Katyusha News Reference ——Aug 1, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to President Biden asking the administration to take three crucial steps to get to the bottom of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to prevent a similar calamity in the future on July 27.

2. A new study by the U.S. health protection agency showed on July 30 that around three-quarters of the individuals infected with the novel coronavirus in outbreaks detected after large public events in a Massachusetts town had been fully vaccinated.

3. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the State Department’s “Appropriations Act” on July 29 and emphasized that “China is China. Taiwan is Taiwan.” It is forbidden to display Taiwan on the map of China.

4. The Japanese and U.S. defense chiefs agreed over the phone on July 30 to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the bilateral alliance in light of the increasingly severe security environment. They also exchanged views over the current situation in the East and South China seas, where China is expanding its military presence.

5.The independent outlet ADN Cuba published photos late Thursday reportedly showing members of Cuba’s “black beret” repressive forces training alongside the Chinese People’s Armed Police (PAP), a paramilitary force deployed to repress Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Hong Kong protesters.

6. The United Kingdom have officially opened its own space command in light of growing concerns over space threats posed by countries the likes of China and Russia. The joint initiative between the Royal Navy, military and the air force was set up to monitor anti-satellite weaponry which could affect people’s everyday lives.

7. China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN), which operates the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong with French partner EDF, said on Friday it would shut down one of the reactors at the facility for maintenance as it investigated fuel damage.

8. Huawei Technologies and the owner of TikTok poured more money into federal lobbying in the April-June quarter than in the first three months of the year, according to disclosure reports in hopes of Biden dialogue.

9. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten said on July that the US military “failed miserably” in a war game, leading to a major fighting strategy change.

10. Kenya resumes debt service to the CCP with $761 million in remittances . The East African country is still seeking an extension of DSSI relief, with debt service costs soaring 35 percent in the year to June.

11. Expansion in CCP’s factory sector in July hit the lowest level in nearly a year and a half, with a gauge of activity slipping in the latest sign of slackness of the world’s second-largest economy. CCP’s official manufacturing purchasing-managers’ index, a gauge of manufacturing activity, dropped to 50.4 in July from 50.9 in June, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Saturday.

12. Ukraine succumbed to CCP’s pressure to remove its name from an international statement about human rights abuses in China’s western Xinjiang region by threatening to limit trade and withhold access to COVID-19 vaccines,

13. China, the original home of the coronavirus which first emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, has reported its biggest outbreak of the delta variant yet after an outbreak centered around the city of Nanjing has spread across the country. As of Friday, Chinese officials have counted 206 new cases since July 20, with most of them occurring around Nanjing, although they have spread to 13 cities in at least 5 difference provinces.

14. The Biden administration is sending warships through the Taiwan Strait on a monthly basis to stoke tensions with Beijing. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold steamed through the sensitive waterway on Wednesday, the seventh such passage during Biden’s presidency.

15. Rubio calls SEC guidance on CCP “long overdue” on July 30, but says more action needed.

16. CAI Esheng, former party member and vice chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), is under disciplinary and supervisory investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the State Supervisory Commission for suspected serious violations of discipline and law. 

17. The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) released a report July 29 claiming Uyghur terrorists from the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) are attempting to carve out an Uyghur state in Afghanistan.

18. The Russian armed forces will join CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for a joint military drill in northern China in early August, CCP’s national defense ministry announced July 29.

II. World News

1. The COVID-19 pandemics in Japan has been worsened, with the number of new confirmed cases exceeding 10,000 in a single day for the first time on July 29, setting a record for the outbreak. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on July 30 that the declaration of emergency will be extended to four prefectures including Osaka prefecture. 

2. Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Singapore and Vietnam next month to strengthen the U.S.’s relationship and economic ties with the Indo-Pacific region, the White House said in a statement on July 30.

3.Thailand is looking to revive trade and business with the European Union to avoid dependence on Beijing and Washington. Economists say a free trade agreement is expected within the next few years.

4. In a statement issued July 30, the U.S. Justice Department updated details about cyberattacks that struck the offices of federal prosecutors around the country in December 2020. According to the statement, the email accounts of one or more employees at U.S. attorneys’ offices in 15 states plus the District of Columbia were affected by the intrusion into those offices’ SolarWinds network-management technology.

5. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on July 30 there will be no nationwide mandate for Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine, clarifying comments she made earlier during a televised interview.

6. Citigroup (C.N) said on July 30 it had become the first major global custodian allowed to operate an onshore fund custody business in China, tapping into the country’s $19 trillion asset management industry.

7. According to marine news website gCaptain, a Panama-flagged bulk carrier called M/V Pan Jasmine was anchored downriver from New Orleans on July 17 when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered five different pests, including two species (namely Cerambycidae, a type of beetle, and Myrmicinae, colonizing queen ants) that are known to pose a significant agriculture threat to U.S.

8. A new push by the United States Congress to require crypto brokers to report transactions to the Internal Revenue Service could create some unwelcome tax bills but could clarify rules for traders and users of Bitcoin and other digital tokens, potentially strengthening the system in the long run, people in the industry say.

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