The Gertz File

Defense and National Security News


From Washington

By Bill Gertz

National Security Correspondent, The Washington Times


  • Latest articles

  • China nuclear force exceeds U.S. arsenal in some areas, Strategic Command warns
    Dec. 8, 2022

    The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command recently notified Congress that China's military has passed the U.S. in at least one of three areas -- the number of nuclear warheads, strategic missiles or launchers, according to a letter from lawmakers to the chief of America's nuclear arsenal.
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    Pentagon urged to build advanced defenses against growing cruise, hypersonic missile threats to U.S.
    Dec. 5, 2022

    Rapid advances in Chinese hypersonic missiles and Russian cruise missiles pose major threats to critical infrastructure in the United States and the Pentagon needs to prepare better defenses for the homeland, according to a new report by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board.

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    Space race 2.0: China is building weapons to attack U.S. 'ground, sea, or air targets from orbit'
    Dec. 4, 2022

    China is rapidly building a large force of space weapons, including sophisticated anti-satellite missiles, lasers, jammers, orbiting killer robots and cybertools, to "blind and deafen" a war enemy, the U.S. military is warning.

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    China rapidly building space arms to 'blind and deafen' U.S. military, Pentagon says
    Dec. 1, 2022

    China's military is rapidly building a large force of space weapons, including sophisticated anti-satellite missiles, lasers, jammers, orbiting killer robots and cyber tools, designed to "blind and deafen" the American military in a future war, the U.S. military is warning.

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    Drones will now be 'uncrewed,' not 'unmanned' in Pentagon shift
    Nov. 30, 2022

    The Pentagon is subbing out the use of the term "unmanned" in a nod to political correctness and will henceforth refer to "uncrewed" drones and other autonomous weapons. The change appears in the Pentagon's latest annual report to Congress on the Chinese military made public this week.
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    Navy warship sails near advanced Chinese weapons outpost in South China Sea
    Nov. 29, 2022

    A U.S. Navy warship sailed near some of the Chinese military's most advanced weapons outposts in the South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing.

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    China on pace to match U.S. nuclear stockpile by 2035, Pentagon warns
    Nov. 29, 2022

    The Chinese military's rapid buildup is on pace to reach 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035 - nearly the number of current U.S.-deployed warheads, the Pentagon said in a survey of Chinese military power revealed Tuesday.

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    China doubles down on harsh COVID controls and tries to end protests
    Nov. 29, 2022

    China's government on Tuesday signaled that it is not backing down in the face of angry nationwide protests against President Xi Jinping's strict zero-COVID policies, the country's state media reported Tuesday.

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    China hones skills to rival U.S. as cyber superpower, 10 times more troops than U.S. Cyber Command
    Nov. 17, 2022

    China's cyberspace operations were once considered "sloppy," but its online capabilities have grown rapidly over the past decade into a dangerous threat regarded as equal to U.S. military digital skills, a congressional report warns.

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    Tough talk: China tells U.S. to take a hike when it comes to Taiwan
    Nov. 17, 2022

    President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping presented sharply diverging views on the future of U.S.-Chinese relations during three hours of closed-door talks Monday. The dynamic of the meeting, preceded by a warm handshake, quickly became clear: The American president sought a return to greater bilateral engagement while the Chinese leader bluntly warned the United States to back off and not to cross its "red lines" regarding Taiwan and other issues.

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    British spy chief says Chinese engaged in long-term agent recruitment
    Nov. 17, 2022

    Britain's domestic intelligence chief warned this week that Chinese intelligence agents are grooming British citizens as spies as part of influence operations that can stretch over years and even decades.

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    Commission report reveals China's plan for war on Taiwan
    Nov. 15, 2022
    China is increasing plans for military, economic and political warfare against Taiwan, and the U.S. government needs to step up preparations and planning to respond to a future war across the Taiwan Strait, according to a report by a congressional China commission.

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    Biden pushes engagement as Xi hails 'new era' of Chinese power
    Nov. 14, 2022
    President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping presented sharply diverging views on the future of U.S.-Chinese relations during three hours of closed-door talks Monday. The dynamic of the meeting, preceded by a warm handshake, quickly became clear: The American president sought a return to greater bilateral engagement while the Chinese leader bluntly warned the United States to back off and not to cross its "red lines" regarding Taiwan and other issues.

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    DNI: China expands use of cyber repression to control population
    Nov. 10, 2022
    China is using cyberattacks, influence operations and mass data theft to extend repressive authoritarian controls over its population and throughout the world, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report.

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    Major conflict with China 'is coming,' outgoing Strategic Command chief warns
    Nov. 7, 2022
    China is increasing its nuclear forces more rapidly than American analysts anticipated, according to the outgoing commander of the Pentagon's Strategic Command, who warns that Beijing is in the midst of a "breakout" buildup of forces.

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    Biden strategy shift limits role of nuclear arms as China, Russia expand arsenals
    Oct. 27, 2022
    The Biden administration has quietly reduced the role of nuclear weapons in American defense strategy by eliminating a decades-long policy of using nuclear arms to hedge against future developments and threats.

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    Senate GOP report backs Wuhan lab leak as COVID-19 origin
    Oct. 27, 2022
    The COVID-19 virus most likely originated from a government laboratory in Wuhan, China, and not from a wild animal, according to a new report by Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

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    New British prime minister vows to counter Chinese communist threats
    Oct. 25, 2022
    Britain's new prime minister says that China poses the largest threat to the country and the world, and has outlined plans to shut down controversial Chinese cultural institutes that critics say are used to promote Beijing propaganda and influence activities.

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    Threat to undersea cable in Hawaii highlights danger of future internet disruptions
    Oct. 22, 2022
    HONOLULU -- Federal security officials working an investigation on the Dark Web made an alarming discovery last April. A hacker obtained login credentials for a server at a telecommunications company in Hawaii with access to an undersea communications cable.

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    Former Chinese leader removed from Party congress
    Oct. 22, 2022
    Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was escorted out of a major session of the Chinese Communist Party on Saturday in a humiliating display of internal tensions within the ruling communist regime in Beijing.

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    U.S. military bases in Hawaii without water after water main break
    Oct. 20, 2022
    HONOLULU -- Several U.S. military bases here, including the headquarters of the Indo-Pacific Command, are without water after a water main break disrupted service to more than 90,000 service members and family, according to military officials. The water main broke Friday and repairs to the 36-inch pipe are expected to last a week.

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    Pacific Fleet admiral: No ambiguity in U.S, allies' ability to defend Taiwan
    Oct. 19, 2022
    The commander of the world's largest naval force component says there should be no ambiguity about the operational capabilities of the U.S. Navy's warships and other naval forces to defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack.

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    Beijing police mobilize as rare public protest mars preparations for Xi-dominated party congress
    Oct. 13, 2022
    Police in Beijing mobilized after a rare public protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday, as officials stepped up internet censorship days before a major Chinese Communist Party conference.

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    British intel chief: China threatens democratic order with fear, coercion and technology
    Oct. 11, 2022
    China is using a combination of fear, coercion and advanced technology to reshape the world according to its anti-democratic system, the head of Britain's electronic spy agency warned Tuesday.

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    U.S. sensors unable to track Chinese, Russian hypersonic missiles, says congressional report
    Oct. 11, 2022
    U.S. radars are unable to track Chinese and Russian high-speed missiles until late in their flight, even as new systems are being developed as part of the Pentagon's accelerated hypersonic missile defense program, according to a congressional report.

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    Chairman Xi? Party congress set to hand Chinese leader unprecedented power
    Oct. 9, 2022
    Xi Jinping has amassed unchecked power in the past decade. Now a Communist Party congress that opens Sunday in Beijing is poised to grant the Chinese president and party general secretary an unprecedented third five-year term in office despite a slowing economy and mounting domestic unrest over his zero-COVID health restrictions.

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    Chinese Embassy tries to silence Pompeo broadcasts into China
    Oct. 4, 2022
    China's government is seeking to silence former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for comments critical of the ruling Communist Party made during a new series of broadcasts that seek to speak directly to the Chinese people.

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    San Francisco celebrates Chinese communism in flag-raising to honor founding of nation
    Oct. 3, 2022
    San Francisco's government raised the Chinese flag over city hall last week to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China 73 years ago.

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    Chinese police post U.S. sites to coerce nationals
    Oct. 3, 2022
    China has developed a network of overseas "police stations" to conduct covert operations aimed at forcing Chinese nationals, mostly political dissidents wanted by Beijing, to return to China, according to a report by a human rights group.

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    Chinese espionage, cyber programs pose major counterintelligence threat, Senate report warns
    Oct. 2, 2022
    China's human spying, cyber espionage and more recently covert disinformation operations are a "600-pound gorilla in the room" of foreign counterintelligence threats, according to a Senate report on the growing problem of adversary spying.

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    Chinese, Russian warships spotted sailing near Alaskan island
    Sept. 26, 2022
    Chinese and Russian warships conducted a joint patrol near Alaska last week and prompted a Coast Guard cutter and C-130 transport to monitor the ship movements, Coast Guard officials have revealed.

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    Former Los Alamos nuclear scientists aid China's advanced weapons, private study says
    Sept. 22, 2022
    The Chinese government targeted scientists at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory for recruitment, with more than 160 researchers returning to China over more than three decades to help nuclear and other advanced weapons programs there, according to a new report by a private security and intelligence firm.

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    House Republican seeks Treasury reports on 'millions' paid by Chinese company to Biden family
    Sept. 22, 2022
    A senior House Republican wants the Treasury Department to turn over all suspicious activity reports on dealings between President Biden and his family and a Chinese business linked to the government.

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    U.S. Pacific fleet commander warns expanding Chinese military could now blockade Taiwan
    Sept. 20, 2022
    China now boasts a large navy with enough surface warships to blockade rival Taiwan, according to the commander of the U.S. Navy's frontline fleet.

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    State Department watchdog gives failing grade to new counter-disinformation center
    Sept. 19, 2022
    The State Department unit devoted to countering disinformation and propaganda is failing to take the lead on government-wide efforts to expose foreign lies and deception, according to a new survey by the department's internal inspector general.

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    U.S. commanders wary of growing nuclear alliance between China and Russia
    Sept. 18, 2022
    The growing ties between China and Russia are sparking new fears among U.S. war planners that the nuclear powers will soon pose a unified nuclear threat, the Air Force general nominated to head the nation's nuclear deterrence arsenal told Congress.

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    Xi, Putin pledge unity to fight U.S. dominance
    Sept. 15, 2022
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to forge closer ties during a summit in Central Asia on Thursday that included a discussion of Chinese support for Russia's troubled invasion of Ukraine and Russian support for Beijing’s claims to Taiwan.

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    Space Force nominee warns Chinese weapons can destroy U.S. satellites
    Sept. 14, 2022
    China's military has developed space weapons capable of disrupting and destroying American satellites in all orbits, the nominee for senior leader of the Space Force warned Congress.

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    Russia flies reconnaissance aircraft in restricted zone near Alaska, NORAD planes scrambled
    Sept. 12, 2022
    Russia's military marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by dispatching two military reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska on Sunday, the U.S. and Canadian militaries disclosed Monday.

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    Pentagon tests multi-warhead ICBM after delays
    Sept. 8, 2022
    The Air Force has flight-tested a Minuteman III ballistic missile that practiced launching multiple nuclear warheads, after twice delaying the exercise amid tensions with global rivals.

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    U.S. indicts two Marshall Islands nationals in China-linked bribery scheme
    Sept. 6, 2022
    Two Marshall Islands nationals of Chinese descent were indicted by the Justice Department on charges of bribing government officials of the Pacific island-state with funds from China.

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    China shuts down counter-drug talks with U.S., fueling fears of more overdose deaths
    Aug. 31, 2022
    China's decision to suspend counternarcotics cooperation with the United States to protest a high-profile congressional visit to Taiwan is fueling fears of a sharp increase in overdose deaths from Chinese-supplied stocks of fentanyl.

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    Taiwan Strait war could lead to undersea internet cables cutoff, costly shipping disruptions: Report
    Aug. 29, 2022
    War between China and Taiwan could lead to a break of undersea communications cables and costly delays in moving shipping containers through the region, according to a think tank report made public Monday.

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    State Department: China using artificial intelligence programs to blunt criticism of Uyghur policies
    Aug. 24, 2022
    China is engaged in a global influence and disinformation campaign, including the use of artificial intelligence-generated fake images, aimed at countering reports of repression against minority Uyghurs, according to a State Department report made public Wednesday.

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    Commerce sanctions Chinese aerospace companies for military ties
    Aug. 23, 2022
    Seven Chinese aerospace companies were added to the Commerce Department blacklist Tuesday for ties to China's large-scale military modernization program.

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    Navy awards $4.4 billion contract to Johns Hopkins physics lab
    Aug. 22, 2022
    The Pentagon announced on Monday that the Navy awarded a $4.4 billion contract to the Advanced Physics Laboratory (APL) at Johns Hopkins University for defense and strategic systems work.

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    China ramps up pressure on Taiwan after controversial U.S. visits
    Aug. 22, 2022
    Chinese naval forces showed no signs of let-up Monday against Taiwan, flying warplanes again close to the self-ruled island days after a pair of controversial U.S. congressional visits that infuriated Beijing.

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    VOA cancels Chinese-language programs on Taiwan
    Aug. 18, 2022
    Voice of America is canceling two Chinese-language programs focused on the standoff between China and Taiwan in a move critics say signals a softening of the broadcaster's coverage of communist China.

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    U.S. Indo-Pacific commander warns about Chinese nuclear buildup
    Aug. 16, 2022
    The commander of American military forces in the Pacific is pushing back against Chinese government claims that a three-nation pact to build nuclear submarines for Australia poses a danger of nuclear weapons proliferation.

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    China renews war games around Taiwan after congressional delegation's visit
    Aug. 15, 2022
    China's military is continuing provocative military exercises that U.S. officials say are intended to coerce and intimidate Taiwan, a key regional ally.

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    Chinese companies probed by U.S. to delist from New York Stock Exchange
    Aug. 12, 2022
    Five major Chinese state-owned companies, including oil producers Sinopec and PetroChina, announced Friday they will no longer list their stock for trading with the New York Stock Exchange amid U.S. investigations of their audit and disclosure policies.

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    China's Wuhan institute studied deadly bioterrorism agent, Congress told
    Aug. 9, 2022
    China's Wuhan Institute of Virology, where the COVID-19 pandemic may have started, conducted work on a deadlier virus with a 60% lethality rate, according to recent Senate testimony.

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    China's 'breathtaking' nuclear arms push a rising challenge, Stratcom chief says
    July 28, 2022
    China is expanding its nuclear forces at a "breathtaking" pace, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command warned in urging for strengthened U.S. nuclear deterrence against the danger.

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    U.S. Army reboots, reorients to confront China, back allies in region
    July 27, 2022
    The U.S. Army is building up forces and international ties throughout the Indo-Pacific region to counter growing Chinese aggression and strengthen nervous regional allies, the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific said in an interview.

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    Biden administration preps Taiwan for Chinese attack after Ukraine invasion
    July 22, 2022
    ASPEN, Colo. -- The Biden administration is bolstering U.S. arms production to sustain the war in Ukraine and to support Taiwan in preparing to fend off a future Russian-style invasion from China, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.

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    Russia tests U.S. air defenses in midst of Ukraine war
    July 22, 2022
    ASPEN, Colo. -- Two Russian maritime patrol aircraft tested the U.S. and Canadian air defense zone two weeks ago in a show of force in the midst of Moscow's military operation in Ukraine and nuclear saber-rattling, the commander of the Northern Command said Friday.

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    Western nations grow alarmed at China's increasing threats
    July 21, 2022
    ASPEN, Colo. -- Britain's storied MI6 foreign intelligence service has retooled its operations with a major focus on the threat posed by China, the agency's director said in rare public remarks Thursday.

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    British intelligence retools for spying on China
    July 21, 2022
    Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service has retooled the storied spy agency with a major focus on the threat posed by China, the agency's director said in rare public remarks Thursday.

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    CIA chief: China set for takeover of Taiwan in next few years
    July 21, 2022
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to take control of Taiwan but is studying the lessons of Russian military shortfalls in Ukraine before taking action, CIA Director William Burns said Wednesday.

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    China is not the Soviet Union, Beijing's ambassador tells security conference
    July 20, 2022
    The Chinese Communist Party is not like its predecessor in the Soviet Union and thus there should be no new Cold War between the United States and China, China's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.

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    U.S., China clash again over territorial disputes in South China Sea
    July 18, 2022
    A Navy guided-missile destroyer conducted a second freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea three days after sailing near disputed islands in the northern part of the sea, the Navy's Seventh Fleet said.

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    Navy warship marks S. China Sea ruling anniversary
    July 13, 2022
    A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer this week helped mark the sixth anniversary of a landmark international tribunal ruling declaring the South China Sea to be international waters and not a Chinese lake.

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    Indictment reveals new details of Chinese targeting of dissidents
    July 11, 2022
    China's government used American private investigators to harass dissidents in the United States, according to a federal indictment of five people made public last week.

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    China steps up influence operations of state, local officials, U.S. agency's report says
    July 7, 2022
    China is increasingly targeting American state and local officials in influence operations designed to further the objectives of the ruling Communist Party, according to a new report by a U.S. counterintelligence agency.

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    Hill panel OKs funding ban for U.S. group linked to Chinese lab at center of COVID controversy
    July 5, 2022
    A House appropriations panel has approved an amendment to a major spending bill working its way through Congress that would ban funding for work in China by a New York-based group linked to suspect virus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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    U.S. blacklists Chinese firms for military deals with Russia, Iran
    June 30, 2022
    The Commerce Department this week sanctioned 23 Chinese companies, including five linked to arms sales to Russia since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February.

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    Chinese posed as local Texans online to target rare earth producer
    June 29, 2022
    China conducted a sophisticated disinformation campaign against a company building a rare earth minerals facility in Texas for the Pentagon, according to the Pentagon and a cybersecurity firm.

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    Universities close most of China's institutes, but many still operating under new cover
    June 21, 2022
    Universities have closed most of the more than 100 Beijing-linked Confucius Institutes across the U.S., but many of the Chinese cultural sites are operating under new names and programs to promote official propaganda and soft power, according to a research study released Tuesday.

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    China conducts new missile defense test even as U.S. pushes ban on space tests
    June 20, 2022
    China's military conducted a space-based missile defense interceptor test, claiming to have successfully targeted a ballistic missile in space, the Chinese Defense Ministry said Sunday.

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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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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."

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)



    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.
    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)

    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.

    (...Full story)



    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.
    (...Full story)


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