Will China kick off a war?

Over at the Strategy Page podcast page Jim Dunnigan and Austin Bay discuss China’s strategic environment as the context in which China’s foreign policy lives.  Thoughtful and provocative.

It is one thing to kick off a a war in the South China Sea, but it seems that China is running kinetic operations closer to home – our home.  Trevor Loudon has the story over at the Epoch Times via Zr. Z’s Blog.  The Epoch Times is behind a pay wall, so here are some extracts.

Maoists Burn Kenosha

The rioters who attacked police officers with Molotov cocktails and fireworks and torched numerous buildings inKenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this week included members of the same pro-China communist group that “sparked” the May riots in Minneapolis after the police-involved killing of George Floyd.

Maoist activists from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) can take most, if not all, of the credit for inciting the recent rioting in Kenosha. The town of 100,000 people has been torn apart, businesses and cars have been razed, multiple people have been arrested, and two people have died—yet no one seems to want to call out the real culprits.

FRSO is based in the Midwest. It has maintained a strong presence in Chicago and Minneapolis for decades. The subversive organization has expanded in recent years into Milwaukee and the smaller university towns of Oshkosh and Kenosha, where new cadre are recruited through campus branches of FRSO’s youth wing: New Students for a Democratic Society.

On Feb. 20, 2017, [sic] the day President Trump was inaugurated, FRSO political secretary Steff Yorekdeclaredto a crowd of Washington, D.C. protesters: “We need to stay in the streets the entire four years opposing Trump and making the country ungovernable.”

In November 2019, FRSO convened a conference in Chicago to form a new nationwide front organization: the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR).

More accurately, it was a re-founding of an old Communist Party USA front of the 1970s of the same name. The original NAARPR was set up to free iconic communist Angela Davis, who was then under arrest for alleged complicity in the murder of a California judge. Davis was eventually acquitted of the murder charge in 1972, and she even came to Chicago toconfer her blessingon the new organization.


When protesters gathered in downtown Kenosha after the Aug. 23 police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, three banners were clearly visible at the head of the several-hundred-strong crowd:

The bright red FRSO banner, the green banner of the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and the smaller black flag of New Students for a Democratic Society—probably the local University of Wisconsin—Parkside branch.

Just before the march, a young woman led the crowd in a chant of “long live the revolution” directly in front of the signature FRSO banner. FRSO Facebook pages (both Wisconsin and national) contain extensive coverage of the protests and riots—as does the FRSO-affiliated website FightBack! News.


No wonder they were burning papers when we shut down their Consulate General in Houston.

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