The 24-hour World Newsletter of Vietnamese Intellectuals synthesizes the latest updates on remarkable developments in the world, with the focus on China, the US-China confrontation, the US 2020 election, and COVID-19 translation.
- The global number of Wuhan corona virus infections has surpassed 30 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, the number of COVID-19 cases globally is currently 30,003,378 cases (equivalent to nearly 4 infected people per 1,000 population) . To date, the total number of deaths caused by COVID-19 worldwide is 943,203. The US is leading the number of infections with nearly 6.7 million cases; followed by India (over 5.1 million cases); Brazil (more than 4.4 million cases), Russia (more than 1 million cases); and Peru (more than 744 thousand cases).
- In the past 24 hours, the number of new infections in France has hit a record with 10,593 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country up. 415,481 cases, reported by the French Ministry of Health. Before that, the highest number of infections in the day in France was 9/12 with 10,561 new cases. According to Reuters, the increased number of cases in France is due to higher infection rates and also due to more testing in the country.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an “alarming COVID-19 infection rate” across Europe and advises countries on the continent not to shorten quarantine periods. The WHO said many corona virus cases in September “should be seen as a wake-up call for all of us”.
- Director of CDC USA Redfield in the US congressional hearing on September 16 said that the COVID-19 vaccine could be available in November or December for frontline workers and vulnerable populations, but 6 to 9 months are required before the vaccine can be distributed nationwide. However, President Trump at a press conference shortly thereafter claimed that the CDC Redfield director had misrepresented or misinterpreted the MPs’ questions.
- China has sealed off the border city Thuy Le, Yunnan Province adjacent to Myanmar and launched the COVID-19 testing campaign for all more than 200,000 people in this city. Thuy Le city officials said the city has entered a “wartime” state to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks after two new infections were discovered among tourists from Myanmar. Residents were ordered to stay at home and the authorities set up checkpoints to prevent anyone from entering and exiting Thuy Le city and restricting access to the adjacent border areas. Most of the businesses here have closed.
- A 100-year-old man named Roy in Melbourne, Australia was discharged after 6 weeks of COVID-19 treatment. The hospital where Roy said he had written to the medical staff a very touching letter of goodbye.
- Wuhan city – which started the new corona virus late last year – is reopening international flights, ending eight months of suspension. China halted international flights in March when COVID-19 swept the world, but now the regime claims it has controlled the epidemic through measures to limit travel, testing and weathering. radiate.
- New York City, USA again delayed allowing most of its more than a million students to return to school. Thi Bill de Blasio said that the majority of elementary school students will continue learning from distance until September 29.
- A senior health official in Canada said that the COVID-19 pandemic in the country could soon go out of control. This health official made the statement above after the number of new infections in Canada increased rapidly.
- Facebook says it will no longer display health groups in recommendations to ensure users seek out health information from authorized sources. Facebook says the move reflects its view that such authoritative sources are “very important”.
American Presidential Election 2020
- According to Real Clear Politics, the average of the latest nationwide surveys (September 3 to September 16), Mr. Biden is leading Mr. Trump 5.8 points. 8/9 surveys showed that Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump from 5 to 9 points. Only the Rasmussen survey shows that Mr. Trump is leading Mr. Biden 1 point.
- The ABC and Washington Post surveys released on September 16 show that Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden with significant support from young voters is leading President Donald Trump 6 points and 16 points at Wisconsin (52% vs 46%) and Minnesota (57% vs 41%). However, two other surveys in August in Wisconsin showed that the state race was quite balanced. Survey by Trafalgar Group for a tie and survey by Emerson College said Mr. Biden is leading Mr. Trump 3 points.
- According to Reuters, at the Wisconsin campaign rally on Thursday night, September 17 (US time), President Donald Trump will announce a new round of relief to farmers worth $ 13 billion. Wisconsin was the battleground state in the US presidential election in November. In the election four years ago, in Wisconsin, Mr. Trump narrowly won candidate Hillary Clinton with less than 1% of the vote. It was the first time that a Republican presidential candidate had won the state since the 1984 presidential election.
- Nearly 800 military family members – including the Gold Star families – recently jointly signed an open letter supporting President Trump as he was facing the attacks of mainstream media said that the incumbent president had statements that disregard American martyrs.
- Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on September 17 brought Democrats a series of victories, including a ruling that allowed errors and gray areas in the battle state’s fledgling mail-voting laws this (extending the time of counting votes by 3 days after election day), and another ruling agreed to remove the Green Party presidential candidate from the state vote in November.
- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to pledge that he will not deport any illegal immigrants during the first 100 days of entering office if they do not commit felony crimes against US citizens.
- Under the guise of seeking to “avert the constitutional crisis,” an extensive network of left-wing activists and well-financed radical groups are training, organizing and planning to mobilize goods. million Americans if President Trump “does not accept the election results”, refuses to lose or declares victory early. Part of the campaign’s budget is funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros.
US – China relations
- On Tuesday (September 15), the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the Tianjin Union Development Group (UDG) to the blacklist. This Chinese company seized and destroyed Cambodian land to build the luxury resort resort Dara Sakor, including the airport in this area. This is a large-scale project in Koh Kong province, Cambodia. In 2008, Zhang Gaoli, then Politburo member and Secretary of the Tianjin Municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the Steering Group of Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, attended the land transfer signing ceremony of this project.
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- Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach landed in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon, September 17 (local time). This is the second senior US official to officially visit Taiwan in 2020. It is expected that on September 19, Mr. Keith Krach will attend the funeral of former Taiwanese President Ly Dang Huy.
- The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan (MND) on Wednesday night (September 16) released a press release stating that the reports of the US plans to sell Taiwan seven weapons systems are mere guesswork. Earlier, also on September 16, Reuters news agency quoted sources familiar with the matter said the US plans to sell seven weapons systems to Taiwan, including cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft.
- US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft on Wednesday (September 16) had lunch with high-ranking Taiwanese official in New York. Mrs. Craft called the meeting “history” and the next step in the Trump administration’s campaign to strengthen ties with the autonomous, democratic island nation that China still claims as part of its territory.
- A Chinese warship late Wednesday afternoon (September 16) passed through the Strait of Taiwan, only about 44 kilometers from the east coast of the island nation, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said. On Thursday morning (September 17), Chinese ships went out of this sensitive waters.
- Freedom House – a human rights organization based in the US – on Wednesday (September 16) awarded the Freedom Prize to the Hong Kong pro-democracy protest movement. Freedom House hosted an online award ceremony on September 16 in honor of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, as well as demonstrations in Sudan.
- The Hong Kong Supreme Court has denied democracy activist Tam Tak-chi’s request for bail. The Hong Kong activist was arrested and charged with “speaking of inciting rebellion” and disrupting public order.
Relations between China and other countries
- Sino-Indian Conflict: Chinese military sources (PLA) in disputed border areas with India raised their combat readiness warning to a second highest level last week after the shoot-up, military sources said. out, according to SCMP. Although the warning level has been lowered after the foreign ministers of the two countries meet, it can be raised again at any time.
- China – Pakistan: According to India Today, Anthony Klan, editor-in-chief and Australian investigative reporter of The Klaxon Magazine revealed that, in fact, the scientist of the Wuhan Virus Research Department has cooperated with Pakistan and its scientists. this country long ago. From 2015 up to now, having conducted research on 5 types of pathogens with different levels, this incident has received great attention from the intelligence agency. Currently, the Wuhan Virus Laboratory and the Pakistan Defense Science and Technology Organization (DESTO) have signed a confidentiality agreement, working together on emerging infectious disease research and disease control projects. contagious disease.
- China – Vatican: Pope Francis is said to have agreed to a two-year extension of the controversial agreement with China on the appointment of Catholic bishops in the authoritarian country, according to Reuters. The secret treaty, signed earlier between the Vatican and Beijing in September 2018, is the first public agreement between the two countries since they severed diplomatic relations in 1951 and allowed the Pope appoint and veto the bishops approved by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- China – Sweden: This year marks the 70th anniversary of China’s diplomatic relations with many countries, including Sweden. However, unlike previous years, the two sides did not exchange greetings.
- Alexei Navalny’s team on Thursday (September 17) said that the nerve agent used to poison the famous Russian opposition leader was discovered in a water bottle at a hotel in Tomsk city. , Siberia where Mr. Navalny stayed before going to the airport. Mr. Navalny’s team thought he was poisoned at the hotel, not at the airport as originally stated.
- White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on September 17 that five more countries are seriously considering signing an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. On September 15, at the White House, the UAE and Bahrain signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra will have to participate in an impeachment session in parliament on Friday (September 18) after the Peruvian constitutional court on September 17 has rejected Vizcarra’s appeal to delay the attempt. force of parliament to remove the president.
- President Trump will not move to New York next Tuesday to address the United Nations General Assembly. Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Thursday (September 17) said that Mr. Trump will speak from the White House.