CrossroadsET

Joshua Philipp

Crossroads is a channel from The Epoch Times focused on political discussion, traditional values, spirituality, and philosophy. Join host Joshua Philipp as he speaks with experts and authors about politics, history, and the values that are worth keeping.

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Heavy rainfall continues in parts of China, and on September 22 water levels on the Songhua River in Harbin rose to its warning level. New flood alerts were issued by the Ministry of Water Resources, which warned of coming floods on the Jinsha River in Yunnan, Yuanjiang River, Duliu River in Guizhou, Hongshui River and Youjiang River in Guangxi. It also noted that some small and medium sized rivers in China are expected to have a “super-alarm level of floods.” Meanwhile, in Suzhou, a major city in Jiangsu Province of East China, a large explosion was caused by a suspected natural gas leak. A notice about the explosion was deleted from Chinese internet soon after it was published. A local gas company issued the statement in the early morning of September 23, and said the explosion was caused by a pipe leak. It also stated the incident was still under investigation. As we recently reported, it’s now been exposed that the Chinese Communist Party has built a database that includes profiles of people outside China, including in the United States, Australia, and Canada. The profiles allegedly include politicians, businessmen, academics, and others that Chinese authorities may be interested in targeting. This verifies an exclusive story published in The Epoch Times back in 2016, which exposed a database China had built on Americans. To learn more about this we speak with Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners Corp, an intelligence and security strategy firm. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 24

27 min

A video released by the Chinese People’s Liberation Air Force on September 19 depicted nuclear armed bombers carrying out simulated attacks on a US Air Force base in Guam. Video was released as the regime carried out its second day of military drills near Taiwan—a move that was seen as a threat to the United States having a diplomatic visit in Taiwan. Meanwhile, a video has been released showing Chinese soldiers crying as they’re allegedly being transported to the disputed border between China and India. The video was initially posted on Chinese social media app WeChat, but was deleted soon after. And the Chinese government sent a message in a recent court case that criticizing its handling of the virus can result in lengthy prison terms. A Chinese tycoon was sentenced to 18 years in prison and has been fined around $620,000. He was charged for embezzling public funds, accepting bribes, and abusing power from his position at a state-run company. But the case, and Ren Zhiqiang’s heavy sentence, are being interpreted as being meant to send a message to Party members that criticizing or defying Party leader Xi Jinping will not be tolerated. Mr. Ren had published an essay saying he saw the country’s leader as a power-hungry clown. And soon after his essay was published, he disappeared before facing official charges. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 23

24 min

In the United States, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, democrats are threatening that if the Trump administration fills her vacant seat ahead of the November elections, they will expand the Supreme Court and pack it with their own judges. Democrat Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts wrote in a statement that “Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” Meanwhile, Shinzo Abe resigned as Prime Minister of Japan over health reasons, and the new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, is now taking up the position during a sensitive time when it comes to Japan’s security and economy related to China. We'll be taking an in-depth look into this. And the sale of TikTok has gone through, meaning people will still be able to download and use the app. Trump gave the go-ahead for the sale of the company, which for its future IPO will allow Oracle to gain a 12.5 percent stake and Walmart to gain a 7.5 percent stake. Going forward, four of the five members of the board of the directors for TikTok Global will be Americans, among whom will be Walmart CEO Doug McMillion. The Chinese company that owns TikTok, ByteDance, will still have majority ownership. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 22

21 min

President Donald Trump’s administration will block Americans from downloading China-based applications WeChat and TikTok, citing national security concerns. This ban will go in effect on Sunday. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party.” Meanwhile, China is making a new push for logistic systems to stabilize its supply chains, and planned projects include the construction of hundreds of new airports. Yet behind this move is something deeper, and it may give us another hint at the true state of the Chinese economy. We'll be explaining this in-depth. And the new Quad alliance formed between the United States, Japan, India, and Australia is working to stand up against the Chinese Communist Party. According to Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow on Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation, Japan in particular may need a bit more of a push to reach its full capabilities — and when it comes to standing up against the Chinese government, this may be necessary. He argues that the issue Japan faces isn’t its defense capabilities, but instead its hesitancy to employ them. To get a better sense of this, we’ve invited Bruce Klingner to speak with us. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 19

30 min

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been targeted as a top enemy of the Chinese regime with the CCP's mouthpiece TV station calling him the "common enemy of mankind." Other state-media have chimed in and even called Pompeo a "fat pig." Meanwhile, Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist who defected to the United States, had her account suspended by Twitter after publishing a research paper that suggests the novel coronavirus had a lab origin. Dr. Yan and others are now criticizing Twitter for restricting scientific research based on political interests. Meanwhile, it appears the two main political factions in China are now fighting for financial power. These would be the faction under Xi Jinping, the head of the Party, and another faction led by former Party leader Jiang Zemin. And in the United States, the Trump administration is now investigating the investigators when it comes to the team of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who ran the Trump-Russia investigations. It has now been revealed that when the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General went to review the devices of the investigative team, Mueller’s team had erased the data on many of the phones for various reasons. To learn more about this, and its significance, we’ve invited to speak with us today Marc Ruskin, who is a 27-year veteran of the FBI. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 18

24 min

There has been ongoing speculation on whether China has played any part in the ongoing protests and riots that have swept across the United States. The Daily Signal reported that the website for Black Futures Lab, which is a venture of BLM founder Alicia Garza, has ties to a pro-Chinese government organization. If you go to the organization’s website and click the donate button, it shows that the money goes to an organization called the Chinese Progressive Association, and the page notes that “Black Futures Lab is a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.” We'll be taking an in-depth look at this. And on August 29, people in China began to report that one of the four major state-owned banks in China, the China Construction Bank, quietly released a digital yuan wallet service for its app, and then quickly disabled the feature after it gained widespread attention. There has been speculation in China on why this happened, and some took it as a sign that the Chinese economy has a bottleneck. We'll look into what may really be behind the digital yuan launch. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 17

25 min

In China, a leak from a vaccine plant has left thousands of local residents with chronic illness. Nikkei reports that in Northwest China’s Lanzhou city, a biopharmaceutical plant exposed residents to an animal-borne bacterial disease that’s highly contagious and difficult to treat, known as brucellosis. The cause of the outbreak was contaminated exhaust from the Lanzhou Biopharmaceutical Plant, which is under the state-owned China Animal Husbandry Industry. Symptoms of the disease include recurring fever, severe headaches, joint pain, and other symptoms that can last years. Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that the Chinese regime has a database of around 2.4 million people and 650,000 institutions that heavily targets influential people overseas. Financial Review reported that a Chinese military contractor was boasting about spreading disinformation and promoting conflicts. We'll go in-depth into this. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 16

22 min

The Chinese leadership is pushing to create a “fighting mentality” among the Chinese people, with statements from state-run media and from Xi Jinping. Xinhua published an article that recounted a speech from Xi given at the Central Party School titled “Strengthen Fighting Mentality, Reinforce Fighting Capabilities.” In its recounting of Xi’s speech, Xinhua called on the Chinese people to deeply understand what it calls “the great fight.” It wrote “The first impression when reading this article is, the word ‘fighting’ permeates through the entire piece, from top to bottom. The whole article is no more than 2000 words, but the word ‘fight’ appeared 56 times.” We'll be explaining this story and its context in-depth. And China declared that a September 12 launch of its Kuaizhou-1A rocket was a failure. The rocket was carrying a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite that the regime was planning to add into its JiLin-1 satellite system. It reported two hours after the launch that the satellite failed to enter its orbit, and cited abnormal performance. We'll go into why this matters. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 15

28 min

In a recent conference, Xi used a famous slogan from Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement as well as stated “The people of the country are all cheering for ‘hot dry noodles!’” A big explosion broke out at a hotel in South China’s Zhuhai. It is believed that a gas leak caused the explosion. Officials said the local fire department is still investigating the cause of the fire. CCTV news posted on Weibo that local firefighters dispatched multiple teams, more than a dozen fire trucks, and many firefighters came to the rescue. However, CCTV claimed that only 3 people were injured in the explosion. Locals and witnesses said there were more than 200 injured and were sent to the hospital. However official Guangdong newspaper Nanfang Daily said on Weibo that the Propaganda Department of the Doumen District Party Committee denied this claim and said that the Internet police are investigating the source of the rumor. Chinese authorities have always strictly controlled the spread of reports on major fatal incidents and related news on the Internet. And it was 19 years ago today that terrorists launched the attacks on 9/11, and while this is a day of mourning for the United States, it has typically been a day of celebration for the Chinese leadership. This year, however, it has changed its tone, and its mouthpiece news outlets don’t appear to be using it this time in their anti-American propaganda. We'll look into why this is. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 12

26 min

The United States has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese nationals over their alleged links to the Chinese military. Over 60 students holding F-1 visas including postgraduates and undergraduates said in a WeChat group that the notices said they’d have to apply for new visas if they wanted to travel to the United States. Meanwhile, Europe appears to be waking up to the threats of Chinese subversion. The Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, and Politburo Member Yang Jiechi recently visited Europe on a diplomatic tour. But instead of being welcomed, they were criticized by European countries one after another. And the Pentagon views China’s militarized space programs as a serious threat to the United States. Among the technologies it named were anti-satellite missiles and space robots that could destroy US satellites. To get a better idea about the seriousness of space and the US response to it through its Space Force, we’ve invited to speak with us today Brandon Weichert, geopolitical analyst and author of “Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower.” These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 11

27 min

Disney is facing heavy criticism, and the phrase “boycott Mulan” has been trending on Twitter after it emerged that they filmed in Xinjiang. This comes after Disney thanked several Chinese government branches involved in the persecution of Muslim Uyghurs in the end credits of the live-action movie Mulan. This includes a thank you to the Turpan Public Security Bureau in Xinjiang. The Turpan Municipality Public Security Bureau was recently included on the US "Entity List" for its involvement in human rights abuses. Meanwhile, to gain deeper insights into the power struggles within the Chinese leadership, and the culture and thinking among its top leaders, we had the pleasure of speaking with Kay Rubacek of Swoop Films about her new book, “Who Are China’s Walking Dead?” It features personal essays based on exclusive and rare interviews with former Chinese officials, and explains why they refer to themselves as the "walking dead." And in other news, the Chinese government has also now begun using Blockchain to power part of its social credit system. Blockchain is one of the main systems at the heart of the Bitcoin electronic currency, and allows for a type of intranet that can exist between devices. The technology is now being used to extend the government's citizen databases from online monitoring across different provinces in China, so that people can’t escape their citizen profiles when traveling to a different province. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 10

28 min

The local government of China’s Jiangsu Province has launched a new social control system that combines the health code program with the Party's social credit system, to create a new so-called “civilization code.” The system gives each person a civilian score, which ranks them into different levels. And this level is then used by the government to judge who gets priority, or who should be subjected to restrictions or punishments. The system appears to function as an expanded version of the social credit system. It’s being rolled out currently in Suzhou, which is a major city in the province, and will apply to everyone over 18 years old. Currently, it has two active categories to measure people by, based on a ranking system of 1,000 points. And to get a better picture of the China policies of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and of President Donald Trump, we've invited two political strategists. We'll be speaking with Robin Biro, a Democratic strategist who worked as a regional director on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign; and Jason Johnson a Republican political strategist who was the chief strategist for Ted Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign. We'll be going into these topics and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 9

28 min

We’ve been hearing about Xi’s coming purge among Party members, about the regime’s strong-arm tactics in diplomacy, and about its various programs using spies to rob and subvert the west. But what we hear less about is the actual goals of these systems. In its 2020 report to Congress on military and security developments in China, the Pentagon outlined the national strategy of Chinese leaders. It describes the regime’s plans of hiding its true agendas while quietly building capabilities and strengths, its views on the United States as its main strategic competitor, and its goals to build China into a powerful country dictated by socialism. In official propaganda, it latches the identity and the objectives of the government with that of China overall, and so the statement of the “Chinese Dream” means the dream of the communist party. And according to the report, the regime’s national ambitions and statecraft can’t be characterized accurately without considering the communist political system that is “underpinned by the Party’s theory of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and the Party itself as the essential feature.” We'll be taking an in-depth look at this strategy, in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 8

12 min

In Shanghai, police arrested 62 criminal gangs that were manufacturing and selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags. Chinese state news outlet CCTV reported that authorities seized 30 sets of counterfeiting equipment, 2,000 counterfeit bags, and over 100,000 pieces of raw materials. The estimated value of the seized goods was around $14.6 million. These are not normal counterfeits, however. In the knock-off bags were anti-counterfeiting NFC sensor chips that could be scanned with a smartphone, and would redirect people to the official website of Louis Vuitton. The inclusion of the chips is adding to concerns both that chips are being used for illegal purposes in China, and that chips like this could be used for domestic and foreign surveillance. Meanwhile, Chinese leader XI Jinping is pushing a new policy called the five “Never Agrees”. Under this, Xi says the Chinese people will never agree with anyone who attempts to split the Chinese Communist Party from the Chinese people, or impose their will on China. Xi explained the position during an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the victory over Japan in World War II. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 5

26 min

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has placed new restrictions on the ability of Chinese diplomats to move freely in the United States, in response to similar policies on US diplomats by the Chinese regime. The diplomats will now need permission from the US State Department if they want to visit university campuses on US soil, or meet with local government officials. They will also need approval to hold cultural events outside the Chinese embassies and consular posts, if the events have more than 50 attendees. Meanwhile, in China, two additional issues are deepening concerns around food security. In Shandong, a type of wheat disease caused by fungus has damaged close to two million acres of wheat crops, and the situation is reportedly growing worse. It has so far impacted an estimated 123 countries and some farmlands are reporting crop losses of between 30 and 50 percent. Local officials are saying a major wheat disease in Shandong could pose a serious threat to food security. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 4

29 min

Several reports are noting a familiar pattern now taking place in the Chinese leadership that ties back to Mao Zedong and his path to achieving absolute power over the party. Xi Jinping may be looking to bring back something similar to the title of “Chairman” that was established under Mao. This ties to Xi’s new internal purge targeting party members, mainly in the systems of law, and that’s designed openly to mimic the Yan’an rectification movement of 1941 under Mao Zedong, which was the party's bloodiest internal purge. We'll be taking an in-depth look at this. And in Inner Mongolia, where protests are now breaking out over a recent China policy, videos suggest Chinese authorities have responded by sending the military in to quell the unrest. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 3

28 min

The relationship between Russia and China shifted after the Cold War. China, which had been formed under Soviet influence, now plays the dominant role, while Russia and its many leaders who starkly remember the old days, now play the subordinate role. But as Chinese authorities faces internal and external crisis, and as the regime becomes more aggressive on the world stage, how long will this relationship last? In 2008 when both countries saw the US financial crisis, China had determined the decline of the United States had begun, and that it could abandon its narrative of a “peaceful rise.” Soon after, China began its aggressive takeover of the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Russia made a similar move around that time as well, when at the Munich Security Conference in 2007, Russia also set out on a new push to assert its claims over post-Soviet regions, which included Georgia and Ukraine. And in other news, leaked documents from China show how authorities use students in the Belt and Road Initiative and for civil diplomacy. The program uses overseas students and manages the associations under its United Front Work Department, through the Central Committee. The association allegedly has 42 local organizations and 220,000 members. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 2

26 min

A Beijing mansion belonging to movie star Jackie Chan has been seized by authorities and is now being put up for auction. Details are still thin, but some analysts believe Jackie Chan may have been targeted for alleged tax evasion, related to promotions he did from 2006 to 2008 for a land company in Beijing, which paid him 20.6 million renminbi that was directly converted into credit for his purchase. Yet, questions are being raised on why now, given that Jackie Chan’s family lived in the home for 13 years. And why have Beijing authorities seemingly ignored Jackie Chan’s influence in China, Hong Kong, and even in the United States, especially given his relative positive stance on the Chinese leadership, in order to seize and auction his mansion. The move may be related to factional battles within the Party. Jackie Chan’s ties are through the network of former vice chairman Zeng Qinghong, who was under the Jiang Faction. This is the main faction fighting with the faction of Xi Jinping, the current head of the Party. The timing of this move appears to be related to the recent end of the Party's high level Beidaihe meeting, after which Xi Jinping launched new purges targeted areas of society still controlled by the Jiang faction. In this episode of Crossroads, we'll be taking an in-depth look at this story, and more. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Sep 1

27 min

A leaked internal Chinese government inspection report shows that Party leader Xi Jinping was lied to by close to 100 officials in his orders to destroy illegal villas in the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi, which are known as the “dragon vein”. Officials in Shaanxi Province built many luxury villas on the mountains over the past decade, and Xi has given instructions on multiple occasions to have these villas demolished, yet his orders were repeatedly ignored. Then in 2018, Xi sent Xu Lingyi, Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission on Disciplinary Inspection, to the province to carry out investigations. This led to the demolition of the illegal villas, and the purge of several officials. The 20,000-word document obtained by The Epoch Times details the internal reports on the incident from the Xi'an Qinling Office. And it shows that despite all the actions, Xi is still being deceived by local officials across all levels of the government. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 29

21 min

In the South China Sea, the Chinese military sent a threat to the United States by firing four medium-range ballistic missiles into the water. This happened as the Trump administration passed sanctions on 24 Chinese companies for their role in helping the regime build militarized artificial islands in the region. US commander of the Navy fleet in the area, Vice Adm. Scott Conn, responded saying that the US Navy will continue to operate there, and that “Our naval forces are ready to respond to any threat to our allies or partners throughout the region.” Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper published an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, stating that the Pentagon is prepared for threats from the Chinese military, and that the United States and its allies are “ready to defend every front.” These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 28

30 min

Chinese authorities announced plans to remake Mao Zedong’s Rectification Campaign, which was the Party’s bloodiest internal purge. Chen Yixin, Secretary-general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, who also directs the National Political and Legal Affairs Team Education and Rectification Pilot Office announced that the first stage of the campaign has already been completed. The official announcement cites Mao, and states the Chinese government has again started a campaign to purge “corrupt elements” in order to create an “ironclad army” of law enforcement agencies. Mao’s Yan’an Rectification Campaign, which lasted from 1942 to 1945, focused on internal indoctrination in the party to “unify their thinking” and killed an estimated 10,000 in purges mainly focused on party members. The new campaign will look to ensure that police, judges, and state security agents stay unconditionally loyal and in line with party policy, and to Xi Jinping. And while it will function as a party purge, it will also be viewed as Xi proactively fighting corruption in China’s legal systems. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 27

27 min

Chinese authorities are offering rewards of up to 100,000 yuan, or about $14,000, for reporting on activities of people who practice any from a list of over 20 religions that are persecuted in China. The new directive details measures to enhance its state abuses of religions. Issues people can get rewards for reporting include if they see people handing out leaflets or pictures, handing religious banners, and for publishing and printing books that preach religion, among other issues considered crimes by the ruling party. And after footage showed shredding trucks destroying documents at the Chinese consulate in New York, a similar shredding truck has now been photographed outside the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. This is again raising speculation on possible closures of the consulates. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 26

27 min

TikTok is suing the Trump administration over the recent executive order to ban the app’s American operations unless it’s sold to a US company by mid-September. The executive order was introduced over concerns that TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company Bytedance, could share users data with Chinese authorities. Meanwhile, China and Russia are looking to create a financial alliance to get rid of their reliance on the US dollar. This is in the context of both countries facing US sanctions, and China preparing to launch a new digital currency. China's Ministry of Commerce is planning to launch the new currency in 28 urban areas of China, covering around 400 million people. It can promote the currency as a way for other countries to get around US sanctions, but its digital nature will also give local authorities power to monitor transactions beyond the extent of the US dollar. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 25

25 min

In a district of Sichuan Province, there was a suspected gas leak from a chemical plant. Many citizens fled the city, after smelling a strong odor. On August 21, local resident Mr. Zheng told NTD that there was a thick pungent mist in the air in Wutongqiao District for three consecutive days. Colleges and universities in the United States, meanwhile, have received warnings from the US State Department to divest from Chinese holdings in their endowments. Keith Krach, the undersecretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, wrote in a letter that boards of US university endowments “would be prudent to divest” from firms or stocks tied to China. He said this was in the “likely outcome” that the firms may be delisted from US exchanges by the end of next year. He also asked the universities to “strongly consider publicly disclosing to your campus communities immediately,” all the Chinese companies that the university endowments are invested in. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 22

22 min

The Three Gorges Dam is now facing its largest flood peak in history, and for the first time has opened all 11 discharge gates. This is taking place as the dam is under pressure from new flood waves on the Yangtze River at least double the size of the previous, and the current flood wave is at least double that of the previous—which had already raised concerns over whether the dam could hold. In other news, The Epoch Times obtained an internal document from Daqing City’s foreign affairs bureau, which revealed local governments are pushing for a Pioneering Plan that includes the Hundred Talent Plan, a state-level version of the Thousand Talents Program. And The Epoch Times received a leaked secret document from the China National Petroleum Corporation that details orders from China for its front organizations to destroy documents and “go underground.” These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 21

25 min

Chinese leader Xi Jinping made his first appearance in the recent disasters to inspect Anhui, which authorities had previously claimed was “sacrificed” to save other areas from flooding. And discussions around Xi's visit to Anhui quickly turned to whether the disaster victims he met with were actors. When Xi visited a local resident’s house, a woman came out to greet him holding a baby in her arms. Netizens pointed out that this "disaster victim" looked very similar to Yan Jing, the deputy captain of the Funan County Public Security Brigade in Anhui. And how would you like it if you no longer had paper money, and your every purchase was tracked by a centralized bank tied to the government? Well, if China’s new digital currency takes off, this may be the future of cash. We'll take an in-depth look at this. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 20

20 min

In Gansu Province, the floods reached three stories high, and the wooden homes of many villagers collapsed. The province is among the hardest hit by the floods along the Yangtze River, which is already seeing a fifth wave of the floods, despite the fourth wave still not being over. Meanwhile, the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Guo Shuqing, is warning of a potential global financial crisis and is blaming the United States for impacting the US dollar through a Federal Reserve stimulus, and for blacklisting Chinese companies and entities. And in a recent article, Xi Jinping, the head of the communist party in China, said “The foundation of China’s political economy can only be a Marxist political economy, and not be based on other economic theories. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh  

Aug 19

25 min

As the floods continue to sweep China, waters reached two stories high in Chengdu, the capital city of Shanghai Province. And a group of NGOs including human rights organization Safeguard Defenders is calling for a United Nations review whether the practice of Chinese authorities to use torture to extract confessions from prisoners violates international rights and laws. The 11-page submission details 87 forced confessions, and describes how the televised confessions are fabricated, including by dressing detainees in costumes, heavily directing what the individual says, through deceptive editing, and through other means. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh  

Aug 18

28 min

A whistleblower in a Chinese Red Cross scandal has issued a call for help. Jiang Pengyong exposed how the Chinese Red Cross has been reselling virus protective gear that it receives through donations. Jiang said in an interview that he had previously decided to do business with the Chinese Red Cross, and since exposing its crimes he has received death threats, and has been threatened with jail time. Meanwhile, Xi Jinping’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy is getting pushback from hard-liners in the Party leadership, who believe it’s more effective for the regime to use a strategy from former Party leader Deng Xiaoping to “hide our capability and bide our time.” Among Xi’s two main critics are two PLA hawks, including retired Major General Qiao Liang, author of “Unrestricted Warfare”, which proposed a form of unconventional war to dominate other countries by weaponizing open systems including in culture, economy, and ideology. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh  

Aug 15

25 min

There are signs of infighting between CCP leader Xi Jinping, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Epoch Times noted that on July 31, the CCP held an opening ceremony for the initial completion of its Beidou-3 global satellite navigation system, which functions as a Chinese replacement for the US GPS system. When the conference host, Deputy Prime Minister Liu He, read the list of participants, he paused to give Xi Jinping time to accept people’s applause. When Li Keqiang’s turn came up, he stood to accept the applause and pay his respects, yet Liu He quickly moved on to say the names of others present. This was seen as an embarrassment to Li Keqiang, and was seen as something that Liu He would not have dared to do, unless he was ordered by a superior to Li Keqiang. Meanwhile, with the ongoing disasters in China, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, which has deep symbolic significance for China, was flooded on August 12 by torrential rains. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 14

23 min

Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, allegedly sent a veiled message in a recent manifesto suggesting he intends to be leader for life. This was included in a statement on the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, which will be held in Beijing in October. The announcement was carried by the CCP mouthpiece news outlet, Xinhua. It stated that attendees will assess the proposals for the next five year plan, which goes until 2025, and stated they’ll also assess “future targets for 2035.” Nikkei noted that many China watchers took the note about 2035 as a secret code suggesting that Xi intends to stay in power at least for the next 15 years, when he turns 82 -- the same age that Mao Zedong died at. Xi previously did away with term limits. And as the US moves forward to ban the app, the Wall Street Journal has recently discovered that TikTok had been using methods banned by Google, to bypass security safeguards in the Android operating system to collect unique information from millions of mobile devices. It said this data would allow TikTok to track users online without users being able to opt out. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh  

Aug 13

25 min

A bolt of lighting struck the Oriental Pearl Tower amid torrential rains in Shanghai. A video posted online showed the lightning strike, which had many other lightning bolts around it. Meanwhile, the Chinese regime is moving military vehicles and equipment within range of Taiwan, as authorities increase their posturing, and amid reports it was planning to take a Taiwan-held island under the cover of an upcoming military exercise. And as Chinese telecom company Huawei admits that it has run out of chips as it feels the weight of US sanctions, state hackers have been going all out to steal chip designs. A newly-exposed campaign of cyberspies allegedly stole source code, chip designs, and other information from Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 12

22 min

China’s censorship programs for Hollywood films was exposed in an Aug. 5 report from PEN America. The 94-page report exposes how major Hollywood studios and top directors are basing their filming decisions on the directives of the CCP. Meanwhile, on the morning of August 10th, the Hong Kong police arrested Jimmy Lai, the founder of Next Digital which publishes the pro-democracy local news outlet Apple Daily. Jimmy Lai has been a vocal supporter of the pro-democracy movement. Afterwards, Next Digital’s stock price dropped, then soared 344 percent. After hearing the news of Lai’s arrest, many people in Hong Kong stepped up to buy shares of his company to show their support. And Chinese telecom company Huawei is now reeling from the ban of sale on chips. Huawei executives have now publicly stated that they’ve run out of cell phone chips. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh  

Aug 11

24 min

The Department of Treasury has imposed sanctions on Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and 10 other individuals for “for undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly of the citizens of Hong Kong.” Meanwhile, the Chinese consulate in New York is destroying documents on a large scale. Around noon on August 6, two shredding trucks from a company, “USA shred” were seen parked in front of the gate of the Chinese Consulate in New York, and videos showed them destroying bins of files for consulate workers. And in other news, the US ban on TikTok is now going through, and will now include a partial ban on WeChat as well. President Donald Trump signed executive orders to ban US companies from transactions with the parent companies of these two Chinese social media apps, that is Bytedance and Tencent Holdings, respectively, on the grounds of national security concerns. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 8

25 min

North Korean newspaper "Daily NK" quoted a source stating the explosion appeared to be from a gas leak from a home’s liquid gasoline tank, and the fires spread to dozens of nearby houses. The source said that the serial fire caused by the gas explosion burned residential houses for about an hour, and the entire multi-family community was completely scorched in the explosion. Given the restrictive nature of reporting in North Korea, the true cause and scale of the explosion is still unknown. And the typhoon is now hitting the city of Shanghai, where heavy rains have disrupted traffic, and led to pooling of water up to nearly four feet deep. Winds were estimated at around 85 miles per hour at the typhoon’s epicenter. More than 600 flights in Shanghai were disrupted, and travel by train, ferry, and bus has also been disrupted. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 7

24 min

The typhoons now hitting China have brought attention to another disaster: the infamous “tofu buildings.” The phrase is meant to suggest buildings have the structural integrity of tofu, and is often used when shoddy construction is exposed in China -- often a product of Party officials embezzling construction funds, low quality construction materials, and other issues. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, police issued an arrest warrant for a US citizen, as the Chinese regime cracks down on pro-democracy activists. This is after China implemented sweeping new national security laws that extends mainland Chinese law into the formerly autonomous Hong Kong, and through that, the rest of the world. And the China has entered a wartime state, with air rad drills, billboards alerting former military staff of possible conscription, and military shows to rally people behind the Party. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 6

24 min

There was an explosion near Wuhan, China, which killed six people and injured four on August 3. The explosion was at a chemical factory in Xiantao City. Videos of the fire showed a tower of black smoke over the building, and additional video footage showed the impact of the blast. The case of the incident is being investigated. Meanwhile, with the two typhoons that have made landfall in China, and one is now moving towards Shanghai. Already, Shanghai's two major airports have cancelled 572 inbound and outbound flights, many lines of ferries have been suspended, as well as lines of buses and trains. Scenic sites have also been temporarily closed, and outdoor movie screenings in 7 commercial districts have been cancelled. And the US embassy in Beijing is holding an auction to sell off items including furniture and electrical appliances. Videos showed many people lined up at the auction site, and the auction itself raised questions over whether it might be a sign of further breaks in diplomatic relations between China and the United States. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 5

23 min

Areas in Eastern China were evacuated over typhoon warnings, and it could impact parts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Shanghai, and elsewhere. Chinese state media reports that the Ministry of Emergency Management warned of heavy rains in parts of southern China from August 1 to August 6. Meanwhile, a recent finding with stores of Chinese corn is deepening concerns about a possible food crisis in China. In early July, a video revealing corn quality issues in the Zhaodong Depot, which is a direct deposit warehouse branch of the China Grain Reserves Corp. has been circulating online. The corn being stored there can be "crushed between fingers into powder, and there is a thick layer of dust and impurities on them." And we speak with retired brigadier General Robert Spalding on China’s hostile politics against the United States. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 4

27 min

China has upgraded its systems of control in Xinjiang, where cities are now being placed on lockdown amid new outbreaks of the new coronavirus. In Urumqi city, Chinese officials are not only locking down residential communities but have even begun locking down individual houses. Meanwhile, China is being accused of launching cyber espionage attacks against the Vatican, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and other organizations related to the Catholic Church. The attacks come just ahead of an expected September renewal of the 2018 China-Vatican provisional agreement. And Google is being criticized for dropping an AI project that could have helped US troops, while keeping a similar program with a Chinese university that could benefit the Chinese military. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Aug 1

24 min

Locusts coming into China from abroad may become a new norm, according to a July 27 statement from the China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The Ministry only emphasized that locusts invaded China from abroad, but didn’t explain that the locust plague is already ravaging many parts of China. It’s claiming the issue is “preventable and controllable.” Meanwhile, The Washington Times published an exclusive report, alleging the Trump administration is preparing to order China to reduce its diplomats in the United States to levels equal to the number of US diplomats in China. And, Chinese propaganda attempting to rile up sentiments about the US threat and war preparations don’t appear to be taking hold among many Chinese people. RFA reports that while the Chinese leadership is holding nuclear defense drills, launching anti-American propaganda, and using other measures, the Chinese people no longer appear to be buying into it. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 31

23 min

During the first virus outbreak in China, concerns began to spread about possible food shortages. This included an alleged leaked government memo that caused panic buying. And now with the floods, locusts, the swine flu, and another virus outbreak now spreading, there are signs that food supplies are becoming an issue. Meanwhile, in Beijing a strange anomaly was seen. Despite it being a hot summer day on July 28, it began snowing. The scene was captured on video by many residents. And India, Australia, and Japan are coming together with the United States to form a new alliance against China among Indo-Pacific powers. This included naval drills last week between the four nations, which were accompanied by the United States declaring China's claims to the South China Sea are illegal; and backing of other alliance members on the same line. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 30

24 min

With concerns growing over a possible collapse of the Three Gorges Dam, where authorities have opened all water discharge gates amid heavy flooding in China, several issues with the dam are coming to light. We'll take an in-depth look at these. Meanwhile, with the ongoing floods in China, the third wave of the floods passed through the city of Chongqing on July 27, and the water levels in the Yangtze River and the Jialing River have continued to rise. And Xi Jinping may have sent a veiled message by making a visit to the Siping Battle Memorial Hall. He visited the memorial on July 22, which pays tribute to the decisive battle for Siping City in 1947 and 1948, between the communist party and the nationalist Koumintang. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 29

22 min

The city of Yining was reportedly shut down in the middle of night. This is the second city in Xinjiang province that has been shutdown, with the other city being Urumqi. While Urumqi city has been placed on lockdown, the number of confirmed virus cases is continuing to rise. According to a report from the Xinjiang Uyghur Health Commission, since July 26, there have been 41 newly confirmed CCP virus cases in the Xinjiang Uyghur area (including Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps), all of which were in Urumqi. 38 out of the 41 new cases were asymptomatic, and there are now 8795 people under observation. And of course, keep in mind the CCP has repeatedly played down its numbers. The Yangtze River is currently experiencing its second wave flood, which is worse than the first. Waters from this second wave flood have just passed the Three Gorges Dam and are still moving downstream. And now, an official announcement is saying the a third wave flood has formed upstream on the Yangtze River. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 28

23 min

Concerns over the integrity of the Three Gorges Dam are mounting after a video went viral simulating the destruction that could happen if the dam were to collapse. Meanwhile, after the US ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, the Chinese regime retaliated by telling the US to close its consulate in Chengdu. The US Consulate in Chengdu opened in 1985 and currently has more than 200 employees, of whom about 150 are Chinese hired locally. And Republican Senator Josh Hawley is going to introduce a bill that will hold US companies accountable for having slave labor in their supply chains—which could be a major blow against the Chinese government, which runs labor camps using religious dissidents. Hawley said in a statement, “If corporate America wants to be the face of social change today, they should have to certify they are completely slave-free.” These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 25

25 min

Tibet was hit by 7 earthquakes in a single day on July 23, mainly ranging from 3.6 to 4.8 magnitude, but with the highest being a 6.6 magnitude earthquake. This follows two recent earthquakes in Tibet and one in Xinjiang. Meanwhile, The College Board, which develops the SAT test materials, is being called out for its ties to China's Confucius Institutes. The National Pulse published an exclusive story, that the US College Entrance Exam Board “is helping to embed Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institutes in American high schools, granting the Chinese government the ability to dictate what is taught in classrooms." And, the Chinese Consulate in Houston was ordered by the US government on July 22 to close and was given 72 hours to do so. We take an in-depth look at what was said around the closure, and how these may relate to common spy activities run out of Chinese consulates. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 24

24 min

Close to 200,000 homes were flooded in four villages and towns in WangJiaBa of Anhui Funan County, after another dam opened its floodgates to full discharge on July 20. This comes after authorities in the same area blasted the Chuhe dike to discharge flood waters. Meanwhile, the US government has ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston to close within three days, under suggestions it was involved in intellectual property theft and private information on Americans. And The Washington Free Beacon is now pointing out that a US think tank has strong financial ties to China’s Huawei. We look into this think tank, and how Chinese authorities have actively subverted think tanks in the United States and around the world. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 23

26 min

As floods continue in southern and central China, in the north, China is facing droughts. And this, combined with locusts, is furthering the risk of food shortages. Many areas currently being hit by floods and droughts are among China’s top regions for growing grains. For rice farmers, Chinese state reports say harvests are plentiful, but local interviews and reporting show they had almost no harvest in the early season, and substantially reduced harvests in the mid and late seasons. Meanwhile, on July 21 earthquakes hit in Tibet and Xinjiang. There was a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in Bomi County of Linzhi City of Tibet; and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Yutian County of Xinjiang. This was followed by another 4.1 earthquake, also in Bomi county of Tibet. And a former member of China’s internet police has come forward to reveal state censorship operations on major Chinese social media applications. The individual, Liu Lipeng, spoke with The Epoch Times about his former work, after immigrating to California. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 22

24 min

A second wave of floods on the Yangtze River formed on its upper reaches on July 17, and this next wave is expected to bring worse floods than the first. It’s already impacting the Three Gorges Dam, and flood discharge from the dam has intensified flooding in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. There are already 16 hydrological stations in the Dongting Lake area that have exceeded water levels; and 81 embankments have also exceeded their warning levels. Meanwhile, the CCP has placed the capital city of Xinjiang, Urumqi, under a “wartime state” to allegedly contain the virus. Official reports claim that by July 18 there have been 17 confirmed virus cases and 23 asymptomatic cases, although numbers from the CCP have proven untrustworthy in the past. July 20 marks 21 years since the Chinese Communist Party launched its persecution against Falun Gong, we speak to Levi Browde, executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center, a human rights organization. These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 21

24 min

A second wave of floods is expected from the Yangtze River in China. At Wuhu Station on the river, the waters had reached 41.2 feet, which surpasses the highest alarm level by 4.5 feet, and is just less than a foot away from being its highest water level recorded in history. Meanwhile, with the virus, Urumqi City of Xinjiang has been shut down as cases of the new coronavirus have allegedly begun to surge. Local traffic has already been shut down, and 90 percent of flights have been canceled. And in Detroit, ICE officials in Homeland Security Investigations seized a web domain operated by China, LafoAuto.com, in an international investigation into arms trafficking. A statement from ICE says “HSI determined that more than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts.” These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 18

20 min

Chinese state media were exposed for publishing a fake video of a heroic disaster rescue by communist party members. The video shows 15 “party members” of a rescue unit of the Chinese Air Force jump into chest-high water to stop water from being released from the Ganjiang River in Nanchang, Jiangxi. However, the truth of the footage was quickly revealed: it was a video from June showing a practice exercise by a different rescue team in Zhengzhou of Henan in the Enshi Grand Canyon of Hubei. Many Chinese netizens lashed out at the fake reports, calling them “shameless.” Meanwhile, after close to 600,000 Hong Kong residents voted in primary polls for democracy candidates, which was seen as a vote against the new National Security Laws, local authorities declared that the vote was “illegal,” and that local authorities are now launching an investigation. They claimed the vote was intended as being against government legislation, which could be a violation of the new National Security Laws that forbid dissent. And residents in Xihongmen town, in the suburbs of Beijing, recently fought with police about having to pay for new entry passes to their village. These entry passes are part of a new system enacted by the government to monitor people’s movements in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads. ⭕️ Subscribe for updates : http://bit.ly/CrossroadsYT ⭕️ Donate to support our work: https://www.bestgift.tv/crossroads ⭕️ Join Patreon to Support Crossroads: https://www.patreon.com/Crossroads_Josh

Jul 17

24 min

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