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By Bill Gertz

National Security Correspondent, The Washington Times


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  • Joint Chiefs head says China lacks 'capability' to capture Taiwan
    June 17, 2021
    China's military forces have not developed the ability to carry out a military assault against the island of Taiwan, despite a large-scale build-up by Beijing in recent years, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress on Thursday.
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    Spy agencies to release secrets in countering China, Russia info threats
    June 17, 2021
    The Pentagon's intelligence agencies plan to release classified information to the public and to allies as part of efforts to counter information threats from China and Russia, senior Pentagon and military officials told Congress.

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    USS Ronald Reagan carrier group in South China Sea amid tensions with Beijing
    June 15, 2021
    A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan began conducting operations in the disputed South China Sea on Monday amid mounting U.S.-China tensions.

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    Pompeo has 'high confidence' Wuhan lab is linked to China's military
    June 14, 2021
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he has "high confidence" in an assessment published by the State Department in January linking the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology to the Chinese military.

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    Blinken presses China to join coronavirus origin probe
    June 10, 2021
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday pressed a senior Chinese Communist Party official for cooperation with an international investigation into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Biden administration official said.
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    Legal watchdog sues DNI, State for coronavirus origin documents
    June 10, 2021
    Two lawsuits seeking documents from the State Department and the Office of Director of National Intelligence on the origin of the COVID-19 virus have been filed.

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    House GOP leaders warn Biden on rapid China nuclear build-up
    June 9, 2021
    China's military is engaged in a rapid nuclear buildup and Beijing's refusal to hold arms talks with the United States may violate an international treaty, three House Republican leaders warned in a letter to President Biden.

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    Former Trump aides want Beijing punished for pandemic
    June 8, 2021
    China's government is continuing to stonewall the international community by hiding details and information related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by a group of former Trump administration officials.

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    Pentagon identifies Chinese companies for sanctions
    June 4, 2021
    The Pentagon on Friday released a list of 47 Chinese military-linked companies operating in the United States as part of American efforts to thwart Beijing's military-civilian technology "fusion" program.

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    Contrary to 'myth,' U.S. partnerships with Asian allies are strong, former White House adviser says
    June 3, 2021
    Japan's military views the defense of Taiwan as a major national security priority, says Matt Pottinger, a deputy national security adviser in the Trump administration.

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    For CIA, protecting defectors is a daunting task
    June 1, 2021
    The CIA is quietly providing lifetime security for several hundred high-value defectors who worked secretly for the United States and fled Russia, China and other hostile states, says the former head of the CIA’s defector resettlement program.

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    China continues proliferation of nuclear tech, missiles: Report
    May 26, 2021
    China is continuing to sell dangerous nuclear technology and missiles around the world, mainly to North Korea and Iran, according to the Congressional Research Service.

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    COVID-19 origin dissent 'suppressed' by intelligence community, House GOP report finds
    May 24, 2021
    U.S. intelligence failures related to the COVID-19 global pandemic include suppression of dissenting views on the origin of the virus, a recent report by House Republicans on the intelligence oversight panel concluded.

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    Navy denies China's claim it 'expelled' U.S. warship on patrol in South China Sea
    May 20, 2021
    A Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in a challenge to expansive Chinese claims to own most of the waterway, the Navy said Thursday.

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    House GOP intel panel members seek major probe of COVID-19 origins
    May 17, 2021
    Republicans on the House intelligence oversight panel are pressing President Biden to launch a major probe into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Researcher gets 3-year prison term for covert China work
    May 14, 2021
    A professor in Ohio was sentenced to 37 months in prison Friday for failing to disclose work for China funded by federal grants in what prosecutors say was an immunology research fraud scheme.

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    U.S. intel suspects Putin link to pipeline ransomware attack
    May 13, 2021
    American intelligence officials are concerned Moscow may have covertly carried out the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack disguised as a criminal group, according to a U.S. official familiar with intelligence reports who said suspicions of the Russian government link are based on comments Russian President Vladimir Putin made last month.

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    Space Force general: Chinese lasers, jammers threaten GPS satellites
    May 10, 2021
    China’s space weapons include missiles and killer satellites, but Beijing's most worrying arms are lasers and electronic jammers capable of destroying or disrupting Global Positioning System navigation satellites used by the U.S. military, the general in charge of space says.

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    U.S. would lose war with China over Taiwan, retired USMC major writes in Chinese propaganda paper
    May 8, 2021
    A civilian Marine Corps official has published an opinion piece in the Chinese Communist Party’s most aggressively anti-American propaganda outlet arguing the United States would lose a war with China over Taiwan.

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    Defense Department officials: No sign yet U.S. funds went to suspect Chinese lab
    May 4, 2021
    Pentagon officials offered a qualified denial Tuesday saying they have found evidence that any of the nearly $40 million in defense money given to a non-government organization may have been used for research at the Chinese military-linked Wuhan Institute of Virology, a suspected potential origin point for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Xi claims ultimate authority, adopts Mao's title 'helmsman'
    May 3, 2021
    Chinese President and Communist Party General-Secretary Xi Jinping continues to consolidate power and has reached new status, adopting the title "helmsman," a descriptor not used since Mao Zedong and denoting ultimate authority, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

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    U.S. approves $2.4 billion sale of maritime patrol jets to India
    April 30, 2021
    The Biden administration announced it will sell six P-8 maritime patrol aircraft and related gear to India worth $2.42 billion. The jet sale was announced by the State Department and the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation agency notified Congress of the sale Friday.

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    China nuclear buildup faster than expected, U.S. now believes
    April 29, 2021
    China’s military is advancing its nuclear arsenal and delivery systems so fast the Defense Intelligence Agency has had to move up its estimate of when Beijing will double its warhead stockpile, the general in charge of military intelligence told Congress on Thursday.

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    Tibetans see repeat of own repression in China's treatment of Uyghurs
    April 28, 2021
    Tibetans are experiencing mass repression in China similar to that being enforced on ethnic minority Uyghurs in the western part of the country, the outgoing president of the Tibetan government in exile said.
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    China nixed meeting on biowarfare concerns as coronavirus queries increased
    April 25, 2021
    China canceled an online meeting with American officials last year to discuss mounting concerns regarding secret Chinese biological weapons work in possible violation of an international treaty, according to a new report.

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    China engaged in 'breathtaking' nuclear expansion, STRATCOM commander warns
    April 21, 2021
    China's military is engaged in a "very rapid" expansion of nuclear forces, which threatens U.S. security and is complicating efforts to deter both Russia as well as China, the commander of the Strategic Command told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Not an 'existential' threat: Intelligence agencies challenge Biden's climate change alarmism
    April 20, 2021
    The U.S. government's intelligence analysts are failing to match the heated rhetoric used by President Biden and his administration in describing threats posed by climate change, instead dubbing vague "direct" or "indirect" dangers from global warming.

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    Economists sound alarm on China gaming free market to gain world domination
    April 15, 2021
    China is exploiting access to the capitalist economic system to achieve global dominance and ultimately seeks to control the world economy, two former Trump administration China experts warned a congressional commission on Thursday.

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    FBI investigating Antifa for violent attacks, Director Wray says
    April 15, 2021
    The FBI is investigating far-left Antifa radicals linked to violent attacks around the country, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on Thursday.

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    U.S. intel chief: Coronavirus originated either from Chinese lab breach or infected animal
    April 14, 2021
    Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told Congress on Wednesday the COVID-19 pandemic began either from an accident at a Chinese laboratory or through an infected animal who passed it along to humans.

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    China, Russia are prime threats to U.S. security, interests, intelligence survey finds
    April 13, 2021
    China is advancing its global power as it seeks to replace the United States, while Russia also is determined to challenge key American interests, according to the annual intelligence survey of national security threats released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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    Antony Blinken warns China against attacking Taiwan
    April 11, 2021
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China on Sunday not to attack Taiwan amid increased tensions and activities across the Taiwan Strait.

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    Marine assault vessel joins U.S. carrier group in show of force in South China Sea
    April 9, 2021
    Thousands of Marines aboard an assault vessel joined a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sailing in the South China Sea on Friday for integrated military exercises in disputed waters China has claimed as its maritime territory.

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    'Baseless conspiracies': State Dept. fights China's disinformation campaign on COVID-19 origins
    April 8, 2021
    As the Chinese government is engaged in a global disinformation campaign regarding the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department has been quietly pushing back against "baseless conspiracies" around the world, according to the department’s Global Engagement Center.

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    Hypersonic missile fails to deploy in Air Force flight test as Russia, China press ahead
    April 6, 2021
    The first booster vehicle flight test of a new Air Force ultra-high speed "hypersonic" missile failed this week when the AGM-183 test missile failed to release from a B-52 bomber.

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    'Spiral out of control': China's 'confrontational' provocation on U.S. allies tests Biden's resolve
    March 31, 2021
    China is stepping up provocative activities targeting regional American allies in Asia in recent days, with an escalating number of military flights around Taiwan and the massing of more than 200 fishing ships near a disputed Philippines reef.

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    VOA reporters battle parent over federal records law and source communications
    March 31, 2021
    The agency that oversees the U.S. government's overseas broadcasting operations is facing controversy over rules requiring reporters at Voice of America to document conversations with sources under federal record-keeping law.

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    WHO report fails to quell questions over COVID-19 origins, possible lab leak
    March 30, 2021
    A team of international virus experts working with Chinese counterparts failed to pinpoint the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic during a visit to China, amid mounting questions over stonewalling by Beijing and whether the virus escaped from a Chinese research laboratory.

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    Biden vows to block Chinese bid for supremacy
    March 25, 2021
    President Biden said Thursday he will not allow China to become the world's most powerful nation and promised to hold Beijing accountable for human rights abuses and aggressive action in the Asian seas.

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    China's confrontational military buildup to be laid bare by U.S. spy agency in unprecedented reveal
    March 21, 2021
    U.S. public and private researchers are about to get an unprecedented look at the scope of China's military buildup.

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    'No way to strangle China': Fiery rhetoric, clashes besiege U.S., Beijing at Alaska meeting
    March 18, 2021
    Senior Biden administration officials squared off against their Chinese counterparts in Alaska on Thursday, with the two sides trading charges of global coercion and undermining international order.

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    'Three Warfares': U.S. pummeled by covert disinformation war waged by Russia, China
    March 16, 2021
    China and Russia are engaged in sophisticated information warfare against the United States, spreading false narratives to undermine social cohesion and sow division, senior Pentagon intelligence officials disclosed Tuesday.

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    U.S. plans to deploy long-range missiles in Asia to deter 'our greatest strategic threat'
    March 10, 2021
    The U.S. military plans to deploy long-range missiles in Asia capable of threatening China as part of efforts to deter a conflict with Beijing, the commander of American military forces in the Pacific said Tuesday.

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    Biden takes U.S. national security strategy to the left -- with nods to Trump
    March 8, 2021
    President Biden and his administration plan a leftward shift in U.S. national security strategy while adopting some America-centered policies of the Trump administration such as countering technology theft by China.

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    Virus experts demand new probe into origins of COVID-19
    March 4, 2021
    An international group of virus experts on Thursday called for a new "full and unrestricted" international forensic probe of the emergence of the coronavirus, expressing concern over China's dissembling and lack of transparency on the origins of the pandemic.

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    Touted Chinese drama revives U.S. biological weapons disinformation
    March 1, 2021
    Chinese state media recently broadcast decades-old disinformation claiming that the U.S. military used biological weapons against Chinese troops in the Korean War.

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    Facebook's false fact check protected a viable source of COVID-19: Wuhan Institute of Virology
    Feb. 23, 2021
    Over a year ago, I reported in this newspaper that the Wuhan Institute of Virology has links to the Chinese military and was being eyed as a potential source of the coronavirus pandemic. As of today, every word of my story has been confirmed.

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    Pompeo: Reckless Chinese virus labs threaten the world
    Feb. 23, 2021
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Chinese laboratories conducting virus research pose a threat to the world and China's government should be held to account for the global coronavirus pandemic.

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    U.S. voices concerns on new China maritime law
    Feb. 19, 2021
    The United States is raising concerns that a new Chinese maritime law authorizing coast guard vessels to fire on ships in the South China Sea may escalate disputes in the region.

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    VOA executive fired under Trump rehired by Biden
    Feb. 13, 2021
    The embattled Voice of America has rehired a Persian-language director who was removed from her post by the agency's previous management last month for allegedly misusing funds and falsifying her resume.

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    White House warns WHO not to be influenced by China on virus origin probe
    Feb. 13, 2021
    The White House warned the World Health Organization on Saturday not to be influenced by the Chinese government in conducting its investigation into the origin of the deadly coronavirus.

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    China rapidly expanding military assets in South China Sea, admiral says
    Feb. 11, 2021
    China's military increased both warship and warplane missions in the South China where two U.S. aircraft carriers recently conducted operations to bolster international rights to the seas there, the commander of a carrier strike group in the region said.

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    WHO team unable to pinpoint how virus jumped to humans
    Feb. 9, 2021
    A team of international virus investigators from the World Health Organization and experts from China said Monday the deadly pathogen behind the global pandemic began in Wuhan, China but virologists were unable to pinpoint with certainty how the virus may have jumped from bats to animals and then humans.

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    U.S. Navy calls China's 'play with fire' bluff, cruises USS McCain through Taiwan Strait
    Feb. 4, 2021
    A U.S. Navy destroyer conducted a passage through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the first transit through the contested waterway since President Biden took office.

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    Nuclear war with China or Russia 'a very real possibility,' U.S. Strategic Command chief warns
    Feb. 1, 2021
    The United States must be ready for a nuclear war with China or Russia and seek new ways to deter both countries' use of newly acquired advanced strategic weapons, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command is warning in a major new review of the global balance of nuclear forces.
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    Declassified U.S. intelligence bolsters Wuhan lab theory in coronavirus outbreak
    Jan. 26, 2021
    U.S. intelligence findings recently declassified by the State Department provide fresh evidence for the theory that the COVID-19 pandemic likely began at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China's sole high-security laboratory that has links to the country's military.

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    Biden administration faces early tests from China, Russia
    Jan. 24, 2021
    America's main international rivals have wasted no time in testing the resolve of the Biden administration to defend U.S. allies and values.

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    Chinese incursions seen as early test of Biden administration
    Jan. 24, 2021
    A group of 15 Chinese warplanes intruded into Taiwan's air defense zone on Saturday prompting the new Biden administration State Department to voice its concern for military pressure by Beijing on the island state.

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    U.S. declares China engaged in genocide against Uighurs
    Jan. 19, 2021
    The U.S. government on Tuesday declared China's communist government guilty of carrying out a policy of genocide and crimes against humanity for its mass repression campaign against Uighur minorities in western China.

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    China building 'greatest expansion of a nuclear arsenal' since Cold War, State Department warns
    Jan. 14, 2021
    China has rapidly expanded its nuclear and conventional missile forces over the past decade, nearly tripling its ballistic missile production capability and deploying a wide array of nuclear and conventional missile systems, according to an intelligence assessment released by the State Department.

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    MIT professor charged with illegal work for China
    Jan. 14, 2021
    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor was arrested Thursday and charged with secretly working for China’s technology collection programs and failing to disclose the work to the Energy Department.

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    Once-secret strategy document reveals stepped-up U.S. spy operations against China
    Jan. 12, 2021
    A once-secret White House strategy document reveals that the U.S. has stepped up intelligence activities directed against China's extensive spying operations in the United States and around the world.

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    China state organ says Beijing must 'strike back' at U.S. over Taiwan
    Jan. 12, 2021
    President Trump ordered the banning of eight Chinese software applications Tuesday over concerns Beijing is using the apps to spy on Americans and steal massive amounts of data to support its communist system.

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    Pompeo slams anti-American 'woke-ism' at Voice of America, U.S. broadcast outlets
    Jan. 11, 2021
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday criticized "wokeness" and political correctness within the official government Voice of America broadcaster after some employees protested his plan to speak to official U.S. broadcasters at VOA headquarters.

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    Trump executive order bans 8 Chinese apps
    Jan. 5, 2021
    President Trump ordered the banning of eight Chinese software applications Tuesday over concerns Beijing is using the apps to spy on Americans and steal massive amounts of data to support its communist system.

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    China relents, will admit WHO team probing virus origins
    Jan. 11, 2021
    China's government agreed Monday to allow virus inspectors from the World Health Organization into the country as part of a probe to learn the origin of the coronavirus.

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    State Department lifts all restrictions on government contacts with Taiwan
    Jan. 10, 2021
    The State Department on Saturday ended restrictions on diplomatic and military contacts with Taiwan in a move designed to upgrade ties with the island state and end “appeasement of China.”

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    China: Population policies protect Uighur women from fate as 'baby-making machines'
    Jan. 8, 2021
    China's embassy in Washington stated this week that repressive policies toward minority Uighurs in western China include birth control designed to stop Uighur women from becoming "baby-making machines."

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    In another about-face, Chinese firms again blocked from New York Stock Exchange
    Jan. 7, 2021
    The New York Stock Exchange, under pressure from the Trump administration, reversed itself for a second time this week and has agreed to block trading in three major Chinese telecommunications firms over their links to China’s military.

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    Trump executive order bans 8 Chinese apps
    Jan. 5, 2021
    President Trump ordered the banning of eight Chinese software applications Tuesday over concerns Beijing is using the apps to spy on Americans and steal massive amounts of data to support its communist system.

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    Russia likely source of massive SolarWinds hack, U.S. intelligence says
    Jan. 5, 2021
    U.S. intelligence agencies have formally linked Russia to the massive ongoing cyberattack targeting thousands of sensitive government and private-sector computer networks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said on Tuesday.

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    U.S. officials press China over growing nuclear arsenal
    Jan. 4, 2021
    China is engaged in a nuclear arms buildup and is stonewalling the international community regarding its strategic weapons intentions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump's chief arms control negotiator said Monday.

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    China excludes elderly from vaccine rollout
    Jan. 4, 2021
    Chinese officials announced this week they have begun mass vaccinations against the coronavirus pandemic but are limiting shots to people aged 18 to 59, leaving the elderly in the lurch, according to state media.

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    Part I: Beijing's spies gain access to secrets
    Part II: Clinton critic says he was targeted
    Part III: China prepares for war with U.S. over Taiwan

    The New Cold War
    Washington Times book review by Steven Mosher

    Wire stories about 'The China Threat'

    Reviews:

    "There is no Churchill in America today. Where are they to turn then, those patriots in our security services who understand what the fecklessness, stupidity and corruption of the Clinton administration are costing us? It would not be very surprising if they were to seek out a sympathetic journalist, in the slim hope that the American public might take their eyes away from Hollywood and Wall Street long enough to pay attention. If so, their contact of choice would be Bill Gertz, defense reporter for the Washington Times."
    -- John Derbyshire, National Review, Dec. 4, 2000

    "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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    "This will be the Clinton administration's least favorite book on its foreign policy. But the rebuttals are likely to be long on adjectives and short on refutation, for these tough charges are backed, the Gertz way, by fact after fact after fact."
    -- R. James Woolsey, former CIA Director

    "Mr. Gertz has performed a signal service by writing this thorough, frightening, and sad chronicle of how we fell from our ability to provide leadership in the quest for peace without appeasement."
    -- The Honorable Caspar Weinberger, former Secretary of Defense, Chairman of Forbes magazine

    "I know of no national security reporter in the U.S. who is better sourced or more respected for accuracy than Bill Gertz. His reporting is essential reading for those who wish to stay in the know. An so is Betrayal."
    -- James Webb, former Secretary of the Navy, author of Fields of Fire and The Emperor's General


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