Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News
1. Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized CCP’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” arguing that its “failure” to cooperate in the early stages of the virus led to the situation’s getting “out of hand.” Blinken also said the U.S. is concerned about CCP’s aggressive actions against Taiwan and warned it would be a “serious mistake” for anyone to try to change the status quo in the Western Pacific by force. But he said, talk of the U.S. boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics is “premature” right now.
3. The people who describe themselves as “victims of forced confessions broadcast on Chinese television” are urging European satellite operator Eutelsat to reconsider carrying Chinese channels CGTN and CCTV4.
4. Senator Marsha Blackburn, who appeared on “Fox News Live” Sunday, said the Communist Chinese state is part of a “new axis of evil” and that the Biden administration needs to ” stand solid and resolute for democracy.”
5. The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday Russia and China were hampering a united international response to Myanmar’s military coup and that the EU could offer more economic incentives if democracy returns to the country.
6. The Sweden Democrats and the Christian Democrats have called for the expulsion of Gui Congyou, the Chinese ambassador to Sweden, but Ann Linde, Sweden’s foreign minister, told reporters on April 11 that she would not expel the ambassador, but would continue to criticize the Chinese embassy for its actions, France Radio reported.
7. In the coming week, the Court of Justice in Paris will hear the case against several well-known clothing companies, Zara, Uniqlo, Sandro and Skechers, alleging misuse of cotton materials from China’s Xinjiang province by human rights groups and individual owners.
8. The General Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee issued a circular on Sunday calling for a publicity campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of CCP, with the theme of “always following the Party.”
II. World News
1. ” The Marine Corps flattop USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship equipped with thousands of Marines, helicopters and tilt-rotor troop transports, joined the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier for the integrated operations on Friday, the Navy said in a statement.“This expeditionary strike force fully demonstrates that we maintain a combat-credible force, capable of responding to any contingency, deter aggression, and provide regional security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
2. Israel will work with Washington to ensure any “new agreement” on Iran’s nuclear programme will safeguard regional security, Defence Minister Benny Gantz told his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on Sunday. The comments came as Austin made the first high-level US trip to Israel since talks resumed on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, which the Jewish state fiercely opposed.
3. John C. Inglis, the former deputy director of the National Security Agency, is expected to be tapped by President Biden to head the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, according to a report late Sunday. The moves come as the administration is grappling with the response to two major cyber events — one a Russian cyberespionage campaign known as SolarWinds that compromised nine federal agencies and about 100 private companies, and the other a Chinese hack of Microsoft Exchange servers that hit the private sector.
4. A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in an artillery attack by Russian-backed separatist rebels, the Ukrainian military said on April 11. The Kremlin, meanwhile, says it will not go to war with Ukraine.
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