September 27, 2020

Expansionist China targets Taiwan

With Hong Kong the latest conquest of the Chinese Communist Party’s expansionist plan, Taiwan is next. Brad Johnson points out the encroachment into the Taiwan straights, China’s false claims to it and the stakes. In addition, China has invested millions into small countries through predatory loans sure to end up in default. What does all this portend and why are so many political powers on both sides of the aisle friendly to the Chinese? Retired after 25 years in the CIA as a senior officer and station chief, Brad now devotes his efforts to his non-profit Americans for Intelligence Reform. Our national security faces enormous threat because political interference in our intelligence agencies. Here, you find in depth analysis of both global and domestic events and what they mean for the U.S. Please subscribe and share. No more than ever, we need sources like AIR to tell us what mainstream media refuses to.


brad johnson it is september the
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24th of 2020. you know i i
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have conversations occasionally with
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friends that insist
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that china is in no way imperialist or
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expansionist
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and uh it is to laugh i think you’re
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going to maybe tell us some things that
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might inform that opinion
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yes i i to suggest that that
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china is not expansionist or
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you know or doesn’t have essentially
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imperial design is
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is kind of the height of naivete i mean
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what you can talk about
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tibet just look at what’s happened in
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hong kong they had
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had a deal made with britain that they
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had signed and everyone had agreed that
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it was going to be you know one country
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two systems i think was the name of the
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deal or something along those lines
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and finally china just cracked down and
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and made a new
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security law and just moved out anyone
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in hong kong
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who had any position of authority was
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removed and
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chinese communist party members were
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moved in and they just de facto
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absolutely took control and run it with
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an iron fist so how you can ignore facts
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of that nature is
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you know as i say it’s just naivete on
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someone’s part or
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they’re so politically leftist rabid
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type leftists that they just don’t care
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uh and that brings us to kind of the
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subject some of the things i wanted to
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mention
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the status quo for example with taiwan
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for
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since basically following world war ii
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uh the revolution that took place in
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china where chairman mao took over
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chased the nationalist chinese out they
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settled on
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in taiwan and they that’s called
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nationalist china
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and that’s been basically left everybody
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unhappy ever since
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but there was a line of demarcation
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there was a line basically halfway
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between
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mainland china and taiwan that was the
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you know the border if you will out in
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the taiwan straits in the ocean there
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and so uh china as we’ve seen again has
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become very aggressive on the world
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stage and this is one of those areas so
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chinese pilots and this has all really
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started to get
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fired up in the last say month or so
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it’s really starting to get worse i mean
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by stages it’s been getting worse
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but now it’s at a new stage and
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china has done something that’s now
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unique
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in taiwan and this just hit the chinese
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military air force aircraft have been
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flying
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in the taiwan straits but on the
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taiwanese side
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and past this line of demarcation
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and when confronted by taiwanese
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air force aircraft uh they’ve said
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there’s no such thing as a demarcation
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line there’s one china and
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and they’re it so that is brand new
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they’re essentially now
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denying that taiwan has any rights to
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its
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say coast area and those sorts of things
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because it’s all
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part of one china so uh a dangerous
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escalation on their part
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uh the scenarios that that
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there’s a lot of reporting on chinese
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you know doing scenarios on what it
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would be like to attack taiwan and so
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they they’re confident that they’re
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they’re going to do this at some point
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when there’s a uh the first
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chance they get to invade and take over
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taiwan they will
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do and the only thing stopping them
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right now is really the united states
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and the fleet that we have the pacific
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fleet that we have in the area and
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aircraft carriers china is building a
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more
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powerful navy and i think they’ve
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launched their second aircraft carrier
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now
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so they have two aircraft carriers there
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so they’re looking at it as they’re
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getting to the point
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where they can fend off the united
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states and then go into time
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taiwan and take over completely i my
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little recommendation out of this is i
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think that it’s time
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to take a look at a two china policy i
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mean we need to have
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uh kind of a zero sum beginning where we
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don’t go in with preconceived notions
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and
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uh essentially taiwan has been a
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completely separate country for
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since you know following world war ii so
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it’s kind of silly to keep pretending
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there’s actually only one china when
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they’ve been completely separate
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countries and completely separate
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forms of government and everything for
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decades and decades so
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i think it’s time to re-examine that but
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this is all part of this very aggressive
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chinese communist expansionist plan
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uh that they’re enacting and we’ve seen
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just hardly a week goes by without us
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seeing
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somebody be indicted uh here in the
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united states or kicked out of a
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research institute or a university
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or arrested for espionage spying for the
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chinese
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that’s just here in the united states
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but worldwide it’s going on as well
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just that extremely aggressive
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intelligence that they’re doing
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but there’s a number of other things
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that they’re doing and they’re using
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predatory economic policies
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to uh to gain huge swaths of influence
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they’ve been very aggressive
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in africa something we’ve talked about
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in past interviews
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been very aggressive in latin america
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again something we’ve talked about in
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past interviews
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but here was a new thing and i wanted to
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bring it to everyone’s attention as well
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and china is now using those same
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predatory lending policies or practices
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or economic investment policies to
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essentially
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invade a soft invasion not with arms and
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ammunition and so on not kinetic energy
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invasion but an economic invasion
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and where they’re doing it now is in the
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caribbean which of course is the
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backyard of the
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of the united states some of these
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places where they’ve been active
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that have long been you know kind of on
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the bad guy list like cuba for example
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that’s only 90 miles
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off the southern tip of florida so it’s
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very close in
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you know bahamas is even closer and and
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just in some of these countries real
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quick some of the amounts of money that
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china has invested in those countries
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600 million in cuba i mean
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for an island of 10 million people uh
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600 million is a lot of money
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where is this going bahamas 450 million
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antigua and barbuda billion barbados 490
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million
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trinidad and tobago 1.9 million jamaica
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2.7 billion dollars
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these are all relatively small countries
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and they’re building
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infrastructures they call it belts and
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roads i think is the name of the program
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but what that what is that
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that is a chinese effort to come in and
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build infrastructure but it’s set up in
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a predatory loan fashion
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these it’s designed specifically to give
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real infrastructure to these places
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but in such a way that they can never
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pay it off
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so what happens is essentially the bank
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forecloses the chinese government
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essentially forecloses and they end up
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owning all of this infrastructure so
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every one of these islands maybe cuba
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being a little bit different but every
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one of these islands caribbean islands
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that are relatively close to the
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southern tip of florida or the southern
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coast of the united states
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and say the northern coast of latin
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america which gets it into the area of
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venezuela
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that whole swath of these island nations
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is uh is being bought by by china so
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moving in very aggressively
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uh this is something this is all part of
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that worldwide campaign that china is up
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to
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and they’re very effectively
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implementing it when they run into
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example these intelligence intelligence
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problems that they’re having now because
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it’s not that they haven’t had great
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successes it’s just that now the
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attention has been turned to them
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everyone knows how big that threat
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really is in the intelligence arena
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and so they’re making a lot of arrests
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so the chinese have had a lot of
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setbacks in that area meaning that their
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successes are now being cut
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back although there’s still many of
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those successes out there for us to
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discover i’m sure
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but this is one of those areas that’s
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going unchallenged they’re not being
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challenged
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in africa they’re not being challenged
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in latin america and now this program
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and
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in the caribbean they’re just not being
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challenged in those areas the united
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states is kind of a
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sleep at the switch and let me say this
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is not
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a president trump issue this predated
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that
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and i think in the previous
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administration they knew
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and didn’t care they’ve been very cozied
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up we’ve had a lot of politicians
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whose family members are making a lot of
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money
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off of china and a number of
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key senators and congressmen and
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certainly there’s been a lot of
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information just out recently about
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joe biden’s son having some very odd
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connections
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making a lot of money uh when he was
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when he was on that board of an energy
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company in ukraine
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also making money off of china so
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there’s there’s a lot of connections and
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all of these things everybody’s
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you know politically it’s going to be so
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difficult to go after these people
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because you know who’s in the power to
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fight back and it’s the congressman and
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senators
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that are in bed with china that that are
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the ones in power to stop because it’s
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the senior people right so
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it’s it’s a very very end both parties
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this is not you know
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not a one-sided issue it’s everyone up
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there in washington
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that’s in a position of power over a
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long period of time it’s hard to
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resist the temptation of being able to
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make
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you know tens or maybe hundreds of
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millions of dollars so
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they succumb and they’re human beings
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and it’s something that we’ve got to
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figure out a way to fight
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here in the united states something that
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we’re working on hoping to have some
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success with but
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this is another iteration of where china
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has run amok they’ve been running them
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up for a long time
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in fact president trump is the first one
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to start to stand up against them with a
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lot of the way the
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ways that they’ve been funding
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themselves by stealing money essentially
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from the united states so
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that has to be expanded we need to do
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greater efforts hopefully in the second
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term as
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president uh trump will start to fight
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back in these arenas that we’re seeing
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really start to unfold and just how
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aggressive they are in china
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as it stands right now there’s there’s
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very they’ve had some bumps in the road
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but nothing’s really stopping them
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they’ve slowed but
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aren’t aren’t stopping they’re still
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very aggressive on the world stage
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and mean to expand
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