Today’s guest founded an educational consulting firm in China. In 2016, he was accused of working in China illegally on shallow evidence. He quickly found himself in subhuman prison conditions, facing an emaciating diet and subject to severe sleep deprivation.  He joins us today with the revelation that “China’s rise is not peaceful”. We look forward to discussing with him the Chinese legal system (which had a conviction rate of 99.965% in 2019), as well as the risks of doing business in China, with such questions as “Will the CCP allow Apple to operate in China as an investor-owned business?”

Surviving Chinese Communist Detention
Steven Schaerer survived communist Chinese incarceration, torture, and deportation. Steven is a proud first generation American from California’s Bay Area, and is the proud bi-racial son of immigrant parents from Switzerland and Mexico.

American Survives CCP Detention and Torture
Steven Schaerer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a survivor of detention in China with a harrowing story to tell.

Ron Insana: China’s crackdown on businesses threatens its standing as an economic superpower
This crackdown on the likes of Alibaba, Tencent and Ant Group, and the removal of the profit potential of education and tutorial firms, could force a huge outflow of foreign funds from China. It could also destroy domestic consumer confidence in a model that has lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty over at least the last 40 years.

China lashes out at GOP report on Wuhan lab, repeats US military conspiracy theory
The Chinese government dismissed a House GOP report that argues COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab in late summer 2019, arguing it is based on “concocted lies.”

Fully Fund the Guam Defense System
China fields a number of ballistic and cruise missiles that can target Guam. The new commander of Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. John Aquilino, told Congress in March in advance of his nomination hearing that Beijing has sprinted to improve the “range, survivability, accuracy, and lethality” of its missiles. China’s arsenal includes the land-based Dong Feng-26, a road-mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile sometimes called the “Guam killer.” They also possess cruise missiles that could be launched at Guam from any direction using H-6 bombers, submarines, or surface warships. And Beijing is also developing a hypersonic glide vehicle that could target Guam when employed in conjunction with a ballistic missile such as the Dong Feng-17.

To Beat China In the Gray Zone, You Have to Be There
China is always on the scene in the South China Sea, and it backs its coast guard and maritime militia with lavish firepower from the regular military. Our Southeast Asian partners are woefully outgunned. If we’re not there to compete with China, we risk surrendering this critical real estate to China, and freedom of the sea along with it.

Did the New York Times stifle lab leak debate?
At the start of the pandemic, the Times set the news and policy agenda on the lab leak hypothesis, discrediting it and anyone who explored it. The Times did so while taking money from Chinese state-owned propaganda outlets, such as China Daily, and while pursuing long-term investments in China that may have made the paper susceptible to the CCP’s strong-arm propaganda tactics in the first months of the pandemic.

The Thirty Tyrants
The deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and Sparta

Chinese Votive Sword Found in Georgia suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese travel to North America (This one is just really interesting…)

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