Katyusha News Reference – Thursday, February 25, 2021

I. The New Federal State of China News

  1. White House press secretary Psaki reveals on Thursday the possibility of a U.S. boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as mounting pressure from Congress to punish the Communist China for its oppression of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang grows.

Republican Senator Rick Scott reveals on Thursday that he has written to President Biden calling for the latter to “immediate pay attention” to moving the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing because of human rights violations by the Communist Party .

2.  President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, recommends shutting down Confucius Institutes – Beijing-funded campus cultural centers that many members of Congress see as propaganda tools and that the Confucius Institute project should be banned from public schools and universities in the United States. 

3. In an interview with Fox on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Martha Black warns the Biden administration that the Communist Party of China is “our opponent”, saying Beijing threatens our supply chain and urging the White House to “strengthen America competitiveness.”

4. Republican research committee chairmen, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana and Sen. Tom Cotton,introduce the countering Chinese Propaganda Act, on Wednesday to sanction the Chinese Communist Party-backed “disinformation networks”. The bill incorporates the recommendations of the Republican Study Committee’s National Security Strategy and authorizes sanctions against the United Front Work Department (UFWD),which is an overseas influence arm of the Chinese Communist Party. 

5. The Dutch parliament on Thursday passes a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China amounted to genocide, the first such move by a European country.

6. US President Joe Biden’s nominee for trade chief, Katherine Tai says on Thursday that the United States can work with other countries to formulate new trade rules in the “gray zone”, where the rules in these areas are unclear, if not non-existent, that China can exploit and to put an end to “race to the bottom” that harms workers and the environment, at same time hold the Communist China accountable.

7. It is reported that China Electronics Technology Group, a military supplier, and China Potevia are joining hands to create the third largest information technology company in Communist China, with an annual revenue of more than $50 billion. The new “IT Giant” aims to deal with U.S. sanctions.

8. Speaking to the parliamentary committee on Canada-China relations on February 25, 2021, Canada’s Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair warns that information posted on the Chinese social media platforms may be used for “hostile activities” by foreign states. This is the first time a cabinet minister has so clearly spelt out concerns about all Chinese-ownedsocial media platforms, which together have millions of users in Canada.

9. The National Poverty Alleviation Summary and Commendation Conference was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on the morning of the 25th. Xi Jinping delivered a speech and praised the “hitting local tyrants and dividing fields.”Since the reform and opening up, there are hardly any leaders in power ever publicly praised this history, which has deeply damaged the social, cultural and economic fabric of the country.

10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong has withdrawn recognition of its student union’s newly elected executive committee,  “Syzygia” on Thursday,  for making criticism of the city’s national security law  may have been illegal. Ties between the university and the union has never been sour since its inception in 1971 

11.You Jun, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the Communist Party, says on Friday that the Ministry is working with relevant departments to study a “delayed retirement” plan. Delaying retirement is a helpless move by the Communist Party of China authorities to solve the collapse of the overall social structure, which will bring a heavy burden to enterprises and individuals of the Communist China. The survey shows that more than 60% of front-line employees oppose the policy.

12. On February 24, Xinhua News Agency, a party media, reported that Russia puts its most advanced S-400 air defense missile systems on combat duty on the Far Eastern island of Sakhalin. Sakhalin Island is called Kuye Island in China, which has historically belonged to Chinese territory. The Communist Party of China has played down the Russian deployment of missiles.

13. Communist China has been building military facilities on the Mischief Reef, just over 100 nautical miles from Palawan Island in the Philippines, for months and maybe turning it into a military base

14. Suning.com, an important e-commerce enterprise in China, suspended trading on February 25 and planned to change control. The equity transfer is likely to a conglomerate of state-owned companies, and Suning.com may turn into a state-owned enterprise.  Xi Jinping’s secretive directive “the state enterprises advance, the private sectors retreat “, aplanned economic policy is becoming clearer and clearer.

15. On February 25, the Japanese government explained at a joint meeting of the LDP Research Commission on National Security and Public Security Investigation Agency, that it is possible for Japan’s coast guard to fire on Chinese official vessels under laws by regarding vessels aiming to land on the Senkaku Islands as committing violent crimes.

II. World News

1. On February 26, the U.S. military confirms that the U.S. Forces launched an air strike on eastern Syria on the 25th local time, targeting “facilities used by Iran-backed militias”. The air strike was the first military action taken by the Biden administration.

2. A U.S. federal judge has awarded compensatory damages in the amount of $2.3 billion for the “pain and torture” suffered by the former crew of the USS Pueblo US intelligence ship. The decision follows a 2019 default judgment that held North Korea liable for taking the crew hostage 11 months of imprisonment in 1968. 

Authoritarian regimes use detention in exchange for political concessions.

Main while, a number of Canadian, Australian and nationality from other countries are still detained illegally in Communist China.

3. On February 24, several key payment systems operated by the Federal Reserve suffered service interruptions for about four hours. The Federal Reserve system, which performs millions of financial transactions every day, including payroll, tax refunds to interbank transfers, was disrupted by some internal failure.

4. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that South Korea has notreleased, Iran’s $1 billion asset stored in South Korean banks, saying that Seoul would consult with the United States before making a decision to let it go.

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