Katyusha News Reference – Friday, January15, 2021

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Ladin

I.The New Federal State of China News

1.The U.S. government announced sanctions on six Chinese and Hong Kong officials related to the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law on Friday (January 15). Secretary of State Pompeo said that the actions of the Hong Kong authorities were another evidence of the fundamental destruction of Hong Kong’s freedom and democratic procedures by the Communist Party of China. The six Hong Kong and China officials on the sanctions list include: You Quan, Deputy Leader of the Central Leading group on Hong Kong and Macao affairs ; Sun Qingye, Deputy Director of the Beijing National Security Office in Hong Kong; Tan Yaozong, Member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress ; Cai Zhanpeng, Director of the National Security of the Hong Kong Police Force; and Kong Hok-Lai, (Kelvin) and Kan Kai-Yan, assistant Directors of the Hong Kong Police Force.

2.Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday (Jan. 14) tweeted a fake propaganda video on human rights in Xinjiang, denying the Communist Party’s forced labor policy against the Uighur people and accusing the U.S. government of disinformation. In response, Twitter claimed on Friday (Jan. 15) that the CCP Foreign Ministry tweet did not violate their company rules. Twitter management is becoming increasingly influenced by Wechat.

3. As World Health Organization experts will carry out a traceability investigation in Wuhan, the Academy of Sciences of the Communist Party of China publicly praised Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, on January 15, calling her an “advanced worker of the Chinese Academy of Sciences” and even describing her results in viral research in a large length. Shi Zhengli was written by the Communist Party of China as the main person responsible for virus research. As the virus investigation progresses, she may become a scapegoat for the crimes of the Communist Party.

4. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Hazard revealed the truth about the Communist Party’s concealment of the epidemic on January 14. He said that the lack of transparency and due action of the CCP government affected the early response of the United States to the epidemic. He also said that the Trump administration praised China in the early stages of the pandemic, in part because “for the CCP, sometimes it is more effective to praise them, publicly than to attack them openly if you want to access and cooperation.” “However, the fact is that a new virus likes this could never have happened in a democracy”.

5.The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Communist China will hold an additional interim meeting next Wednesday through Friday. The meeting will add the Hong Kong issues, which proposes to conclude a bill to prohibit BNO passport holders from holding public office. Another suggestion is to deprive holders of BNO passports of voting rights in Hong Kong elections. According to a new report by Bank of America, the migration of Hong Kong people to the United Kingdom this year will lead to the outflow of up to 280 billion Hong Kong dollars of capital.

6.The Hong Kong authorities issued a notice to 180,000 Hong Kong civil servants on January 15, requiring them to sign documents within four weeks, sworn to uphold the Basic Law and be loyal to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Those who refuse to sign the declaration may lose their eligibility for entry.

7.On January 15, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the Communist Party of China publicly solicited opinions on the Regulations on the Administration of Rare Earths (Draft for Comments). The Regulations propose that the state shall implement total index management for rare earth mining and rare earth smelting separation, and may take necessary measures to restrict or stop rare earth mining and rare earth smelting separation. Rare earth is the last bargaining chip of the Communist Party of China’s trade strategy with the United States, and the introduction of the Regulations shows that the Communist Party of China has been forced to the dead end.

8.On Jan. 15, Xiaomi’s shares traded in Hong Kong fell 13.6 percent at one point after the U.S. Department of Defense blacklisted the company from investing. The current sanctions will prevent U.S. investors from buying Xiaomi shares 60 days later and eventually selling their holdings

9.The Communist Party of China will announce the economic growth status of 2020 next Monday. Some foreign media predict that the GDP growth of the Communist Party of China in 2020 will be about 2%, which is significantly lower than 6.1% in 2019, a 40-year low. Mr. Miles Guo has long revealed that real GDP has been negative. Beijing only whitewashed its responsibility in the economic collapse through foreign media.

10.It is reported that the confrontation between China and India in the Rechin Pass south of Pangong Tso  has not yet ceased, and the two armies have even issued orders to shoot.

11.A Swedish court on Friday dismissed Huawei’s appeal in Sweden’s case that Huawei was excluded from local 5G network construction, paving the way for a 5G spectrum bid scheduled for next week. In a statement on January 14, the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden made it clear that “the decision of the Administrative Court of Appeal in a case involving the law on electronic communications is final and therefore cannot be appealed.”

12.In December, China’s imported 39.075 million tons of coal and lignite, up 1,309.63% from a year earlier. It has been reported recently that the Communist China is unable to withstand the enormous pressure of coal shortage and has to start unloading Australian coal “

13.The Chinese Communist Navy has expanded the Yulin Naval Base in the southern island province of Hainan from a conventional submarine facility to a bay where nuclear submarines are moored, according to the military news database GlobalSecurity.org.

Gregory Polling, director of the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative at the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., said, “That’s the hub, the base for the Communist Party’s South China Sea fleet. It controls all deployments in the Xisha Islands and the Spratly Islands, and most of its ships are dispatched from there”. The Chinese Communist Party’s intention to have a stranglehold on world trade in the South China Sea has remained unchanged.

II. World News

1.The National Rifle Association announced on January 15 that the Association has filed for bankruptcy in New York and would be restructured in Texas. 

Texas is a place of convergence of forces of Trump supporters

On December 2020 Elon Musk said he would move the headquarters of his private foundation, the Musk Foundation, to Texas. (GNews Details)

2.The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designates the Cuban Ministry of Interior and the Minister of Interior, Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas, for serious human rights abuse.
The Treasury also sanctions the Cuban Ministry of the Interior, saying that its security branch has specialized units to “supervise political activities, and Cuban police supported these security activities by arresting people of concern.”

3.On the 14th of Eastern time, Representative Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from New York, announced on social media that he had tested positive for the CCP virus and was currently quarantined at home. Just 1 day ago, Espaillat participated in the debate on the impeachment clause of the President of the United States. He has previously claimed to have received a second dose of the vaccine. 

4.Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced Friday (January 15) that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has been reduced to 2,500, meeting the goals set by President Trump late last year. 

This shows how the US military’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region is going as planned

5.As President Biden’s “inauguration” approaches next Wednesday (January 20), a large army of illegal immigrants resurfaces in Central America on Thursday night (January 14), with hundreds of people gathered at the bus terminal in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for the night to spend the night, waiting to take a caravan to the United States on Friday morning (January 15). Central American authorities have deployed soldiers at the borders of various countries to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the border.

6.Affected by the un-expectation of mass migration of users, WhatsApp announced that it would postpone the deadline for users around the world to accept the update of privacy terms from the original 8th of next month to May 15th of this year.

7.The Polish government has proposed a new draft law to combat the so-called “political correctness” in the network and promote freedom of expression. If passed, the new law will establish a freedom of speech committee, which will try to prevent social media from deleting content or prohibit users who do not violate Polish law.

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