Katyusha News Reference ——March 24, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. The United States expects the World Health Organization (WHO) investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic to require further study, perhaps including a return visit to China, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

2.Pelosi statement on international sanctions on China for crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs on Tuesday。“The Biden Administration’s coordinated sanctions on China are a strong and resounding step to hold China accountable for its barbaric atrocities against the Uyghur people.  These sanctions make absolutely clear that America and the international community stand as one to defend the rights and dignity of the Uyghur people from China’s abuse.”“America, together with our allies, will continue to hold Beijing accountable for its campaign of human rights abuses, including those targeting the Tibetan people, people of Hong Kong and journalists, human rights lawyers and advocates on the mainland.  If America does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial issues, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights in any place in the world.”

3. Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had blocked a group of hackers in China who used the platform to target Uighurs living abroad with links to malware that would infect their devices and enable surveillance.

4. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a measure designed for stricter regulation of CCP firms from U.S. stock exchanges. The commission said in a press release on Wednesday that it has adopted interim final amendments to implement disclosure requirements under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable (HFCA) Act that will require firms to establish that they are not owned or controlled by a foreign governmental entity,and to name any board members who are Chinese Communist Party officials.

5. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to tell NATO allies on Wednesday that China is a threat to the West but that the United States will not force anyone to choose sides between Washington and Beijing. The U.S. is calling on like-minded countries to ward off commercial pressure from Beijing by uniting forces.

6. China lashed out Wednesday at the U.S. over racism, financial inequality and the federal government’s response to the coronavirus in an annual report that seeks to counter U.S. accusations of human rights abuses by China’s ruling Communist Party.

7. Chinese net users have called for a boycott of Hennes & Mauritz AB because it won’t use cotton from Xinjiang, thrusting the world’s second-largest clothing retailer into the Asian nation’s human rights controversy.

8. Today,the emails obtained by Judicial Watch shows that National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials tailored confidentiality forms to CCP’s terms and that the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an unreleased, “strictly confidential” CCP virus epidemiological analysis in January 2020.

9. Japanese lawmakers will launch a cross-party alliance to craft legislation to enable sanctions over human rights abuses, pushing Tokyo to follow the lead of the U.S. and Europe in punishing CCP for its alleged mistreatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

10. China’s securities regulator said on Wednesday it had suspended Haitong Securities Co Ltd from conducting bond investment advisory work for institutional investors due to what it called lax risk control measures.

11. Taiwan will help its handful of remaining diplomatic allies buy COVID-19 vaccines but on the condition that Taiwanese money is not used to obtain CCP vaccines, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Wednesday.

12. Canada’s ambassador to China Dominic Barton has been recalled for high-level talks as Canada joined the United States, Britain and the European Union on Monday in imposing sanctions on Chinese officials overseeing Beijing’s brutal treatment of Muslim minorities, including the Uyghurs. It is the first time Canada has imposed sanctions on China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy protesters by Chinese troops. The sanctions freeze any assets held by Canadian financial institutions, which have a significant presence in China, and forbid banks from providing financial services to those named.

13. The Hong Kong government on Thursday confirmed a Reuters report that it had told 14 countries to stop accepting a British travel document that many of its young people use to apply for working holiday visas in Europe, North America and parts of Asia.

In a move seen by some envoys as a diplomatic affront, the government informed the foreign consulates in a letter that it no longer considered the British National Overseas (BNO) passport a valid travel document as of Jan. 31.

14. U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, has joined a United Nations ministerial meeting on climate action, marking Washington’s formal return to the Paris climate agreement. However, the much-anticipated meeting between the U.S. and Chinese envoys did not take place. Experts say the divisive atmosphere of the Alaska talks could make it more difficult for Washington and Beijing to work together on climate change.

15. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed trade ties with Japan, France, Mexico and South Korea officials on Tuesday. During the conversation, Ms. Tai raised concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s unfair trade practices and human rights issues.

16. A number of new accounts have popped up on YouTube recently, with Uighurs and Kazakhs describing how good life is for their people and how free they are. The videos were part of the Chinese Communist party’s Propaganda, intended to mislead people overseas and spread false information about Xinjiang.

17. The Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 1 with a series of events, including red patriotism education but without military parade. It is underscoring the complexity of the international situation.

II World News

1. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for Germany to halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in his Brussels visit. Otherwise, the United States would initiate sanctions to prevent the ongoing project.

2. South Korea’s military said North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into its eastern waters on Thursday as it revives its testing activity to expand its military capabilities and pressure on the Biden administration amid a stalemate in diplomacy.

3. Brazil’s death toll in the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 300,000 Wednesday, as a deadly surge that has pushed hospitals to the brink.

4. The Guardian UK reported on Wednesday, seven in 10 UK Covid patients still affected months after leaving hospital. The 10 most common symptoms they reported were: muscle pain, fatigue, physical slowing down, impaired sleep quality, joint pain or swelling, limb weakness, breathlessness, pain, short-term memory loss, and slowed thinking.

5. Josh Foulger, the director and general manager of Foxconn India, said the India wanted to increase the value of its electronics manufacturing industry to $400bn by 2025, which would lead the company to extend invest in local product design and manufacturing.

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