Katyusha News Reference – Sunday, January 17, 2021

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Ladin

I.The New Federal State of China News
1.The Communist Party of China deliberately prohibits holders of Hong Kong BNO passports from serving as civil servants or even strictly enforces the nationality law. On January 16, Tan Huizhu, deputy director of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee, adds the possibility that BNO passport holders will be denied the right to vote. Tan stresses that the British side violated the Memorandum of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in the first place. “Signing the memorandum is a very serious matter,” Tan said.  Lu Kang, spokesman of the Communist Party foreign ministry has made it clear at a regularbriefing in 2017, that the Sino-British Joint Declaration, as a historical document, no longer has any practical significance, and it is not at all binding for the central government’s management over Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

2.The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association said on January 15 that the Department of Commerce “intends to reject a large number of license applications for exports to Huawei and revokes at least one previously issued license,” Reuters revealed. The person who declines to be named says that the cancellation occurs than once. Intel is among Huawei suppliers notified.

3.The Zimbabwe defense minister has accused the Chinese Communist Party of a botched “experiment” that led to the coronavirus ravaging the world

She broke down in tears last Friday (January 15) during an interview over the death of another minister from CCP virus. Oppah Muchinguri also says she would only be vaccinated if a vaccine for the virus is developed in Zimbabwe.

4.In response to the recent measures of the United States to ease restrictions on US-Taiwan exchanges, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Jan. 18 that, “in view of the US side’s erroneous behavior, China has decided to impose sanctions on U.S. officials who have performed poorly on the Taiwan issue.” So far, the ministry has not mentioned the names of the specific U.S. officials who have been threatened with sanctions, nor has it provided the details on how the sanctions will be imposed.

5.Recently, there are repeated rumors in Communist China that the stake in profitable liquor Enterprises is transferred to the government free of charge in order to ease the huge debt pressure of local governments

The Anhui Gujing Group announced on Friday evening (January 15) that it would transfer 6% of the controlling shareholder’s state-owned equity to the Anhui Provincial Government without asking for compensation.

II. World News

1.The Senate Judiciary Committee issues a report entitled Hunter Biden, Burisma and Corruption, Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns (PDF) on January 16. The report shows that Joe Biden paid $140 million from the Federal Treasury Department to Rosemont SENECA on the grounds of “bailing out the bank”, and then the money was transferred from Rosemont to his own private account.

2.On January 17, John Ratcliffe, director of the National Intelligence Agency, issued a report (document) pointing out that Communist China interfered in the 2020 U.S. election and CIA management suppressed the information. “Based on all available sources of intelligence and consistent definitions, and reaching independent of political factors or undue pressure, we conclude that the CCP interfered in the 2020 U.S. election,” Ratcliffe wrote.

3.Israeli media reported Saturday (January 16) that Biden’s team is already negotiating with Iran to resume a nuclear agreement. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned last week not to return to the deal. The move would exacerbate the nuclear weapons stockpile in the Middle East.

4.On January 15, Russia said it would withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, which aims to allow more than 30 signatory states to conduct reconnaissance flights on each other’s territory to collect information about the troops and activities, to build trust between Russia and the West.

5.On January 16, Pence delivers a speech at the US Naval Air Station in Lemore, California, proclaims the diplomatic and military achievements of the Trump administration, and specifically referring to the threat of  Communist China and President Trump’s response. He spoke of Communist China’s determination to expand its regional influence through military provocation and debt diplomacy. He urges “the incoming government to continue our course, to stand up to the aggression and misguided trade practices of the CCP, as we have done, to stand up to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region, putting the interest of the United States and our freedom-loving allies at the top of the list .”

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