China Tries to Tone Down War Talk as Military Tells Taiwan to ‘Surrender Now’

Newsweek: "Surrender now! Hand in your weapons and you won't be killed. We treat prisoners well!" the commentary said. "Your defenses have collapsed; resistance is futile."
The ‘Mother of All’ Supply Shocks Lurks in China’s Covid Crackdowns
Bloomberg: "Krishnan doesn’t see an end to the global supply crunch anytime soon and cautions it could take several years for the snarls to unwind. It’s a sobering outlook to start a year that many had hoped would mark the beginning of the end of the Big Crunch which dogged producers and consumers through much of last year."
Intel Deletes Xinjiang Forced Labor Reference After China Backlash
Newsweek: "Intel's notification to suppliers was reported by news sites in China, where social media users erupted in anger at the reference."
Xinjiang Paramilitary Anti-terror Cop to Lead Hong Kong Garrison
Read more at Voice of America “Under Chen’s leadership, Hong Kong’s PLA soldiers have become more visible — during the 2019 protests they cleared debris following a clash between demonstrators and police, as well as holding frequent drills simulating crowd control and anti-terrorism operations.”
China Takes Lithuania as an Economic Hostage
The Wall Street Journal: "Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has denied that Beijing is blocking imports containing Lithuanian components, but goods are still stuck or severely delayed, with volumes growing rapidly."
Uganda Finds China’s Leverage Is in the Fine Print of Its Lending
The Wall Street Journal: "Beijing has previously indicated it isn’t out to take over infrastructure projects; it just wants to be repaid."
China Denies US Report it’s Rapidly Growing its Nuclear Arms
Military.com: "The U.S. Defense Department said in a report in November that China is expanding its nuclear force faster than previously predicted and could have more than 1,000 warheads by 2030. The U.S. has 3,750 nuclear weapons."
Stop counting warships. China’s special-operations forces are Taiwan’s real problem.
Business Insider: "Beijing has been massively upgrading its airborne forces so that all three major services are now making very regular parachute jumps. Exercises demonstrate that Chinese airborne forces, moreover, are undertaking more challenging jumps, including at night, in coastal areas, and even over the water."
China and Russia Military Cooperation Raises Prospect of New Challenge to American Power
The Wall Street Journal: “There is quite a common ground between Moscow and Beijing in terms of what we dislike in Washington’s politics,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in October. “We dislike the deficit of mutual respect in Washington’s approach. We like a devoted noninterference principle. On this ground, we [Russia and China] are close to each other.”
Thousands message late Chinese COVID whistleblower doctor 2 years on
"In early January, after the information on "SARS cases" was shared in a WeChat group, Li was reprimanded by the local police, according to the same Weibo post."