Iranian Resistance To Hold Virtual Annual Event As Chinese Coronavirus Ravages Nation Due To Mullah's Corruption

The People's Mujahadeen of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main Iranian resistance organization opposing the mullah's rule, will hold a global, virtual, live event this Friday, July 17th on Zoom, to highlight the plight of the nation's population under the ravages of the Chinese coronavirus, enabled by the corrupt regime.

The virtual Free Iran Global Summit will take the place of the large annual in-person gatherings the PMOI/MEK historically holds due to the pandemic.

"The 2020 summit is much more significant than its predecessors because over the past 12 months, seismic shifts have occurred in and around Iran," said Shahin Gobadi, spokesman for the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), which stages the event. The shifts are multifold, he said.

"COVID-19 has ravaged the country, claiming over 70,000 lives, in large measure due to the mullahs' initial cover-up about the spread of the virus and their incompetence and mismanagement," Gobadi told Just the News. "The economic collapse has taken new proportions. Commodity prices are skyrocketing, the value of the national currency is in free fall."

A main activity of the event will be to highlight the 'resistance units' the organization directs in-country. President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance in Iran, Maryam Rajavi, has previously declared there are over 1,000 resistance units operating inside the country.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Governor Tom Ridge, and Congressman Patrick Kennedy will be some of the American dignitaries speaking at the event.

"Considering that the regime in Tehran considers the MEK as an existential threat, it would naturally go out of its way to disrupt its activities," Gobadi said. Suspects in a 2018 bomb plot against the summit currently await trial in France, he said. "Obviously, one cannot rule out the possibility of the regime attempt to resort to a cyberattack."

The virtual event will be held in 30,000 locations and 102 countries.

Debbie Aldrich And Simona Manigiante Papadopoulos..."We Were Scared for Our Lives"

Simona Manigiante Papadopoulos is a Lawyer, Model, and wife of George Papadopoulos. George Papadopoulos was a foreign policy advisor for the Donald Trump campaign in 2016 and became a target of the Russian collusion 'Deep State Target' for which his book is named.

The couple has been threatened and harassed. Simona tells her story.

UPDATE: A Month After Former Nat'l Sec Advisor H.R. McMaster Joins Zoom Board, Company Bends To Chicom Will And Censors Tiananmen Square Commemoration

Zoom Shuts Down Activist Account After Tiananmen Commemoration...Accused Of Bending To Chicom Masters' Will

UPDATE: CDMedia has just connected the dots between Zoom bending to Chicom will in Beijing and former National Security McMaster joining the board of the company in May of this year. Sometimes globalism stares you right in the face.

Zoom Adds Board Member H.R. McMaster and Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations Jonathan Kallmer to Leadership Team

Zoom announced today that it has appointed Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster as an independent director on Zoom’s Board of Directors, effective May 6, 2020, read the company's website.

“Zoom does significant good for our society, allowing people to connect and collaborate face-to-face from anywhere. This extraordinary capability is vital now more than ever,” said McMaster. “My goal is to help the company navigate rapid growth and assist in meeting Zoom’s commitment to becoming the world’s most secure video communications platform.”

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Zoom, the videoconferencing software company which was rushed to popularity during the Chinese coronavirus lockdown, as people globally tried to stay in touch with friends and family, has been accused of selling out to Chinese Communist Party Masters. The firm shut down an activist anti-CCP account after a conference call was held commemorating the Tiananmen Square murders in 1989 when the CCP violently repressed a pro-Democracy celebration in Beijing over thirty years ago.

U.S.-based rights group Humanitarian China held an event on Zoom on May 31 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. The topic is taboo in China and references to it online are heavily censored, reported CNBC.

The account that hosted the event was shut down on June 7, according to Zhou Fengsuo, who founded Humanitarian China and took part in the 1989 protests as a student. The account has since been reinstated.

The company blamed local laws for the decision.

“Like any global company, Zoom must comply with laws in the countries where we operate. We strive to limit actions taken to those necessary to comply with local law,” a Zoom spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“We regret that a few recent meetings with participants both inside and outside of China were negatively impacted and important conversations were disrupted. It is not in Zoom’s power to change the laws of governments opposed to free speech.”

Zoom was caught red-handed recently routing data through communist China, where Chicom intelligence could access the information. The company said the data routing was a 'mistake'.

There are also serious security flaws with Zoom, leading to a rash of 'Zoom bombings' where unwanted call participants can join and also access private calls.

“It seems possible ZOOM acted on pressure from the CCP (Communist Party of China) to shut down our account. If so, ZOOM is complicit in erasing the memories of the Tiananmen Massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government,” said Zhou Fengsuo, who founded Humanitarian China and took part in the 1989 protests as a student, added CNBC.

The Key Casualty Of War Is truth...The Culture War Is No Different

Black Panthers Atllanta, GA June 6. 2020

Forget if you can the appalling sight of a policemen kneeling on another man’s neck, forget if you can the deaths of people defending their shops from rioters. Forget if you can the wanton destruction and violence of the last few days and stand back a little and see what else is happening in the penumbra of the Black Lives Matter protests.

What you can see out there is a combination of the narrowing of minds and the cowardice of our leaders. Sadly it is present here in the UK as it is in its native state, the United States.

What we have seen is growth in the number of people removed from their positions for doing nothing more than questioning the prevailing orthodoxies, hard not to do when the orthodoxies are in a state of constant flux.

The first example of this that came to my attention is that of Martin Shipton. Shipton is an old sparring partner of mine, and the only thing I think we share is the air which we breath. He is the leading political journalist in Wales, and sees life largely through a leftist, progressive pro-EU perspective. He has been fired from his role as the Chairman of the judges of the Welsh book of the year. How his ability to judge a literary prize can be affected by his views on the street protests I do not know, but, with a concerted campaign of the perennially outraged he has been asked to stand down (read fired).

What he had done is instructive. He is not a chap to mince his words. But even so this was all pretty mild by his standards. He merely queried whether having a demonstration in Cardiff was relevant to an incident in the USA, and more importantly how when the country is on a strict lockdown mass gatherings for something outside the UKs competence could be justified. The disease, he said, had taken "many more lives than the Minneapolis police."

"I just don't see what value there is in holding a demo in front of Cardiff Castle about the murder of a black man in Minneapolis," he tweeted.

For this and his robust defence of his comment caused Literature Wales, the publicly-funded, or shall we say taxpayer-funded, charity that hosts the awards to demand his head on a virtual spike.

Literature Wales tweeted in response to a sew of cross party criticism “Today - and always - we stand in solidarity against white supremacy, racial inequality, and police violence.” Martin hadn’t questioned that one iota.

Interestingly at the demonstration a Labour (socialist) City Councillor of Asian heritage, Ali Ahmed was forced off stage after he questioned the relevance of the event, pointing out that racism though extant, was not such a huge problem in Cardiff and stating that all lives matter, which of course they do.

But Martin is not the only example, far from it. On the Isle of Man, (that constitutionally odd island between the UK and the Republic of Ireland and home of the world’s oldest parliament the Tynwald, founded in the 8th Century) Stu Peters a radio host on the island station was taken off air – his crime?

Well here is the transcript, but he was questioning the concept of “White Privilege” that catch all moral argument that strips individuals of agency and makes the possession of a white heritage some sort of original sin, inescapable and a sense of supposed perennial guilt.

This is what was said,

“SP: OK, I think that what happened to George Floyd is despicable. I think that what that police officer did is probably criminal but we've got to wait until the courts decide that. But I think that what that man did is that he murdered George Floyd and I think that's awful. I can understand to a point why people, I can understand very clearly why people in America are protesting about it. I can understand why Black Lives Matter - an American organisation - is protesting about it. But what I can't understand is why people around the rest of the world are protesting, and specifically in the Isle of Man, why would you have a protest outside of Tynwald about it?

Caller: OK, so, when you're saying "all lives matter" that first of all is just derogatory and ridiculous…

SP: No, it's not derogatory.

Caller: For all lives - listen - for all lives to matter we have to raise the people of all creed, colours, religions to the level that white people's privilege allows them to be. For all lives to matter, black and other…

SP: I've had no more privilege in my life than you have Jordan.

Caller: Excuse me?

SP: I've had no more privilege in my life than you have. I'm a white man, you're a black man you say.

Caller: If you believe that then you're already - this is exactly what white privilege is. I'm not saying that you haven't, like, endured anything in your life. But you have automatically - the system is built for you to win already. I have to go through everything in my daily life, and I have to go through these things that you don't see so you don't think they exist. Or, I kind of believe that you're an intellectual man to a degree. You're either extremely ignorant or extremely - I don't know what you are, but I'm not talking with you any longer…

You get the drift, into utter intolerance of another’s position. Rather than defend their host the radio station removed him from the air.

The problem doesn’t stop on our side of the Atlantic, in America Professor Gordon Klein of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management has been the subject of an 18,000 strong petition to remove his tenure after requests that final exams be cancelled were rejected via this message,

"Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota," Klein reportedly said in an email to a student who requested a final exam reprieve. "Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we've been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half?"

As he later pointed out,

“Life deals all of us challenges and I have no doubt that many of you are facing some now. In a perfectly fair world, I would be able to take these individual factors into account and perhaps modify the terms in our course syllabus, but my understanding of university rules is that, with rare exceptions, I should not.”

One of his colleagues however responded to the bullying differently,

"In lieu of your final paper, I would like everyone to submit a 1 page reflection (double or single spaced). I just want you to respond to these two simple questions: ‘What do I make about what is going on in the nation right now?' and ‘How am I doing right now?'

One has to wonder if as a society western liberal democracies have finally given up on the enlightenment values that created them and sustained them, and instead we are retreating into some form of neo-medievalism, where facts and evidence have no meaning, whereas feelings, rage and an intense feeling of conceit are our main societal lodestars.

Media Cannot Ignore Iran Opposition

Voice of America Persia
Voice of America Persia

Guest Opinion

Prof. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Executive Director of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore. Opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Twitter @ProfSheehan.

Last Wednesday, the New York Post published an op-ed by the State Department’s Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, which blamed the taxpayer-funded Voice of America for turning its Persian service into something more akin to the “voice of the mullahs.” VOA Persian should lose its public funding, he said, if its coverage of Iranian affairs does not change.

Hook is right, and his criticism comes at a crucial moment. The regime is facing an unprecedented set of challenges but public awareness of this fact is falling behind. Tehran’s longstanding efforts to control the flow of information notwithstanding, the Iranian people are desperately trying to evade the regime’s extreme media censorship through modern technology. But they must have reliable sources of information to call on.

In the presence of this information, Iranians from all walks of life can develop a clear understanding of the suppressive regime’s vulnerabilities. Independent news outlets can provide essential insights on the regime’s corruption and its disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic, for example. Such outlets can help Iranians to understand that there is value in organizing, and that there is support for their cause throughout the world.

This is what the Voice of America should be articulating. The broadcasting services was specifically designed to represent American values and policies to foreign media markets. But sadly, VOA’s Persian service has often repeated the official narratives of the Iranian regime.

VOA’s executives and contributors feel some anxiety about standing up to Iranian state propaganda. The regime has taken revenge on other outlets for doing just that. In 2017, it froze the assets of more than 150 staff and contributors of the BBC’s Persian service, even though the BBC is more pro-regime than VOA in its official narrative.

Awareness of this repression may explain why VOA would be hesitant to seek out Iranian reporters and sources. Independent contributors may risk arrest, imprisonment, and even torture.

Yet this hesitation cannot explain why VOA refuses to air content provided by people whose desire to tell the truth has already made them targets of the regime’s crackdowns.They are courageous and they want the world to hear their voices.

Last year, the main opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued more than 70 statements about the nationwide anti-regime uprisings in November. It released names for half of the estimated 1,500 protesters who were killed during the unrest, as well as pictures of about 200 of them. Despite the NCRI’s best efforts to communicate this information through respected news outlets, VOA repeatedly rebuffed the offers.

It’s not just that VOA has refused to cover the NCRI’s estimates and findings on the ground inside Iran, where there was an all-out internet blackout in November. It shamefully hasn’t reported on November’s crackdown on dissent at all. As Hook noted in his op-ed, while the nationwide protests were still in full swing, VOA Persian eschewed the news altogether and aired nature documentaries.

That the outlet disregarded any mention of the driving force behind the protests is also troublesome. Its last known mention of the NCRI, for example, is a year and a half old.Yet over that same period, senior regime officials pointed to the NCRI and its leading constituent group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), dozens of times. The regime has warned that it has, and will continue to, suppress “resistance units” of the MEK, which have been spreading across the country.

In recent weeks, the NCRI has reported a wave of arrests and interrogations targeting suspected supporters of the MEK. This, too, has been categorically ignored by VOA Persian. Do U.S. officials require further indication that the American news outlet flagrantly disregards publicly disclosed narratives that might reflect badly on the regime?

The Iranian people deserve a reliable source of news about Tehran’s failings and its abuses.They deserve to know that foreign media will not turn a blind eye to the efforts of organized movements for political and social change. For that matter, U.S. taxpayers deserve the same thing. American interests would be well served by exposing the Iranian regime’s malign activities and promoting domestic groups that have proven willing to stand up to the mullahs.

If Voice of America will not serve that role, perhaps its 17 million dollars in annual taxpayer funds would be better spent helping existing Resistance-affiliated news outlets to reach the Iranian people directly.

We're At War With Communist China And Their Globalist DNC, Media Sympathizers...The Sooner We Admit It, The Better

China Has Made Christianity A Main Target For Suprression, So Have Democrats...See A Pattern Here?

“This is the crisis of my lifetime,” Soros said. “Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary."

George Soros May 11, 2020

Russia Hoax. Impeachment sham. Chinese coronavirus pandemic. None of it worked...so what do we get now?

Orange Man Bad! So race riots fueled by ANTIFA terrorists nationwide, continuing the economic carnage caused by the needless lockdowns, still pushed by Democratic politicians.

But it's just about race! say the #BlackLivesMatter crowd. Such useful idiots.

If it was just about race why were pallets of bricks conveniently place in cities around the country to break windows? Why are most of the radicals white? Why were most from across state lines?

What you are seeing today has been long planned. It is coordinated, backed, and fueled by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) money and influence which has invaded our education system, government and security services. This globalist terror is behind the ANTIFA attacks.

Sure, there are a lot of what Lenin called his 'useful idiots' who believe the race baiting. These will be the idiots lined up at the wall first by the Chicoms to be shot. Agitators with experience will not be wanted when Xi conquers America. This has all happened before, just read about the Cultural Revolution or the Bolshevik terror.

The simple fact is, with Trump in charge, CCP power collapses. They cannot let this happen.

So, we are at war...information wise, propaganda wise, and biologically.

None of this is just a coincidence.

What worries me is what will they do after the race war fails?

And it will fail, patriotic Americans are rising. They can see through the B.S.

The next phase could be kinetic.

It's time the Trump administration admitted to the American public what is really going on.

We have a fifth column of traitors in America. They are in the media. They are in government. They have co-opted our security services. They are in your child's classroom, filling their heads with communist mush.

#BlackLivesMatter is nothing more than the stoking of class envy, a classic Bolshevik tactic. It is cultural Marxism.

And, we are at war with this globalist (another word for communism) force. The sooner we admit it to ourselves, the better we will be. Only then can we deal with it properly.

I know what side I'm on.

Protests Reignite In Hong Kong As Beijing Pushes New "National Security Law"

On 24 May 2020, hundreds of Hong Kongers marched from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai in a demonstration against a national security law proposed on the National People's Congress, as it raised concerns that it would further restrict the freedom and autonomy of Hong Kong
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Thousands of Hong Kongers occupied the streets on May 24 in protest of Beijing's National People's Congress (NPC)'s aim to pass a new rubber-stamped "National Security Law", specifically affecting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

On May 22, Hong Kong pan democratic lawmakers and activists marched on the Chinese Liaison Office to protest the implementation of the law which was announced the day before, according to Reuters.

Hong Kong police have swiftly reacted to the protests with large numbers of riot police, tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to quash rejection of the bill and anti Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentiment.

Despite relative quiet since January 23, the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in Hong Kong according to SCMP, protests flared up reigniting tensions from last year's anti-extradition bill protests that lasted for six months.

"The law, which is expected to ban sedition, secession and subversion of the central government in Beijing, will be introduced through a rarely used constitutional method that could effectively bypass Hong Kong's legislature," CNN wrote in an article.

The law's controversy stems from the Hong Kong government's attempt to originally pass the lesgislation in 2003 named Article 23 under a similar national security veil. This attempt brought the return of the "Hong Kong 1 July Marches" which originated during the 1997 handoff of Hong Kong between the UK and China.

The move by Beijing was met with subsequent denunciation from the US State Department, Hong Kong human rights groups and the international community abroad.

Democrat Lockdowns Will Ensure Trump/Republican Sweep In November

Democrat Lockdowns Will Ensure Trump/Republican Sweep In November
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker, governor of Illinois, says only two people to a boat during the Chinese coronavirus unending emergency, no matter how big the vessel it is, no matter if the occupants are of the same household. He also says don't ask questions about his wife flying to their estate in Florida during the lockdown. Do as I say, not as my wife does, seems to be his mantra.

Where did they get this guy? He looks and acts like Sheriff Buford T. Justice in Smokey and the Bandit. "If you damn pointy heads didn't wear P-jamas you wouldn't be late for work!"

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Americans are growing tired of Democrat petty tyrants and their anti-Constitutional edicts.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told "Good Morning America" on Friday it is unlikely the city will be able to fully reopen and be back to normal until a "cure" is made for the Wuhan coronavirus and distributed to the public, reported Townhall.

Tucker Carlson tonight outlined on his show a group of bipartisan Americans who have started a recall drive to remove the Los Angeles Mayor, after the petty tyrant continues to repress his constituents. In response, Garcetti declared citizens cannot collect the needed signatures for the recall drive due to...you guessed it...the Chinese coronavirus.

The pandemic emergency is exposing the American Left to their useful idiots, and to the malleable center. To steal a phrase from our social justice warriors, Americans are becoming 'woke' to liberal repressive wet dreams.

My gut tells me the Left has gone too far during this crisis. Their visions of channeling Hugo Chavez have become all too real. American's have been given a chance to experience communism and they don't like what they see.

The Democratic lockdowns will ensure Trump's re-election in November. But, it's more than that. Their tyrannical behavior will ensure a 'red wave' of Congressional victory as well. Even California may be up for grabs.

Democrats have jumped the proverbial WuFlu shark.

This is the pandemic's silver lining.

War Room Pandemic Must Listen: Intelligence Reports Damn China In Virus Outbreaks

Raheem Kassam, Jason Miller, and Jack Maxey discuss the latest on the coronavirus pandemic as the “Five Eyes” intelligence agencies release a bombshell report that the Chinese Communist Party destroyed evidence and suppressed information about anything related to the coronavirus in the run up to the global outbreak. Steve Bannon weighs while on special assignment, writes War Room Pandemic.

China Is Hoping That Its Huawei Shot At Australia Is Heard Around The World

British Feelings On Using Chinese Telecom Equipment Hardening

China Is Hoping That Its Shot At Australia Is Heard Around The World
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The threat made by China to Australia for having the temerity to ask questions about the genesis of the Covid virus is a relatively cheap way of putting down a marker to the rest of the world.

This comes as a number of countries are considering similar investigations around the world. After the intervention of French medicine Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier who claimed that "The Wuhan city laboratory has specialized in these coronaviruses since the early 2000s. They have expertise in this area," and going further making clear allusions to the idea the virus may well not have been an accidental natural mutation.

This combined with the that delay in reporting the disease, and the arrest and  disappearance of the Chinese doctors who first reported the disease and highlighted it to humanity have made the rest of the world highly skeptical of anything the Chinese authorities say about the pandemic, be it  science itself or particularly casualty figures.

A key development in this global skepticism isn’t just formal government-sponsored investigations, but a mood that is turning ugly when it comes to Chinese technological and industrial reach.

Boris Johnson To Pull Out Of Huawei 5G Contract Due To CCP Misinformation

It does feel that the world is changing. Whether permanently or not is yet to be seen. We can be sure that most things will return to normal, just as the jungle reclaims a deserted temple, mankind’s hardwired tendency to be gregarious is more powerful than government advice to stay at arm’s length from one another's, strangers are after all new friends yet to be discovered, and lovers must meet.

But somethings will not be the same again. One of these is the reputation of the Chinese political and economic behemoth and its relationship with western countries. But as with so many things, we can see there are two distinct camps in the liberal democracies of the West. The two broad poles are easily exemplified by the approach of the EU and the approach of the Anglosphere.  One key aspect is the attitude being taken towards the Chinese tech giant Huawei and its access and involvement in national tech infrastructure.

The global spread of Huawei and its involvement in the world’s 5G telephony and internet systems has never looked more precarious.

It was bad enough for Eric Xu, chairman of Huawei, when he announced on the 31st March a squeeze in profits in 2019-20. "2020 is going to be a very crucial year to test whether Huawei’s supply continuity program can work in an effective way,” he said, "There are also several cases where Huawei equipment was used to power 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, and yet the customer didn't choose Huawei for 5G, or didn't choose Huawei for selected geographies. Those examples include Optus and VHA in Australia, TDC in Denmark, and [Telecom] Italia in Italy," moaned Xu.”

Now the figures are out, and they make salutary reading. The firm reported a 1.4% gain in revenue to 182.2 billion yuan ($25.7 billion) in the period, down from 19% over all of 2019. Its net profit margin shrank to 7.3% from 8% a year earlier

The US government is continuing it’s aggressive approach to the company, and will have been heartened by increasing moves against the UK’s agreement to allow Huawei limited participation in the ongoing development of the UK’s 5G networks.

At present mobile operators in the UK will be able to use Huawei equipment in their new 5G networks, but only in limited parts of their infrastructure, and only to a fixed maximum percentage, because it is a “high-risk vendor”, according to the British government – but in what way the government refused to elaborate upon.

The Minister in charge of the process, Baroness Morgan, said in January the UK would attract, “established vendors who are not currently present in the UK”, and would support “the emergence of new, disruptive entrants to the supply chain”, as well as promote “the adoption of open, interoperable standards that will reduce barriers to entry”.

At the time Huawei vice president Victor Zhang, the firm’s UK boss said, “Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out on track. This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced, more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading technology and ensures a competitive market.”

But the U.K. is reconsidering the role in the light of Chinese behaviour over Covid-19.  It is clear that support in the U.K. Parliament for giving Huawei a role in Britain’s 5G network is collapsing. Increasing numbers of the governing Conservative Party are opposed to the idea. U.K. lawmakers have recently expressed that a law letting Huawei supply 5G technologies would not now pass Parliament.

The shift in parliamentary opinion is driven by concerns over China’s nontransparent handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, Britain and Australia both called for investigations into how China has handled the pandemic—a move now supported by over 80 percent of the British public.

Already actions are being taken, on April 7th, the UK Government acted to hold up an attempt by a Chinese investor to take control of a British chip producer, Imagination Technologies. The former head of British intelligence agency MI6, Richard Dearlove has called for the takeover to be blocked recognizing the  “deep rivalry” between China and the West over technology.

Even on the continent of Europe there are suspicions. E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager this month suggested that European governments should buy stakes in local tech firms to hinder Chinese takeovers.  The German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, has expressed similar willingness to intervene.

Group Tom Tugenhadt Chairman Commons of the cross party Foreign Affairs Select Committee said, "The one thing that really marks out the Chinese Communist Party is not that they didn't have sufficient data, but that they deliberately falsified the data."

A new group set up in Parliament, the China Research, will look beyond the pandemic itself to study China's long-term economic and diplomatic aims with the goal of influencing UK policy decisions. But it will be conducting a specific study into the consequences of new technology and who owns platforms, as well as China's foreign policy, particularly in relation to the world's poorer regions.

In all of this is the intervention of The First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, when he made it clear that the UK's relationship with China wouldn’t return to "business as usual" post-pandemic. His comments chime with senior backbenchers in his party.

One said,

"My sense from colleagues I've spoken to, is that there is a definite hardening of attitude and definite concern that China has failed to face up to its responsibilities in the whole context of coronavirus."

Another told me,

“I can’t believe that the Chinese communist government's conduct during the Covid 19 crisis has endeared them to colleagues, I believe the mood is strengthening”.

China has had it easy so far, it’s sheer economic might has cowed nations into quietude, but the sheer magnitude of the pandemic and the opacity of China’s approach has put the world’s backs up. It may not find that bullying works as well as it did in the past. After China threatened sanctions on Australia for it’s lesse majestie in holding an enquiry, the Australian finance minister was unbowed. Josh Frydenberg replied bluntly to the Chinese this week. Australia, he said “won’t bow to economic coercion, we will continue to talk up in Australia’s national interest and we won’t trade off health outcomes for economic outcomes.”

5 G poll

https://henryjacksonsociety.org/news/public-attitudes-on-coronavirus/

German support for protective intervention.

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