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13 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese defense minister talks to South Korean counterpart over phone PLA Daily 13 May 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe held phone talks with the South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Wednesday afternoon.
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain The White House 13 May 2020
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 13 May 2020
- People's Republic of China (PRC) Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations FBI 13 May 2020 -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are issuing this announcement to raise awareness of the threat to COVID-19-related research. The FBI is investigating the targeting and compromise of U.S. organizations conducting COVID-19-related research by PRC-affiliated cyber actors and non-traditional collectors.
- FBI and CISA Warn Against Chinese Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations FBI 13 May 2020 -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a public service announcement today warning organizations researching COVID-19 of likely targeting and network compromise by the People's Republic of China (PRC).
- Chinese Y-20 transport aircraft delivers medical supplies to Thailand PLA Daily 13 May 2020 -- According to the official website of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand, at the request of the Thai military and with the approval of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) sent its Air Force Y-20 transport aircraft to Thailand on May 12 for an emergency delivery of materials for epidemic prevention and control. Heads of Thailand's Ministry of Defense and Chinese Embassy in Thailand greeted them at the airport and attended the handover ceremony.
- Chinese military medical team returns home after anti-pandemic mission in Myanmar PLA Daily 13 May 2020 -- The Chinese military medical expert team to Myanmar embarked on their homebound journey on May 12 after successfully completed nineteen-day work in Myanmar. Heads of the Yangon Command of the Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) and the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Chen Hai went to the airport to see the Chinese military medical expert team off.
- China-Australia Trade War Looms Over COVID-19 Investigation VOA 13 May 2020 -- China's sudden decision to ban Australian meat from four major suppliers is being seen as retaliation for Canberra's push for a global investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is thought to have started at an animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
- NE China city of Jilin to close off communities, villages following rebound of COVID-19 cases Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Jilin city in Northeast China's Jilin Province announced on Wednesday that it will close off all urban communities and villages, suspend all gatherings and halt all intercity train services as coronavirus cases rebound.
- China-S. Korea cooperation against COVID-19 effective, exemplary: Xi Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that cooperation between China and South Korea against the COVID-19 pandemic is effective and has contributed useful experience to and set a good example of cooperation for the global fight against the coronavirus disease.
- Wuhan kicks off citywide testing for all, including fluid population Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Wuhan districts began rolling out plans for city-wide testing after the release of a recent notice, with some prioritizing groups of high-risk people and others launching screening of all residents and kicking off district-wide registration.
- Chinese mainland reports 1 new imported COVID-19 case People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported one new imported case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Tuesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,692, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- 18 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital on Chinese mainland People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- Eighteen patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospital after recovery on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 7 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, of which one was imported case reported in Shanghai.
- China's Jilin reports 6 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- Northeast China's Jilin Province reported six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, local health authorities said Wednesday.
- Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- Here are the latest developments on COVID-19 in China:
- China provides medical supplies for Myanmar's COVID-19 fight Global Times 13 May 2020 -- The Chinese government donated more medical supplies to help Myanmar in its fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday.
- China's public security ministry donates anti-epidemic supplies to Vietnam Global Times 13 May 2020 -- China's Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday donated COVID-19 prevention and control materials to Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security.
- China-assisted makeshift hospital handed over to Nigeria Global Times 13 May 2020 -- A China-assisted makeshift hospital, the largest of its kind in Nigeria, was handed over to the Nigerian government on Tuesday, shoring up the western African nation's defenses against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- China in Stand-Off With India Across LoC: 'Avoid Actions That May Complicate Border Situation' Sputnik 13 May 2020 -- The border stand-off between India and China across the Line of Actual Control has been simmering for the last two weeks. The Indian army claims that intermittent face-offs take place in the absence of a clear demarcation along one of the world's longest land borders.
- China's Naval Aviation Force Shows up at Fiery Cross Reef Radio Free Asia 13 May 2020 -- Chinese military aircraft have been sighted once again at its largest base in the disputed Spratly islands, suggesting that People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force may be starting to use it as a base of operations, according to Jane's.
- China mulling punitive countermeasure on US over COVID-19 lawsuits: sources Global Times 14 May 2020 -- China is extremely dissatisfied with US excessive litigation against China over the COVID-19 epidemic and mulling punitive countermeasures on US individuals, entities and state officials like Missouri's attorney general, who filed lawsuits against China in seeking damages over the coronavirus pandemic, sources close to the matter told the Global Times exclusively, and China won't just strike back symbolically, but impose countermeasures that could make them feel the pain, analysts said.
- China's newly modified trainer jet takes to the skies Global Times 13 May 2020 -- A prototype of China's newly modified version of the Naval Mountain Eagle trainer jet on Tuesday made a successful test flight, its maker announced on Wednesday.
- Probe into former aircraft carrier program commander unlikely to impact China's naval devt Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Hu Wenming, former chairman of China's shipbuilding conglomerate and former chief commander of China's aircraft carrier program, is being investigated for suspected serious violations of discipline and law, China's top anti-graft agency said Tuesday.
- Rumored PLA drills plan on Dongsha Islands sparks fear in Taiwan Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Japanese media on Tuesday claimed in a report that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will hold military drills for a "takeover of Dongsha Islands occupied by Taiwan" in August, resulting in heated discussions on the island of Taiwan.
- US COVID-19 accountability act against China irresponsible and immoral: FM Global Times 13 May 2020 -- China firmly opposes The COVID-19 Accountability Act endorsed by various US senators, which is totally ignorant of the facts and an attempt to shift the blame of US' incompetency in handling the pandemic to China, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
- China ends Australia beef imports amid COVID-19 dispute Press TV 13 May 2020 -- China has halted its beef imports from Australia's four largest meat processors, amid a dispute over the Australian government's call for an investigation into the origin of the new coronavirus.
- Can trade ties help avert a China-US war? Global Times 13 May 2020 -- Many international relations experts have painted a rather dark picture for the China-US bilateral relationship. In their view, a war might be inevitable given the US' seemingly all-out campaign against China over the fallout regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. But in China, a more optimistic and firm belief among former officials and top experts still persist that the highly intertwined economic interests of the two countries will help prevent a hot war.
- Cooperation to overbalance competition for China-EU relations after pandemic Global Times 13 May 2020 -- In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, relations between China and some European countries have experienced some turbulence over the past months, especially after the US escalated tensions with China.
- HKSAR gov't to resume LegCo discussion on national anthem bill on May 27 People's Daily 13 May 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Tuesday that it had issued a notice to the Legislative Council (LegCo) indicating its intention to resume the second reading debate of the National Anthem Bill at the LegCo meeting on May 27.
- Police Officer Pepper Sprays Journalist Amid Renewed Hong Kong Protests Radio Free Asia 13 May 2020 -- A police officer fired pepper spray at a group of people in a Hong Kong shopping mall on Wednesday amid renewed pro-democracy and anti-government protests, as the city's government said it would plow ahead with a controversial law banning 'insults' to the Chinese national anthem.
- Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protest UN News 13 May 2020 -- Independent UN human rights experts urged Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday to immediately drop the criminal prosecution of 15 pro-democracy activists who participated in peaceful protests across the Special Administrative Region of China last year.
- US Should Give ASEAN Alternatives to Chinese Loans, Ex-Envoy Says VOA 13 May 2020 -- As China emerges from the COVID-19 crisis earlier than most nations, it has the time and resources to switch focus to other priorities, such as its relations in Southeast Asia. But for those who worry that Beijing will outspend other world powers to buy influence, there's still time for the U.S. to counter that influence, according to a former U.S. economic envoy to China. And it might not be as hard or as expensive as some think.
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