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15 January 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Targeted by Chinese Smear Campaign, Uyghur Leader Learns of Father's Death Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- Dolkun Isa, the president of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group, is used to being on the receiving end of hostile Chinese propaganda campaigns, but the latest state media slander story carried sad news: His father had passed away.
- New Law Requiring 'Ethnic Unity' in Tibet Raises Concerns Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- A new law passed by China mandating "ethnic unity" in state and social institutions in Tibet is raising concerns among Tibetans and outside observers, who say the law is aimed at destroying the Tibetan people's national identity in their historic homeland.
- Thailand to Air Concerns with River Commission over Drought, Chinese Dams in Mekong Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- Thailand will raise concerns about its current drought during a Mekong River Commission meeting expected next month, the Thai water-resources chief said, as local farmers complained that dams in China were choking the waterway on which millions depend for their livelihoods.
- China's response to Tsai's cross-strait proposals impractical: MAC CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- Taipei said Wednesday that China's reaffirmation of the "1992 consensus" earlier in the day in response to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions was not in keeping with the democratic wishes of the Taiwan people.
- Taiwanese say Beijing should hold dialogue with DPP: poll CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- A majority of Taiwanese think that Beijing should again hold a dialogue with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after its victory in the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.
- China reaffirms '1992 consensus' after Tsai's re-election CNA 15 Jan 2020 -- China on Wednesday officially responded to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions after her re-election, by reaffirming its adherence to the "1992 consensus."
- Chinese mainland's policy toward Taiwan clear, consistent Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- Taiwan regional elections results cannot change the fact that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson with Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said at a press conference on Wednesday.
- Tsai claims Taiwan independent in serious escalation with China Press TV 15 Jan 2020 -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has raised the ante in her policy of brinksmanship, saying China must accept that Taiwan is already independent.
- Germany Suspects Ex-EU Diplomat, Two Lobbyists of Spying for China - Reports Sputnik 15 Jan 2020 -- German Public Prosecutor General Peter Frank is investigating a former EU official from Germany and two employees of a major lobbying firm on suspicion of spying for China, the Spiegel newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing information at its disposal.
- China helps Myanmar solve electricity shortage Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- Chinese electricity companies have been working with local residents in Myanmar to help the latter tackle electricity shortages.
- China-invested Letpadaung copper mine brings tangible benefits to Sagaing Region, Myanmar Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- Letpadaung copper mine project in Monywa, Sagaing Region of Myanmar, as one of the demonstration projects under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has brought tangible benefits to Sagaing Region.
- Ethnic Chinese Residents of North Korea Penalized for Failing to Participate in Political Events Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea are threatening to impose fines as punishment on ethnic Chinese residents for failing to participate in political events, signaling a possible end to the leniency the community has traditionally enjoyed as foreign residents, RFA has learned.
- Eight keywords about China-Pakistan joint naval exercise PLA Daily 15 Jan 2020 -- The PN-PLAN Bilateral Exercise, code-named Sea Guardians-2020, held the closing ceremony on January 14 at the Karachi Port after completing all the subjects of the two phases, including port training and maritime joint fleet drill. This nine-day joint naval exercise can be summarized in eight keywords.
- China's 6th military medical expert team heads for Ethiopia PLA Daily 15 Jan 2020 -- Nine members of the 6th Chinese military medical expert team to Ethiopia left Chongqing for Addis Ababa, capital of eastern Africa's Ethiopia for a one-year military medical assistance mission on Jan. 13, 2020.
- Chinese coast guard ship visits Philippines for the first time PLA Daily 15 Jan 2020 -- A vessel of the China Coast Guard (CCG), coded 5204, arrived in Manila, the Philippines for the friendly exchanges of the Joint Coast Guard Committee (JCGC) on Maritime Cooperation between the CCG and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on the morning of January 14. This is the first time that the CCG ship visited the Philippines.
- Regulation, Transparency and Scrutiny Key to Countering China's Foreign Media Campaigns: Report Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- Policymakers in democratic nations should tighten broadcasting regulations, while increasing transparency and subjecting Chinese entities to greater scrutiny to counter the negative impact of Beijing's foreign media influence campaigns, a media watchdog said in a report Wednesday.
- China Threatens Human Rights Far Beyond Its Own Borders: Report Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- The Chinese government is a threat to human rights around the world, according to a new report from the New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW).
- China Continues Nationwide Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Activists Radio Free Asia 15 Jan 2020 -- China is continuing a nationwide crackdown on rights activists, detaining lawyer Chang Weiping at an unknown location, while pressing "terrorism" charges against Zhang Baocheng, activists told RFA.'
- China to control rare earths as exports decline, new policy to take effect Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- China will tightly control rare earths as a strategic mineral resource as shown by a recently introduced policy that imposes strict controls over exploration and mining, combined with an export decline, experts noted.
- China has never been a currency manipulator: spokesperson Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- China has never been a currency manipulator, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, adding the United States' dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator was in line with the facts and international consensus.
- US, China Sign 'Phase 1' Trade Deal VOA 15 Jan 2020 -- Declaring "it doesn't get any bigger than this," President Donald Trump, alongside Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, signed an initial deal to resolve what had been an escalating 18-month trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. "
- Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement The White House 15 Jan 2020
- Remarks by President Trump in Luncheon with Vice Premier Liu He of the People's Republic of China The White House 15 Jan 2020
- Remarks by President Trump After Signing the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement The White House 15 Jan 2020
- Carrie Lam pledges HK$10 billion in new relief measures Global Times 15 Jan 2020 -- Chief executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the SAR government will allocate 10 billion Hong Kong dollars (1.29 billion U.S. dollars) in new relief measures.
- Xi urges all parties to work toward socialist goals People's Daily 15 Jan 2020 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called on the country's non-Communist parties to make new contributions to securing the victory of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and fighting poverty on Tuesday.
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