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CHINA

The threat of Chinese spying is very real. It's not some red scare fever dream.
It's time to get off the Chinese train and listen to the community and do what the community wants.
Biden's plan to unveil a package to spur recovery in Latin America, help stem immigration and counter China's growing regional economic clout has been marred by Washington's decision to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the summit.
The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo of leaders of the Quad grouping of the United States, Japan, Australia and India, who stressed their determination to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

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"China is nothing but a mischievous pussycat," writes Lloyd Omdahl in his most recent column in the Herald.
Tourism-dependent Sri Lanka, where India and China jostle for influence, is facing a dire shortage of foreign exchange, fuel and medicines, and economic activity has slowed to a crawl.
Under China's Communist Party dictatorship, private companies are forced to bend to the government's will.
Righteous concerns can quickly be obscured by more unsavory motivations.
President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission overseeing the armed forces, has continually pushed for new rules and regulations to assess, procure and test weaponry and equipment.
Russia fired missiles at an airport near Lviv on Friday, a city where hundreds of thousands found refuge far from Ukraine's battlefields, as Moscow tries to regain the initiative in its stalled campaign against Ukraine.

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Should our state's thinking change when it comes to investing in places like Russia and China? "I think it has to," says Thomas Beadle, treasurer of the state of North Dakota and a member of the State Investment Board.
If we want reliable supply lines, and if we want to diminish the power of cruel regimes like China's, we have to allow industrial endeavor here in the United States.
The comments come a day before the U.S. government is due to release full-year trade data that analysts expect to show a significant shortfall in China's pledge to increase purchases of U.S. farm and manufactured goods, energy and services.

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