Katyusha News Reference – Friday, February 12, 2021

I. The New Federal State of China News

1. In an interview with Fox News on Friday, former Secretary of State Pompeo said that the biggest threat to the United States is the Communist Party, and the Biden government must “confront ” the Communist Party like the previous government, after President Biden talked to Xi Jinping on the phone.

2. The team investigating the origin of the W.H.O. virus, which returned to Geneva from Communist China, revealed more details to the media on Friday. According to the Wall Street Journal, some WHO investigators had a “heated exchange” with Chinese officials who refused to share key data on the 174 earliest cases that could help determine the origin of the outbreak. Meanwhile, the WHO chief insisted that scientists had not ruled out the possibility that the virus had leaked from a Chinese Communist laboratory, despite an earlier state

3. Bloomberg reported on Friday that Communist China has monitored U.S. computer systems for a decade by providing affected chips to Super Micro, one of the leading motherboard suppliers in the United States. According to the report, U.S. intelligence agencies are aware of this extensive CCP spy program, but do not warn Super Micro or its customers, because they prioritize monitoring the CCP surveillance technology and formulate countermeasures against these technologies.

4. The Chinese cable channel CGTN is no longer consented to broadcast in Germany, a press spokesperson for the state media authority of North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed “We are currently informing cable providers that the UK’s communications regulator (Ofcom) has revoked this channel’s UK license and that the program can therefore not be broadcast in Germany anymore,” they said, referring to the resolution made by the UK broadcasting regulator on February 4. 

5. The Hong Kong government is deliberating the Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020, which gives the Secretary for Immigration the power to prohibit anyone from leaving Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Bar Association expressed concern about the proposed amendment, which clearly give “apparent unfettered power” to the immigration director to stop residents and non-residents from leaving the semi-autonomous city.

6. There are signs that the China material manufacturers plan to dramatically increase the production of biodegradable plastics in echoing the government’s ban on the disposal of plastic bags. The massive subsidies that will follow from the CCP authorities will quickly lead to oversupply and a decline in global prices, just like the impact on global producers of solar cells, wind power equipment and Liquid Crystal Displays 

7. Mekong River water levels have fallen to worrying levels, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat said on Friday. The dropping of water level, partly due to Chinese Communist Party restricting outflow from Jinghong hydropower station in Yunnan province to the downstream shared by Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. 

8. On February 9, according to the official account of the Guangxi Daily on Wechat, Zhao Leqin no longer serves as the Secretary of the Guilin Municipal Committee. Zhao Leqin is the younger brother of Zhao Leji. Zhao Leji, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party and Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a top anti-corruption body.  Zhao Leji recently has been heavily hammered and warned by Xi Jinping.This resonates his career is in high danger.

9. Canada’s recently introduced new immigration policy has been welcomed by local Hong Kong communities in response to the Chinese Communist Party’s political clampdown following the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law. The number of Hong Kong applicants for Canadian visas has jumped 20% in the past year, according to data, Canada has become Hong Kong’s preferred destination

10. The National Interest magazine published a review article entitled “Finding Foreign Policy for the Internet” on February 8. The article believes that Washington lacks an effective and feasible Internet foreign policy. Some experts who study Chinese media say that the United States should develop a strategic, coordinated and government-wide approach to deal with foreign government rumors and propaganda challenges.

11. Brazil’s health minister said Thursday that the spread rate of the Amazon variant virus found locally is three times stronger than the original CCP virus. Brazilian scientific research institutions are conducting research on the effectiveness of vaccines against mutant viruses.

12. A spokesman for Radio Hong Kong announced on the 12th that according to the request of the State Administration of Radio and Television of the Communist Party of China, Radio Hong Kong will no longer broadcast BBC World News Channel and “BBC Current Events Week” from 11 p.m. on the 12th.

13. The Myanmar military is about to pass a strict cyber security  law, which has aroused widespread opposition from the society at home and abroad. An Internet security expert in Yangon said in an interview with VOA that the Communist Party of China has provided the necessary technical assistance to the Myanmar military to establish a network firewall.

II. World News

1. U.S. State Department spokesman Price said Friday that the U.S. government regards North Korea’s nuclear ballistic missile program as an “emergency priority”, but will not set a timetable for the next step. On January 20, the Biden administration had promised a comprehensive review of North Korea’s policy, but the details have not yet appeared.

2. Australia agreed on Friday to introduce the world’s first legislation to allow Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to pay publishers for content. The media code, which Google complained of as “inoperable”, made Australia the first country to challenge the market dominance of American technology giants.

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