Axis of autocrats: Belarus dictator Lukashenka backs Putin’s Ukraine war | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/06/10/axis-of-autocrats-belarus-dictator-lukashenka-backs-putins-ukraine-war/

In the wake of last month’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Lukashenka has made two announcements that effectively indicate he is prepared to recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea as well as the de facto sovereignty of the Kremlin-controlled “separatist republics” in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region...

Cotton: Make China Pay for COVID Now by Revoking Visas, Most-Favored-Nation Status – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2021/06/09/cotton-make-china-pay-for-covid-now-by-revoking-visas-most-favored-nation-status/

Source: Breitbart

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) argued that the United States should start punishing China for the coronavirus pandemic now and suggested revoking China’s permanent most-favored-nation status, hurting the financing terms they get from international financial institutions, and revoking visas from CCP members and their children so they can’t educate their children at American schools.

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No need to get more answers, it’s time to act: Pompeo on China | The Wentworth Report

https://wentworthreport.com/2021/06/08/no-need-to-get-more-answers-its-time-to-act-pompeo-on-china/

No need to get more answers, it’s time to act. By Mike Pompeo, who was U.S. secretary of state (2018-2021) and director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2017-2018).

Chinese Communist Party malfeasance sped the coronavirus into an unsuspecting world, killing 3.7 million people so far and inflicting global economic havoc.

President Biden has an opportunity and responsibility to lead a fair, effective international response. … Four months into his administration, Biden shows little sign of rising to this task. …

The bill of particulars against the CCP begins with the overwhelming evidence that for weeks in late 2019 and early 2020, as the coronavirus was loose in China and people fell ill, Beijing covered up its dangers, exponentially accelerating international harm. Even as CCP leaders eventually imposed domestic restrictions, they allowed unwitting travelers to visit infected zones and then spread disease and death abroad.

And it was China’s reckless conduct of inherently dangerous activities — whether in unsanitary “wet markets,” where live animals are sold for food, or in CCP-run virology labs — that unleashed the virus in the first place.

No responsible state would have behaved so badly, as most democratic world leaders would privately acknowledge. Yet they hesitate to say so publicly, no doubt aware of what happened last spring when the Australian government urged an independent inquiry into covid-19’s origins: Beijing instantly retaliated with punitive trade sanctions. Xi seems to be reviving the tradition of Chinese emperors who ended their instructions to officials, “Tremble and obey.”

via Australian Political Skeptic.

Trump planned to hold China and its collaborators to account over Covid-19 revealed | The Wentworth Report

https://wentworthreport.com/2021/06/08/trumps-plan-to-hold-china-and-its-collaborators-to-account-over-covid-19-revealed/

Trump’s plan to hold China and its collaborators to account over Covid-19 revealed. By Sharri Markson.

Donald Trump wanted to haul Anthony Fauci in front of a US presidential commission to give evidence about funding the Wuhan laboratory suspected of leaking Covid-19.

Advanced plans were underway for the special presidential panel, with an executive order even drawn up to hold China and its collaborators accountable and tally a reparations bill to fire off to Beijing.

Trump’s instincts were usually correct, but then some “advisers” would talk him out of it. Again and again.

But the then US president’s senior advisers talked him out of the idea as it was about to be announced, according to insider accounts detailed in a soon-to-be released book on the origins of Covid-19, What Really Happened in Wuhan. In another bombshell revelation from the book, US officials suspected China had developed a vaccine for Covid-19 prior to the outbreak, with the claims included in a “sensitive but unclassified” internal report. The book also reveals Joe Biden scrapped a push by the State Department’s Arms, Control, Verification and Compliance Unit to formally confront China in Geneva over its cover-up of Covid-19 and potential breaches of the biological weapons convention in the Wuhan lab. …

Presidential commission:

In a highly controversial move, Mr Trump’s top adviser on the coronavirus, Dr Fauci, would be hauled in to explain why he funded risky coronavirus research in China and the not-for-profit EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak would be grilled on the missing virus database from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, among other topics. … The Commission would have also tallied a bill to send to Beijing “to recover any damages as well as all costs estimated.” Such a commission, determined to hold the Communist Party to account and ask it to pay reparations for the economic and human damage from the pandemic, would have been explosive, and significantly corrode already strained China-US relations. Mr Yu had an office set up in the White House to run the commission and Mr Navarro says, “We almost got to the finish line”. But the presidential commission was killed off during a meeting in the Oval Office where Mr Trump’s economic advisers argued fiercely against it. Other officials were concerned the commission would be seen as a political manoeuvre so close to the November election and be derided by the media. One senior White House official said: “It was actually an excellent idea, just floated way too late.” “It would’ve looked very political, and (we) had tried very, very hard to make the China issue nonpartisan.” Another senior Mr Trump official said, “An inquiry like that is exactly the right thing but it was going to be almost impossible for President Trump to appoint a commission that was going to be viewed as bipartisan.” “People were too crazed on the left. I don’t think the left would have participated in it,” he said. …

Big mistake:

Mr Navarro said it was a mistake to kill off the idea. “They are all China apologists,” he said. … “We had a presidential commission for Pearl Harbor, for the BP oil spill and for the Kennedy assassination. We need one into the origins of the coronavirus as well.” … Mr DiNanno wrote a memo on December 5, 2020 to senior figures in the State Department attaching a “sensitive but unclassified” document which outlined the case for the démarche. “The research the Chinese were doing on Gain of Function (GOF) was for potential military offensive purposes, they hid it and did not/have not shared what they knew and know,” he wrote. … When Mr DiNanno called one of the State Department’s top weapons experts into his office to discuss the démarche, she told him she had not read his memo and said, “Your attitude is anti-science”. Mr DiNanno lost his temper at the official’s intransigence and admits to yelling at her in fury: “I’m the boss and when I ask you to do something, I expect you to do it.” … “She didn’t want China to have a biological weapon that got out of a lab. It’s too horrible a thing to contemplate,” Mr DiNanno said in hindsight. “But then maybe you should work for another department. If you’re in the biological weapons [agency] you have to deal with biological weapons.” …

Hunter Biden, Chinese dollars, prostitutes… none of that is relevant, is it?

After several months of negotiations, the State Department eventually won interagency clearance on several questions to démarche China … By then Mr Biden was President and the move was ditched. “Biden scrapped it, China would have been demarched with Pompeo still in charge,” Mr DiNanno said.

So close. It was left to the Australian PM to naively suggest an international investigation, for which China retaliated by cancelling billions of dollars of trade with Australia. Touchy, eh? We must all stand together against China on this issue, or there will be more weapons and more lab leaks.

Cold War Over EU Skies: Germany Blocks All Inbound Russian Flights In Huge Escalation

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/06/03/cold-war-over-eu-skies-germany-blocks-all-inbound-russian-flights-in-huge-escalation/

Here we go again in the latest tit-for-tat escalation following the May 23rd forced diversion of the Ryanair flight carrying anti-Lukashenko activist and journalist Roman Pratasevich by Belarus, who was subsequently arrested when the plane landed in Minsk: Russia and Germany have…

Belarus to appeal air traffic blockade by Ukraine | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/06/02/belarus-to-appeal-air-traffic-blockade-by-ukraine/

…Belarusian officials claim the move violates provisions of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944 and the Agreement between the Government of Belarus and the Government of Ukraine on Air Services of 1995…

Cuttings of prized SunGold kiwifruits were smuggled to China and NZ growers are divided over what to do about it – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-02/china-new-zealand-kiwifruit-trade-impacts-/100129232

…”The New Zealand government could make a larger issue out of this, but we have Australia’s example front of mind that if New Zealand criticises China too directly … the possibility of retribution is always there and the Chinese could easily do without New Zealand’s imports….

Watch: Rand Paul, Pompeo Warn Wuhan Lab Still Running, Involved With Bioweapons

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/05/31/watch-rand-paul-pompeo-warn-wuhan-lab-still-running-involved-with-bioweapons/

Watch: Rand Paul, Pompeo Warn Wuhan Lab Still Running, Involved With Bioweapons Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News, Over the weekend Senator Rand Paul and former CIA director and secretary of state Mike Pompeo both warned that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is still up and running, and that evidence points to involvement with…

Why the Black Sea Might Make or Break Russia’s Sea Power | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/05/30/why-the-black-sea-might-make-or-break-russias-sea-power/

On June 14, NATO will be holding a summit in Brussels, and at the top of the agenda will be the rising Russian presence in the Mediterranean. As a precursor to the summit, the NATO Steadfast Defender 2021 exercise kicked off early this month off the Coast of Portugal. The live maritime exercise includes participation from 11 allied nations from North America and Europe, and it will be led by U.S. Second Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, who also heads NATO’s Joint Force Command Norfolk.

“This is a much more subtle fight – literally from seabed to outer space across all domains – when compared to World War Two’s transportation of goods and manpower from North America to Europe,” Lewis said in describing the exercise.

Top Special Forces Official Urges US Deployment For Taiwan To Resist “Chinese Invasion”

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/05/29/top-special-forces-official-urges-us-deployment-for-taiwan-to-resist-chinese-invasion/

Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, Christopher Maier, if confirmed is sure to get the attention of Beijing given his words this week to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Taiwan. The man who is also…