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American Greed Aiding China

China has a secret weapon. One so devastating, it could even make an invasion of Taiwan possible. What is this secret weapon? American greed. China is building advanced weapons systems using U.S. technology and the Americans who are profiting are looking the other way.

And the consequences could be dire for China’s neighbors. So-called private Chinese companies, such as Pythium Technology are testing hypersonic missiles that could be used by the Chinese Communist Party to invade Taiwan. Here’s more with Chris Chappell on Uncensored China.

U.S.-China Stakes High

The Biden Administration’s U.S.-China relationship was put to the test with its first high-level meeting with meeting with Chinese officials. The summit happened in Alaska and a lot was at stake. Leading the U.S. delegation were Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, whose aim was to counter China.

At the heart of the issue is the Biden Administration’s foggy policy toward China, which is still revealing Trump Administration strategy, such as bans of Chinese apps, tariffs and whether to label the CCP oppression of the minority Muslin Uighurs as genocide. The big question remains how Biden will handle the tariffs imposed on China by the Trump Administration. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sidestepped the issue, saying tariffs were not a focus of the summit, but instead the U.S. concentrated on big-picture strategy and American values. Here’s more with Chris Chappell of China Uncensored.

China Declares War On Bitcoin

China has declared war on bitcoin, but not for the reasons you might suspect.  And the news, says Chris Chappell of China Uncensored, is “stirring wider fear into a porridge of peril.”

And, as you probably guessed, it’s all about control. China accounts for 65 percent of all bitcoin mining globally, as compared to 7.2 percent for the United States. Problem for the Chinese is, bitcoin are created and circulated through a broad network of computers and not by a central bank or financial institution, totally operating outside of China Communist Party control. It gives Chinese people an option to use money completely free of CCP oversight.

So, in effect, the news of China’s dislike for the most popular form of cryptocurrency is part of a broader attempt by the CCP to create a national digital currency that it controls. Here’s more with Chris Chappell on China Uncensored.

Did China Eliminate Poverty?

Did China really eliminate poverty, or was this just another ploy to spread propaganda? It would appear the latter is true, since the China poverty alleviation program is actually a walking human rights catastrophe.

The war on poverty turns out to be a scheme to artificially make the China economy look stronger than it is, while persecuting China’s ethnic minorities, such as the Tibetans and Uyghurs. Here’s more with Chris Chappell on China Uncensored.

China Draws Red Lines Vs. U.S.

The Chinese Communist Party has drawn four red lines for the Biden Administration, positions, it says, that cannot be crossed. This comes as Biden’s China policy remains unclear.

The four demands, imposed by China Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Li, include: 1–End support for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet; 2–Resume U.S.-China dialogue on all levels; 3–End tariffs on Chinese products and sanctions on Chinese enterprises; and 4–Remove all restrictions on China’s state-run media and cultural entities. Says China Uncensored host Chris Chappell, “I feel like this is cheating. That is way more than four things.” Here’s more with Chappell on the consequences of the demands and Biden’s probable response.

Jinping’s Secret Daughter

Chinese netizens have been tortured and punished for leaking information on Xi Jinping’s secret daughter, Xi Mingze. In China, netizens, those who surf the World Wide Web, can be arrested simply for browsing the country’s dirty, or dark web for doxing sites.

Like many Internet surfers, netizens in China have formed subcultures on certain websites, some of which are hosted on foreign servers and are more difficult for authorities to shut down. Some of these sites are Wiki databases, which allow users to share information. They have been labeled Esu Circle, or vulgar websites, by the Chinese Communist Party. One in particular, Zhina Wiki, featured information shared by its users on Jinping’s brother and daughter, which angered the CCP leader.

At least four photographs of Xi Mingze have been released from various sources, although none of them verified. Despite no positive ID on his daughter, the leaked photos led Jinping to launch a special task force to deal with the situation. In the end, 24 netizens were jailed. China Uncensored host Chris Chappell updates us on the latest developments.

China’s Tofu Dreg Corruption

A flurry of manhole-cover explosions in China is further exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s culture of corruption that seemingly seeps into everything. When it comes to its construction industry, corruption can happen at any stage: design, planning, procuring materials and building. It comes down to a license to steal for the CCP, cutting costs to skim money at all these levels, ignoring safety rules and even bribing inspectors.

The system of corruption is so commonplace across China, it owns a moniker of its own: “tofu dreg,” a slang term to describe poor quality construction. Here’s more on the issue with China Uncensored and host Chris Chappell.

China Tests Biden

Fake President Biden is getting his first legitimate test from the Chinese Communist Party. Just days into the Biden Administration, China is sounding the war drums by sending warplanes and fighter jets near Taiwan. Many foreign policy experts have questioned what Biden-China relations would look like and the CCP’s encroachment on Taiwan might provide some answers.

Reports describe China’s move on Taiwan as an escalation, dispatching fighter jets and bombers rather than reconnaissance aircraft as has generally been the case. China Uncensored host Chris Chappell noted this is a major challenge to Biden, following President Trump’s unwavering support for Taiwan, ranging from $1.8 billion in weapons sales to high-level diplomatic visits. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo even reframed the entire relationship with Taiwan. But was it really a trap for Biden? Here’s more from Chappell.

Trump’s Surprise For China

Among the surprises in the finals days of the Trump Administration was the declassification of its strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific in an effort to counter the Chinese Communist Party in the region. The plan was written in 2018 by Matthew Pottinger, a former China journalist and Marine Corp officer who later became President Trump’s Deputy National Security Advisor. It was kept secret until the declassification.

The Indo-Pacific region is home to one-third of the world’s economy and nearly two-thirds of the planet’s population. China has been the dominant force in the area, which includes the Asia Pacific region and areas connected by the Indian Ocean. Trump released the plan one week before leaving office in hopes that the incoming administration would use it to quell the CCP’s aggressiveness in the region. Here’s more on the declass from China’s Uncensored Chris Chappell, plus reports on Mike Pompeo’s support for Taiwan and how to tackle the China economy.

More Power For Xi Jinping

As if Xi Jinping was not already classified a certifiable crazy man, the China Communist Party leader took it up a notch when he awarded himself more war powers and increased control over the Chinese military, courtesy of the revised National Defense Law that went into effect Jan. 1. And, Xi says, he’s using the revision to protect CCP’s development interests ad the country’s economy.

What exactly does that mean? More trouble for the South China Sea, Taiwan and any Biden-China dealings that may arise. The policy shift weakens the role of the State Council in formulating military decisions, handing the newfound power to the Central Military Commission, run by–you guessed it–Xi Jinping. Here’s more from China Uncensored.

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