Katyusha News Reference ——June 7, 2021

. The New Federal State of China News 

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on June 7 the United States was consulting with allies and other countries on a “shared approach” to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, amid criticism of CCP and calls for boycotts over human rights abuses.

2. Appearing June 7 on the Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, World Health Organization advisory board member Jamie Metzl stated the communist Chinese government’s “massive cover-up” of the origins of the coronavirus still persists.

3. Coming off the highly provocative visit of a trio of U.S. senators to Taiwan over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Biden administration has launched plans for trade and investment talks with Taiwan, in what Beijing will surely see as creeping efforts to ‘normalize’ Taiwan independence claims in violation of the longstanding One China policy.

4. The US Senate is set to approve a sweeping legislative plan aimed at improving the country’s ability to compete with Chinese technology as Congress increasingly seeks to take a tough stance against Beijing on June 8.

5.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills on Monday that seek to fight against the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the United States. The first bill is meant to defend public institutions from “undue foreign influence,” the Republican governor said at a press conference in Miami, pointing out that it will prohibit “agreements between public entities and the Communist Party of China or Cuba or any of these malignant forces.” The second piece of legislation criminalizes theft and trafficking trade secrets, with DeSantis warning that “Anyone who willfully, without authorization, steals or attempts to steal a trade secret and uses it for their own benefit will now face a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

6. China made a “huge strategic blunder” when it retaliated against Europe by imposing sanctions on EU politicians, former top White House trade negotiator Clete Willems said on June 7.

7. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on June 7 said that the Biden administration will continue to push China for more information on the origins of COVID-19 as the “lab leak” theory has gained steam.

8. A classified report from a top U.S. government laboratory on the origins of the coronavirus concluded in May 2020 that the theory stating the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China should be investigated further, The Wall Street Journal reported on June 7.

9. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. and the rest of the international community trusted the Chinese government “a little bit too much” regarding the origins of COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic.

10. Social media giant Facebook has refused all 202 Hong Kong government requests for user data it received in the six months after Hong Kong enacted the national security law last June.

11. Apple’s new feature designed to give users more privacy when browsing the web will not be available in China, one of the iPhone maker’s most important markets.

12. Officials in Guangdong, southern China banned all travel out of the southern province and its capital, Guangzhou, indefinitely starting June 7 to contain a local CCP coronavirus outbreak.

13. Former State Department officials told Fox News that the department’s leaders were warned against investigating ties between gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and the origins of COVID-19 due to concerns that such investigative efforts could bring “unwelcome” attention to the U.S. government’s funding for that research.

II. World News

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on June 7 the Biden administration is determined to appoint an envoy responsible for monitoring the human rights situation in North Korea, but that he was not able to offer a timeline for this.

2. Websites around the world, including major news sites, Amazon and the United Kingdom’s government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early June 8.

Britain’s cabinet office is urgently investigating an internet outage which affected the government’s website, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on June 8.

3. The HAVANA Act, which passed on June 7, would give agency heads additional authority to provide financial and medical support to those suffering from the so-called Havana Syndrome.

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