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18 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Chinese Troops Tighten Control in Galwan Valley After India Crosses Border for Fortification Sputnik 18 May 2020 -- A border stand-off between India and China has once again erupted over infrastructure near the Line of Actual Control. China has been asking India to adopt a cautious and restrained attitude over infrastructure development in the border areas due to disputes over demarcation.
  • Australia Raises Concerns Over Beijing's Military Presence in South China Sea Amid US-China Tensions Sputnik 18 May 2020 -- The South China Sea remains a strategically important route for access to Southeast Asia. While China claims that it enjoys sovereign rights over much of the relevant waters, the tensions continue to grow as the White House accuses Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic in order to strengthen its presence in the region.
  • WHO Chief Pledges Independent Evaluation of Agency's COVID-19 Response VOA 18 May 2020 -- The head of the World Health Organization said Monday he will begin an independent evaluation of the U.N. health agency's response to the coronavirus pandemic "at the earliest appropriate moment."
  • China Backs Calls for Probe of COVID Origins - But Not Now VOA 18 May 2020 -- China backed calls for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, but only after the pandemic is under control, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday.
  • China Says It's Too Early for Coronavirus Probe VOA 18 May 2020 -- As support for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak grows, China said Monday such a move is premature.
  • China backs fair review of COVID-19 Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China supports the comprehensive review of the COVID-19 response, which should be conducted in an objective and impartial manner, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday at the opening session of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA).
  • China Was Always Transparent About COVID-19 - President Xi Jinping Sputnik 18 May 2020 -- China has been transparent, responsible, and prompt in its response to the coronavirus and sharing information with other countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday.
  • Full text: Speech by President Xi Jinping at opening of 73rd World Health Assembly People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech via video link Monday in Beijing at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly.
  • China been open, transparent in fight against COVID-19: President Xi Press TV 18 May 2020 -- President Xi Jinping says China supports a 'comprehensive' inquiry into the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic after it 'has been brought under control,' stressing that Beijing has acted with 'openness and transparency' in dealing with the contagious disease since its outbreak.
  • China acts with "openness, transparency, responsibility" in COVID-19 fight: Xi Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday China has all along acted with openness, transparency and responsibility in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Xi makes proposals for curbing COVID-19 Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday made the following proposals to bring COVID-19 under control:
  • China's COVID-19 vaccine to become global public good when available: Xi Global Times 18 May 2020 -- COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good, which will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday at the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly via video link.
  • Health officials rule out COVID-19 for 33 Beijingers with fever symptoms from air conditioning Global Times 18 May 2020 -- A group of 33 people in Beijing's Xicheng district who had shown fever-like symptoms were later diagnosed with bacterial respiratory tract infections caused by a central air conditioning unit, and Beijing's Center for Diseases Prevention and Control has already ruled out the possibility of novel coronavirus infection being the culprit, local health authorities said on Monday.
  • Epidemic situation in NE China's Jilin city under control: medical expert Global Times 18 May 2020 -- A member of a medical team sent to support Jilin city, Northeast China's Jilin Province said that there are abundant medical resources to handle the current epidemic, and experiences gained in severely COVID-19 hit regions would be useful to guide work in the city, where two new locally transmitted cases were reported on Monday.
  • Border controls may ease in early June: experts Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China is likely to gradually ease its border controls after the two sessions, the nation's most important annual political event, which is scheduled to kick off on Thursday and last one week.
  • Wuhan says expanded nucleic acid tests to be free of charge Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Wuhan will not charge individual testees as the central Chinese city moves to expand its nucleic acid tests to cover all residents who have not been tested for the novel coronavirus.
  • Experts divided over whether China to see COVID-19 reboot Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Whether China could see a second novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak depends on whether top-down authorities can maintain the same level of prevention and control measures in the coming months, especially in areas involving border control and community-based prevention work, an expert close to the Chinese top health authority said.
  • Chinese PLA sends epidemic prevention supplies to militaries of 12 countries People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) dispatched air force planes on May 12 and 13 to deliver COVID-19 prevention and control supplies including protective clothing, surgical masks, IR forehead thermometers to militaries of 12 counties.
  • Nucleic acid testing should cover all overseas arrivals: official People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- Nucleic acid testing should cover all inbound personnel and those involved in transferring inbound travelers, a Chinese health official said Monday.
  • Wuhan says expanded nucleic acid tests to be free of charge People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- Wuhan will not charge individual testees as the central Chinese city moves to expand its nucleic acid tests to cover all residents who have not been tested for the novel coronavirus.
  • China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
  • Beijing's severe COVID-19 cases drop to zero: official People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- The number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition in Beijing has dropped to zero, a health official said on Sunday.
  • Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao studying mutual recognition of quarantine measures, virus testing People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- Secretary for Food and Health of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Sophia Chan said on Sunday that the Hong Kong SAR, Guangdong Province and the Macao SAR are discussing mutual recognition of quarantine measures and virus testing of COVID-19.
  • Chinese mainland reports 7 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, of which four were imported.
  • Chinese mainland reports 4 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported four new imported COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,704, the National Health Commission said Monday.
  • U.S. is to blame for global pneumonia outbreak People's Daily 18 May 2020 -- With no evidence, some American politicians continue to concoct and fuel conspiracy theories of COVID-19. Claiming that the novel coronavirus was made by and originated in China, they have accused China of covering up the pandemic, held China accountable for the global outbreak and incited other countries to demand compensation from China.
  • China Reports 7 New Coronavirus Cases, Up from 5 a Day Earlier SPA 18 May 2020 -- China reported seven new coronavirus cases for May 17, up from five a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Monday, Reuters reported.
  • Taiwan's infamous 'dollar diplomacy' fails to buy friends or respect: experts Global Times 18 May 2020 -- The attempt of Taiwan authority to buy recognition from international community with masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, like its traditional means of pleasing its "allies" with huge amounts of money, has brought the island nothing but embarrassment.
  • Taiwan separatist lobby try hijacking US policy Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Since the US identified China as its major strategic competitor, separatists of Taiwan island have been taking advantage of the widening rifts to influence US foreign policy. The Taiwan lobby aims to shake the foundation of the China-US relationship and has renewed sway among US politicians in the White House and Congress.
  • China's satellite navigation industry turned up $49 billion in 2019 Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China's satellite navigation and location services industry achieved an output value of 345 billion yuan ($48.58 billion) in 2019, up 14.4 percent from the previous year, according to an annual industry report.
  • Russian Plans To Move Ahead On Second Gas Pipeline To China RFE/RL 18 May 2020 -- Russian state-run energy giant Gazprom says it has launched feasibility studies for the construction of a second gas pipeline to China that would more than double the volumes it could deliver there.
  • Pandemic Partnership: Coronavirus Clears Path For Deeper China-Russia Ties In Hi-Tech RFE/RL 18 May 2020 -- Beijing and Moscow are being pushed together by the coronavirus pandemic in what could lead to a deepening partnership on next-generation technologies, a development that could greatly affect Eurasia.
  • China-made machine guns boost weaponry capabilities for combat vehicles, boats, and helicopters Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China's newest Gatling-style machine guns are expected to provide light combat vehicles, motor boats, and helicopters with heavier firepower.
  • Will China's 2020 defense budget increase or decline? Global Times 18 May 2020 -- The defense budget, namely the military spending, will be a focus of public opinion at home and abroad as the two sessions begin this week. Will China's military spending this year increase on the basis of last year, or will it decline?
  • Chinese military's last Type 051 destroyer to retire and settle down in Zhuhai PLA Daily 18 May 2020 -- The Chinese military's last Type 051 guided-missile destroyer Zhuhai (Hull 166) is about to retire and scheduled to settle down in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China. At present, the designated receiving unit is arranging for its handover and applying for a provincial themed patriotism education base for it.
  • Chinese military tries to entrust civilian agencies to carry out procurement projects PLA Daily 18 May 2020 -- Recently, the Logistic Support Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC) issued a notice on the pilot program of organizing military entrusted civilian agencies to implement military procurement projects, which is going to be conducted by the procurement departments under the PLA Air Force, the PLA Joint Logistic Support Force, the Agency for Offices Administration of the CMC, and the Chinese Armed Police Force.
  • Two sessions to tackle 'unprecedented' task Global Times 18 May 2020 -- As more than 5,000 Chinese lawmakers and political advisors from across the country start to arrive in Beijing for the annual legislative and political consultative meetings, or the two sessions as the events are generally termed, what awaits them is a seemingly impossible task: Prescribing the right cure for the Chinese economy that was hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic in order to not only ensure economic and social stability but also reach politically important development goals.
  • Beijing in 'wartime mode' embracing two sessions amid epidemic Global Times 18 May 2020 -- As thousands of deputies and political advisors from various walks of life around China gather this week for the postponed two sessions, Beijing has stepped up security management and maintains high alert in communities and public venues to prevent any sign of the epidemic's resurgence.
  • HK residents should see opposition tricks amid legit election: LegCo Finance Committee Chairman Global Times 18 May 2020 -- The election was completely legitimate, but the opposition remains infatuated with last year's results, Chan Kin-por, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) LegCo Finance Committee Chairman, told the Global Times on Monday after the LegCo House Committee chairwoman was elected.
  • HK judicial affairs interrupted as Jimmy Lai's case postponed Global Times 18 May 2020 -- The founder of Hong Kong-based anti-government and pro-separatist tabloid Apple Daily Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, who is suspected of being the mastermind behind illegal assemblies and riots during the 2019-2020 political turmoil in Hong Kong, was released on bail after a court arraignment was postponed at Hong Kong's West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on Monday.
  • HK politicians to propose correcting anti-mainland education at national two sessions Global Times 18 May 2020 -- An inappropriate question in the Hong Kong special Special administrative Administrative region's Region's college entrance exam regarding China's modern history has been met with a backlash from both the authorities and society, calling into question the city's long-term flawed national education and inviting proposals from officials for change.
  • Opposition lawmakers spark brawl at Hong Kong parliament Press TV 18 May 2020 -- Opposition lawmakers at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong have started a brawl at the chamber by attacking a pro-government member.
  • Chaos Erupts in Hong Kong Legislature Between Pro-Democracy, Pro-China Factions VOA 18 May 2020 -- Tensions between Hong Kong's two competing forces reached another flashpoint after pro-Beijing lawmakers took control of a key legislative committee Monday.
  • China to help Africa enhance disease preparedness, control capacity: Xi Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals, said Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link.
  • China to set up global humanitarian response depot, hub: Xi Global Times 18 May 2020 -- China will work with the United Nations to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, ensure the operation of anti-epidemic supply chains and foster "green corridors" for fast-track transportation and customs clearance, said Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • China to provide 2 billion USD of int'l aid over 2 years: Xi PLA Daily 18 May 2020 -- China will provide 2 billion US dollars over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday at the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly via video link.
  • US State Department Urged to Intervene in Case of Uyghur Jailed After Joining Visitor Program Radio Free Asia 18 May 2020 -- The U.S. State Department is facing increasing calls to pressure China to release a Uyghur entrepreneur who was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he visited Washington to take part in the agency's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
  • Experts divided over whether China to see COVID-19 reboot Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Whether China could see a second novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak depends on whether top-down authorities can maintain the same level of prevention and control measures in the coming months, especially in areas involving border control and community-based prevention work, an expert close to the Chinese top health authority said.
  • Beijing to build P3 laboratory Global Times 18 May 2020 -- Beijing will increase construction efforts on its P3 laboratory to improve and explore infectious disease detection capacity, Lei Haichao, director of Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said at a press conference on Sunday, Chinanews reported.



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