CALIFORNIA—On Monday, October 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom began his six-day international trip starting with Hong Kong University. He addressed climate change, and rising tensions between Israel, Iran, and China.
In a press release on his website, Governor Newsom told his readers that he participated in a “Fireside Chat,” with the University’s Professor Peng Gong. Newsom spoke on the importance of the next generation making a difference in what Newsom referred to as, “the Climate crisis.”
China, which has the second largest economy in the world, has already made strides by setting a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Also on October 23, Newsweek reported that Iran is using Duoyin, which is China’s version of TikTok to spread propaganda regarding the war between Hamas and Israel. The company is headquartered in Beijing, China. Reports indicate that the Iranian Embassy in China’s Douyin account was used to express sympathy toward Hamas and the terrorist group that led the October massacre in southern Israel.
Newsom travelled to China to promote areas where the country and California could have a large impact if they join forces to fight climate change.
In an October 18 press release the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated:
“The counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China and the Chinese communist party are a grave threat to the economic well-being and democratic values of the United States. Confronting this threat is the FBI’s counterintelligence priority.”
Governor Newsom has been advocating against fossil fuels and drilling for oil. He initiated a ban on gasoline-powered cars focusing on the electric car. Reports indicate that as of 2021, California had approximately 59,200 people employed in the oil and gas industries.