Katyusha News Reference – Thursday, January 14, 2021

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I. The New Federal state of China News

1. The U.S. Department of Commerce said on January 14 that it had blacklisted China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) into the U.S. export control list. The Ministry of Commerce said that CNOOC helped the Communist Party of China intimidated neighboring countries in the South China Sea. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Commerce included Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment Co., Ltd. into the list of “Military End User” (MEU) . In addition, the United States include nine companies to the list determined by the Ministry of Defense to be linked to the military of the Communist Party of China. Namely, Xiaomi Group, Micro Semiconductor Equipment Company, Min Technology Company, Beijing Zhongguancun Development and Investment Center, Guangdong Gaoyun Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd., Daxinhua Airlines, Chinese Translation Yutong Technology Co., Ltd., China Aviation Group and China Commercial Aircraft Company.

2.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a strategic action plan on January 13, emphasizing cross-sectoral and international cooperation in immigration visas, transnational crime, economic and trade, etc. to deal with the threat posed by the Communist Party of China to the United States. The action plan says that the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security will work closely with the U.S. State Department to identify high-risk visitors from the Communist Party of China, especially those students, scholars and professionals who participate in the CCP’s military-civilian integration academic and scientific and technological projects; those who have ties to the CCP will not be granted immigration visa applicants. Immigration status and strict checks on the EB-5 investment immigration project to prevent some people from taking advantage of the loopholes of this project to steal U.S. intellectual property rights and prevent them from exerting negative influence on American companies.

3. On Thursday (January 14), U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo announced the imposition of visa sanctions on senior executives of CCP state-owned enterprises, Chinese Communist Party officials, CCP naval officials and other Chinese Communists involved in the military invasion of the Communist Party of China Sea, prohibiting these people and their immediate family members from entering the United States.

4. Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced that MIT professor Gang Chen was arrested and criminally charged on January 14 for concealing the fact that he worked for the Communist Party while working in nanotechnology funded by the United States government. Gang Chan, 56, was charged with wire fraud, failing to report foreign bank accounts and making false statements on tax forms.

Maya Mayapan, 66, a senior scientist at NASA, pleaded guilty to Judge Kevin Castell in Manhattan District Court, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday (January 13). Prosecutors said that Mayapan participated in the CCP’s “Thousand People Program”, but he hid this work from NASA and the U.S. Government Ethics Office.

5.On January 8, several California users filed a class action lawsuit against Tencent, the mother company of WeChat, and their complaint was officially submitted to the California Superior Court of Santa Clara County on the same day. The complaint is against 11 allegations, including WeChat’s “violation of the right to privacy and freedom of expression” granted by the California Constitution”. Some analysts said that this move began the battle against WeChat’s widespread infringement through judicial channels in the United States.

6.In the early morning of July 14, it was rumored that 11 people were arrested by the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police under the name of “assistance to criminals”, suspected to be related to the 12 Hong Kong people’s case. Some experts believe that the Communist Party of China obviously wants to make Hong Kong society understand through the arrest that as long as they are associated with democrats, they will be monitored by the government.

7.The People’s Daily, a party media of the Communist Party of China, posted a number of so-called foreign studies again on the 13th to refute the allegation that the virus originated from the Communist Party of China. The report falsely claimed that before the outbreak of the CCP virus, strains had been found in Italy, Spain, Brazil and other places. The lies of the Communist Party of China about the origin of the virus have not had an accurate direction of public opinion. It also tried to guide people to believe in the natural origin of the virus or the laboratory leakage hypothesis.

8.On January 14, the flight of the WHO expert group arrived in Wuhan, Hubei Province, and will start the so-called traceability of the virus. WHO said that two of the experts failed to travel because they could not pass the virus antibody test. A year ago today, WHO insisted on the CCP’s propaganda about the virus: “There is no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission yet.”

9.The situation of pneumonia in the Communist Party of China has plummeted. On Wednesday (January 13), the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Heilongjiang Province surged 43 and 68 new cases of asymptomatic infection. More than 38 million people in the province are banned from going out. Hebei added 81 new cases, including one death, the first time in nearly eight months in the mainland.

10.The China Committee of the U.S. Congress and the Administration (CECC) released its 2020 Annual Report (PDF) on Thursday (January 14) Eastern Time. In the section dealing with Hong Kong issues, it directly said that Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” framework had been dismantled, seriously undermining the rule of law in Hong Kong and the long-held enjoyment of Hong Kong people. Human rights and freedoms. The report also emphasizes that the U.S. Secretary of State first found that Hong Kong failed to maintain a high degree of autonomy after the transfer of sovereignty to the Communist Party of China in 1997.

II. World News

1. On Wednesday (January 13), Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that they had arrested Rodriguez, a woman suspected of election fraud, on several felonies such as election fraud, illegal voting, illegal aid to others to vote by mail, and illegal possession of official ballots. She faces up to 20 years in prison under Texas election law.

2. Iranian state media on Thursday (January 14) condemned a “foreign” submarine’s arrival at the site of its “intended approach naval exercise” in its Gulf of Oman. Despite the refusal of comment, the Associated Press now reports that the submarine is a U.S. nuclear submarine USS Georgia, a rare announcement aimed at emphasizing U.S. military power in the region to Iran.

3. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen held a video conversation with Ambassador Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, on January 14, and mentioned for the first time that she would continue to promote joining the United Nations in the future, so that the world knew that Taiwan is also an important partner.

4. Biden announced the $19 billion coronavirus rescue plan on Thursday (January 14), but the content of the plan does not solve the main problem of the destruction of the middle class in the United States, that is, the Federal Reserve and its ability to print money. Therefore, any of Biden’s proposals will have no impact on American society except for a short-term effect. In the long run, polarization, rich and poor, and class hatred will be more serious.

5. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has reached an agreement that will help Ecuador repay billions of dollars in loans from the CCP, provided that Ecuador excludes Chinese companies from the country’s telecommunications network. Adam Burrell, CEO of the American development bank, attended the signing ceremony with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Thursday (January 14), saying it was a “new model” to kick the Communist Party out of the Latin American country.

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