Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News
1. In a draft resolution on WHO reform obtained on Tuesday by POLITICO, both China and Russia call for several deletions and amendments relating to how countries share information during health emergencies and what evidence should be used in a report on the pandemic response. The move comes as China continues to face accusations of withholding data from the WHO’s investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
2. Japan, Australia and India launched on Tuesday a new framework to mutually strengthen their supply chains of cars, medical equipment and other products amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a veiled attempt at relying less on key regional trade partner China.
3. On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has drawn criticism for using a parody picture of a “ukiyo-e” painting by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai to take a joke at Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive water at the Fukushima power plant.
4. CCP’s state-run propaganda outlet the Global Times on Monday ran cover for domestically developed coronavirus vaccines after ex-Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced that he and his wife had tested positive for the CCP coronavirus after receiving the Sinopharm vaccine in October.
5. The CCP government is allowing toxic wastewater from a state-run power plant in northeast China’s Liaoning province to flow into the Bohai Sea — a minor section of the Pacific Ocean’s Yellow Sea — despite recently criticizing Japan for its planned release of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.
6. Beijing has ordered a halt to work on two high-speed rail projects with total investment of RMB 130 billion ($20 billion) in Shandong and Shaanxi provinces, signalling concern over growing local government
7. CCP will press ahead with its multi-billion-dollar financing of coal plants in developing countries, a top climate official said on Tuesday (Apr 27), despite Beijing’s stated aim of slashing carbon emissions.
8. Top U.S. military commanders are pressing Biden administration intelligence leaders to expose the depth of China and Russia’s “pernicious conduct,” calling for a declassification of intelligence. Also, the commanders warned that Russia and China are spreading disinformation about the global coronavirus pandemic, pushing anti-American conspiracy theories like the U.S. being responsible for the virus’ release as a bioweapon or U.S. troops being responsible for its spread.
9. CCP Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosted a virtual meeting with his counterparts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Tuesday to tackle the coronavirus epidemic and consolidate its influence in South Asia. India, Bhutan and Maldives were absent from the meeting.
10. Japan’s parliament approved Wednesday the world’s largest free trade deal, signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries including China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, raising the possibility for the pact to enter into force later this year. India was one of the founding members but skipped all negotiations from November 2019 due to concern that its trade deficit with China would grow.
11. A Chinese space mining start-up launched into low Earth orbit on Tuesday a robot prototype that can scoop up debris left behind by other spacecraft with a big net.
12. A tanker carrying around one million barrels of bitumen mix was involved in a collision near the Chinese port city of Qingdao during heavy fog, spilling oil into the Yellow Sea, Chinese maritime officials and tanker representatives said on Tuesday.
13. China is set to report its first population decline since the famine that accompanied the Great Leap Forward. The current fall in population comes despite the relaxation of strict family planning policies.
14. The German government passed a second IT security law on Friday, giving the company a broader legal basis under the new law.
15. China on Tuesday launched the Japanese and English versions of a digital museum aimed at demonstrating the country’s claims to the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
II. World News
1. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan committed to keeping Israel informed over concerns of Iran’s nuclear program and progress by the U.S. to return to the 2015 Obama-era nuclear agreement that former President Trump withdrew from in 2018.
2. Last week, the International Olympic Committee announced that it would maintain Rule 50, which forbids any demonstration related to political, social, or religious protest at any venues, including at the Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan, in July.
3. Apple on the 26th announced an acceleration of its US investments, with plans to make new contributions of more than $430 billion and add 20,000 new jobs across the country over the next five years
4. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday urged the Biden administration to slap more sanctions on the military junta in Myanmar, including choking revenues to a state energy company, in response to its coup and violent crackdown on protesters.
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