A top Republican who sits on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation has a severe warning about the future of U.S.-Chinese relations stating war could start in a short period of time.
According to Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), armed conflict between the United States and China is imminent.
“I would predict there will be a clash within the next three to six months,” Yoho told the Washington Examiner.
Relations with China have begun to deteriorate in recent years. Those ties have rapidly diminished due to President Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing as well as the recent pandemic. If that’s not enough, FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed last week, that China has stepped up its espionage efforts against the U.S., forcing the FBI to open a new China-related counterintelligence investigation every 10 hours.
The FBI has also previously discussed several suspicious encounters where Chinese nationals were trying to smuggle viruses out of the U.S, Yahoo News reported.
According to one document, an unknown Chinese man was caught transporting biological vials of MERS and SARS labeled “antibodies” after being stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro airport.
This doesn’t include the case in January, where the head of Harvard University’s chemistry department, Charles Lieber, was federally charged with failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government, after he hid his involvement in China’s “Thousand Talents Program,” along with Chinese nationals.
The FBI’s report also specifically uses the words, “biosecurity risk” when describing China, which is typically used to refer to the intentional misuse of pathogens, such as for bioterrorism and biosafety, which covers accidental release according to the World Health Organization.
Several national security experts have said China is waging a “cold war” against the U.S., however, Yoho thinks a pending attack is coming and it will be anything but “cold.”
The Florida Republican predicted that armed conflict will be triggered by a Chinese naval attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which often commands a strong presence in the South China Sea.
“Knowing China, I think what they would do is ram one of our ships and say it was a mistake,” Yoho told the Examiner.
“To sink a carrier would be a huge mistake, to attack any of our ships would be a huge mistake, but I think they’re willing to risk that to test the waters,” he explained. “And unfortunately, people will die. It would just be a mistake if they did that, for them.”
Last year, Senior Chinese military official Dai Xu (戴旭), threatened U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea, recommending that China should attack the ships. This was after the U.S. sent a Navy destroyer the USS McCampbell into the contested Chinese waters, near the disputed islands in the South China Sea during ongoing trade talks in what China called a “provocation,” Reuters reported.
Xu recommended aggressive action against the U.S. if it “breaks into Chinese waters again” stating the following: “If the U.S. warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it… In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create disturbance,” Taiwan News reported.
Over the past few weeks, several events have elevated the U.S. geopolitical tension with China, which since the Obama administration has been in turmoil after failed diplomatic discussions. It all started in 2012 when China and the Philippines engaged in a lengthy maritime feud which resulted in rejections of the verdict by China in 2016, increasing the chances of potential conflict in the region.
In 2016, an arbitration court ruled that China had(s) no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea and that it in doing so breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights with its actions.
China reacted by boycotting the proceedings, rejecting them and stating that the ruling was “ill-founded.”
One year later in 2017, China announced the creation of two Chinese-controlled international maritime courts that would be used to provide China’s interpretation of maritime law, Epoch Times reported.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte responded by stating that the man-made islands aren’t pointed at them.
“It’s not intended for us. The contending ideological powers of the world or the geopolitics has greatly changed. It’s really intended against those who the Chinese think would destroy them and that is America,” Duterte noted. “We did nothing.”
China insists that it has “historic rights” over the region which the countries dispute.
For centuries various countries have fought over the territory in the South China Sea – two specific island chains known as Paracels and the Spratlys – and fought over areas alongside the sandbanks and reefs, such as the Scarborough Shoal (known as Huangyan Island in China). These waters are a main import and export point that allows the passing of five trillions of dollars worth of global trade flow annually through the waters, according to Forbes.
“It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei all have laid competing claims to the area.
Beijing states its right to the area goes back centuries to when the Paracel and Spratly island chains were regarded as integral parts of the Chinese nation. In 1947 the Communist nation issued a map detailing its claims.
However, in the past few years, China has begun building man-made islands that many countries and U.S. officials have disputed as being military bases.
It’s also worth mentioning that in 2018, one single day after signing the economic tariffs and China retaliating, the U.S. sent the USS Mustin destroyer within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese-claimed islands, which China warned off, Asia Times reported.
In November of last year, the U.S. also quietly sent two naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait four days after the Taiwanese elections, with little coverage from the press, Taiwan News reported.
Right now it’s just the potential for a trade war, but things could escalate well past economic sanctions; and Beijing’s state media has previously warned any attempt to prevent China accessing its interests in the region of the South China Sea could risk sparking a “large-scale war.”
Last week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said U.S. policy on China is based on “ill-informed strategic miscalculation” and “is fraught with emotions and whims and McCarthyist bigotry.” The foreign ministry also said that Washington’s belief that China is a threat “may turn into self-fulfilling prophecies at the end of the day.”
Last year, China’s President Xi Jinping ordered the Chinese armed forces People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to enhance their combat readiness to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests after the U.S. had issued a travel warning to China stating Americans were at risk to arbitrary and indefinite detention.
“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” Xi said, to the Central Military Commission (CMC) warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise. “The entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people,” Xi added according to a press release.
This followed the test of China’s dubbed Mother Of All Bombs, (MOAB) only a day prior, according to the official Xinhua news agency which described the bomb as the “Chinese version of the ‘Mother of all Bombs,’” Dawn reported.
According to Yoho, Beijing is talking tough only because the U.S. is standing up to the communist country.
“The United States is willing to stand up to them, and that may force China’s hand,” Yoho told the Examiner. “That’ll be something that they will lose, and they will regret, but we can’t be intimidated because that might happen. I think the real threat is, if we don’t do anything, we know that it’ll happen. And then, that’ll give more strength to China to keep doing what they’re doing. So, you know, let’s just hope that diplomacy works and China backs off.”
Ghislaine Maxwell’s Loses Appeal To Keep Deposition Documents Sealed
For months, Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has been fighting to keep her deposition from a previous now-settled civil lawsuit sealed, but an appeals court has finally ruled against Maxwell, and will allow the deposition to be unsealed.
The deposition is 418 pages, and dates back to a civil case that concluded in 2016. The decision was made by a three-judge Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
“We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit. We DENY the motion to consolidate this appeal with the pending appeal in United States v. Maxwell,” the ruling stated.
The decision supported a ruling made earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska to release hundreds of documents from a 2015 civil suit involving Maxwell and Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most outspoken accusers.
Giuffre’s attorney David Boies said that the ruling was an important step.
”It is an important step towards vindicating the public interest in understanding the scope and scale of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring and the efforts made to conceal it,” Boies said in an emailed statement to the Miami Herald.
Everyone is waiting to get their hands on these documents, but unfortunately, there is no clear timetable for when U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska will release the transcripts, but now we know that they are legally compelled to release them at some point. They are expected to come out at some point during Maxwell’s criminal trial.
If you are having any trouble wrapping your mind around what is happening with this case and these documents, here is a quick explanation. Lawyers for Maxwell have been attempting to silence Epstein’s victims through the courts, by requesting that a judge block the victims from posting about evidence from the criminal case online. The terms proposed by Maxwell’s legal team also attempted to dictate which evidence could be seen in court.
The lawyers argued that the victims could use evidence that was revealed in the criminal trial to gain an advantage in their separate civil lawsuits. Maxwell’s lawyers have said that they are restricted from publicizing information obtained during the trial, and they believe that the victims should be held to the same standards. Luckily, a judge struck down the proposal, and ordered the documents to be unsealed earlier this year, but the defense had an opportunity to appeal, which they did, but their appeal failed this week.
Now, these documents will be entered into evidence for those involved in the current trial. This does not mean that the press will have any access to the files, though it is assumed that we will get the details after they come out in court.
Numerous other victims have identified Maxwell as playing a key role in Epstein’s trafficking ring, and many of them have said that she also participated in the assaults, in addition to recruiting young girls for Epstein and his powerful friends. Last month, it was revealed that Maxwell was reported to the FBI after she was suspected of “trawling gyms for half-naked girls.”
Ice Cube Aired On CNN After Tweeting He Was Cancelled Because They Can’t Handle The Truth
In a series of tweets, the rapper and actor said he was canceled due to them not being able to “handle the truth.” After the outburst, Cube’s interview was later filmed with CNN.
Ice Cube said he would no longer be appearing on Chris Cuomo’s show Cuomo Prime Time on October 15th.
“So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight,” he wrote. “I’ve actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can’t handle the truth.”
So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight. I’ve actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can’t handle the truth.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2020
This claims of cancelation came exactly a day after Cube’s tweet about working with President Donald Trump on black issues with his group Contract with Black America on a “Platinum Plan.” Trump’s Platinum Plan is a four-year program that pledges to help create three million new jobs for African Americans.
He also responded to users giving him backlash by quoting a tweet, dated August 2016, simply saying: “I haven’t endorsed anybody.”
I haven’t endorsed anybody. https://t.co/kmP99DdZug
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2020
Despite claiming that he is not pro-Trump, Cube also confirmed that he had been in touch with the president. One of Trump’s senior advisors thanked him for stepping up to work with the president’s administration “to help develop the Platinum Plan.”
Cube tweeted that both parties contacted him after he released his Contract with Black America, which seeks to address “the heart of racism” and present “a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.”
The rapper said that Democrats told him they’d address the initiative after the election, while the Trump campaign made adjustments to its plan after speaking with him.
Cube further responded to the development on Twitter. In response to an article in The Washington Post about the controversy, Ice Cube said “I will advise anybody on the planet who has the power to help Black Americans close the enormous wealth gap.”
I will advise anybody on the planet who has the power to help Black Americans close the enormous wealth gap. https://t.co/l0HylC5JCV
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2020
Cube also previously posted a video expressing skepticism towards politicians, mentioning former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. He also called for the Black community to band together in a fight against systemic racism.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 11, 2020
“There’s systems in place, as we all know. It ain’t cause we ain’t doing what we’re supposed to do as Black people, because, of course we all could do better. There’s s**t that we need to do to clean up ourselves and our community, but besides that s**t, the system is f**ked up,” he began the clip.
“I don’t know if we could count on any parties to get us out this s**t, to be honest. So we are going to have to do lots of things different as a Black community.”
Later on in the video, Cube admitted: “Everybody’s been mad at me, cause I haven’t been on the f**king-y’know-the gravy train of these candidates, especially Joe Biden and Harris. I don’t trust none of them. No president has done right by us. So I don’t trust none of them.”
Rebooked on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight. The truth will set you free.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 16, 2020
CNN later decided to air an explosive interview with Cube and Cuomo filled with the rapper’s opinions on various topics from police brutality, to politics.
The legendary rapper discussed police violence and how it’s “just part of our life here.” He continued, “Once we get some capital, we’ll be treated better. This is a capitalistic society and if you ain’t got no money — you see how people are treated on the street. Bottom line is, dollars bring dignity… we need to close this wealth gap.
“It’s not getting smaller. Do some research; this is the problem in America. Black people have no capital. We own half of a point when it comes to all the wealth in America — 13.5 percent of people living off half of a point. We can’t survive in America for another 100 years living like this.”
Cube appeared immediately offended in the interview after Cuomo insinuated the NWA rapper sought out the Trump campaign.
“Your lead-ins are a little misleading,” he told Cuomo. “The Platinum Plan is not my plan. I came up with Contract With Black America [CWBA]. I didn’t run to work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract With Black America … I didn’t run to nobody, so that was real misleading to me. You said I ran over to the Trump team instead of the Biden team and that’s just not true. I’m willing to work with both teams. I’m just working with whoever is willing to work with me.”
Cube then asserted he was “not playing no more of these political games” and would go to “whoever’s in power.” He added, “I’m going there for Black Americans, the ones who are the decedents of slaves, and that’s what I’m going to talk to anybody who’s in power. If anybody has a problem with that, it seems like a personal problem.”
When Cuomo asked how he could possibly trust Trump’s word, Cube replied, “I’ve never met Donald Trump. I don’t know what he’s going to do. I just know what he said he’s going to do. Both of them have a plan. Both of them say say they’re going to do something. Who knows whats going to happen after November 3. Nobody knows, from each side. We’re all hoping candidates keep their campaign promises.”
He then assured Cuomo, “I’m not trusting any of them. I’m just going by action. That’s all I’m going by. I’m not going by words, rhetoric, media spin — I’m not going by any of that. I’m not on nobody’s team. I’m not on team blue. I’m not on team red. I’m an independent person and I believe that’s what Black people need to do is become independent and we need to get something for our vote … I’m working with whoever’s in power. Whoever wins, they’ll hear from me.”
Cube then explained the motive behind the CWBA, saying, “My plan is broad. It goes beyond the public sector. It goes into the private sector — banks, even the movie industry. We gotta deal with a lot of different companies, corporations and even government when it comes to solving this problem. I believe it’s a bipartisan problem when it comes to Blacks in America and what’s going on.
“This is for both of them to solve … they seem to come together when it something that really affects America, and I don’t think nothing affects America more than the situation that Black America finds ourselves in. This country is coming apart at the seams, and it’s not going to come together unless we deal with this wealth gap.”
While Cube was thankful Cuomo invited him on his platform, he had a few words for fellow CNN anchor Don Lemon who, according to Twitter, basically called Cube ignorant following the interview. You can watch the interview with Cube and Cuomo below!
50 Cent endorses Donald J. Trump for President
In a recent Instagram post, rapper and entrepreneur Curtis Jackson, AKA 50 Cent, told his followers to vote for Donald Trump. Jackson seemed to be upset by Biden’s proposed tax rate for the wealthy. He took a photo of his television showing a proposed 62% tax rate, and said that he doesn’t even care if Trump “doesn’t like black people,” he’s voting for Donald Trump anyway.
This is not the first time that Jackson has posted in support of Trump, but it is definitely the most explicit he has been in his support. Earlier this week he posted a video of the president dancing to YMCA by the Village People.
It appears that Jackson is clearly supporting Donald Trump in the election this year, but he has also been critical of the president in the past, so perhaps he is just voting for what he perceives as the lesser of two evils. Jackson has previously attacked the president on his COVID-19 response, saying “You wanted a reality show host as president. Well, now you’re on Survivor.”
As of 2020, Jackson’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million, which is a huge drop from previous years, when his net worth was declared at $150 million by Forbes.
Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008). He was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard. Rolling Stone ranked Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and “In da Club” in its lists of “100 Best Albums of the 2000s” and “100 Best Songs of the 2000s” at numbers 37 and 13 respectively.
He is also financially invested in a highly diversified variety of industries. Jackson is now involved in artist and talent management, record, television, and film production, footwear, apparel, fragrances, liquor, video games, mobile apps, book publishing, headphones and health drinks and dietary supplements. His broad business and investment portfolio contains investments in a variety of sectors including real estate, financial market investments, mining, boxing promotion, vodka, fragrances, consumer electronics and fashion.
Jackson is one of the numerous hip-hop moguls who have come under fire for publicly expressing support for Donald Trump. Kanye West was one of the first to come out in support, and it has resulted in a mixture of outrage and concern for his mental health. He has since distanced himself from Trump and launched his own controversial political career. Just this week, Ice Cube made headlines after the Trump administration thanked him for his involvement in the “Contract With Black America,” a plan announced earlier this year that hopes to address racial inequality. Ice Cube has responded to the controversy by insisting that he was working with both the Democrats and the Republicans, but the Trump administration just happened to reach out to him before the Biden campaign.
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