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China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to January 6 Rioters

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The Global Times argued Biden administration officials are hypocrites for objecting to the Hong Kong prosecutions and hailing the defendants as “brave activists,” the way National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “blatantly” did.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) paper said U.S. officials are merely trying to recruit Hong Kong troublemakers to “serve as U.S. tools to confront China,” while the American legal system comes down hard on the equally troublesome Capitol Hill hooligans:

Before the US supports and praises those who impair Hong Kong’s rule of law, it should first thank America’s “brave activists” who stormed Capitol Hill in January. At least, these Americans were protecting their president and opposing “election fraud,” while the Hong Kong suspects have made no constructive contribution to Hong Kong at all.

Just with conventional wisdom, we know the 47 people may have already committed a crime. They conducted the so-called primary election in July 2020, but there is no such “primary election” in Hong Kong’s local election laws. It is an illegal act. Some Western countries do have primary elections, but they are part of their electoral systems. Those lawbreakers in Hong Kong had organized activities to interfere in elections outside of the democratic system, and their purpose was to carry out political mobilization and to gather forces that could eventually subvert Hong Kong’s constitutional system and paralyze the HKSAR [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region] government.

They have violated the provisions of the national security law for Hong Kong. Whether they constitute a serious crime and whether they need to go to jail must be determined by Hong Kong’s judicial authorities in accordance with the national security law for Hong Kong and other local laws. This is an inevitable act of a society under the rule of law. Western intervention at this juncture is a real destruction to Hong Kong’s judicial system. Western countries want to turn Hong Kong into an ideological vassal that follows them.

The “national security law” mentioned by the Global Times is a totalitarian law forced upon Hong Kong in defiance of its limited autonomy in the summer of 2020. The law, imposed by Beijing without any input from the Hong Kong legislature, criminalizes anything and everything the CCP views as a threat to its power and control. It sentences violators to a minimum of ten years in prison if found guilty.

The Global Times was satisfied the national security law has stamped out meaningful dissent on the captive island: “Hong Kong’s opposition forces have no ability to fight the law, and the US’s and UK’s intervention mainly focuses on verbal accusations, and their ability to exert real pressure is very limited. The implementation of the national security law for and in Hong Kong is unwavering.”

The editorial also preemptively defended the next act of Chinese oppression against Hong Kong, a new batch of rules that will stipulate only certified “patriots” can participate in city government.

“It is both natural and justified for Hong Kong patriots governing Hong Kong. Is it possible for people in the U.S. and the UK to be ruled by people who do not love their own country?” the Global Times asked, penning the most unintentionally amusing line written by the CCP in years.

The mass trial of Hong Kong opposition leaders defended by the Global Times swiftly became a characteristic CCP human rights atrocity, as several of the defendants fainted during the marathon first day of hearings Tuesday and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Protests are continuing outside the courthouse as pro-democracy activists defy the draconian national security law to show their support for the defendants.

Young students at a nearby school joined in, chanting famous slogans from the 2019 democracy movement that have now been banned in Hong Kong, including “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” and “Hong Kong, add oil.” Some of the demonstrators added a new flourish: the three-fingered salute of defiance popularized in the Hunger Games novels and recently adopted by Burmese protesting against the military coup in their country.

“We have been taking shifts since yesterday. Our friend is among those charged. I want to tell my friend that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for our city,” a 20-year-old demonstrator told the UK Guardian on Monday.

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China: Claiming Coronavirus Originated Here Is a ‘Conspiracy Theory’

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The first cases of Chinese coronavirus infections in human beings were documented in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, in late 2019. No evidence exists suggesting that any cases of human infection were documented before November 17, 2019, the date leaked Chinese government documents reportedly listed as that in which doctors confirmed the first Wuhan case.

Beijing has publicly only accepted that cases existed within its borders as of December of that year, arguing that evidence of cases in places like Italy, which has a high concentration of Chinese immigrants, before December suggest a foreign origin for the novel coronavirus. The Chinese Communist Party has also increasingly pressured the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to launch an investigation into the United States as the origin nation of the virus, despite no evidence suggesting that the first infections occurred there.

The Global Times described believing China is the home nation of the Chinese coronavirus as a “conspiracy theory” in an article condemning criticism of the Communist Party — particularly its poor handling of the pandemic and its ongoing genocide campaign against the Uyghur people of western Xinjiang — in Australia. The Times dismissed any concerns about human rights under the Han supremacist regime as inherently discriminatory and sensationalist.

“Is it racism to criticize China, or freedom of speech? Rising racial discrimination against Asians has sparked a debate on the issue in Australia,” the Times noted. “However, whether people have the freedom to criticize China or not is not a problem. The issue is, in Australia, there are smears and rumors against China, and Canberra has been an active part of them.”

Free speech concerns aside, it alleged, “there is still a clear boundary between information and disinformation.”

“A disinformation campaign launched by some Western media and elites, including conspiracy theory that COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] originated in China and China’s governance in Xinjiang is ‘genocide,’ are groundless rumors,” the article insisted. To defend its first point, the Global Times cited the W.H.O. published in March on the results of an agency visit to Wuhan and investigation into the origin of the virus.

The report concluded the likeliest path to human infection was that an infected animal spread the virus to a second animal that then came into contact with humans. It stated that the least likely hypothesis investigated was an accidental leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a laboratory known to have been studying coronaviruses at the time of the outbreak. The report also speculated there was a non-zero, though not major, chance that the virus entered Wuhan through animal meat shipped from elsewhere.

The W.H.O. investigation occurred in early 2021, a year after Chinese officials admitted to destroying early samples of the virus, making studies into its evolution impossible. At the press conference to announce the publication of the report, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemned China for keeping important data from the investigative team and urged further investigation into the lab leak theory.

“The team also visited several laboratories in Wuhan and considered the possibility that the virus entered the human population as a result of a laboratory incident,” Tedros said. “However, I do not believe that this assessment was extensive enough. Further data and studies will be needed to reach more robust conclusions.”

“Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy,” he offered.

While the Global Times initially reacted to Tedros’ remarks by accusing him of “appeasing Washington,” on Thursday it appeared to interpret the aftermath of the W.H.O. investigation into Wuhan as being a definitive conclusion that the virus did not originate in China. The text of the W.H.O. report does not in any way dismiss the entirety of the Chinese nation as a potential origin source for the virus, or even Wuhan city.

“The World Health Organization-China investigation has suggested broader probe on virus origins in more countries after their probe in China, yet Australia joined the US and 13 other countries to question the W.H.O. report,” the Global Times claimed, referring to calls from the latter nations for more scientific research.

W.H.O. experts have indeed not fully dismissed the possibility that the Chinese coronavirus originated elsewhere. The experts have not, however, fully discarded the possibility that the virus originated where the first infections occurred. Notably, biologist Hung Nguyen-Viet, a member of the W.H.O. Wuhan team, suggested that the virus may have come from farms in southern China, which would explain the absence of any cases of animals carrying the virus in the wild in Hubei.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has spent much of the past year attempting to make the case that America is the true source of the virus. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has repeatedly accused the U.S. Army of causing the pandemic, without providing any evidence. Colleague Hua Chunying has suggested that American doctors misdiagnosed cases of coronavirus as lung injuries from the use of e-cigarettes or vapes — often the product of using unregulated products manufactured in China. Hua has never explained how that could be possible given that injuries, unlike coronavirus infections, are not contagious, and no evidence suggests vaping lung injuries are an exception to that rule.

The Global Times ultimately lamented that free speech concerns over censorship of criticism of the Communist Party in Australia were “very hypocritical and ridiculous.”

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Report: Communist China Is Throwing Christians Into Torturous ‘Brainwashing’ Camps

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The Chinese Communist Party is rounding up Christians in “secretive, mobile transformation facilities” and demanding that they reject their faith, according to a report from Radio Free Asia.

Using multiple state-run agencies, the proudly atheist communist regime has raided house churches in multiple regions including in the southwest and held Christians captive in facilities where some victims say they were “beaten, verbally abused and mentally tortured by staff.”

“It was a mobile facility, that could just set up in some basement somewhere. It was staffed by people from several different government departments,” said a man with the pseudonym Li Yuese, a Christian who was imprisoned for 10 months in a “windowless room” after the CCP raided his church in 2018. “They threaten, insult, and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this.”

Many of the people Li was held with, he said, “hadn’t done anything that could trigger any criminal prosecution” so they were forced into “transformation facilities” with “no windows, no ventilation, no time allowed outside” and limited meals. Authorities at these facilities reportedly sent those who refused to “admit their mistakes” into “solitary confinement for prolonged periods” and subjected them to beatings.

“They were using brainwashing methods on those of us who were on bail from the detention center,” Li said, noting that “there is no time limit for the brainwashing process.”

Similar camps are situated all around China, the report stated, and seem to target Catholics as well as Protestants who have operated underground churches for years. One lawyer, Zhang, who is familiar with the persecution, said many targets of the raids were never prosecuted.

“They just disappeared them, sometimes for five, six, or even 10 years at a stretch,” he explained. “Some were sent back home after five or six years, and that was how people learned about the brainwashing centers — from their accounts.”

The communist regime has increasingly cracked down on Christians in China as part of Xi Jinping’s five-year “sinifying religion” plan. Not only does the CCP demand Buddhist, Islamic, Taoist, and Christian churches integrate “popular cultural forms” such as art into their religious services and facilities, but the regime also began penalizing “confusing and poisonous” support for house churches, most of them Christian, in 2018 with fines, restrictions on “religious training abroad,” and bans on the “infiltration of Western hostile forces.”

China has also been committing genocide against the Uyghurs, a minority Muslim population located in the Xinjiang province in China, for years. In addition to imprisoning more than 1 million people in Xinjiang, the CCP has also forced Uyghurs to do labor and become sterilized, and it has subjected many of them to torture.

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China Is Asking the WHO to Hire Them to Build an International System to Maintain Flyer Data Regarding Vaccines for Cross Border Travel

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Out of the kindness of their heart, China has volunteered to the World Health Organization (WHO) that they would be happy to build a system used worldwide to track travelers who have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to USAA News, China has offered to complete a system to track travelers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine:

China launched a new domestic travel policy allowing more freedom to people who have received the vaccine. Now, Beijing wants the WHO’s approval to launch a global vaccine certification system for international travel because it can “help by sharing its experience with and provide technical support.”

China believes it is “the most experienced country in using a health code system in the world.”

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Speaking to Aljazeera, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said that a system would “help promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel.”

“In terms of technology, I believe that Chinese companies can build an international platform in just one week, but it is better that the WHO, rather than any country or regional organization, be the organizer to ensure the independence, fairness and data security of the platform,” the Director General of Information Consumption Alliance, Xiang Ligang, told the Global Times, a state-run news outlet.

But the WHO is not welcoming the idea. Besides, very few countries would accept a system created by China – for several reasons, including the country’s bad record with transparency and the fact that it is the country where the outbreak started.

Of course, this is a horrible idea.  Give the country that let loose this COVID-19 bioweapon information on all travelers worldwide and personal information on all of them.  No need for privacy or individual freedom in this scenario.  Also, would those who are outspoken against China be treated the same as those who aren’t?

This is such a bad idea we wonder if Biden/Obama will go for it.

What could possibly go wrong?

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