While liberals have excoriated Trump for trying to change the way the US does business with China, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is now earmarking hundreds of billions to pay firms to relocate production elsewhere.
The UK is also rethinking its relationship with the totalitarian communist regime; plus more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Japan to pay its businesses to move out of China, UK to “rethink” China relationship
The coronavirus pandemic is prompting nations around the globe to follow a path already started by US President Donald Trump, as they are now reevaluating their relationship with China, as well as the necessity of a return to self-reliance for essential goods and communications technology.
Japan has allocated 220 billion yen (US $2 billion) that it will use to pay its manufacturing companies to move their production plants away from China and back to their own country or others.
Top intelligence officials in the UK are reportedly advising British officials to rethink its relationship with China. Reportedly, MI6 has told ministers that China has significantly underreported the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, and has lied and tried to cover up the outbreak.
Issues being discussed are whether the UK wants to restrict takeovers of key companies in high tech areas such as Digital Communications and artificial intelligence, as well as consider whether it should reduce Chinese students’ access to research at universities and elsewhere.
Cuomo lashes out at “King” Trump, warns President against trying to reopen New York too soon
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning President Donald Trump that he should not try to reopen the state against his wishes.
The New York governor is concerned that opening the state too soon could result in a dramatic increase and second wave of COVID-19 infections. “We don’t have a king — we have a president,” Cuomo said.
“If he says to me [Trump], ‘I declare it open,’ and that is a public health risk or it’s reckless with the welfare of the people of my state, I will oppose it,” Cuomo said.
“And then we will have a constitutional crisis like you haven’t seen in decades, where states tell the federal government, ‘We’re not going to follow your order.’ It would be terrible for this country. It would be terrible for this president.”
The biggest news outlets trying to bury story of sexual assault claim filed against Biden
It’s been almost 3 weeks since the story broke about a former female staffer, who worked for Joe Biden when he was a Wisconsin senator, who revealed her story that the former vice president sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Biden’s accuser, Tara Reade, filed a criminal complaint last Thursday. Yet, it took until Easter Sunday until mainstream media began to touch the story at all.
Even satire website The Onion noticed how the biggest media companies were purposely ignoring the story and lambasted them by titling a piece: “New York Times pledges to cover Biden sexual assault allegations in upcoming crossword.”
It was a spot-on assessment of the way CNN, New York Times and MSNBC have been avoiding the story in an obvious way.
Reade claims that in the spring of 1993, then-Senator Biden pinned her against the wall in the basement of the Capitol Hill office building and digitally penetrated her.
Last Thursday, Reade filed a criminal complaint against Biden with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. Acknowledging that the statute of limitations has run out on any criminal charges over the alleged incident, Reade said she filed the report for “safety reasons.”
“I filed a police report for safety reasons only,” Reade wrote in a tweet. “All crim [sic] stats beyond limitations. Gratitude for all who have stood by me.”
“I have been smeared and called vile names by Biden supporters,” Reade tweeted. “I was also accused of being called a Russian agent. I am not. I will continue to speak out.”
Anatomy of Chinese cheating: It was Huawei before coronavirus
China refusing to play fair with the rest of the world is well documented through its disregard for copyright and intellectual property. The world is waking up to the fact that China tried to cover up the coronavirus pandemic and harmed the rest of the globe in the process.
But long before the COVID-19 outbreak, China was also lying, spying and cheating in the world of telecommunications through the Chinese multinational technology company Huawei.
Chinese telecommunications and technology firm Huawei is the world’s #1 telecom supplier and #2 phone manufacturer, but the US banned US government contractors from using Huawei in 2014 over security concerns.
Trump signed another bill into law on March 12, 2020, banning using technology from anyone considered a national security threat, aimed at Huawei, and declared a national emergency over the matter.
Huawei has a long, documented history of wrongdoing. In May of last year, the United States placed Huawei on a blacklist citing national security concerns.
Here are some key highlights of issues surrounding Huawei
- The company was caught cheating on a phone benchmark test in 2018.
- Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US on December 6, 2018.
- A Huawei employee was arrested over alleged spying in Poland.
- On January 29, 2019, the US filed 23 indictments against Huawei for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.
- In April 2019, the CIA said Huawei is funded by Chinese state security. The same month, Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment.
- In February 2020, the Justice Department charged Huawei with racketeering and theft of trade secrets.