Katyusha News Reference ——April 3, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1 .Speaking to The Weekend Australianin a wide-ranging interview, Mike Pompeo said that Continued biological weapon research in Chinese labs keeps the threat of global pandemics just as deadly as COVID-19 at large。

2. Candidates for public office in Hong Kong will have their entire history vetted, its top justice official said Saturday, after CCP announced a radical overhaul to ensure only “patriots” run the city.

3. Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said the United States was hopeful it could work with China to tackle climate change, despite longstanding disagreements that have affected the bilateral relationship. Kerry said, “President Biden has made it clear and I’ve made it clear: none of the other issues we have with China — and there are issues — is held hostage to or is engaged in a trade for what we need to do on climate.”

4. South Korea’s foreign minister Chung Eui-yong said on Saturday he expects China to play a role in peacemaking between South and North Korea, inviting Xi Jinping to visit as the United States and its allies agreed to continue pushing Pyongyang to denuclearise.”

5. Facebook staffers are reportedly expressing their concerns on internal message boards over CCP government ads on the social media platform, which promote a message that China’s Muslim minorities in the nation’s Xinjiang region are happy and thriving.

6. A record number of companies are abandoning attempts to list on China’s answer to the Nasdaq, as regulators increase scrutiny of technology businesses after scuppering Ant Group’s $37bn initial public offering. The increased scrutiny of IPOs also comes as official concerns grow that a flood of listings could suck liquidity out of China’s stock market. Beijing’s rising preference for listings by certain kinds of tech companies, such as those in strategically important areas.

7. Major League Baseball is protesting a democratically passed Georgia voting law while strengthening ties on Wednesday with Tencent, the Chinese Communist Party company that has cracked down on Murray, an NBA executive who supports the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

8. Newly appointed Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton responded to criticism from the Global Times accusing him of seeking to “stir the pot” with the United States on the South China Sea, saying he would cooperate fully with the United States. “We don’t support militarisation of ports”. “We don’t support any foreign country trying to exert influence here via cyber or other means. We don’t want to see conflict in our region.” he said.

9. In an interview with the Editorial Network, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer warned against CCP’s attempts to influence world order.

10. The military situation in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks, and the diplomatic spat between Kiev and Moscow is turning into the first test between the new US administration and Russia.

11. Huawei, which has filed at least 20 “lawful” eavesdropping patents issued a new one on Tuesday, the industry analysts say it could provide for mass surveillance of Chinese citizens when CCP government request for it. However, the news has been deleted from the media later. This incident aroused public concerns, with many netizens saying Huawei has the responsibility to delivery an explanation to the public.

12. Global Affairs Canada said Friday that consular staff were allowed to speak to two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are being interrogated behind closed doors in China, for the first time since the trial began in mid-March.

II. World News

1. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has called on Iran to show a constructive stance in indirect talks to be held with a US delegation in Vienna next week. “I encouraged Iran to be constructive in the discussions that are set to take place,” Le Drian said. “They are meant to help identify in the coming weeks the steps that will be needed in order to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal.”

2. In a letter this week, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden along with several other senators asked major corporations such as Twitter, Verizon and AT&T for information on the foreign ad buyers with access to U.S. user data.

3. Suzuki Motor will temporarily halt production at two of its three auto plants in Japan due to a shortage of semiconductors, Nikkei has learned, a sign of the growing headache the supply squeeze is causing the industry.

4. In an Easter television address on Saturday, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked Germans to remain united and overcome a “crisis of trust” in the government as the country battles a “ferocious” third wave of the coronavirus. Such speeches to the nation are rare.

5. Ukrainian President Viktor Zelensky spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden by phone on Friday, discussing the recent movement of Russian troops around country’s border and the situation in the Crimea. The White House has reiterated that the United States firmly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, if Russia makes a major incursion, Washington will not ignore Kiev’s isolation。

6. European countries are providing help for Taiwan’s indigenous submarine project, the island’s defence ministry said, in a rare admission that the sensitive programme is not getting assistance solely from the United States.

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