Katyusha News Reference ——June 1, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on June 1 encouraged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to deepen cooperation with Japan as the organization seeks to become more capable of confronting China’s rise and Russian threats.

2. The pre-negotiation required by NATO’s summit declaration has already begun. The foreign and defense ministers discussed priorities for the military alliance two weeks before. Stoltenberg said on May 31 that “China does not share our values, they do not believe in democracy and media freedom.”

3. Dr. Anthony Fauci and CCP Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director George Gao’s email exchanges were exposed on June 1 by the Washington Post, depicting a cozy relationship with his CCP counterpart.

4. Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, said no one should be fooled by CCP’s tweaking of its draconian two-child policy to allow for another. “CCP’s move from a two-child policy to a three-child policy is nothing to celebrate,” Littlejohn said Monday, noting that the Chinese Communist Party has maintained absolute control over women’s bodies and over families’ right to procreate.

5. American congressman Brian Fitzpatrick pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party has identified “five areas” of U.S. influence on Fox on June 1. Namely, academia, professional sports, Hollywood, media, and big tech platforms. He warned that current trends will enable China to achieve its goals within a decade, the United States must strike back immediately.

6. Hong Kong’s June 4th Museum, dedicated to commemorating the victims of China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, said on June 2 it would temporarily close due to a licensing investigation.

7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) believes Dr. Anthony Fauci’s purported role in “gain of function” research should “absolutely” be investigated and noted that the White House medical advisor often provides contradictory information.

8. Hong Kong officials warned May 31 that it may soon ban individuals who choose not to receive a Chinese coronavirus vaccine from nearly all major public venues, including restaurants, schools, movie theatres, and performance venues.

9. The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China on June 1 called on American basketball stars to end endorsements of CCP sportswear firms that use cotton grown in China’s Xinjiang region, warning against complicity in forced labor they say takes place there.

10. Chinese state media is calling on a nuclear build-up as a “strategic deterrence” against the United States, Newsweek reported on June 1.

11. U.S. senior diplomat Wendy Sherman June 1 says Washington has “serious concerns” about China’s “military presence” at a naval base undergoing Beijing-backed expansion on Cambodia’s coast.

12. French sugar producer Tereos is seeking to exit its ventures in China and Romania as part of a wider move by the new management to divest some international assets to lighten the group’s heavy debt and boost profitability, sources close to the matter said.

13. CCP’s chief trade envoy talked with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on June 2, the CCP government said, but gave no indication when negotiations on ending their tariff war might resume.

14. Bankrupt Pakistan’s debt problems seem to be escalating as it is all weather-ally China has declined to restructure $3 billion in liabilities.

15. CCP fishing vessels were involved in the majority of potentially illegal fishing activity detected off the coast of Argentina over the last three years, according to newly-released analysis by a US-based ocean conservation organisation on June 2.

16. Australia is considering whether it should get the World Trade Organization involved in an ongoing dispute with China, Trade Minister Dan Tehan said on June 2. CCP commerce ministry in March announced anti-dumping tariffs between 116.2% and 218.4% on Australian wine imports — measures that are set to last for five years.

17. The U.S. Commerce Department is failing to do its part to protect national security and keep sensitive technology out of the hands of China’s military, according to a U.S. congressional advisory report seen by Reuters. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report, due to be published on Tuesday, said the Commerce Department had been slow to create a list of sensitive technology that should be scrutinized before export to China.

18. Loopholes in China’s green financing rules could allow big state-owned firms to use proceeds from “carbon-neutral bonds” to fund day-to-day operations including coal-fired power plants, according to research published on June 1.

II. World News

1.  The chair and secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plan to travel to Myanmar this week even as the 10-nation bloc remains divided on how to respond to the military coup there, four diplomatic sources said.

2. The US secretary of state has warned leaders of Pacific countries about “threats to the rules-based international order” and “economic coercion”, in what appears to be a veiled swipe at China’s growing influence in the region.

3. Member nations of a Pacific regional trade deal agreed June 2 to allow the United Kingdom to begin the process to join, Japan’s minister in charge of the negotiations said, in a potential boost for the country’s trade following Brexit.

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Saturn & YinHe

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