China is booting numerous American media outlets from its homeland in a tit-for-tat escalation amid threats and counter-accusations.
In retaliation from U.S. action back in February, China announced Tuesday it was kicking out reporters from five major publications, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In February, the U.S. government designated five Chinese news outlets operating here as "foreign missions” meaning they represent the Chinese communist government's official presence in the United States.
Plight of attorney and professor not forgotten by advocacy group
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)
An organization that advocates for freedom in communist-run China is telling the world about the plight of a professor and a human rights attorney.
China Aid is watching the case of Guo Qjuan, a former professor who already served a 10-year sentence after publishing online articles that angered the government.
Brynne Lawrence of China Aid tells OneNewsNow Qjuan disappeared from the public on January 31, when he was summoned to come to the police department.
“At the time of [Qjuan] leaving,” Lawrence reports, “he appeared to be very happy and jovial. But he never returned home.”
The second case involves Wang Quanzhang, a human rights attorney who has been in jail since 2015 during a crackdown. Accused of inciting subversion of state power, the attorney vanished from public for several years, then resurfaced for his prison sentence, then went back to prison.
Quanzhang is scheduled for release next month but that is not a certainty.
Those U.S.-based news organizations are state-run operations of communist-led China, and hence they are considered propaganda outlets, according to The New York Times account of the “sharp escalation” between the two world powers.
“I have no doubt that these people are agents of the Communist Party,” observes national security analyst Bob Maginnis. “They were doing the bidding. That's how they get and maintain their jobs.”
China: U.S. caused virus we covered up
China’s propaganda machine has been hard at work in recent months, too, during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Among the best-known examples is punishing Dr. Li Wenliang, who attempted to warn fellow doctors of a new dangerous disease last December. The doctor was accused by his panicking government of “disrupting social order” and punished, then he was ironically praised by a communist-run newspaper as a hero after dying from the virus Feb. 7.
More recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs blamed the U.S. Army for introducing the epidemic to Wuhan, which held the Military World Games in October that included U.S. service members.
That accusation is the reason President Trump keeps referring to the virus as the "Chinese Virus," he has told reporters who accuse him of racism.
China has claimed the virus jumped from animals to people in a Wuhan market, though skeptics such as Sen. Tom Cotton have pointed out that Wuhan is home to a level-four bio-lab, where the virus could have escaped from and thus started the pandemic.
Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, has observed China for decades and continues to warn the West about the Chinese Communist Party’s global ambitions, which includes overtaking the United States economically and militarily.
“Anytime [Chinese leaders] have their strategic interests at risk, which I would argue is at present because of economic issues,” Maginnia says, “they will strike out.”
OneNewsNow has reported in the past that China considers the U.S. an enemy blocking its plans for worldwide domination, while publicly telling U.S. counterparts the two countries are competitors.
China threatens U.S. over drug supply
As the accusations and counter-accusations fly, China’s state-owned media reminded the U.S. that our pharmaceutical supplies flow from that country, and stopping that flow would send America into “the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.”
Citing a pharmaceutical news website, The Washington Times reported:
China, the newsletter reported Tuesday, “accounted for 95% of U.S. imports of ibuprofen, 91% of U.S. imports of hydrocortisone, 70% of U.S. imports of acetaminophen, 40% to 45% of U.S. imports of penicillin and 40% of U.S. imports of heparin, according to Commerce Department data. In all, 80% of the US supply of antibiotics are made” in China.
If the Chinese communists ever cut off those supplies, Maginnis says, “we would be in a crisis mode.”
U.S. lawmakers have responded to that threat by suggesting bringing those drug supplies back to the U.S., and now a Foreign Ministry official is calling that idea “unrealistic and insensible” and claims it will “only do more harm” to the United States.