Katyusha News Reference – March 19, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1.  Austin arrived in New Delhi on Friday on the last leg of his Indo-Pacific tour. He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national security adviser Ajit Doval, “China is our pacing threat,” He told reporters. “Our goal is to make sure that we have the capabilities and the operational plans and concepts to be able to offer credible deterrence to China or anybody else who would want to take on the U.S.”

2. The Lancet: Seroprevalence study from Wuhan suggests 6.9% of population had COVID-19 antibodies by April 2020 — including 40% with neutralizing antibodies that lasted for at least 9 months — but 82% of cases were asymptomatic. Based on 19 million of Wuhan’s population, then 1.3 million people got infected in Apr 2020 instead of 50 thousand as CCP reported.

3. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, in her first public remarks since she was sworn in, called China’s military increasingly capable, saying its “aggressive” actions posed a threat to regional peace, stability in the Pacific and the “rules-based international order.“

4. CCP military intelligence recruited an Estonian national working at a NATO research institution focused on maritime and submarine research. The spy, Tarmo Kõuts, renowned in the Estonian scientific community for his research, was convicted last week and sentenced to three years in prison. The Baltic country’s intelligence services had warned for years of the growing Chinese threat, but the conviction was the first of its kind.

5. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who is Black, clashed with her Chinese counterpart on Friday when she described her own experience with racism as a challenge, but said for millions of people in countries like China and Myanmar it was deadly. The Chinese Communist Party has committed genocide that goes far beyond racism.

6. A study revealed , the coronavirus appeared in mainland China as early as October 2019, two months before the first confirmed cases reported by CCP.

7. The CCP military has banned Tesla Inc’s cars from military complexes and housing compounds because of concerns about sensitive data being collected by cameras built into the vehicles.

8. CCP is bolstering its ability to attack and blockade Taiwan, deploying long-range missiles to prevent foreign forces helping in the event of war and using psychological warfare to undermine faith in Taiwan’s military, the island’s defence ministry said.

9. China’s state-run Global Times on Friday defended Hong Kong’s practice of forcibly restraining babies to hospital beds while in coronavirus isolation wards as an anti-epidemic policy in need of “more understanding.”

10. Delta Electronics, which makes power components for Apple and Tesla, has lay off almost half of it‘s workforce in China, this is the biggest job cuts announced on the mainland by a Taiwanese Electronics company. Chairman Hai Yingjun said in an interview that it would eventually lay off 90% employees in China as the China was no longer a good place to do manufacturing.

11. Tufts University, located in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, announced on March 17 that it will close its Confucius Institute, the contract will end on Sep and they will not renew the contract anymore.

II World News

1. The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved legislation condemning the military coup in Myanmar, as lawmakers decried increasingly harsh tactics used to suppress demonstrations since the Feb,1 ouster of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

2. Nikkei reported, Japanese plant engineer JGC Holdings will oversee the design and construction of Mongolia’s first solar power plant with storage capabilities as the country steps up adoption of renewable energy.

3. Antony Blinken will visit Brussels next week to meet with NATO foreign ministers and European Union officials, the U.S. Department of State said on Friday as the Biden administration seeks to repair transatlantic ties. At the meeting, Blinken will join other foreign ministers to discuss proposed changes to the transatlantic organization as well as concerns over China and Russia, climate change, cyber and energy security, etc.

4. US media reports that the Biden administration will scrap the Trump’s tax deduction policy and is likely to raise the federal tax rate from 21% to 39.6%. This is the first significant tax increase in nearly 30 years.

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