Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
01 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- PLA slams naval drills in South China Sea People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- The Chinese military opposes foreign powers bolstering their naval presence in the South China Sea, actions that are detrimental to regional peace and stability, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
- China Announces Summer Fishing Ban in the South China Sea Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- China is vowing strict enforcement of its annual summer fishing ban in parts of the contested South China Sea. The ban began Friday and is likely to be opposed by other claimant nations.
- US, China Step Up Activities in South China Sea Amid COVID-19 Pandemic VOA 01 May 2020 -- An old geopolitical hotspot is poised to boil again amid the coronavirus pandemic, with U.S. and Chinese warships stepping up their presence in the South China Sea.
- China's New 'Ethnic Unity Law' is Seen as Effort to Sinicize Tibetan Culture Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- A Chinese law mandating "ethnic unity" in state and social institutions in Tibet took effect on Friday, raising concerns among Tibetans and outside observers who say the new law will further undermine Tibetan identity, already weakened by decades of ethnic Han Chinese migration into the region.
- China's Provinces at Forefront of Online Censorship Enforcement VOA 01 May 2020 -- China's provincial government bodies are at the forefront of a massive online censorship campaign of unprecedented scope.
- Hong Kong Police Fire Pepper Spray in Mall Ahead of Planned Singalong Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- Police in Hong Kong fired pepper spray at a crowd in a Shatin shopping mall on Friday after they planned a public singalong as part of the city's ongoing pro-democracy movement, with police out in force after the authorities turned down an application to hold a Labor Day march in the city.
- China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have further tightened controls over information flows in the region, arresting Tibetans last year for sharing news and opinions on social media and for contacting relatives living in exile, according to rights groups and other experts.
- China Updates Disputed Sea Maps to Get Back at Vietnam VOA 01 May 2020 -- China has renamed scores of islets and underwater landforms in the South China Sea, a move some analysts say is intended to push back against Vietnamese naval incursions in the disputed waterway.
- China offers medical supplies to Sri Lanka People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- Hu Wei, chargé d'affaires of the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka, has handed over a list of medical supplies donation from China to Sri Lanka.
- WHO Says Still Not Invited to Join China's Investigation Into Origins of COVID-19 Sputnik 01 May 2020 -- The Chinese authorities refused to let the World Health Organisation (WHO) join the probe into causes of the COVID-19 outbreak, a WHO representative in China told the Sky News broadcaster.
- WHO Says It Wants to Join China's Probe Into COVID-19 Origins VOA 01 May 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday it wants to take part in Beijing's probe into the origins of COVID-19.
- Hubei lowers COVID-19 response level, retains strict residential community management Global Times 01 May 2020 -- Central China's Hubei Province announced on Friday that it is to lower the public emergency response level for COVID19 from level one to two starting from May 2, according to a press conference on Friday That means 31 provinces in China have deactivated their firstlevel public emergency response.
- New COVID-19 transmission model shows social distancing worked in Chinese cities Global Times 01 May 2020 -- A new COVID-19 transmission model, based on contact survey data from nearly 1,200 people in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Shanghai, suggests that strict social distancing measures were sufficient to curtail the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causes COVID-19, according to a paper published on Science magazine Wednesday.
- 32 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- A total of 32 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals Thursday on the Chinese mainland, according to the National Health Commission.
- China releases report on clustered COVID-19 cases in NE province People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- Chinese authorities on Friday released a report on the clustered COVID-19 cases in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province since April, urging medical institutions nationwide to draw lessons from them.
- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases for 27 consecutive days People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, of which six were imported.
- Factbox: China's progress on business resumption People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- Amid further containment of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), China is powering ahead in returning to work and resuming business and production. The following are the latest facts and figures:
- Beijing reports no new COVID-19 cases for 14 days People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- China's capital city Beijing had seen no new confirmed local or imported COVID-19 cases for 14 consecutive days as of Wednesday, according to a local government official Thursday.
- Chinese mainland's existing imported COVID-19 cases reach 35-day low People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- The number of existing imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the Chinese mainland was 525 as of the end of Wednesday, the lowest in 35 days, a health official said Thursday.
- China pledges continuous support for Peru in COVID-19 fight: Xi People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- China firmly supports the Peruvian government and people in their fight against COVID-19 and will continue to offer support and help within its capability, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Peruvian counterpart, Martin Vizcarra, in a phone conversation on Thursday.
- Liaoning aircraft carrier task group wraps up South China Sea exercises Global Times 01 May 2020 -- The Liaoning aircraft carrier task group of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on Thursday wrapped up its deep sea cross-regional mobilization exercises featuring comprehensive back-to-back attack-defense mock battles in the South China Sea, which enhanced the carrier group's systematic combat capabilities, media reported on Friday.
- Chinese aircraft carrier formation returns after routine training PLA Daily 01 May 2020 -- China's Liaoning aircraft carrier formation Thursday returned to a military port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, after nearly one month of trans-theater training in the far seas.
- Xinjiang Authorities Construct Parking Lot Atop Historic Uyghur Cemetery Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- A cemetery considered sacred by Uyghurs that was razed by authorities last year in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has been paved over and turned into a car park, according to an expert on Uyghur history.
- China-US relations at a low ebb but decoupling not the answer Global Times 01 May 2020 -- The ever-growing nationalist tide in the US seems to have soured on China amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, while the Chinese public's attitudes toward the US political system have continued to become less favorable. Two surveys released in one month have come to the same conclusion: There is not much "love" left between the US and China.
- Allegations made by US, UK politicians against arrest of protestors 'ground-less': HKSAR Global Times 01 May 2020 -- Allegations made by the US, the UK and European Parliament against the Hong Kong police 's arrest of illegal protest organizers and participants were groundless and seriously interfered in Hong Kong affairs, spokesperson of the HKSAR government said Friday. The spokesperson expressed strong opposition over some politicians making such irresponsible and deplorable remarks.
- COVID-19-related stigmatization a dangerous "political virus" People's Daily 01 May 2020 -- The latest statistics released by Johns Hopkins University revealed that the U.S. is the most-affected country by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. The situation strikes a chord with the Chinese people half a world away as they can feel the misery currently being felt by the Americans.
- China Pays High Price for Russian Gas Radio Free Asia 01 May 2020 -- China is paying a high price for natural gas from Russia's newly-opened Power of Siberia pipeline at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has driven many energy costs down to historic lows.
- Three Years of Mass Internment in Xinjiang Lead to Diplomatic Woes For China Radio Free Asia 30 Apr 2020 -- Three years after its launch, a campaign of mass incarceration of Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has become a diplomatic headache for China, particularly in its relations with the West, but observers say a more coordinated global approach is needed to hold Beijing to account.
- US State Dept. Says Russia and China Have No Reason to Vote Against Prolonging Iran Arms Embargo Sputnik 01 May 2020 -- Russia and China have no reason to vote against the prolongation of the arms embargo on Iran, US Special Representative for Iran, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook said.
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list