Friday, June 22, 2018

TheList 4752

The List 4752   TGB

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
June 22
§  1807—Frigate USS Chesapeake, commanded by James Barron, is stopped by British frigate HMS Leopard after killing several of her crew and take Royal Navy deserters. Barron is court-martialed for not having his ship prepared to fight.
§  1884—USS Thetis, USS Alert, and USS Bear, under Cmdr. Winfield S. Schley, rescue Lt. Adolphus W. Greely and six of his exploring party from Cape Sabine, where they are marooned for three years.
§  1898—During the Spanish-American War, the Spanish destroyer Terror joins Isabel II in an attempt to torpedo USS Saint Paul, which fires at Terror, damaging the ship.
§  1943—USS Monaghan (DD 354) attacks the Japanese submarine I-7 10 miles south of Cape Hita, resulting in the submarine being driven up on rocks and abandoned, 12 miles south-southeast of Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
§  1963—The nuclear-powered submarines USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628), USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629), USS Flasher (SSN 613), and USS John Calhoun (SSBN 630) are all launched in one day, emphasizing the Navy's accelerated nuclear-submarine construction program. 
June 23
§  1812—Commodore John Rodgers leads a squadron onboard USS President off of New York until she battles HMS Belvidera. The first shot of the War of 1812 is fired by USS President during this engagement.
§  1861—During the Civil War, the Confederate Navy begins reconstruction of ex-USS Merrimack as the ironclad CSS Virginia at Gosport (Norfolk) Navy Yard, VA.
§  1898—During the Spanish-American War, USS Dixie fires on two Spanish gunboats at Maria Aguilar Point, Cuba.
§  1933—USS Macon (ZRS 5) is commissioned. Less than two years later, Macon crashes during a storm off Point Sur, CA, ending the Navy's program of rigid airship operations.
§  1942—While on a routine search, a PBY rescues most of the crew of S 27 (SS 132) at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutian Islands. The rest are brought out the next day.
§  1945—PB4Y 2s (VPB 118), flying from Okinawa, continue aerial mining of waters of Korean Archipelago, sowing mines in waters in channel north of Lion Do and Gantai Do, and off Ninshi Do and Chi Do. 
June 24
§  1833—The frigate USS Constitution is the first vessel to enter the new dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard.  President Andrew Jackson, in Boston for the dry docking, is too unwell to attend the 5:30 a.m. event; Vice President Martin Van Buren observes the docking in lieu of the president.  Three years earlier Harvard student Oliver Wendell Holmes had penned his poem "Old Ironsides" as an answer to the rumors (false, as they turned out to be) circulating the U.S. Navy was intending to scrap the ship; the poem is widely published and rallies popular support for the ship.
§  1944—Navy submarines USS Grouper (SS 214), USS Redfin (SS 272) and USS Tang (SS 306) attack Japanese convoys off the coast of Japan, sinking seven enemy vessels.
§  1944—Torpedo bomber TBM aircraft (VC 69) from USS Bogue (CVE 9) sink Japanese submarine (I 52), 800 miles southwest of Fayal, Azores.
§  1948—The Berlin airlift "Operation Vittles" is initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of the U.S., France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin.
§  1952—During the Korean War, aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CV 47), USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 31), USS Princeton (CV 37), and USS Boxer (CV 21) continue attacks on hydroelectric plants in North Korea from the previous day.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National news headlines today are dominated with continued reporting on the executive order signed by the President on Wednesday ending family separation at the border, and reports that Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer died Thursday.  The Wall Street Journal reports that American military aircraft operating over the western Pacific Ocean have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in recent months. The incidents follow a series of similar events in East Africa where Chinese personnel used lasers against U.S. Pilots. Due to a shortage in drydock availability, the Navy may not continue to put Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships in drydock every time they go into planned maintenance according to USNI News. Additionally, Stars and Stripes reports that both of the Navy's hospital ships will remain in operation despite earlier discussions about decommissioning one to cut costs.
Today in History June 22

Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16.

The French take the French town of Thionville from the English.

Slavery is outlawed in England.

British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.

Confederate General A. P. Hill turns back a Federal flanking movement at the Weldon Railroad near Petersburg, Virginia.

General Alfred Terry sends Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer to the Rosebud and Little Bighorn rivers to search for Indian villages.

German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich announces a definitive cure for syphilis.

King George V of England is crowned.

Austro-German forces occupy Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians retreat.

France and Spain agree to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.

A son is born to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Adolf Hitler bans political parties in Germany other than the Nazis.

Joe Louis floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium.

France and Germany sign an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.

Under the code-name Barbarossa, Germany invades the Soviet Union.

A Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.

President Franklin Roosevelt signs the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.

The battle for Algiers begins as three buildings in The Casbah are blown up.

President Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18.

Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.

The Soviet Union announces a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon.

Nigeria's former military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy are charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sani Abacha's military government.
Thanks to Carl
(An excellent history lesson)
June 22, 2017
The Forgotten War that Changed American History
Sharing his positive perceptions and plans to broker an arrangement with Abdrahaman for safe passage of U.S. merchant ships, Adams invited Jefferson to join him in negotiations.  Much to their mutual surprise, Abdrahaman unreasonably demanded exorbitant sums of gold for himself and informed the statesmen that additional sums would be required to buy peace with Tunis, Morocco, and Algeria. 
Both Adams and Jefferson registered astonishment at the excessive tribute amounts and inquired how the Barbary States could justify "[making] war upon nations who had done them no injury."  The Tripolitan ambassador declared that "all nations which [have] not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave."  Kilmeade and Yaeger describe the two founders as being "horrified by the [envoy's] religious justification for greed and cruelty."  Exhibiting no remorse or regret, the Tripolitan further explained that "every mussulman who was slain in warfare was sure to go to paradise."
Thanks to Dutch R.
The wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

Long-time Fox News panelist Charles Krauthammer, a psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author, who died Thursday at age 68, regularly commented on issues great and small.
Following is a selection of his wisdom from exclusive, in-depth interviews he has done with Fox News:
"I decided to become a writer so I could write about politics, because I thought that's the most important thing one can involve oneself in. In the end, all the beautiful, elegant things in life, the things that I care about, the things that matter, depend on getting the politics right. Because in those societies where they get it wrong, everything else is destroyed, everything else is leveled."
"America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It's founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it's worked. We are the most flourishing, the most powerful, most influential country on Earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably in human history."
"I was a Great Society liberal.  I thought we ought to help the poor, we ought to give them all the money we can.  And then, the evidence started to pour in. The evidence of how these grand programs, the poverty programs, the welfare programs--everything was making things worse.
I didn't have a dog in that fight.  I was willing to go where the evidence led.  As a doctor, I'd been trained in empirical evidence.  If the treatment is killing your patients, you stop the treatment."
"[Playwright] Tom Stoppard once said the reason he writes is because every once in a while you put a few words together in the right order and you're able to give the world a nudge. And sometimes I'm able to do that."
"You don't want to talk in high-falutin', ridiculous abstractions that nobody understands. Just try to make things plain and clear.
The one thing I try to do when I want to persuade someone is never start with my assumptions, because if I do, we're not going to get anywhere. You have to figure out what the other person believes, and then try to draw a line from what they believe into what you believe in by showing them a logical sequence. But you've got to lead them along and you have to have it clear in your head from the beginning or you'll never get there."
"I've calmed down a bit from where I thought: this is it, it's the end, we're done. I've sort of accepted the fact that there's an organic evolution to society, and as long as we keep civil society strong and in constraint to some extent, we're going to do okay.  So I guess you could say I've become a mellow conservative."
"When you write anything--a column, an essay--if you have the structure right, everything is easy. You get the structure wrong, you'll never get it right. You'll spend hours whacking your way through the weeds with a machete and you won't be able to escape the marsh."
"In our sophisticated historical analyses, we tend to attribute everything to these large underlying currents, to certain political ideologies, or social changes like industrialization or the growth of women's rights and all that. But that's missing the obvious—there's usually a person who influenced things in a way that all the underlying forces cannot account for.
In American history, (there's)  Washington, Lincoln, FDR, Reagan--they all stand out.  It's a way of looking at history that's less abstract, and is more recognizing the individual, which we tend not to do."
"Faith is something that one has or doesn't have; one doesn't construct it. The one thing I do believe is that of all the possible views of God, atheism is the least plausible. The idea that there's no meaning or purpose or origin--that the Universe is as it always was, is to me entirely implausible for reasons of physics, apart from faith. Because if you reason back to first causes, and if you're an atheist, you get to a logical contradiction."
"In major league baseball you can see the highest level of play—it's irresistible. I love the game
And there's such a beauty in the intricacy of chess--you use words that to a non-player seem nonsensical—elegance, romance—people don't see it when you push a piece of wood across a board.
Anything done at a high level of excellence always intrigues me because it's the ultimate expression of being human, that you do something, something you don't have to do.
What's the point of playing chess?  There is no point.  There doesn't have to be a point.  It's just the beauty of the exercise and the difficulty of it that make it worthwhile, admirable and very pleasurable."
"[Writing commentary] is more than passion.  It's purpose.  I'm very lucky to have ended up where I am by pure blind luck--how I stumbled upon what I was meant to do.  It turns out I have some aptitude for it and I love it and I think it's important.  That's a great rarity in life. And I appreciate every day I wake up that I can do that and it turned out that way."
"All it means is whatever I do is a little bit harder and probably a little bit slower. And that's basically it. Everybody has their cross to bear-- everybody.
I made a promise to myself on day one [after my injury].  I was not going to allow it to alter my life.
It's very easy to be characterized by the externalities in your life. I dislike people focusing on it. I made a vow when I was injured that it would never be what would characterize my life.  I don't want it to be the first line of my obituary. If it is, that will be a failure."
Thanks to Roy
: [TheList] 4751
This was not from Bilderbeg 2018. This is from a 2014 speech to European leaders about Russia, edited and excerpted, out of context, above.
Full Speech video:
With Thanks to THE Bear at


June 22, 2018Bear Taylor
RIPPLE SALVO… #839… One year ago this day Ripple Salvo #474 posted the tale of the rescue of Lt Denny Wisely, a great story now captured forever in Denny's superb auto-biography GREEN INK. Mentioned, but not highlighted, in my 22 June 2017 post was the downing of one of Strike-Fighting Light Attack's best, LCDR JIM PIRIE, as he dropped a span of the Hai Duong railway bridge on his 225th ROLLING THUNDER strike on the North. Mea culpa. But today, on the 51st anniversary of that memorable day 22 June 1967, Humble Host accords CAPTAIN JAMES GLENN PIRIE, USN, who rests in peace, "at home in Alabama", a post of recognition, respect, and greatest admiration. …But first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY-NINE of remembering the sacrifice and commitment of the warriors who took the fight into the enemy homeland in the longest air war in American history–OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 22 June 1968…
22 JUNE 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (23 June reporting 22 June ops) Page 5: "In the air war, B-52's bombed artillery positions, troop concentrations and bunkers in the northern half of the demilitarized zone, while fighter-bomber pilots carried out 134 strike missions in the southern part of North Vietnam."… Page 5: "JETS STRIKE BIG DEPOT"… "United States Air Force jets bombed a large North Vietnamese arsenal and set off more than 100 explosions and dozens of fires, a military spokesman reported today. He said F-105 Thunderchiefs and F-4 Phantom jets had struck what appeared to be a combined ammunition and petroleum storage area near the North Vietnam's southern coast about 37 miles west-southwest of Donghoi. The pilots said smoke had risen half a mile in the air after the strike. 'We're not yet quite sure how big it was, but it looks like the boys really hit pay dirt,' the spokesman said. Reliable sources also reported that the United States would get additional B-52 jet bombers for raids inside South Vietnam to bring greater pressure on enemy troop concentrations."…
VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES (Chris Hobson) There was one fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 22 June 1968…
(1) An A-7A of the VA-82 Marauders embarked in USS America was lost off the catapult when the engine exploded shortly after the cat shot. The pilot was able to eject and was rescued in minutes… (HH: sounds like foreign object sucked up on the cat stroke, to me)…
Humble Host flew #196. Flew a 20 minute maintenance test flight on second cycle: launch and recovery with engine checks over the ship. Bagging those traps. #196 combat sortie over North Vietnam was a sunset launch; hustle to beach with a flock of Skyhawks; hit and bust a bridge (with 3 Mk-83s X4) in Happy Valley; find the nights first trucks on the road headed toward Mu Gia pass –they had been napping at Ha Tinh, I betcha, and with young Jesse James on my wing, we set them on fire with four pods of 5-inch ZUNIs ripple-salvoed before retreating to nail a night pinkie landing. What's the movie?… What a great day!! … Now four short of #200 with four flying days to go…
"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR to COMMANDER (then Lieutenant Commander) JAMES GLENN PIRIE, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 22 June 1967, while serving as a jet attack pilot with Attack Squadron NINETY THREE (VA-93), embarked in U.S.S. HANCOCK (CVA-19), during aerial combat operations in Southeast Asia. As the strike leader, COMMANDER PIRIE participated in an extremely successful strike against the Hai Duong Railway Bridge in North Vietnam. Penetrating into the heart of the enemy's heaviest defense area, in the van of the main strike group, he maneuvered his division into a precision dive attack. COMMANDER PIRIE pressed home his strike in the face of a veritable wall of enemy fire, scoring a direct hit while destroying one complete span of the bridge. By his valiant leadership, courageous fighting spirit, and unflagging devotion to duty, COMMANDER PIRIE reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."…. 
And if you think that's earning the SILVER STAR the hard way–he was hit and downed as he pulled off the target, ejected near the target and was captured immediately– the GOLD STAR in lieu of a Second SILVER STAR ranks with the absolutely hardest way to serve with conspicuous intrepidity–as a Prisoner of War of the North Vietnamese in the period 1965-1970…. Jim Pirie went in on 22 June 1968 and came home on 18 February 1973.
"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the SILVER STAR to COMMANDER JAMES GLENN PIRIE, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 22 June 1967 to 30 June 1967. COMMANDER PIRIE's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purpose. through his resistance to those  brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandoned of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, COMMANDER PIRIE reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces."…
Humble Host completes this tribute to his memory with a few lines from two of Jim Pirie's DFCs… On 6 May 1967 Jim led a division of four A-4s on an armed recce mission that destroyed a barge near Qui Vinh but the intense opposition downed one of his wingmen, LCDR BOB WIDERMAN. Jim immediately got a rescue operation underway since the site was near the coast. Observing the enemy ground troops closing on LCDR WIDERMAN Jim fought tenaciously to buy time for the pick-up… "COMMANDER PIRIE made repeated low-altitude passes over the site of the crash in an  effort to locate the downed aviator. His final passes were skillfully executed at an extremely low altitude in the face of constant heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire from surrounding area. Even though his aircraft sustained two hits from ground fire, COMMANDER PIRIE refused to break off his search until relieved by the rescue aircraft."… On 31 May 1967 "COMMANDER PIRIE participated in a twenty-five aircraft strike against the strategically important Loi Dong and Cong My Petroleum Storage complex three miles northwest of Haiphong, North Vietnam. When the first enemy surface-to-air missile was fired at the strike force, COMMANDER PIRIE immediately delivered his SHRIKE missile at the enemy site. Another enemy missile was fired from a different site and COMMANDER PIRIE again delivered a SHRIKE missile. His actions silenced both sites and there were no further radar emissions."…  Two hundred twenty-five Rolling Thunder missions in 1966-68 was a full share of adrenalin actuated adventure…
One of my heroes from history is Confederate cavalryman General J.E.B. Stuart. His troops thought he was pretty good too. At the spot where a Michigan cavalryman's bullet mortally wounded Stuart at Yellow Tavern a few miles north of Richmond, they erected a small memorial to their famous warrior leader. Their tribute to Stuart: "He was Fearless and Faithful, Powerful and Pure, Tender and True."… so it was with JIM PIRIE, A GOOD OLD BOY… 
Lest we forget…   Bear…
Item Number:1 Date: 06/22/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SCORES OF ISIS MILITANTS KILLED IN 3-WEEK OPERATION IN NANGARHAR PROVINCE (JUN 22/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- More than 160 fighters from the Islamic State's Afghan affiliate have been killed in a three-week operation by U.S. and Afghan forces in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The operation against Islamic State-Khorasan in the Deh Bala district featured air and ground components from the U.S. and Afghan militaries, the newspaper reported.   The offensive culminated in a pincer move that trapped hundreds of ISIS militants in the Gurgoray Valley, about 10 miles (16 km) from the border with Pakistan, said military sources.   No coalition casualties were reported.   District officials have requested 300 additional police to augment Deh Bala's 190 officers. The increased police presence is needed to secure the latest successes, the officials said.   
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/22/2018 INDONESIA - COURT SENTENCES ISLAMIST CLERIC TO DEATH FOR HIS ROLE IN ISIS ATTACKS (JUN 22/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- An Indonesian court has sentenced a radical cleric to death for his role in inciting others to commit terror attacks in Indonesia, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).   On Friday, the five judges sentenced Aman Abdurrahman to death for defense and incitement of terrorist attacks as part of the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) group.   Under the guise of JAD, Abdurrahman produced a number of audio recordings and writings that encouraged followers to conduct terrorist attacks, prosecutors said.   A 2016 attack in Jakarta that killed four civilians was among the attacks attributed to Abdurrahman.   That attack was claimed by ISIS. Prosecutors believe that JAD was founded as a front group for ISIS. Abdurrahman is the head of the JAD and considered the leader of ISIS supporters in Indonesia.   The U.S. State Dept. designated the JAD as a terrorist organization last year, noted CNN.   Abdurrahman's lawyer said he will discuss the possibility of appealing the verdict
Item Number:7 Date: 06/22/2018 NIGERIA - 2 WOULD BE BOMBERS SHOT BY POLICE IN MAIDUGURI (JUN 22/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- Two would-be suicide bombers have been killed and 15 people injured in an attempted bombing of a market frequented by Nigerian soldiers in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   On Wednesday, soldiers shot and killed a woman trying to buy a ticket to enter the 333 Artillery military hangout, said a police spokesman. Her explosive device immediately detonated, he said.   A second bomber aboard a nearby rickshaw then detonated her device, killing herself. The driver of the vehicle escaped, said the spokesman.   Fifteen people near the explosion were rushed to the hospital for treatment.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Boko Haram has launched a number of similar attacks in the northern city.   Markets on the outskirts of military bases typically supply soldiers with basic items, including food and alcohol, noted Agence France-Presse. Civilians are allowed access to many of these areas.   Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the head of the Nigerian military's operation against Boko Haram, announced a US$13,800 reward for information on locations where explosives are manufactured in the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, reported the Guardian (Nigeria). A series of bombings in the region suggests that there are factories producing improvised explosive devices in northeastern Nigeria, the general said
Item Number:10 Date: 06/22/2018 SYRIA - ARMY COMMANDER ACCUSES U.S. OF DEADLY AIRSTRIKE IN HOMS (JUN 22/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- At least one Syrian government soldier has been killed and others wounded by a coalition airstrike in eastern Syria, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   On Thursday, aircraft attacked Syrian army positions in Jabal Ghurab in Homs province, near the border with Iraq, said a Syrian army commander.   The strike on Al-Halba village came after a brief exchange of gunfire with coalition vehicles, which were advancing toward Syrian army forces, reported Al Masdar News, which is sympathetic to the government in Damascus.   The vehicles were observed moving away from the At Tanf district, where a coalition base is located, the commander said
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/22/2018 USA - CHINESE NATIONAL CHARGED WITH SMUGGLING ASW TECHNOLOGY TO CHINA (JUN 22/REU)  REUTERS -- U.S. federal prosecutors have accused a Chinese man living in Massachusetts with attempting to illegally pass anti-submarine warfare equipment to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), reports Reuters.   On Thursday, federal prosecutors charged Qin Shuren with visa fraud and conspiring to commit violations of U.S. export regulations.   Qin, 41, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. since 2014, ran companies that import U.S. and European marine technology to China. The PLA's naval warfare branch was among Qin's customers, according to court documents.   In 2015 and 2016, one of Qin's companies, LinkOcean Technologies, exported 78 underwater sound monitoring devices to Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), a Chinese military research institute.   Such sales require a special export license from the U.S. Commerce Dept., which Qin did not obtain.   Prosecutors said that Qin sought to illegally smuggle the hydrophones to China and did not inform a U.S. supplier of the systems that the NWPU would be receiving the devices.   Qin is scheduled to appear in court on Friday
Item Number:16 Date: 06/22/2018 USA - LASERS TARGETING U.S. MILITARY PILOTS OPERATING OVER E. CHINA SEA (JUN 22/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Pilots of U.S. military aircraft have been targeted by lasers more than 20 times in the East China Sea since September 2017, according to U.S. officials cited by the Wall Street Journal.   All of the incidents have occurred while the aircraft were flying over the East China Sea, generally in areas controlled by China, said the unnamed officials.   The lasers appeared to come from fishing boats and shore-based locations, the officials said. Some of the boats were Chinese-flagged.   U.S. officials would not confirm to the newspaper whether Chinese military personnel were involved in the incidents.   The incidents are similar to those reported near Chinese military installations in Djibouti earlier this year. Those involved military grade lasers, while the incidents in the East China Sea appear to originate from small, commercial lasers.   U.S. military units operating in the region are assessing their laser eye protection gear in response to the incidents, an Indo-Pacific Command spokeswoman told the Japan Times.   On Friday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman called the accusations "totally groundless and purely fabricated," reported CNN.

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