Katyusha News Reference ——March 27, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. China and Iran inked a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement in Tehran on Saturday, Iranian state TV reported. Few details of the deal were publicly released as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Wang Yi took part in a signing ceremony.

2. David Asher, who led State Department inquiries into Covid-19’s origins, told The Mail on Sunday that three Chinese scientists are believed to have become ill with the mysterious respiratory condition in the second week of November, 2019. He said it is ‘hard to conclude’ it was definitively Covid but it seems ‘highly likely’. And the wife of one researcher died later that month.

3. U.S. military personnel will focus on how to respond to aggressions from China and Russia when they play a highly classified war game this summer.

4. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says the start of the Biden administration marks a new chapter in the U.S. relationship with Beijing on Friday. She says, President Biden is focused on “crafting a whole strategy for how we protect American workers, level the playing field for American businesses and quite frankly, push back on China, whose behavior is threatening our security and prosperity and our values.” “We’re very clear-eyed on the magnitude of the threat that China poses and we’re prepared.”

5. Canada joined the United States, United Kingdom and European Union this week in imposing sanctions on four Chinese officials suspected of being responsible for the persecution of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province.

6. The United States on Saturday condemned China’s sanctions against two American religious-rights officials and a Canadian lawmaker in a dispute over Beijing’s treatment of Uighur Muslims and other minorities. Beijing said it will take measures against the chair and vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins, also China sanctioned Canadian opposition lawmaker Michael Chong, which this month presented a report concluding that atrocities in Xinjiang constitute crimes against humanity and genocide.

7. Australia’s trade minister Scott Morrison threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization on Saturday over its “unjustifiable” decision to increase duties on Australian wine imports for up to five years.

8. The Chinese Communist Party is seeking global hegemony and wants to become the world’s No. 1, a well-known Russian media personality Poznier said on Thursday. He believes China is not worth to trust and concerns on the threat. The only way for Russia to fight with China is to ally with the United States. The opinion reflects the real views of many Russia’s elite.

9. The Suez Canal was blocked for a fifth day despite minor progress in dislodging the Ever Given,but it remained unclear when one the world’s busiest waterways will be reopened. Also, according to a report in the Financial Times, manufacturers are looking to export goods overland to avoid shipping delays and the wave of demand in Europe has provoked a sharp rise in transcontinental rail (Central European Railways) freight.

10. The Beijing Foreign Affairs Office said on Friday that the city has fully started the CCP Virus vaccination for foreigners in Beijing in accordance with the prevention and control procedure of the CCP State Council. However, the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines and the vaccine information are still non-transparent.

11. The American Institute in Taiwan had deleted the Chinese version of the 1979 Sino-US Joint Communique and only retained the link to the English version, reported on Mar 26th.

12. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with CCP representatives who were subject to the sanctions announced by CCP. Johnson twittered, “This morning I spoke with some of those who have been shining a light on the gross human rights violations being perpetrated against Uyghur Muslims, I stand firmly with them and the other British citizens sanctioned by China.”

13.Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday that human rights are universal values, in response to a dispute over forced labor in Xinjiang, she called on Beijing to address the human rights of the Uighur and to resolve international skepticism and conflict by ending oppression.

IIWorld News

1. Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Saturday, the bloodiest day of violence since last month’s military coup.

2. Japan and the United States are mulling a joint statement affirming that Article Five of the Japan-US Security Treaty applies to the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The development will follow a meeting of the leaders of the two countries. The article obliges the US to defend territories under Japan’s administrative control.

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