Katyusha News Reference – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

I.The New Federal State of China News

1. As Texas faced record low temperatures this February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s power grid operator lost control of its electricity supply, leaving 2 million homes without power.

2. Taiwan’s top envoy to the United States, Hsiao Mei-chin, on Tuesday welcomed continued U.S. support for Taiwan under the new administration. She said the Chinese Communist Party is exerting increasing pressure on Taiwan, an autonomous island, while calling for “great vigilance” against the Communist Party’s maritime coercion following the recent enactment of a new maritime police law.

3. U.S. President Joe Biden appeared to excuse the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide in Xinjiang as a “cultural norm” in the communist state during a media interview Tuesday.

4. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday stated that he is not prepared to call the ongoing human rights violations against Uighurs in the Chinese communist state’s Xinjiang province genocide, saying the term needed “proper justification and proof. Erin O’Toole, the country’s Conservative Party leader, called on Trudeau Tuesday morning to “aggressively relocate the (Beijing) Olympics” and said “genocide is happening right now in Communist China.

5. Trudeau on Tuesday called for sweeping measures to amend existing gun control laws to allow municipalities to ban handguns and create a new federal buyback program. The right to own a gun is the foundation of democratic rights for ordinary people and an ever-present scruple of elitism.

6. U.S. Rep. Walz, a Republican, introduced a resolution Monday urging that the United States should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “I hope this is the first step for the U.S. government to join the 180 human rights organizations calling for a boycott (of the Beijing Winter Olympics) and to put the United States at the forefront of human rights advocates around the world,” said Rep. Walz.

7. the Sixth Ecological Environmental Protection Inspectorate of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which recently made a rare criticism of the CPC National Energy Administration. Xi’s move serves multiple purposes, showing goodwill to Biden and continuing to crack down on the Jiang faction, but it could also intensify tensions within the party.

8. The U.S. State Department has expressed concern about a new charge against Aung San Suu Kyi that was filed by Burmese police and was heard in a secret trial on Tuesday. The State Department also called on the Chinese Communist Party to make a clear statement condemning the military coup in Burma.

9. In the past 20 days or so, the first-tier cities of Shenzhen and Shanghai have intensively regulated their property markets. As the epidemic continues, the property market in the Communist Party of China is showing instability, with an increase in the number of cities where second-hand property prices have fallen, and a steady decline in second-hand property prices in Beijing since early February.

10. On social media on the first day of the Lunar New Year, French President Macron expressed his New Year wishes to all Asian people in France and replaced Chinese New Year with the term Lunar New Year, downplaying the Chinese overtones of the Lunar New Year. The public believes that the CCP’s performance during the CCP pneumonia epidemic has awakened Europe and the entire Western world to it, and Macron’s deliberate wording is also intended to let the CCP understand that France has insight into the CCP’s attempt to strongly promote its model around the world.

II. World News

1. A poll conducted in the days following the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of former President Mr. Trump found that 59 percent of Republican voters want Trump to play an important role in the future direction of the Republican Party, a figure up 18 percentage points from a poll conducted on January 7. All of the contenders are polling in the single digits except for Pence, who has a 12 percent approval rating.

2. As Texas faced record low temperatures in February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s power grid operator lost control of its electricity supply, leaving 2 million homes without power.

3. Taiwan’s top envoy to the United States, Hsiao Mei-chin, on Tuesday welcomed continued U.S. support for Taiwan under the new administration. She said the Chinese Communist Party is exerting increasing pressure on Taiwan, an autonomous island, while calling for “great vigilance” against the Communist Party’s maritime coercion following the recent enactment of a new maritime police law.

4. A rocket attack near a U.S. military base in northern Iraq late on Feb. 15 killed one person and injured five others. In response, Secretary of State Blinken stressed that the U.S. was “outraged” and said he would find those behind the attack. A militia believed to be linked to the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took responsibility Tuesday for the incident, which also damaged the Chinese consulate in Iraq, but came a day after the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared the “great” Sino-Iraqi friendship.

5. In a recent report, France’s ANSSI said that a Russian hacking group called Sandworm had launched a three-year APT attack on the servers of Centreon, the country’s IT company. Details of the technical report released by the country’s intelligence system show that during this period, hackers compromised the internal networks of several French entities running Centreon’s IT monitoring software.

6. Foreign media reports that SpaceX has planned two Falcon 9 rocket launches this week to put a new batch of Starlink Internet satellites into scheduled orbit in an approximately 26-hour flight.

7. the U.S. conservative user-oriented social network Parler was blocked across the network, according to the latest news, the app has been re-launched on Monday, the company said the new platform using independent and sustainable technology.

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Latinca

+2
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments