Not everyone in Washington is freaking out about the suspected Chinese spy balloon flying high over the United States. Some former officials say it’s giving U.S. diplomats exactly what they need: more leverage over Beijing.
The Chinese airship forced the U.S. military to scramble fighter jets, prompted lawmakers to demand answers from the Biden administration and led Secretary of State Antony Blinken to indefinitely postpone his trip to Beijing this weekend.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha on Sunday indicated China’s “zero COVID” strategy is not realistic.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” anchor Martha Raddatz asked Jha about demonstrations in cities across China over the weekend protesting the strategy, which seeks to isolate and eliminate every COVID-19 case, leading to lockdowns for millions of residents in recent months.
“Obviously, that is not our strategy,” Jha said. “We don’t think that’s realistic, certainly not realistic for the American people. Our strategy has been build up immunity in the population by getting people vaccinated. That’s how you managed an incredibly contagious variant like omicron.”
COVID-19 cases in China have hit record levels in recent days as most of the population remains unexposed to the virus, creating new restrictions in many areas of the country as places like the U.S. move away from coronavirus mandates.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is operating illegal police stations in the United States and Canada. A damning new report from @Safeguard Defenders reveals the CCP is operating at least 54 illegal police stations around the world, with 3 in Toronto and 1 in New York City.
A coalition led by OFWI is calling for the Canadian and American governments to take swift action to shut down known Chinese government police stations.