(RepublicanWire.org) – On CBS Evening News Monday anchor Norah O’Donnell and senior White House correspondent Ed O’Keefe reported on President Joe Biden’s disastrous interview with 60 Minutes Sunday. As part of the report, O’Keefe noted how many of Biden’s statements needed to be corrected or clarified by his handlers afterward. 

Biden was such a trainwreck that O’Donnell opened with this stunning report: “there is fallout tonight after President Biden’s interview with 60 Minutes, comments he made about the pandemic, led stocks of three COVID vaccine makers to plunge, shares falling as much as nine percent.” 

“President Biden’s conclusion on 60 Minutes Sunday that the COVID pandemic has ended prompted push-back from health experts and clarifications from top officials,” O’Keefe noted. 

“Make no mistake, people are still dying. And what the President is saying is that we all want to get back to where we were before COVID,” Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra stated.

 CBS aired a soundbite of Fauci attempting to revive the pandemic by claiming “it is likely that we will see another variant emerge, and there’s already on the horizon.” 

Biden was also asked about whether he plans to run for reelection. 

“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision. I take it the decision has not been made in your own head,”  Pelley remarked.

Biden said, “look, my intentions I said to begin with is that I would run again, but it’s just an intention.

Is it a firm decision, that I’d run again? That remains to be seen.

O’Keefe ended by reporting that “the President also told 60 Minutes the U.S. Military would defend Taiwan against a quote unprecedented attack from China.” 

“White House officials later clarified U.S. White House policy towards Taiwan hasn’t changed. The Chinese called the President’s comments, well they said they sent the wrong signal,” O’Keefe noted before tossing back to O’Donnell. 

(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., slammed President Biden’s “weak” handling of escalating tensions with China on “One Nation with Brian Kilmeade.”

Graham said, “Why does Taiwan matter? Ninety percent of the high-end chip manufacturing in the world is done in Taiwan. The last thing you want China to do is to take over Taiwan, have a monopoly in the 21st century chip market. So here’s the deal.”

“China is flexing their muscles because Biden’s administration is dumb and weak. Every time Putin threatened Ukraine, we got weak. Instead of imposing sanctions when he built up his army on the border, we didn’t want to provoke him. Instead of flowing in weapons to the Ukraine before the invasion, we didn’t want to provoke Putin. So what are we doing in Taiwan? I have legislation with Bob Menendez, a Democrat, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, to give more economic aid to Taiwan, more military assistance to Taiwan. And the administration, the Biden administration is working to kill the bill,” Graham continued.

(RepublicanWire.org) – No matter where she goes Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will catch some flak for her decision-making while there. While normally just a pitfall of the job (or a perk depending on your perception), for her in this situation it could prove to be disastrous for not only her political career but for Taiwan and possibly the US altogether.

While speaking at a press conference on July 20th, China spokesman Zhao Lijian gave his comments on Pelosi’s visit. “If Speaker Pelosi visits Taiwan, it would seriously violate the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués and harm China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It will have a severe negative impact on the political foundation of China-US relations and send a gravely wrong signal to “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. China firmly opposes such a visit.”

Condemning her visit is bad enough, but Zhao also covered how China would respond to such provocation was incredibly clear as well. “We urge the US side to adhere to the one-China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués. The US must not arrange for Speaker Pelosi to visit the Taiwan region and must stop official interactions with Taiwan, stop creating factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and follow through on the US’s commitment of not supporting “Taiwan independence” …The US must assume full responsibility for any ensuing consequences.

Given the nature of China’s claim to Taiwan and any territory neat it a part of their empire, Pelosi has a chance to grab the dragon by the tail while there. The problem is this is a sleeping dragon that has been in rather peaceful slumber for decades now. Much like the bully that’s been on good behavior while the teacher is looking, they are devising a plan to make their attack when provoked or the perfect opportunity presents itself.

This visit could prove to be that provocation. As for the opportunity, the US is rather ripe for the attack now. Due to President Biden’s horrifically misguided policies, we are depleted militarily due to the COVID vaccine requirement. Many of the US-based food production and processing plants are incurring problems with fires, staying staffed, and getting in the proper supplies. Liberal “woke” policies have Americans going after one another, and our economy is in a bit of a tailspin due to this recession.

Needless to say, this would be one of the more strategically advantageous times for that dragon to wake up and bring the fight to us. While that certainly could trigger WWIII, this is a clear time for the risk to be at its highest, and Pelosi is fully aware of this risk. Despite that risk though, she is fully prepared to go forward with her visit to Taiwan and to act like she has no fear.

Fear is the one thing she should pack in her carry-on. While the US bends the knee to no man or empire, we should not be foolish enough to believe that we are untouchable. Especially with China already controlling a sizeable portion of US debt. As strong as our military was, this pandemic wiped out our numbers, and people like this half-brained Pelosi could easily change how the course of history goes simply because she is ignorant.

China previously warned her before her last planned trip back in April to Asia. After coming down with COVID she postponed the trip, and Taiwan has remained on that agenda ever since. As much as countries like North Korea tend to bluff and then do little to nothing in response to our actions, China hasn’t been presented with an opportunity to back up its words. Is right now truly the best time to test that; especially with Biden in office?

(RepublicanWire.org) – NBA superstar LeBron James bashed the United States in favor of Russia as he has suggested that a WNBA player, who is in custody in Moscow on drug charges, may as well decide not to return to America.

This isn’t the first time James has made openly woke, anti-American comments – although he was known to be fond of the leadership of Communist China, where he sells basketball shoes – even as he already has a fortune of more than $1 billion.

As he bashed America to the benefit of Putin’s Russia, a modern-day fascist dictatorship currently invading its democratic neighbor Ukraine, LeBron James was referring to the case of Brittney Griner.

Griner, also known for her woke stance since 2020, which has included disrespecting the US national anthem, was detained at an airport in Moscow as she was leaving Russia after offseason games.

Griner was arrested on February 17 on allegations of drug possession and trafficking. A week before, on February 24, Putin attacked Ukraine with 200,000 troops and started the most significant war in Europe since World War II.

Earlier this month, Griner pleaded guilty to the Russian charges and faces a 10-year prison sentence. The US government hasn’t been able to do much to get her out of Russia, primarily due to the high tensions with Moscow stemming from the invasion of Ukraine.

At the same time, however, she and her lawyers’ decision to plead guilty is believed to be due to preparing a prisoner swap with the Russians.

According to a report in The New York Times, the Putin regime wants to exchange her for Viktor Bout, a very dangerous rogue Russian arms dealer known as the “merchant of death,” serving a 25-year sentence in a US prison.

Against this complicated backdrop, LeBron James openly accused the US government of not doing enough to get Griner released and out of Russia. He spoke on the HBO show “The Shop: Uninterrupted.”

“How can she feel like America has her back? I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’” James stated. His apparent insult to America hinted that Putin’s Russia might be better than the United States.

In 2018, LeBron James made a scandalous statement against the NFL and “old white men” whom he portrayed as slave masters.

“In the NFL, they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality,” the basketball billionaire said back then.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The leaders of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Britain’s domestic security service MI5 made a rare joint appearance on Wednesday to warn business leaders about Chinese espionage threats, particularly those targeting Western technology companies’ intellectual property.

According to The Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned executives that the Chinese Communist Party is determined to steal technology as part of a broader effort to “undercut your business and dominate your market.”

“They’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it,” he added.

Ken McCallum, director-general of MI5, highlighted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s global ambitions and his willingness to take “asymmetrical steps to catch up and overtake” the West. 

“This means standing on your shoulders to get ahead of you.  It means that if you are involved in cutting-edge tech, AI, advanced research or product development, the chances are your know-how is of material interest to the CCP,” McCallum said. “And if you have, or are trying for, a presence in the Chinese market, you’ll be subject to more attention than you might think. It’s been described as, the biggest wealth transfer in human history.”

McCallum said China is engaging in a wide range of tactics to get ahead, including theft of trade secrets, technology transfers, exploiting research, and cyber espionage.

He explained the CCP gathers information using multiple channels “in what is sometimes referred to as the ‘thousand grains of sand’ strategy.”

Among those channels is the use of “cultivating new contacts” through the “deceptive use of professional networking sites” using “seemingly flattering approaches” that “turn into something more insidious – and damaging.”

“In one example a British aviation expert received an approach online, ostensibly went through a recruitment process, and was offered an attractive employment opportunity. He travelled twice to China where he was wined and dined. He was then asked – and paid – for detailed technical information on military aircraft. The ‘company’ was actually run by Chinese intelligence officers.  That’s where we stepped in,” McCallum explained.

McCallum also noted that the CCP is running “sophisticated interference efforts” in an effort to “bend our economy, our society, our attitudes to suit the Chinese Communist Party’s interests.”

He added that the CCP is working “to set standards and norms that would enable it to dominate the international order,” like “normalising mass theft as ‘the cost of doing business these days.’”

“The widespread Western assumption that growing prosperity within China and increasing connectivity with the West would automatically lead to greater political freedom has, I’m afraid, been shown to be plain wrong,” McCallum warned. “But the Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Not to emulate them, sadly, but to use them for its gain.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry pushes back on FBI Director Wray’s statement about threat China poses.

China warned that the United States is “the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development.”

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijan made the comments after  Wray gave a speech in London.

“The relevant U.S. politician has been playing up the so-called China threat to smear and attack China,” Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing when asked about Wray’s comments.

Zhao added that “facts have fully proven that the U.S. is the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development.”

“We urge this U.S. official to have the right perspective, see China’s developments in an objective and reasonable manner, and stop spreading lies and stop making irresponsible remarks,” Zhao said.

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) warned that as tensions between Washington and Beijing grow, China is seeking to “exploit U.S. subnational relationships to influence U.S. policies and advance PRC geopolitical interests.” 

The NCSC warned that Chinese influence operations in the U.S. are to expand support for PRC interests among state and local leaders and to use those relationships to “pressure Washington for policies friendlier to Beijing.”

“The PRC understands U.S. state and local leaders enjoy a degree of independence from Washington and may seek to use them as proxies to advocate for national U.S. policies Beijing desires, including improved U.S. economic cooperation with China and reduced U.S. criticism of China’s policies towards Taiwan, Tibetans, Uyghurs, pro-democracy activists and more,” the NCSC explained.

The intelligence community explained that PRC foreign influence activities can be “overt,” such as public diplomacy, where the role of the PRC government is “open and unobscured,” according to the NCSC. But those activities can also be “covert,” where the PRC’s role is hidden. The activities can also be “coercive or even criminal in nature.” 

Top Biden administration intelligence officials have been sounding the alarm on the threat China poses for months.

In March, the intelligence community annual threat assessment warned that China is increasingly a “near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas – especially economically, militarily and technologically – and is pushing to change global norms and potentially threatening its neighbors.”

And in April, CIA Director William Burns issued a similar warning to Wray’s – also noting that China has been “a silent partner” in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Burns, at the time, said China is “in many ways, the most profound tests the CIA has ever faced,” calling China a “formidable competitor lacking in neither ambition nor capability.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – China is racing to stockpile nuclear weapons capable of striking North America, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The communist nation is reportedly “accelerating” the development of “more than 100 suspected missile silos,” each reportedly able to house missiles with nuclear tips that have the ability to reach American shores, according to the WSJ report, which cited anonymous sources familiar with Chinese leadership strategy.

The silos are purportedly large enough to accommodate China’s state of the art DF-41 long-range missile, the WSJ reported.

The DF-41 is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering up to 10 nuclear warheads, according to a weapons profile from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

While, “Fat Man,” the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, had a roughly 17 kiloton yield, it is estimated the DF-41 has a 5,000 kiloton yield, according to Popular Mechanics.

The communist nation’s “nuclear expansion may enable the [People’s Republic of China] to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027,” a 2021 Department of Defense (DOD) report states.

By contrast, both the U.S. and Russia possess around 4,000 warheads, according to the WSJ report.

China’s purported plan to stockpile ICBMs comes amid heightened tensions between China and the West, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with foreign policy experts, such as Nile Gardiner, claiming President Joe Biden’s response “emboldens” China to launch an offensive against Taiwan.

Beijing’s purported intention to stockpile nuclear weapons may stem from the goal of warding off U.S. military intervention in the region, according to the Wall Street Journal report, with Beijing possibly viewing a robust nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent against U.S. intervention if China were to take Taiwan.

At the same time, Beijing allegedly may also harbor growing fears the U.S. aims to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party according to the same report, citing an individual with knowledge of China’s leadership strategy.

(RepublicanWire.org) – A leading Republican says the US needs to take a harder line with China. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned this week that China is an adversary – and Americans need to “wake up.” Are we ready for a new Cold War?

On March 29, Senator Rubio gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation think tank, and while he discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, his main topic was the threat presented by China and its communist regime. Rubio said that when the history of the 21st century is written, the big story would be the contest between the US and China. He ridiculed the idea that globalization could change the traditional dynamics between powerful, competitive nations, and warned that the country’s rulers “believe in raw power.”

Rubio says it “took far too long” for American politicians to understand the reality of China, and thanked former President Donald Trump for bringing the issue into the public debate. However, he said, too many Americans are still shielding the communist country. He said Wall Street and businesses are lobbying against legislation that harms Chinese interests, while woke politics – like the recent scrapping of a task force dedicated to catching Chinese spies – also favor the Beijing regime.

Now Rubio – who has access to intelligence on China through his job on the Senate Intelligence Committee – says the US needs “unity and clarity” if we’re going to deal with the Chinese threat. If anyone can provide needed unity it’s the GOP, and Rubio is positioning himself as the leader of the China hawks.

(RepublicanWire.org) – China on Wednesday said it would not consider sanctioning Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine and said it will continue with “normal trade cooperation.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” last week, and Ukraine has endured seven days of brutal fighting that has resulted in the death of roughly 2,000 Ukrainians and 5,000 Russian soldiers, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. 

In response to the deadly invasion the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and dozens of European nations slapped severe sanctions on Russian banks, businesses, Putin and other elite members of Russia’s government and society. 

But despite its repeated claims that it respects a state’s sovereignty, China has refused to outright condemn Russian aggression or institute sanctions.

“China firmly opposes all illegal unilateral sanctions, and believes that sanctions are never fundamentally effective means to solve problems,” spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry Wang Webin said Wednesday. “They will only create serious difficulties to the economy and livelihood of relevant countries and further intensify division and confrontation.”

“China and Russia will continue to conduct normal trade cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,” he added.

China surprised the international community last week when two of its largest state-owned banks restricted financing for Russian commodity purchases.

But the limited move reflected China’s reluctance to take a stronger stance against its top ally. 

A resolution put forward by the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council condemning Russia’s illegal invasion failed to pass Friday after Russia vetoed the measure and China abstained from voting. 

The UN held a rare emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly Wednesday – a meeting that has not been called in 40 years.

World leaders will seek to pass a nonbinding resolution that calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops in Ukraine and condemns what world leaders have called “war crimes” under the Geneva Convention. 

The resolution, backed by 94 U.N. member countries, is expected to pass by a wide margin.  

(RepublicanWire.org) – A Huntsville, Alabama, solar panel factory will close after President Joe Biden exempted foreign-made bifacial solar panels from United States tariffs earlier this month.

LG Electronics, a South Korea-based company, announced that it will be closing its Huntsville solar panel manufacturing operation, resulting in the layoffs of about 160 American employees and another 60 Americans who are employed as contract workers.

Executives said they hope to retain as many employees as they can by transitioning them into the company’s other business and manufacturing sectors at its Huntsville campus. Laid-off employees will receive severance packages.

The announcement comes just weeks after Biden decided to exempt foreign-made bifacial solar panels — the overwhelming majority of which come from China — from Section 201 tariffs on solar imports to the United States that were first imposed by former President Trump in January 2018 at a 30 percent rate.

The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) had warned that Biden’s gutting U.S. tariffs on China-made bifacial solar panels would have a devastating impact on America’s solar manufacturing sector.

“China sympathizers may believe that gutting the 201 solar tariffs would not affect the U.S. solar manufacturing industry as long as Congress supports domestic producers. This is flat-out wrong,” CPA Chairman Zach Mottl said in a statement:

Without trade remedies to level the playing field for U.S. solar manufacturers that are competing against heavily subsidized Chinese companies, it won’t matter if Congress passes a domestic tax credit for American producers.

Shortly after Trump imposed the U.S. tariffs on solar imports, LG Electronics announced that they would expand their Huntsville campus to include manufacturing solar panels — a boon for the city’s local economy as every one factory job supports an additional 7.4 jobs.

In November, as Breitbart News reported, Biden’s Commerce Department sided with Chinese solar manufacturers who produce their products in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam by denying a request from American solar manufacturers to investigate U.S. tariff evasion.

Biden had been lobbied by 12 Senate Democrats who sent a letter asking the administration not to impose any tariffs on the products made in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam by the Chinese solar manufacturers.

From 2001 to 2018, U.S. free trade with China has cost Alabama at least 50,700 jobs or about 2.5 percent of the state’s employment. A previous study found that permanent 25 percent tariffs on China-made products imported to the U.S. market would create a million American jobs in five years.

(RepublicanWire.org) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is continuing to protect China with her actions including telling Olympians not to engage in any forms of protest during the Winter Olympics in Beijing, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday. 

“Think about what Nancy Pelosi is done as a speaker,” the California Republican said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “She has protected China from any investigations to the origin of COVID, even though it has killed more than 900,000 Americans. She has prevented American athletes from protesting at the Olympics and now she’s producing a bill that sends American taxpayer money to China.” 

The America Competes Act was passed narrowly in the House Friday almost entirely along party lines and is multibillion-dollar legislation aimed at increasing the United States’ competitiveness with China and boosting U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. 

But McCarthy Sunday slammed it as the “concedes” act, as it sends $8 billion to the United Nations’s Climate Fund “that sends $100 mil. to China with unlimited Green Card skills.”

“This is what the Chinese Army uses to bring people into America to spy on us, saying they are students,” said McCarthy. “This bill does nothing to hold China accountable. She held eight months when we put a bill forward to move the Olympics. She would only put it up on the day the only [they] started. I do not know what the Chinese government has on them, but it must be strong.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy promised that “when we take the majority” in the 2022 midterm elections, several investigations will be launched, including into China. 

“We will investigate the origins of COVID,” he said. “We will investigate the attorney general’s research into calling parents terrorists. We will investigate the Afghanistan withdrawal. Why did we have 13 new Gold Star families … the release of American taxpayer reports, why is that? There’s a lot of places to hold them accountable.”

Pelosi is seeking yet another term in office “because she’s hungry for power,” McCarthy added. “They are stealing elections in different places by redistricting and gerrymandering. She believes she can win even though overwhelmingly the public says they want a change. They want a secure border, and inflation with safe and secure streets, but the Democratic policies are causing most of the problems.”