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• The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has published an FAQ and a list related to Executive Order (E.O.) 13959, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies”. The Trump administration has strengthened and refined this executive order barring U.S. investors from buying any financial products of Chinese military-controlled companies.
o Wikipedia: The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is a financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department. Under Presidential national emergency powers, OFAC carries out its activities against foreign states as well as a variety of other organizations and individuals, like terrorist groups, deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security.
o The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seems to be regarded as a terrorist organization. Otherwise, it will not be the OFAC to announce the sanctions list.
o This bill will put the state-owned Chinese banks in a dilemma.
• The CCP media has just published an article responding to Lu De Media’s comments about Xi and Putin’s New Year conversation on December 28.
• According to Mr. Lu De’s intel, Xi must undergo surgery in the next 10 days based on his current condition.
o Mr. Lu De discloses more details about Xi-Putin’s New Year conversation on December 28. o Putin recommended several neurologists to Xi.
o Xi told Putin not to worry about his health.
o Xi has promised that Putin would receive 30 billion dollars in 20 days. If Xi’s not able to be recovered from the surgery, the National Crisis Management Office controlled by his brother, Xi Yuan Ping, will take care of it. And Xi asked his wife, Peng Liyuan, to oversee his brother. Mutual mistrust is the fatal flaw of a highly centralized system.
• The U.S. is imposing restrictions on CCP entities and officials that help Communist China surveil and persecute its people, steal trade secrets, and bully other nations in the South China Sea.
• The U.S. also announced visa restrictions against officials in China’s United Front Work Department (UFWD), which directs CCP propaganda operations abroad and intimidates those who oppose the party’s policies.