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17 February 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Philippine Move to Scrap US Military Deal Boosts China's Clout in Asia VOA 17 Feb 2020 -- The Philippine president's proposed cancellation of a 32-year-old military pact with the United States gives regional power China chances to strengthen its influence in Asia as U.S. military units would visit less often.
  • PLA unveils latest Z-10 attack helicopter upgrade Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has unveiled its latest edition of the Z-10 attack helicopter, featuring exhaust openings that face upward instead of outward, with experts claiming the chopper's infrared signal will make it harder to target.
  • Naval drills enhance ability in Pacific Ocean Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- A warship fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted an air defense exercise in the far seas of the Pacific Ocean, a move experts said on Monday showed the Navy's high capability in the Pacific waters.
  • China's top legislature schedules bi-monthly session Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, will convene its 16th bi-monthly session on Feb. 24 in Beijing, according to a statement issued after a chairpersons' meeting Monday.
  • Balance needed between economic activity, virus watch Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- There is growing public opinion on the need to speed up resumption of work in China, and some provinces and cities outside of Central China's Hubei Province have taken some actions. But there are indeed some officials and ordinary people who adopt a wait-and-see attitude. Although the number of newly diagnosed cases outside Hubei has been declining for 13 consecutive days, uncertainty still exists as the peak of population flow has not ended.
  • China urges five nuke powers to safeguard NPT regime PLA Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- The ninth formal conference among the five nuclear-weapon states (also the five permanent members (P5) of the United Nations (UN) Security Council) was held in London from February 12 to 13, 2020. It was chaired by Thomas Drew, Director General for Consular and Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, with Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State of the US, Vladimir L. Leontiev, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and David Bertolotti, Director of Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attending the meeting. Fu Cong, Director-General of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, headed Chinese delegation to the conference.
  • Annual 'two sessions' may be delayed due to epidemic PLA Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- China's "two sessions", the country's biggest annual political event, may be postponed this year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • China Mulls Postponing Political Meetings as Wuhan Tightens Quarantine Rules Radio Free Asia 17 Feb 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party looks set to postpone the annual meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) as large parts of China remained under lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, state media reported on Monday.
  • China Proposes Postponement of Its 'Two Sessions' in March VOA 17 Feb 2020 -- China has proposed postponing its annual "Two Sessions" meetings in March of the national legislature and top political advisory body pending a final decision next Monday, according to state media Xinhua News.
  • Reports: Leaked Database Exposes Beijing's Religious 'Persecution' In Xinjiang RFE/RL 17 Feb 2020 -- A newly leaked database gives an insight into how Chinese authorities have determined the fate of hundreds of thousands of Muslims held in internment camps, according to media reports.
  • Chinese Police Track Down Dissident Xu Zhiyong Using Facial Recognition Radio Free Asia 17 Feb 2020 -- Police in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have detained dissident Xu Zhiyong -- who had been on the run for seven weeks -- using facial recognition technology and big data analysis, RFA has learned.
  • Chinese Activist Detained After Calling on Xi to Resign VOA 17 Feb 2020 -- Prominent Chinese legal academic and activist Xu Zhiyong, who has urged President Xi Jinping to step down over China's major crises including the coronavirus epidemic, has been detained by authorities in South China, activists said Monday.
  • Unusual COVID-19 cases discovered in Henan, infection sources unknown, showing strong contagiosity Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- Two unusual COVID-19 cases were reported in Xinxian county in Central China's Henan Province on Sunday, which shows strong contagiosity and whose sources of infection could not be determined.
  • Health minister : No positive coronavirus case in Iran IRNA 17 Feb 2020 -- Iranian Minister of Health Saeed Namaki said there is no positive case of coronavirus epidemic in Iran, adding that 36 borders are being controlled 24/7.
  • WHO-China expert team begins coronavirus field inspections People's Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- A joint expert team consisting of experts from China and the World Health Organization Monday began field inspections on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a Chinese health official said Monday.
  • China deserves appreciation for efforts, sacrifices in fighting epidemic: WHO chief People's Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday met with the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus here on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
  • China sends over 30,000 medics to aid in battle against COVID-19 in Wuhan People's Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- China has dispatched more than 30,000 medical staff, including elite medical groups, to assist in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the epicenter Wuhan, Guo Yanhong, an official with the National Health Commission, said Monday.
  • China reports 2,048 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, 105 new deaths People's Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- Chinese health authority Monday said it received reports of 2,048 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 105 deaths on Sunday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
  • China using plasma from recovered patients to treat coronavirus Press TV 17 Feb 2020 -- Chinese doctors are using infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat the critically ill patients still battling the disease.
  • Death Toll From Coronavirus in Mainland China Reaches 1,868, Over 72,400 Infected Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- An outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December and has since spread to more than 20 countries around the world.
  • Death Toll From Coronavirus in Mainland China Reaches 1,770 - Health Commission Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has gone up to 1,770 in mainland China, with the total number of registered cases standing at 70,548 according to the country's National Health Commission.
  • China: Covid-19 Not as Deadly as Other Coronaviruses VOA 17 Feb 2020 -- China has published new data on more than 44,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, which show the disease is not as deadly as previous coronaviruses including SARS and MERS. The World Health Organization reports more than 70,000 cases, including 1,772 deaths, mostly from China's Hubei province, where the outbreak first surfaced. Cases in 25 countries outside China have increased slightly to 694, including three deaths, one each in the Philippines, Japan and France.

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