Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News
1. Jake Sullivan, Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, met with Suh Hoon of the Republic of Korea and Shigeru Kitamura of Japan on Friday, another in a series of top-level meetings with both countries in recent weeks as the White House shores up support to confront China and North Korea.
2. The European Union on Friday condemned the “harassment” of foreign journalists in China after a BBC correspondent left the country in the face of legal threats and pressure from authorities.
3. The European Union on Friday called on CCP to ensure freedom of speech and the press after a British Broadcasting Corporation journalist in China relocated to Taiwan saying he had suffered threats and obstruction.
4. As part of its modernization efforts, the US Army is developing medium and long-range missiles, which the service sees as a vital weapon in a potential conflict with China in the Pacific.
5. A new record number of arbitration cases have been filed in Singapore and multinational companies that do business in Asia are considering excluding Hong Kong from legal contracts because of concerns that the growing influence of the CCP could undermine the rule of law in this territory.
6. In the 200-page annex to the EU-China Investment Agreement published by the European Commission in mid-March, provisions for NGOs operating in China stipulate that their senior managers should be Chinese nationals. A representative of a German foundation told Deutsche Welle that if the restrictions become a reality, there would be a “very big impact” on European NGOs operation in China.
7. The establishment of CCP committee at the headquarters of Alibaba in Beijing is a sign of the CCP is further tightening of its control over “private enterprises”. Previously, the company only had a Party committee in its headquarters in Hangzhou. After the implementation of the “dual headquarters” in Beijing and Hangzhou in 2016, although the Beijing headquarters has a Communist Party branch, the number of Party members exceeds more than 30% of employees, but there is no Party committee system.
8. A wave of African swine fever this year has wiped out at least 20 per cent of the breeding stock in China’s northern pig industry, a larger-than-expected loss and raising concerns that the southern sector could be hit further.
9. After being pressured and threatened by the CCP authorities, Shalei, the BBC correspondent in China, has left mainland China for Taiwan. He has revealed his experience in a speech name of “The grim reality in China for news reporting forced me to leave”. He emphasized that his experience was the latest example of foreign media leaving CCP in recent years, and it’s part of the information war CCP initiated globally.
II. World News
1. Iran on Friday rejected any meeting with the United States in Vienna, where it is taking part next week in a session with the remaining participants in its 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian Foreign Ministry website reported.
2. The United States and Iran said Friday they will begin indirect negotiations with intermediaries next week to try to get both countries back into compliance with an accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program, nearly three years after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal.
3. U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo on Thursday kicked off a review of U.S. economic and financial sanctions, underscoring the need to use them as a strong, viable policy tool, the Treasury Department said in a statement.
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