Katyusha News Reference – Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Himalaya Moscow Katyusha (RU) Ladin

I. The New Federal State of China News

1. The U.S. State Department says on Tuesday it is expecting the complete report of the World Health Organization on the origin of the CCP virus and will conduct its own assessment based on science and data. The U.S. says it will independently consider the findings and its underlying data after WHO investigators ruled out the possibility that the novel coronavirus originated in a laboratory in Wuhan.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is enormous evidence a biomedical laboratory in Wuhan, and denounces the WHO for “corruption and kneeling to Xi Jinping”.

2. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said again in an interview with CNN on Monday that former President Trump’s tough policy towards China was correct.

3. The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that the United States is closely monitoring the border dispute between India and China and supports the peaceful settlement of the dispute through direct dialogue while emphasizing that the United States stands with allies and partners like India.

4. Huawei files a complaint with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, saying that the decision of the Federal Communications Commission last year to find that Huawei posed a national security threat is unconstitutional and harms the interests of the industry. Xi Jinping’s administration was eager to leverage on President Biden’s coming to power to end the restrictions imposed by the United States not long ago.

5. France’s defense minister Florence Parry announced on Monday that two French naval warships recently passed through the South China Sea. Communist China claims almost all of the South China Sea

6. Canada’s “lifeboat” work visa for Hong Kong people officially opens for application from Feb. 8 until Feb. 7, 2023.

7. On July 1 last year, a young man, Tong Ying-kit was arrested for driving a motorcycle with a flag bearing the popular protest slogan ” Liberate Hong Kong; Revolution of our times ” and become the first defendant charged under Hong Kong’s national security law. On Monday, it was reported that the Secretary for Justice informed Tong’s legal team that her department was invoking the power to proceed with a juror-free trial in this case, breaking the jury system that Hong Kong has been in use for 176 years. The judicial procedures and systems that Hong Kong has always followed have once again been greatly impacted and will become exactly the same as the Communist State of China.

8. In a meeting with Joseph Young, charge d’affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo,Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, publicly said that Japan holds “major doubts” about China’s new law allowing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.

9. The British think tank Civitas recently released a report that about 200 British academics are being investigated for inadvertently assisting the Chinese military to develop weapons of mass destruction. This makes the tension between China-Western scientific and technological cooperation and politics become the focus of public opinion again.

10. The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service,David Vigneault, warns on Tuesday that China is undermining Canada through its efforts to steal valuable technology and silence critics of Beijing’s policies, and all sectors of Canadian society must work together to counter these threats.

11. President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden,criticized the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday, expressing concern about the potential security threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party’s technology and accusing the Communist Party of government for not fulfilling bilateral commitments.

12. A survey by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore shows that the Communist Party’s efforts to win popularity in Southeast Asia through “vaccine diplomacy” during the viral pandemic appears to have failed. In a survey of 1,032 people from November 18 to January 10, 61.5% of the respondents said they would choose the United States over China if they were forced to stand in the continuous competition between China and the United States. Support for the United States is 7.9 percentage points higher than last year’s survey.

13. Boeing said Friday that it has added a new production line in India to produce complex vertical fin structures for the 737 Max single-aisle airplane. The Boeing 737 vertical fin is now produced by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) . AVIC has recently beendesignated as military end users (MEU) list by the U.S. Department of Defense.

14. After Clubhouse became popular, it was blocked by the Communist Party of China on the evening of February 8 because Thousands of Chinese flocked to the app, which allowed unfettered discussion with people abroad about democracy, Taiwan, and other sensitive topics. The Communist party claims the app an “anti-China speech base” of one-sided discourse. The Communist Party’s rhetoric has a big logical error, and the people in question are “anti-communist” rather than “anti-China”

15. Canadian media revealed on Monday that the Canadian visa center “Beijing Shuangxiong Foreign Service Company” is owned by people from the Beijing public security services that that collects details of people applying for visas to numerous countries, including the United States, thereby giving Beijing security services direct access to private information of people planning to leave China.

16. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a speech in Taiwan-US relations, cross-strait situation and other issues on Tuesday. Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan-US relations are stable. In cross-strait relations, she says once again that she will not yield in the face of pressure, and reiterates a call for dialogue to resume with Beijing on the basis of equality and mutual respect

17. The Measures for the Security Review of Foreign Investment of the Communist Party of China is officially launched recently. In the future, foreign investment must take the initiative to declare if it involves national defense and security, dominant information technology, Internet products and services, overriding financial services, key technologies and other fields, and have them reviewed and approved before they can be implemented.

The new rule has made many foreign companies leaving

18. The U.S. federal government officially halted the procurement of small, Chinese-made drones starting this month in light of the potentially significant risk they pose to U.S. national security.

19. Ant Group was rejected by the Chinese Communist Party authorities at the moment before it went public in Hong Kong. According to the terms of the investment agreement reached by foreign investors with Ant Group in 2018, Ant Group did not provide a listing schedule, foreign investors did not enjoy board seats and voting rights, and once the listing was unsuccessful, there was no guarantee of return. The analysis shows that up to $14 billion of foreign investors have been tied up by Ant Group and the Communist Party of China. At present, there is no way out of the market and can only wait patiently.

II. World News

1. According to a British media report on February 9, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) found two new strains of mutant CCP virus, which may be more infectious, have caused infection in 76 people and may affect the effectiveness of the vaccine.

2. On February 9, clashes between the Myanmar police and demonstrators continued in several cities, the most violent day against the Myanmar coup. One woman suffered a gunshot wound in the head and had little chance of surviving. In Naypyidaw, the Burma capital, police opened fire into the air and tried to clear the protesters with water cannons.

3. On February 9, SpaceX has quietly opened reservations for its Starlink Internet service around the world, with confirmation coming from all over the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other countries. Starlink Internet services seem to be accelerating their progress towards global coverage.

4. TSMC board of directors has approved an investment of up to $177.7 million to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Japan to expand its 3D semiconductor material research, the company said on Tuesday  

5. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces on February 9 that the New Zealand government is suspending all highlevel contact with Myanmar and imposing a travel ban on its military leaders, and any funding New Zealand put into Myanmar will not in any way support the military regime. This is the first international operation to isolate Myanmar’s military junta.

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