Taiwan Arms Sale Could ‘Destroy Half of Any Chinese Invasion Force’
US China relations are about to get worse. The US has approved a 2.4 billion dollar Taiwan arms sale that would give the Taiwan military the ability to wipe out half of any China military invasion force. Remind anyone of the Cold War? This follows another billion dollar Taiwan arms deal the previous week, along with words of support for Taiwan and President Tsai Ing Wen from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And it's part of a broader pushback in Trump China relations.
India US Sign Military Pact Against China
India and the United States have signed a military pact aimed at countering China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels through the Indo Pacific warning about China’s bullying. Organ harvesting of political dissidents, mainly Falun Gong practitioners, gets new attention. Global opinions of China and its handling of Covid 19 are at an all time low. China begins working on its next 5 year plan. And the Chinese city of Yiwu has an election prediction for whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will win the US election 2020. That and more on this week’s China news headlines.
China’s Giant Ponzi Scheme
China is luring foreign investors to China in the greatest Ponzi Scheme of all time. China promises stability in the China economy, that the Chinese Communist Party will step in if anything goes wrong in the Chinese economy. Stock market crash? US China tensions and trade war? No problem, the government will sort it out. And that lures investors into a false sense of security as they prop up the China economy and the CCP, and encourage others to do the same. But in the end, these investors lose out big time.
China Is Targeting Americans | Hostage Diplomacy
China is threatening to detain Americans living in China in the latest bout of hostage diplomacy. You may remember China detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Canada arresting Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Now the US has detained several Chinese scholars who allegedly hid ties to the Chinese military and were working with the Chinese consulate in Houston to commit espionage. The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to China because they risk arbitrary arrest and exit bans.
China “Prepares for War” With US
China preparing for war! China leader Chairman Xi Jinping told People's Liberation Army, PLA Troops to "prepare for war." It comes as cities around China are told to prepare emergency supplies. Xi Jinping has also been talking a lot about the War to Resist American Aggression and Save Korea, aka the Korean War. The message is clear—China is willing and able to fight the United States. But this is about more than US China relations. China is also sending a message to Taiwan, that a Taiwan China war would be too costly, so it might as well surrender now.
India Captures Chinese Soldier on Disputed Border
India has captured a Chinese soldier along the disputed border in Ladakh. China US relations are going sour as China promises to kidnap Americans. A search for justice for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor at the UN Security Council. Justin Trudeau says he'll stand up for human rights in China as Canada promises to accept Hong Kong refugees. And Sweden bans Huawei. That and more on this week's China news headlines.
China Fights Taiwan in Fiji
Diplomats from China and Taiwan got into a fist fight in Fiji over a Taiwan National Day cake!. But it's part of a larger conflict growing between China and Taiwan in the Pacific and South China Sea, and it will play a huge role in US China relations for years to come.
China Taiwan Invasion: How Likely Is It Now?
An invasion of Taiwan is becoming more and more likely. The Chinese Communist Party has been flying warplanes and threatening to invade Taiwan in the lead up to the Taiwan national day. But unless the US firmly supports Taiwan, with clear messages from people like Mike Pompeo, Taiwan is at risk. Joining me once again is Ian Easton, senior director at the Project 2049 Institute.
China Blows Up Taiwan’s Olive Branch
China has just blown up Taiwan's peace offering, an attempt to have "meaningful dialogue" as the Chinese Communist Party ramps up military pressure and threats of invasion of Taiwan, especially in the lead up to the Taiwan National Day. China even tried to get India not to call Taiwan a country on national day. Considering the India China Standoff because of the India China border dispute, that demand didn't probably go as the Chinese Communist Party expected.
China Threatens Japan in Disputed Waters
China enrages Japan as the Coast Guard sails into disputed waters in the East China Sea, near the Senkaku Islands, or Diaoyu Islands as they're known in China. This comes as the New Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the Quad. BTS is facing a boycott in China. The NBA is back in China and Mark Cuban gets grilled on the Megyn Kelly podcast about genocide in Xinjiang. The Confucius Institute is in more trouble. China censors the Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. And a French museum is under pressure to stop an exhibit about Genghis Khan. That and more on this week's China news headlines.
China Cuts Corners to Win Vaccine Race
China is in a race to develop the world's first coronavirus vaccine. A Covid 19 vaccine would be a huge political boon for China, considering the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world because the Chinese Communist Party, with the help of the World Health Organization, tried to cover it up. But a Covid vaccine could come at a huge cost. China is testing experimental drugs on its own citizens. Not something that would really fly with a Western pharmaceutical like Johnson and Johnson. And if China wins the race to develop the first coronavirus vaccine, that could spell disaster for the world.
China’s Oil Lust for Sudan: A New Era of Colonization
China needs oil for its Belt and Road Initiative, a secret plan for world domination through debt trap diplomacy. China is getting a lot of that oil from Sudan. But with major changes in Sudan—from the independence of South Sudan where most of the oil production is, to the fall of Sudan's dictator Omar al-Bashir, China is walking a delicate balancing rope. But the end goal is clear—the colonization of Africa. Joining me today to talk about this is Mohamed Nagi Alassam, a 28 year old Sudanese medical doctor who was at the forefront of the Sudan revolution.