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Archive for October 31, 2022

Newsline: Russia summons Dutch ambassador

Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Dutch ambassador to protest at what it said was an attempt by British intelligence to recruit the Russian military attache at the Russian embassy in The Hague. (https://news.yahoo.com/russia-summons-dutch-ambassador-over-124502433.html) In a statement, the Foreign Ministry called on the Dutch authorities to prevent “countries that the Netherlands calls its allies” from taking such “unfriendly” actions.

Newsline: China’s top diplomat warns U.S. against ideological bias

Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said Washington should not let itself be blinded by ideological bias when dealing with China, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday. (https://news.yahoo.com/senior-chinese-diplomat-urges-u-132237404.html) Wang Yi made the comments when he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Xinhua reported.

Newsline: Democratic Congressman’s Aide Fired After Allegedly Working with Chinese Embassy

An aide to Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer has been fired after an investigation concluded she had been working on behalf of the Chinese Embassy to set up meetings with congressional offices. The probe conducted by the House Sergeant at Arms discovered the allegations against Barbara Hamlett. Beyer’s office was notified of the findings, and she was subsequently terminated. “Congressman Beyer was totally unaware of these activities prior to being contacted by the House Sergeant At Arms,” Beyer’s deputy chief of staff Aaron Fritschner told National Review. “As soon as he learned of them, he followed every directive he was given by security officials. The staffer in question is no longer employed by the office of Congressman Beyer,” Fritschner continued. (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aide-democratic-congressman-don-beyer-fired-after-allegedly-working-chinese-embassy) Hamlett’s time working in congressional offices dates back to the 1970s, according to congressional data. She had worked as a scheduler in Beyer’s office. During her time on Capitol Hill, Hamlett has worked for several members of Congress, including late Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., former Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. Hamlett allegedly contacted congressional staff through emails, phone calls and office visits to invite them to meetings and lunches on behalf of officials for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.