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By Bill Gertz

National Security Correspondent, The Washington Times

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  • Resistance group defends extreme methods to save planet
    June 14, 2022
    The group leading the resistance to the lithium Nevada mine proposal is openly, defiantly outside the American mainstream -- against capitalism, against industrialization and electrification, and "proudly Luddite in character."
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    Top Chinese military figure calls sharp nuclear buildup 'appropriate'
    June 14, 2022
    China's defense minister this week confirmed that the People's Liberation Army is expanding its nuclear arsenal, but played down the development that a U.S. nuclear commander called a "strategic breakout" comparable to the Soviet Union of the 1960s.

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    Nevada lithium mine pits Biden green agenda against radical environmentalists
    June 13, 2022
    A northern Nevada mine that is the largest-known source of lithium in the United States for electric car batteries is facing resistance from a radical environmental group and some of its American Indian supporters.

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    Biden: U.S. committed to arms control despite Chinese, Russian advances
    June 2, 2022
    Arms control remains a central focus of Biden administration national security policy despite a nuclear weapons "breakout" by China and the deployment of cutting-edge new strategic weapons by Russia not covered by the New START Treaty, President Biden said in a letter Thursday.

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    U.S. spy agencies warned not to discriminate against Chinese Americans
    May 26, 2022
    The FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies are not permitted to consider Chinese Americans as a greater security threat despite their targeting by China's intelligence service for recruitment, according to a report made public Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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    Blinken: Biden administration policy on China does not seek end of communist system
    May 26, 2022
    The Biden administration's policy toward China calls for diplomatic and economic competition but will not seek to replace an increasingly aggressive Chinese Communist Party system, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.

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    Nuclear deterrence at risk from aging strategic forces and warheads
    May 24, 2022
    U.S. strategic missiles, bombers and submarines are old and operating beyond their technical life expectancies, and replacements and upgraded warheads are needed urgently to deter growing nuclear threats from China, Russia and North Korea, according to military and defense officials.

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    California church shooting suspect linked to pro-Chinese Communist group
    May 18, 2022
    The Nevada man charged with killing a Taiwanese churchgoer and wounding five others in California has been linked to a group said to have close ties to China's ruling Communist Party.

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    China steps up subversion of global order in power grab, U.S. Pacific admiral warns
    May 17, 2022
    China's ruling Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army are subverting the rules-based international order and increasing global efforts to expand power, the U.S. admiral in charge of Pacific forces told a House hearing Tuesday.

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    Rumors swirl that China's Xi Jinping will step down amid harsh COVID lockdowns
    May 11, 2022
    Rumors circulating in China and among overseas Chinese social media are claiming Chinese President Xi Jinping, under fire for draconian COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere, will step down from power.

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    Ukrainian counteroffensive puts Russian supply lines at risk
    May 10, 2022
    Russia pounded the port cities of Mariupol and Odesa with missile strikes Tuesday while Ukrainian forces launched a fierce counteroffensive to the north and reportedly pushed Russian troops back toward their border as the two sides reached what U.S. intelligence officials said could be a prolonged "stalemate" that lasts for months or even years.

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    Chinese military poses 'acute' threat to Taiwan, U.S. intel chief says
    May 10, 2022
    China is building up the military forces needed to invade and take over Taiwan by 2030, posing what a top U.S. intelligence official described Tuesday as an "acute" threat to the island democracy.

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    U.S. intelligence sees stalemate in Ukraine war; Russia's nuclear saber-rattling to intensify
    May 10, 2022
    Invading Russian military forces remain bogged down in Ukraine and have shifted to a war of attrition, two senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Strategic Command chief details Chinese space-based nuclear missile
    May 9, 2022
    China has developed a unique hypersonic weapon in space that can strike targets on earth with a nuclear warhead from any angle. Beijing is expected to use its expanding power to coerce Taiwan, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command told Congress.

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    CIA boss: Russia's Ukraine woes have not dampened China's designs on Taiwan
    May 8, 2022
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to retake the island of Taiwan despite Moscow's military struggles to take over Ukraine, according to CIA Director Bill Burns.

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    China pressured Sony to remove Statue of Liberty from 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
    May 4, 2022
    The Chinese government demanded a major U.S. movie studio remove a section of the recent Spider-Man blockbuster movie as a precondition for circulating the film in China, but the studio refused, according to a Hollywood insider.

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    State Department targets China's pro-Moscow disinformation on Ukraine war
    May 3, 2022
    Chinese "wolf warrior" diplomats and state-controlled media actively promote the Russian government's line and disinformation on the Ukraine war, contrary to Beijing's claim of being a neutral party toward the conflict, the State Department charged this week.

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    China 'doubling down' on illicit trade and economic theft, U.S. trade report says
    May 1, 2022
    China's communist government is increasing its systematic theft of U.S. technology and intellectual property and conducting other illicit economic activities, according to the latest annual survey by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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    State Department identifies two Chinese bioweapons sites
    April 298, 2022
    China carried out offensive biological weapons work until 1987 and failed to disclose the full extent of the activities for years as required under an international agreement, according to the State Department's annual report on arms treaty compliance.

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    Chinese protest as Navy missile destroyer transits Taiwan Strait
    April 27, 2022
    A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait this week triggering yet another blast of criticism from China's People's Liberation Army.

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    Russian pilot seen in China jet trainer crash
    April 25, 2022
    Online video showing a Chinese jet crash over the weekend reveals that the Chinese air force is receiving flight training from Russian instructors, according to U.S. and Chinese social media reports.

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    Taiwan publishes civil defense handbook as Ukraine spurs war fears
    April 14, 2022
    Taiwan's military has published its first-ever civil defense handbook to prepare the island's 23 million people for a possible Chinese attack.

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    China's orbiting hypersonic missile part of growing space-based arsenal, DIA warns
    April 12, 2022
    China's test of an orbiting hypersonic missile last year demonstrated Beijing's longest range land attack weapon and is part of a growing arsenal of space warfare capabilities, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report on space threats released Tuesday.

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    Jury convicts Kansas professor accused of hiding China ties
    April 8, 2022
    A University of Kansas professor was found guilty this week of concealing ties to a Chinese government-linked university, and in a second case a Chinese national was sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing agricultural trade secrets.

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    State Department works to counter Ukraine disinformation from China
    April 7, 2022
    China's propaganda and disinformation operations are actively promoting pro-Russian narratives about the invasion of Ukraine, supporting Moscow's positions and blaming the U.S. for the conflict, according to the State Department center involved in trying to counter the operations.

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    CIA general counsel nominee once did legal work for Chinese government-linked pharma firm
    April 7, 2022
    President Biden's pick to be the CIA's most senior lawyer did legal work in the past for a large, Chinese Communist Party-linked pharmaceutical company, according to congressional documents and testimony.

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    Pentagon to scrap nuclear gravity bomb as part of Biden review
    April 4, 2022
    The Pentagon will eliminate the sole nuclear gravity bomb in the U.S. strategic weapons arsenal capable of blasting deeply buried underground structures as part of the Biden administration's review of strategic weapons policy, according to U.S. officials.

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    Intel failure: U.S. misjudged Russian weaknesses, Ukrainian strengths before the war
    April 1, 2022
    U.S. intelligence agencies misjudged Russia's military capabilities in the weeks leading up to the invasion of Ukraine, and also believed Ukraine's military was ill-prepared to resist and would be quickly defeated, according to military and intelligence officials.

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    Indian neutrality in Ukraine fight complicates U.S. strategic designs in Asia
    March 28, 2022
    The Indian government has refused to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is purchasing Russian oil, undercutting U.S. and Western efforts to create a united front of democracies to confront Moscow for its military aggression.

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    Pentagon to spend $6.1 billion to upgrade Army radios
    March 25, 2022
    The Pentagon on Friday announced plans to spend $6.1 billion to modernize Army command and control radios, more than the cost of a new Virginia-class attack submarine.

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    Ukraine's military is winning with agile defenses, measured weapons use and fierce will
    March 20, 2022
    Outgunned Ukrainian forces are winning the war so far against the invading Russians with unique tactics, effective use of weapons and fighters who have exhibited a fierce commitment to defending their nation, military analysts say.

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    China sails carrier through Taiwan Strait in signal to U.S.
    March 18, 2022
    China sailed its newest aircraft carrier near a Taiwanese island in the Taiwan Strait on Friday in a saber-rattling signal to the United States hours before a video call between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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    Chinese leader tested by Russian invasion of Ukraine
    March 15, 2022
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is being tested by the Russian invasion of Ukraine as the Communist Party chief seeks to support Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime in the face of crippling Western sanctions and the prospect that those sanctions will hit China for any stepped-up support of the Kremlin in the intensifying regional war.

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    DNI: Ukraine labs not involved with biological weapons, despite Russian charges
    March 10, 2022
    Ukraine's government operates over a dozen laboratories engaged in research on biological warfare defenses and other medical research that could fall into Russian hands, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told Congress on Thursday.

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    Russian invasion raises new danger of Chinese attack on Taiwan
    March 9, 2022
    The danger of China conducting a major military attack on Taiwan has increased in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, senior military and defense officials told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Some civilians escape Ukraine as Pentagon nixes Polish jet offer
    March 8, 2022
    Delicate cease-fires held for several hours along humanitarian aid and civilian evacuation corridors in some areas of Ukraine on Tuesday, even as Russian forces pounded other negotiated escape routes and local authorities warned that the number of civilians killed by Russian missile strikes continued to climb.

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    DNI: China engaged in largest nuclear buildup in history, preparing ground to take Taiwan
    March 8, 2022
    China is engaged in a massive nuclear weapons buildup that includes hundreds of new strategic missiles, and Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing the military to retake Taiwan, the nation’s most senior intelligence official told Congress on Tuesday.

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    U.S. intel sees no unusual activity from Russian nuclear forces despite Putin order
    March 8, 2022
    Russian nuclear forces have not moved to an unusually heightened state of alert despite the recent public announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the country’s massive nuclear arsenal was being readied for use, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told Congress Tuesday.

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    Chinese foreign minister says U.S. seeking Asian NATO against China
    March 7, 2022
    The United States is seeking a NATO-like alliance to contain China in Asia, and Washington is to blame for provoking the war in Ukraine and growing global instability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in remarks Monday.

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    Taiwan hit by widespread power outage as Pompeo meets president
    March 3, 2022
    Taiwan suffered a widespread electrical blackout on Thursday and the power outage disrupted a meeting between former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

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    Pentagon hits China for blaming U.S. for Ukraine invasion
    March 2, 2022
    The Pentagon on Wednesday criticized the Chinese government for not joining Western sanctions on Russia and falsely blaming the invasion of Ukraine on the United States.

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    Putin nuclear threat part of new escalation policy
    March 2, 2022
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's veiled threats to use his nuclear arsenal if the West comes to Ukraine's aid in the current fighting highlight a new military doctrine called "escalate to deescalate," which calls on the military to resort to nuclear weapons more rapidly in conflicts.

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    Putin threat tests China's nuclear umbrella pact with Ukraine
    Feb. 27, 2022
    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Moscow's military to raise the alert status of its large nuclear forces on Sunday, and the threat will test a 2012 agreement that calls on China to provide a nuclear deterrent umbrella for Ukraine.

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    China shared U.S. intelligence on Ukraine crisis with Russia
    Feb. 25, 2022
    China's government took U.S. intelligence provided to convince Beijing to join American-led efforts to head off a military attack on Ukraine and shared it with Russia, according to a person familiar with the activity.

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    China blames U.S. for inciting Ukraine conflict
    Feb. 24, 2022
    China's government leaned further toward supporting Russia's military incursion into Ukraine on Thursday blaming the Eastern European conflict on U.S. arms transfers to Kyiv.

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    Exiled opposition figure calls Ukraine invasion 'a crime against humanity'
    Feb. 24, 2022
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's military offensive now underway in Ukraine is a crime against humanity and a violation of Russian law, exiled opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Thursday.

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    China restricts media criticism of Russia
    Feb. 23, 2022
    Chinese government instructions posted on social media reveal that Chinese Communist Party propaganda organs have been ordered to avoid criticizing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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    China: Moscow has 'legitimate' security concerns with NATO, Ukraine
    Feb. 22, 2022
    China on Tuesday appeared to back Russian grievances over Ukraine and NATO following Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition Monday of two separatist enclaves in the eastern part of the country, noting what it called Moscow’s "legitimate security concerns."

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    China expected to indirectly back Russia -- with reservations -- on Ukraine
    Feb. 21, 2022
    China's communist leaders face the dilemma of supporting a quasi-ally in backing Russian military operation against Ukraine while avoiding a collapse of Beijing's declared policy of respecting sovereignty and never interfering in the internal affairs of other states.

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    FBI sting in Navy nuclear secrets case may have links to China
    Feb. 18, 2022
    The FBI sting operation that ensnared an Annapolis U.S. Navy engineer and his wife in a conspiracy to sell nuclear submarine secrets involved an unidentified foreign nation that could be China, The Washington Times has learned.

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    Defense Department ill-prepared for war with China, GAO says
    Feb. 17, 2022
    Beijing's expanding military poses a "significant threat" to the United States and the Pentagon is not ready for a conflict with China, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

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    New U.S. sanction rules hit dozens of Chinese firms linked to military
    Feb. 15, 2022
    The Treasury Department on Tuesday issued regulations to implement sanctions on 59 Chinese military companies aimed at blocking Beijing from building up its armed forces with cash obtained from U.S. financial markets.

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    Ex-DNI: Durham disclosures based on intel of Democratic conspiracy
    Feb. 14, 2022
    U.S. intelligence provided to special counsel John Durham described a Democratic political conspiracy to subvert Donald Trump's presidential campaign and administration by falsely linking the ex-president to the Russian government, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Monday.

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    Threat of EMP attack reenforced by loss of SpaceX satellites to geomagnetic storm
    Feb. 9, 2022
    Up to 40 satellites recently launched as part of a new Starlink internet communications system were damaged by a solar geomagnetic storm and are expected to fall to earth and burn up in the atmosphere, SpaceX, the systems' manufacturer, announced Tuesday.

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    Billionaire purge, power outages, real estate crisis plague Chinese leader's economic plan
    Feb. 8, 2022
    Chinese President Xi Jinping, even after a decade in power, is finding it difficult to shape China's economy to his liking.
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    Federal grand jury indicts Chinese telecom firm in theft of Motorola radio secrets
    Feb. 7, 2022
    A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted the Chinese telecommunications firm Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. for conspiracy in a scheme to steal Motorola walkie-talkie secrets, the Justice Department announced Monday.

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    Late Chinese doctor who alerted world on COVID outbreak remembered
    Feb. 7, 2022
    The medical doctor who tried to sound the alarm on the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019 and later died from the disease was remembered Monday, two years after Chinese authorities forced him to confess to making illegal internet statements that reflected badly on the country.

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    Some Havana Syndrome cases resemble directed-energy attacks, intelligence study says
    Feb. 2, 2022
    A declassified U.S. intelligence study made public Wednesday concludes that brain injuries suffered by U.S. diplomats and intelligence personnel in mysterious attacks overseas appear similar to cases of directed energy exposure.

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    FBI warns of cyberattacks during Beijing Olympics
    Feb. 1, 2022
    State-backed hackers or private criminals may conduct cyberattacks targeting the Beijing Olympic games, the FBI said in a warning to computer network operators on Tuesday.

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    FBI chief Wray: China engaged in large-scale hacking operations targeting U.S. tech
    Feb. 1, 2022
    China's intelligence services and related hackers are engaged in a "massive, sophisticated" program to steal information as part of a technology theft campaign larger than all other foreign adversaries combined, according to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.

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    State Department rebuffs Chinese propaganda on U.S. undermining Olympics
    Jan. 30, 2022
    Chinese government and media assertions that the United States is secretly working to undermine the Beijing Olympic Games are false, the State Department said Sunday.

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    Navy sends two carriers to disputed South China Sea
    Jan. 25, 2022
    Two Navy aircraft carrier strike groups are conducting operations in the disputed South China Sea amid heightened tensions over recent Chinese aerial incursions near Taiwan.

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    China steps up warplane incursions near Taiwan
    Jan. 24, 2022
    China in the past two days has sharply increased provocative warplane incursions near Taiwan as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine intensified in Europe.

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    CIA: Most mysterious attacks on U.S. officials not linked to foreign power
    Jan. 20, 2022
    The Central Intelligence Agency disclosed Thursday that its investigators have so far found that a string of mysterious suspected directed-energy attacks on U.S. intelligence and diplomatic personnel overseas do not appear to be the work of a single hostile government.

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    Federal agency urges better defenses after Russian cyber hit on Ukraine
    Jan. 18, 2022
    The federal government's primary cybersecurity agency is urging computer network administrators for American critical infrastructure networks to immediately bolster security against electronic attacks following suspected Russian cyberstrikes against Ukraine.

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    China, Russia both seize opening to score points in Kazakh crisis
    Jan. 10, 2022
    The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization said the regional security pact is prepared to act in Kazakhstan, fueling concerns that China may join Russia in sending troops to the troubled Central Asian nation in a bid to exploit unrest for its own ends.

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    China-led Central Asian alliance set to intervene in Kazakhstan
    Jan. 10, 2022
    The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization said the regional security pact is prepared to act in Kazakhstan, fueling concerns China may join Russia in sending troops to the troubled Central Asian nation.

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    Convicted Chinese scientist was recruited by Beijing's 'Talents' program
    Jan. 7, 2022
    A Chinese scientist who pleaded guilty to U.S. economic espionage charges on Thursday was recruited by the Chinese government as part of a foreign spying program that recruited people with access to foreign trade secrets and technology sought by Beijing.
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    "The China Threat is especially strong in piecing together the larger pattern of modernization in the Chinese military and the looming U.S.-China confrontation over Taiwan."
    -- Tom Donnelly, The Weekly Standard, Dec. 4, 2000

    "Sheer fabrication out of ulterior motives, with which we express our strong dissatisfaction. It must be pointed out that there are always some people in the United States who cling to the Cold War mentality and have prejudice of and hostility against China... We demand those who have plotted the so-called 'China Spy Case' see clearly the trend of history and immediately stop their despicable acts of wantonly attacking China."
    -- Sun Yuxi, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, People's Republic of China, Nov. 16, 2000

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