Breaking Point: Anger over Beijing’s Lockdowns and Zero-Covid Policy as protests ignite across country

Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”

Important Takeaways:

  • China’s Covid revolution: Three years of growing anger over Beijing’s obsession with failing lockdowns is exploding across the country…. but Xi ‘will crack down and punish protesters severely’
  • Protests against Xi Jinping and his zero-Covid policy are sweeping across China
  • Explosion of anger as three years of failing lockdowns became too much to bear.
  • Hundreds took to streets in an unprecedented display of anger against his rule
  • Experts warn crackdown is ‘inevitable’ with activists facing ‘severe punishment’
  • Clashes between activists and police have already taken place in Shanghai – which suffered through a months-long Covid lockdown earlier this year – with BBC cameraman Edward Lawrence arrested and beaten by officers in the city.

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As U.S., China struggle for power in Asia Pacific, France declares need for a Single Global Order

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  • As US and China vie to win over Asia-Pacific, France warns of need for ‘single global order’
  • US-China power struggle poses ‘a big challenge’, French President Emmanuel Macron says, as he warns against having to pick sides
  • “America is a strong partner to the economies and the companies of this region because America is and will remain a major engine of global growth,” Harris said.
  • In much the same vein, Chinese President Xi Jinping a day earlier urged greater economic integration and cooperation among countries in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Xi has increased his engagement with regional leaders over the past week, holding talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
  • He also met New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah separately on Friday, and called for greater collaboration between nations.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron, also delivering a keynote address at the Apec CEO forum on Friday, urged an end to “confrontation,” calling the struggle for supremacy between the two major powers “a big risk and a big challenge”.
  • Stressing the need for a “single global order,” Macron said intensifying confrontation between the US and China had forced some countries to pick a side.

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China’s war games keep Taiwan on edge

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Taiwan readies missile defenses after Chinese military vessels cross ADIZ: report
  • China continues to conduct wargames in the region near Taiwan to test its latest military technologies
  • Several Chinese aircraft and naval vessels entered the Taiwan Strait, crossing into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, its government announced early Wednesday morning.
  • “16 PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN vessels around Taiwan were detected by 6 a.m.,” its government said, prompting them to send naval vessels of their own in response.

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Warning from UK’s MI5: our adversaries are not squeamish about tactics they deploy including the kidnap and murder of our citizens

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • MI5 issues horror warning that Iran is plotting to kidnap and kill Britons
  • Iran has been rocked by massive protests in recent weeks, while the regime of Ebrahim Raisi is supplying deadly drones to Russia for use in Ukraine.
  • In a speech from the security agency’s Thames House headquarters in London on Wednesday, Mr. McCallum set out in stark language the dangers faced from Russia and China, as well as Iran, describing how the UK is in a contest with “adversaries who have massive scale and are not squeamish about the tactics they deploy.”
  • He said Iran “projects threat to the UK directly, through its aggressive intelligence services.
  • At its sharpest, this includes ambitions to kidnap or even kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the regime.
  • “We have seen at least 10 such potential threats since January alone. We work at pace with domestic and international partners to disrupt this completely unacceptable activity.”

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Biden ignores warnings from Commission reporting need for Military readiness as China plans invasion of Taiwan

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Commission report reveals China’s plan for war on Taiwan
  • The report from the bipartisan panel argues that China under President Xi Jinping this year has “adopted a significantly more aggressive stance toward Taiwan, ramping up displays of military force in addition to diplomatic and economic coercion.”
  • The commission called on Congress to create an executive branch panel to prepare economic sanctions that can be imposed on China in response to military action against the democratic-ruled island state. The congressionally chartered panel also wants Congress to require the Pentagon to produce a classified report on the U.S. military forces needed to resist a Chinese attack on Taiwan.
  • Commission member Randy Schriver said the report details China’s growing capabilities and more aggressive activities toward Taiwan and the need for an expedited American response.
  • Despite the dire warnings, President Biden said this week after meeting with Mr. Xi that there are no signs China is preparing for an immediate attack on Taiwan. He appeared intent on lowering the friction in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

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China’s Yangtze river drying up due to drought

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • China drought causes Yangtze to dry up, sparking shortage of hydropower
  • Nationwide alert issued with south-west especially badly hit, as major companies forced to suspend work
  • A record-breaking drought has caused some rivers in China – including parts of the Yangtze – to dry up, affecting hydropower, halting shipping, and forcing major companies to suspend operations.
  • The loss of water flow to China’s extensive hydropower system has sparked a “grave situation” in Sichuan, which gets more than 80% of its energy from hydropower.

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China flies reconnaissance aircraft near Japanese island as Japan Air Defense intercepts

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Japan scrambles fighters for Chinese aircraft near Okinawa
  • The Japan Air Self-Defense Force intercepted a BZK-005 high-altitude reconnaissance drone, a Y-9 intelligence-gathering aircraft and a Y-9 patrol aircraft that flew between Okinawa and Miyako Island
  • Japanese authorities cannot be certain, but the Chinese aircraft may have been “gathering information” on the Keen Sword 23 exercise underway across Japan, including the area surrounding Okinawa and the Ryuku, also called the Nansei, islands, the Joint Staff spokesman said.
  • Keen Sword is a series of field training exercises by the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Space Force. A regular event since 1986
  • “We are conducting this drill to get ready for any situation,” the spokesman told Stars and Stripes by phone Friday.

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China’s Xi makes hard line warning to Biden over Taiwan

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • China’s Xi Warned Biden Not To Cross Taiwan ‘Red Line’ In Summit Talks: State Media
  • “The Taiwan question is at the very core of China’s core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations,” Xi was reported to have told Biden, state news agency Xinhua said, following the over three-hour talks

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Japan’s pacifism may be coming to an end as PM says to prepare for aggression

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Japan is bracing itself for war with China
  • One of the world’s most powerful countries has long been sworn to pacifism. China’s increasingly worrying actions are forcing it to reconsider.
  • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida last weekend pledged he would prepare to face aggression.
  • “We must prepare ourselves for an era when actors emerge to disobey rules and use force or threats to destroy the peace and safety of other nations,” Kishida said as he addressed an international fleet review in Tokyo Bay. “We will accelerate realistic discussions on what’s needed to defend our people by keeping all options on the table.”

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Gordon Chang says China has police station in country to track Chinese individuals of interest. Why are we giving them an open door into our country?

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Close All China Consulates, Slash Embassy Staff
  • Beijing reportedly has… used the station to track Chinese individuals of interest to the regime and, short-circuiting legal procedures, to persuade those Chinese to voluntarily return to China.
  • “[T]hey are very bold because they know they can do as they like and the State Department won’t do a damn thing.” — Maura Moynihan
  • One solution is to deny Chinese wrongdoers the safe havens they enjoy in America. China’s principal safe havens are its embassy and consulates.
  • The best way to do that is to expel the military officers, spies, agents, provocateurs and criminals finding protection in China’s diplomatic presences in the United States. Nothing else would better communicate resolve to Beijing than getting dangerous Chinese actors off American soil.
  • The Biden administration should of course be shutting down the Chinatown police station, as well.

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