Katyusha News Reference ——May 7, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. Republicans want answers on the origins of the coronavirus and say further investigation into the possibility of a lab leak in China is warranted. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., on Wednesday in a letter to Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), requested information on what role U.S. taxpayer dollars played in funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He also questioned whether Fauci agreed with World Health Organization Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the need for a further investigation of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

2. CCP scientists have been preparing for a Third World War fought with biological and genetic weapons including coronavirus for the last six years, according to a document obtained by US investigators.

3. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken used a speech to the United Nations on multilateralism to issue a not-so-subtle rebuke of CCP’s behavior on everything from human rights to territorial disputes.

4. ” The U.S. government on Friday called for Taiwan to be invited as an observer to the upcoming meeting of the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, a move China has opposed. “There is no reasonable justification for Taiwan’s continued exclusion from this forum,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

5. Uyghur Muslims in China’s western territory of Xinjiang have largely refrained from participating in traditional religious rituals associated with the Islamic holiday of Ramadan such as dawn-to-dusk fasting and increased prayer over the past month due to the CCP government’s crackdown on Islam in the region.

6. In the last one week, six air shipments of vital assistance have landed in India, which is battling the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Senior Advisor Ervin Massinga from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said on Friday. The US government is making all the efforts to help India in this hour of crisis, a senior State Department official has said.

7. CCP has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday.

8. U.S. Senate committee leaders have drafted a compromise $110 billion measure for basic and advanced technology research and science over five years and the creation of a White House chief manufacturing officer in the face of rising competitive pressure from China, according to a copy of the 131-page draft legislation seen on May 7 by Reuters.

9. China’s securities regulator is weighing tighter rules for companies seeking to list in Hong Kong or overseas, a move that could hit technology firms already smarting from months of clampdowns. The China Securities Regulatory Commission is considering proposals that would require firms seeking initial public offerings (IPOs) outside mainland China to submit listing documents to ensure they are compliant with local laws and regulations, the people said.

10. Figures released on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that between January 27th and March 7th, 21 per cent of over-16s, which the ONS describes as “adult”, in Great Britain had “experienced some form of depression”. The British government’s statistics authority noted it was “more than double” that observed before the coronavirus pandemic, when between July 2019 and March 2020 that figure was 10 per cent.

11. The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Joe Biden’s policies are bolstering Chinese control over the global supply of critical minerals.

12. On May 7, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) issued a notice on cleaning up personal bank accounts that have not been used for a long time, saying it will start cleaning up personal bank accounts (debit cards and current passbooks) from July. .In addition to China Construction Bank、Agricultural Bank of China、Postal Savings and other major state-owned banks, China EverbrightCITIC、Ping An、Industrial、 Guangdong Development and other joint-stock banks also have been further launched.

13. Three Chinese telecommunications companies China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom said on Friday they will be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange in line with U.S. investment restrictions dating to last year.

II. World News

1. The United States Covid-19 death toll has been undercounted by more than 300,000 deaths, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). While the U.S. has reported roughly 574,000 deaths due to the coronavirus, the study found that the total is actually some 905,000. The study also concluded that the worldwide Covid-19 death toll is nearly 7 million — more than twice the reported number of 3.24 million.

2. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the top respiratory disease official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who was among the first to warn the American public about how much the pandemic would change everyday life, is stepping down from the agency.

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) YinHe

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