Katyusha News Reference ——June 12, 2021

.The New Federal State of China News 

1. The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries on Saturday agreed to launch a new initiative to provide financing for infrastructure in the developing world to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

2.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a Group of Seven discussion of China on June 12 and called on leaders to come up with a unified approach to the challenges posed by the People’s Republic, a source said.

3. G7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said on June 12. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the leaders of the Group of Seven world’s largest advanced economies had also agreed on the need to coordinate on supply chain resilience to ensure democracies are supporting each other.

4.Anewly unearthed video shows infectious disease researcher Peter Daszak—the U.S.-based scientist known for sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Chinese coronavirus lab prior to the COVID-19 pandemic—describing his “colleagues in China” altering coronaviruses to turn them into “killers.”

5. Alabama Rep. Jerry Carl sent a letter on June 11 demanding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi open a bipartisan investigation to examine what he calls ”contradictions” between Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails and his public statements.

6. The Data Security Law is the first comprehensive legislation governing digital data processing in China, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the bill on Thursday, and it will take effect on Sept. The new law is tightening oversight of data collection within the country, expanding the authorities’ control to include electric cars and factories, it is a move which has implications for global companies.

7. Republican California Rep. Michelle Steel called on Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to share additional COVID-19 vaccines with Taiwan June 9 amid CCP’s attempts to block access.

8. Stephen Bryen, the founding director of the Pentagon’s Defense Technology Security Administration, believes it’s time for the U.S. to confront its own culpability in the CCP-virus pandemic — starting with tough questions about the Defense Department’s funding of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese lab now widely suspected as ground zero in the spread of the virus to humans.

9.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged CCP to halt its “pressure campaign” against Taiwan. Blinken was speaking at a telephone meeting on Friday with the CCP government’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi.

10. As Donald Trump blocked China travel to the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was funding studies authored by Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers pushing for closer collaboration between the U.S. government and Chinese Communist Party.

11. The commander of Air Forces in the Pacific is warning that CCP is stealing American technology to achieve global military dominance and superpower status. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach recently told reporters the Pentagon had identified 47 military companies operating in the U.S., as part of efforts to curb Beijing’s technology theft.

12. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement after Chinese ride-hail company Didi filed for an initial public offering. “America cannot continue to allow unaccountable companies based in China to ignore our nation’s laws,” Rubio said. “Every time the SEC allows companies like Didi to list on American exchanges, it funnels desperately needed U.S. dollars into Beijing and puts the investments of American retirees at risk. The Biden Administration should take action to block Didi’s IPO and work with us on a legislative solution to prohibit all IPOs from unaccountable actors.”

13. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on June 11 called on the US and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenals during the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

14. “Who will supervise the Central Committee of China?” asked the CCP Central Committee and the General Secretary whether they will also be supervised, and what kind of supervision will they be subjected to? This is an article published by CCP media which the finger-pointing was directed at Xi Jinping, the party chief.

15. Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, on June 11 signed into law a Washington-backed bill that effectively bans the Chinese Communist Party and Huawei from participating in the development of the country’s 5G telecommunications network because of security concerns.

II. World News

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong reaffirmed a commitment between their countries and Japan to work closely toward the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” the State Department said.

2. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she wanted Taiwanese people to know that “America will not abandon Taiwan” and that “we will show up, and not let them face trials and tribulations alone.” Expressing alarm over China’s lack of respect for “territorial borders,” the Democratic senator from Illinois also urged greater cooperation with allies like Japan and South Korea in the greater Indo-Pacific region.

3. Putin reveals personal thoughts on Trump and Biden in rare NBC interview. The most interesting part of the conversation centered on the Russian leader’s perspective on American politics and his personal thoughts and comparison of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Putin called the former president “extraordinary” and “talented” while noting that Biden is “radically different” and is a quintessential “career man” in politics.

4. BuzzFeed News has won the news website’s first Pulitzer Prize for its in-depth coverage of mass detention camps and intensive surveillance in China’s Xinjiang province. The Pulitzer Prizes, which have a history of more than 100 years, are considered the highest honors in American journalism.

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