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22 April 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • China failed to disclose coronavirus outbreak in timely manner: Pompeo Press TV 22 Apr 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States strongly believes that China has failed to report the outbreak of the new coronavirus in a timely manner to the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Philippines Files Diplomatic Protests against Beijing's Moves in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 22 Apr 2020 -- The Philippines filed two diplomatic protests against Beijing on Wednesday, saying it violated international law through recent actions in the South China Sea, including by declaring parts of the disputed waters as Chinese districts, according to Manila's top envoy.
  • US 'Strongly Opposes China's Bullying' in the South China Sea VOA 22 Apr 2020 -- The United States is accusing China of taking advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak and increasing its military activities near Taiwan and in the South China Sea.
  • ASEAN secretary-general hails ASEAN-China cooperation in fighting COVID-19 Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Lim Jock Hoi on Tuesday thanked the Chinese government for providing medical supplies and hailed the cooperation between ASEAN and China in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • China-built COVID-19 testing lab completed in Serbia People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- A ceremony marking the completion of a COVID-19 testing lab contracted by China's biotech company BGI Group in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, was held on Apirl 20.
  • Novel coronavirus is not "manipulated or constructed" in labs: WHO spokesperson People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- All available evidence suggests that the new coronavirus has an animal origin, and is not a virus "manipulated or constructed" in a lab or somewhere else, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Fadela Chaib said here on Tuesday.
  • Chinese Lab with Checkered Safety Record Draws Scrutiny over COVID-19 VOA 22 Apr 2020 -- In the more than four months since China reported an outbreak of viral pneumonia in Hubei province, the coronavirus has raced to nearly every corner of the world, but there are still no firm answers as to where it all began.
  • China's quick containment of COVID-19 sets encouraging example for other countries: Lancet People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The Lancet, an authoritative academic publication in the medical field, has published an editorial saying that the rapid containment of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in China was impressive and set an encouraging example for other countries.
  • Strong evidence to show coronavirus originated naturally People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- With the coronavirus outbreak rampaging across the world, there have been rumors coming from the White House and some US media outlets that the virus may have been artificially synthesized at a Chinese bio-research lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. However, these conspiracy theories have been debunked by scientists worldwide as more scientific evidence comes to light.
  • Coronavirus mutations 'inevitable' Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- Mutations are already happening based on recent studies and a series of unexpected COVID-19 cases worldwide, like patients triggering an extended infection chain without showing symptoms, and infections with two different strains in Iceland, medical experts said on Wednesday.
  • China slams Australia for copying US, blaming Beijing for pandemic Press TV 22 Apr 2020 -- China has censured Australia for copying the United States and attempting to frame Beijing as the party responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Northeast China Imposes Travel Restrictions Amid Surge in Virus Cases Radio Free Asia 22 Apr 2020 -- Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang have imposed travel restrictions in the wake of a fresh outbreak of coronavirus cases triggered by people arriving from Russia.
  • Exile Groups Form Coronavirus Aid Center to Meet Needs of Uyghur Diaspora Radio Free Asia 22 Apr 2020 -- As millions of people are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Uyghur exile groups have jointly launched an aid initiative to assist members of the diaspora–many of whom are ineligible for government assistance and healthcare benefits in their adoptive countries.
  • Central govt urges boost of testing ability, expansion of scale Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- China's Central Leading Group on Responding to Novel Coronavirus Disease Outbreak on Wednesday urged boosting of COVID-19 testing ability and expanding testing scale, and accelerating the resumption of economic and social activities while maintaining normalization of epidemic control methods.
  • Wuhan's COVID-19 cases drop below 100 Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- The current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, dropped to 97 on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said at a press conference.
  • Strong evidence to show coronavirus originated naturally Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- With the coronavirus outbreak rampaging across the world, there have been rumors coming from the White House and some US media outlets that the virus may have been artificially synthesized at a Chinese bio-research lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. However, these conspiracy theories have been debunked by scientists worldwide as more scientific evidence comes to light.
  • Harbin boosts anti-epidemic measures in hospitals in wake of clustered infections Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- Only patients who take normal CT scans, nucleic acid tests and antibody tests for COVID-19 can be admitted to hospitals, the Harbin Health Commission required, after two local hospitals became the source of clustered infections and the infection chain continued to expand as of press time.
  • Harbin closes off communities and villages in wake of clustered infections Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, which has become the new hardest-hit region in China due to clustered infections caused by an imported case, has imposed a lockdown on all residential communities and villages.
  • Wuhan's confirmed COVID-19 cases drop below 100 People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, dropped to 97 on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said at a press conference.
  • Chinese mainland reports 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland Tuesday, of which 23 were imported.
  • China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or new deaths from the disease were reported in central China's Hubei Province the previous day, local health authority said Wednesday.
  • China reiterates support for WHO: spokesperson People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- China always firmly supports the leading role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in advancing global public health services and is ready to strengthen support for the WHO through various channels, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tuesday.
  • China scales up coronavirus testing, treatment in border areas People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese health authority has scaled up testing and treatment for COVID-19 infections in border areas as the country faces a rising risk of imported cases.
  • Chinese mainland reports 23 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported 23 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Tuesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,610, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland Tuesday, of which 23 were imported.
  • 28 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- A total of 28 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals Tuesday on the Chinese mainland, according to the National Health Commission.
  • Chinese companies donate medical supplies to Zimbabwe Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- Two Chinese companies on Tuesday handed over some medical supplies to a Zimbabwean foundation initiated by Zimbabwe's First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa.
  • China to announce name of its first Mars exploration mission PLA Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The name and logo of China's first Mars exploration mission will be made public on the Space Day of China, which will fall on April 24, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
  • EU Monitors See Coordinated COVID-19 Disinformation Effort By Iran, Russia, China RFE/RL 22 Apr 2020 -- EU monitors have identified a "trilateral convergence of disinformation narratives" being promoted by China, Iran, and Russia on the coronavirus pandemic and say they are being "multiplied" in a coordinated manner, according to an internal document seen by RFE/RL.
  • China launches second amphibious assault ship Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- China on Wednesday launched its second Type 075 amphibious assault ship, only a little more than half a year after the launch of the first one, leading Chinese military experts to say China has mastered mature technologies, prepared related aviation equipment and needs the ships in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • Aircraft carriers, destroyer prepare for Chinese Navy's 71st anniversary Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is conducting intensive exercises with its new combat forces including two aircraft carriers and a 10,000 ton-class destroyer, with the Navy preparing to celebrate the 71st anniversary of its founding on Thursday.
  • Growing air assault force makes Chinese PLA Army stronger PLA Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The air assault force is a new-type combat troop of the PLA Army. It emerged in the reform of China's national defense and armed forces several years ago, aiming to accelerate the PLA Army's pace into an era of multi-dimensional warfare. During the past years, the aviation force of the PLA Army has paced up its integration with over 10 branches of ground forces, including the infantry and the artillery forces, with the mode of "combined arms and multi-dimensional assault" being normalized in routine training.
  • Unity and cooperation are the international community's most potent weapon to overcome the pandemic People's Daily 22 Apr 2020
  • U.S. should stop playing political games under excuse of COVID-19 People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- Some American politicians just played their same old trick again, making irresponsible remarks on multiple occasions that the novel coronavirus originated from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). They declared, in a high-sounding manner, to make an investigation, and such ridiculous remarks were even hyped by Fox News.
  • China Dismisses Missouri Lawsuit as 'Absurd' VOA 22 Apr 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry Wednesday rejected a lawsuit filed by the U.S. state of Missouri claiming the nation is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • HK govt reshuffle for better governance, recovery Global Times 22 Apr 2020 -- China's State Council on Wednesday announced the appointment and removal of several key officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, and the chief executive of the HKSAR stressed that the reshuffle aims to push the economic recovery.
  • Central gov't firmly supports HK police arrest of 15 criminal suspects: spokesperson People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- A central government spokesperson on Tuesday expressed firm support for the arrest of 15 criminal suspects including Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and Martin Lee Chu-ming by Hong Kong police.
  • Central gov't has authority to maintain constitutional order in Hong Kong: spokesperson People's Daily 22 Apr 2020 -- The central government has the authority and responsibility to safeguard constitutional order in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), a spokesperson said Tuesday.
  • Hong Kong reshuffles cabinet to revive economy hit by pandemic Press TV 22 Apr 2020 -- Hong Kong has appointed five new principal officials as part of one of its biggest cabinet reshuffles in years in a declared attempt to revive its economy hit by the new coronavirus pandemic.
  • China Confirms Hong Kong Reshuffle in High-Profile Announcement Radio Free Asia 22 Apr 2020 -- China on Wednesday confirmed reports of a reshuffle of several key officials in Hong Kong, following reports that the ruling Chinese Communist Party is taking a more direct role in the running of the once-autonomous city.
  • Hong Kong Leader Overhauls Cabinet VOA 22 Apr 2020 -- A key member of Hong Kong's Cabinet has been reassigned under a major reshuffling unveiled Wednesday.



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