Katyusha News Reference – Friday, January 29, 2021

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I.The New Federal State of China News

1.A WHO mission, arranged by the Chinese Communist Party, visited the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on Saturday to conduct an investigation. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday declared that the investigation should be called ” collaboration”, suspiciously characterizing the CCP’s virus investigation. So far, the Chinese Communist Party has let the globe see its full intervention in this performance.

2.Singapore media revealed that U.S. President Joe Biden is likely to meet with Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum in May, Singapore. The Chinese Communist Party is eager to establish a channel of communication with President Biden, and the news suggests that the Communist Party has used Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as a channel to try to establish a connection.

3.The Biden administration will review all national security measures taken by the Trump administration, including the first phase of the U.S.-China trade agreement to be signed in January 2020, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

4.Media sources says on Friday that the Chinese Communist Party has imposed tighter controls on Hong Kong over the past year. The Hong Kong Liaison Office has moved about 200 new cadres, a net increase of 100 employees. Those selected tend to specialize in skills in areas such as social media and went to the Shenzhen Technology Center to complete training that included subjects on CCP discipline before arriving in Hong Kong.

5.Xiaomi, files a lawsuit against the Defense and Treasury Departments in Washington, District Court on Friday seeking to remove it from the official list of companies with ties to the Communist Party’s military

In mid-January, the Department of Defense added Xiaomi and eight other companies to its list and asked U.S. investors to divest their holdings within a set deadline.

6.On Friday, the Hong Kong government announces a one-month public consultation, on a “crime crackdown” for the card system. All users will need to provide identification documents when buying phone cards and Internet cards in Hong Kong, and businesses to provide registration documents.

This policy has been in place on the mainland for a long time and is the basis for the CCP’s restriction of people’s freedom of information and communication.

7.On the evening of January 28, the Chinese Communist Party media discloses that the merger of Shandong steel Group into Baowu Group has entered into an advanced stage of completion. Previously, Baowu Group has acquired several enterprises, making its domestic market share bigger and bigger. This change by the Chinese authorities is suspected to be a return to the old path of “planned economy”, with the trend of oligopolistic competition or monopolistic economy becoming more and more prevalent, and the situation of the state-owned economy becoming more obvious.

8.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says in a media interview on Thursday that he is glad that Germany and the United States could reach a consensus on almost all issues, especially in the future on China policy, Germany and the EU will strengthen cooperation and coordination with the new US administration. This comes after German lawmakers have jointly drafted a document of principles on China, writing that “it is becoming increasingly clear that Communist China is developing into an institutional adversary, and that the Chinese communists are trying to transform an international order based on values and common rules into a world order centered on the Chinese Communist Party.”

9.According to CBS Network’s 60 Minutes shows, when the Communist Party’s BGI Genomics group offers to set up virus testing labs in the states of Washington, New York, and California during the early stages of the outbreak, then-National Counterintelligence and Security Center director William Evanina warns the states not to accept the offer because it could collect DNA profiles of U.S. citizens.

10.British Home Secretary Patel says via Twitter on January 29 that the UK will issue new visas for Hong Kong residents holding a British National (Overseas) passports (BNOs) from Sunday, saying, “I look forward to welcoming them to our great country.” Communist China has now unilaterally declared the BNO invalid.

11.The Congressional Research Service (CRS) releases a new report on January 27 stating that the Chinese Communist Navy is seen as posing a significant challenge to the U.S. Navy’s ability to achieve and maintain wartime control of the deep waters of the Western Pacific, and is a key element in the Chinese Communist Party’s challenge to the United States’ longstanding position as the leading military power in the Western Pacific.

II.World News

1.Jake Sullivan, the new national security adviser, said on Friday that it is the Biden administration’s goal to transform the loose network of U.S. allies in the Pacific into an informal security relationship that is not limited to the United States, Japan, India, and Australia.

2.In a rare bipartisan move, members of Congress on Thursday condemned the securities trading platform Robinhood. The platform previously banned its users from buying stock in companies such as GameStop. Shares of GameStop and other companies soared after the recent “war of the century” in which individual investors banded together to fight Wall Street hedge Funds.

3.Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal bill approving the extension of a key U.S.-Russia agreement on limiting strategic nuclear weapons, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday. Under the bill, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the U.S. and Russia will be extended for another five years, until Feb. 5, 2026.

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