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China is building up its People's Liberation Army and stepping up provocations and military coercion in Asia, including against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. "Gray zone" warfare below the level of armed clashes is seen as as part of Beijing's strategy to increase its power and influence throughout the region. (Associated Press/File)

PLA military coercion increases

- The Washington Times

The People's Liberation Army is stepping up provocations and military coercion in Asia as part of a strategy to increase its power and influence throughout the region, according to a National Defense University expert.

Submarine modernization remains a high priority within the overall nuclear and conventional forces build-up that has been under way in China for the past four decades. (Associated Press)

China's aggressive submarine buildup

- The Washington Times

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is continuing an aggressive build-up of its nuclear submarine forces, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military power.

China is using joint ventures between businesses and economic espionage to modernize its military forces, an FBI report says. (Associated Press/File)

FBI warns corporations about Chinese theft

- The Washington Times

Chinese technology theft costs the American economy $225 billion to $600 billion annually in stolen trade secrets, pirated software and counterfeit goods, according to a new FBI report.

President Trump announced earlier this month that messaging app WeChat and social media app TikTok are threats to national security. (Associated Press)

Trump set to ban WeChat

- The Washington Times

The widely used Chinese language messaging app WeChat is facing a U.S. government ban for American users and possibly for corporations abroad, despite intense lobbying by tech companies.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new restrictions on Chinese telecommunications executives on Wednesday. The move specifically targets the controversial company Huawei. (Associated Press)

Mike Pompeo hits Huawei execs

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced new visa restrictions on Chinese telecommunications executives, including those from the controversial Huawei Technologies.

In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Groups steam in formation, in the South China Sea, Monday, July 6, 2020. China on Monday, July 6, accused the U.S. of flexing its military muscles in the South China Sea by conducting joint exercises with two U.S. aircraft carrier groups in the strategic waterway.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton/U.S. Navy via AP)

The Navy's message to Beijing

- The Washington Times

The commanders of two Navy aircraft carrier strike groups sailing in the contested South China Sea say their operations demonstrated support for the idea of freedom on the seas.

China rolled out its DF-17 last year and announced that the hypersonic glide vehicle, which poses a threat to electronics, is close to deployment. (Associated Press/File)

China hypersonic EMP threat

- The Washington Times

China is developing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons that can fry all electronics over vast distances and could deploy the weapons on its new hypersonic missiles, according to a report by a security group.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has been accused by Chinese media of promoting formal independence from Beijing. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. fears China attack on Taiwan

- The Washington Times

Senior American officials are increasingly worried that stepped-up Chinese threats against democratic Taiwan are signs that Beijing is planning a future military takeover of the island -- a move that would trigger a major U.S.-Chinese conflict.

Secretary of State says Chinese leaders are threatening to punish the British bank HSBC and to cancel plans to build nuclear power plants in Britain unless the government allows Huawei Technologies to help build a 5G telecommunications network there. (Associated Press/File)

Mike Pompeo on Chinese coercion

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week stepped up his criticism of the Chinese Communist Party, accusing Beijing of using "coercive bullying tactics" against a leading British bank.

U.S. protests Beijing illegal sea claim

- The Washington Times

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft put the world body on notice this week that Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea are illegal and must be rejected.

Kizzmekia Corbett (left) accompanied President Trump on a tour in early March of the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. (Associated Press/File)

NIH defends funding for Wuhan virus work

- The Washington Times

The National Institutes of Health recently responded to a request for comment on an Australian scientific study that said the coronavirus causing the outbreak of COVID-19 globally appears to have been manipulated in a Wuhan laboratory.

"We greatly underestimated the degree to which Beijing is ideologically and politically hostile to free nations. The whole world is waking up to that fact," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Trump readying China response

- The Washington Times

President Trump is preparing tougher new policies toward China as a result of Beijing's mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou 1 cargo spacecraft blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Thursday, April 20, 2017. China has launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft Thursday on a mission to dock with the country's space station. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP)

Report: China preps for space warfare

- The Washington Times

China's space warfare capabilities, including anti-satellite missiles and directed-energy weapons, pose growing threats to U.S. national security, according to a think tank report made public Wednesday.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a briefing on the coronavirus that he would like the Chinese government to allow inspectors and investigators into Wuhan "so that the world can know the actual original source of this [and] so that we can apply the lessons learned and prevent outbreaks in the future." (Associated Press)

Milley on virus origin

- The Washington Times

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week provided further details on efforts by the U.S. intelligence community to uncover the origin of the coronavirus now spreading around the world.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, demanding access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, said, "Remember, this isn't the first time we've had a virus come out of China." (Associated Press)

Mike Pompeo demands Wuhan lab access

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that China's Communist Party must allow international investigators to look into security and research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where researchers were studying bat coronaviruses like the one behind the COVID-19 pandemic.