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I. The New Federal State of China News
1. The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday (January 12) that it would cancel all planned travels this week, including Secretary of State Pompeo’s European trip and the visit of the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Kelly Craft, to Taiwan. Xiao Meiqin, Taiwan’s representative to the United States, also confirmed that Craft did not visit Taiwan. The cancellation of official travel plans is linked to the transfer of power over the Biden administration, the State Department statement said.
2. On January 11, the U.S. Naval Operations Department announced a 10-year plan, which sets out the future priorities of the U.S. Navy to maintain its maritime military advantage over the Chinese Communist Party. It is worth noting that the United States must counter the rapidly growing military power of the Communist Party and aggressive behavior in the Pacific Ocean, or risk losing its world’s most powerful maritime military force, according to a new maritime strategy report signed last month by the commanders of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Status.
3. The bill signed by President Trump last month includes more than 800 million US dollars for rare earth and strategic mineral research, according to media reports. Some experts pointed out that this will make the U.S. industrial chain more complete and maintain its long-term strategic advantage over the Chinese Communist Party.
4. On January 12, the National Development and Reform Commission of the Chinese Communist Party and the multi-department issued opinions on doing a good job in the Spring Festival travel rush in 2021 and strengthening the prevention and control of the Spring Festival travel rush, pointing out that to strictly implement the epidemic prevention and control requirements, the “health code” will be accelerated to pass nationwide. With the help of epidemic prevention and control, the Chinese Communist Party is gradually realizing digital monitoring and restriction of the people.
5. There are signs that the CCP is considering taking more measures to prevent Hong Kong’s democrats from reviving forces to challenge Beijing’s control of Hong Kong. Reuters reported on Tuesday (January 12) that the Chinese Communist Party will reform the Hong Kong Legislative Council election to weaken the influence of democrats.
6. The epidemic situation in Shijiazhuang and Ditai, Hebei Province has risen sharply. On January 11, more than 20,000 villagers in 12 villages in Zengcun Town, Shijiazhuang City were transferred to quarantine. 6 cities and counties are closed and all staff is required to test. The severe epidemic has delayed or canceled the National People’s Congress in many provinces of the Chinese Communist Party.
7. Recently, Australia blocked China Construction Group’s acquisition of Australian construction company Probuild for 300 million Australian dollars for national security reasons, indicating to CCP investors that Australia’s censorship of CCP investment has tightened.
8. On January 12, several U.S. media reported that Barbara Boxer, a former California congressional senator, had registered as a foreign agent in the Department of Justice and had been confirmed to serve the U.S. subsidiary of Hikvision, a Chinese surveillance equipment giant. Boxer also donated $500 to Joe Biden’s inaugural committee late last month, according to information disclosed by the Foreign Agent Registration Act in DOJ filings. Hikvision is affiliated with the CCP military, and its controlling shareholder is the China Electronic Technology Group, a state-owned enterprise of the Chinese Communist Party.
9. The media reported Monday (January 11) that the U.S. government is trying to pass a final rule requiring schools and universities with K-12 external communication programs to disclose any contracts, partnerships, or financial arrangements with Confucius Institutes or classrooms. Between 2014 and 2019, CCP-controlled institutions donated at least $315 million to American universities in total. More than a quarter of the donations came from defense contractors or public universities that worked closely with the CCP military.
10. In an interview on January 10, White House trade adviser Navarro said that Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba, was a “mafia” who stole American e-commerce technology. He also said that Xi Jinping’s purpose in dealing with Jack Ma was to ” kill a chicken in order to frighten a monkey”. Lude Press has previously analyzed that the series of actions initiated by Jack Ma is only bitter tricks for Chinese Communist enterprises to win the sympathy of the United States. The U.S. government may need to always recognize that Jack Ma is a “gangster” and the Chinese Communist Party is a gangster group.
11. British Foreign Secretary Raab asked the United Nations to send a representative into Xinjiang on Tuesday (January 12) to verify human rights violations such as forced labor there. Raab also said that the UK will introduce new rules requiring British companies to work to prevent Xinjiang products from entering the supply chain.
12. On January 12, according to World Oil Magazine, BP recently rented a natural gas (LNG) ship to transport cargo from the United States for $350,000 per day, setting a record for the highest rent of a merchant ship in history. The soaring freight rate of LNG is mainly due to the recent impact of cold wave weather, and the demand for LNG in Asia has increased greatly, among which the increase in imports of the Chinese Communist Party is the most obvious.
13. The U.S. government began to gradually impose sanctions on overseas-listed companies of the Chinese Communist Party, such as China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, triggering international investors to sell-off. However, there are signs that since Monday (January 11), the Chinese Communist Party has bought shares in Hong Kong-listed companies, including the three communication companies, pushing up its Hong Kong stock prices. It is believed that the CCP’s move is to slow down the overall valuation of its enterprises in international financial markets.
14. The last clinical trial conducted in Brazil showed that the effective rate of the virus vaccine of Kexing Biotechnology was only 50.38%, nearly 30 percentage points lower than the initial results released last week.
II. World News
1. President Trump traveled to the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Tuesday (January 12) to inspect the wall built there. He pointed out, “I keep my campaign promise.” President Trump also stressed that “the freedom of speech in the United States is currently under unprecedented attacks. While the 25th Amendment is not a threat to me, the bad situation of free speech will also plague Joe Biden and his management team.”
2. According to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) on January 12, Iran is introducing legislation to eliminate Israel within 20 years. According to the report, the bill submitted to the Iranian Parliament sets out the goal of destroying Israel in 2041 and specifies four tasks: carry out “decisive revenge” against the United States and expel the United States from the Middle East; continue to carry out Soleimani’s task of destroying Israel; countering economic sanctions, and pursue a contemptuous foreign policy.
3. The confirmation hearing for Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury is scheduled for January 19 in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Yellen was the chairman of the Federal Reserve, and according to the current situation, she may win confirmation in the Senate. Yellen will support Biden’s trillions of dollars in the new stimulus package and believe that such a plan will revive the economy.
4. This week, after large banks, including J.P. Morgan and Bank of America, announced the suspension of political contributions to bipartisan lawmakers, several U.S. companies also announced that they would suspend political contributions. The commentator believes that the suspension plan will not last long, which is just a rule by enterprises to wash away their democratic signboards.
5. The blockade of freedom of expression goes beyond the Internet but has now extended to more media channels. Cumulus Media, which includes several of the most popular right-wing talk shows and the largest radio talk show in the United States, last week ordered its radio hosts not to continue to promote electoral conspiracy theories or be fired.
6. On Tuesday afternoon (January 12), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, composed of the top generals of various departments of the U.S. military, issued a memorandum condemning the impact on Congress last Wednesday and reminding all U.S. military service personnel to support and defend the Constitution “from all enemies at home and abroad”. The memo also stated, “On January 20, President-elect Biden will be sworn in as commander-in-chief, as the constitution, confirmed by states and courts and certified by Congress.”