Katyusha News Reference – Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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I.The Federal State of China News

1. On January 20, the website of the Discipline Inspection and  Supervision of the Chinese Communist Party releases an article entitled “Enlightenment from the case of Wang Xiaoguang, former member of the Standing Committee of the Guizhou Provincial Party Committee and former vice governor, case-to-case work revelation to promote reform. “Cutting off Maotai’s chain illegal interests and promoting the direct management of the valuable resources”. The article said that high-value products are local, special resources and gold brands and must not become “cash cow”, “door opener” for gifts and “hard currency” for cash accumulation

2. China Unicom, China Mobile, and China Telecom announced in Hong Kong that they would submit a written request to the New York Stock Exchange on January 20, to review the Exchange’s decision to delist their shares. According to the NYSE Listed CompanyManual, the review will be scheduled at least 25 business days from the date the request for review is filed. It is believed that the Communist Party of China is speculating about the determination of the U.S. government to pull down the Communist Party after the Biden administration takes office

3. On January 21, Twitter said that they locked the account of the CCP Embassy in the United States because a previous tweet about Xinjiang by the account violated the platform’s guidelines. Hua Chunyin expressed her concern and puzzle about this matter.

4. The Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism Office of the State Council of the Communist Party of China recently issued a notice on further improving the current epidemic prevention and control work. The detection capacity of nucleic acid in cities with different population sizes should be clearly defined. Cities with more than 5 million permanent residents should be able to complete the full-time detection within 3 to 5 days

Previously, many large and medium-sized cities did not have the ability and reserves to implement full-staff testing in the short term in the response to the epidemic.

5. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the Communist Party of China met from Wednesday to Friday to review the draft Coast Guard Law, authorizing the Communist Party of China Coast Guard to use weapons when dealing with foreign vessels carrying out “illegal” activities in the sea areas they designate. Some analysts believe that after the adoption of the Maritime Police Law, the position of the CCP Coast Guard in the system of the armed forces in wartime will be clearer, and even become the “Second Navyunit”.

II.World News

1. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, boarded Air Force One and flew to Florida on January 20. His four-year presidency ended on the same day. Speaking from the White House, he said that serving as President of the United States was a “lifetime honor” and wished the next administration success. President Trump’s inauguration is breaking the decades-old tradition again.

2. On January 20, Joe Biden was sworn in in Washington, becoming the 46th President of the United States. Later, in his speech, he repeatedly emphasized “The United States of unity” and expressed his deep understanding that the United States is currently facing “real and profound divisions”.

3. On his first day in office, Joe Biden issued 17 executive orders to reshape power. The first executive order he signed repealed the “1776 Committee” formed by the Trump administration, which aims to re-examine the history of the founding of the United States and strive to reunite the American people around the values and principles of the statehood.

4. Taiwan’s representative to the United States, Xiao Meiqin, was officially invited to attend the inauguration of Joe Biden’s 46th President of the United States. It is reported that this is the first time since 1979 that Taiwan has received an official invitation from the United States Inauguration Ceremony Preparatory, Committee. Earlier, Secretary of State of the new administration, Blinken has said at his nomination meeting that the United States has a longstanding, bipartisan commitment to Taiwan and the Taiwan Relations Act and needs to ensure that Taiwan has a way to stop aggression and protect itself.

5. “Earlier this month, we expanded our “Better Than Nothing Beta” program to include customers in the UK,” said Jessie Anderson, chief manufacturing engineer at SpaceX duringthe company launch webcast on Wednesday (20 January). 

So far, SpaceX has launched more than 1,000 Starlink high-speed Internet satellites to date and actively seeks regulatory approval from other countries.

6. Joe Biden has signed an executive order to return the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, signaling a return to multilateralism as the Biden administration will completely abandon the Trump administration’s approach to the climate crisis.

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