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24 April 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Pakistan Extends Lockdown; Chinese Army Doctors Arrive to Help Combat Virus VOA 24 Apr 2020 -- Pakistan extended a partial lockdown for two more weeks Friday to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country, though the number of confirmed cases is relatively very low.
- China Urged to Free Tibet's Missing Panchen Lama on Eve of 31st Birthday Radio Free Asia 24 Apr 2020 -- On the eve of the Panchen Lama's 31st birthday, religious freedom advocates called on China Friday to release the second most well-known religious figure in Tibet, believed to be languishing under house arrest in an undisclosed location.
- China makes further donation to boost Zimbabwe's fight against COVID-19 pandemic Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- China on Thursday handed over medical supplies and equipment to Zimbabwe, the latest boost among a series of donations it has made to the southern African country to help it fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Brunei receives medical material donations from China Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- Brunei received medical material donations from China on Thursday in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Chinese military sends medical teams, aid to Myanmar, Pakistan and Laos to fight COVID-19 Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- China sent military medical teams to Pakistan, Myanmar and Laos to fight COVID-19 on Friday. Analysts say this shows the high-level of mutual trust and friendly relations between China and these countries, and that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) medical teams are the most experienced force in China in handling public health crises.
- COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use may be ready by September: China CDC director Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- A COVID-19 vaccine could be developed by September, and could be ready for emergency use on medical workers and on a larger group of people early next year, said Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Gao Fu on Thursday.
- Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hubei drops below 50 for first time: official Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hubei, the central China province hardest hit by the epidemic, dropped to below 50 Thursday for the first time, a health official said Friday.
- Border cities in SW China conduct drills to strengthen country's defenses against imported COVID-19 cases Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- Several border cities in Southwest China have conducted drills featuring simulated illegal border crossings in order to further enhance efforts to prevent imported cases of COVID-19.
- Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hubei drops below 50 for first time: official People's Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hubei, the central China province hardest hit by the epidemic, dropped to below 50 Thursday for the first time, a health official said Friday.
- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases People's Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Thursday, local health authority said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland Thursday, of which two were imported.
- China's Guangzhou conducts coronavirus tests on teachers, students People's Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- Guangzhou, capital of southern China's Guangdong Province, has started novel coronavirus tests on 208,000 teachers, staff, and students in their final year of junior and senior high schools, local authorities said.
- Chinese Authorities Say Wuhan Has No COVID-19 Patients in Critical Condition Any More Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- Doctors of China's Wuhan city that had become an initial epicenter of the coronavirus infection have cured the last patient, who was in critical condition, and thus there are currently only patients with mild symptoms of the disease in the city, Mi Feng, the spokesman for the Chinese National Health Commission, said on Friday.
- Thailand Postpones Purchase of Chinese Submarines Amid New COVID-19 Budget Cuts Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- Forced to make substantial military budget cuts, Bangkok is moving to suspend a number of arms deals, including the Royal Thai Navy's (RTN) anticipated procurement of two additional S26T submarines from Beijing.
- UN Security Council adopts China-sponsored resolution on peacekeepers' safety and security PLA Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2518 (2020) on the safety and security of peacekeepers, which was initiated and submitted by China recently. The resolution was co-sponsored by 43 countries, including Russia, Vietnam, and Indonesia, which is a first of its kind on the safety and security of peacekeepers since the implementation of the UN peacekeeping operation in 1948. It aims to systematically respond to the growing traditional and non-traditional security threats faced by UN peacekeepers.
- China's first Mars exploration mission named Tianwen-1 Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- China's first Mars exploration mission has been named Tianwen-1, announced the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday, China's Space Day.
- China's first Mars exploration mission named Tianwen-1 PLA Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- China's first Mars exploration mission has been named Tianwen-1, announced the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday, China's Space Day.
- China Names First Exploration Mission to Mars 'Tianwen-1' - National Space Administration Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday announced that its first exploration mission to Mars will be named "Tianwen-1".
- Commissioner Starks On The Possible Revocation Of Us Operating Authority Of Chinese Telecom Carriers FCC 24 Apr 2020 -- Commissioner Geoffrey Starks issued the following statement regarding today's release of orders directing China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, and Pacific Networks and its subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC, to show cause why their FCC authorizations to operate in the United States should not be revoked
- FCC Scrutinizes Four Chinese Government-Controlled Entities Providing Telecommunications Services In The U.S. FCC 24 Apr 2020 -- The Federal Communications Commission today issued Orders to Show Cause against four companies that are ultimately subject to the ownership and control of the Chinese government: China Telecom Americas, China Unicom Americas, Pacific Networks, and ComNet. The Orders direct the companies to explain why the Commission should not start the process of revoking their domestic and international section authorizations enabling them to operate in the United States.
- FCC May Revoke Authorisation of Four Chinese-Controlled Firms to Operate in US Sputnik 24 Apr 2020 -- On 9 April, the Department of Justice said that relevant US agencies had unanimously recommended revoking the authorisations for China Telecom to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States, citing "substantial and unacceptable" national security risks.
- China's Economic Rebound Unlikely to Rescue Oil Market Radio Free Asia 24 Apr 2020 -- China's gradual economic recovery and available infrastructure are unlikely to come to the rescue of the world oil market this year, analysts say.
- Exile Groups Call For Muslims to End Silence on Uyghurs at Start of Ramadan Radio Free Asia 24 Apr 2020 -- Uyghur exile groups marked the start to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Friday by urging the international community to speak out on behalf of members of their ethnic group enduring persecution in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- China launches second amphibious assault ship PLA Daily 24 Apr 2020 -- China's second amphibious assault ship was launched in Shanghai on Wednesday, according to footage published on Chinese websites.
- Mass COVID-19 testing 'not yield to' herd immunity Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- As China is starting large-scale nucleic acid and antibody tests in a post-COVID-19 era with the epidemic appearing to have been brought under control, Chinese experts said that such a move cannot and should not be interpreted as the country's compromise to achieve "herd immunity," considering some Western countries have taken antibody tests as a major way of finding out how many people are immune to the coronavirus - something some politicians support as they struggle to strike a balance between abandoning the economy and giving up on lives, which is also why some of them are reluctant to take decisive action.
- Chinese firms mull suing foreign govts over COVID-19 losses Global Times 24 Apr 2020 -- As more foreign officials, most notably in the US, sue the Chinese government over the coronavirus pandemic, many in China, while dismissing the lawsuits as absurd, are also mulling potential countermeasures in case these lawsuits bring damage to Chinese businesses.
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