Katyusha News Reference ——March 21, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. China met with the Biden administration late this week to exert their authority over the United States, according to Far East foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang on Sunday’s WABC. Biden needs to not only talk tough with CCP, but vow to stand with our allies in the region, and must stress to the CCP, “we will not permit China(CCP) to engage in unacceptable behaviour,” Chang said.

2. Australian Uighurs are urging all federal MPs to support a bipartisan motion in Parliament which criticises China(CCP) for “serious and systematic breaches of human rights” in Xinjiang. The motion, introduced on Monday, urges the United Nations to investigate Beijing for its re-education camps and calls on the Australian government to ensure the country is not profiteering off forced labour in Xinjiang.

3. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which oversees U.S. spy satellite imagery, is preparing to produce public reports on China’s military and national security programs as part of an intelligence authorization law approved for fiscal year 2021. This program produced intelligence reports using commercial satellite images on North Korea, China’s(CCP) camps for ethnic Muslim Uyghurs, and Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure program, which U.S. officials have called a stalking horse for the ruling Communist Party’s global expansionism.

4. China has accelerated its vaccinations against CCP virus, administering 10 million doses in around a week, and is considering varied visa policies based on vaccination and virus conditions in different countries, officials said on Sunday.

5. The Philippines’ defence minister called on CCP on Sunday to recall 220 Chinese militia boats spotted in the disputed South China Sea, saying the presence of the vessels was “a clear provocative action of militarizing the area”.

6. The second of two Canadians detained in China for more than two years, Michael Kovrig, was due to face trial on Monday for alleged espionage, days after the United States raised its concerns over the cases during tense U.S.-China talks in Alaska. Beijing insists the detentions are not linked to the arrest of Wanzhou Meng.

7. Confucius institutes have been accused of being tools for the Chinese Communist Party to carry out espionage missions. Several countries, including the US, Canada and Australia, have closed down a number of Confucius Institutes on national security grounds. After Sweden closed Confucius institutes, Norway is going to close its only Confucius Institute later.

8. “In some key areas, we absolutely need to reduce our dependence on China (CCP),” French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on March 17 when he was joining the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces.

9. According to a recent report in the South China Morning Post, the Communist Party is building more underground silos to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

II World News

1. Blinken heads to Brussels on Monday for meeting with NATO foreign ministers and the top European Union officials. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the Chinese Communist Party from Mar 23 to Mar 24. Mr. Blinken has methodically pursued Mr. Biden’s ally first policy toward China (CCP).

2. Two senior U.S. intelligence officials said Iran had planned a suicide attack on Fort McNair, an Army post in the U.S. capital, and made death threats against Army Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph M. Martin, U.S. media reported on Sunday.

3. ” Former President Trump will return to social media on his own new platform in around two or three months, Jason Miller said. Miller said “it’s not just one company that’s approached the president, there’ve been numerous companies. But I think the president does know what direction that he wants to head here. And this new platform is gonna be big, and everyone wants him. He’s gonna bring millions and millions, tens of millions of people to this new platform.”

4. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday as the Biden administration faces a decision whether to withdraw troops by May 1 as required in a U.S. agreement with the Taliban. Austin, the first member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet to travel to the country, met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Army Gen. Scott Miller..

5. According to Japanese media Sunday, Japan could deploy its own military to protect U.S. warships in Taiwan as well as defend the sovereignty of Taiwan,Japan seeks to deploy military overseas for 1st time since 1945.

6. Republic of Congo opposition candidate Kolelas dies of CCP virus. The 60-year-old tested positive for the CCP virus on Friday afternoon and died as his condition rapidly deteriorated.

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