US project to develop hypersonic defense tech​


Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappears after vanishing from the public eye. The International Olympic Committee confirmed her whereabouts, but her return is only prompting more doubts. Reporters or special agents? Some Chinese reporters appear to be tasked with special objectives. One professor, who worked in China, shares details about his unexpected interactions with them. A new U.S. project, aimed at countering Chinese military aggression, will develop new technology to defend against weapons that could bring nuclear warheads to America. China calls Australia “naughty,” while Australia responds by calling China “silly” and “funny,” over nuclear submarines.
 

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‘Happy’ Peng Shuai Videos & Photos Raise More Suspicions; Why IOC Accepts China’s ‘Peng’ Propaganda​



“She is safe and well...but would like to have her privacy respected at this time,” the IOC relays this message, apparently from Peng Shuai. Certainly, in many of the videos recently released by Chinese Communist Party media, she is smiling. But, I think I would find a way to smile for the cameras too, if my life depended on it. The world-champion Chinese tennis player leveled an allegation of unprecedented magnitude against one of the Party’s untouchables: Zhang Gaoli, who once held a position equivalent to Vice President. Her explosive post on Weibo (i.e., China’s Twitter) was rapidly “disappeared,” not long before her account was also gone. Then she was gone. She’s seen for the first time now in videos in which she’s oddly silent, though seeming to enjoy herself. But what of the allegations that she’s risked her safety and career to make? With all the attention on her reemergence, what of the retired CCP official who used his power to exploit her, only to later discard her? And what about these videos of Peng Shuai “safe,” with mysterious elements that raise more suspicion than they put to rest.
 

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NBA Star Tackles China’s Human Rights Abuse; How the Peng Shuai Scandal Could Impact Beijing 2022​



“Where is Peng Shuai?” Pressure upon the Chinese Communist Party to present legitimate proof that Peng Shuai is safe and free to speak continues to mount. By and large, the seemingly-choreographed photos and videos that the Party has released have failed to quell international concern. If anything, they’ve added to suspicions that Peng is under house arrest and surveillance by the CCP. Alongside championing the #WhereIsPengShuai cause; NBA star, Enes Kanter, is brazenly adding attention to other CCP violations. The most horrendous of these has persisted for decades. Government’s around the world remain complicit in its coverup. But as the recent history of the CCP reveals, no crime can remain hidden forever.
 

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Warships and fighter jets of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy take part in a military display in the South China Sea on April 12, 2018. (Reuters)

China’s Aggression Is Changing the Nature of Sovereignty


Kiribati in the Pacific Islands is an object lesson
Anders Corr

November 26, 2021

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Kiribati is dumping a 158,000-square-mile World Heritage marine reserve, the Pacific Islands Forum, and its friendship with Taiwan. Why? The archipelagic state is trading its sovereignty for Beijing’s fast cash.

The sovereignty of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the South Pacific between China and the United States, is being submerged not principally by the waves of global warming, as many fear, but by Beijing’s illiberal influence. Unlike the storms on a rising sea that build islands by successive layers of sand, Beijing is capturing Kiribati with waves of cash.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will not willingly return what it takes through purchase. So the citizens of Kiribati, and the rest of the world, must get much tougher, much more quickly, if we are to defend Kiribati’s democracy and sovereignty. What applies to Kiribati, the canary in a coal mine, will eventually apply to the capitals of Europe and North America.

This article uses the case of Kiribati to argue for what to this author’s knowledge is a philosophical first: support for an autocracy that seeks hegemony should void a country’s sovereignty. A similar approach should be taken to physical persons and corporations: support for hegemonic autocracy should be illegal and have criminal consequences.


Anyone who sells out democracy should go to prison, and any country that does the same will, one way or another, lose its sovereignty. Kiribati is an object lesson in this sad trend of contemporary international relations.

As preparation for breaking this new philosophical ground, consider these facts in the case of Kiribati.

The Case of Kiribati


On Nov. 11, exclusive reporting by 1News revealed documents that show the Kiribati government deregistering a World Heritage site that is a massive 158,000-square-mile marine reserve. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) will now be exploited by not only illegal, but commercial, fishing.

China, which engages in massive amounts of illegal fishing globally, facilitated by fossil fuel subsidies of its fishing fleet, will likely benefit from not only the exploitation of the newly vulnerable and pristine fishing grounds, but from their military potential. China’s PLA Air Force (PLAAF) and Navy (PLAN) could in particular use Kiribati’s prime military basing because it is adjacent to U.S. waters, and strategically located midway between Australia and Hawaii.

According to documents obtained by 1News, Kiribati’s cabinet informed PIPA that it would be deregistered. That confidential communication came in late October, and was only revealed publicly when New Zealand’s 1News discovered it this month.

Alex Gray, former U.S. National Security Council chief of staff and an expert on the Pacific Islands, responded to the news by saying that “China is the world’s greatest ecological menace, from its devastating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing around the world, to its consistent undermining of global norms that protect delicate ecosystems like Antarctica and the deep seabed. The U.S. and its partners must confront China’s attack on the ecology of the world’s most vulnerable places and not remain silent on this defining issue.”

As Gray previously noted in The Diplomat, Beijing’s influence in the Pacific Islands is not only ecological, but political. The regime is inclined “to exert leverage over these tiny islands,” he wrote.

According to the 1News report by Barbara Dreaver, “There’s deep concern that the move [to deregister the reserve] has been driven by China. PIPA is attractive to China not only for its fishing wealth but its strategically significant location near US military installations.”

Defense analyst Anna Powles at Massey University in New Zealand told 1News that “Kiribati has real strategic value to China if it could potentially develop some strategic infrastructure on Kanton Island which has commercial fishery usage but potential military usage as well.”

Kanton Island was previously a U.S. and British military base, just 1,600 miles southwest of Hawaii. The United States used the tiny island—then spelled Canton after an American whaling ship that wrecked on the atoll in 1854—as an emergency air base and anti-ballistic missile tracking station.

In Violating Kiribati’s Sovereignty, Beijing Breaks China’s Promise of 1948


The United States voluntarily relinquished its military base on Kiribati’s Kanton atoll due to American ideals of a world of independent sovereign democracies, found in part within the 1948 U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The writing of that declaration was led by the United States and involved close participation from participants of France, Canada, nationalist China, and Lebanon. The formal drafting eventually enlarged to include Australia, Chile, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union. Nationalist China and the Soviet Union supported the declaration, which recognized democracy as a human right, arguably as part of the bargain that welcomed these autocracies into leadership positions of the international community.

Now Russia and communist China are going back on their word and rejecting this foundational United Nations document, on which other U.N. principles such as territorial integrity and non-interference that they sometimes support are predicated.

Beijing continues to grab the territory of its neighbors in Asia against international principles such as territorial integrity and exclusive economic zones (EEZs), and it flagrantly violates the 1948 declaration and international law against genocide.

Kiribati Would Make a Useful Chinese Military Base


On and around Kanton atoll and the other Pacific Islands, Beijing manifests its disregard for sovereignty through illegal fishing, the attempted bribing of entire democracies with millions of dollars in cash, and the use of Chinese funding for an upgraded airstrip that could be used by the PLAAF and PLAN as a convenient jumping-off spot for Hawaii.

The Chinese could use the Kiribati islands as it does its artificial islands in the South China Sea: as bases for missiles, bombers, jet fighters, submarines, and aircraft carriers. Kiribati extends China’s military reach uncomfortably close to Honolulu, which hosts the U.S. military headquarters for all of Asia. [More to see mp3 / PDF ]
 

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NBA Star Tackles China’s Human Rights Abuse; How the Peng Shuai Scandal Could Impact Beijing 2022​



“Where is Peng Shuai?” Pressure upon the Chinese Communist Party to present legitimate proof that Peng Shuai is safe and free to speak continues to mount. By and large, the seemingly-choreographed photos and videos that the Party has released have failed to quell international concern. If anything, they’ve added to suspicions that Peng is under house arrest and surveillance by the CCP. Alongside championing the #WhereIsPengShuai cause; NBA star, Enes Kanter, is brazenly adding attention to other CCP violations. The most horrendous of these has persisted for decades. Government’s around the world remain complicit in its coverup. But as the recent history of the CCP reveals, no crime can remain hidden forever.
its nice that they are not just locking up canadians. ;)
 

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China Is Most Likely Spared from a Second Cultural Revolution | Zooming In China​



Last week, the Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China formally adopted the Party’s third historical resolution. It is a landmark document that the CCP is using to project the “great glories and victories” of China in the past and to come and most importantly, Xi Jinping is using it as a launchpad for his third term in office. Given that glaring oversight of anything that seems deeply relevant to the Chinese people, it would be easy to assume that this was a document to glorify Xi Jinping, one simply rubber-stamped by the Party. While this document does praise Xi exceedingly, it is not a full win for the dictator. A close reading of this resolution proves that it is a compromise reached between Xi Jinping and the Central Committee, with Xi gaining what he most wanted while still allowing for some compromises to influential Party members.
 

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping (C) attends the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on July 1, 2021. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


The Real China and the Downside of Arrogance


How an aggressive Beijing is losing friends and influence in the world, and what it means for the world
James Gorrie
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November 30, 2021

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Much of the world is having an enlightening moment with China.

Recall that China began the last decade by positioning itself as a global benefactor. Its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was supposed to be a beneficial foreign aid and development program. Other economic and cultural outreach efforts supplied nations with financing and cultural exchanges that have served Beijing well.

The Shine Is Off

But foreign aid debt traps and spyware scandals certainly took some of the shine off China’s global reputation. The world started to open its eyes.

Then the launch and spread of the CCP virus pandemic, along with the hoarding of medical supplies and finger-wagging from Beijing about the West’s response failures, shattered any remaining goodwill that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders worked so hard to sell the world in the past.

Killing millions and laughing about it was just too big to ignore.

Today, nations around the world are increasingly viewing the Chinese regime as a major threat. In fact, over the past several weeks, Britain, France, and almost two dozen African countries have officially criticized China over its foot-dragging with regard to the pandemic.

What’s more, Japan has unequivocally shifted its foreign policy to directly challenge China’s re-unification ambitions vis-à-vis Taiwan. (More on this in a forthcoming article.) Today, at the end of 2021, Beijing has revealed itself to be neither a benefactor nor a partner, but rather, a voracious predator.

CCP: A Human Rights Obscenity


Domestically, the CCP’s behavior toward its citizens is a human rights obscenity every way you look at it. There’s no justifiable way to sugar-coat it. Xi Jinping has done everything possible to quell civil unrest and maintain his grip on power within the Party. The CCP virus played a big role in those efforts, but it wasn’t the only factor.

China’s neo-Maoist leader has also been very busy rewriting history for his own self-glorification, if not an outright elevation to god-like status. On a more basic level, all images or references to Winnie the Pooh—the animated bear to which Xi bears a passable resemblance—became a symbol of resistance or disrespect to the all-powerful leader and was outlawed in China a few years ago.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is applauded by delegates wearing protective masks as he arrives at the opening of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on May 22, 2020. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

There’s really no need to ban poor Pooh Bear. With millions in labor camps, his police surveillance state, political prisoners, social and economic oppression, and crushing Hong Kong, no one is confusing Xi with lovable make-believe, cartoon animal these days—that’s for certain.

A Transformative Leader’s Big Plans


The fact that unfavorable views of China around the world are at all-time highs poses a big challenge for Beijing.

Or does it?

More to the point, will the CCP leaders think it worthwhile to go through all the time and effort to rebuild their shattered reputation with a new, more cooperative foreign policy?

On the one hand, recent political utterances from Xi make it seem so. Calls for mutual respect and cooperation sound terribly wonderful. It’s certainly easy to say such things, which are exactly the kind of words that the world wants to hear.

On the other hand, Xi’s official, if not pseudo-religious, elevation to the great transformative leader of China makes humble and conciliatory pronouncements seem rather awkward and unworthy of a great, transformative leader, don’t they?

Besides this one obvious fact, there is another that should be carefully weighed. That is, all great, transformative leaders are mortal, no matter what one’s official news service may say.

Admittedly, no new ground broken there. But given Xi’s ambitions and plans for China’s uncontestable dominance in the world, spending the next decade or two rehabilitating the country’s diplomatic bona fides just isn’t in the cards. At 68 years old, and a former inveterate smoker, Xi is a man in a hurry to realize his ambitions.

A Hypersonic Window of Opportunity


What’s more, with its hypersonic nuclear delivery system, the Chinese regime has a definite military advantage over the United States. At the same time, U.S. leadership is perceived to be its weakest in decades. Just as important is the fact that China’s economy is collapsing, and its population is rapidly aging.

From Beijing’s perspective, could there be a better time for “Wolf Warrior” foreign policy? This new turn in diplomacy doesn’t hesitate to defend China’s national interests in confrontational ways. It certainly seems to explain Beijing’s new aggression on the world stage.

The CCP’s continued militarization of the South China Sea, armed conflict with India, nuclear attack threats against Australia, and rising military actions aimed at Taiwan this past year alone all seem to point to a more impatient China.

Furthermore, it appears that Beijing doesn’t really care how or what the world thinks of China. The regular verbal insults of other leaders and threats are not indicative of a global power that intends to build goodwill around the world.

In short, communist China prefers to be feared than loved, rather than both. The downside is likely to affect everyone rather negatively, including China, as the CCP reveals its true face to the world.


James R. Gorrie is the author of “The China Crisis” (Wiley, 2013) and writes on his blog, TheBananaRepublican.com. He is based in Southern California.


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Simpsons episode pulled in Hong Kong; Examining China’s digital currency ambitions | China in Focus​



Beijing is pushing a unique financial campaign—urging Chinese citizens and businesses to start using #DigitalCurrency across the nation. And once that’s done—it has plans to promote that digital currency worldwide. It may be part of Beijing’s long game—to challenge the U.S. dollar on the global stage. An episode from a famous TV show has disappeared from Disney’s streaming platform in Hong Kong. Its plot features a touchy subject for China’s Communist regime: the 1989 Tiananmen square massacre. And the Women’s Tennis Association gives up hundreds of millions of dollars, suspending all tournaments inside China. The bold move comes amid fears for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and her safety.
 

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WHO: Omicron Could Trigger Global Pandemic Surge; Will Existing Immunity Work Against Omicron?​



Why has the WHO designated the new, heavily-mutated, Coronavirus variant, Omicron, a “variant of concern?” How is it that the next-in-line letters of the Greek alphabet, Nu and Xi, were skipped in the naming of this strain? Observing the different responses around the world to Omicron, triggers recollection of the ‘early days’ of Coronavirus. Has the world learnt from those early mistakes (and the misplaced trust) that potentially cost millions of lives? This new, possibly more infectious strain, arrives at a time of already heavy global tension. The questions of whether Peng Shuai is really safe and how likely (and imminent) a CCP-invasion of Taiwan is remain as burning as ever.
 

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Getting answers From China on its ‘Disappeared Dissidents;’ Is China in Economic Crisis?​



Citizen journalist, Zhang Zhan has been jailed since May 2020 for filming and reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic from Wuhan. Chinese human-rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who has long defended activists and the civil rights of religious minorities, has been ‘disappeared’ since 2017. What ‘point of leverage’ could the world use to compel the Chinese Communist Party (or CCP) to free or ‘undisappear’ such people? What might compel it to let international tennis star, Peng Shuai, speak freely after her accusations of exploitation against a retired CCP official? Pulling off a successful Winter Olympics is a crucial component in the enduring prominence of the CCP and in Xi Jinping’s aspirations for re-election next year. However, increasing global scrutiny of its exploitation of women and broader human rights violations could be a ‘spanner-in-the-works’ of the Party’s Beijing 2022 ambitions. What are the signs of a faltering Chinese economy that could also disrupt the success of this rapidly approaching global event?
 

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A group of naval vessels from Russia and China conduct a joint maritime military patrol in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, in this still image taken from video released on Oct. 23, 2021. (Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via Reuters)


Pax Americana Unravels at the Feet of China


Beijing and allies erode the peace in East Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia


Anders Corr

December 9, 2021

Epoch Times News Analysis

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The news is coming fast and hard of peace and stability eroding globally in a manner that benefits Beijing’s attempts at global destabilization to make a path for its increasing control.

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to break apart the American-led order, including that of the United Nations that Washington developed after World War II, Beijing makes the destabilized countries—previously free, sovereign, and independent—more easily digestible into a new and emerging Chinese-led global order.

The CCP will repurpose, not destroy, the U.N. bureaucracy while disposing of its ideals of freedom, diversity, and democracy. But first it needs to destabilize and reorient the global geography of sovereign states that America spearheaded and protected from the 1940s to the present.

Beijing’s destabilization of international politics depends upon coordinated action by its allies.



China
’s ally Russia is building troops opposite Ukraine for an invasion. Those troops appear to be growing toward a massive 175,000-person army. This destabilization of East Europe distracts some of the global public’s attention from Beijing, which is being freed to more easily attack Taiwan. Analysts predict that Putin could be ready for an invasion by early 2022, but the West is so frequently surprised by authoritarian powers, including Putin’s invasion of Crimea, that we should prepare ourselves for an even earlier surprise attack.

Iran
and its allies, including most importantly China, are stronger relative to the United States and allies than they were in 2015 when the first Iran nuclear non-proliferation pact was agreed. Since then, Beijing increased its influence in Tehran, including by purchasing 700,000 barrels of Iranian oil in 2018 when Washington reimposed sanctions. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

Expect the terms of future Iranian nuclear negotiations to be worse for America and allies, which could lead to no new agreement, or tip Israel into preemptive war against Iran to stop it going nuclear. An Iranian-Israeli war would likely pull in the United States and Saudi Arabia, a major distraction for not only America but our allies. Iran, one of the biggest supporters of global terrorism, would likely increase this asymmetric strategy of terrorism, where it has an advantage, and the Chinese regime could then more easily attack Taiwan without serious repercussions due to the geopolitical confusion that ensues.

North Korea
’s Kim Jong Un is resisting U.S. and South Korean calls for a formal end to the Korean War, has collapsed nuclear talks with the United States, and refused talks with the South. The latter’s Roman Catholic leader, Moon Jae-in, is so desperate for peace that he is turning to Pope Francis for help. The chances of the Pope changing Pyongyang, which relentlessly persecutes believers and is ruled by a family that likens itself to gods, is worse than zero. A Papal intervention could make things worse, for example, by Kim using a visit to burnish North Korea’s image.



A ballistic missile launched from a submarine in North Korea, on Oct. 19, 2021. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)


The CCP
is leading this rogue’s gallery of nations and directly threatening war against democratic Taiwan. Xi Jinping is openly planning to take control of the island democracy during his tenure as General Secretary of the CCP. Meanwhile, new Chinese national security and data laws are being implemented that have extraterritorial effect, meaning that laws made in Beijing apply in New York City, for example.

Case in point: the Wall Street Journal got a warning on Dec. 5 from the Hong Kong government that the newspaper was in violation of the National Security Law for an article the Journal wrote about, regarding the breakdown of what little democracy Hong Kong had after Beijing’s takeover.

But the Chinese military is already operating far afield from East Asia, and seeks new military bases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East and Equatorial Guinea on the Atlantic coast of Africa. These will augment its already-existing base in Djibouti. The UAE halted construction when the United States discovered it and confronted the UAE government, but Equatorial Guinea is resisting similar diplomatic overtures. The CCP’s plans for an Atlantic naval base in Equatorial Guinea continue.

A Chinese military base on Africa’s east coast will put it within striking distance of the American East Coast, increasing pressure on Washington to buckle to China’s military threats in the future. Expect Beijing to seek other military bases, overt and covert, in the 100 commercial ports it has already constructed around Africa. These are a threat to global shipping through the Mediterranean and around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and will put Beijing in greater control of the oil and shipping resources of the Middle East.

The magnitude, quantity, and speed of geopolitical change is so enormous due to Beijing’s increased economic power, diplomatic assertiveness, and military aggression, that the threat of war is increasing substantially. America and its former world order, wrongly thought to be unipolar after the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, is at a moment of truth.

We must draw red lines and accept the increased risk of war with not only China, but its allies Russia, Iran, and North Korea—or give into a slow erosion of American and allied democratic power globally. Without the protection of the United States, democracy, freedom, peace, and civilizational diversity could soon be a thing of the past. This dire truth must now be confronted. There is no time to lose, because time is on Beijing’s side, and Beijing’s side is that of totalitarianism.

Anders Corr has a bachelor’s/master’s in political science from Yale University (2001) and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2008). He is a principal at Corr Analytics Inc., publisher of the Journal of Political Risk, and has conducted extensive research in North America, Europe, and Asia. His latest books are “The Concentration of Power: Institutionalization, Hierarchy, and Hegemony” (2021) and “Great Powers, Grand Strategies: the New Game in the South China Sea” (2018).

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Dr. David Jeremiah: Karl Marx 'A Cheerleader for the Devil' | CLIP | American Thought Leaders​



The most surprising thing about socialism, according to Dr. David Jeremiah, is that it is not an atheist belief, but rather it is explicitly anti-God. Jeremiah says that socialism can not tolerate religion because the church takes away the strict adherence required for socialism to thrive in a society.