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Distinguished US Professors Participated in Controversial Chinese Recruitment Plan: Leaked Documents

Several prominent professors at American colleges have participated in China’s talent acquisition program, according to leaked documents from a Chinese regional authority. The professors worked with the Thousand Talents Program (TTP), a controversial state-backed recruitment plan criticized by U.S. officials for its role in transferring Western research and technology to China. Two of the professors

‘China Is Its Own Biggest Enemy’: French Report Gives Panoramic View of Beijing’s Push for Global Influence

Despite Beijing’s sweeping efforts to impose its own authoritarian model onto the free world, its biggest enemy is itself, according to a French government-affiliated think tank. The findings came from a nearly 650-page French-language report titled “Chinese Influence Operations” from the Institute for Strategic Studies of Military Schools (IRSEM), an independent agency affiliated with the

Quad Leaders to Meet Amid Mounting CCP Aggression

The leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States will meet at the White House on Sep. 24 for the first-ever in-person leaders’ summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, colloquially known as “the Quad.” They will discuss issues ranging from emergent technologies and global supply chain security to climate change and the future of multilateral

US Air Force Secretary Warns of China’s Military Ambitions in Space

U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall on Sept. 20 warned about China’s increasing military threats, including those from space. “While America is still the dominant military power on the planet today, we are being more effectively challenged militarily than at any other time in our history,” he said during a speech at the Air Force

Sen. Scott Says Biden Shouldn’t Remain Silent on China’s Oppression in Hong Kong

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is calling on President Joe Biden to speak up against China’s assault on democracy in Hong Kong, after nine activists in the Chinese-ruled city were given months-long sentences for commemorating victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. “Once a thriving democracy, Hong Kong is now fully under the oppressive rule of General Secretary Xi

US, UK, Australia Announce New Security Partnership Amid Rising Chinese Influence

The United States, the UK, and Australia on Sept. 15 announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the region. The first move under this partnership, called “AUKUS,” would be for the United States and the UK to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, according to a joint statement by the

Newsom Wins California Recall Election as Elder Concedes Defeat

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has defeated a recall bid seeking to oust him from office, with his chief rival, GOP candidate Larry Elder, conceding defeat. Elder told a crowd of supporters on Sept. 14 that “we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” suggesting his first campaign may not be his last.

Over Two-Thirds of Businesses Worldwide Report Hiring Difficulties

A new survey of nearly 45,000 employers in dozens of countries showed that 69 percent of businesses reported having a hard time finding workers, a 15-year high for the second consecutive quarter. The survey, carried out by employment services provider ManpowerGroup, found that over two-thirds of employers in 43 countries said finding skilled talent remains a

England Drops Vaccine Passport Plan

The plan to mandate CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine passports for nightclubs and crowded events in England will not go ahead, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday. It comes after British lawmakers across the political spectrum voiced strong opposition to the plans this week. Speaking on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show” on

International Lawmakers Call for Solidarity With Lithuania and Taiwan

By Frank Fang TAIPEI, Taiwan—Several members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), an international network of lawmakers concerned about communist China’s disregard for the rule of law and universal human rights, are calling for international solidarity with Lithuania and Taiwan who are facing coercion. Beijing has thrown a fit after Lithuania agreed in July to allow

Members of Congress, Federal Judges, Staffers Exempt From Vaccine Mandate

On Thursday evening, President Joe Biden unveiled two executive orders that could mandate vaccinations for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus for millions of working Americans in both the public and private spheres. But absent from these mandates are similar requirements for members of Congress, federal judges, or their staffers. Biden’s executive orders would unilaterally require

Taliban Declare Ban on Slogans, Protests That Don’t Have Their Approval

The Taliban on Sept. 8 announced a ban on all slogans, demonstrations, and protests that do not have their official approval in yet another signal that the Islamist group is taking a hardline and repressive approach to government. A decree was issued on Wednesday by the head of the Taliban’s new interior ministry, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is a member of the Haqqani network

UN Permits China to Burn Coal for a Decade Longer Than Australia

The United Nations (U.N.) has been criticised for giving China a pass to continue firing up coal power stations until 2040 despite pushing Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other OECD countries to halt its use by 2030. U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Action Selwin Hart unveiled the new climate road map Monday

Japan–Taiwan ‘Security’ Talks: Something New and Significant

Commentary Change comes slowly in Japan—especially when it involves national defense. But sometimes, something happens that causes one to raise an eyebrow. On Aug. 27, two Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politicians, both defense specialists, held virtual “security” discussions with two counterparts from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This was a first—and an eyebrow-raiser. The following commentary discusses

IPCC’s ‘No One Is Safe’ Slogan Is Deeply Misleading: Shellenberger

The message stated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) report, warning that “nobody is safe” from human-caused climate change is “irresponsible and misleading,” according to longtime environmental activist Michael Shellenberger. The IPCC published a report in August stating that human-caused climate change is accelerating and that radical changes to human behavior are needed to avert disaster. Following the findings, U.N.

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