Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News       

1. British lawmakers on Thursday approved a parliamentary motion declaring that Chinese Communist Party’s policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity.

2. Senators Josh Hawley and Mike Braun introduced the COVID-19 (CCP Virus) Origin Act of 2021 on Thursday to require President Joe Biden’s administration to declassify information relating to the origins of the coronavirus.

3. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced the Agriculture Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act, legislation to establish an Office of Intelligence within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This office would leverage the assets of the intelligence community to better protect U.S. agriculture from foreign threats posed by countries like China.

4. The Senate voted 94-1 on Thursday to pass legislation that aimed at preventing rising violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The bill is titled the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

5. The CCP Foreign Ministry on Wednesday attacked World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for urging further investigation into the possibility that a laboratory leak in Wuhan was the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. The sudden spate of CCP criticism for Tedros clearly signals CCP will tolerate no further investigations of the Wuhan laboratories.

6. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) will introduce legislation on Earth Day that would stop the Biden administration from enacting climate regulations until the top world’s polluters outside the United States, namely China, India, and Russia, adhere to the same regulatory standards as America. Inhofe believes his bill, dubbed the Domestic Manufacturing Protection Act, would ultimately prevent the Biden administration from hurting American jobs and businesses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by recommitting the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement.

7. Air pollution data in China may have been manipulated by local officials. According to an analysis published Wednesday by researchers at Harvard and Boston University, they found statistically significant differences between data from monitoring stations run by local Chinese officials in five cities – Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu – and readings collected by U.S. embassies.

8. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has warned further projects with overseas powers could be derailed under sweeping new veto laws legislated last year which saw Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal scrapped. At least two Chinese language centres located on university campuses are currently under review – Confucius Institutes at the Universities of Queensland and Adelaide.

9. A 59-year-old chemist Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, has been convicted in connection with stealing trade secrets, according to the Justice Department, which noted that the woman is an American citizen.

10. More than 500 federally funded scientists are under investigation for being compromised by China and other foreign powers, the National Institutes of Health revealed Thursday. U.S. officials also have sounded the alarm that CCP has tried to hack COVID-19 research and is intent on pilfering U.S. science and technology because it believes American innovation will enable it to overtake the U.S. as a global superpower.

11. The Philippines cannot retake parts of the West Philippine Sea illegally occupied by China without going to “war,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said this week.

12. Australia’s New South Wales state government halted development of two coal mines, it said on Wednesday, even as it opened up a new area of land for coal exploration. The state government will pay China’s Shenhua Energy A$100 million ($77.17 million) to withdraw its mining lease application for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project in the Hunter Vally, north of Sydney.

13. Inciting other people to cast a blank or invalid vote in Hong Kong’s upcoming elections may become a crime – without the need to prove wilful intent to undermine the poll – lawmakers have been told on Thursday.

14. Hong Kong is to grant a site on the western Kowloon peninsula, close to the high-speed railway to the mainland, to Beijing’s national security office for its permanent base in the city, the government said on Friday.

15. Australian table grapes are experiencing delays in clearing Chinese ports, growers and industry executives said on Friday, in what they see as another sign of worsening trade ties between the two countries.

16. The Philippines has sent two new diplomatic protests to CCP over its failure to withdraw what it called on Friday “threatening” vessels that were massing in contested areas of the South China Sea.

17. If Western countries do not act, they face a “moment of reckoning” where future digital technologies that underpin their economies and security are no longer under their control, the director of GCHQ, the U.K.’s communications intelligence agency, will warn Friday.

18. As development charities and researchers come to terms with the U.K.’s decision to reduce its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) spending from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of national gross income, Beijing is eyeing an opportunity to further extend its reach and influence. In Africa, China has already signaled it is prepared to spend big.

19. CCP secretly sends food aid to North Korea by rail. A freight train loaded with Chinese corn has arrived in North Korea, the first international cargo train to cross the Sino-Korean border in more than a year amid warnings of dire shortages in the impoverished North, sources in China told.

20. The parliament of the European nation of Lithuania held a hearing on Thursday to initiate a bill condemning the Chinese Communist Party for genocide in Xinjiang. Lithuanian lawmaker Dovilė Akalien, who pushed for the bill, became the first Lithuanian politician to be sanctioned by the CCP over the Xinjiang abuse.

II. World News

1. A plan, titled the U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Review Act, by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would direct federal agencies to review the United States’ reliance on foreign countries for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. The results of U.S. free trade with China have meant the U.S. currently depends on China to produce an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients that are needed to manufacture drugs in the U.S.

2. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters that Iran has not made any irreversible nuclear moves.

3. Russia started withdrawing troops conducting drills close to Ukraine’s borders on Friday, the protection ministry mentioned, including to tensions between Moscow and the West over the buildup.

4. Former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo gave the keynote speech April 13 at a summit of CEOs and African political leaders called “Equity for Africa” at the Business School of Liberty University in Virginia. Pompeo has endorsed an effort to jumpstart the economies of Africa through a bottom-up revolution of African entrepreneurs. That revolution involves countering CCP’s efforts to dominate the continent while articulating a Christian approach to Africa’s development.

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