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Up to 8,000 Chinese nationals came into US after Trump banned travel due to coronavirus: AP

Westlake Legal Group up-to-8000-chinese-nationals-came-into-us-after-trump-banned-travel-due-to-coronavirus-ap-scaled Up to 8,000 Chinese nationals came into US after Trump banned travel due to coronavirus: AP fox-news/world/world-regions/hong-kong fox-news/world/world-regions/china fox-news/travel fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/health/infectious-disease/coronavirus fox news fnc/world fnc Caitlin McFall article 97a01312-01dc-5814-920d-ec7c497d9aae
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Thousands of Chinese citizens have reportedly come into the U.S. since President Trump restricted travel on foreign nationals in January, arriving from China after the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a recent report by The Associated Press, citing data it obtained regarding travel from the U.S. Commerce Department, as many as 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao have entered the U.S. over the last three months.

More than 600 flights brought in travelers from these areas after Trump announced his travel ban in late January and it was enacted Feb. 2.

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Trump’s initial travel ban included any non-U.S. travelers coming from China, and excluded anyone coming from Hong Kong or Macau in late January.

Travelers from Hong Kong and Macao also did not face the same scrutiny or screening processes as Americans or any foreign nationals coming into the U.S. after having been in Wuhan — where the coronavirus outbreak started.

Flight records from FlightAware provided to The Associated Press showed that 5,600 Chinese and foreign nationals from Hong Kong and Macau arrived in the U.S. in February. More than 2,000 passengers from the same administrative zones arrived in March and an additional 150 in April, according to The AP report.

There is no sufficient evidence to show people from these flights transmitted the coronavirus, but the National Security Council, the State Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would not publicly comment on why these territories were exempt from the China travel ban.

One administration official told The AP that the travel ban was instated after more than 12,000 people arrived in the U.S. through the two territories in January, according to Commerce records.

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The Trump administration said it would also require any Americans who have traveled through China and back into the U.S. to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

But according to data collected by The Associated Press, the system that was meant to track and monitor the people undergoing quarantine lost track of at least 1,600 Americans.

Trump has touted his border closures, first from China, then European nations and Brazil, as the U.S.’s first line of defense against the coronavirus.

In a tweet last week. the president said: “We did a great job on Coronavirus, including the very early ban on China.”

“We saved millions of U.S. lives! Yet the Fake News refuses to acknowledge this in a positive way,” he added.

Trump’s travel ban on China went into full effect on Feb. 2, at which time 15 people had already been confirmed with coronavirus in Hong Kong and seven people in Macau.

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The cases from Macau were later linked directly to Wuhan, the origin of the outbreak.

The U.S. has reported more than 2.7 million cases of the coronavirus and nearly 130,000 deaths during the pandemic.

Hong Kong has since banned all travelers from the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Who’s first in line for a coronavirus vaccine? New info shows prioritization fraught with peril

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New information released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows future prioritization for a potential coronavirus vaccine could be fraught with peril.

As the discussion of priority groups entered the spotlight on Thursday, the coronavirus continues to present a challenge, as studies show pregnant women infected with the virus might be at greater risk for hospitalization than women who aren’t pregnant. The study also cited racial disparities among COVID-positive pregnant women, with Hispanic women exhibiting the highest infection rate at 46 percent.

PREGNANT WOMEN WITH CORONAVIRUS MORE LIKELY TO BE HOSPITALIZED, CDC WARNS

While pregnant women are normally the last to receive a new vaccine due to an abundance of caution, reports suggest they should be close to the front of the proverbial line.

But, the question remains: who would get shuffled down the board?

While Science Magazine reported Friday the coronavirus’ disproportionate toll on the elderly could put them near the top, they often also have the weakest response to vaccines. Health care workers and essential employees would likely be at the forefront of the discussion, as well. But, there are other factors to consider, and around four billion doses would be needed to vaccinate the world’s priority populations.

In late June, the WHO presented its “Global Allocation Framework” to member countries. They wrote that three groups — approximately two billion people — should receive priority vaccinations: health care workers, adults over the age of 65, and adults with comorbidities.

This comes as a subgroup of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) developed its own five-tier plan for the United States.

The first tier in the scheme includes 12 million “critical” health care and “other” workers, with initial doses given to the “highest risk medical, national security and other essential workers.”

The second and third tiers would distribute to 110 million other essential workers or Americans who are over 65, living in long-term care facilities, or have medical conditions that could potentially turn deadly if combined with a COVID-19 infection.

The rest of the “general population” would receive a vaccine in the final tiers.

These plans raise even more questions for many who note the vague categorizations of people, as well as the disproportionate impact the virus has had on communities of color.

ACIP is scheduled to meet again to discuss the issue in August and the WHO plans to finalize “allocation” plans by the end of the summer.

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Pharmacist Michael Witte wears heavy gloves as he opens a frozen package of the potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

According to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there are now over 2.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States and just shy of 130,000 deaths.

In addition, assuming the ambitious deadline for a vaccination rollout remains by the year’s end, what little was accessible would be in short supply and high demand.

On Thursday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID’s) Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Journal of the American Medical Association that after months of experimental trials, vaccine candidates will enter late-stage clinical studies by the end of July.

“We may be able to at least know whether we are dealing with a safe and effective vaccine by the early winter, late winter, [or] beginning of 2021,” he said.

According to the Milken Institute, there are over a hundred vaccines under development.

However, just two days prior, Fauci had a dire warning to the American public.

In a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee hearing on Tuesday, Fauci told members of Congress that daily new cases in the U.S. could surpass 100,000 new infections if the outbreak rages unhindered amid reopening rollouts.

“I’m very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly,” he told senators.

As states in the South and West see distressing surges in cases and hospitalization rates — now also taking hold of the country’s youth — many state and local leaders have been forced to shutter businesses once more or scale back reopening plans.

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With coronavirus, many scientific choices — like prioritization — have turned into debates about ethics.

While challenge trials have been used to test vaccines for other maladies, there is no cure for COVID-19. That said, NIAID is reportedly developing strains of the virus that could be used to infect participants.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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State Department official tells US companies to ‘be aware’ of Chinese brands using slave labor

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Under Secretary of State Keith Krach warned on Saturday about the potential for international commerce to support brands benefiting from slave labor in China.

He told “Cavuto Live” that he wanted business leaders to be aware of the various Chinese brands that engage in those activities. “Being a former CEO for 30 years, I wanted to send that letter out to all CEOs in the United States to go with the business advisory that Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo issued a few days ago and really, to have companies be aware. They all want to do the right thing,” he said.

“They’ve identified 83 brands — they’re literally using slave labor, and what we’re asking them to do is do a thorough analysis of their supply chain as well as their governance principles and established principles along those lines, and also to be able [to] disclose it and use their leverage and do something about it,” he said.

He appeared to refer to a report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which in March identified dozens of Chinese and foreign brands that benefited in some way from labor transfers from Xinjiang. On Tuesday, the State Department issued an advisory that warned U.S. companies could face “reputational, economic and legal risks” for involving themselves with those types of entities.

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President Trump appointed Krach, former CEO of DocuSign, in 2019 to serve as Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Energy, and the Environment.

Earlier this week, he sent a letter to business leaders, alerting them to China’s detention of ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and Uyghurs. “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) government is perpetrating in Xinjiang some of the most serious acts involving mass human rights abuses since the Second World War,” he said.

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He added that “[t]he aim of the internment has been to force members of these minority groups to renounce their ethnic identity and religion, and to embrace the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. There are many other egregious human rights abuses also reported to be occurring in Xinjiang, including torture, forced sterilization and sexual abuse.”

Krach’s letter came amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, which has provoked the world’s ire in its attempts to suppress pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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China recently bypassed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to pass the sweeping legislation without public consultation.

The security law, which took effect Tuesday night, targets secessionist, subversive or terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces intervening in the city’s affairs.

Under Beijing’s direction, local authorities have moved swiftly to implement the law’s sweeping conditions, with police arresting about 370 people Wednesday, including 10 on suspicion of directly violating the law, as thousands took to the streets in protest.

Krach said on Saturday that China had “totally eviscerated” Hong Kong residents’ freedoms.

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“They’ve really stepped up their aggressive tactics since the pandemic,” he said, referring to China’s communist party.

He added that “[t]he pandemic is a result of the concealment of the virus … in Hong Kong, they’ve extended their Gestapo-like security forces and have totally eviscerated their freedoms.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Peter Navarro: ‘Chinese Communist Party needs to come clean about coronavirus’

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The Chinese Communist Party needs to be held accountable for its role in eroding democracy in both the U.S. and Hong Kong, White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro asserted Saturday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Navarro urged Americans to “unite around” the fact that the Chinese Communist Party lied about the spread of coronavirus leading to the deaths of Americans.

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“It’s over 130,000 Americans so far, Pete. And, do you know what? There is nothing on that death certificate that has party affiliation. The cause of death is the ‘China virus,'” he accused.

According to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there are now almost 2.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States and just shy of 130,000 deaths.

Navarro said he believed that “anger” over the lockdowns, “anxiousness” about an uncertain economic future, and “fear of getting the virus” has led to disunity and national unrest.

“And then, you’ve got these radical elements that want to basically have another Chinese Cultural Revolution to destroy our culture, our habits, our customs, our ideas,” he added. “What Mao called the [Four Olds].”

“And, what we have to do is unite around this central fact: China lied; people died. The CCP lied; Americans died,” Navarro reiterated.

In order to do so, he told Hegseth that Americans need to unite on “literally making [the Chinese Communist Party] pay for that.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.  (REUTERS/Thomas Peter)

“They also have to come clean on exactly what they’ve been doing with that virus. Is it an engineered virus, for example? Or did it simply slip out of a lab? Where did it come from?” he asked, referencing other virus origin theories. “Until we know the answer to those questions, we won’t know how to fight this virus.”

Navarro then shifted his focus to Hong Kong. On Tuesday, Beijing tightened its grip on the former British colony by passing a contentious security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against China’s power grab in a statement shortly before reports of the bill’s approval.

“If China wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration,” his statement read.

The Trump administration has warned for weeks that, if the law was passed, it would take action to end special U.S. trade and commercial preferences Hong Kong had enjoyed since reverting to Chinese rule in 1997.

“The other thing I should say on this glorious fourth is today we are mourning the loss of the independence of Hong Kong even as we are celebrating our own independence,” noted Navarro. “And, I think Americans might want to reflect on what is happening to the people in Hong Kong at the hand, the brutal hand of the Chinese Communist Party. And, don’t think that, ‘Oh, it’s just Hong Kong.’ China, the Chinese Communist Party’s doing that to us right now with this virus tearing us apart.”

Navarro also pointed out that residents of Hong Kong are going to be absorbed into “what is effectively a great firewall concentration camp” in the “worst Orwellian kind of nightmare you can imagine.”

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“So, we’ve got to get tough on China,” he stated. “This president is the only president that has ever done that.”

“And, I can’t imagine a world in which ‘Beijing Joe Biden‘ gets the keys to the Oval Office, because that will be the death of this republic. And, I think it’s worth saying that on July 4th,” Navarro concluded.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Stephen Sorace, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Helen Raleigh: As an immigrant, I celebrate America this July 4th and goodness of the American people

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Patriotism seems to be out of fashion for many Americans this Fourth of July. From toppling statues to banning the national anthem, it’s hard to miss all the denunciations of America’s founders, founding principles, history and even America itself.

We are told this is absolutely necessary because our nation has been irredeemably racist since its birth and that this systemic racism has suppressed the wellbeing of minorities for more than two centuries.

As an immigrant, I see America differently. I was born and raised in China. I lived through strict food rationing and witnessed my parents’ having little say in their lives. They didn’t get to choose where to live and for whom they wanted to work because the communist government made all the decisions for them.

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I was determined to have the freedom to live the life I wanted.

As a result, I came to the U.S. in 1996 to pursue a master’s degree at the State University of New York, College of Oneonta, with less than $100 in my pocket. I had no family members in the U.S. and very few American friends back then. I also spoke limited English with an accent.

To help pay for school, I took on three part-time jobs. But hardship never bothered me. I was so thrilled that I got to be in charge of my own destiny.

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From that humble beginning, I obtained two graduate degrees, worked for several Fortune 500 companies, and now I am a business owner, author and regular contributor to a number of national media outlets. I get to freely express my thoughts every day in a way that is impossible for many people around the world.

This transformation of my own life is not a unique story. Millions of immigrants who came before me have done the same and I am confident that millions more will accomplish even more in this country.

The United States is the only nation in the world that was created on a set of principles, presented as self-evident truths. These are spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution.

The universal appeal of these founding principles means that anyone – from anywhere in the world – who pledges to these principles can become an American. In President Abraham Lincoln’s words, whoever does this has “a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration.”

When I made my choice to become a U.S. citizen I was joined by 60 new immigrants who represented 55 countries of origin at the citizenship ceremony. There were many shades of skin colors and many languages were spoken.

However, there was one thing we all had in common: overwhelming joy. Our journeys are one of the most powerful testaments that America is not a nation infested by systematic racism.

Saying America is not systemically racist doesn’t mean there is no such thing as race-based discrimination in the United States. I’m no stranger to this – I’ve been on the receiving end of it.

I was once told that my English wasn’t good so I wasn’t eligible for the next promotion at work. A few people thought I was intellectually challenged because of my accent. Some people were just shocked that I spoke English at all.

Once, even though I was the first one at the counter, the salesperson chose to serve someone standing next to me first.

Another time when I returned from an overseas trip a young Customs agent asked me: “How long have you had the privilege of living in my country?” even though all paperwork showed that the United States is my country too.

When some readers didn’t like something I wrote, they would tell me to go back to where I came from.

Yet, despite these experiences, I am still proud to say that I am an American by choice and I love this country. That’s because the ugly encounters I describe above are only a tiny portion of my overall experience. Those incidents represent individual fallibility rather than systemic racism.

The majority of Americans I’ve met over the years – regardless of race and social and economic background – are caring, generous and kind people.

Not long after I came to the U.S., one of my wisdom teeth caused me insufferable pain. Since I was a poor student who couldn’t afford dental insurance, a lady from the church took me to see her dentist and she took care of all the expenses.

After college, I started my first job in a department where everyone else was a white man. All the guys treated me with nothing but respect. They patiently taught me how to do my job, tolerated many of my mistakes, introduced me to American TV sitcoms such as “Friends,” and sent me an online slang dictionary so I would become familiar with terms Americans often use.

When I bought my first house, my co-workers came to help me move and even painted the kitchen.

I married into an Irish-American family. My father-in-law is a retired Marine who fought in the Vietnam War, where he was seriously injured. Before I met him for the first time, I was fully prepared that he wouldn’t like me because of his war experience.

Yet both my husband’s parents have embraced me like their own daughter from Day One. They even took Chinese language lessons and learned how to use chopsticks – all part of their efforts to make me feel welcomed.

When I was seriously ill, neighbors quietly mowed our lawn and organized a meal train for three months. We never had so many apple pies in our lives!

When a severe windstorm split a tree open in the front yard, the same neighbors showed up to clean the debris as soon as the wind died down. Within a few hours, our yard was so clean that it looked as if nothing had happened.

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When I reflect on my own American experiences, this caring, generous and kind America is what I appreciate most. Our country does have many problems such as crumbling public schools, inner city poverty, drug abuse, overcrowded prisons and racial disparities in health care outcomes.

For example, African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women, in spite of advances in medicine and expanded access to health care.

But toppling statues and condemning America’s founders and founding principles will not make these problems go away. Solving these serious problems requires somber and honest discussions, meaningful policy changes and joint efforts from all Americans.

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On our nation’s 244th birthday, it’s important to remember that America’s founding principles are not empty promises but a guiding North Star. We should be proud of the progress we have achieved, learn from the mistakes we made along the way, and be keenly aware that there is still more that needs to be done.

Whether you were born in the U.S.A. or you are an immigrant like me, being an American is always a choice. On this Independence Day, let’s once again choose to do as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did and “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” to make our nation a better place for all Americans.

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China appoints Communist Party hardliner to oversee Hong Kong’s new security office

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Just days after a draconian national security law went into effect in Hong Kong this week, Beijing has appointed a hardline, controversial Communist Party figure as chief of the new office set up to ensure the sweeping new changes are implemented.

The appointment of Zheng Yanxiong has many critics fearing it is yet another step in an authoritarian direction, given he is most known for his violent crackdown of demonstrations on the mainland village of Wukan several years ago.

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A woman walks past a promotional banner of the national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory.  (AP)

The Wukan unrest was first sparked in 2011 amid a land dispute in the southern Chinese village, in which locals were seeking compensation for land requisitioned and grabbed by the government. Discontented villagers effectively forced out a number of officials they accused of inking corrupt deals with developers, resulting in the loss of their personal property.

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But when Beijing had enough of the growing turmoil, Yanxiong was sent to handle the matter.

The top party official was accused of agitating and attempting to silence demonstrators – dispatching hundreds of riot police and rounding up scores of villages. At the same time, he gained notoriety for his provocative remarks during the protests, in which he stated, “pigs will fly before the foreign press can be trusted” and blaming villagers for “colluding” with international media outlets to “create trouble.”

A protracted blockade and an eventual settlement between the Communist leadership and locals led to a simmering of tensions, but subsequent riots broke out when payments had still not been made, and their elected leader was banished, according to reports at the time. By then, Yanxiong was no longer in that role and had instead gone on to become Secretary-General of the Communist Party’s Guangdong branch.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the closing session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China’s ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain.  (AP)

Nonetheless, his latest high-powered appointment comes on the heels of the Hong Kong government confirming the establishment of its own national security committee, chaired by Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Additional selections made by Beijing include that of Luo Huining – who runs Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong – to now serve as an adviser to Hong Kong’s chief executive on the new security law, while a longtime official in the territory, Eric Chan, will helm the national security commission.

HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN HONG KONG AFTER CHINA IMPOSESNEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW

The security law, which has earned condemnation from much of the international community over concerns it will destroy Hong Kong’s freedom – endeavors to denounce “acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign and external forces” with potential life imprisonment sentences.

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Protesters against the new national security law gesture with five fingers, signifying the “Five demands – not one less” on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a national security law that cracks down on protests in the territory (AP)

The sovereignty of Hong Kong was given back to China by Britain in 1997, under the “one country, two systems” agreement that at least 50 years of individual rights would be upheld.

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The law targets secession, subversion, and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison. Almost 400 protesters have already been arrested since the implementation since July 1, with several being probed for “secession offenses” under the new law. Moreover, numerous pro-democracy activists have resigned from their positions, and several have fled.

Beijing has responded to the mounting pushback, according to the BBC, by stating that the matters of Hong Kong is “none of your business.”

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Fauci says new mutation of coronavirus spreads quickly: report

The country’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday that a more infectious strain of the coronavirus may be emerging.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the claim Thursday in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fauci said research suggests Italy was devastated by a different strain of the coronavirus than the one that originated in Wuhan, China.

FAUCI WARNS US COULD SEE 100,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES A DAY IF SURGE CONTINUES

The main difference between the two, Fauci said, is that Italy’s version passes from person to person more effectively, making it even more difficult to contain.

“It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible,” says Fauci.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Thursday, July 2, 2020 a more infectious strain of the coronavirus may be emerging. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The study he references, which was released by researchers affiliated with the Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group, states that the new strain “has become the most prevalent form in the global pandemic.”

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However, the researchers also found no evidence that this new strain causes worse symptoms than the original.

As of Thursday, The United States had more than 2.7 million confirmed cases, the highest in the world.

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House passes bill to sanction Chinese entities that menace Hong Kong, banks that work with them

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a bill to impose sanctions on entities that help violate Hong Kong‘s autonomy and financial institutions that do business with them, a response to the passage of a “national security” law that tightened Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong — which has been semi-autonomous from China since 1997.

The Chinese law, passed earlier this week, says that those who destroy government facilities and utilities would be considered subversive. Damaging public transportation facilities and arson would constitute acts of terrorism. Any person taking part in secessionist activities, whether organizing or participating, would violate the law regardless of whether violence is used.

It comes after a full year of pro-democracy protests in the former British territory that was handed over to China 23 years ago on the condition that it would keep a high degree of autonomy from mainland China and a British-style rule of law — a “one country, two systems” framework. China has slowly encroached on Hong Kong’s autonomy, leading U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early this year to declare that it is “no longer autonomous.”

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“The United States Congress on bipartisan basis has long been united in our mission to hold Beijing accountable for its brutal crackdown against those peacefully demanding their rights and freedoms, including in Hong Kong,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said of the bill’s passage Wednesday.

She added: “Today’s action is an urgently needed response to the cowardly Chinese government’s passage of its so-called ‘national security’ law, which threatens the end of the ‘one country, two systems’ promised exactly 23 years ago today. All freedom-loving people must condemn this horrific law, which is purpose-built to dismantle democratic freedoms in Hong Kong.”

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement, “As Americans we must do everything we can to support the freedom loving Hong Kongers fighting against the CCP’s tyranny. The US is determined to impose consequences.”

And on the heels of the House legislation Wednesday, the State Department Thursday morning released a letter to American businesses warning of “reputational, economic and legal” problems they could see by continuing to do business with companies in the Xinjiang region of China. The Chinese government has run internment and forced labor camps there, which hold an estimated 1 million Uighur Muslims, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Riot police stand guard after pushing back protesters demonstrating against the new security law during the anniversary of the Hong Kong handover from Britain, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020, in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by mainland China. The law, which took effect Tuesday night, makes activities deemed subversive or secessionist punishable by up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

CHINA CAUGHT USING MALWARE TO SPY IN UIGHURS AS PART OF CAMPAIGN TO CURB THE MUSLIM POPULATION

The Chinese government has also required forced sterilization of Uighurs in what the State Department’s letter called “some of the most serious acts involving mass human rights abuses since the Second World War… The aim of the internment has been to force members of these minority groups to renounce their ethnic identity and religion, and to embrace the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Pompeo on Tuesday slammed the imposition of the repressive Hong Kong law.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to impose draconian national security legislation on Hong Kong destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements,” he said. “The United States will not stand idly by while China swallows Hong Kong into its authoritarian maw. Last week, we imposed visa restrictions on [Chinese Communist Party] officials responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. We are ending defense and dual-use technology exports to the territory. Per President Trump’s instruction, we will eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, with few exceptions.”

The House legislation would take those actions by the State Department a step further. A Congressional Research Service summary of the legislation says it provides for sanctions against “foreign individuals and entities that materially contributed to China’s failure” to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy and “foreign financial institutions that knowingly conducted a significant transaction with such identified individuals and entities.”

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The sanctions against financial institutions would be mandatory and the sanctions against “entities and individuals” would be at the discretion of the president, unless they are named on State Department reports as helping violate Hong Kong’s autonomy for two consecutive years.

The Senate passed a similar bill earlier this month. The sponsors of that bill, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said they plan on getting the Senate to match its legislation with the House’s to send it to the president’s desk “as soon as” Thursday.

“Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are in the streets protesting and refusing to surrender their basic rights to the Chinese Communist Party,” Toomey and Van Hollen said. “They are doing so even as CCP collaborators harshly crackdown on free speech and the right to assemble. Our bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act will punish those responsible for these crackdowns and other CCP aggression with strong sanctions.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and Caitlin McFall, Fox Business’ Blake Burman and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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China caught using malware to spy on Uighurs as a part of campaign to curb the Muslim population

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China’s campaign to restrict the Uighur population reportedly started as far back as 2013 using malware technologies, a U.S.-based mobile intelligence company revealed Wednesday.

The Lookout Threat Intelligence Team found evidence that four Android surveillance malware tools were used to track Uighurs in China and in as many 14 other countries, through their smartphones. The malware tracked and recorded detailed information about Uighur’s primarily living in the Xinjiang province, but records tracking Tibetans and other Muslims groups were found as well.

Smartphone tracking appears to have been just the first step in a much broader campaign to collect blood samples, voice and facial recognition, along with other personal data that would target the oppressed minority group, according to a report by the New York Times.

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Lookout further noted that the malware was downloaded through phishing emails and third party “trojanized” apps.

“The development timeline and targeting of these families also appear to align with Chinese national security directives and “counter-terrorism” efforts as defined by the Chinese government, perhaps suggesting a broader strategic goal behind the campaign,” the report notes. “Lookout researchers have observed a peak in malware development beginning in 2015, which coincides with the ‘Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism’…campaign in Xinjiang that began in May 2014.”

Chinese government officials denied the existence of a network of known internment camps in 2018. But the government now says they are a part of a broader effort to eradicate Islamic extremism in Xinjiang – the encampments hold an estimated 1 million Uighurs, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The Chinese government has further been accused of propagating mass sterilization and birth control efforts, targeting the reproduction of the ethnic minority group.

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“I want to call attention to recent, credible, and deeply disturbing new reports that the Chinese Communist Party is imposing forced sterilization and abortions on Uighurs and other minorities in western China,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference Wednesday.

Women are now forced to have an IUD insertion after their second child and face detention for having three of more children, and/or large fines in a further attempt to prevent the proliferation of the ethnic group.

Birth rates in the regions of Hotan and Kashgar located in Xinjiang, dropped by more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018, and by 24 percent across the entire province over the last year.

The Chinese government has reportedly denied these statistics, saying they are “fabricated” and “fake news.”

But ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reportedly said, “Everyone, regardless of whether they’re an ethnic minority or Han Chinese, must follow and act in accordance with the law,” when asked about the birth control campaign.

The Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, State, and the Treasury released an advisory to all American companies warning against working with or in the Xinjiang province, noting the human rights abuses.

“CEOs should read this notice closely and be aware of the reputational, economic, and legal risks of supporting such assaults on human dignity,” Pompeo said.

The letter stated that the PRC is suspected of forcibly transferring workers from Xinjiang to other parts of the countries to work in factories, and companies “should implement human rights-related due diligence policies and procedures.”

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China has continuously escalated its campaign against the Uighurs over recent years, with some referring to it a “cultural genocide,” with more sterilizations per-capita completed in a single year than from 1998 to 2018, according to a Foreign Policy report.

“This shocking news is sadly consistent with the CCP’s decadeslong callous disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Pompeo said Wednesday.  “I call on all nations, women’s advocates, religious groups, and human rights organizations to stand up for the Chinese people’s basic human dignity.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pompeo: Hong Kong will be another ‘communist-run city’ under China’s strict control

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was saddened by the mass arrests made in Hong Kong Wednesday, following the new national security laws China instated — severely limiting Hong Kong’s right to freedom of speech and to protest.

“Free Hong Kong was one of the world’s most stable, prosperous, and dynamic cities,” Pompeo said in a press conference Wednesday. “Now it will be just another communist-run city, where its people will be subject to the party elite’s whims.  It’s sad.”

Thousands protested the new security laws that went into full effect overnight Tuesday. Over 300 people were arrested Wednesday, with nine demonstrators specifically arrested for reportedly violating the new laws.

HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN HONG KONG AFTER CHINA IMPOSESNEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW

The security laws, which have been repeatedly condemned by the United States, Taiwan and several European countries, criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with sentences facing up to life in prison.

The freedom to protest and freedom of speech have been restricted by the new laws, as any anti-Chinese government sentiments are now punishable by law.

Pompeo also warned Americans that Article 38 of the new security law says that “offenses committed outside of Hong Kong by non-residents of Hong Kong,” are also now punishable by the law.

Demonstrators carrying flags that read “Hong Kong Independence” were among those arrested Wednesday, and anyone heard chanting slogans relating to Hong Kong independence could also be arrested, according to the Hong Kong Police Force twitter.

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“Today, the United States Department of State, along with Treasury, Commerce, and DHS, are issuing a business advisory to companies with supply chain links to entities complicit in forced labor and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang and throughout China,” Pompeo said.

The U.S. has already issued visa restrictions on any officials believed to be responsible for Hong Kong oppression, and the U.S. has ended all exports of “defense equipment and dual-use technology.”

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai designated the Chinese telecommunications equipment companies Huawei and ZTE as national security risks.

Pompeo said that the U.S. will continue moving forward to end Hong Kong’s special status – a policy that recognized the separation of Hong Kong from China. Hong Kong enjoyed certain trade deals such as lower tariffs and different customs and immigration processes, which China did not benefit from.

The United States has officially recognized the separation of Hong Kong from mainland China since 1992 when they signed the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act. The act was further amended in 2019 by U.S. lawmakers apprehensive of China’s growing efforts to gain security control in the semi-autonomous territory.

Hong Kong had relative autonomy from China due to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, which granted the city sovereignty after the British released Hong Kong from imperial rule in 1997.

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Pompeo also addressed atrocities happening in mainland China and the recent reports of “forced sterilization and abortions on Uyghurs and other minorities in western China.”

“This shocking news is sadly consistent with the CCP’s decades-long callous disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Pompeo said Wednesday, adding that the effects of the Chinese Communist Party are felt all over the world.

He urged nations and human rights groups to take action against these human rights abuses.

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