Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News
1. New evidence suggests that Chinese Communist Party’s military may have been aware of the COVID-19 virus back in November of 2019.
2. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday greenlighted sweeping legislation to push back on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on a number of issues, including human rights and economic competition. The 21-1 panel vote sends The Strategic Competition Act to the floor for a full chamber.
3. A proposal aimed at limiting U.S. participation in the Winter Olympics in Beijing was approved by a Senate committee as part of broader legislation targeting CCP that could reach the Senate floor soon.
4. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Wednesday urged the Biden administration to not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing religious persecution including CCP’s repression of Uighur Muslims, which Washington has labeled genocide.
5. The Philippines is beefing up its presence in the South China Sea and deploying more ships and an aircraft to protect its maritime territory and resources, a government task force said on Wednesday.
6. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday that the UAE will roll over a $2 billion loan and “extend every possible support” in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.
7. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that Apple is “awfully cozy” with the Chinese Communist Party. She also noted that Apple will pull pro-democracy apps in Hong Kong; however, the technology company will not cooperate with the FBI to capture terrorists.
8. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) insisted the hypocrisy of so-called woke corporations like Nike, the NBA, Major League Baseball and some of the airlines, which all do business with an oppressive CCP government while being critical of alleged injustices in the United States needed to be highlighted.
9. CCP authorities have significantly intensified their crackdown on all religious minorities over the past two years, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) revealed Tuesday in a comprehensive report. it noted, “Freedom of religion in China is currently subjected to the most serious crackdown since the Cultural Revolution.”
10. The EU and India are in talks to build joint infrastructure projects around the world in the latest attempt to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The plan, described as a “connectivity” partnership in sectors including energy, digital and transport, would aim to offer better legal safeguards and less onerous debt terms than those offered by Beijing.
11. Britain slashes aid to China by 95% to less than £1million amid furious row over Uighurs and Hong Kong, with Dominic Raab saying remaining cash will only be used to promote ‘open societies and human rights’.
12．A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation calling for $100 billion in government spending over five years on basic and advanced technology research and science in the face of rising competitive pressure from China.
13. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday backed sweeping legislation to push back against China on issues including human rights, economic competition and international influence, sending the measure for consideration by the full Senate. After several hours of debate and amendments, the committee backed the bill by an overwhelming 21 to 1.
14. U.S. Sen. Cotton on Wednesday slammed the financial dependence of four of the most prominent mainstream media outlets, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC, on the Chinese Communist Party.
15. The Justice Department indicted a Chinese-born Illinois college professor on two counts of wire fraud and a false statement charge for secretly working for a Chinese government-affiliated university and concealing those ties when applying for and receiving a $151,099 grant from the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation.
16. Sen. Marco Rubio said he can’t explain why Chinese leader Xi Jinping will be a featured speaker at a White House virtual climate summit on Thursday, because his country is the world’s “leading polluter” in terms of carbon emissions and will do nothing that will stop its growth.
17.Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton will re-introduce the SECURE CAMPUS Act on Thursday, cracking down on CCP spying in American universities.
18. A recently completed pier at the Chinese naval base near the entrance to the Red Sea is large enough to support an aircraft carrier, the top U.S. commander for Africa told lawmakers on Tuesday.
II. World News
1. Head of US nuclear arsenal rejects calls to scrap ground-based missiles. Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command said Tuesday that for the first time in the country’s history, the U.S. is now facing two nuclear powers at the same time: Russia and China – and he can’t do it with today’s aging stockpile.
2. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined “Fox Business Tonight” Wednesday to discuss Thursday’s U.S.-led climate change summit, he said,” China has ‘no intention of honoring’ any commitments it makes at climate summit.”
3. The United States imposed sanctions on two more state-owned enterprises in Myanmar on Wednesday in the latest in a series of punitive actions following the country’s military coup, and said it would take further action. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it imposed sanctions on Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise (MPE), adding that the pearl and timber industries are economic resources for the Myanmar military.
4. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is throwing his support behind House conservatives’ efforts to block the Biden Administration from lifting sanctions on Iran — meeting with Republicans on Wednesday to unveil the Maximum Pressure Act.
5. Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez on Tuesday said that the country would not accept any kind of blackmail or diplomatic conditions in exchange for COVID-19 vaccine purchases.
6. The first of three RQ-4B Global Hawk drones ordered by Japan from Northrop Grumman flew for the first time from Palmdale, California, last week, the U.S. defense manufacturer said in a statement.
7. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Protecting Military Installations and Ranges Act of 2021, a bill to prohibit adversaries from acquiring land near military bases, which they could use to monitor U.S. armed forces activities and put military installations at risk.
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