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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the Silver Elephant Gala at the Columbia Convention Center, Friday, July 30, 2021  in Columbia, S.C. The Silver Elephant dinner, an annual fundraiser in its 54th year, has played host to Republicans looking for a political boost from the early-voting state. (Tracy Glantz/The State via AP) **FILE**

Pompeo backs new missile defense push

- The Washington Times

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for a new Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative to counter growing nuclear and conventional strategic threats posed by China.

In this file photo, security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. A Marine Corps officer working with DARPA disclosed in a memorandum in August 2021 that his study of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic concluded that it was produced as part of vaccine research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to documents made public by a conservative investigative group. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  **FILE**

COVID virus made in Chinese lab as bat vaccine, Marine researcher says

- The Washington Times

A Marine Corps officer working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency disclosed in a memorandum last August that his study of the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic concluded that it was produced as part of vaccine research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to documents made public by a conservative investigative group.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro speaks at a news conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Navy bans work with attache group over China coercion

- The Washington Times

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro has banned the Navy from taking part in activities of the semi-official Naval Attache Association over concerns China is manipulating the group in a bid to block Taiwanese military officers from taking part in its activities.

Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019. China’s military buildup has triggered unease across Asia and was the driving factor behind the recent formation of a three-way U.S., Britain and Australia security pact focused on the region, according to President Biden’s top national security adviser for the Indo-Pacific. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ** FILE **

Chinese 'brain control' warfare work revealed

- The Washington Times

The Commerce Department imposed sanctions on Chinese technology companies and announced recently that China's military is engaged in dangerous work related to "brain control" warfare research.

In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a security person moves journalists away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a World Health Organization team arrived for a field visit in Wuhan in China's Hubei province. A member of the expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan says the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested to visit and meet with. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)  **FILE**

Defense bill bans funding for EcoHealth Alliance

- The Washington Times

The fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, passed by Congress on Wednesday, contains a ban on Pentagon funding of any work in China by the controversial New York-based EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO that worked closely with the Wuhan Institute of Virology on research to make bat coronaviruses more infectious to humans.

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-17 roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, that China’s pursuit of hypersonic weapons “increases tensions in the region” and vowed the U.S. would maintain its capability to deter potential threats posed by China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Pentagon gets new reporting tasks for China

- The Washington Times

The House version of the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, approved on Tuesday, contains multiple requirements for new and detailed reporting on threats posed by China, from the large-scale nuclear buildup to financial and influence activities by Beijing.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki walks to the podium as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, departs after speaking about the COVID-19 variant named omicron during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Omicron prompts new virus origin worries

- The Washington Times

The emergence of the omicron strain of COVID-19 is raising new questions about the still undetermined origin of the coronavirus outbreak and whether it leaked from a Chinese research laboratory in Wuhan in 2019.

President Joe Biden, left, speaks as he meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping, on screen, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden accedes to another Chinese demand on media

- The Washington Times

The Biden administration has given in to a Chinese government demand, reversing curbs imposed on officials working for Chinese state-controlled media outlets in the United States that were put in place by the Trump administration.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks via video link to leaders at the G20 Summit from Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. President Xi has been absent from the Group of 20 summit in Rome and global climate talks in Scotland, drawing criticism from U.S. President Joe Biden and questions about China's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Yue Yuewei/Xinhua via AP)

Pentagon details China info war on U.S.

- The Washington Times

China is engaged in influence operations targeting U.S. society aimed at building support for the communist nation's policies and strategies, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on the Chinese military.

In this June 24, 2020, photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army march toward Red Square during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later in September along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China's defense ministry announced Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) **FILE**

Details of China info war revealed

- The Washington Times

China's People's Liberation Army plans to conduct extensive non-kinetic warfare operations in any future conflict with the United States, according to an internal PLA report.

A man visits a hacker community website at a house in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Indonesian authorities have found no evidence that the country's main intelligence service's computers were compromised, after a U.S.-based private cybersecurity company alerted them of a suspected breach of its internal networks by a Chinese hacking group, an official said. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana) **FILE**

New internet protocol to boost China state hacking

- The Washington Times

The Chinese government recently announced it now leads the world in upgrading its wired infrastructure, and security analysts are warning the new Internet Protocol Version 6 will only increase the danger from Beijing's state hacking operations.

Former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington.  (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Facebook short-staffed for countering foreign spies

- The Washington Times

Former Facebook executive Frances Haugen testified this week that the social media giant is struggling to counter foreign intelligence service operations on the platform, including Chinese activities targeting minority Uyghurs in western China.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks to the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden goes easy on China at U.N.

- The Washington Times

President Biden this week signaled he is backing off the hardline U.S. policies of the Trump administration in dealing with China and reverting to the more accommodationist approach of earlier Democratic and Republican administrations.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley arrives for the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas P. Payne in the East Room of the White House on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Trump team surprised by Milley's calls to China

- The Washington Times

Senior Trump administration officials voiced concern and surprise this week over telephone calls to a Chinese military leader by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley before and after the 2020 presidential election.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) sails through the South China Sea while conducting routine underway operations. Benfold is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Deanna C. Gonzales) **FILE**

Navy tests China's new maritime law

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Navy squared off against the People's Liberation Army on Wednesday following the passage of an American warship near a disputed reef in the South China Sea.

In this Feb. 6, 2021, file a worker in protectively overalls and carrying disinfecting equipment walks outside the Wuhan Central Hospital where Li Wenliang, the whistleblower doctor who sounded the alarm and was reprimanded by local police for it in the early days of Wuhan's pandemic, worked in Wuhan in central China. U.S. intelligence agencies remain divided on the origins of the coronavirus but believe China's leaders did not know about the virus before the start of the global pandemic, according to results released Friday, Aug. 27, of a review ordered by President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) **FILE**

DIA leads on lab leak theory

- The Washington Times

The 17 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community remain divided on how the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic originated, but the Defense Intelligence Agency is the most forward-leaning among the spy services in asserting the virus most likely began inside a Chinese laboratory, according to U.S. intelligence sources.