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🇺🇸 🇨🇳 Spying greater than Cold War

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An Air Force U-2 pilot views China's balloon over the Midwest in February, before it was shot down off South Carolina. Photo: Defense Department via Reuters

FBI Director Chris Wray tells the N.Y. Times that the spy war between the U.S. and China is more expansive than the one with the Soviets.

  • Compared to China, "we're vastly outnumbered on the ground, but it's on us to defend the American people here at home," Wray told Julian E. Barnes and Edward Wong. "I view this as the challenge of our generation."

What's happening: This year's spy-balloon crisis "reflects a brazen new aggressiveness by Beijing in gathering intelligence," The Times reports.

  • The CIA has hired more China experts and increased spending on China-related efforts while strengthening the U.S. human spy network.

🤖 The other side: Chinese AI software "can recognize faces and detect the gait of an American spy, meaning traditional disguises are not enough to avoid detection."

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🇨🇳 Rise, fall of "world's most successful joint venture"

 
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Production line at an electric vehicle factory in Hangzhou Bay, China. Photo: Lorenz Huber for The New York Times

Backdrop for President Biden's meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the San Francisco area today (2 p.m. ET): Businesses worldwide are adapting their supply chains as the two superpowers shrink their dependence on each other, the N.Y. Times' Peter Goodman writes.

  • Why it matters: The two have been "conjoined in an enterprise so consequential that the economic historian Niall Ferguson coined a term: Chimerica, shorthand for their 'symbiotic economic relationship.'"

"No one uses words like symbiotic today," Goodman continues. "Chimerica has yielded to a trade war."

  • "American companies are shifting factory production away from China to less politically risky venues. Chinese businesses are focused on trade with allies and neighbors."

The bottom line: "Decades of American rhetoric that celebrated commerce as a wellspring of democratization in China," The Times adds, "have given way to resignation that the country's current leadership ... is intent on crushing dissent at home and projecting military might abroad."

  • Go deeper: What to expect from the Biden-Xi meeting, by Axios China author Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🇨🇳 Biden and Xi start 4-hour meeting

President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping embarked on a much-anticipated meeting this afternoon that's set to last four hours in a mansion outside San Francisco, Axios China author Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian writes.

  • Why it matters: The meeting — Biden and Xi's first in a year — will test whether the two leaders can stop the downward spiral in bilateral relations.

They are expected to announce the resumption of military communications and a deal that will see Beijing crack down on fentanyl production.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Biden, Xi met for hours and agreed to ‘pick up the phone’ for any urgent concerns: ‘That’s progress’

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping emerged Wednesday from their first face-to-face meeting in a year vowing to stabilize their fraught relationship and showcasing modest agreements to combat illegal fentanyl and re-establish military communications. But there were still deep differences on economic competition and global security threats.

https://apnews.com/article/biden-xi-apec-san-francisco-58d11e7e3902955302182c2bc41430e0?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🇺🇸🇨🇳 Xi to Biden: Turning our backs is "not an option"

President Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping today at the historic Filoli estate south of San Francisco, where a meticulously choreographed public appearance kicked off their first conversation since last November.

Why it matters: Both leaders are intent on stabilizing U.S.-China relations, which saw tensions escalate after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) visit to Taiwan in August 2022 and the February downing of a Chinese spy balloon that flew over the continental U.S.

What they're saying: "For two large countries like China and the United States, turning their back on each other is not an option," Xi — whose attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic summit marks his first to the U.S. in six years — told Biden.

  • "It is unrealistic for one side to remodel the other, and conflict and confrontation has unbearable consequences for both sides," he said, making a veiled reference to U.S. attempts to curtail Beijing's human rights abuses, military aggression and coercive economic practices.
  • "Planet Earth is big enough for the two countries to succeed, and one country's success is an opportunity for the other."

Biden, for his part, remarked on how long he's known Xi and repeated the administration's long-standing position that U.S.-China competition must not "veer into conflict."

  • "I value our conversation because I think it's paramount that you and I understand each other clearly, leader to leader, with no misconceptions or miscommunication," he told Xi.
  • The two leaders emerged from their four-hour meeting with agreements to resume military-to-military communications and crack down on China's illicit fentanyl production and export.

1 fun thing: On the menu for the U.S.-China working lunch:

  • Herbed ricotta ravioli
  • Artichoke crisps
  • Tarragon roasted heritage chicken
  • Carolina gold rice pilaf
  • Charred broccolini and Brussels sprouts
  • Almond meringue cake
  • Praline buttercream
  • Concord grape sauce

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🇺🇸 🇨🇳 Biden, Xi open new lines of communication

Yesterday's successful meeting in the Bay Area between President Biden and China's Xi Jinping could mark a significant thaw in relations, Axios China author Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian writes.

  • The superpower leaders seemed to share the belief that the downward spiral in U.S.-China relations over the last several years is unsustainable.
  • Xi told Biden: "Planet Earth is big enough for the two countries to succeed."

They met for four hours at Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, Calif. (San Mateo County), on the sidelines of the APEC summit in San Francisco.

  • Both said they're committed to building a stronger relationship and working together in as many realms as feasible.

☎️ What happened: Biden achieved the goals he laid out ahead of time, including a resumption of military-to-military contact and an agreement to maintain closer lines of communication with Beijing.

  • "[M]iscalculations on either side ... can cause real, real trouble," Biden said.

Biden said they're "blunt with one another so there's no misunderstanding":

  • "And in the months ahead, we're going to continue to preserve and pursue high-level diplomacy with [China] in both directions to keep the lines of communication open, including between President Xi and me."

The leaders agreed to crack down on the supply chain for illegal fentanyl, which often begins in China and ends with overdose deaths in the U.S.

  • The agreement is aimed at limiting the manufacturing and export of fentanyl precursors from China to Mexico, where it then enters the U.S., Axios' Caitlin Owens and Alison Snyder write.

Reality check: On a much bigger issue, Biden reiterated that the U.S. will keep helping Taiwan try to deter a Chinese attack.

The bottom line: The months of intense diplomacy required to make this meeting happen paid off.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🇨🇳 Axios investigates: China tests U.S. in Pacific

This story by Axios' Dave Lawler is part of a series supported by the Pulitzer Center.

POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia — Beijing is persistently courting one of America's closest partners in the Pacific — giving Micronesia the benefit of two superpower benefactors, but prompting fears among local leaders that the island nation could be caught in a superpower brawl.

  • Why it matters: As U.S.-China competition grows and tensions intensify over Taiwan, China is pulling new partners into its Pacific orbit. Beijing's focus on a country with deep ties to the U.S. comes as Washington urgently seeks to upgrade its military footprint in the region and remain the preeminent power.

The U.S. controls Micronesia's vast expanse of ocean, and funds much of the country's budget. Micronesians attend U.S.-built schools, use U.S. dollars and serve in the U.S. military at a higher rate than any U.S. state.

  • But allegations earlier this year by then-President David Panuelo that the Chinese government was engaging in "political warfare" put the unlikeliest of countries in the international spotlight and posed deeper questions about the durability of U.S. power in the Pacific.

🇫🇲 Axios traveled to Micronesia and interviewed the country's four current and previous leaders — including President Wesley Simina, marking his first interview with an international reporter since taking office.

  • They described how China has long been courting Micronesia's political elite — from providing small gifts like cellphones and envelopes of cash to constructing state government buildings and residences for the president and other top officials.

Beijing has built roads, schools and government offices.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Xi warned Biden during summit that Beijing will reunify Taiwan with China

WASHINGTON — Chinese President Xi Jinping bluntly told President Joe Biden during their recent summit in San Francisco that Beijing will reunify Taiwan with mainland China but that the timing has not yet been decided, according to three current and former U.S. officials.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/xi-warned-biden-summit-beijing-will-reunify-taiwan-china-rcna130087

U.S.-China Relations

The United States and China have one of the world’s most important and complex bilateral relationships. Since 1949, the countries have experienced periods of both tension and cooperation over issues including trade, climate change, and Taiwan.

https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-china-relations

Why China-Taiwan Relations Are So Tense

Differences over Taiwan’s status have fueled rising tensions between the island and the mainland. Taiwan has the potential to be a flash point in U.S.-China relations.
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/china-taiwan-relations-tension-us-policy-biden

Taiwan’s Ability to Defend Against China Invasion Thrown Into Question

Cross-strait tensions are running high and January’s election might add to them. Yet officials say Taiwan’s military and civil defenses have a way to go if they’re to be able to deter an invading force.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2023-12-19/how-ready-is-taiwan-for-a-potential-war-with-china?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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U.S. and China military leaders speak for the first time in over a year

Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke Thursday to his Chinese counterpart, per a statement.

https://www.axios.com/2023/12/21/us-china-military-leaders-speak-first-time-year?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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China fires back at U.S. sanctions

Beijing is taking U.S. sanctions head-on with its latest round of restrictions targeting U.S.-based firms that gather open source data about business links to Xinjiang.

https://www.axios.com/2023/12/29/us-china-sanctions-xinjiang

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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🧪 Next U.S.-China tech clash
Illustration of a dna strand as a flagpole with an American flag at the top
 

Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

 

Beijing's biotech ambitions are sounding alarms on Capitol Hill with new proposed legislation that could derail China's biggest biotech company's operations in the U.S., Axios managing editor Alison Snyder writes.

  • Why it matters: The need to quash outbreaks, quickly create medicines and stress-proof crops is providing a lucrative arena for biotech companies to sell their services — and putting biology at the center of geopolitics.

What's happening: The House Select Committee on China last week introduced a bill to ban groups that receive federal funds from buying equipment and services from "foreign adversary biotech companies," Axios' Peter Sullivan and Adriel Bettelheim report.

  • A target of the new bill is Chinese genomic sequencing behemoth BGI Group, which appears on the U.S. Department of Defense blacklist of Chinese military-linked companies that operate in the U.S.
  • The bill points to BGI's global genomic data collection efforts, its obligation under Chinese law to transfer data to the country's government if requested and its alleged links to the Chinese military as national security threats.

Between the lines: BGI and its affiliates draw in clients from around the globe by offering an array of products and services, including DNA sequencing machines, diagnostic tests and data storage.

  • That kind of one-stop shopping isn't available from Western companies.

"The U.S. doesn't have anything akin to BGI," says Anna Puglisi, a senior fellow at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan, AI and fentanyl in a push to return to regular leader talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed Taiwan, artificial intelligence and security issues Tuesday in a call meant to demonstrate a return to regular leader-to-leader dialogue between the two powers.

https://apnews.com/article/biden-xi-china-yellen-ai-taiwan-fentanyl-c3317fae3e45b04cffcda5bb63adee56?

Biden, Xi speak for first time since November summit

President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone call Tuesday to discuss a variety of economic, military and political issues related to the U.S.-China bilateral relationship.

https://www.axios.com/2024/04/02/biden-xi-call-china-relations?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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Yellen calls for level playing field for US workers and firms during China visit

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called on China on Friday to address manufacturing overcapacity that she said risks causing global economic dislocation, and to create a level playing field for American companies and workers.

https://apnews.com/article/yellen-china-trade-overcapacity-ev-solar-7f861ff193fdc35b355c650fb84d204c?

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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near. {5T 451.1}
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