Katyusha News Reference – Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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I.The New Federal State of China News

1.Two weeks after the change of the U.S. government, attention has focused on when President Biden will interact directly with Xi Jinping. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki declines to say on Tuesday when the two will have a dialogue and whether the Chinese Communist Party asks for a dialogue with President Biden.

2.The League of Nations, composed of about 180 human rights organizations around the world, issues an open letter on Wednesday, calling on world leaders to pay attention to the human rights record of the Chinese Communist Party and boycott the Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing in 2022.

3.Xi Jinping’s regime is using all means at its disposal to suggest that the CCP virus originated from the United States. Its foreign minister recently said that the United States “should be as transparent as the Communist Party of China” and asked the United States to invite the World Health Organization to enter the country to investigate the alleged origin of the virus from the United States 

4.In response to a question about the India-China border standoff on February 2, Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, says the United States are concerned about the CCP’s attempts to intimidate its neighbors and was closely monitoring and standing with its allies. “The United States will stand with friends, partners, and allies to promote our common prosperity, security, and values in the Indo-Pacific region.”

5.The Economist Intelligence Unit releases the 2020 Global Democracy Index, Hong Kong’s Democracy Index, which plummeted 12 places from the previous year, from the ”Flawed Democracies” to the ”Hybrid regimes” category, only higher than the “Authoritarian regimes”. This ranking is lower than countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines

6.On Wednesday morning, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau held a press conference to report on the results of the so-called special action of “removing hidden dangers and casting peace”. 14 people from the “YYeTs”, a company that provides subtitles for foreign language films, were arrested. YYeTs has always allowed the Western film and television programs to bypass the censorship and pass them to the CCP’s domestic audience without deletion, and finally touched the nerve of official media policy. This round of investigation is only part of the tightening of public opinion control of the Chinese Communist Party.

7.News on February 3rd, on January 22, the People’s Court of Nanshan District, Shenzhen City, made a judgment over a user suing Tencent for liability of infringement, clearly statesthat the platform of WeChat friendship does not have personal privacy.

8.The Communist Party of China has strengthened the transformation of communist ideology for children. Authorities issued the Directives on Comprehensively Strengthening the Work of the Young Pioneers in the New Era on Wednesday, pointing out that the Communist Party of China ” has always regarded the cultivation of children and adolescents as a strategic and basic work to maintain the continuity of the communist regimes and cannot be changed.”

9.Alibaba will raise up to $5 billion from the international bond market this week. This bond issue will become one of the largest dollar bond offerings in the Communist Party of China. According to the document, the underwriters of the bond issue include Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, and China International Capital Corporation. The bond issuance also came a month later than planned, avoiding the U.S. election. At the same time, Alibaba and the Communist Party are plotting to gain trust from the US authority to avoid the issue on the antitrust act

10.The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on February 2 that large vertical shaft engines imported from Communist China pose substantial harm to the relevant industries of the United States, and the U.S. Department of Commerce will impose anti-dumping tariffs on the import of such engines.

II. World News

1.The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, said Tuesday that the military coup in Myanmar was “unacceptable” and the international community must respond strongly and unambiguously. At the same time, China and Russia are delaying the action of the United Nations Security Council, and the Biden government of the United States has issued sanctions against the Myanmar military.

Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries, including  Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as senior EU representatives, condemn the Myanmar military’s takeover of State power on Wednesday and express deep concern about the situation of detained leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi.

2.The U.S., Asia Foundation releases its report,” Urgent Issues in U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations for 2021″ on Wednesday, saying (the report) that disagreements within ASEAN over relations with  Communist China are widening and that the U.S. must devote more attention and increase its engagement with the region to restore Southeast Asian countries’ confidence in the United States.

3.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announces on Wednesday the closure of a television channel linked to Russia, calling it a necessary move to fight the Kremlin propaganda, and “Ukraine firmly supports freedom of speech”.

4.White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Wednesday that the U.S. Space Force has “absolutely” the full support of President Biden. She says the president does not reconsider the decision to establish a space force.

5.British Foreign Secretary Raab and Defense Secretary Wallace held “2+2 Security Talks” with Japanese Foreign Secretary Toshimitsu Mogi and Defense Secretary Nobuo Kishi via online video conference on Wednesday, and said in a joint statement that they were seriously concerned about the situation in the East China Sea and the South China Sea and opposed any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo.  Britain’s more active participation in Indo-Pacific affairs after Brexit is seen as a sign of Britain’s tilt towards the region, and it is expected to send the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth to the Indo-Pacific region later this year.

6.The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that the USS Nimitz Carrier StrikeGroup will be transferred from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific region, creating a situation where three aircraft carriers gather in the Indo-Pacific region at the same time and there is no aircraft carrier in the Middle East. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took into account a broader geostrategic situation when approving the withdrawal of the USS Nimitz from the Central Command Area.

7.In a joint article published by German Chancellor Merkel and several other world political “leaders”, the virus epidemic will provide an opportunity to establish a new world order based on the principles of multilateralism and the rule of law. This is in line with Xi Jinping’s tone in Davos, and Merkel has been exposed to have close ties with the Chinese Communist Party. The article was also co-sponsored by French President Emmanuel Macron, Senegalese President Macky Sall, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, European Commission President von der Leyen, and European Union Chairman-in-Office Charles Michel

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