. The New Federal State of China News      

1. U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday underscored the increasing rivalry with China in his first speech to Congress since taking office in January, saying that his country needs to “win the 21st century” competition such as through massive domestic investment, the U.S. will maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific “not to start conflict, but to prevent one,” as Beijing made efforts to expand influence in the strategically vital region.

2. Ten years after they found and killed Osama Bin Laden, U.S. Navy SEALs are undergoing a major transition to improve leadership and expand their commando capabilities to better battle threats from global powers like China and Russia.

3. Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) introduced a bill on Wednesday aimed at reducing Chinese control over technology used by the Department of Defense and its contractors. The bill would require defense contractors to disclose where they obtained printed circuit boards, which are an essential component of most complex technology.

4. Hong Kong’s legislature passed on Wednesday a controversial immigration bill, which lawyers, diplomats and right groups fear will give authorities unlimited powers to prevent residents and others from entering or leaving the Chinese-ruled city.

5. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed China’s prime minister Wednesday for broader discussions on human rights issues, telling him that the relationship between their countries “means that we can address difficult issues and put everything on the table.”

6. China on Thursday passed the Maritime Traffic Safety Law to strengthen the power of its maritime safety authorities, state-run media reported, sparking fears that tensions between the Asian nation and other countries will escalate in the nearby waters.

7. The CCP defence ministry urged the United States on Thursday to rein in its frontline forces which Beijing has said have become more active in the air and seas near China this year.

8. From December to April, the Russian and CCP media state media outlets pushed fake news online in multiple languages sensationalising vaccine safety concerns, making unfounded links between jabs and deaths in Europe and promoting Russian and CCP’s vaccines as superior, the EU study said.

9. Shuren Qin, a marine biologist and founder of a company that sells oceanographic instruments, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Wednesday to illegally exporting to a Chinese military university device called hydrophones that can be used to monitor sound underwater.

10. Dr. Sellin stated that,while subjected to increasing economic and geopolitical pressure from the Trump Administration, Chinese leader Xi Jinping authorized the People’s Liberation Army to expose U.S. soldier-athletes attending the Military World Games to COVID-19 while waiting to depart from the Wuhan airport between October 28 and 31, 2019.

11.  China’s Huawei Technologies saw revenue fall 16.5% in the first quarter compared to a year earlier, hurt by a dip in sales after selling its budget smartphone unit Honor in November.

12. China has no business telling the Philippines what it can or cannot do within its waters, Manila’s defence ministry said on Wednesday, rejecting Beijing’s opposition to its ongoing coastguard exercises.

13. Taiwan is considering a bill that would ban public displays of the communist Chinese flag as part of a set of reforms aimed at asserting Taiwanese sovereignty, including a passport redesign official said on Tuesday had proven extremely popular.

14. The United States said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” by a new Hong Kong immigration law which includes powers to stop people leaving the city, raising fears Chinese mainland-style exit bans could be deployed there.

II. World News

1. In keeping with stories acquired from army installations, one other seven folks throughout the US army in Japan had contracted coronavirus as of 6 pm Tuesday.

2. Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday searched former city Mayor and President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani’s Upper West Side apartment, as part of a criminal probe into his work in Ukraine, according to multiple news reports.

3. Toyota Motor will invest $803 million to produce two new sport utility vehicles at its assembly plant in the U.S. state of Indiana, touting its plan’s job creation and environmental benefits.

4. North Korea has successfully tested its unmanned reconnaissance and attack drones, according to a Daily NK military source.

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