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President Joe Biden greets China's President President Xi Jinping at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, Calif., Wednesday, Nov, 15, 2023, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative conference. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Xi claims ignorance of Taiwan attack plans

- The Washington Times

Those with experience dealing with Chinese Communist Party officials say the best way to know the truth about China is after the party denies it. That may be the case regarding the discussion on Taiwan between President Biden and President Xi Jinping in California last week.

A Chinese flag hangs near a security camera outside of a shop in Beijing on Oct. 8, 2019. China has long been seen by the U.S. as a prolific source of anti-American propaganda but less aggressive in its influence operations than Russia, which has used cyberattacks and covert operations to disrupt U.S. elections and denigrate rivals. But many in Washington now think China is increasingly adopting tactics associated with Russia — and there's growing concern the U.S. isn't doing enough to respond. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) **FILE**

Congressional commission focuses on Chinese influence operations including on social media

- The Washington Times

The congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is set to release its annual report later this month and a preview of the report reveals the panel will focus in one section on Chinese influence operations, including the targeting by Chinese security and intelligence services of social media platforms such as Facebook, X, TikTok and YouTube.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at an event commemorating the 110th anniversary of Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9, 2021. A new Pentagon report on China's military power says Beijing is on track to significantly increase its nuclear weapons arsenal by 2030 and is "almost certainly" learning from Russia's war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

New details of China’s underground nuclear facilities

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon for the first time disclosed new details of underground nuclear and weapons facilities that are being expanded as part of China's large-scale military buildup, according to the annual U.S. military power report.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2023. (Yan Yan/Xinhua via AP, File)

Iran plays Taiwan card against China

- The Washington Times

Chinese-Iranian relations emerged as a topic of discussion this week when a Senate delegation led by Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer met with Chinese leaders in Beijing.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin waits to greet Japanese Defense Minster Minoru Kihara during an welcoming ceremony, upon his arrival at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Congress to press Pentagon on Chinese logistics threat

- The Washington Times

A bill being considered on Capitol Hill would require the Pentagon to report to Congress by the end of the year regarding the dangers of Chinese control over global logistics networks that could affect U.S. military resupplies in a future U.S.-China crisis or conflict.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves during the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Nuclear targeting debate: Cities or militaries?

- The Washington Times

China's emergence as a major nuclear power has set off a debate among U.S. strategic analysts over how best to deter war in the new three-way nuclear standoff between Washington, Beijing and Moscow.

China's President Xi Jinping arrives at the 2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Gianluigi Guercia/Pool via AP) **FILE**

China purges based on Maoist-Stalinist ideology

- The Washington Times

Officials and analysts say the recent spate of purges and disappearances among Chinese government leaders suggest there is growing instability in Zhongnanhai, the Communist Party leadership compound in Beijing.

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks during a Senate Armed Services budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 2, 2023. The Air Force said Monday, May 22, that it is looking at ways to better control access to classified information. Kendall told reporters that the Air Force needs to better enforce the rules that govern access to classified information based on whether someone with the correct security clearance also has a need to know the information. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Air Force pressed to retool for China war

- The Washington Times

The Air Force is not moving fast enough to prepare for war with China, which is expanding its forces for military aggression in the Asia Pacific region, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall warned in a recent message to the troops.

U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks. (Associated Press/File)

China advances EMP weapons, military analysts’ report reveals

- The Washington Times

Chinese military researchers have made significant advances in developing and testing strategic electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, weapons that can disable electronics on U.S. warplanes and even entire military bases, according to a report by three open-source intelligence analysts.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, for a state visit. Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived for a state visit in South Africa where the two countries are expected to strengthen ties ahead of the BRICS summit starting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Chinese President Xi Jinping misses speech at BRICS summit

- The Washington Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised observers this week by failing to show up for a major speech at a meeting of non-Western global powers in South Africa, fueling suspicions the ailing Chinese economy is dimming his political fortunes.

Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is underway off the coast of Japan near Mt. Fuji. Antietam is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Nov. 22, 2014. The U.S. Navy is sailing the USS Antietam and the USS Chancellorsville warships through the Taiwan Strait Sunday, in the first such transit publicized since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier in August, at a time where tensions have kept the waterway particularly busy. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn/U.S. Navy via AP)

Navy carrier strike group deployed near Taiwan

- The Washington Times

The aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan is deployed in waters off the east coast of Taiwan amid growing tensions with China over the recent U.S. visit by Taiwan's vice president, the U.S. Naval Institute reported this week.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to examine his nomination to be appointed to the grade of general and to be top commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Cyber, nuclear strikes target U.S. infrastructure

- The Washington Times

America's adversaries are preparing to conduct cyberattacks against critical U.S. infrastructure and could strike with nuclear missiles, the general tapped to be the next commander of the U.S. Northern Command is warning.