Category Archives: China

China Blocks Taiwan from Joining Global Wuhan Virus Response

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider membership for Taiwan, which has long been blocked by Beijing, in light of the virus epidemic spreading from Wuhan.

Chinese Propaganda Organ Defies Feds

A Republican congressman is asking the Justice Department to investigate a Chinese propaganda organ that has defied a federal order to register as a foreign agent.

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) said it was “extremely troubling” that Xinhua News Agency, the “largest news organization in all of China,” has yet to register as a foreign agent. He asked Barr to investigate whether the department could force the media organization to register as a foreign agent.

“Rep. Banks expects agencies like the Justice Department to begin fully utilizing their anti-foreign propaganda tools,” Banks spokesman Mitchell Hailstone told the Washington Free Beacon.

The Justice Department previously ordered Xinhua News Agency and CGTN America, a state-owned television network, to register as foreign agents following an appeal from a bipartisan group of senators led by Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.). While CGTN has complied with the order, Xinhua News Agency continues to avoid registration, according to the letter.

Xinhua News Agency is part of China’s shadowy multi-million dollar influence operation in the United States. The effort has penetrated the nation’s media organizations and the halls of Congress. China Daily, the propaganda paper of the Chinese Communist Party, has given millions to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post to publish more than 500 print advertorials. China Daily also delivers its newspaper to nearly all members of Congress every day, despite Banks’s efforts to restrict its distribution on Capitol Hill.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires all U.S. entities funded by or under the influence of a foreign government to register as foreign agents and provide detailed disclosures about their activities, including funding sources and expenditures. Originally enacted to track German-sponsored Nazi propaganda during the 1930s, the law allows the general public to review these disclosures at any time.

While disclosures filed by CGTN America and China Daily can be found on the FARA website, a search inquiry for Xinhua News Agency returned no results. Xinhua News Agency did not respond to a request for comment.

Banks requested that the Justice Department verify that Xinhua News Agency is not registered as a foreign agent and asked what actions the department can take to ensure the propaganda outfit complies with federal law.

Xinhua, and other Chinese propaganda rags, won’t be able to evade FARA registration for much longer,” Hailstone, the congressman’s spokesman, said.

This is not the first time a Chinese propaganda organ has failed to comply with federal disclosure requirements. The Free Beacon previously found that China Daily failed to disclose details about its media purchases for 30 years. CGTN America failed to register as a foreign agent for roughly six years before the Justice Department order.

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How the Wuhan Coronavirus Infected the Chinese Film Industry

Just days ago, no one would have predicted that China’s most lucrative film-going season was about to be derailed by the escalating epidemic of a novel coronavirus that is now rapidly spreading through the country and beyond. Variety takes a look at how the box office in the world’s second largest film market has been […]

Communist China Believes Tesla Will Help It Take Over the Electric Car Industry

China’s state-run newspaper Global Times questions in a recent article whether Tesla’s new commitments in China will help the country to take over the electric car market, as Apple’s investment in Chinese factories helped it to dominate the smartphone manufacturing industry.

Report: China Ignores Signs of Wuhan Virus in Environmentalist’s Pneumonia Death

The founder of China’s oldest environmental organization and his wife died of “severe lung disease” amid the spread of a novel virus that causes pneumonia, but tested neither of them for the virus and failed to isolate any potential contacts, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday.

Feds: U. of Kansas Prof. Funneled Research to Communist China

Professor Feng Tao of the University of Kansas was charged by federal authorities with two counts of wire fraud and one count of program fraud for attempting to funnel publicly-funded research to the Chinese government.

China Lockdown Extends to Five Cities, 20 Million People over Wuhan Virus

Chinese authorities added four cities to their lockdown of Wuhan, home to a deadly new virus spreading rapidly, on Thursday afternoon, bringing the total population within the transport shutdown zone to about 20 million people.

Overseas Releases of Chinese Films to be Cancelled Following Virus Outbreak

The overseas release of Chinese films in the next weeks is certain to be affected by the cancellation of theatrical outings in mainland China as a response to the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday movie companies in China announced that they would not go ahead with the release of seven major films at Chinese […]

Chinese New Year Film Releases Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus

The releases of all new movies this week in China have been cancelled as a response to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. The move is a massive blow for the Chinese film industry. Seven major films were expected to have been released over the coming weekend, with the likelihood that together they would have […]

North Korea Bans All Foreigners in Response to Chinese Virus

North Korea’s communist regime banned all foreign visitors from entering the country on Tuesday as a precaution against the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China, according to tourist companies who operate in the country. 

China Quarantines Entire City as Deaths from Mystery Virus Almost Double in 24 Hours

As the fast-spreading “novel coronavirus” makes its way across the globe, China is locking down the virus’ city of origin in a desperate attempt to control the outbreak. Even with these precautions, it looks like a perfect storm is brewing for a pandemic. As the Chinese state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported, the city of Wuhan…

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Exclusive — Tom Cotton Urges Trump Administration to Consider Banning Travel from China over Coronavirus

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is urging President Donald Trump’s administration to consider implementing a ban on travelers from China to the United States over the Chinese Communist Party’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak that has left more than a dozen people dead.

Hong Kong and China Box Office to Take Separate Directions at Chinese New Year

In the more than six months that protest movements have rocked Hong Kong, a whole range of business sectors have become color-coded, as both Beijing-loyal blue elements and yellow pro-democracy forces have weaponized the economy. Companies on the front line include leading bank HSBC, airline Cathay Pacific and even the subway operator MTRC. Effects range […]

China ‘Handles’ Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media

Local police in Wuhan, China, revealed they had “handled” the cases of eight individuals accused of publishing statements not approved by the Communist Party on social media regarding the deadly respiratory disease that recently originated in that city, Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed on Tuesday.