Cuba, Pick a Lane

Hurricane Irma has reportedly caused extensive damage in the Caribbean, including Cuba. Yet whatever damage Irma may have caused in Cuba, it pales in comparison to what socialism has been inflicting since 1959 on the Cuban people and the Western Hemisphere. There is chatter about sending U.S. assistance to help the storm-ravaged Caribbean region. In …

Chinese Company Pays Fine for U.S.-Iran Sanctions Violations

China’s leading off-shore energy drilling contractor settled a case with the U.S. government last week that could have resulted in fines of $13,750,000. In what amounts to a slight tap, not even a slap on the wrists, a series of factors resulted in the fine reduced to $415,350. According to the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), COSL …

Congress Seeks to ‘Beef Up’ CFIUS Review Process, Add Food Security

United States Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are supposed to introduce legislation today that will add food security to a process used by the federal government to review foreign acquisition of U.S. companies. Had this variable been in effect in 2013, the Chinese acquisition of the Virginia-headquartered Smithfield Foods Inc – …

Mandatory Denaturalization Should be Considered for Export Control Law Violators

It’s four years in the federal slammer for an American caught conspiring to export to Communist China a very pricey weaponized drone as well as jet fighter engines. In my book, she got off too easy. According to a Justice Department press release, Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego: According to evidence presented at trial, between approximately …

Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts

Access to the U.S. market is a privilege, not a right. Foreign investment in the United States, access to our financial system, and, especially, immigration are regulated by the federal government for a reason: it is not, and should never be, one big free for all.  For example, foreign investment in the United States is generally a …

China and Smithfield Virginia, Follow Up

One of the most popular items on this blog is a 2013 post about a Chinese company purchasing Smithfield, the largest meat processing company in the world. A long-time Virginia company, its headquarters are located in the Tidewater region of the commonwealth. The blog post still generates weekly hits, about half from China. I also receive e-mail about it every now and …

Around the Americas

Government of Peru Told by Hedge Fund, Pay Your Bills and forget about Peruvian laws to protect your interests. US Commerce Secretary Pritzker Goes to Cuba – an embargoed country – to ‘promote US trade’. Odd eh? Next stop, North Korea. Former Argentine Spy Chief allegedly linked to the murder of Iranian terrorist hunter and prosecutor may be hiding in …

Trouble Brewing in Nicaragua

If an American corporation engaged in unlawful property confiscations in rural areas of Nicaragua, with the full cooperation of the Nicaraguan military, it would be front page news at the New York Times and other progressive news organizations. The international NGO network would see to it and then some. However, since it involves a left-wing Sandinista government …

Chen Guangcheng: China ‘Many Times More Dangerous’ Than ISIS

Here’s a brief item you may have missed in the news since the mainstream media did not give it the time of day. It is a true and sober reminder that there are many global issues that require U.S. leadership. Last week at the Heritage Foundation, a leading Chinese human rights activist and attorney, Chen Guangcheng, said something …

Morning Musings

When I was a young one, pre-teen, and growing up in the big city of Miami, if I came home before sunset during the summer time my family would look at me funny. ‘Go back out, you’re too clean,’ they’d say. These days my parents would likely end up in jail for doing that. Don’t believe …

Morning Musings

The White House is reportedly redacting a 6,800 page CIA report detailing how the United States went about extracting vital information from bad people who wanted kill Americans. The document should never see the light day, much less released on or about Independence Day as Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) suggested in a recent POLITICO interview. …

Morning Musings

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Feinstein blasts critics of NSA phone program and details how al-Qaeda has metastasized, while “reform” advocates fear legislation being gutted. Be careful what you say in Washington, DC restaurants. Through years, some of my best political leads have come from politicos talking too loud at area eateries. According to the Washington Free …

Chinese Nationals Not Beaming Up, Anytime Soon

The U.S. government appears to have reached a few preliminary conclusions about what export control laws apply to the Virgin Galactic program, and likely much of the future civilian space services industry. And, not surprisingly, Chinese nationals need not apply for the $250,000 Virgin Galactic adventure … unless you’re creative enough to use immigration laws …

US Defense Tech and Know-how: What China Can’t Legally Buy, It Steals.

Maybe I’m just a little old school, but U.S. taxpayers deserve better than Made-in-China parts in America’s most technologically advanced weapon systems. But wait, there are also a few laws that prohibit U.S. defense manufacturing in places such as China — an economic competitor as well as military adversary. According to several recent news reports, …

China-Nicaragua Canal, News to Many Nicaraguans

There have been news reports floating around the web for some time now about a canal that the Chinese government allegedly wants to build in Nicaragua. The latest articles were published in the UK’s Daily Mail and the Daily Caller. Yet when I ask non-Sandinista Nicaraguan political types about it, they insist that there is …

Uncle Sam Has a Little Company On the Moon, China Lands Space Probe

China made a little history yesterday. It became the third country ever to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. Only the United States and the Soviets have done so. Accompanying the lunar module is a rover named Jade Rabbit. JR is reportedly loaded with experiments and going to probe a particular section of the …

Smithfield Hams, Made in Virginia (Owned by the Chinese Government)

Running out of quality bacon is a clear and present danger to the United States.  At least it should be. Barely any Virginia politician has a said word — good or bad — about the acquisition of Smithfield by Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, majority shareholder of mainland China’s largest meat processing enterprise, Henan Shuanghui Development. Yet, why …

Future Food Insecurity, the Coming China Chicken Fiasco

Last time you walked through the produce section at your local grocer, ever stop and look at the origin of the produce? Depending on the time of the year and the region of the country, you think there would be a lot of locally-grown foods. Well, it depends. There seems to be an increasing number …

Congressional Committee Report Raises Concerns Over Chinese Economic Activity in the U.S.

A key national security committee of the US Congress published a bipartisan report yesterday that raises various public policy and legal questions related to Chinese economic activity in the US. The target companies argue the report is an exercise in protectionism. The government says it is focused national security. Analyzing solely the responses from both …

Great to Own in Property in America, in China …

Chinese Official Orders Death of Villager over a land dispute If the government wants to take away your land to make way for economic development, what should it do? In this country, the government tries to buy you out. If that fails, legal action (and sometimes not very well thought out legal decisions). In China, …