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    President BidenJoe BidenBiden restates commitment to 'one China' policy on Taiwan in call with Xi Biden raises human rights with China's Xi during four hour meeting Biden, Xi hold 'candid' discussion amid high tensions MORE said Tuesday that the U.S. was not endorsing Taiwan’s independence, after he suggested as much earlier in the day during an exchange with reporters about his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “We’re not going to change our policy at all,” Biden told reporters in New Hampshire, where he was traveling to promote the newly-signed infrastructure bill. “I said they have to decide on Taiwan, not us. We are not encouraging independence. We’re encouraging them to do exactly what the Taiwan Act requires,” Biden continued, an apparent reference to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. “That’s what we’re doing. Let them make up their mind.” Biden told reporters earlier in the day that he made clear in the call with Xi that the U.S. abides by the Taiwan Relations Act, under which the U.S. commits to providing Taiwan with arms for its defense. “It’s independent. It...
      President BidenJoe BidenUS bishops to weigh whether Biden should receive communion Congress barrels toward end-of-year pileup Biden taps former New Orleans mayor Landrieu to spearhead infrastructure MORE on Monday reiterated his administration's commitment to the "one China" policy on Taiwan during a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, cleaning up remarks last month when he said the U.S. would come to Taiwan's defense if attacked by China. Biden "underscored that the United States remains committed to the 'one China' policy, guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, the three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances, and that the United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," the White House said in a readout of the call, which lasted roughly four hours. Under the "one China" policy, the U.S. does not recognize Taiwan as a separate state from China. And under the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, the U.S. is committed to providing Taiwan with arms for its defense. The law does not commit the U.S. to sending troops to Taiwan to...
    (CNN)If China were to seize one of Taiwan's outlying islands, the US would have few good options to respond without risking a major escalation and a war between the superpowers, according to the conclusions from a recent war game conducted by foreign policy and defense experts.The scenario, outlined in a report from the Center for a New American Security, began with China using military force to take control of Dongsha, a tiny atoll in the South China Sea between Taiwan and Hong Kong, where approximately 500 Taiwanese troops are stationed. This type of limited aggression could be a precursor to the seizure of other islands near Taiwan or an outright invasion of the democratically governed island as Beijing seeks to test and prod Washington's resolve to defend Taiwan. Why Russian and Chinese warships teaming up to circle Japan is a big dealBut once China has established its own military footprint on Dongsha and removed the Taiwanese troops, the US had no credible way to compel China to return the island to the control of Taipei, the report states. Economic sanctions...
    A contingent of U.S. Special Operations and Marine forces have been secretly operating out of Taiwan as aggressive Chinese actions continue to escalate, a report said Thursday. U.S. forces have been working to train the Taiwanese military in an attempt to shore up the Indo-Pacific nation’s defenses, first reported the Wall Street Journal.  TAIWAN SAYS TENSION WITH CHINA IS THE WORST IT'S BEEN IN 40 YEARS Officials told the publication that over the last year roughly two dozen members of U.S. Special Operation units and supporting troops have conducted ground training while the Marines have worked to train small boat units.  The news comes just days after a record number of Chinese military planes entered Taiwan's air defense zone. China’s air force flew roughly 150 fighter jets and bombers into the defense zone over a period of four days.  Though the aircraft did not officially enter Taiwan’s air space, the show of force concerned the international community and prompted the U.S., U.K. and Japan to conduct multi-national military exercises in the region Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang warned this week that "Taiwan definitely needs...
    U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to “abide by the Taiwan agreement” during their most recent phone call on September 9, Reuters reported Wednesday. Asked by a journalist at the White House on October 5 if he had “any comments towards China’s provocation over Taiwan,” Biden replied: Well, China has … I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are. And we made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement. The “Taiwan agreement” is an unofficial name for a long-standing policy dictating Beijing and Washington’s relationship with Taipei. Under the agreement, the U.S. officially recognizes China rather than Taiwan for diplomatic purposes. The agreement is supported by the Taiwan Relations Act which was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1979. The legislation “makes clear that the U.S. decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by...
    Hong Kong (CNN)For decades, Chinese authorities imposed strict limits on families that forced millions of women to abort pregnancies deemed illegal by the state.That harsh practice has become less common since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2015. So when news emerged this week that the government wants to reduce abortions for "non-medical reasons," the backlash was swift and furious.Chinese social media was flooded with comments from women fed up with what they see as government efforts to control their bodies, describing the apparent U-turn on abortion as a desperate attempt to boost the country's dwindling birth rates."The female body has become a tool," said one top comment on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform. "When (the state) wants you to bear a child, you must do it at all cost. When (the state) doesn't want it, you're not allowed to give birth even at the risk of death."The abortion policy was included in an expansive government blueprint to further women's rights over the next decade, covering areas ranging from education to employment, which state-run media boasted would improve gender equality "to...
    China is to allow couples to have a third child as it seeks to stave off a crisis that could threaten its hopes of increased prosperity and global influence. Officials have agreed to amend a population law which has been part of a long-standing effort by the ruling Communist Party to dictate the size of families. It comes six years after the rules were eased to allow two children as party chiefs acknowledged the looming consequences of a plummeting birth rate. China long touted its one-child policy as a success in preventing 400 million additional births From the 1980s, China strictly limited most couples to one child, a policy enforced with threats of fines or loss of jobs, leading to abuses including forced abortions. A preference for sons led parents to kill baby girls, leading to a massive imbalance in the sex ratio. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Britain will be forced to turn to Russia and China to... MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: Freedom's foes feel stronger and... Share this article...
    BEIJING -- China will now allow couples to legally have a third child as it seeks to hold off a demographic crisis that could threaten its hopes of increased prosperity and global influence.The ceremonial legislature on Friday amended the Population and Family Planning Law as part of a decades-long effort by the ruling Communist Party to dictate the size of families in keeping with political directives. It comes just six years after the last change.From the 1980s, China strictly limited most couples to one child, a policy enforced with threats of fines or loss of jobs, leading to abuses including forced abortions. A preference for sons led parents to kill baby girls, leading to a massive imbalance in the sex ratio.The rules were eased for the first time in 2015 to allow two children as officials acknowledged the looming consequences of the plummeting birthrate. The overwhelming fear is that China will grow old before it becomes wealthy.China long touted its one-child policy as a success in preventing 400 million additional births in the world's most populous country, thus saving resources...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A gold-medal winning Canadian swimmer has made waves in China for her Chinese heritage, sparking heated discussions over the country's decades-long one-child policy and gender discrimination.Margaret MacNeil shot to international fame Monday after winning the women's 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, setting an Americas continental record at her very first Games. In China, however, the 21-year-old was drawing wide attention for another reason, as news spread that the Canadian girl who beat China's top woman swimmer, Zhang Yufei, by 0.05 seconds was actually born in China and adopted as a baby by a Canadian couple.The subject of MacNeil soon lit up Chinese social media. A hashtag about her victory became the top trending topic on Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday morning, and has since drawn nearly 400 million views. Much of the attention has focused on her Chinese heritage -- and reflections over the wider social and political circumstances that led to her adoption by a foreign family.Read MoreMacNeil was born in 2000 in Jiujiang, a city on the southern shores of the Yangtze River in...
    Chinese state media on Friday claimed victory after the Biden administration deleted a tweet that included the flag of the nation of Taiwan. Government outlets celebrated the deletion as the Biden administration showing its respect for Beijing’s “One China” policy and as a humiliation for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. China’s interpretation of the “One China” principle is that that there is only one China in the world, and the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a province of the People’s Republic of China. The United States abides by the “One China” policy, which stipulates that only one China exists without specifying which country is China. Taiwan’s “One China” policy states that only one legitimate China exists, and its capital is Taipei. The deleted White House tweet listed Taiwan as one of several countries that have received coronavirus vaccine donations from the United States, each accompanied by an icon patterned after its national flag. The tweet was abruptly deleted while Tsai and other Taiwanese leaders were retweeting it and expressing their thanks to the U.S. for its donation. The Biden administration...
    President Joe Biden claimed Thursday that the U.S. was leaving Afghanistan to focus on emerging threats, like the rise of China. Has he looked at a map lately? Afghanistan shares a land border — albeit a short one — with China, in the Hindu Kush mountains. Before the withdrawal, the U.S. had a major base in a country that bordered China; now it will not. And China has been playing an increasing role in Afghanistan, meaning that the U.S. is withdrawing as China is advancing. That does not mean that the U.S. must stay in Afghanistan forever. But it is folly to describe withdrawal as some kind of preparation for a tougher stance against China. Former President Donald Trump, who had wanted to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan even earlier, at least had a much stronger general posture against China. Biden’s approach to China thus far has been to set up Secretary of State Tony Blinken to be lectured by Chinese diplomats about Black Lives Matter. After Biden made his remarks, the White House Press Corps peppered him with...
                      by Lihong Shi  A child’s death is devastating to all parents. But for Chinese parents, losing an only child can add financial ruin to emotional devastation. That’s one conclusion of a research project on parental grief I’ve conducted in China since 2016. From 1980 to 2015, the Chinese government limited couples to one child only. I have interviewed over 100 Chinese parents who started their families during this period and have since lost their only child – whether to illness, accident, suicide or murder. Having passed reproductive age at the time of their child’s death, these couples were unable to have another child. In 2015, the Chinese government raised the birth limit to two, an effort to reverse declining birthrates and to rejuvenate an aging population. In May 2021, it announced that Chinese families could have up to three children. The new “three-child policy” received generally lukewarm responses in China. Many Chinese couples say they prefer not to have multiple children due to the rising cost of child rearing, how it would complicate women’s...
    Scientists: All Signs Point to Lab Leak “The most compelling reason to favor the lab-leak hypothesis is firmly based in science,” physician Steven Quay and physicist Richard Muller declare in The Wall Street Journal. There was already plenty of circumstantial evidence to support the theory, not least the fact that the only Chinese laboratory capable of handling coronavirus experiments happens to be located at the pandemic’s ground zero. But more “damning” is the presence of a foreign gene sequence that makes the COVID-19 virus more lethal to its victims. Such a sequence could only be artificially added in what’s called gain-of-function research. Those who cling to the notion that the virus jumped naturally from animals to humans must explain why the coronavirus “replicate the choice the lab’s gain-of-function researchers would have made.” Random mutation is hard to believe, and “the scientific evidence points to the conclusion that the virus was developed in a laboratory.” From the left: Left & Right v. Media Priesthood Outrage in liberal circles that lefty journalist Glenn “Greenwald appears on and helps provide content for —...
    More On: china Sen. Rand Paul says he’s gotten death threats over clashes with Fauci Wuhan lab was to get $1.5M in federal grant money for bat study, emails show Nonprofit chief ignored House Republican questions about Wuhan lab: report A rising ‘anti-racist’ menace and other commentary Last Monday, the handful of old men who run China decided to allow Chinese couples to have three children. The surprise move, made by communist dictator Xi Jinping and his Politburo colleagues, marks a stunning reversal of the infamous one-child policy.  That decades-long effort to limit couples to one child led to hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations, crushing the birth rate in the world’s most populous country.  By 2015, China’s National Bureau of Statistics was reporting that Chinese women were averaging only 1.05 children. This was the second lowest fertility rate in the world — only tiny Singapore was lower — and a recipe for demographic suicide.  China began haltingly encouraging more births in 2016, when it first relaxed its one-child policy, but the years since have seen the...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will issue a new executive order on Thursday that bans U.S. entities from buying or selling publicly traded securities for 59 Chinese companies with alleged ties to defense or surveillance technology sectors, senior administration officials said. The Treasury Department will enforce and update on a "rolling basis" the new ban list, which replaces one from the Department of Defense, the officials, noting the policy would take effect on Aug. 2. The new order, which is an effort to make a similar Trump-era prohibition more legally sound, signals the administration's intent to "ensure that U.S. persons are not financing the military industrial complex of the People's Republic of China," one of the senior officials told reporters. The inclusion of Chinese surveillance technology firms expanded the scope of the previous order, the officials said. "We fully expect that in the months ahead ... we'll be adding additional companies to the new executive order's restrictions," an official said. President Joe Biden has been reviewing a number of aspects of U.S. policy towards China, and his administration had...
    The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to allow citizens to have up to three children is a desperate attempt to fix the damage done by population control programs that killed hundreds of millions of children, experts told Breitbart News this week. The “one-child policy,” which allowed each couple only one legal child, resulted in the “prevention” of 400 million births, according to the Chinese regime. A significant majority of these children were girls, as families often preferred — if given permission for only one heir — their child to be a son. The 2020 Chinese government census found that China is home to nearly 35 million more men than women, and the country is suffering a dire shortage of women of child-bearing age. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who has spent almost four decades working in Congress to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for what he calls the worst assault on women in history, told Breitbart News in an interview on Wednesday that experts have predicted for years this would happen. “They are white-knuckled scared,” Smith said, referring to the Chinese government. “They...
    More On: china China rejects Australian writer’s torture claim in trial Fauci told Chinese official they would ‘get through this together,’ email reveals Chinese media rips US for probe into COVID lab leak theory A new virus has emerged from China as it confirms first human case It isn’t surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which this week further loosened its legal limits on reproduction, still doesn’t admit that the “one-child” policy that Deng Xiaoping imposed four decades ago was a grievous error, tyrannical in theory and brutally oppressive in practice. But the extent to which Western apologists have played down that ugly reality is surprising — and shameful. In 2009, Financial Post columnist Diane Francis declared that “a planetary law, such as China’s one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate.” Four years later, BBC documentarian David Attenborough joined Francis in praising China’s policy, although he regretted “the degree to which it has been enforced” and acknowledged that it “produced all kinds of personal tragedies.” New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who admires what...
    Hong Kong (CNN)In a bid to arrest a demographic crisis, China this week announced it will allow couples to have three children -- but some critics questioned why the government kept a limit on parents at all?The answer might lie in Beijing's attitudes towards its ethnic minorities, particularly those in Xinjiang. Since 2017, the Chinese government has strictly enforced its family planning policies on minorities in the far-western province, where Beijing is accused of committing genocide against Muslim-majority Uyghur people. The crackdown caused local birth rates to plunge by a third in 2018.The Chinese government strongly denies allegations of genocide and says that any attempts to limit the Uyghur population fall within its standard birth control policies.Experts said Beijing is reluctant to remove all quotas on the number of children parents can have for several reasons. But one major factor is that ending the policy would make it much more difficult to justify Beijing's attempts to limit the population in Xinjiang and other regions with large minority groups, which tend to have more children.Read More"Continuing to limit births among populations...
    CHINA'S infamous child policy has existed for decades as a means to control the population. Here we explain what the policy is and how it’s changed since its inception. 4China's child policy has existed since the 1980sCredit: AFP What is China's child policy? China’s child policy is a population planning policy that is initiated by central Government. When it was first introduced in 1950, it was a “recommendation,” but soon evolved into the one child policy that was phased in between 1978 and 1980. It was only formally phased out again in 2015 when the government changed their policy to allow families to have two children. The policy was further relaxed in 2021. Why was the family planning policy implemented in China? The policy was implemented in China in order to reduce the growth rate of the country’s enormous population which by the late 1970s was approaching one billion The government viewed this growth as being too rapid, so they introduced a one child policy that they believed would stem the birth rate. Methods of enforcement included making various...
    In a dramatic shift, China has raised the number of children each couple can have to three from two. The move is a major bid to reverse the country's falling birth rate and turn around an aging population in the world's most populous nation. Chinese leaders have been concerned about the impact of both trends on the country's economic future. The change was given the green light during a politburo meeting overseen by President Xi Jinping, according to the official news agency Xinhua. China scrapped its longstanding one-child policy in 2016 in favor of a two-child limit, but that didn't spark a continued rise in births.  The Reuters news agency says that's because it costs so much to raise children in Chinese cities that many couples don't start families. Reuters reports Beijing's announcement "drew a chilly response on Chinese social media," with many people saying they can't afford to even have one or two children. Trending News In major shift, China raises per-couple children limit to 3 from 2 More than 200 bodies found at Indigenous school Osaka fined,...
    The Lancet medical journal has published a glowing report on China’s progress in reproductive health care, which praises the country’s one-child policy while completely ignoring the widespread practice of forced abortions and the ethical problem of micromanaging families’ procreative practices. This week, “the Lancet Commission on 70 years of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in China” published its final report, which “describes the country’s achievements and discusses policy and socioeconomic transitions, and their impact on epidemiological and demographic transitions.” The report, which reads like a piece of propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a-critically lauds the results of policies imposed by China’s communist government without ever questioning their impact on basic human rights and freedoms. “Women’s reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) is the foundation of sustainable development for individuals, families, and societies,” the report declares, adding that since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, “China has seen remarkable achievements in RMNCAH.” “China continuously updated laws and policies to protect women’s and children’s health and rights, with initial achievements preceding...
    Pat Mazzera/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Roughly three months ago, Evanna Hu realized something had to change. For months, she and other Asian Americans working in the national security field had heard a startling number of anecdotes about a climate of fear and hostility toward people of Asian heritage. Approval for security clearances were “taking a lot longer” for some government employees and contractors. At the State Department, more Asian American diplomats are facing restrictions on where they can serve and what positions they can hold—a process that has grown so dispiriting that one employee told CNN, “It helps immensely to change one’s last name.” For Hu, the chief executive of an artificial intelligence company that does business with the Defense Department, she began noticing microaggressions and “not-so-micro aggressions” in her interactions with government officials. “There was always this initial skepticism of my citizenship and my loyalty,” she recalled. “I finally got really fed up with it.” She turned to several...
    China's latest census hinted that the country might face a demographic crisis down the road, as it contends with an aging work force and falling birth rates. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images China's population growth rate in the last decade was its slowest since the 1950s. According to the country's latest census, couples are delaying having children due to rising costs. The country reversed its one-child policy in 2016 and replaced it with a two-child limit. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In its once-in-a-decade population census, China reported its slowest population growth rate since the 1950s.  The numbers were released on Monday in the country's latest census report— revealing that the average annual growth rate of the Chinese population over the last ten years had declined to 0.53%,  down from 0.57% between 2000 and 2010. The country's statisticians attributed this dip in the population to a flagging birth rate, as couples delay having a family and more women choose not to have children. While the country's total population remains at a solid 1.41 billion people, Reuters...
    Taylor Penley, The Western Journal May 3, 2021 0 Comments China’s notorious one-child policy appears to be backfiring in the most damning way possible. According to the Financial Times, China is “set to report [its] first population decline in decades,” and now the country looks to restore what it has lost. The Times reported that they spoke to “people familiar with the research.” The development coincides with one particular movement has taken the country by storm — a growing wave of progressive feminism that pushes back against the communist government’s calls for an increase in birth rates. Attempts to censor women vocally involved in the Chinese progressive feminist movement (born out of the anti-male 6B4T movement that originated in South Korea) indicate just how dangerous their misandrist ideologies are to what the government aims to achieve. According to Quartz, over ten feminist groups were removed from the popular online discussion forum, Douban, last month. Still, it appears this movement — or the population — isn’t going anywhere if something doesn’t change soon. Though this wave of 6B4T feminism has proven...
    CHINA has unveiled its latest naval military might as tensions with Taiwan reach boiling point. President Xi Jinping flaunted the country's newest assets - a warship, nuclear sub and guided-missile cruiser - in a public show of strength as a warning to Taipei. 2China has unveiled its latest warship as tensions simmer with TaiwanCredit: CCTV 2President Xi was present at the ceremony as China flexed its military musclesCredit: EPA A ceremony took place in a military port in the southern city of Sanya on Friday as fears grow that China is building a force capable of retaking Taiwan. Preident Xi watched over the display, reports the Times, as a helicopter carrier called Hainan - capable of travelling on both land an water - was unveiled, that can transport up to 1,200 troops as well as dozens of jets. A new guided-missile cruiser was also shown off featuring stealth technology, as well as an upgraded Type 094A nuclear-powered submarine - thought to be able to carry ballistic missiles. According to state media, it "shows a fundamental change in China's defence technology", adding...
    WASHINGTON - The State Department's new guidance encouraging diplomatic outreach to Taiwan is seen by some China analysts as a way to encourage and promote closer ties without fundamentally changing Washington's overall stance on China's territorial claims to the island. On Friday, the State Department announced new measures to "encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship." "Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and a force for good in the world," said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in a tweet announcing new guidelines on interacting with Taiwan. Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and a force for good in the world. Today we issued guidelines to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan and strengthen our relationship in accordance with our “one China” policy. https://t.co/01TxaArdKz— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) April 9, 2021 U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman tweeted "Taiwan is a prominent democracy, a global technology leader and a trusted business partner" after he had met with Taiwan's envoy to Brazil Chang Tsung-Che. Taiwan é uma democracia proeminente, líder global em tecnologia e um parceiro de negócios confiável....
    A medical worker takes care of a newborn baby lying inside an incubator at Jingzhou Maternity & Child Healthcare Hospital on the eve of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox, on Feb. 11, 2021 in Jingzhou, Hubei Province of China.Huang Zhigang | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — China's decades-old one-child policy gained renewed attention in the last few weeks, after authorities gave mixed signals on whether they were closer to abolishing limits on how many children people can have. Authorities have rolled back the controversial one-child policy in recent years to allow people to have two children. But economists say other changes are needed for boosting growth as births fall and China's population rapidly ages. "There are two ways to address this. One way is to relax the birth control, something (that) will help on the margin, but even if they fully relax the control (it's) probably difficult to reverse the trend," said Zhiwei Zhang, chief economist at Pinpoint Asset Management. "The other way to deal with it, from an economic policy perspective, is to...
    The New York Times Latest Diplomatic Currency: COVID-19 Vaccines NEW DELHI – India, an unrivaled powerhouse in vaccine manufacturing, is giving away millions of doses to its neighbors, friends or not. It is trying to counter China, which has made the distribution of vaccines a central element of its foreign relations. And the UAE, taking advantage of its oil wealth, is buying vaccines on behalf of its allies. The coronavirus vaccine, one of the most demanded products in the world, has become a new bargaining chip for international diplomacy. Countries that have the means or the knowledge are using vaccines to win the favor of their allies or to unfreeze their relationships. India sent them to Nepal, a country in which China has increasing influence. Sri Lanka, which is in the middle of a diplomatic tug of war between New Delhi and Beijing, is getting doses of both for the moment. Strategy carries risks. India and China, which are making vaccines for the rest of the world, have large populations that need to be inoculated. While there are few signs...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The number of newborns registered with the government in China dropped almost 15% last year, amid widespread concern over falling birthrates in the world's most populous country. According to figures published by the Ministry of Public Security this week, there were 10.03 million new babies registered in 2020, compared to 11.79 the year before, a decrease of 14.9%. The news comes as last year, China recorded the lowest birthrate since the People's Republic was founded in 1949. China's demographic issues could pose serious issues for the world's second-largest economy when the current working-age population reaches retirement. Experts worry if the trend continues, or the population begins shrinking, China may get old before it gets rich.According to the most recent data from the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 250 million people over 60 years old in China last year, around 18% of the population.JUST WATCHEDUS just had the lowest fertility rate in 3 decadesReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHUS just had the lowest fertility rate in 3 decades 00:54Stuart Gietel-Basten, a Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at the...
    Miami : The president of the United States, Joe Biden, defended this Wednesday the importance of alliances as “one of the main assets” of Washington and called on nations to collaborate to face “a common cause”: the increasingly ” most pressing ”challenges facing the world. “We must face this new moment of increasingly pressing global challenges; from a pandemic, to the climate crisis or nuclear proliferation. Challenges that will only be solved if nations work together for a common cause, “said Biden from the State Department headquarters in what was his first foreign policy speech as head of state. The president highlighted the importance of “defending democracy, providing opportunities, ensuring respect for universal rights and the order of the law, and treating each person with dignity”, values ​​that, he said, “have been under intense pressure” in in recent years, in clear reference to the isolationist policy of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, Nevertheless, with the assault on the Capitol on January 6 as a backdrop, the president assured that “the American people will resurface” and will be better...
    The Senate approved President Biden’s choice to lead the State Department, Antony Blinken, in a fast-tracked vote to round out the top ranks of the new president’s national security team. He is expected to begin work immediately as the new administration faces a number of global challenges, including an Iran that has shown signs of moving ahead with its nuclear arms program while causing trouble in the Middle East; an increasingly aggressive and defiant China; and a Russian president in Vladimir Putin who has shown continued willingness to attack the United States through cyberspace and protesters at home with police batons or self-ordered prison sentences. But the list does not end there, and Biden's top diplomat will be his point man around the world as the president tries to bring about the "unity" he says is needed at home while also trying to enact his ambitious left-leaning agenda. The chamber cleared the 51 votes needed to make Blinked the country's 71st secretary of state during a midday vote that was expected to close with an overwhelming number of its...
    Reuters January 19, 2021 0 Comments President Donald Trump may be best remembered for his use of Twitter as a bully pulpit to stoke controversy or browbeat opponents, but the noise his tweets generated often distracted from the big policy changes he made over his four-year term. During his rollercoaster presidency, the focus was often on what Trump was saying and not what on he was doing as he careened from one self-induced crisis to another. But a review of his policies shows that he had a real effect on people’s lives in the areas of energy and environment, immigration, the judiciary, business and the economy, trade, and foreign policy, among others. CHINA The Trump administration put China’s rise in the spotlight and helped forge a bipartisan and increasingly adversarial U.S. view of the world’s second-largest economy. From a raft of tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports to sanctions against top officials and a muscular use of penalties against top Chinese companies like Huawei, ZTE, SMIC and TikTok, Trump hit Beijing on a variety of fronts. Some...
    More On: xi jinping Can Biden stand up to ‘old buddies’ in the Chinese Communist Party? The EU just sold human rights down the river for minor commercial gains in China How China uses Internet trolls to help cover up its atrocities Time to call in a special counsel on Hunter and Joe Biden: Goodwin President Trump’s two greatest foreign-policy accomplishments both involve departures from outmoded paradigms that had, for decades, enraptured bipartisan neoliberal elites: unprecedented Arab-Israeli rapprochement in the Middle East and an assertive China containment strategy in the Asia-Pacific. On the former front, Trump boldly departed from the misbegotten “inside-out” conflict-resolution approach, which elevated to the forefront the need for Israeli capitulation to Palestinian-Arab intransigence; on the latter front, Trump became the first president since Richard Nixon in his famous 1972 trip to China to openly call into question our relationship with that ascendant, hegemonic Communist regime. The key difference is that as Trump prepares to ride off into the sunset, progress on the latter is likely at greater risk of a prompt post-inauguration reversal from...
    Washington (CNN)Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson painted a scathing picture of his old boss President Donald Trump as someone who made uninformed decisions that were not based in reality -- a stark contrast to Trump's top diplomat Mike Pompeo, who is heaping praise on the outgoing President in his final days in office. "His understanding of global events, his understanding of global history, his understanding of U.S. history was really limited. It's really hard to have a conversation with someone who doesn't even understand the concept for why we're talking about this," Tillerson said in a lengthy interview with Foreign Policy conducted prior to Wednesday's assault on the Capitol that was published this week.Voice of America reassigns White House reporter who tried to ask Mike Pompeo a questionTillerson, who was ousted in March 2018, told the magazine, "I used to go into meetings with a list of four to five things I needed to talk to him about, and I quickly learned that if I got to three, it was a home run, and I realized getting two that...
    The state-run propaganda outlet China Daily noted on Friday the growing concern among Chinese Communist Party officials that the national birth rate continued to decline for at least two years despite Beijing allowing couples to have more children. For decades, the Party implemented the “one-child policy,” which banned multiple children from one couple. The policy resulted in mass abortions and killings of infant girls – families preferred sons – which is now intensifying the population decline, as there are not enough women of child-bearing age to maintain the population. Ethnic minorities are not subject to the one-child policies, but widespread evidence suggests a campaign in western Xinjiang, where most of the ethnic Uyghur population lives, to forcibly sterilize women to stop the population from growing. Dictator Xi Jinping expanded the “one-child policy” for Han Chinese to two children in 2015, but this has not resulted in a halt of the population decline. The Party’s Civil Affairs Minister Li Jiheng warned this week that 2020 childbirth trends suggested that the country’s population will reach a peak, meaning that the population will begin to decline,...
    Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday delivered a speech advocating for women’s rights at the United Nations (U.N). World Conference on Women in Beijing. His address failed to mention the human rights atrocities his government has sponsored, particularly against Uyghur women, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang territory. In his speech, Xi addressed the U.N., virtually, and fellow attendees of the “high-level” meeting in Beijing. As general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi was likely joined by the body’s senior members. While proposing ways Beijing and the U.N. could minimize the impact of the coronavirus on women, Xi said that the entities need to “crack down on violations of women’s rights and interests. We need to improve social services, with priority given to special groups such as pregnant and postnatal women.” The U.N. “should do more … to eliminate violence, discrimination, poverty, and other old problems” facing women in China, Xi added later in his speech. The Chinese leader’s calls to end violence against women and protect their maternal healthcare rights ring hollow when contrasted against reports of the horrific...
    This year gave Main Street America a close-up look at the disastrous, real-life results of more than four decades of failed U.S.-China policy – a policy characterized by constant Chinese deception, rampant human rights abuses, unfair trade practices, widespread espionage, regional bullying and relentless efforts to corrupt international organizations like the World Health Organization and United Nations. The consequences of our irresponsible – and unfortunately bipartisan – tendency to reflexively kowtow to China’s dictatorship over the years have come into sharp focus since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan.  American families, employers and workers have faced crushing and unprecedented economic lockdowns, school closures that have harmed our children academically and psychologically, shuttered churches, canceled doctor visits and even brief shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment. But the origin of America’s flawed approach to China did not begin behind the “Great Firewall” in a Wuhan lab or wet market nine months ago. The seeds of our misguided “One China Policy” were planted in the 1970s and punctuated by then-President Jimmy Carter’s decision to unilaterally normalize relations...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Antony "Tony" Blinken, former deputy Secretary of State and current foreign policy adviser for the Joe Biden for President campaign. Morell and Blinken discuss a potential Biden administration's foreign policy priorities and its likely approach to top global security challenges, including climate change, armed conflicts, and strategic threats from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Blinken also details the Vice President's likely approach to the U.S. intelligence, diplomatic and military communities. A corresponding interview request has been extended to the Trump White House, and is pending.  HIGHLIGHTS:  ON AMERICA'S ROLE IN THE WORLD: "I would sum it up in three words: leadership, cooperation and democracy...Joe Biden would reassert American leadership, leading with our diplomacy. We'd actually show up again, day in, day out. But to engage the world, not as it was in 2009 or even in 2017 when we left it, but as it is and as we anticipate it will become: rising powers, new actors super-empowered by technology and information, who we have to bring along...
    The government should import more than 500 million migrants to inflate the nation’s geostrategic power against China, according to the left-wing author of a new book. “To stay on top, we probably need to grow the country threefold [from 330 million] — to one billion Americans,” says an August 31 op-ed by Matthew Yglesias, an elite-leftist progressive founder of Vox.com. That idea “is the most ludicrous manifestation of a pretty widespread view of immigration as a tool for America’s elite to compete with the rest of the world,” responded Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Immigration policy should “serve the interests of individual Americans,” rather than the personal interests of globalist advocates, he said, adding: For all his flaws, [President Donald] Trump understands that government policy, including the federal immigration program, should be designed to help Americans thrive and live better lives. It is not to play some kind of geopolitical chess game. What should be more important for the U.S. government? The gas station attendant in Iowa or the state of geopolitics in Burundi? The gas station...
    STATE DEPARTMENT - The United States is adjusting its Taiwan policy and declassifying cables on Taiwan arms sales as China ramps up pressures on Taipei.  A senior State Department official said Monday the latest U.S. moves were not a policy shift, but part of a set of "significant adjustments" within Washington's longstanding one-China policy.  "The U.S. has long had a one-China policy. This is distinct from Beijing's 'One China Principle' under which the Chinese Communist Party asserts sovereignty over Taiwan. The U.S. takes no position on sovereignty over Taiwan," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell in his virtual remarks Monday to the Heritage Foundation.    Taiwan said it would continue to strengthen its defense capabilities, thanking the U.S. for its firm commitment to Taiwan's security. In Beijing, Chinese officials urged the U.S. to stop elevating relations with Taiwan.  FILE - David Stilwell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, arrives after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, July 17,...
    Joe Biden said in a speech in China while serving as vice president that he “fully understands” and was not “second-guessing” the communist regime’s brutal one-child policy, which resulted in the killing of hundreds of millions of children, mostly girls. Biden made the comments – as documented in the Obama White House digital archives and reported by Fox News and the Washington Examiner on Twitter – while speaking at Sichuan University in 2012. “But as I was talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in China,” Biden said. “You have no safety net. Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing – of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.” “So hopefully we can act in a way on a problem that’s much less severe than yours, and maybe we can learn together from how we can do that,” Biden said. In 1979, China made it illegal for couples to bear more than one...
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