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Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at an event to introduce new members of the Politburo Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese leader invokes Mao's anti-fleas campaign

- The Washington Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping is loosening health restrictions after anti-communist protests against pandemic lockdowns, but is continuing the Chinese Communist Party's mass campaign against the rapidly spreading coronavirus by invoking Mao Zedong's 1950s campaign to eliminate fleas and flies.

In this Feb. 23, 2017, photo, Shi Zhengli works with other researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP) **FILE**

Omnibus bill to cut funds to Wuhan virology lab

- The Washington Times

Congress' $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded contains provisions that will prevent the Pentagon and State Department from funding China's Wuhan Institute of Virology, considered a possible origin point for the outbreak behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a memorial for the late former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who passed away on Nov. 30 at the age of 96, held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is attending a pair of regional summits in Saudi Arabia this week amid efforts to kick-start economic growth weighed down by strict anti-COVID-19 measures. (Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via AP)

Spy agencies to report on Chinese leader corruption

- The Washington Times

U.S. intelligence agencies will soon be required to submit reports to Congress on the wealth and "corrupt activities" of the senior leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, according to provisions of the fiscal 2023 intelligence authorization bill now in the final stages in Congress.

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen watches soldiers operate equipment during a visit to a naval station on Penghu, an archipelago of several dozen islands off Taiwan's western coast on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Tsai told the self-ruled island's military units Tuesday to keep their cool in the face of daily warplane flights and warship maneuvers by rival China, saying that Taiwan will not allow Beijing to provoke a conflict. visit to the She also inspected a radar squadron, an air defense company, and a navy fleet. (Taiwan Ministry of National Defense via AP) **FILE**

Defense bill sharply boosts arms, support for Taiwan

- The Washington Times

The proposed House and Senate fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill contains provisions that would sharply increase U.S. support for Taiwan, including $10 billion in new weapons and provisions for holding joint military exercises.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Jan 10, 2016. The Australian defense minister on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, played down the significance of a major upgrade of B-52 facilities planned for northern Australia that has raised China’s ire, saying the nuclear-capable U.S. bombers had been visiting since the 1980s. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) **FILE**

U.S. to deploy B-52s in Australia

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon is planning to send B-52 bombers to Australia as part of a strategy of building up forces in the region and working with regional allies to confront China.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference during the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Security Dialogue, at the State Department, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Blinken: China accelerating Taiwan plans

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned this week that China is accelerating plans to take over the democratically ruled island of Taiwan and disrupt a fragile status quo that has kept peace across the Taiwan Strait.

In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Shi Zhengli works with other researchers in a lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP) ** FILE **

U.S. funded Chinese research

- The Washington Times

Three federal government agencies provided millions of dollars directly to Chinese research centers between 2015 and 2021, according to a report by the congressional watchdog Governmental Accountability Office.

The American and Chinese flags wave at Genting Snow Park ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 2, 2022, in Zhangjiakou,  (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

U.S. public sours on Xi and China, poll shows

- The Washington Times

U.S. public opinion of China has turned sharply negative since President Xi Jinping came to power, with 82% of Americans now holding unfavorable views of the Chinese communist state and its leader, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

In this file photo, a U.S. military aide carrying the "President's emergency satchel," also known as "the football," with the nuclear launch codes, walks toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, to join President Joe Biden for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  **FILE**

Biden officials tried to restrict nuclear arms use

- The Washington Times

Biden administration officials involved in the recent Nuclear Posture Review of U.S. strategic weapons and forces sought to further restrict the use of nuclear arms during internal discussions on the nuclear review but ultimately backed off, according to Air Force Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, nominee to be the next Strategic Command chief.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Long March 5B Y3 carrier rocket, carrying Wentian lab module blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province Sunday, July 24, 2022. On a hot Sunday afternoon, with a large crowd of amateur photographers and space enthusiasts watching, China launched the Wentian lab module from tropical Hainan Island. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)

China's space power to promote communism

- The Washington Times

China's government is investing billions of dollars in space systems and plans to dominate space to promote its communist system of government, according to a Pentagon study.