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Biden says the US would defend #Taiwan militarily against an invasion by China.
https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1528659148388417537

Response from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“The US has been racking its brains to play with words when it comes to the one-China principle. I want to remind the US side that no forces, the US included, can hold back the Chinese people’s endeavor to reunify the nation. Also, no forces, the US included, can change the fate of the “Taiwan independence” forces who are doomed to fail. Reneging on its promise on the Taiwan question, the US has obscured and hollowed out the one-China principle and publicly and stealthily incited and endorsed “Taiwan independence” separatist activities.  If the US continues to go down the wrong path, there will be irretrievable consequences for the China-US relations and the US will have to pay and unbearable price. Our stern warning to the US: There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is part of China’s territory and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. This is a consensus of the international community and a commitment made by the US to China. The one-China principle is unshakable, China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be violated and the red line of avoiding creating “two Chinas” and “One China, One Taiwan” must not be crossed. China has full confidence and capability and are fully prepared to firmly stem the “Taiwan independence” separatist activities, foil all external interference and resolutely uphold its sovereignty and territorial integrity. I’d like to advise the US to listen to a well known Chinese song with these lyrics: “For our friends, we have fine wine. For jackals or wolves, we welcome with shotguns.”
https://twitter.com/AZmilitary1/status/1529275399892525057

China makes its play in the Pacific
China is pursuing a regional agreement with Pacific island nations that would expand Beijing’s role in policing, maritime cooperation and cybersecurity while offering scholarships for more than 2,000 workers and young diplomats, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. Drafts of the deal were sent to 10 Pacific countries in advance of a Pacific tour by China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, who is scheduled to meet with regional leaders next week in Fiji. Covering a range of issues, the documents appear to be a joint communiqué that Beijing wants the countries to adopt. They offer a detailed outline of how Beijing seeks to win friends and gain greater access to the island chains that have long played a strategic role in Asia’s geopolitical contests.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/25/world/asia/china-pacific-island-countries.html

Russian, Chinese strategic bombers conduct joint air patrol in Asia-Pacific
“The Russian Aerospace Force and the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army conducted a joint air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region. The air task force composed of Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force and Hong-6K strategic bombers of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army conducted a joint air patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea,” the ministry said in a statement.
https://tass.com/defense/1455139

Biden unveils his economic plan for countering China in Asia
The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is Biden’s attempt at engaging a region coming increasingly under the influence of China. He unveiled it as he began the second leg of his debut tour of Asia. The announcement was one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is continuing this week in Japan.
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/22/politics/joe-biden-japan-monday/index.html

China launches an autonomous mothership full of autonomous drones
China christened a remarkable new 290-foot ship last week – the world’s first semi-autonomous drone carrier. It’ll carry, launch, recover and co-ordinate the actions of more than 50 other autonomous aerial, surface and underwater vehicles.
https://newatlas.com/marine/china-autonomous-mothership/

New ‘Declaration of Independence’ Movement Aims To Introduce American Values To Chinese Citizens
Known as the ‘Movement of Declaration of Independence in China,’ the online campaign is an effort to cripple communist rule in China by exposing Chinese citizens to the founding principles of the United States.
https://thefederalist.com/2022/05/24/new-declaration-of-independence-movement-aims-to-introduce-american-values-to-chinese-citizens/

China’s unrelenting lockdowns to worsen US inflation
The U.S. economy is likely to face fresh inflationary pressures from China, where on-and-off COVID-19 lockdowns have slowed production in a wide range of areas from chips to Christmas trees, ravaging global supply chains. The Chinese regime’s heavy-handed measures to contain the fast-moving Omicron variant have brought major industrial and commercial centers, such as Shanghai, to a halt.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinas-unrelenting-lockdowns-likely-to-worsen-us-inflation-analysts_4487444.html

What if China were to become a democracy
The U.S. economy is likely to face fresh inflationary pressures from China, where on-and-off COVID-19 lockdowns have slowed production in a wide range of areas from chips to Christmas trees, ravaging global supply chains. The Chinese regime’s heavy-handed measures to contain the fast-moving Omicron variant have brought major industrial and commercial centers, such as Shanghai, to a halt.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/after-the-fall-what-if-china-becomes-a-democracy_4483140.html

Holding US DOJ accountable for Chinese spying
In the aftermath of the Biden administration’s cancelation of the Trump-era anti-espionage program, the China Initiative, one lawmaker is demanding that the Department of Justice (DOJ) be held accountable for countering and reporting on threats from the Chinese regime.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/gop-lawmaker-seeks-to-hold-doj-accountable-for-its-efforts-countering-chinese-espionage_4488247.html

Wuhan weaponizing Monkey Pox
Virologica Sinica is an international journal which aims at presenting the cutting-edge research on viruses all over the world. The journal publishes peer-reviewed original research articles, reviews, and letters to the editor, to encompass the latest developments in all branches of virology, In February 2022, Virologica Sinica published a recent gain of function research project performed by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in August 2021 while the COVID-19 pandemic was still raging around the world. The Wuhan Institute of Virology assembled a monkeypox virus genome, allowing the virus to be identified through PCR tests, using a method researchers flagged for potentially creating a “contagious pathogen,” The National Pulse can reveal.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/stunning-wuhan-lab-experimenting-monkeypox-last-year-published-research-report-international-journal-february/

One million Chinese can’t access their bank account.

Nearly 1 million Chinese bank customers have not been able to access their deposits for more than a month, according to Chinese media reports. While the Chinese bank regulator claimed that its investigation found illegal wealth collecting activities involving a major shareholder and a third party platform.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/millions-of-chinese-customers-unable-to-access-their-bank-deposits_4486878.html

Chinese Couple Pleads Guilty to Stealing mRNA Vaccine Info, Smuggling Biological Materials: DOJ
A pair of scientists pleaded guilty to illegally importing potentially toxic lab chemicals and forwarding confidential mRNA vaccine research to China, according to a statement released by the Justice Department (DOJ).
https://link.theepochtimes.com/mkt_app/chinese-couple-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-mrna-vaccine-info-smuggling-biological-materials-doj_4484944.html

Opinion Biden is right to say the U.S. should defend Taiwan
President Biden’s declaration on Monday that the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacks is just the latest sign he is shifting U.S. policy toward confronting and containing the Communist nation. That’s the right approach, and he needs to rearm faster and maintain U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods to make it stick.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/23/biden-is-right-say-us-should-defend-taiwan/
Xinjiang Police Files
Unprecedented evidence from internal police networks in China’s Xinjiang region proves prison-like nature of re-education camps, shows top Chinese leaders’ direct involvement in the mass internment campaign.
https://www.xinjiangpolicefiles.org/

The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps
Thousands of photographs from the heart of China’s highly secretive system of mass incarceration in Xinjiang, as well as a shoot-to-kill policy for those who try to escape, are among a huge cache of data hacked from police computer servers in the region.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/85qihtvw6e/the-faces-from-chinas-uyghur-detention-camps

UPDATE 2-‘Significant issues remain’ in reaching deal over U.S.-listed Chinese company audits -SEC official
The SEC’s international affairs chief, YJ Fischer, told an audience that the agency’s accounting body, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), would need to complete China audit inspections by Nov. 22 to meet a U.S. deadline that will require noncompliant Chinese companies to delist by early 2023.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-significant-issues-remain-reaching-213119314.html