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22 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Hong Kong Law Could Stifle Press Freedom, Rights Groups Say VOA 22 May 2020 -- China's plan to impose national security laws on Hong Kong could have serious implications for civil liberties and press freedom, rights groups say.
  • Report: Chinese Construction Projects Create Opportunity to Spy on African Leaders VOA 22 May 2020 -- A new report is warning that China may be spying on African government officials from within their own buildings.
  • China moves to block COVID-19 resurgence with detailed public health policy Global Times 22 May 2020 -- The government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday clearly charted the future efforts in the public health sector, especially those found inadequate from China's COVID-19 response at the early stage, which showed the central government's determination to never allow a resurgence of the epidemic or any other infectious disease, Chinese medical experts said on Friday.
  • Over 3,600 COVID-19 patients aged over 80 cured in Hubei: NPC deputy People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- Over 3,600 COVID-19 patients above 80 years old have been cured in central China's Hubei province, including seven who were aged above 100, said Luo Jie, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC).
  • Epidemic impact on China's economy significant, but temporary: official People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on China's economy is significant but will be short-term and temporary, a senior official with the country's top economic planning body said Friday.
  • Orderly and calm, Wuhan residents line up for citywide tests People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- After a night of heavy rain, red and blue plastic stools mushroomed along Wuhan's Dongting Road on Thursday to offer seats for residents as they lined up for novel coronavirus tests.
  • China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
  • China to implement policy package to support epidemic-hit Hubei People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- China will implement a package of policies to support the development of epidemic-hit Hubei Province, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • China pledges efforts to minimize losses from COVID-19 People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- China will redouble its efforts to minimize the losses resulting from COVID-19 and fulfill the targets and tasks for economic and social development this year, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • China's Gas Cuts Raise Pressure on Central Asia Radio Free Asia 22 May 2020 -- As China cuts back on its commitments to import natural gas, it is trying to spread the shortfall among its increasingly hard-pressed suppliers.
  • US Navy Makes Splashy Pivot Back to Contested South China Sea VOA 22 May 2020 -- The U.S. Navy is sending an increasingly obvious number of ships into a disputed Asian sea to prove that COVID-19 won't stop it from resisting China's maritime expansion, observers say.
  • Philippine Defense Chief: Repairs on South China Sea Island Not Yet Finished Radio Free Asia 22 May 2020 -- The Philippines has made significant progress in upgrading facilities in an island it controls in the South China Sea, but it will "take another year at least" to finish all the construction work, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday.
  • India Voices Unusual Criticism of China's Conduct in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 22 May 2020 -- India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China's assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border.
  • Few mentions of Taiwan in annual speech by Chinese premier: scholars CNA 22 May 2020 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) made scant mention of Taiwan in an important annual speech Friday, reflecting China's focus on its economy as it juggles a trade war with the United States and the ongoing impact of COVID-19, according to scholars of cross-strait relations.
  • China Defence Spending to Hit Three-Decade Low Amid COVID-19 Pandemic-Driven Uncertainty Sputnik 22 May 2020 -- On Friday, at the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislative body, a government work report from Premier Li Keqiang revealed that Beijing will not set a numerical target for its gross domestic product for 2020, for the first time in years, due to cited uncertainties about the economy and trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • China further lowers defense budget growth to 6.6 pct PLA Daily 22 May 2020 -- China will continue to lower its defense budget growth rate to 6.6 percent in 2020, according to a draft budget report Friday.
  • China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020 Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China set its 2020 defense budget growth target at 6.6 percent, resulting in a draft budget of 1.268 trillion yuan ($178.2 billion), lower than the 7.5 percent growth in 2019.
  • Military deputies to NPC talk about advancing actual combat training PLA Daily 22 May 2020
  • Commerce Department to Add Two Dozen Chinese Companies with Ties to WMD and Military Activities to the Entity List US Dept. of Commerce 22 May 2020 -- The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced it will add 24 governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List for engaging in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The entities, based in China, Hong Kong, and the Cayman Islands, represent a significant risk of supporting procurement of items for military end-use in China.
  • Commerce Department to Add Nine Chinese Entities Related to Human Rights Abuses in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to the Entity List US Dept. of Commerce 22 May 2020 -- The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced the impending addition of the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Public Security's Institute of Forensic Science and eight Chinese companies to the Entity List, which will result in these parties facing new restrictions on access to U.S. technology. These nine parties are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). This action will supplement BIS's first tranche of Entity List designations in October 2019 involving 28 parties engaged in the XUAR repression campaign in Xinjiang.
  • Huawei Says 'Survival' at Stake After New US Sanctions VOA 22 May 2020 -- Once poised to become a global leader in the coming advent of 5G wireless networks, Chinese tech giant Huawei warns its survival is at stake following the latest U.S. decision to cut it off from semiconductor suppliers.
  • China Vows to Fight Back if US Tries to Oppress Beijing Sputnik 22 May 2020 -- Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned China that the United States could change its view of Hong Kong's status in light of what it sees as interference with a free press.
  • Highlights of 2020 Government Work Report People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- Premier Li Keqiang delivered the Government Work Report to the third session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on Friday morning. Here are the highlights:
  • China's national legislature starts annual session PLA Daily 22 May 2020 -- China's national legislature started its annual session Friday morning in Beijing.
  • China's "two sessions" presents world with confidence, vitality People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- The world is casting its eyes toward China as the country convenes its "two sessions" - the annual sessions of the country's top legislature and political advisory body.
  • China takes decisive moves amid risks Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China on Friday offered the most comprehensive and pragmatic assessment of the extraordinary circumstances for the country's social and economic development created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and made rare, decisive adjustments in a wide range of areas - from its overarching development goals to specific government spending - to minimize losses and secure social and economic stability amid lingering risks.
  • China Sets No 2020 GDP Goal Due to Coronavirus-Caused Economic Challenges Sputnik 22 May 2020 -- The year 2020 has become the first in decades in which the Chinese economy has retracted, shrunk primarily by the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic that has plunged business and industry in the nation into crisis.
  • China scraps numerical GDP growth target for 2020 for the first time in decades Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China has scrapped a numerical economic growth target this year for the first time in decades, reflecting the profound challenges the Chinese economy faces, while injecting confidence that China is able to achieve its targets.
  • Public health, national and economic security top agenda for two sessions Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China's top political advisory meeting opened its annual session on Thursday in Beijing, making arrangements for work in 2020 regarding six aspects and addressing the most pressing issues including public, national and economic security.
  • Chinese lawmakers deliberate draft civil code People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- Chinese lawmakers started deliberating a draft civil code Friday at the annual session of the country's national legislature.
  • China aims to add over 9 mln new urban jobs in 2020 People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- China will prioritize stabilizing employment and ensuring people's livelihood this year, aiming to create more than 9 million new urban jobs, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • China keenly aware of challenges, problems: report People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- China is keenly aware of the difficulties and problems it faces while recognizing the achievements, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • China firm on achieving development goals of 2020, though setting no specific growth target People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- China will work to ensure achieving the development goals of winning the battle against poverty and completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects this year, though setting no specific economic growth target for 2020, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • Chinese govt ready to tighten belt, guarantees key investment Global Times 22 May 2020 -- The Chinese government is ready to tighten belt to optimize government spending, reflecting "unprecedented" challenges the economy faces due to the COVID-19 epidemic, while reaffirming the central government's commitment to achieving this year's economic and social development targets.
  • China raises opening-up level to foreign investment amid challenges Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China will raise the opening-up policy level and stabilize foreign trade amid rising challenges, according to a government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • Post-epidemic recovery scheme to accelerate Wuhan revival Global Times 22 May 2020 -- Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, the worst-affected city by COVID-19 outbreak, is mulling over a slew of latest measures to accelerate its revival, as the city gradually returns to normalcy.
  • China aims to create 9 million jobs in 2020, keep CPI at 3.5% Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China is planning to create 9 million jobs in 2020, the lowest since 2014, as the country seeks to control rising unemployment, which is essential to social stability, amid serious pressure from the #COVID19 pandemic, the Government Work Report said on Friday.
  • P.R.C. Proposal To Impose National Security Legislation on Hong Kong US Dept. of State 22 May 2020 -- "The United States condemns the People's Republic of China (PRC) National People's Congress proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong."
  • US-China Tensions Rise as Beijing Signals Tightening Controls on Hong Kong VOA 22 May 2020 -- China's decision to propose new legislation tightening control over Hong Kong has sparked a wave of condemnation from American lawmakers and officials, in yet another sign of worsening relations between the economic superpowers.
  • China's Push to Impose National Security Law in Hong Kong Draws Fire from Critics, Locals VOA 22 May 2020 -- China's plan to impose a national security law on Hong Kong to prevent and punish acts of "secession, subversion or terrorism activities" that threaten national security has drawn fire from critics and ordinary Hong Kongers alike, with many lamenting this is the end of the free and open city that the world has known.
  • Pompeo decries China's security law as 'death knell' for Hong Kong autonomy Press TV 22 May 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted China for the imposition of a new security law on Hong Kong, claiming that the measure could be a "death knell" for the city's autonomy.
  • China proposes security law to restore calm to Hong Kong Press TV 22 May 2020 -- China has proposed new legislation to impose a national security law on Hong Kong as part of measures aimed at restoring calm to the semi-autonomous city after seven months of fierce anti-government protests last year.
  • Trump warns of strong reaction over China new Hong Kong move Press TV 22 May 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has warned the United States would react "very strongly" against what he calls an attempt by China to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong.
  • China to Crack Down on Dissent, 'Foreign Interference' in Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 22 May 2020 -- China's National People's Congress on Friday revealed plans to send its feared state security agents into Hong Kong to pursue people suspected of "sedition," "subversion," or to be doing the work of 'foreign forces' during the city's months-long protest movement.
  • China's Plan to Impose Draconian Law on Hong Kong Sparks International Outcry Radio Free Asia 22 May 2020 -- China's announcement it will bypass Hong Kong's legislature to impose draconian security laws on the city to quell "subversion" and "foreign interference" during the year-long protest movement sparked criticism and concern on Friday from the U.S., U.K., and international rights organizations.
  • Chinese FM blasts US warning on HK natl security law, WH anti-China report Global Times 22 May 2020 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson refuted US President Donald Trump's response to the Chinese central government's proposed national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, mentioning the word "unswervingly" three times to show China's determination to safeguard national sovereignty and interests.
  • HK national security law 'almost ready to be enacted' Global Times 22 May 2020 -- After a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to China's top legislature on Friday, the work of formulating the national security legislation would be accelerated, which would be signed into the law as early as in the coming weeks considering the urgency, some national lawmakers, top political advisors and lawyers said, as the central government prepared to set up national security agencies in Hong Kong to enhance information collecting and evidence to deal with acts like splitting the country, subverting state power, organizing and perpetrating terrorist activities.
  • 'Imperative' to plug national security loopholes in HK: spokespersons Global Times 22 May 2020 -- Safeguarding national security does not contradict the principles of "one country, two systems," and deliberations on improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the ongoing legislature session are imperative, said the liaison office of the central government in HKSAR and the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office on Friday.
  • Draft decision on HK national security law submitted to top legislature, stresses zero tolerance to secessionism, foreign interference Global Times 22 May 2020 -- A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to China's top legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • China unconcerned by US threat over HK security legislation: experts Global Times 22 May 2020 -- A government work report submitted to the national legislature for deliberation on Friday stressed that China must comprehensively and accurately implement the "one country, two systems" policy, which gives a high degree of autonomy to Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SARs) while establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanism to safeguard national security in the SARs as well as implementing the constitutional obligations of SAR governments.
  • Government Work Report stresses high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong, Macao Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China must comprehensively and accurately implement the "one country, two systems" policy, and the policy that brings a high degree of autonomy to Hong Kong and Macao SARs; establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanism for the safeguarding national security in SARs, and implement the constitutional obligations of the SAR govts.
  • Government, opposition condemn China plans for new HK security laws CNA 22 May 2020 -- Taiwan's government and leading opposition party spoke out Friday against plans by the Chinese government to enact new national security laws in Hong Kong.
  • China warns DPP for 'baseless accusations' at HK national security law Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China warned Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stop baseless accusations and slandering the newly proposed national security law in Hong Kong, and warned secessionists on the island of Taiwan and Hong Kong against colluding.
  • 'Imperative' to plug national security loopholes in HK: spokespersons Global Times 22 May 2020 -- Safeguarding national security does not contradict the principles of "one country, two systems," and deliberations on improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the ongoing legislature session are imperative, said the liaison office of the central government in HKSAR and the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office on Friday.
  • National security legislation for HKSAR "highly necessary": spokesperson People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- It is highly necessary for China's national legislature to establish and improve the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security, a spokesperson said Thursday.
  • Draft to safeguard national security in HK People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- National legislators will review a draft decision on establishing and improving a legal system for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region that would safeguard national security, Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the 13th National People's Congress, said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.
  • National security legislation for HKSAR to lay solid foundation for steady, enduring growth of "one country, two systems": spokesperson People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- Establishing and improving at the national level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security will lay a solid institutional foundation for the steady and enduring growth of the cause of "one country, two systems," said a central government spokesperson on Friday.
  • Liaison office of China's central gov't in HKSAR says national legislative session's agenda on HKSAR imperative People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Friday that the ongoing national legislative session's agenda on the HKSAR is an imperative move to close the legal loopholes in the SAR concerning national security.
  • Central gov't to support HK, Macao in developing economies, improving living standards People's Daily 22 May 2020 -- The Chinese central government will support the country's Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions in developing the economies and improving living standards, said a government work report submitted Friday to the national legislature for deliberation.
  • Liaison office of China's central gov't in HKSAR says national legislative session's agenda on HKSAR imperative PLA Daily 22 May 2020 -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Friday that the ongoing national legislative session's agenda on the HKSAR is an imperative move to close the legal loopholes in the SAR concerning national security.
  • National security legislation for HKSAR to lay solid foundation for steady, enduring growth of "one country, two systems": spokesperson PLA Daily 22 May 2020 -- Establishing and improving at the national level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security will lay a solid institutional foundation for the steady and enduring growth of the cause of "one country, two systems," said a central government spokesperson on Friday.
  • Draft decision on HK national security legislation submitted to NPC PLA Daily 22 May 2020 -- A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to China's national legislature for deliberation on Friday.
  • Public health, national and economic security top agenda for two sessions Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China's top political advisory meeting opened its annual session on Thursday in Beijing, making arrangements for work in 2020 regarding six aspects and addressing the most pressing issues including public, national and economic security.
  • China's defense budget stays moderate and restrained: NPC spokesperson Global Times 22 May 2020 -- China pursues defensive policies and the defense budget is moderate and restrained in regards to the total amount of the budget, per capita spending and the rate of GDP, Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) told a press conference on Thursday.



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