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19 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China Rejects Blame for Coronavirus Pandemic VOA 19 May 2020 -- China has lashed out at Australia and the United States for what it calls political manipulation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Trump's latest threats against WHO show US failure to besiege China at WHA Global Times 19 May 2020 -- US President Donald Trump's latest threat to permanently pull funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and withdraw US membership shows that Washington's attempts to besiege China at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) have failed, as Trump, after failing to handle the coronavirus crisis domestically, is angry that the global community is close to reaching a consensus on COVID-19 response and evaluation, led by the WHO.
- US smearing WHO to distract from own botched response to outbreak: China Press TV 19 May 2020 -- China says the United States is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of being biased toward China in an attempt to distract attention from his administration's botched response to the coronavirus epidemic.
- Chinese medical donations to Pakistan save lives, help frontline fighters against COVID-19 Global Times 19 May 2020 -- Gilgit Baltistan region in northern Pakistan is a world-recognized Shangri-La for its astonishing mountainous landscape, but the current COVID-19 pandemic does not let it be free from the virus as some 500 people have been infected in the remote area that is short of medical materials.
- Designated hospitals, broad testing can 'curtail outbreak in Jilin' Global Times 19 May 2020 -- Health authorities in Northeast China's Jilin city on Tuesday said that they have designated two hospitals with about 1,300 beds in total for COVID-19 patients in the city and Shulan, which is under its administration.
- Wuhan carries out 1 million tests in a week, sees asymptomatic rate dropping Global Times 19 May 2020 -- Hubei province conducted 1.5 million nucleic acid tests between May 11 and 17, with 72 percent, or roughly 1.05 million, done in Wuhan, as the city carries out its plan for universal tests on all residents.
- Health officials rule out COVID-19 for 33 Beijingers with fever symptoms from air conditioning Global Times 19 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.
- China's Jilin reports 2 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- Northeast China's Jilin Province reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases Monday, local health authorities said Tuesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which three were imported cases reported in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
- China's Heilongjiang reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic cases were reported in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
- China's Hubei reports 1 new COVID-19 case People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- One new confirmed COVID-19 case was reported in central China's Hubei Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
- China's Inner Mongolia reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reported three new imported confirmed COVID-19 cases from 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, local health authorities said Tuesday.
- China sets example on boosting int'l cooperation against COVID-19, media expert says People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- The Chinese leadership has taken efficient, science-based and transparent measures to ensure the country's great success in bringing the COVID-19 epidemic under control, Serik Korzhumbayev, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Delovoy Kazakhstan, has told Xinhua in a recent interview.
- China city imposes tougher restrictions for epidemic control People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- Shulan, a county-level city in northeast China's Jilin Province, on Monday imposed complete closed-off management for local residential communities with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.
- Strengthened COVID-19 control required to avoid cluster infections in Wuhan: State Council liaison group People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- A liaison group sent by China's State Council on Monday ordered strengthened control against the COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province and the city previously hardest hit by the epidemic.
- Chinese mainland reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported three new imported COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,707, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which three were imported.
- China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA session PLA Daily 19 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 including providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.
- China Reports 6 New Coronavirus Cases VS 7 A Day Earlier SPA 19 May 2020 -- China reported six new coronavirus cases for May 18, compared to seven a day earlier, the health authority said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
- India, China deploy more troops to disputed border after recent scuffle Press TV 19 May 2020 -- India and China have been reinforcing their military presence in the disputed Galwan Valley since their troops engaged in clashes in the Ladakh region during patrolling earlier this month.
- Tibet's Detained Panchen Lama Must 'Speak For Himself': Rights Group Radio Free Asia 19 May 2020 -- Tibet's Panchen Lama, who vanished into Chinese custody as a young boy 25 years ago this week, must be allowed to speak for himself, ending international uncertainty over his whereabouts and condition, a Washington-based Tibet support group said on Tuesday.
- Taiwan pro-separatist groups mocked for counting on 'crippled' US Global Times 19 May 2020 -- The attempt to push for proposals related to Taiwan at the World Health Assembly by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the island has once again failed. After the WHA announced it would not discuss the proposal, netizens from the Chinese mainland and the island of Taiwan mocked pro-separatist forces in Taiwan for "betting on the wrong horse" as the US has been "crippled by its own failure to control the COVID-19 domestically" and most member states of the WHO stuck to the one-China principle.
- Taiwan proposal meets major setback at WHA, 'will never work' Global Times 19 May 2020 -- The US' attempt to get Taiwan a position at the ongoing World Health Assembly was met with a setback as the WHA has announced that it will not discuss the proposal on "inviting Taiwan to join WHA as an observer".
- The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air's Operations in China US Dept. of State 19 May 2020 -- The People's Republic of China is one of the rapidly dwindling number of countries that welcomes Mahan Air, which ferries weapons and terrorists around the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such cooperation has consequences.
- Treasury Designates China-based Mahan Air General Sales Agent US Treasury 19 May 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating China-based Shanghai Saint Logistics Limited for acting as a general sales agent (GSA) for or on behalf of Iranian airline Mahan Air.
- US Sanctions Chinese Logistics Firm for Working With Iranian Airline Sputnik 19 May 2020 -- The United States introduced sanctions against a Chinese logistics company for providing services to Iran's Mahan Air, the Treasury Department announced in a statement on Tuesday.
- US sanctions Chinese logistics firm over business with Iran's Mahan Air Press TV 19 May 2020 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on a China-based company saying it acted on behalf of Iran's Mahan Air, which has been sanctioned by Washington.
- Major Chinese shipyard launches first large floating work dock Global Times 19 May 2020 -- Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard, responsible for the construction of warships that reportedly include China's third aircraft carrier, launched its first large floating work dock on Monday. This new platform can help with the launch and transport of large or ultra large ship modules.
- Experts predict 3 pct growth in China's military budget amid rising defense needs Global Times 19 May 2020 -- China's defense budget draft for 2020 is expected to be released on Friday, the first day of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, with most Chinese military observers reached by the Global Times believing the figure will continue to rise amid the "black swan" COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted China's economy but also raised additional national defense demands.
- China paves way for countermeasures against US crackdown Global Times 19 May 2020 -- China published sweeping guidelines to improve the country's "socialist market economy," which include instructions for accelerating market reform and opening-up as well as refining national security reviews and setting up an "unreliable entity list", to better supervise foreign companies' investment in the country.
- Australia gets 'slap to the face' as global community welcomes China-sponsored resolution on COVID-19 Global Times 19 May 2020 -- China is one of the co-sponsors of the proposed resolution at the 73rd World Health Assembly, which is entirely different from the so-called independent inquiry demanded by Australia, and is in fact a review of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 response in order to draw lessons from it, instead of specially targeting any country based on a presumption of guilt, a Chinese official said on Tuesday.
- China says Australia's call for virus probe not vindicated by WHA Press TV 19 May 2020 -- China says the World Health Assembly (WHA) has not vindicated Australia by considering a draft resolution that calls for an investigation into the origin of the new coronavirus.
- China imposes punitive duties on Aussie barley, more products could be probed Global Times 19 May 2020 -- More Australian products, including seafood and dairy goods, could run into trouble in China after Beijing slapped an 80-percent tariff on Australian barley after a two-year antidumping and countervailing probe, Chinese experts said Tuesday.
- China Slaps Australia with Huge Barley Tariff Amid Canberra's Push for COVID-19 Origins Probe Sputnik 19 May 2020 -- Beijing's recent decisions come against the backdrop of heightened diplomatic tension between China and Australia, following a push by Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an independent COVID-19 investigation amid allegations the Asian country had downplayed the seriousness of the virus.
- China Imposes Massive Tariffs on Australia Barley Imports, Sparking Fears of Trade War VOA 19 May 2020 -- Australia is considering taking China to the World Trade Organization over Beijing's decision to impose massive tariffs on Australian barley imports.
- Central govt should set up special agencies in HK to enhance Chinese history education: NPC deputy Global Times 19 May 2020 -- The central government should establish special agencies in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to improve Chinese history education and enhance a sense of national identity among local students. These could be either government agencies or non-profit organizations through which the mainland could dispatch teachers or experts to the SAR, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC) told the Global Times.
- HK residents should see opposition tricks amid legit election: LegCo Finance Committee Chairman Global Times 19 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.
- Hong Kong Extends Ban on Public Gatherings Past Tiananmen Anniversary Radio Free Asia 19 May 2020 -- Authorities in Hong Kong on Tuesday extended a ban on public gatherings up to and including the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre on June 4, amid an ongoing political row over the replacement of a pro-democracy lawmaker on a key committee in the city's legislature.
- China achieves all 2019 quantitative targets, but tough tasks lie ahead Global Times 19 May 2020 -- As China's annual "two sessions" will kick off on Thursday, the State Council, the country's cabinet, revealed on Tuesday that all the 38 quantitative targets listed in the 2019 government work report have been achieved.
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