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26 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- India Rushes More Troops to Border as Tensions With China Increase in Uttarakhand, Report Suggests Sputnik 26 May 2020 -- The ongoing standoff between India and China erupted over infrastructure construction near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China has been urging India to be cautious and practice restraint over infrastructure development in the border areas, which are separated by the loosely demarcated LAC.
- Chinese scientists find new evidence that Huanan seafood market in Wuhan may not be the origin of the coronavirus Global Times 26 May 2020 -- Chinese scientists have discovered a novel coronavirus clade that is different from that shared among patients connected to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which provides new evidence that the market may not be the origin of the virus that caused the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
- Wuhan's test capacity improved by grouped testing Global Times 26 May 2020 -- How did Wuhan manage to test 9 million people within 10 days? Hospitals and testing agencies combined individual sample testing and grouped testing to increase test efficiency, sources told the Global Times.
- Chinese mainland reports 7 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Monday.
- China's Jilin reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic cases were reported in northeast China's Jilin Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
- WHO appreciates China's openness to joint efforts to identify source of COVID-19 People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that it appreciates China's openness to joint efforts by the international science community to identify the source of the virus, and that such a scientific mission should consist of "the right mix of scientific experts from a multinational perspective."
- China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
- 9 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- Nine COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Monday, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports 7 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported seven new imported COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,731, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- Political advisors refute anti-China COVID-19 bills at US Congress PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- Some US Congress members' anti-China bills related to COVID-19 response are "groundless" and "deceitful," members of China's top political advisory body attending its annual session have said.
- Virologist: Lab leakage claims pure fabrication PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- The Wuhan Institute of Virology, the target of COVID-19 virus conspiracy theories, did not possess the novel coronavirus before the outbreak, nor did it have the intention or the ability to create the virus, a senior virologist told China Daily on the sidelines of the annual national legislative and political advisory sessions.
- China's amphibious rescue aircraft readies for maiden sea takeoff Global Times 26 May 2020 -- China's indigenously developed amphibious aircraft AG600, which is the largest in the world, will set out for sea for the first time in the second half of the year, its developer said Monday.
- Netizens identify China's 2nd carrier leaving port from online images Global Times 26 May 2020 -- A series of photos and videos uploaded on China's social media platforms have set Chinese internet abuzz as they were identified by Chinese military enthusiasts and netizens as showing China's second aircraft carrier, the country's first domestically built one, leaving its shipyard for sail on Monday.
- Steady defense spending growth proper, necessary: spokesperson Global Times 26 May 2020 -- China has set its 2020 defense budget growth target at 6.6 percent, and a military spokesperson said on Tuesday that a moderate and steady increase in the nation's defense expenditure is right, proper and necessary.
- China's moderate and steady defense budget increase reasonable and necessary PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- The scale and structure of China's defense budget is reasonably determined in accordance with the level of national economic development and defense demand, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the delegation of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the People's Armed Police (PAP) Force on Tuesday during the third session of the 13th National People's Congress, when interviewed by the media.
- Military deputy to NPC suggests unified system for military-civil counter-emergency activities PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- "The fight against the COVID-19 epidemic is a test of the national mobilization in a real combat environment." Song Yuanjun, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) and Commander of the Heilongjiang Corps under China's Armed Police Force (APF), believed that the military-civil joint prevention and control mechanism together with society-wide efforts to prevent and control the epidemic has played a critical role in defeating and preventing the virus, while also exposing some shortcomings and deficiencies at the same time. Therefore, it is necessary to explore the establishment of joint emergency management and command institution under military-civil cooperation to achieve unified command and dispatch of military and civilian emergency forces, and to improve the ability to respond to new-type security risks in an all-round way.
- Xi stresses strengthening national defense, armed forces PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday stressed achieving the targets and missions of strengthening the national defense and armed forces for 2020, while maintaining effective epidemic control on a regular basis.
- Taiwan Vows to Boost Support For Hong Kong Protest Movement Radio Free Asia 26 May 2020 -- Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has warned that she could suspend trading privileges accorded to Hong Kong if Beijing imposes a draconian national security law on the city.
- Trump Thinks It's Hard to See Hong Kong Remain Financial Hub If China Takes Over, White House Says Sputnik 26 May 2020 -- US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien on 24 May hinted at a possibility of the US using sanctions against China if Beijing impinges upon Hong Kong's autonomy.
- Russian FM Lavrov Slams US for Trying to Pressure Beijing Over Hong Kong Security Bill Sputnik 26 May 2020 -- The legislation, introduced by the Chinese government and is yet to be voted on, suggests to make treason and sedition laws stricter, banning any activities that could potentially "split the country".
- Hong Kong Leader Says Controversial Security Law is Nothing to Worry About VOA 26 May 2020 -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the city's basic freedoms will not be infringed by a new security law for the semi-autonomous city proposed by Beijing.
- HK national security law sheds light on Taiwan question: deputies Global Times 26 May 2020 -- National People's Congress (NPC) deputies from Taiwan said Hong Kong's national security legislation sheds light on the Taiwan question, sending a warning shot to Taiwan secessionists.
- National security law solid and firm, does not violate Basic Law: Carrie Lam Global Times 26 May 2020 -- Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said at her weekly news briefing on Tuesday that the constitutional foundation of the national security law to be implemented in Hong Kong is solid and firm and not in violation of the region's Basic Law.
- PLA's HK garrison will carry out central govt's policies PLA Daily 26 May 2020 -- Major General Chen Daoxiang, commander of the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, said his troops will firmly execute the central government's policies and decisions and strive to safeguard the city's long-term prosperity and stability.
- PLA HK Garrison supports national security legislation for HK, confident in safeguarding national sovereignty: commander Global Times 26 May 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison firmly supports the draft decision to introduce national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the troops have the determination, confidence and capability to safeguard the national sovereignty, security, development interests and long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong, affirmed the commander of the garrison.
- Central govt has full legal rights to set up national security law for HK: Ex-Secretary of Justice Global Times 26 May 2020 -- The central government has the legal power and responsibility to establish a national security law anytime, and even if Hong Kong establishes Article 23, the central government could enact a new national security law, Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of Hong Kong Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and former Secretary of Justice told the Global Times on Tuesday in rebuking questions raised by the Hong Kong Bar Association on whether China's top legislator has the legal power to draft the law.
- HK measures to hurt US badly Global Times 26 May 2020 -- The US may be able to launch a vicious word war against China on the Hong Kong issue, but it's impossible for the US to strike heavily at China at a low cost. Most measures cost the US too much with little benefit, which would make it suffer significantly, a top Hong Kong think tank advisor told the Global Times.
- UK offer of 'rubber check' for Hongkongers brazen interference in China's internal affairs: observers Global Times 26 May 2020 -- Some UK politicians' promise to expand the "right of abode" to tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents was dubbed void promises and brazen interference in China's internal affairs by Chinese mainland experts and Hong Kong residents interviewed by the Global Times on Monday.
- Chinese leaders deliberate, discuss draft NPC decision on Hong Kong People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- Leaders of the Communist Party of China and the state have joined lawmakers and political advisors in deliberating and discussing a draft decision on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), at the annual sessions of the national legislature and political advisory body.
- National security legislation for HKSAR only targets heavy crimes, illegal activities: Tung Chee-hwa People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- Tung Chee-hwa, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said online here Monday that the national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) only targets heavy crimes and illegal activities, therefore people of Hong Kong can rest reassured.
- Hong Kong affairs purely China's internal affairs, the U.S. has no right to criticize or interfere: spokesperson People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- The Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and the U.S. has no right to criticize or interfere, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Monday.
- National security legislation to ensure enduring success of "one country, two systems": commissioner of Chinese foreign ministry in HKSAR People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- National security legislation for Hong Kong is of greatest urgency and will ensure the enduring success of "one country, two systems," Commissioner of the Chinese foreign ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Xie Feng said on Monday.
- Liaison office of China's central gov't in HKSAR condemns violence, illegal actions for endangering national security People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Monday strongly condemned the illegal assemblies and violent acts by rioters in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong's leader reaffirms new law would not harm rights, freedoms Press TV 26 May 2020 -- Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has reiterated that the new national security law proposed by Beijing would not affect rights and freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, amid a wave of protests over the bill.
- China Plans to Send Teachers to Hong Kong to Give Guidance, Instruction in Schools Radio Free Asia 26 May 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party is planning to send primary, secondary, and kindergarten teachers from schools in Hunan, Anhui and other provinces to Hong Kong to conduct "teaching instruction," RFA has learned.
- Russia says Hong Kong security law is China's domestic affair Press TV 26 May 2020 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the new security law that has been proposed by China and that is set to apply to Hong Kong is China's domestic affair and the United States should not be interfering in the matter.
- Fujian's GDP surpassing Taiwan a historic breakthrough with significance for Taiwan work: NPC deputy Global Times 26 May 2020 -- GDP in East China's Fujian Province reached 4.23 trillion yuan ($592.9 billion) in 2019, surpassing that of the island of Taiwan for the first time, which is a "historic breakthrough" having "far-reaching significance for efforts toward Taiwan," said Zhang Zhijun, president of The Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, and also a deputy to the National People's Congress this year.
- China detected 100-million-ton oilfield in Bohai Bay Global Times 26 May 2020 -- China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) announced the discovery of China's first 100 million-ton oilfield in Bohai Bay, a sea not far away from the industrial Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
- China's domestically developed C919 jet receives 815 orders: chief designer Global Times 26 May 2020 -- The development of the C919 narrow-body twinjet airliner is progressing as planned and in an orderly manner, said Wu Guanghui, National People's Congress (NPC) deputy and chief designer of the aircraft, on Tuesday.
- Fuqing-5 nuclear reactor will go into operation this year: CNNC Global Times 26 May 2020 -- The Fuqing-5 nuclear reactor will be put into operation by the end of 2020, according to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).
- NPC Constitution and Law Committee deliberates draft civil code, decision on Hong Kong People's Daily 26 May 2020 -- The Constitution and Law Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Monday deliberated a draft civil code and a draft decision of the NPC on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.
- Tibetan Students, State Workers Barred From Religious Events in Lhasa Radio Free Asia 26 May 2020 -- Chinese authorities are closely watching government employees and students in Tibet's regional capital Lhasa during the Buddhist holy month of Saga Dawa, forbidding them from participating in traditional religious gatherings, according to sources in Tibet.
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