Katyusha News Reference ——April 6, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. President Biden said on FOX Tuesday that he had not spoken to Xi Jinping about the origins of COVID-19.

2. Republican Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday called on President Biden to offer to host the 2022 Olympic Games in the United States. Scott, R-Fla., has been requesting a meeting with the president for weeks to discuss the potential of moving the 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing amid “horrific human rights abuses,” and calling for the relocation to “a nation that respects freedom, democracy and human rights.”

3. The State Department denied Tuesday that it was consulting with allies about a joint boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics amid growing calls for the U.S. to back out of the event due to human rights violations in China. Ned Price, Previously, US state department spokesperson, said the boycott was one of the possibilities being considered as the Biden administration discussed its approach to China and the Beijing Olympics with allies.

Beijing on Wednesday lambasted the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden for politicizing sports, claiming that the international community will not accept a U.S. led boycott of the 2020 Beijing Winter Olympics.

4. The foreign affairs committee of the Italian parliament’s lower chamber is set to vote on Wednesday on the resolution condemning human rights violations in Xinjiang and calling them “genocide.” Italian lawmakers could be next to use the “genocide” label for Beijing’s policies against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, but Draghi’s administration opposes that designation, which is being put forward in a resolution sponsored by the far-right League, part of the ruling coalition.

5. Turkey called in China’s ambassador on Tuesday after his embassy said it had “the right to respond” to opposition leaders who criticised China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims three decades ago.

6. Shirzat Bawudun, a former head of the Xinjiang department of justice has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on the charge of “splitting the country”, according to a statement released Tuesday on the Xinjiang government website.

7. Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island.

8. Taiwan has spotted Chinese drones circling the Taipei-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea and may shoot them down if they stray too close, a government minister said on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically increase tensions with Beijing.

9. China’s ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye used a press conference on Wednesday to deny human rights abuses in Xinjiang

10. left-wing environmentalist party Ataqatigiit (IA) opposed to a controversial mining project won a clear victory in Greenland’s parliamentary election, according to results released Wednesday. Opponents say the project, led by the Chinese-owned Australian group Greenland Minerals, has too many environmental risks, including radioactive waste. It’s part of what CCP calls its Polar Silk Road.

11. U.S. insurer Genworth Financial said Tuesday it has exercised its right to terminate its deal with Beijing-based China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co.

II. World News

1. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday urged NATO to speed up his country’s membership in the alliance, saying it was the only way to end fighting with pro-Russia separatists.

2. A record 27.3 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo, or about one-third of its population, are suffering from acute hunger, largely because of conflict and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

3. US and Iranian officials said initial indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal were “constructive”, with negotiations set to continue this week as US President Joe Biden looks for ways to revive the agreement.

4. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is considering visiting India and the Philippines during the Golden Week holiday period from late April to early May, Japanese government officials said Wednesday. Suga’s planned visit is aimed at further enhancing Japan’s ties with the South Asian country.

5. The U.S. government won’t issue so-called vaccine passports, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, after Texas sought to limit their development because of privacy concerns. “The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” Psaki told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”

The World Health Organization does not support vaccination passports for travel due to uncertainty over whether inoculation prevents transmission of the virus, as well as equity concerns, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

6. Brazil saw over 4,000 deaths from CCP virus on Tuesday alone, as the epidemic turns into what one expert calls a “biological Fukushima”.

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