Katyusha News Reference – Sunday, February 7, 2021

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I. The New Federal State of China News

1. The Associated Press reported Feb. 6 that President Joe Biden said the Communist Party would face “extreme competition” from the United States under his administration, saying Xi Jinping does n‘t have a democratic bone in his body, yet still believes the U.S. and China can avoid conflict

2. Japan’s 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters said on January 7 that two Chinese coast guard ships intruded into the waters near the Senkaku Islands and the Chinese vessels pointed their bows toward a Japanese fishing boat and made a move to approach. After the new Coast Guard Law comes into effect in China,the Communist allows their coast guard to use weapons against foreign ships. Their official vessels have sailed into Japan’s waters for two consecutive days in a row

3. The Chinese Communist party’s local authorities forced the introduction of a “bilingual” teaching model before it opened last autumn, which triggered massive public protest, as the communist party is all along imposing policies of forced assimilation, cultural erasure, and ideological indoctrination in the autonomous regions. Recently, the Chinese Communist Party again defied the opposition and launched the “Implementation Plan for the Implementation of the Unified Textbook for Three Subjects, using common language, Mandarin instead of Mongolian language as guaranteed in the constitution 

4. Hong Kong internet radio personality “Giggs” charged with seditious intent after being arrested by national security police on Feb 7. This is Giggs second arrest in a month. He was first arrested alongside his assistant last November on suspicion of money laundering and aiding secession under the national security law

Repeated harassment is part of the CCP’s strategy of retaliation at the crucial moment. 

5. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Beijing-backed WYW Holding Limited intends to construct a new city on the Island of Daru in Papua New Guinea, just 200 kilometers north of Australia’s Cape York. It is feared China could have an ulterior motive with secret plans to turn Daru (pictured) into a naval base. The Australian government says they will discuss the proposal with the PNG government

6. The Chinese government is stepping up one of the largest real-world trials on the Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP), The communist announced at the end of last weekend that give away a total of RMB 10 million (US$1.5 million) worth of the digital yuan to individuals in Beijing during the Spring Festival.That marks the third major test of the digital currency under development by the People’s Bank of China. The cities of Shenzhen and Suzhou held similar experiments in the last few months.

7. Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist who worked as an anchor for Chinese state television CGTN has been formally arrested for “illegally supplying state secrets overseas”

Australia has updated its travel advice for Communist China in early July last year to warn that authorities have detained foreigners on alleged national security grounds and that Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention.

II. World News

1. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce on Monday that the United States will return to the U.N Human Rights Council as an observer. Previously, the United States withdrew from the agency because of the UNESCO’s alleged over ‘anti-Israel bias’. The members of the UNESCO agency currently include China, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Venezuela, all of which have been accused of human rights abuses

2. Iran will not lift its ban on talks with the United States, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday and the only way for the Biden administration to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement signed by the world powers is to lift all sanctions against Iran.President Biden has made clear he will not unilaterally lift sanctions against Iran, saying it must first adhere to its nuclear deal commitments shortly after the demands on Sunday from the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader.

3. In late January, South Korea’s media reveal that an internal document about the possibility of building a nuclear power plant in North Korea. The revelation has drawn intense criticisms from the opposition.It is also said that Moon may have delivered the proposal to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their summit in April 2018.

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