Katyusha News Reference ——April 10, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1.In a taped speech Saturday, Chinese Communist Party Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said both sides should carry forward the spirit of ping-pong diplomacy and seek common ground. The call for the two countries to use history as a guide to resolve today’s dispute is an apparent attempt to ease growing tensions between the two countries.

2. Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

3. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin III on Sunday expressed hopes to resume the joint “Balikatan” military exercise that was cancelled last year, as they discussed the situation in the South China Sea.

4. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Friday launched a hotline to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history, vowing to crack down on “historical nihilists” ahead of the Party’s 100th anniversary in July.

5. No forward movement at the latest round of Sino-India military talks on disengagement from the remaining areas in eastern Ladakh. The CCP military has said that India should cherish the “current positive trend” of de-escalation and cooling down of tensions in the border area. The CCP delegation came to the talks with a “premeditated mindset”, people familiar with the negotiations said in New Delhi on Saturday.

6. Some of Australia’s top universities have called in a Chinese Communist Party expert to detect foreign interference risks, including auditing academics from at least one institution to see if they have secret secondary jobs. The universities of Sydney, New South Wales, Monash and Queensland have all engaged former journalist and government adviser John Garnaut through consultancy firm McGrathNicol in a move designed to reassure the federal government they are taking the issue seriously.

7. ” Myanmar security forces fired rifle grenades at protesters in a town near Yangon on Friday, killing more than 80 people, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group and a domestic news outlet said. “It is like genocide,” the news outlet quoted a protest organiser called Ye Htut as saying. “They are shooting at every shadow.”

8. The revised regulation will come into force on April 15, 2021, Huang Wei, deputy head of the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, announced at a regular policy briefing held by the State Council Information Office on Monday. It is noteworthy that in the newly revised regulations, “Party and government share the same responsibility for food security” for the first time to be clearly stipulated in the administrative regulations.

9. Deputy Director of the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Bakhtiyar Shakirov died yesterday, on April 1. Previously, Shakirov had received the first batch of CCP vaccine.

II. World News

1. Former President Trump was to address a major Republican National Committee gathering Saturday night where he was expected to say that if Republicans stick to an “America First” agenda the GOP will win back Congress in 2022 and take back the White House in 2024.

2. The European Union has suggested that it and the United States suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six months, EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted as telling Germany’s Der Spiegel on Saturday.

3. A model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington predicts about 618,523 deaths from coronavirus in the United States by Aug. 1. Even if 95 percent of the U.S. population wears a mask, then this prediction would go to 604,413 deaths.

4. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on April 9 announced a ban on 1,975 varieties of seeds, which could result in individuals being sentenced to up to 10 years in prison or fined less than 10 million yen (about 600,000 yuan).

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