Katyusha News Reference ——April 1, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1.  Experts examining the origins of the coronavirus first identified in China will follow up on an initial report released this week but details are still not set, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Thursday.

2. President Joe Biden unveiled his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan on Wednesday. The Biden Administration’s “American Jobs Plan” ostensibly an infrastructure-funding bill, will facilitate the outsourcing of jobs to China “under the name of global warming” if enacted, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) said on Thursday.

3. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a rally outside the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to support the oppressed Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province. The group promoted the rally under the social media hashtag #CallItGenocide.

4. The UN Security Council on Thursday “strongly condemned” the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Myanmar, in a unanimous statement watered down by China after two days of tough negotiations.

5. The top trade officials of the Group of Seven (G7) countries issued a joint statement Wednesday targeting China, pledging collective action to address “harmful industrial subsidies” and other market-distorting practices.

6. A U.S. annual national trade assessment report unveiled on Wednesday pointed out that the CCP intervene the market with subsidies to stimulate economic, it harmed the international enterprise, also causes the global iron, steel, aluminium and solar energy industry’s overcapacity, the United States will take further action “solve these harmful trade practices”.

7. China slammed Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China as an “illegal organization” in a move that broadens its attack on journalists whose reports differ from the government’s official line.

8. Taiwan can expect more pressure from Beijing next year as Xi Jinping prepares for a historic third term, the island’s intelligence agency predicted.

9. In alarming observations, a study by the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) found SARS CoV2 reinfection in 4.5% of the SARS CoV-2 infected individuals surveyed.

10. The CCP mouthpiece People’s Daily editorialized on Wednesday that America’s concept of human rights is “sowing seeds of hatred” around the world because the U.S. hypocritically uses diplomatic pressure, sanctions, and military interventions to impose its vision of human rights on other countries while failing to live up to those standards itself. Western strategists should not doubt this is an appealing sales pitch to authoritarian rulers, and authoritarianism is most definitely on the rise around the world, especially after CCP coronavirus pandemic.

11. The Cornell faculty senate rejected a resolution endorsing a partnership with Peking University on Wednesday, citing the authoritarian regime’s human rights abuses, as well as its threats to academic freedom.

12. Shanghai’s new mandatory rule of information collection against migrant workers took effect on April 1. Anyone who stays in the city for more than 24 hours for medical treatment, tourism, business or visiting must submit personal information. Violators will be fined up to 5,000 yuan. It is believed that CCP is extend to collect personal information and   “Xinjiang monitoring” policy could be extended across the country.

13. The Philippine military said on Thursday it had documented CCP illegal manmade structures on Union Banks in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, near areas where hundreds of Chinese vessels had massed last month.

14. CCP Foreign Minister Wang Yi held separate talks with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines this week, an analyst said it was aimed at perusing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and expanding CCP’s influence in the region.

15. As international condemnation of CCP human rights abuses in Xinjiang, representatives of the Tibetan government-in-exile said in New York on Wednesday that Xi Jinping’s radical steps to eliminate Tibetan traditional culture and assimilate Tibetans amounted to a policy of genocide.

16. Liu Yuguang, an associate professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, said on Tuesday that the Chinese mainland has turned Buddhism into a tool to manage foreign relations and conduct public diplomacy

17. Gunther H. Oettinger, a former European Union energy commissioner, comments in the newspaper that Europeans must stand up to Beijing’s growing influence.

II. World News

1. U.S. Department of State spokesman Ned Price on Thursday reiterated its commitment to deepening ties with Taiwan, saying it will consider opportunities for senior officials’ mutual visits that advance bilateral relations.

2. Iran and the remaining world powers Russia, China, Germany, France and the U.K. in the 2015 nuclear deal will hold a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the U.S.’s return to the accord, the European Union said in a statement.

3. Russia on Wednesday declined multiple offers to renew a tenuous ceasefire with Ukraine over the ongoing war in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.

4. South Korean capital Seoul said on Thursday it has sent a proposal for co-hosting the 2032 Olympics with the North’s Pyongyang to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a bid to keep its hopes alive despite Brisbane being the front-runner.

5. Japan s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Washington for talks with President Joe Biden on April 16, the government announced on Friday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters that Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person since he took office in January.

6. Myanmar ‘s wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, a local provider said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta’s takeover. Also Friday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report saying that Myanmar ‘s military has forcibly disappeared hundreds of people, including politicians, election officials, journalists, activists and protesters and refused to confirm their location or allow access to lawyers or family members in violation of international law.

7. A train partially derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday after colliding with an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill, killing 48 people.

8. Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was invited by Taiwan’s ambassador to the United States Hsiao Mei-qin, met Twin Oaks, the former residence of Taiwan’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday, to exchange views on how to further strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

9. Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar burned the country’s constitution on Thursday, as a group of lawmakers ousted by the military junta announced a new civilian government in defiance of the ruling junta.

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