Katyusha News Reference ——April 30, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News       

1. The next phase of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic must be more scientific and data-driven, a group of scientists wrote in an open letter to the WHO on Friday. China should not be permitted to veto the team members chosen for the next WHO-led investigation and the team should be granted full access to related data such as medical records and biological samples, signers of the letter wrote. It should be given the objective of investigating all possible origins of the pandemic, including from a lab leak, according to the letter.

2. The challenge posed by China sets the pace for most U.S. defense requirements; but, despite concerns, diplomacy is important, and conflict with China is neither desirable nor inevitable, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said today.

3. The Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, found China has been rapidly expanding its military force. DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, China appears to have developed the capability to mount nuclear missiles to its warplanes.

4. “US vows to approach Taiwan with ‘clarity and resolve’. “The American position on this is quite straightforward,” U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday at a virtual forum held by the Aspen Institute. “We believe in the ‘One China’ policy, the full implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act, the six assurances … and we oppose unilateral changes to the status quo.”

5. Friday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned “there’s no evidence” showing the Biden administration is “truly prepared to confront China.”

6. The Communist Party of China implemented a law Thursday extensively regulating how much food each citizen in the country can eat, requiring restaurants to fine individuals if they leave too many leftovers and banning social media videos showing people binge eating.

7. China has fallen short on its commitments to protect American intellectual property in the ‘Phase 1’ U.S.-China trade deal signed last year, the Biden administration’s trade office said on Friday.

8. The European Union aims to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas including raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors, under an industrial action plan to be announced next week.

9. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday the United States does not consider China’s cooperation on climate change a favor, and that it was unclear if Beijing would fully follow through on its commitments to reduce emissions.

10. CNS News reported Friday that government censors in China are blocking its website after its audience increased in the communist country last year. The outlet spent much of 2020 covering China’s human rights abuses and its role in the coronavirus pandemic.

11. CCP is looking to place more troops in Africa as part of its long-term developmental ambitions, the top defense intelligence official said Thursday during a Senate hearing on worldwide threats to the United States.

12. Former US diplomat Henry Kissinger has said on Friday that US-China tensions threaten to engulf the entire world and could lead to an Armageddon-like clash between the two military and technology giants.

13. Adm. Philip Davidson, outgoing commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific, on Friday warned that China (CCP) is aiming to replace the existing international order with its own, and that the U.S. and its allies must unite to defend a free and open Indo-Pacific.

14.If we don’t realise the only ‘beneficiary’ of the climate change agenda is the Communist Party of China, then we are at risk of becoming their future ‘vassal state’, according to Former Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop.

15. Nearly a million Hungarians have been vaccinated with the CCP vaccine, however, the country’s infection and death rates remain high, among the highest in the world. Some experts have questioned the effectiveness of the CCP vaccine, but the Hungarian government has continued to cooperate with CCP. Prime Minister Orban said in a phone call with President Xi Jinping on April 29 that he hopes to continue to deepen cooperation with the Chinese government in the vaccine field.

II. World News

1. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden will pursue a “practical” approach toward ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons and will not focus on striking a grand bargain, the White House said Friday upon completion of a months-long policy review on North Korea.

2. President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense announced it has cancelled all border wall construction as directed by the president’s Executive Order issued on his first day in office, according to a statement from the Pentagon Friday.

3. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote an op-ed on Thursday in which he slammed John Kerry for holding secret talks with top Iranian officials. Pompeo said the talks undermined former President Donald Trump during his administration, and more recent reports of meetings in which Kerry allegedly divulged secrets of U.S. ally Israel.

4. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lambasted President Joe Biden’s Wednesday speech to a joint session of Congress for ignoring the ongoing crisis generated by regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, all ran by leftist dictators.

5. The U.N. agency coordinating humanitarian aid said Friday that armed conflict and insecurity in large areas of Myanmar are impeding its operations there.

6. Russia on Friday blacklisted eight officials from the European Union in retaliation for EU sanctions over the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

7. As the European Union works to articulate its first-ever formal strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, Japan’s top diplomat has embarked on a tour of Central and Eastern Europe to garner support for a harder line on Chinese maritime expansionism.

8. Former Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech Thursday, making it his first public address since leaving office. In his speech, Pence praised both conservative values and what he and former President Trump accomplished while in office.

9. The United States on Friday renewed calls for the World Health Organization’s decision-making body to include Taiwan over China’s objections, pointing to the island’s strong record on fighting Covid.

10. SAP, the German software giant, will pay more than eight million dollars in fines for illegally exporting software to Iran. The U.S. Department of Justice said the company could face more serious consequences if it did not come clean about its wrongdoing.

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