As tensions with China rise, CIA creates “high level unit” aimed at focusing on communist nation

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WASHINGTON, DC- As China flexes its muscles with Taiwan, Reuters reports that the CIA is in the midst of creating a “high level unit aimed at sharpening the agency’s focus on China” even as tensions between the United States and the communist nation have been steadily increasing.

Last Thursday, CIA Director William Burns announced the formation of the China Mission Center, which would run across “all of the agency’s mission areas,” while noting the main concern of the CIA was not a threat from the Chinese people, but rather “from the Chinese government.”

At the same time, Democracy Now tells us that a Wall Street Journal report revealed that U.S. special operations forces have been secretly operating in the island nation of Taiwan for at least a year, helping to train the Taiwanese military for possible conflict with Communist China. The outlet reports that the Biden administration appears to be readying for a Cold War with China.

According to a senior CIA official, the new unit’s focus on China is not dissimilar to the CIA’s focus on Russia during the Cold War, as well as it’s concentration on counter-terrorism operations in a post-9/11 world. This is the first time such a unit tasked with focusing on China specifically has been set up.

With multiple crises affecting the Biden administration since January, much of it self-inflicted, tensions between the United States and Beijing has run across multiple issues—human rights abuses, the situation in Hong Kong and the tensions between China and Taiwan in the South China Sea.

However this past week, a meeting was held between officials from both countries in order to improve communications, with a virtual meeting between Biden and Xi of China set to take place prior to the end of the year.

The meeting, held in Zurich, Switzerland saw U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan and China’s Yang Jiechi in their first face-to-face meeting since a contentious meeting held last March in Alaska. The meeting was described as a follow up to a September call between Biden and Xi.

During the meeting, Sullivan did raise concerns about the situation with Taiwan, as well as human rights abuses and Hong Kong. After the conclusion of the talks, both sides described them as “constructive and candid,” a marked difference from the March meeting.

“We do have out of today’s conversation an agreement in principle to hold a virtual bilateral (summit) meeting before the end of the year,” according to one U.S. official.

According to White House mouthpiece Jen Psaki, she said:

“We’re still working through what that would look like, when and of course the final details we don’t quite have them yet.”

The China Mission Center is part of a number of new initiatives within the CIA which came about after a review of the agency started last spring said a senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

In addition to the China initiative, the CIA has merged an Iran Mission Center into a wider-ranging Middle East unit, and integrating a unit that was specifically focused on Korea with a broader East Asia-Pacific unit, the official said.

Burns also advised the CIA was creating a new position in the agency, Chief Technology Officer, as well as a new office, the Transnational and Technology Mission Center. The official said this unit will allow the agency to more actively work on issues such as global health, “climate change,” humanitarian disasters and disruption caused by innovative technologies.

The anonymous official continued that the agency has also implemented an “incident cell,” designed to oversee responses to the mysterious affliction known as “Havana Syndrome,” which has affected a number of CIA employees and foreign diplomats.

Adam Schiff, who took time off from his obsession with former President Donald Trump praised Burns’ moves.

“With an autocratic model it is aggressively seeking to export and a rapidly advancing technological capacity, China represents a substantial challenge to the United States and the future of democratic values.”

Schiff did not address the sexual relationship his Democrat colleague Eric Swalwell, a fellow member of the House Intelligence Committee had with a Chinese spy.

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In case you missed it, we reported recently about increased Chinese aggression toward Taiwan in the South China Sea. For more on that, we invite you to:

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TAIWAN – According to reports, Taiwan reportedly spotted a total of 77 Chinese military aircraft penetrating their air defense identification zone (ADIZ) earlier in October over a two-day period.

The incursions, with 38 aircraft on one day and 39 on the other, serve as the largest recorded by Taiwan since they’ve been publicly reporting China’s penetration of the ADIZ in 2020.

Back in September, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding incursions of Taiwan’s ADIZ carried out by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) – and it appears the display of force isn’t slowing down.

On October 1st, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirmed that a total of 38 PLAAF aircraft breached the island’s ADIZ, which at the time served as the largest incursion they’ve endured.

The October 1st incursion consisted of two waves, with 25 aircraft breaching the southwestern corner of the ADIZ during the daytime and an additional 13 penetrating roughly the same area of the ADIZ later that same evening.

The daytime incursion consisted of 18 J-16 fighters, four Su-30 fighters, two H-6 bombers and one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to Taiwan Defense Ministry officials.

As for the evening incursion, Defense Ministry officials stated the 13 aircraft consisted of 10 J-16s, two H-6s and one KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft.

Come October 2nd, China would one-up the display of aircraft in Taiwan’s ADIZ – in a very literal sense – with two waves of aircraft penetrating the airspace, totaling 39 planes.

The first of the October 2nd incursions consisted of 20 planes, which Defense Ministry officials say hosted 14 J-16 fighter jets, four Su-30 fighter jets, and two Y-8 anti-submarine warning aircraft.

The second wave of aircraft consisted of 12 J-16 fighter jets, six Su-30 fighter jets, and one KJ-500 airborne early warning and control plane.

Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, among other analysts, believe that China impeding upon Taiwan’s ADIZ serves numerous purposes – with a display of force being one and affording the Chinese military practical training in the event there’s ever conflict with Taiwan:

“[Chinese President] Xi Jinping has instructed the PLA to heighten its readiness and prepare for warfighting under ‘realistic fighting conditions.’ Hence, it is relatively unsurprising that the PLA continues to fly into Taiwan’s ADIZ as part of realistic training and preparation for armed conflict.”

However, despite these multiple incursions, Grossman is skeptical on whether it would genuinely ever evolve into armed conflict:

“I don’t think there is a high or even medium probability of a Chinese attack or invasion of Taiwan. The PLA still has many vulnerabilities, especially when faced with the near-certain intervention of the United States with possibly – probably – Japanese and Australian support.

China understands the severe downsides of a failed attack or invasion of Taiwan and will probably continue to bide its time.”

Yoshiyuki Ogasawara, a professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies presented another theory for these incursions that have been ongoing since 2020 in an article he penned last December for The Diplomat.

Ogasawara suspects that, based upon the flight patterns by the PLAAF during these breaches of Taiwan’s ADIZ, China may be more interested in Pratas Island, located at the top of the South China Sea. The island doesn’t have any permanent residents, but does host a small Taiwanese military contingent along with an airstrip:

“China could take control of the Pratas Islands whenever Chinese President Xi Jinping decides… The islands are a potential flashpoint that now need to come to the attention of the US, Japan and other democratic countries.”

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War drums: Chinese PLA aircrafts invade Taiwan’s airspace, Taiwan deploys anti-aircraft missiles

(Originally published September 26th, 2021)

TAIWAN – Reportedly two dozen Chinese military aircrafts penetrated Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, ADIZ, earlier in September, prompting Taiwan to deploy anti-aircraft missiles to track the military aircrafts.

This marks at lest the second occurrence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force invading the airspace in September, with reports noting that China has been repeatedly violating Taiwan’s ADIZ over the past year.

There were two reported incursions by the Chinese PLAAF on September 23rd that violated the ADIZ, with the first instance occurring at approximately 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. Taiwan News noted that the first round consisted of 19 aircrafts penetrating the southwestern corner of the ADIZ, which the outlet reported the aircrafts as follows:

“12 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, two Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare (Y-8 ASW) planes, two Xian H-6 bombers, one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic warfare aircraft (Y-8 EW), and two Shenyang J-11 fighter jets.”

The second incursion transpired hours later at approximately 7:15 p.m., noting that five additional aircrafts entered the same airspace within the ADIZ, with Taiwan News noting the following aircrafts were among the second breach:

“[T]wo Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, one Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft (KJ-500 AEW&C), and two Shenyang J-11 fighters.”

This intrusion upon Taiwan’s airspace comes just one day after news spread that Taiwan had submitted an application to partake in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as the CPTPP.

Some are speculating that the actions taken by China on September 24th were in direct response to Taiwan’s submitted application to participate in the aforementioned trade group – essentially a means to intimidate Taiwan out of the effort or perhaps sway others to reject Taiwan’s application for the CPTPP.

Interestingly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian spoke with Japan’s Kyodo News one day prior to the display of force in Taiwan, mentioning China’s opposition to Taiwan getting involved in trade groups and agreements:

“There is only one China in the world, and the Taiwan region is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The one-China principle is a universally recognized norm governing international relations and the consensus of the international community.

China firmly opposes all official interactions between Taiwan and any country, firmly rejects Taiwan’s accession to any agreement or organization of official nature. China’s position on this issue is clear.”

In a statement from Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry in response to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian’s noting of China’s stance, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry referred to China as being a “bully” and that China has “no right to speak” on what trade efforts Taiwan embarks upon:

“The Chinese government only wants to bully Taiwan in the international community, and is the arch criminal in increased hostility across the Taiwan Strait.”

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Nationwide call explodes for Gen. Mark Milley to be court martialed for treason, working with China to undermine Trump

(Originally published September 15th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC- In normal times with a legitimate, unbiased press, there would be no question about the seriousness of allegations made against Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, who is alleged to have directly and purposefully attempted to undermine President Trump, then serving as commander in chief.

Unfortunately, such a press in general does not exist. More so, Democrats are more interested in pushing their radical Marxist agenda than protecting the integrity of the Office of the President of the United States.

Republicans however are apoplectic after the allegations made by journalists Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) and Robert Costa in their upcoming book, Peril. According to that book, Milley believed that the then-president would “go rogue” and proceeded to work behind the scenes, in concert with our number one enemy—China—to undermine President Trump.

Milley worked two “back-channel phone calls” according to Breitbart, with China’s top general and said he would inform him (commonly called treason) if for some reason Trump was going to launch an attack on that country.

“You and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley is alleged to have told the Chinese general.

These allegations now have at least two senators calling for Milley to either step down, be fired or in the case of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), court martialed.

On Tuesday, Paul called for Milley’s removal if the allegations made in the book are proved to be true.

“I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country. He should be court martialed if true.

Couple that with his inept handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is clear General Milley is no longer fit to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and should be removed immediately.”

In addition to Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called for Milley to resign. Breitbart reported that in a letter written and released on Tuesday, Rubio suggested that Joe Biden “dismiss” Milley immediately, and charged that by his actions.

Milley undermined former President Trump by planning to commit treason.

He wrote:

I write with grave concern regarding recent reporting that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, worked to actively undermine the sitting Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces and contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions by General Milley demonstrate a clear lack of sound judgment, and I urge you to dismiss him immediately.

In his letter, Rubio noted that in speaking to our enemy, “Milley interfered with America’s civilian-controlled military, which could possibly ‘lead to war.’”

He wrote:

I do not need to tell of you the dangers posed by senior military officers leaking classified information on U.S. military operations, but I will underscore that such subversion undermines the President’s ability to negotiate and leverage one of this nation’s instruments of national power in his interaction with foreign nations.

Even more egregiously, reports indicate that General Milley interfered with the procedures by which the civilian commander-in-chief can order a nuclear strike. He purportedly instructed officials not to take orders without his involvement and forced them to take an oath to that effect. A senior military officer interfering with that civilian-controlled process is simply unacceptable at best, and at worst, would cause ambiguity which could lead to war.

General Milley has attempted to rationalize his reckless behavior by arguing that what he perceived as the military’s judgment was more stable than its civilian commander. It is a dangerous precedent that could be asserted at any point in the future by General Milley or others. It threatens to tear apart our nation’s longstanding principle of civilian control of the military.

Lest anyone think this is strictly a partisan issue, former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (yes, that Alexander Vindman) says that through his actions, Milley had “usurped civilian authority.”

“If this is true, GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that,” Vindman tweeted.

Aside from the two U.S. Senators, several members of the House also called for Milley’s ouster.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) tweeted:

“If the reports about General Milley are true, he needs to be relieved of his duties. There’s no justification for secret communication with our greatest adversary. There’s no justification for treason.

@POTUS: If this is verified, you need to immediately dismiss General Milley.”

Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) said that Milley had betrayed his oath:

“We must preserve civilian control of the Armed Forces, through the president, as our Constitution requires. Any official who subverts this system should not be in office. Anyone concerned about an unfit president can seek a constitutional remedy; anything else betrays their oath.”

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) tweeted:

“I am astounded by the extraordinary lack of judgment by Gen. Milley & his willingness to compromise our national security & risk American lives. If Milley really did coordinate with his counterparts in the #CCP, behind the back of the President, he should be relieved of duty.”

According to Newsweek, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is also calling for Milley’s court martial if the allegations are true.

In a tweet, she wrote:

“Court-martial Mark Milley.”

Finally, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) accused Milley of treason:

“TREASON! Today’s news adds to the long list of why Milley must go IMMEDIATELY! If this is true, he needs to be prosecuted, tried, and sentenced to the FULLEST extent of the law. NOTHING LESS! Colluding with our ENEMIES to undermine the President is TRAITOROUS!”

Newsweek said they reached out to the Joint Chiefs for comment on the accusations against Milley and Republican calls for him to be ousted and had yet to receive a response.

Military.com addressed the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which spells out three different levels of court-martial. The most serious is a general court martial under which a convicted person can be sentenced to death.

“The accused has a right to be represented by a free military attorney or may hire their own civilian lawyer,” the website noted. “A general court-martial may deliver any punishment not prohibited by the UCMJ, including death when specifically authorized.”

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