Katyusha News Reference – Saturday, February 13, 2021

I. The New Federal State of China News

1. The White House said on Saturday that the United States is “deeply concerned” about the World Health Organization’s report on the virus investigation and called on the Chinese Communist Party to release data obtained in the early days of the outbreak. The Chinese embassy in the United States argued that the United States has undermined the multilateral cooperation and the WHO in recent years and should not “blame” the Communist Party and other countries that supported the WHO during the pandemic.

2. The National Pulse revealed on Saturday that the Harvard Kennedy School, which attacked Dr. Yan’s virus lab theory, has extensive financial and personnel ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Following a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) investigation of the Ivy League university, Harvard failed to disclose “hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts and contracts from foreign donors, primarily the Chinese Communist Party.

3. Following XIONG Xianmin’s arrest by U.S. police pending trial, on February 13, another CCP agent, MENG Weishen (aka Wei Shi), was arrested by police on suspicion of second-degree murder with a gun and driving a car in a manner that threatens the safety of others.

4. A recent report claims that Agora Inc, based in the China, may have access to users’ raw audio, potentially providing access to the Chinese government. The startup provides the back-end infrastructure for Clubhouse and sells a “real-time voice and video interaction platform.

5. On February 12, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh announced the suspension of joint exercises with the Chinese Communist Party. Sources said oppositions in the country believe the move was made to avoid angering the U.S. government.

6. The European Union on Saturday called on the Communist China to revoke its ban on the BBC World News television channel, noting that it was apparently in retaliation for the U.K.’s withdrawal of the license of the state-owned broadcaster CGTN. In a statement, the EU said the move further restricts “freedom of expression and access to information in its territory” and violates the Communist Party’s constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

7. British Prime Minister Johnson plans to hold an online meeting of the G-7 leaders on February 19 to form a united front against the Communist China virus outbreak and begin to develop a joint strategy to deal with the Communist Party.

8. Sources said Tsinghua Unigroup intends to sell about 10% of its stock in chip designer Unisoc, in order to raise more money. Unisoc is the second largest wafer designer in China after Huawei’s subsidiary HiSilicon Semiconductor. Tsinghua Unigroup, the largest semiconductor company in China, once claimed to acquire TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), but has been mired in debt and even defaulted since last year. 

9. On the first day of the Lunar New Year, the supply of chrysanthemums used to pay respects to the deceased in Wuhan, Hubei province, was tight and prices rose steeply, even the traffic was congested at 12 a.m. in Wuhan to pay respects. Once again, there are suspicions that the Chinese Communist Party is concealing the true number of deaths in the Wuhan epidemic.

10. To avoid greater financial risks, the CCP began to tighten controls on real estate lending earlier this year. In Shenzhen, the second-hand housing market, banks raised the down payment for second-hand housing loans to 50% after Shenzhen authorities issued a guide price for second-hand housing on February 8, a move that some industry insiders said would freeze the property market.

11. Following the shutdown of “Hong Kong Chronicles, several local Internet providers have recently been unable to connect to the official website of Taiwan’s Transitional Justice Commission, possibly suffering from the same “blocking” of the Internet from the CCP.

II. World News

1. The U.S. Senate voted Saturday to acquit former President Donald Trump of charges of sedition on Jan. 6. The Senate vote was 57-43, meaning it failed to reach the 67-vote threshold needed to convict Trump of sedition charges on Jan. 6. After the impeachment vote, Trump denounced the “witch hunt” against himself and said, “Our historic, patriotic, beautiful ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign has just begun ” He said, “We have so much work to do, and soon there will be a bright, eye-catching, limitless American future.”

2. On Saturday, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Fukushima Prefecture was the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters nearly a decade ago. Fortunately, the Fukushima nuclear power plant was not damaged in this earthquake.

3. At a time when the global automotive industry is facing a shortage of semiconductor supply, the European Union is rumored to be considering building an advanced semiconductor plant in Europe to avoid having to rely on the United States and Asia for core technology in several important industries. French Finance Ministry officials said at a press briefing on February 11, TSMC and Samsung Electronics may participate in the EU plan, but everything has not been finalized.

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