Katyusha News Reference ——May 2, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview that aired on Sunday that Chinese Communist Party had recently acted “more aggressively abroad” and was behaving “increasingly in adversarial ways.”

2. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that differences between New Zealand and China are becoming harder to reconcile as Beijing’s role in the world grows and changes.

3. Investigations show that CCP are getting funding from the U.S. payroll protection program (PPP) in the coronavirus stimulus package, but it ends up sending hundreds of millions of dollars to companies with ties to China.The report highlighted the lack of congressional oversight of at least 125 CCP-connected firms able to “take advantage of the international disaster” by benefiting “directly from U.S. investment and relief measures.”

4. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday suggested that some of the migrants illegally entering the southern border could be spies from China and Iran.

5. Defence Minister Peter Dutton has vowed to speak out more openly about Chinese Communist Party’s acts of aggression, declaring everyday Australians are with the government and understand the threats posed by Beijing. Mr Dutton warned Australia was “already under attack” in the cyber world and suggested the nation’s cyber spy agency would need to be beefed up in the coming years to fight against the escalating wave of hack attacks.

6. Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.

7. The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced message on Twitter that China’s vessels get out of disputed waters, marking the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over its activities in the South China Sea.

The Philippines will continue maritime exercises inside its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, the country’s defence minister said on Sunday, despite a call by China to stop actions that it said could escalate disputes.

8. Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), facing scrutiny in China over safety and customer service complaints, is boosting its engagement with mainland regulators and beefing up its government relations team.

9. Brussels is close to finalising new legislative powers that would enable it to crack down on market-distorting subsidies from foreign governments, as the EU seeks to defend itself from perceived unfair competition from capitals including Beijing.

10. The Chinese embassy in Japan has deleted anti-American and anti-Semitic images from its Twitter after a storm of criticism

11. This week, Hungary signed a strategic agreement with the Shanghai-based Fudan University on opening a campus in Budapest by 2024. But critics say it has very serious national security risks in this investment.”

12. On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders released its annual Global Press Freedom Index for 2021, ranking Hong Kong 80th out of 180 countries and territories. The situation of press freedom in Hong Kong continues to be deteriorated, dropping from the 59th place in 2013 to the 73rd place in 2019, and falling to the 80th place in 2020 after the “anti-Chinese” campaign.

15. Huawei has been hit hard by US sanctions, curtailing operations and plunging sales, Huawei’s CEO of consumer business Chengdong Yu revealed his company’s current situation on WeChat. In less than two years, the United States has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Huawei, and Huawei has hit a bad patch and cannot deliver goods.

II. World News

1. The top uniformed officials of the U.S., Japan and South Korea met recently in Hawaii to address concerns about North Korea and discuss the importance of promoting a rules-based international order in the region.

2.The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iran’s state-run television broadcaster that deals had been reached between the Islamic Republic, Washington and the United Kingdom that would see prisoners swapped and Tehran receive billions of dollars.

3. Americans are split on whether President Biden should press forward with an infrastructure plan to reinvigorate the US economy — even if it means raising taxes, according to a new survey. 47 percent — including 78 percent of Republicans — said taxes should stay where they are even at the expense of the economy.

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) YinHe

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