Katyusha News Reference ——April 14, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1.  U.S. spy agency leaders said on Wednesday that China is an “unparalleled” priority, citing Beijing’s regional aggression and cyber capabilities as they testified at a public congressional “Worldwide Threats” hearing for the first time in more than two years.

2.“U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, questioned the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Burns, and the National Security Agency Director General Paul Nakasone on the origins and true source of the COVID-19 virus. “And that is that there was an accident at a laboratory that ended up impacting the world the way we’ve seen.”

3. Some state-run detention centers for ethnic Uyghurs in China’s western Xinjiang territory oversaw as many as 80 forced sterilization surgeries per day in recent years, an exiled Uyghur gynecologist who treated women in the camps alleged in a recent interview.

4. The U.S. intelligence community conceded Wednesday that China is still keeping America in the dark about the true origins of the novel coronavirus, stressing that it may have accidentally leaked out from a lab in Wuhan, China.

5. A bipartisan House resolution introduced Wednesday by foreign affairs leadership condemns China for its ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims and calls for the United Nations to take action to stop China’s “crimes against humanity.”

6. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told emissaries visiting at U.S. President Joe Biden’s request on Thursday that the island would work with the United States to deter threats from Chinese military activities.

7. Romania’s centrist government on Thursday approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network.

8. The European Union’ foreign policy chief expressed “solidarity” with the U.S. Thursday in the wake of the so-called SolarWinds hack, a breach of federal government agencies and American corporations that’s blamed on Russian hackers.

9. China continues to remain a threat to the U.S. with rising concerns regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s global domination. One America’s Stephanie Myers spoke with national defense and space race expert Brandon Weichert who urges the U.S. to make major changes to stay ahead of China.

10. Not content with claiming sovereignty over nearly every crag of rock and spit of sand in the South China Sea, China has taken the unusual step of registering trademarks over hundreds of land features scattered throughout those disputed waters, an investigation by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, has found.

11. The “world is coming to see the recklessness” with which the Communist Chinese government handled the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused “so much grief and loss of life around the world,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, and he is “ecstatic” that that is happening.

12. Russia massing troops on the border of Ukraine and China continuing military overflights and maritime operations near Taiwan are in part a test of the resilience of the U.S.-led web of alliances, the chief of naval operations Gilday said on Wednesday.

13. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told emissaries visiting at U.S. President Joe Biden’s request on Thursday that the island would work with the United States to deter threats from Chinese military activities.

14. Commons to vote on declaration of genocide in Xinjiang province. Organisers seek backing of two-thirds of MPs for all-party motion citing China’s treatment of Uyghurs.

15. Deployment of China ‘s new DF-26 intermediate-range missile, dubbed the “Guam killer” by Beijing, has rapidly expanded over the past year, according to a Pentagon intelligence report.

16. The 11th round of India-China military talks on disengagement and de-escalation from Gogra-Hot Springs area of East Ladakh did not yield the required result with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reluctant to restore April 2020 status quo along the 1597-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector.

17. China will “teach a lesson” to “foreign forces attempting to use Hong Kong as a pawn,” Beijing’s top local official said on Thursday at a ceremony to mark the city’s first National Security Education Day. Liaison Office Director Luo Huining gave no details but said Beijing has always been “true to its word and resolute in its deeds” in ensuring national security.

18. “With the active support and participation of all parties, we are confident of overcoming the impact of the epidemic and hosting a simple, safe and wonderful Olympics,” Xi said at a gathering of ambassadors in Beijing on Wednesday.

19. India is keeping tabs on China’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea and taking steps to ensure that the Chinese navy doesn’t muscle its way into the Indian Ocean where combat-ready Indian warships are carrying out round-the-clock surveillance for any unusual activity.

II. World News

1. The United States and the European countries party to the Iran nuclear deal pushed back on Wednesday against Tehran’s decision to enrich uranium at 60% purity, with the top U.S. diplomat calling the move “provocative” and questioning Iran’s seriousness about talks.

2. US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed to call on Russia to reduce its troops on the border with Ukraine, Merkel’s office said Wednesday.

3. A senior Japanese ruling party official said cancelling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire, as a fourth wave of infections surges less than 100 days from the planned start of the Games.

4. A hacking campaign that International Business Machines Corp. detected last year against organizations involved in the manufacturing, transportation and storage of COVID-19 vaccines was wider than initially understood and is now found to have targeted more than 40 companies in 14 countries, the company said on Wednesday.

5. North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year as a way to force President Joe Biden ‘s administration to enter into dialogue, US intelligence experts said in a report released Tuesday.

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