On Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said China has “deputized” major U.S. companies to push for policies that help China and stated that he doesn’t think Apple CEO Tim Cook can freely say what he thinks about China and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t want to get on China’s bad side.
Rubio said China has “deputized major American corporations and their leaders to come to the United States and push for and pressure for policies that favor the Chinese position.”
He added that companies want to be able to do business and produce products in China.
Host Hugh Hewitt then asked, “Do you think CEO Tim Cook of Apple is able to speak his mind freely about China?”
Rubio responded, “No. Absolutely not.”
Hewitt then asked about Zuckerberg, and Rubio responded, “Facebook is not in China. But I think they’re increasingly concerned about China’s growing telecommunication influence all over these other countries around the world. And so they don’t want to get — they don’t want to — they don’t want to start running into problems in these other places where the Chinese go to some country and say, hey, you should get rid of Facebook and replace it with our version of Facebook. So I think they’re concerned about that, absolutely. And I think he still dreams and hopes that one day, they’ll be able to get into China.”
A business partner Hunter Biden called “the chief spy of China,” assigned the president’s son a Chinese-American secretary who was feeding him opposition research to help Joe Biden’s 2020 election bid after the business venture collapsed in 2018, the Daily Mail reported Friday.
The Daily Mailobtained the information from emails contained in Hunter Biden’s alleged “laptop from hell,” which has become the gift that will not stop giving to critics of President Joe Biden and his troubled son.
“Under the heading ‘Uncle Joe 2020,’ the former assistant encouraged the president’s son to tell his father to ‘lead by example,’ ‘bring back sensibility,’ and emphasize his experience and age as a strength,” the newspaper added.
On Friday, the Daily Mail revealed:
After launching his multi-million-dollar joint venture with CEFC, Hunter was assigned a 29-year-old Chinese-American assistant, JiaQi Bao, who quickly struck up a close and intriguing relationship with her Biden boss.
At first, emails show the New York-based Bao diligently scheduled flights, hotels, and even doctor’s appointments for the president’s son.
But mysteriously, the young assistant also sent him opposition research to help Joe Biden’s 2020 election bid, urged him to take cash from the joint venture’s accounts as the business collapsed and wrote flirty and personal messages and even ended up with Hunter’s military dog tags in her New York apartment – the same tags he can be seen wearing in home-made porn videos he recorded on his laptop.
After the joint venture had dissolved, Bao emailed Hunter with a conspiratorial message encouraging him to help his father run for president and listing talking points to combat criticism of Hunter’s dealings with the Chinese.
After only a year, the business venture between Hunter, his uncle, and the CEFC collapsed in 2018.
A joint report by the Senate Homeland Security and Finance ommittees issued in September 2020 examined Hunter’s business deal with CEFC, noting the company’s deep ties to the communist Chinese government. It determined that the millions of dollars transferred from the firm to Hunter and his uncle “raise criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns.”
Hunter’s secretary, Bao, appeared very invested in having Joe Biden beat Donald Trump.
In a March 2019 email to Hunter, Bao told Hunter, “You need to help Uncle Joe run for president. Your father should really run for 2020 for this country. He will be one of the best presidents in our country’s history.”
Echoing China’s foreign policy, Bao reportedly promoted negative stories about Trump for Hunter to use, “including allegations of selling citizenship to corrupt Chinese officials, his alleged links to a Chinese-owned Florida “prostitution parlor,” and letting human rights violations slide in negotiations with China.
Bao also took issue with Trump’s trade war with China, reportedly lambasting it as “a complete failure thus far, resulting in tremendous loss to Americans.”
Critics expected Joe Biden to be soft towards China, and Beijing appeared to favor him over Trump.
The Daily Mail reported that it is unclear whether Bao knew of Huner’s business partner’s alleged links to the Chinese intelligence services at the time because she has not returned requests for comment on this story.
Still, it acknowledged:
After partnering with Chinese oil giant CEFC in the multi-million-dollar deal, Bao was appointed as his secretary and assistant, acting as a go-between for his Chinese business partners, translating documents and performing clerical work for Hunter in the joint venture.
Hunter did not have any problem believing his new business partner at CEFC was linked to the Chinese intelligence agencies, describing Patrick Ho to a friend in an audio recording on his laptop as the “spy chief of China.”
In December 2020, Hunter admitted that he is currently the subject of an FBI investigation, allegedly for tax crimes. However, some news reports suggest the investigators may also be scrutinizing his dealings overseas.
The business venture between Hunter and CEFC collapsed in 2018, just a year after the president’s son and brother, uncle Jim, joined the deal under the impression it would yield billions of dollars.
After Hunter called his business partner “the chief spy in China,” U.S. law enforcement reportedly surveilled the Chinese businessman later as a “foreign intelligence threat” before his conviction for bribery in 2018.
“Ho was suspected of working with the Chinese intelligence services and had been monitored by federal law enforcement under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” the Daily Mail noted, citing court documents.
The Daily Mail added:
As Hunter’s joint venture with the Chinese began to crumble that month amid the arrests of its two leaders, Bao wrote one of her most surprising emails encouraging him to raid the coffers of one of Hunter and CEFC’s joint corporate vehicles called Hudson West.
At one point, she even offered for Hunter not to pay her for her “secretary” work.
A representative from Nike declined an invitation to testify Thursday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that discussed China’s human rights abuses of its minority Muslim Uyghur population and American corporations that could be manufacturing products made with Uyghur slave labor in Xinjiang Province, according to committee members.
Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) slammed Nike’s denial of the invitation, given its suspected manufacturing of products made with Uyghur slave labor and the company’s woke activism, such as cancellation of its Betsy Ross flag sneaker, after former NFL player Colin Kaepernick said they were offensive.
“It is shocking and appalling that Nike canceled Betsy Ross’s American flag sneaker at the same time they were exploiting the Chinese Communist Party’s Uyghur slave labor in the Xinjiang Province,” Barr said in a statement to Breitbart News.
“Despite Nike’s statement of concern in March 2020 about forced Uyghur labor, Nike actively opposed the Xinjiang Forced Labor bill that Congress passed last November. Woke, corporate hypocrisy is on the rise, and I will continue to expose it on climate and in culture when I see it in Congress,” he said.
A bipartisan congressional report issued on March 2, 2020, found that Nike is one of several big American corporations suspected of using Uyghur forced labor in Xinjiang Province.
A week after the report, Nike issued a lengthy statement acknowledging the concerns and denying that the company sourced raw materials from forced labor connected to the Uyghurs in China.
Nike is committed to ethical and responsible manufacturing and we uphold international labor standards. We are concerned about reports of forced labor in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Nike does not source products from the XUAR and we have confirmed with our contract suppliers that they are not using textiles or spun yarn from the region.
While Nike does not directly source cotton, or other raw materials, traceability at the raw materials level is an area of ongoing focus. We are working closely with our suppliers, industry associations, brands and other stakeholders to pilot traceability approaches and map material sources so we can have confidence the materials in our products are responsibly produced.
However, seven months after the congressional report, Nike lobbied against the Xinjiang Forced Labor bill, according to a New York Timesreport.
Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) also expressed disappointment in Nike’s decision to decline the committee’s invitation to testify:
I’m disappointed our minority witness declined our invitation to join us this afternoon. I did invite Nike Inc., an American company that’s now struggling with the moral challenge that many American companies face. Some analysts claim that Nike’s supply chain is tainted by forced labor in China. Nike has publicly denied they source from the Uyghur areas, and have denied Uyghur forced labor exists in their factories.
McCaul noted that Nike’s statement exposed the company to a “massive boycott effort led by the [Chinese Communist Party’s] mouthpieces,” and speculated that Nike may not have wanted to appear before the committee due to likely backlash from the CCP.
McCaul also slammed Disney, which he said has thanked the CCP’s propaganda office responsible for covering up the Uyghur genocide, and even credits the office in their film Mulan, which was partially filmed in Xinjiang. McCaul said:
We cannot put profits ahead of doing what’s right, and Americans need to hear from these companies doing business with the CCP, whether they are household names just trying to do the right thing, or they’re companies who shamelessly do the bidding of the CCP to shamelessly maintain their market access no matter what the moral cost is.
“The true nature of these faustian deals need to come to light so consumers can begin to know where their money’s going,” he said.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Norah O’Donnell of CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday evening that the goal of the Biden administration was not to “contain” China, but to protect a “rules-based order” in international relations.
The relevant section of the interview was as follows (emphasis added):
Blinken: It is the one country in the world that has the military economic diplomatic capacity to undermine or challenge the rules based order that we, we care so much about and are determined to defend. But I want to be very clear about something, and this is important. Our purpose is not to contain China, to hold it back, to keep it down. It is to uphold this rules-based order that China is posing a challenge to. Anyone who poses a challenge to that order, we’re going to stand up and defend it.
O’Donnell: I know you say the goal is not to contain China, but have you ever seen China be so assertive or aggressive militarily?
Blinken: No, we haven’t. I think what we’ve witnessed over the last several years is China acting more repressively at home and more aggressively abroad. That is a fact.
O’Donnell: What’s China’s goal?
Blinken: I think that over time, China believes that it can be and should be and will be the dominant country in the world.
Notably, Blinken did not rule out the possibility that China would overtake the United States as the world’s dominant power. Instead, the Biden administration appears willing to accept global Chinese dominance, provided the “rules” are maintained.
Blinken’s approach implies that unlike its predecessor, the Biden administration appears to see America’s role as shaping China into a more responsible superpower, once it overtakes the U.S., rather than challenging China’s rise or restraining its ambitions.
In March, China rebuked Blinken to his face at the first meeting between the U.S. and China since President Joe Biden took office. When Blinken brought up Chinese human rights abuses, China cited Black Lives Matter on America’s supposed flaws.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin, who drew attention to the interview on his program Monday, said that the video was a provocation, highlighting U.S. weakness.
“This interview, I believe, will be what sparks an attack on Taiwan,” he warned.
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The National Basketball Association contracts for sneakers with a multinational sports equipment corporation in Communist China that obtains cotton from the same region Uyghur Muslims are being held in forced labor camps, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon.
Anta Sports, which sources its cotton from Xinjiang, makes two sneakers that the NBA sells online. The company, which is the largest sports brand in China, notably makes Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s “Klaytheism” sneakers. The shoe retails up to $119.99. Anta Sports announced in March that it has “always bought and used cotton produced in China, including Xinjiang cotton” and “will continue to do so.”
BBC published a report in December that discussed China’s “re-education” camps located in Xinjiang. The report said more than 500,000 minorities, including thousands of Uyghur Muslims, are being forced to pick cotton in dire conditions.
In May 2019, the Pentagon estimated as many as 3 million people have been held since late 2018. The region produces 85 percent of China’s cotton and 20 percent of the world’s. Reports show prisoners subjected to rape, forced sterilization, torture, indoctrination, and even possible genocide. The camps were initiated in 2015 under General Secretary Xi Jinping to usher in a “national ideology.”
Other NBA players have worn shoes made by the Chinese brand. Forward Gordon Hayward on the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers guard Rajon Rondo have sneaker deals through Anta Sports.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions in July 2020 on 11 Chinese companies from being able to buy U.S. technology without a license. The companies sanctioned included Apple, Ralph Lauren, Google, HP, and others. The NBA did not respond to a request for comment.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Time Magazine last week the league intends to maintain a strong relationship with China.
“We think exporting NBA basketball to China and to virtually every country in the world continues to fit within our mission,” Silver said, “I do think that in order to bring about realistic change, we have to build relationships.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is defending his deals with the communist Chinese government, insisting that the league is somehow helping to bring “change” to the oppressive nation.
In an interview with Time, Silver justified his league’s dealings with one of the most autocratic, undemocratic, and oppressive nations on earth when asked about his deals in China.
Silver was undaunted, saying, “We continue to televise our games in China. Our most significant television partner is Tencent, which is a streaming service in China. And we have hundreds of millions of fans in China who we continue to serve.”
The NBA chief went on to claim that dealing with one of the world’s largest slave states is part of the NBA’s “mission.”
“I’ll take a step back there and restate the NBA’s mission,” Silver said, adding, “which is to improve people’s lives through the game of basketball. And we think exporting NBA basketball to China and to virtually every country in the world continues to fit within our mission.”
Silver concluded by insisting that his “political science” background makes him believe that the NBA’s billion-dollar deals with China are somehow “building relationships” between nations.
“The political science major in me believes that engagement is better than isolation,” Silver exclaimed. “That a so-called boycott of China, taking into account legitimate criticisms of the Chinese system, won’t further the agenda of those who seek to bring about global change. Working with Chinese solely on NBA basketball has been a net plus for building relationships between two superpowers.”
So, the NBA’s riches are wages earned in the cause of freedom, apparently.
Meanwhile, the NBA and its players ignore the fact that their products are often manufactured using slave labor by the Chinese companies with which they deal. Yet the players and league remain silent about the truth.
Even as the NBA and its players are making millions with their lucrative deals with the red Chinese, not everyone is so blasé as Silver is about it all. For instance, in July of last year, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to the league warning Silver that doing business in China necessarily means you must do business with the Communist Party.
Fox News Host Maria Bartiromo traveled to Texas to understand the border crisis in more detail. After spending several days at the U.S-Mexico border, Maria Bartiromo sat down for an interview with Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.
As the governor notes there are various criminal and terrorist elements using this opportunity to gain access to the U.S. Interesting interview with a lot of substance to better understand the scope and scale of the current invasion.
A new Hong Kong public school textbook uses an image depicting a “gun-toting Mickey Mouse” to illustrate how multinational corporations enter developing countries and “invade local cultures,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Thursday.
“[A]n image in new teaching materials to be used in Hong Kong’s schools … depicts Mickey Mouse and Goofy lookalikes in military uniforms, fighter planes dropping hamburgers instead of bombs, and evil versions of McDonald’s characters Ronald McDonald and Grimace,” according to the Hong Kong-based SCMP.
“Accompanying the cartoon of the cultural invasion are teaching guidelines suggesting pupils can learn how multinational corporations entering local markets in developing countries have invaded local cultures. The message is largely one of anti-cultural imperialism,” SCMP reported after reviewing a preview of the high school textbook.
The book chapter in which the cartoon is featured “encouraged pupils to discuss Western influence on global values, as well as whether cultural homogenization or diversity had been a result of that,” according to the newspaper.
“The political cartoon, depicting a ‘cultural invasion’ by US multinational firms, appears in the first set of books under a controversial planned overhaul of the liberal studies subject,” the newspaper reported.
The textbook’s publisher, Marshall Cavendish Education, recently released draft versions of the liberal studies book set to teachers. The inclusion of the anti-U.S. cartoon in one of the books sparked public criticism in Hong Kong this week.
A spokesperson for Marshall Cavendish Education responded to the backlash on April 29, telling SCMP the books were designed as “transitional teaching materials mainly for teachers’ reference and might be updated after consulting educators.”
Hong Kong’s education bureau announced in late November that it would significantly overhaul the curriculum of a mandatory liberal studies course taught in the city’s public high schools since 2009. Hong Kong’s pro-China leaders had criticized the course, which taught concepts such as civil disobedience, for contributing to the launch of the city’s now-waning pro-democracy movement in the summer of 2019.
Hong Kong’s education bureau said on November 26 it would “revamp” the liberal studies course curriculum to emphasize China’s “development, the constitution, the Basic Law [Hong Kong’s de facto constitution] and the rule of law,” Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported at the time.
The announcement followed five months after China imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in late June 2020 that largely quashed the city’s pro-democracy movement. The movement called for decreased Chinese influence in Hong Kong, which was granted limited freedoms upon its return to China from Britain post-colonial rule. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement inspired over half a million people to take to the city’s streets at its height in June 2019.
China’s ruling Communist Party imposed the national security law on Hong Kong with the goal of stamping out the pro-democracy movement, which continued for over a year after its start. The national security law created new crimes in Hong Kong, such as terrorism, secession, collusion with a foreign government, and “subversion of state power,” designed as a vague catchall. Anyone in Hong Kong found guilty of national security crimes faces a minimum of ten years in prison. Hong Kong government authorities have used the new law to arrest and assign lengthy prison sentences to the pro-democracy movement’s most prominent leaders in recent weeks and months.
The Biden administration announced Friday it would begin to restrict travel from India on Tuesday as the world’s second-most populated country suffers an overwhelming surge in coronavirus cases.
“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India. The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4.”
The travel ban comes a year after Biden vilified such restrictions as xenophobic when pursued by President Donald Trump while the Wuhan virus began to mutate into a global pandemic from China.
“This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia,” Biden said campaigning in Iowa on Jan. 31, the day Trump’s travel ban on China was announced.
Joe Biden opposed the China travel restrictions wisely put in place by President Trump in January – restrictions that health experts credit with slowing the spread of coronavirus & saving lives.
The China travel ban, initially opposed by White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci was later praised by the infectious disease expert after it was shown to slow infection from Wuhan to the U.S.
“We’ve done really quite well thus far, and I think one of the reasons why is that what we did early on was that travel restriction from China, preventing a lot of people who are infected, particularly from Wuhan, from coming into the country,” Fauci said on Fox Business in late February last year.
As Trump pursued more travel bans to curb the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus, including shutting down U.S.-European travel in March, Biden continued to condemn the measures as ineffective.
A wall will not stop the coronavirus.
Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.
This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.
Biden now appears to embrace the policies he once vilified, banning travel from India as the coronavirus develops into a humanitarian crisis. The densely-populated nation reported new record-high death tolls Wednesday and Thursday, averaging an estimated 3,050 deaths each day from the Chinese virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and humanitarian workers among others will be exempt from the Indian travel ban, according to one administration official in the Wall Street Journal. Those traveling, however, will be subject to quarantine and testing requirements.