World Stop legitimizing China's corrupt regime
China appears to be expanding its nuclear capabilities, US researchers say in new report
China is building a second field of missile silos in its western deserts, according to a new study, which researchers say signals a potential expansion of its nuclear arsenal and calls into question Beijing's commitment to its "minimum deterrence" strategy.Identified via satellite imagery, the new missile base in China's Xinjiang region may eventually include 110 silos, said the report released Monday by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines deliver protection well below 90% effectiveness, based on the results from countries that have come to rely on them. Clinical trials point to even more discouraging numbers, with as few as 51% of their users avoiding symptomatic disease.
Even if that is better than nothing, it is still outrageous that China is demanding payment for these subpar products from the international vaccine-sharing cooperative COVAX, whereas millions of highly effective American vaccine doses have been donated for free.
Uyghur American: I was born in a Chinese reeducation camp. I will always fight China's lies.
Uyghur children shaped by our mothers’ sufferings, our fathers’ toil, and our homelands’ tribulations, will not rest until China's lies are exposed.She could not have known I would obtain a law degree at American University, serve as vice chair for the U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom, or receive the inaugural Notre Dame Prize for Religious Liberty. But while she may not have seen my future, I do know she had a dream for my life. She dreamt I would live in freedom and that her children’s children would grow up without the heavy burden of traumatic life experiences like torture, silencing or imprisonment.
This state of affairs has prompted Samantha Power, President Joe Biden’s head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, to state quite strongly, “It is appalling that Beijing chose to make a profit on those vaccines rather than to contribute financially to COVAX or to donate its state-owned vaccines to COVAX to reach people in their hour of desperate need.”
It is heartening to see someone in Biden’s administration call out a regime that Biden has been. Unfortunately, however, the common sense that Power displays in this instance only serves to illustrate Biden's culpability in overlooking Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s perfidy in so many other areas.
Indeed, if Biden understands the Chinese communists’ persistent habits of lying, stealing, cheating on agreements, and committing genocide, that leaves him with no excuse for his otherwise obsequious behavior toward Xi. It must be asked of Biden why he is subordinating U.S. interests to multilateral institutions that communist China has thoroughly corrupted, instead of directly confronting this hostile power on a bilateral basis?
Protests escalate US-Cuba tensions
U.S. officials are moving quickly to throw their support behind protesters in Cuba who have put communist leaders on the defensive amid dissatisfaction with the economy and food shortages.The protests -- the largest in decades -- come as COVID-19 has crippled Cuba's tourism economy and as power blackouts and food lines renew dissatisfaction in a country where dissent has historically been repressed."The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime.
The act of rejoining the World Health Organization, for example, was a terrific opportunity for self-righteous internationalism at the expense of former President Donald Trump. But aside from ameliorating the Trump rage of the displaced foreign policy elite, why did Biden restore the credibility of an international agency that had clearly become China’s puppet? For years, China has been funding and installing its own candidates to head the WHO. By now, it is well known that the WHO initially helped cover up and minimize the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, all the while minimizing the Taiwanese government’s warnings. Long before that, having installed its own candidates to head the WHO for years, it was using the organization to promote scientifically unsound traditional medicine practices that not only don’t make people healthy but also deplete endangered species. This organization is not worthy of the credibility that U.S. membership confers upon it.
China Backs Cuba in Saying US Should Apply Sanctions To Itself
"The U.S. should first and foremost examine its own human rights issues, instead of wielding the big stick of sanctions, grossly interfering in other's internal affairs and creating division or confrontation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.Speaking Friday at a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian asserted that his country "firmly supports the efforts of the Cuban government and people to maintain social stability" as President Joe Biden doubles down to pressure Cuba in the wake of historic protests in the island nation.
The Paris accord is another example. This multilateral agreement will accomplish a great big zero in terms of reducing global warming, but it will deliver quick pain to Western economies. Meanwhile, it provides China with a blank check to pollute with impunity for another decade. So, knowing how China cheats, and in this case, it is not even living up to the pathetic demands placed upon it, why would the United States restrict its own economy while letting China build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants with absolutely no consequence?
The U.N. Human Rights Council, which Trump rightly had the U.S. quit, is simply a disgrace. It overlooks genocide by governments such as those of China and Syria and repression by bad actors such as Cuba. It is far too busy to deal with such questions because it is busy issuing a new condemnation of Israel every three weeks. The panel, which typically includes representatives of the world’s worst human rights-abusing governments, issued 17 condemnations of Israel last year, mostly just for defending itself, compared to just six condemnations for all the other human rights abuses going on in the world. Sure, China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but the UNHRC would sooner expend its energy condemning the U.S. for its immigration and asylum policies, which even under Trump were extremely generous by world standards.
Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control
Henan adheres to a familiar formula in Xi Jinping's China: Authorities turn tragedy into triumph, while controlling victims' narratives.Chen Yuanqiu lived nearby. He had witnessed the flood and knew that during rush hour the tunnel could be clogged with hundreds of cars. The government said that only six people had drowned. But rumors in chat groups suggested that bodies were being taken out of the tunnel in secret.
The Xi regime has clearly corrupted COVAX, the Paris accord, the UNHRC, the WHO, and a host of other multilateral institutions. If American diplomats are to make progress in advancing U.S. interests against this increasingly belligerent and hostile power, then Biden must first stop playing China’s game. Instead of engaging with corrupted multilateral institutions, Biden should be looking to forge bilateral partnerships with trusted allies to further U.S. interests around the world.
China could soon have an unlikely supporter in Central Asia -- the Taliban .
Editor's note: CNN has launched the Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country's rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. © Wali Sabawoon/NurPhoto/Getty Images Afghan Taliban fighters and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal signed between US and Taliban in Laghman Province, Alingar district on March 2, 2020. One is a government accused of detaining more than 1 million Muslims in a vast system of internment camps. The other is one of the world's strictest Islamist militant groups.