Katyusha News Reference – Friday, February 19, 2021

I. The New Federal State of China News

1. Senator Tom Cotton called for tough response to the genocide inflicted on the Uighurs by the Chinese Communist Party at the Reagan Institute on Thursday, contrasting with comments made earlier in the week by President Joe Biden expressing sympathy for the Chinese Communist Party. “Now that the world has seen what Xi Jinping means by ruthless dictatorship, the Uighurs are victims of a sickening genocide,” he said.” If this is what the Chinese Communist Party did to its people, imagine what it will do to the rest of the world’s people.”

2. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that he will renew his call on the Chinese Communist government to release raw data on the early spread of the CCP virus during the G-7 virtual summit. The United States has also called on the Chinese Communist Party to release raw data held up by World Health Organization investigators during their visit to Wuhan.

3. On Friday, President Biden delivered his first major foreign policy speech at the Munich Security Conference. He called for a “global system” built in Europe, the United States, and allies in the Pacific that could compete with the Chinese Communist Party. Biden did not have a sufficient sense of crisis about the threat of the Chinese Communist Party, whose goal of “competition” is to achieve communism. Biden made clear that the U.S. commitment to the NATO alliance is “unshakeable” and that it is committed to the principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

4. The Conservative Party in Canada’s Parliament on Thursday asked the legislature to formally declare the Communist Party’s treatment of the Uighurs a genocide, and lawmakers will vote on the bill on Feb. 22.

5. A federal grand jury indicted Stanford University medical researcher Song Chen, a self-proclaimed neurologist investigating brain disorders, for visa fraud, obstruction of justice, destruction of documents, and making false statements as part of a scheme to conceal her membership of the People’s Liberation Army.

6. State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a regular briefing on Friday that the U.S. is concerned with CCP’s recently enacted coast guard law and could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims.

7. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan resolution on Friday condemning actions by the Chinese Communist government and local authorities in Hong Kong that they say violate the rights and freedoms in the city. The resolution, whose chief sponsors include Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Mich.), the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, the panel’s ranking Republican, adds to growing calls for the Biden administration to push the Communist rulers in Beijing to respect human rights.

8. U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen told CNBC on Thursday that the U.S. will temporarily maintain the tariffs imposed by the former Trump administration on Chinese goods, but will assess how to proceed after a full review.

9. The Communist Party’s State Administration of Religious Affairs issued new regulations, ” Administrative Measures for Religious Clergy,” will come into force on May 1, 2021. The Measures order clergy to Sinicize their religions and preach love for the CCP to their devotees as part of the CCP’s ongoing crackdown on Islam and Christianity.

10. An investigation by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education confirmed that NTU professor Lee Duu-jong violated cross-strait regulations by taking a lead role in four Chinese research programs without notifying the Taiwanese authority and was fined 300,000 NTD. This is the first time that Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has punished Taiwanese scholars for participating in the “Thousand Talents Program” of the Chinese Communist Party.

11.  Hong Kong’s director of broadcasting and RTHK editor-in-chief, Mr. Leung Ka-wing, will leave his post by the end of February – six months before the end of his term, the government has announced. And be replaced by the deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Li 

On the same day, the Hong Kong Bureau of Commerce and Economics published a review report for Hong Kong and Taiwan, found deficiencies in editorial management and a lack of transparency in handling complaints, signaling a major overhaul of the revered institution as concerns grow over media freedom, become an “official mouthpiece” of the communist party.

II. World News

  1. The United States on Friday called on the military regime to refrain from using force after the first protester was shot and killed in Myanmar, and reiterated its call for the military to relinquish power. The UN Secretary-General also said through a spokesman that the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable. The right to the peaceful assembly must be fully respected.
  2. President Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office on Jan. 20 to bring the United States back into the Paris agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is once again officially a member of this agreement as of Feb. 19. Climate change is one of the three main themes of the Great Reset. CCP and the left wings have long held the commanding heights of the subject and has used climate change to promote a community of shared future and to restrict the decoupling of Communist China and the US.
  3. Sen. Tom Cotton on Thursday called for a new U.S. policy to determine a course of action in the event of a CCP invasion of Taiwan. Cotton said he wants to make it “clear” that a invasion of Taiwan would mean war with the United States.” The United States needs to be clear that we will not allow the CCP to invade Taiwan and conquer it. There’s no room for discussion about that.”

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Eddy

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