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Italy Becomes Latest Nation To Experiment With The Social Credit System From Communist China To Force Behavior Modification On Its Citizens

“These practices, if poorly developed or used, can lead to serious limitations on, and violations of, citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as discriminatory practices, which are also achieved through technological means, such as ‘social credit’ systems (or social scoring),” reads a Privacy Network online statement. Others have noted that social credit apps, “if poorly developed or used, can lead to serious limitations on, and violations of, citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as discriminatory practices.” Nowhere have the dangers of this practice been more evident than in China, where social credit scores affect citizens’ ability to travel, education, employment, and even welfare support.

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The city of Bologna, Italy, has announced a Social Credit pilot program to reward “virtuous” citizens for recycling, taking public transportation, and curbing energy usage.

It’s a funny thing about Communist China, every one is always talking about the “evils of Communism” on one hand, and on the other promoting and supporting it. Take Disney for example, they have no problem filming a live-action ‘Mulan’ movie less than a mile away from Chinese concentration camps that hold the Uyghur Muslims. Same goes for Nike that uses Chinese slave labor to make their overpriced plastic sneakers. The NBA agrees to stay silent on the atrocities because they makes in revenue from games and merch, and on and on it goes.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Revelation 16:12 (KJB)

But one of the nastiest things to come out of China in relationship to end times prophecy, is their draconian Social Credit System that rewards or punishes you based on how “friendly” you are to the regime. You would think that this being a byproduct of Communist China that it would be easy to shoot down and discredit. So why are so many nations, including America, working to implement a social credit system in their respective nations? That dirty old Mark of the Beast is surely coming.

Italy to Pilot Social Credit System for ‘Climate-Friendly’ Behavior

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The program, which has been likened to China’s social credit system, is slated to go into effect in September, 2022, using a “smart citizen wallet” app for cell phones.

“In September, we will start with a pilot project for the city: at the center is the virtuous citizen, the one who, for example, separates waste well or does not waste energy, or uses public transport and does not receive fines, or actively uses the Bologna Welcome Card,” announced Massimo Bugani, councilor for the city’s digital agenda and civic use of data, at a press conference late last month.

“The municipality will assign such citizens a score as part of a reward system with economic benefits to individual users,” Bugani explained.

Citizens will have access to their rating, which can be improved by earning points that they may then “spend” on prizes such as rebates and cultural activities as a reward for their “virtuous behavior.”

Bugani stated that the app was part of a broader initiative by the city of Bologna to engage in digital innovation. “What we call a new ‘water system’ for the city is being built,” he said, adding that in coming years “many services will go digital in Italy; we have an ambitious project here that is built on solid foundations.”

Although Bugani has insisted that participation in the program will be voluntary, he has expressed his confidence that many will enroll.

Critics of the program, such as the Italian tech firm Privacy Network, which specialized in digital privacy, have warned of the legal, ethical, and societal implications of such apps.

“These practices, if poorly developed or used, can lead to serious limitations on, and violations of, citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as discriminatory practices, which are also achieved through technological means, such as ‘social credit’ systems (or social scoring),” reads a Privacy Network online statement.

Others have noted that social credit apps, “if poorly developed or used, can lead to serious limitations on, and violations of, citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as discriminatory practices.” Nowhere have the dangers of this practice been more evident than in China, where social credit scores affect citizens’ ability to travel, education, employment, and even welfare support. READ MORE

China’s Social Credit System

In the past, the Social Credit System existed only in the world of science fiction. In the present, it’s happening in China. In the near future, it might become a reality right here in the West — unless we take a stand against it. Here’s what you need to know about the global Social Credit System.

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The Chinese Military Deploys Forces To Surround The Island Of Taiwan For What Looks Like A ‘Dress Rehearsal’ For Upcoming Actual Invasion

On Monday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced its Eastern Theater Command organized maritime, aerial, conventional missile and other forces around Taiwan and carried out drills around the island from Friday to Sunday.

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The military in China deployed forces all around the island of Taiwan over the weekend in a set of large-scale military drills that one Chinese military analyst called a ‘dress rehearsal’ of possible real action.

While here in America, as the folks in Washington DC are bracing themselves for the upcoming ‘Red Wave’ of the Midterms elections, an actual Red wave has surrounded the island of Taiwan in what analysts are calling a ‘dress rehearsal’ for China to launch an actual invasion. If China is ever going to do it, doing it while pretend president Joe Biden is in office is the key to successfully attacking Taiwan. Why do you think Russia waited until Biden was in to attack Ukraine? Remember Afghanistan? But I digress.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Revelation 16:12 (KJB)

We stopped counting at day 777, but if we were still counting, today is Day 786 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve, and end times events are proceeding apace exactly as they should be. China invading Taiwan is not a matter of ‘if’, only a matter a ‘when’, and as the long, hot and upcoming ‘Summer of Blood’ begins to assemble itself to distract Americans here at home, Russia and gas prices are doing a great job of providing distraction on a global scale. Speaking of Ukraine, when’s the last time you heard of a ‘war zone’ hosting s rock concert? It’s all theater, kiddies, but with a deadly finale.

China surrounds Taiwan for massive invasion ‘rehearsal’ drills

FROM AMERICAN MILOTARY NEWS: On Monday, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced its Eastern Theater Command organized maritime, aerial, conventional missile and other forces around Taiwan and carried out drills around the island from Friday to Sunday. The Eastern Theater Command said the drills were intended “to test and improve the joint operations capability of multiple services and arms.”

While Taiwan governs itself as an independent nation, China considers the island a part of its territory and Chinese officials have repeatedly discussed “reunification” with the island, including by means of military force.

“In preparation of and a possible real action of military conflict in the Taiwan Straits, all PLA forces will play their roles, as they will surround the entire island, seal it off and launch effective strikes,” Song said according to Global Times.

The Chinese state-run Global Times publication reported maritime, aerial, conventional missile and “other forces” participated in the drills around Taiwan. During the drills, China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier deployed east of the island while a large number of Chinese aircraft and warships carried out drills to the island’s west.

The Ministry of National Defence for the Republic of China (the formal name of the Taiwanese government) documented several instances of Chinese military aircraft entering its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the course of the three-day exercise. 12 Chinese fighter jets, two bombers and four other Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Friday. Two bombers and three other aircraft entered Taiwan’s ADIZ on Saturday. Two more aircraft entered the ADIZ on Sunday. China flies military aircraft into Taiwan’s ADIZ on a near-daily basis.

Song Zhongping, a Chinese mainland military analyst told the Chinese state publication that the PLA’s drills were “like a rehearsal of  possible real action.” Song noted the participation of air and naval forces, but noted the seeming lack of amphibious landings and actions by ground forces during the drills. READ MORE

China Surrounds Taiwan With Warships and Airplanes In Stunning Aggression

The PLA has carried out another round of drills near Taiwan. Chinese warships and planes surrounded the island. They conducted a partial rehearsal of “a possible reunification-by-force operation”. Is China preparing to invade Taiwan?

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KINGS OF THE EAST: China Now Has 3 Fully Militarized Artificial Islands In The Philippines In Largest Military Buildup To Take Place Since WWII

The three artificial islands were built on Mischief Reef, Subi Reef, and Fiery Cross Reef, territories belonging to the Spratly Islands, an archipelago legally under the territory of the Philippines. China’s presence on the islands is illegal regardless of the nature of its construction there. “I think over the past 20 years we’ve witnessed the largest military buildup since World War II by the PRC,” Aquilino said, noting that China appeared to have “advanced all their capabilities and that buildup of weaponization is destabilizing to the region.”

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U.S. Indo-Pacific commander Adm. John C. Aquilino told the Associated Press in an interview published on Sunday that China had fully militarized three artificial islands built in the territory of the Philippines as part of ‘the largest military buildup since World War II.’

While Russia may be grabbing all the headlines recently, do not think for a moment that Iran and China are not ramping up for some serious military action. Just last month, Two Iranian drones shot down over Iraq by American fighter jets were set to explode in Israeli territory. China, for their part, is slowly but surely preparing to seize Taiwan just as Russia has been attempting to take control of Ukraine.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Revelation 16:12 (KJB)

The very first story we published on January 1, 2020, was about the historic joint war games that were held between Russia, Iran and China in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”, and was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the region. Here on Day 736 of 15 Days To Flatten the Curve, it’s no surprise that we are still talking about Russia, China and Iran, and not only that, the very real possibility of WWIII.

U.S. Admiral: Beijing Armed South China Sea Islands in ‘Largest Military Buildup Since WWII’

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The three artificial islands were built on Mischief Reef, Subi Reef, and Fiery Cross Reef, territories belonging to the Spratly Islands, an archipelago legally under the territory of the Philippines. China’s presence on the islands is illegal regardless of the nature of its construction there. China claims nearly the entirety of the South China Sea, including territory belonging to the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei, as well as waters off the coast of Indonesia. In 2016, the Philippines won a lawsuit against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague in which the court ruled that China had no legal right to be present in the disputed territories, including the three reefs Aquilino discussed this weekend.

Chinese officials called the ruling a “farce” and ignored it; the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly refused to seek enforcement of the ruling.

The Chinese government seized the three reefs – as well as several others in another chain, the Paracel Islands, disputed by the Philippines and Vietnam – and built artificial islands that Beijing claims are necessary for weather research and surveillance. Chinese dictator Xi Jinping asserted in 2015 that China would not “pursue militarization” in the Spratly Islands.

Extensive evidence since the completion of the artificial islands, including statements from the Chinese government, has suggested that Xi did not adhere to his promise. According to the Associated Press, Aquilino described the three artificial islands as equipped with completed “missile arsenals, aircraft hangars, radar systems and other military facilities.”

“The function of those islands is to expand the offensive capability of the PRC [China] beyond their continental shores,” the outlet quoted the admiral as saying. “They can fly fighters, bombers plus all those offensive capabilities of missile systems.”

The facilities, he warned, “threaten all nations who operate in the vicinity and all the international sea and airspace.”

“I think over the past 20 years we’ve witnessed the largest military buildup since World War II by the PRC,” Aquilino said, noting that China appeared to have “advanced all their capabilities and that buildup of weaponization is destabilizing to the region.”

Multiple American presidential administrations have warned since at least 2015 that the Chinese Communist Party was seeking to build illegal military facilities in the South China Sea. The Chinese government has enthusiastically denied any plans to militarize the region for years. Xi Jinping himself denied such a plan in 2015 while visiting the White House.

“Relevant construction activities that China are undertaking in the Nansha [Spratly] Islands do not target or impact any country, and China does not intend to pursue militarization,” Xi said.

Shortly before Xi’s visit in September of that year, the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, more specifically claimed that the construction in the region was necessary for civilian purposes.

“The construction of infrastructure for observation and communication is the first step towards enhancing and improving marine meteorological monitoring, warning, forecasting, prediction and scientific research,” Chinese Academy of Engineering representative Ding Yihui told the People’s Daily at the time.

Satellite images of the Spratly Islands indicated as early as 2017 that China was reinforcing its illegal claims in the region with military assets. That year, images of the three reefs Aquilino identified as fully militarized this week showed the presence of what appeared to be surface-to-air missile launch sites. The next year, as construction of the islands concluded, China began admitting to military activity in the region. The PLA announced in June of that year that it had engaged in military drills involving “target drones” in the South China Sea, without specifying where. The exercises followed formal military activities in the general area of the South China Sea in March. READ MORE

Artificial Islands Made By China Are Being Used By Beijing As Strategic Bases In The South China Sea

Places where no landmass was visible until a few years ago, there now stands a man-made island. Satellite images and reports reveal that Beijing has been quietly developing concrete structures on these islands. Experts say China has been developing these islands as a part of its strategy to control the international waters. Since 2014, China has been secretly, building artificial islands in the South China sea. The islands are being used to bolster China’s military capability in the Pacific Ocean.

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Crazy End Times Alliance Of Emmanuel Macron, Xi From Communist China And The Rising Military Might Of Germany In Talks Over Russia Ukraine Invasion

Stop me if you heard this one. Communist leader Xi Jinping walks into a bar and has a drink with man of sin Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is ramping up his war machine, to discuss how to best resolve the Russian invasion of Ukraine crisis. Haha! Get it yet? No? Oh that’s right, it’s only funny if you know your King James Bible and understand the prophecy written therein about the end times which have now come upon us here on now Day 722 Of 15 Days To Flatten the Curve.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping had a virtual summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday in Beijing, supporting France and Germany in promoting a balanced, effective and sustainable European security framework for the interests and lasting security of Europe.

Stop me if you heard this one. Communist leader Xi Jinping walks into a bar and has a drink with man of sin Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is ramping up his war machine, to discuss how to best resolve the Russian invasion of Ukraine crisis. Haha! Get it yet? No? Oh that’s right, it’s only funny if you know your King James Bible and understand the prophecy written therein about the end times which have now come upon us here on now Day 722 Of 15 Days To Flatten the Curve.

For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.” Isaiah 28:21,22 (KJB)

The Bible calls what’s coming the LORD’s ‘strange act’, and doctrinally that will take place in the time of Jacob’s trouble during the great Tribulation. But since all dispensations are overlapping, the closing moments of the Church Age are now being overlapped by the incoming time of Jacob’s trouble, and we are watching everything being put in place for that time period. The illustration I like to use is when I was at my brother’s wedding in 2016, and we have the main reception hall with about 180 people. Off in the distance, in the other reception room, I was able to see the servers setting that room up for a wedding reception that I was not invited to. I would not be attending it, but was able to watch it being established. That is how you need to think of the time we now find ourselves in. We who are saved will be removed in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, and while we wait for Flight #777 to take off, we are watching the incoming dispensation ‘set the table’. Amen, are you ready for what comes next? It’s almost here.

Xi-Macron-Scholz talks inject new hope for solving Ukraine crisis, show China and Europe share security interests

FROM CHINA GLOBAL TIMES: Xi emphasized the need to jointly support the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, while encouraging the two sides to maintain the momentum of negotiations and calling for maximum restraint to prevent a massive humanitarian crisis.

Experts said that the latest talks between Chinese and European leaders showed that China and Europe share similar stances and interests on the Ukraine situation, signaling that the two sides can effectively coordinate and cooperate on solving the Ukraine crisis and injecting new hope for an endgame of this crisis. As China also shares strategic mutual trust with Russia, it is expected to play a constructive role in helping tackle the current crisis, experts said.

The virtual meeting was held on the heels of the third round of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, which reportedly ended with no major moves toward ending the 12-day military operation. The latest talks among the leaders of China, France and Germany were about a week after Xi held a crucial phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Xi stressed that the current situation in Ukraine is worrisome, and China is deeply grieved by the outbreak of war again on the European continent.

China maintains that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter must be fully observed, the legitimate security concerns of all countries must be taken seriously, and all efforts that are conducive to the peaceful settlement of the crisis must be supported, Xi said, noting that the pressing task at the moment is to prevent the tense situation from escalating or even getting out of control.

“The Xi-Putin conversation has played an active role in pushing forward the Russia-Ukraine negotiations, and I believe that Xi’s virtual meeting with the French and German leaders would encourage the European side to have direct dialogue with Russia,” Cui Hongjian, director of the Department of European Studies at the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The essence of the crisis would eventually affect the security of Europeans themselves, so the further escalation of the Ukraine crisis would hinder local governance in Europe, Cui noted. Given the recent sanctions imposed by France and Germany against Russia, relations have become tense, which only makes the situation more complex, he said.

Although major European countries like Germany and France support economic sanctions against Russia, the sanctions would eventually hurt the continent itself, given that some key sectors of Europe such as oil and gas are highly dependent on Russia’s exports, according to media reports. Relevant sanctions will affect global finance, energy, transportation and stability of supply chains, and dampen the global economy which is already ravaged by the pandemic. This is in the interest of no one, Xi said during the virtual meeting.

“It also shows that China shares similar stances and interests with Europe on the Ukraine situation, which means that China and Europe can effectively coordinate,” Li Haidong, a professor from the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, China and Russia maintain high strategic mutual trust, and solving the Ukraine crisis needs the active participation of China with its contribution and solutions injecting new hope into the current dilemma, Li noted.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi laid out six initiatives on humanitarian assistance to Ukraine at a press conference on Monday on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing. He said the process should respect the principles of justice and neutrality; pay full attention to homeless people in Ukraine; protect civilians to avoid secondary humanitarian disasters; ensure humanitarian aid can move smoothly; ensure the safety of foreigners in Ukraine; and support the UN to coordinate on humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

China supports France and Germany in promoting a balanced, effective and sustainable European security framework for the interests and lasting security of Europe, and upholding its strategic autonomy, Xi said, noting that China will be pleased to see equal-footed dialogue among the EU, Russia, the US and NATO. As two leading countries in Europe, France and Germany will welcome China’s role as it’s a constructive factor in helping solve the security crisis in Europe, Li said.

China has been playing the role of promoting dialogue and solving the crisis through peaceful means, and the latest talks among Chinese and European leaders are believed to lead to some concrete action, in line with the growing momentum in the international community in promoting dialogue, Cui noted.

“Given the energy price surge in recent days, it has also become an urgent issue for Europe to seek dialogue, adding to the leverage for diplomatic negotiations,” he said. READ MORE

Ukraine: Emmanuel Macron holds video conference call with Olaf Scholz and Xi Jinping

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks in a video conference call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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