Katyusha News Reference – Saturday, January 23, 2021

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I.The New Federal State of China News

1.Due to the repeated CCP coronavirus outbreak, the Hong Kong government has blocked four streets in Jordan since January 23 and forced about 10,000 citizens in the district to undergo nucleic acid testing. During this period, residents are not allowed to enter and leave, and stores are closed. This is the first time that Hong Kong has responded to the epidemic by blockade of the districts.

2.Since the anti-amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance in Hong Kong in 2019, Wang Fengyao, known as “Wang’s mother-in-law,”, who has participated in many democratic demonstrations, is arrested again by the Hong Kong police, on suspicion of obstructing official duties while on the evening of January 22nd local time, holding a sign in a lamp opposite General Ao Sheung Tak Estate 

3.In an effort to curb the sharp decline in real estate, the Chinese Communist Party has brought large-scale bad debts to banks. On December 31 last year, the CCP Central Committee together with the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) Issue a directive on ” The Establishment of a Centralized Management System for Real Estate Loans by Banking Financial Institutions.” A week ago, China Merchants Bank’s Shenzhen branch, Guangzhou branch, and its branches in Guangdong province suspended mortgage lending, while the front-end business claimed to be “restrained from taking orders”.

Among other shareholding banks, Everbright Bank in the Shenzhen area branches and Guangfa Bank has suspended mortgage loans.

4.On January 23, the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council of the Communist Party of China issues the work plan for the prevention and control of the Coronavirus Decease in rural areas in winter and spring, stipulating that personnel returning from the field to rural areas today for the Spring Festival need to return home with a negative nucleic acid test and carry out 14-day home health monitoring.

According to the news, some cities are proposing to restrict the sale of medicines for cold or fever symptoms in pharmacies in order to force people with these symptoms to seek medical attention at government health units.

5.On January 23, the Canadian Foreign Office says that Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, were again given “on-site virtual consular access” to the former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, This is the third time since Kovrig was detained by the Chinese Communist Party that a “consular video visit” has been arranged.

6.According to a report released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 23, patent applications in and from Communist China have risen rapidly due to non-market factors such as incentives and subsidies. The ruling clique of the Chinese Communist Party is not elected by the people, and it is very eager to prove its legitimacy. Economics and technological achievements are the most important tools used by the CCP regime to prove its leadership and governance legitimacy. The CCP propaganda department described a large number of patent applications as a major technological achievement, helping to “offset” allegations of intellectual property theft inWestern countries.

7.The Chinese Communist Party has again tightened its supervision over public opinion on the Internet. On January 22, the Cyberspace Administration issued the newly revised Provisions on the Administration of Public Account Information Service for Internet Users, specifically targeting the public account information platforms and service providers with 23 additional items of corresponding regulatory contents.

8.Nature magazine publishes an article “The fast-spreading COVID-19 variant can elude immune responses” on January 21, proving that some cononavirus variants can evade the human immune responses and reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.

II.World News

1.On January 22, President Biden signs an executive order to accelerate the delivery of bailout checks to struggling American families and provide more food subsidies to children who rely on school meals. This is an effort by the new administration to alleviate the difficulties of American families and wait for Congress to complete negotiations on the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package.

2.Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense says that after eight CCP bombers and four fighter jets flew into Taiwan’s defense zone on January 23, another 15 more planes flew into the same airspace on January 24. Six J-10 fighters, four J-16 fighters, two Su-30 fighters, one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, and two Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft were dispatched to the Taiwan disturbance, causing a steep rise in tensions near both sides of the strait

3.According to media reports, senior officials such as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, of the US Department of Justice, have been discussing an amnesty plan in recent months, that scholars who truthfully provides information on their receipt of foreign funding may not face criminal liability. The administration hopes the move will encourage researchers to be frank and lenient and help investigators master the infiltration of foreign scientific research.

4.The Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Kelu Chao has replaced the heads of the three U.S.-funded international broadcasting grantees, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Victoria Coates, Radio Free Asia (RFA), Stephen Yates and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN), Ted Lipien.

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