Katyusha News Reference ——March 20, 2021

Ⅰ. The New Federal State of China News

1. The CCP Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit China on Monday to talk with CCP Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who just met with U.S. diplomats in Alaska. the Wang-Lavrov meeting would synchronize Beijing and Moscow’s position at the United Nations on matters like the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs, the junta in Myanmar, the coronavirus and climate change.

2.U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) urged U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo “to apply the Foreign-produced Direct Product Rule (FDPR) to the SMIC Entity Listing” on Thursday.

3. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for the coronavirus, his special assistant on national health services, Faisal Sultan said on Saturday. It comes days after Imran Khan received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

4. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Saturday his company would be shut down if its cars were used to spy. This was his first comment on news that China’s military has banned Teslas from its facilities.

5. On Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) said that the U.S. needs to keep its tariffs on certain Chinese goods in place.

6. Both U.S. and CN are committed to cooperating on climate change and will establish a joint working group on the topic, Xinhua reported. The two sides will also hold talks on facilitating activities of each other’s diplomatic and consular missions and personnel, as well as on issues related to journalists. That portrayal contrasts with closing comments Friday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who made no public mention of any agreement with their Chinese counterparts.

7. After the heated meetings in Anchorage between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi, and their delegations, “we’re now finally waking up to the fact,” former Trump administration deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland told Newsmax TV on Saturday.

8. “Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a video call with four British National (Overseas) families from Hong Kong who have come to the UK following the imposition of the National Security Law. “I believe strongly in the prospects the UK can offer for those who want to make their lives here and I have no doubt that you are going to feel very much at home. The UK has a long and proud history of embracing those who arrive on our shores seeking the inalienable rights and freedoms denied to them in their homeland.”

9. Lu Shaye, the Chinese ambassador in Paris called Antoine Bondaz, a member of the French Foundation for Strategic Studies a ” hooligan”.  Bondaz has the fully support by European Parliament. Nathalie Loiseau, a former minister and member of the European Parliament for Macron, tweeted: “Is not common to see a diplomat makes so much damage to country’s image. Rough, rude, that’s the China you show.”

10. From Tokyo, the Japanese Defense Ministry Office released news on March 19 that 3 Chinese naval ships including the Type 055 guided-missile destroyer were found sailing from the Tsushima Strait to the Japan Sea. The Type 055 guided-missile destroyer is the largest destroyer in the Chinese navy, and this is the first time the Maritime Self-Defense Force has confirmed its activities in Japan’s offshore sea. Chinese naval ships have not entered Japanese territorial waters, nor have they taken any dangerous actions against naval vessels or aircrafts.

II World News

1. Japanese and U.S. defense chiefs have agreed in their recent meeting in Tokyo to closely cooperate in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan, Japanese government sources said on Saturday.

2. Olympic organizers officially announce that spectators from abroad are barred from attending the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, citing the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the decision.

3. Government scientists reportedly fear that a rising number of coronavirus cases on mainland Europe, dubbed the third wave, could head to the UK within weeks, and threaten Britons’ ability to go on holiday abroad this summer, according to The Times.

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