Headlines for the news today:
- Joe Biden-Linked Firm Made Major Investments in Chinese Corporations
- Joe Biden Again Pledges To Sign Bill That Would Force Public Schools To Allow Male Athletes Into Girls’ Sports
- Obama to stump for Biden less than two weeks before election
- Joe Biden’s polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter
- Crowd chants ‘lock her up’ about Whitmer at Michigan Trump rally
- China warns it will take Americans hostage if US doesn’t release Chinese research scientists who ‘lied about working for People’s Liberation Army’
- Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of Taiwan
- New Zealand’s Ardern to Talk to Greens Next Week After Labour Election Win
Joe Biden-Linked Firm Made Major Investments in Chinese Corporations
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son-in-law’s investment firm has made investments in Chinese corporations over the last few years.
Biden’s daughter, Ashley, married Philadelphia head and neck doctor Howard Krein in 2012. Krein, who is currently advising Biden for his campaign, remains chief medical officer at the firm StartUp Health, which has tied itself in partnerships with Chinese corporations through the years.
StartUp Health boosted two major China-based corporations in 2018 and most recently praised China’s response to the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
“China’s systematic and urgent response to contain COVID-19 has become a kind of playbook for other countries working to ramp up similar impromptu yet systemized efforts to stay the spread of this novel infectious disease,” a StartUp Health post in March states.
Biden Again Pledges To Sign Bill That Would Force Public Schools To Allow Male Athletes Into Girls’ Sports
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged again on Friday to sign the Equality Act, which would force public schools to allow biological males who identify as transgender girls into female athletics.
In a statement released by his campaign, Biden pledged to sign the bill while condemning what he called an “epidemic” of violence “against transgender and gender non-conforming people.”
The bill would alter the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, that would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.
Obama to stump for Biden less than two weeks before election
Former President Barack Obama will head to Philadelphia on Wednesday to campaign on behalf of the Biden-Harris ticket, his first appearance on the trail thus far.
With just two weeks until the election, Obama will rally support in a battleground state that President Trump won by less than a percentage point in 2016.
Current polls show Democratic opponent Joe Biden leading Trump by more than five percentage points, according to a Real Clear Politics average. Philadelphia bolstered Obama’s White House victories in both 2008 and 2012, when Biden was his running mate.
Joe Biden’s polling lead slips in wake of Post report on Hunter
Joe Biden’s polling edge over President Trump eroded this week amid The Post’s scandalous revelations about his son Hunter’s foreign dealings — but the Democratic candidate still maintains a substantial lead.
The IBD/TIPP national tracking poll, released Saturday, puts Biden at 50 percent in the head-to-head matchup, with Trump at 43 percent. The 7-point advantage is well outside the survey’s 3 percent margin of error.
But the poll of 1,009 likely voters saw Biden’s support slip by just over 2 percentage points since Monday — and found an increase of just under 1 percent for the incumbent.
The IBD/TIPP survey found strength for Biden among independent voters, who split their support between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, but now back the challenger by a 9-percent margin.
Crowd chants ‘lock her up’ about Whitmer at Michigan Trump rally
The crowd at President Trump’s Saturday evening rally in Muskegon, Mich., chanted “lock her up,” after the president demanded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) re-open the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The chant from the crowd comes just a little more than one week after the FBI announced that it had foiled a plan to kidnap the governor.
“You gotta get your governor to open up your state, okay?” Trump told the crowd, that then erupted in cheers. “And get your schools open. Get your schools open. The schools have to be open, right?”
Some people in the audience then started chanting, “lock her up!”
“Lock ‘em all up,” Trump responded, after which the chants from the crowd continued.
China warns it will take Americans hostage if US doesn’t release Chinese research scientists who ‘lied about working for People’s Liberation Army’
- Sources told the Wall Street Journal Chinese government officials have warned American counterparts repeatedly and through multiple channels
- China warned the US it will take US nationals residing in China hostage
- The move, known as ‘hostage diplomacy’, would be in retaliation for the arrests of several Chinese scientists on US soil this year
- At least four scientists have been arrested and charged with visa fraud
- They are accused of lying to US immigration to come to work at US research universities all the while secretly working for the Chinese military
- China is demanding the DOJ drop the charges against them
- On one occasion in June, China threatened to detain an American if the US didn’t let research scientist Juan Tang return to China, sources said
- Tang was arrested when a photo of her in a PLA uniform surfaced online
China has warned the US it will take Americans hostage if the Department of Justice doesn’t release Chinese research scientists accused of lying about working for the People’s Liberation Army, according to sources.
People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal Chinese government officials have warned their American counterparts repeatedly and through multiple channels including through the US Embassy in Beijing that the nation will take drastic action if their demands are not met.
The move, known as ‘hostage diplomacy’, would be in retaliation for the arrests of several Chinese scientists on US soil this year.
Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of Taiwan
Beijing is stepping up the militarisation of its southeast coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of Taiwan, military observers and sources have said.
The People’s Liberation Army has been upgrading its missile bases, and one Beijing-based military source said it has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile the DF-17 to the area.
“The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” the source, who requested anonymity, because of the sensitivity of the topic. “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.”
The DF-17, which has a maximum range of 2,500km (1,550 miles), made its first public appearance on last year’s October 1 National Day parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
New Zealand’s Ardern to Talk to Greens Next Week After Labour Election Win
After her clear election win, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that she would form a government within three weeks but declined to say whether she would rule alone or form a coalition despite having a clear majority.
Ardern on Saturday delivered the biggest election victory for her left-leaning Labour Party in half a century.
“Whilst there will be another three weeks before we have that final result, my expectation is that we will work on the government formation within that frame,” Ardern told a news conference.
Labour won 64 of the 120 seats in the country’s unicameral parliament.
Her new majority in parliament will allow her to form the first single-party government since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996.