Biden studies the possibility of creating a red telephone with China

Tags: United States, Joe Biden
  • President Joe Bien is considering placing a hotline with China
  • A campaign is announced to help the undocumented pending Biden immigration reform
  • The president calls not to use violence in the protests in Cuba

Washington, Jul 16 (EFE News) .- The administration chaired by Joe Biden is examining the possibility of establishing an emergency direct line with the Chinese government, similar to the so-called “red telephone” established between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, which allowed direct communication with the Kremlin as a way to avoid nuclear war.

Although the idea is still in the pipeline and has not yet been formally raised with China, Biden wants to develop a rapid communication tool to reduce the risk of conflict between the United States and China, CNN published Thursday. The chain, which cites as a source people related to the conversations about the device, assures that a direct line with Beijing would allow Biden, or the top officials of his national security team, to immediately make phone calls or send encrypted messages to President Xi. Jinping or his closest associates.

The main reason for this phone

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For example, urgent information about sudden military movements or warning messages sent about cyberattacks could be shared. The idea of ​​establishing a direct line with Beijing dates back at least to the Barack Obama administration, although the concept was not embodied in a classified national security memorandum until the final year of the Trump administration, according to a source familiar with it. add the string.

Officials in the Biden administration have pursued the idea, the sources said, but numerous details remain to be worked out, including whether the Chinese will agree to the device’s installation. The US has long struggled to get quick responses from Beijing when it comes to urgent matters, US officials told CNN, so this system would improve communications in this regard. The chain points out that a similar direct line already exists between the Chinese authorities and the Pentagon and, although it should be used exclusively for military matters, it is rarely used for any subject. EFE News

Campaign to help undocumented immigrants awaiting Biden reform announced

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Washington, Jul 13 (EFE News) .- An alliance of organizations announced on Tuesday a campaign to support the undocumented and immigrants who will benefit from the approval of the immigration reform promoted by the president of the United States, Joe Biden, before the Congress. The initiative, called “Ready to stay” in English and called “Here we stay” in Spanish, brings together 16 organizations that will support those who want to regularize their immigration status or access US citizenship.

The executive director of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants (CHIRLA, in English), Angélica Salas, told Efe that the campaign is tied to immigration reform, to which “millions would qualify” to be benefited if the proposal obtains the approval of Congress. Salas stressed the importance of having “the infrastructure and organizations ready to answer all the questions that people have.”

Legal services for the undocumented

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The campaign, which will be broadcast on social networks and has a website, offers information so that interested parties can access immigration benefits and legal services, or avoid being victims of fraud. Users can download the requirements to access Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or the DACA program, aimed at undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children, known as “dreamers.” They can also consult their rights as residents of the United States or find legal help in the places closest to their home.

Information is available, in addition to English, in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, French, Filipino, Korean, Arabic, Creole, Vietnamese, and Portuguese. Angélica Salas indicated, citing figures from the Center for Migration Studies, that between 2.3 and 2.5 million undocumented people in the United States would qualify for a legalization program. That figure would exceed 10 million if the “dreamers”, TPS beneficiaries and other immigrant groups, such as farm workers, are added, he said. Biden’s immigration reform proposal was formally presented to Congress last February and turned into a bill promoted by the Democratic senator of Cuban origin Bob Menéndez and the legislator Linda Sánchez, of Mexican roots. That bill, titled the United States Citizenship Act of 2021, provides an eight-year process for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants to achieve citizenship. In addition, it grants immediate legal residency for “dreamers,” TPS recipients, and farm workers. EFE News

Biden demands that the Government of Cuba not repress the protests with “violence”

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Washington, Jul 12 (EFE News) .- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, demanded this Monday that the Cuban government avoid “violence” in its “attempt to silence” the unprecedented anti-government protests in Cuba, to which he returned to express all your support. “The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything similar to these protests in a long, long time, or maybe ever, frankly, “Biden said in statements to the press during an event at the White House.

The president added that his government is “firmly on the side of the Cuban people in their demand for their universal rights.” “And we ask the Government of Cuba to avoid violence in its attempt to silence the voices of the Cuban people,” he stressed. Asked about when he will be willing to change the policy towards Cuba of his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021), Biden avoided responding directly.

Biden reaction

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“We will have more to say about Cuba and Haiti as this week progresses. Stay tuned ”, he settled. The president’s comments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House marked his second reaction of the day to the massive protests on Sunday in Cuba, after the statement he issued a few hours earlier. In that note, Biden described the protests as “a call for freedom” of the Cuban people, who in his opinion acted in “courageous” exercise of their “fundamental rights.”

“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to listen to its people and serve their needs at this key moment, instead of enriching themselves,” said the president. In addition, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied on Monday that the United States was behind the protests in Cuba or that the embargo imposed by the United States is entirely responsible for the economic and health crisis that has spurred them on.

The opinions weren’t just from Biden

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In his daily press conference, Psaki affirmed that “everything indicates” that they were “spontaneous expressions of people who are exhausted with economic mismanagement and government repression.” “These protests were inspired by the harsh reality of daily life in Cuba, not by anyone in another country,” added Psaki in response to “accusations” of US interference. The spokeswoman said that at the moment she did not have any policy change towards Cuba to announce, but assured that the protests have caused the White House to evaluate “how it can directly help the Cuban people.”

The Biden government demonstrated just three weeks ago that it had no special interest in repealing Trump’s policy, by voting against the annual UN resolution that condemns the US embargo, instead of abstaining, as the Executive of the now former president did. Barack Obama (2009-2017). The protests on Sunday were the strongest that have occurred in Cuba since the so-called “maleconazo” of August 1994, and they occur with the country mired in a serious economic and health crisis, with the pandemic out of control and a severe shortage of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to long routine power outages. EFE News

Exile calls for international intervention to avoid “bloodbath” in Cuba

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Miami, Jul 11 ​​(EFE News) .- The Cuban exile in Miami supported this Sunday the protests taking place in several cities and towns in Cuba and asked the United States Government to lead an international intervention to prevent the protesters from being victims of “A bloodbath.” “The day came when the people of Cuba rose up,” Orlando Gutiérrez, of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a platform of opposition organizations from inside and outside the island, told Efe.

The exile leader in Miami, who chairs the Cuban Democratic Directorate, stressed that, according to his information, there are protests in more than 15 cities and towns in Cuba. “It is very clear what the people of Cuba want, for this regime to end,” he stressed in statements to Efe. The Assembly called on the people to stay on the streets and the Cuban Police and Armed Forces to stand on the side of the people.

The situation in Cuba

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Rosa María Paya, of the Cuba Decide movement, which has released several videos of today’s protests, spoke in similar terms to Gutiérrez when consulted by Efe. According to what he told Efe, the repression has already begun and there is even talk of shooting victims. From Cuba it was reported that in the protests carried out this Sunday by hundreds of Cubans in the towns of San Antonio de los Baños (Artemisa, west) and Palma Soriano (Santiago de Cuba, east) there have been acts of police violence, according to reports from eyewitnesses. This morning hundreds of Cubans took to the streets of those towns to protest against the Government shouting “Down with the dictatorship!”, “Freedom”, “we have no fear” and “homeland and life.”

The unprecedented demonstration was broadcast live by Facebook users and takes place in the midst of a serious economic and health crisis in the Caribbean country, where the population complains of a lack of food, medicine and other basic products. Residents of San Antonio, a town in the Artemisa province located about 37 kilometers west of Havana, told Efe reporters that during the street demonstration, the police violently repressed and detained some of the participants. Faced with the unusual public protest in San Antonio, the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, appeared at the scene, who in a response ceremony held in a square in that town with a group of supporters launched a proclamation in which he blamed the shortage of supplies. of food and medicine to the embargo of the United States against the island. This is the largest anti-government protest that has been registered on the island since the so-called “maleconazo”, when in August 1994, in the middle of the “special period”, hundreds of people took to the streets of Havana and did not leave until it arrived. the then Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE News

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