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Is China planning a war? Will China invade Taiwan? What about the spy balloon? What is really going on with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?

We have all these questions about China and what the CCP is planning to do. And now we learn, although we knew it all along, that the Covid virus was released from the Wuhan Virology Lab; and according to at least one Chinese scientist, Li Meng Yan, it was released (not escaped) from the Wuhan lab intentionally in order to wreck Western (American) economies.

And what was that balloon about anyway? A Chinese spy balloon was allowed to enter American airspace and move undisturbed across the US before it was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean. Was the intention of the CCP to observe American defenses or possibly to explore American resolve? If the latter, then the CCP now knows that this administration has no more backbone than it did when President Biden ordered the evacuation of American forces from Afghanistan, leaving behind billions in American military resources, as well as American citizens and friends.

American leaders over the years have stated that we support Taiwan’s independence from China and that we would support them if China attacked. But after several years of “woke-ing” our military, is the US able to stand against what many believe to be the strongest fighting force in the world?

Xi Jinping had himself elected as president for life, but how secure is that? How strong is his position when we hear that the Chinese economy is on the rocks? Does his newly established alliance with Putin in Russia indicate strength or weakness? If his position is tenuous, would that indicate a desire to strengthen his position by asserting China’s authority over Taiwan? It appears that we have more questions than answers.

Gordon G. Chang is the author of “The Great U.S.-China Tech War” and “Losing South Korea,” booklets released by Encounter Books.  His previous books are “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World” and “The Coming Collapse of China,” both from Random House.

Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. 

His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe National Interest, The American ConservativeCommentaryNational Review, Barron’s, and The Daily Beast. He is a columnist at Newsweek and writes regularly for The Hill.  

He has spoken at Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and other universities and at The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other institutions.  He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon.  He has also spoken before industry and investor groups including Bloomberg, Sanford Bernstein, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia.  Chang has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.   

Chang has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. He is a regular co-host and guest on The John Batchelor Show.

Outside the United States he has spoken in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, The Hague, London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.

He served two terms as a trustee of Cornell University and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute.

Gordon is married to Lydia Tam and they are the parents of a daughter.

Please join us for this important and stimulating discussion.


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