Katyusha News Reference ——March 26, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1.The World Health Organization (WHO) is delaying its report on the origins of COVID-19(CCP Virus) because China is ‘fighting tooth and nail over each sentence,’ according to WHO advisory committee member Jamie Metzl.

2. In a video released by CNN on Friday, Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he thinks the coronavirus(CCP Virus) originated in a lab in Wuhan, China, and began spreading as early as September of 2019.

3. A congressional measure introduced on Friday in the House calls out the American pharmaceutical industry’s overreliance on China, warning that “decades of policies rooted in socialism” have stifled domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing and left the United States exposed to “the hostile actions and unfair trade practices of the People’s Republic of China.”

4. U.S. President Joe Biden said he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call on Friday that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative.

5. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concern on Friday about the Chinese response to the imposition of sanctions on its officials, and saying Iran had to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal.

6. U.S.-listed shares of China based Baidu Inc and Tencent Music Entertainment group plunged this week, dropping as much as 33.5% and 48.5%, respectively, from Tuesday’s closing levels. On Friday, traders said Goldman Sachs Group offered a block of 10 million Baidu shares and 50 million Tencent shares.

7. Britain rejected the authority of the Hong Kong government to determine the validity of special passports offered to Hong Kong residents, a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said on Friday.

8. The European Union should help Montenegro repay a 1-billion-euro ($1.18 billion) loan to the Export-Import Bank of China for the construction of a motorway linking it with the Serbian border, country’s deputy prime minister said on Friday.

9. Twenty Chinese military aircraft including fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Friday, the island’s defense ministry said, in an escalation of tension across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

10. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Iran on Friday for a visit that Iranian state media said would see the signing of a 25-year cooperation agreement between the two countries, which are both under U.S sanction. The final details are yet to be announced, is expected to include Chinese investments in Iran’s energy and infrastructure sectors.

11. The White House on Friday criticized China for profiting from human rights abuses and said it was watching the issue of forced labor closely after U.S. and other international companies came under attack from Chinese consumers for committing not to use cotton from Xinjiang region.“The international community, in our view, should oppose China’s weaponizing of private companies’ dependence on its markets to stifle free expression and inhibit ethical business practices,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

12. The US Department of Commerce, on March 17, 2021, issued subpoenas on multiple Chinese companies that provide information and communications technology and services (ICTS) in the United States, this is the signalling that the Biden Administration may continue the push to decouple US ICTS infrastructure from equipment and services providers over concerns that they might pose a national security risk to the United States.

13. ” The United States on Friday condemned what it called a “state-led” social media campaign in China against U.S. and other international companies for deciding not to use cotton from China’s Xinjiang region over forced labour concerns. State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said the social media campaign and consumer boycotts had targeted American, European and Japanese businesses. “We commend and stand with companies that adhere to U.S. laws and ensure that products we are consuming are not made with forced labour.”

14. Stellantis NV and Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio became the latest carmakers to announce new production cuts as a result of a global semiconductor chip shortage.

15. The new book “Chaos in Heaven: Trump, Xi Jinping, and the Battle of the 21st Century” by Josh Rogin, a columnist for the Global Opinion column of The Washington Post, reveals important information: Fauci’s NIH is in the CCP in the absence of laboratory staff, the Wuhan Covid-19 experiment was funded. The CCP is trying its best to cover up the truth of the incident. “If there was a smoking gun, the CCP [Communist Party of China] buried it along with anyone who would dare speak up about it.”

16.Last week the Portuguese Government issued a strongly-worded rebuke to Beijing over a controversial recent move to censor Macau TV and radio, calling on China to abide by its international treaty obligations towards Portugal on fundamental rights.

17. China’s defense minister Wei Fenghe visited Serbia on Friday to boost military cooperation as part of his tour of Beijing’s eastern European allies amid a widening rift with Western powers.

18. The Philippines ordered its navy to increase “maritime sovereignty patrols” in the waters surrounding a disputed South China Sea reef after Beijing refused to obey an order from Manila to recall a fishing boat fleet from the area last week. The Philippine Navy deployed an undisclosed number of additional ships to the waters surrounding Whitsun Reef, knowns as Julian Felipe Reef by Manila, the Philippine military confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

II World News

1. The United States has invited the leaders of China and Russia to participate in a global summit on climate change in April, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday, which will be held remotely.

2. The U.S. Cyber Command conducted more than two dozen operations aimed at thwarting interference in last November’s presidential election, Gen. Paul Nakasone who leads the Pentagon’s cyberforce said Thursday. Nakasone said that Cyber Command and the National Security Agency are helping plan the Biden administration’s response to the SolarWinds intrusion. Separately, the U.S. is working with the private sector to respond to a separate hack that exposed tens of thousands of servers running Microsoft’s Exchange email program to intrusion.

3. U.S. intelligence agencies have told the Biden administration that the Taliban could overrun most of Afghanistan within two to three years if U.S. troops leave before a power-sharing deal is reached between the warring sides, a news report said on Friday. Such a takeover potentially would allow Al Qaeda to rebuild in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported, quoting anonymous U.S. officials. The Biden administration is hesitant to complete this strategic repositioning.

4.The White House is concerned about the impact on global energy markets from a grounded container ship that’s blocking the Suez Canal, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

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