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29 May 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Chinese Army Training Ground Has Full-Scale Model of Taiwan's Presidential Palace Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- At China's Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers can practice storming Taiwan's Presidential Office Building, the seat of government for the autonomous island that has long evaded Beijing's attempts to bring it under communist control.
  • China's Defence Ministry Urges US, Japan to Refrain From Arms Race in Space Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- China is calling upon countries that have created space military units to prevent space from becoming a new international battleground, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on Friday.
  • Beijing Says China, India Need No US Mediation in Border Dispute Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- Beijing and New Delhi do not need US mediation in the border dispute between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Friday.
  • Quiet Diplomacy or Inaction: Lessons from a Survey Ship Standoff Radio Free Asia 29 May 2020 -- When a Chinese survey ship deployed close to a Malaysian-contracted oil exploration vessel in Malaysian waters in mid-April, tensions in the South China Sea went up a notch. United States and Australia sent warships to the area to send a message to China – that Southeast Asian nations should be free to exploit resources off their own coasts.
  • US to Begin Steps to End Hong Kong Status over China-Imposed Security Law Radio Free Asia 29 May 2020 -- The Trump administration will begin the process of taking away the special trade and investment status it grants Hong Kong, in response to China's decision to impose a national security law that end the city's status as a separate legal jurisdiction, U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday.
  • EU Concerned Over Beijing's Move to Develop National Security Bill for Hong Kong Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- The European Union expresses grave concerns over Beijing's decision to develop a security bill for Hong Kong as it contradicts the Hong Kong Basic Law and China's international commitment under the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Friday.
  • Beijing Urges Foreign Nations to Cease Attempts at Meddling in Hong Kong Affairs Sputnik 29 May 2020 -- The day before, China's parliament overwhelmingly passed a resolution to draft a law on national security in Hong Kong that would outlaw secessionism in the territory and hefty fines or jail terms for those ridiculing China's anthem among other things.
  • 600m with $140 monthly income worries top Global Times 29 May 2020 -- A group of figures stood out from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's remarks at an annual press conference on Thursday as offering a sobering reminder of challenges to prop up the economy amid the raging pandemic.
  • Two COVID-19 vaccines developed by Chinese company enter phase two clinical trials Global Times 29 May 2020 -- Two inactivated COVID-19 vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd. (Sinopharm) are now in phase two clinical trials. Over 2,000 volunteers received vaccinations in the first- and second-phase clinical trials, and none have shown obvious adverse reactions, suggesting the vaccines are safe and effective.
  • China's Jilin reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- No newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic cases were reported in northeast China's Jilin Province for Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that no new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Thursday.
  • China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that no new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Thursday.
  • 3 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- Three COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Thursday, the National Health Commission said Friday.
  • China announces no new deaths or cases of Covid-19 infection SPA 29 May 2020 -- China announced Friday, again, that no new deaths or cases of the new Corona virus, (Covid-19) have been recorded.
  • 'Enormous space' for peaceful Taiwan reunification: senior official Global Times 29 May 2020 -- The importance of China's Anti-Secession Law must be understood profoundly and Taiwan secessionists' moves must be firmly opposed to push forward the peaceful reunification of the island, a senior Chinese official said at a forum on the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Anti-Secession Law, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday.
  • Mainland stays open to dialogue on cross-Straits relations PLA Daily 29 May 2020 -- The central government's major principles and policies toward Taiwan have been consistent, adhering to the one-China principle and the 1992 Consensus, and resolutely opposing "Taiwan independence", Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.
  • China firmly opposes US act to end sanctions waiver against Iran IRNA 29 May 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Friday that China firmly opposes US recent decision to end sanctions waiver against Iran.
  • China firmly opposes US' ending of Iran nuclear sanctions waivers: Foreign Ministry Press TV 29 May 2020 -- China has censured the United States for ending the last remaining sanctions waivers in a landmark nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015, warning that the move will undermine international non-proliferation progress.
  • MND: PLA Navy new aircraft carrier in sea trials as scheduled PLA Daily 29 May 2020 -- The PLA Navy is conducting sea trials for aircraft carrier Shandong in accordance with the arrangement of the annual trial plan, said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) at the regular press conference on Friday.
  • MND: PLA helps win the battle against poverty PLA Daily 29 May 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will make strenuous efforts both in combat and war readiness and the battle of poverty eradication to live up to the people's expectations, said Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Friday when answering questions regarding to "the battle against poverty" at the regular press conference.
  • US-China strategic rivalry has entered 'high-risk period': top Chinese officer Press TV 29 May 2020 -- A Chinese top military official says the strategic rivalry between his country and the United States has entered a "high-risk period," with Washington having intensified "the suppression and containment" of China since the cornavirus pandemic hit the globe.
  • China to Offer 'Guidance, Support' to Hong Kong Police Enforcing Security Law Radio Free Asia 29 May 2020 -- China's public security ministry has said it will offer 'guidance and support' to Hong Kong's police force, in another sign that the city's status as a separate legal jurisdiction is likely at an end.
  • Trump Calls China's Actions on Hong Kong 'Plain Violations' VOA 29 May 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says China's actions on Hong Kong are "plain violations of its treaty obligations" in remarks Friday that strongly criticized Beijing on a host of issues including its trade practices, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and dealings with the World Health Organization.
  • Experts Fear Impact of China's National Security Laws on Hong Kong's Freedoms VOA 29 May 2020 -- For many Hong Kongers, the Chinese parliament's approval of a plan to impose controversial national security laws on the bustling Asian financial hub this week was a moment of hard decisions.
  • Hong Kong Protests China's Vote on Security Law VOA 29 May 2020 -- Protests at shopping centers in Hong Kong were held again Friday, one day after China's National People's Congress approved imposing a national security law on Hong Kong.
  • Taiwan's Legislature condemns China law, promotes help for Hong Kongers CNA 29 May 2020 -- Taiwan's Legislature issued a statement Friday, denouncing China's plan to enforce a national security law in Hong Kong and urging the Taiwan government to offer help to Hong Kongers.
  • HK prepares for possible US countermeasures in response to national security law Global Times 29 May 2020 -- Hong Kong has made long-term preparations for possible countermeasures launched by the US government on sectors including trade, finance and technology in response to the upcoming national security law for the special administrative region (SAR), Hong Kong's finance secretary told the Global Times on Friday. The city has the confidence as well as the strength to defend its own business and financial stability from external risks and pressure, and is boosted by mainland support.
  • Former HK security secretary calls to unify trial standards for judges when national security law takes effect Global Times 29 May 2020 -- In order to ensure Hong Kong's upcoming national security law is implemented effectively, Hong Kong should unify trial standards for judges at all levels. In particular, tenured judges should adhere to more detailed ruling principles to ensure all judges are truly politically neutral and adjudicate in accordance with regulations, a former Hong Kong security secretary told the Global Times.
  • HK govt warns US threats of sanctions will hurt itself Global Times 29 May 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government late on Thursday expressed strong opposition to sweeping remarks contained in a report by the US State Department titled US - Hong Kong Policy Act, and warned that the interests of US corporations in Hong Kong will also be affected if the US adopts sanctions on Hong Kong.
  • Ministry of Public Security to guide HK police on cracking down on subversive sabotage Global Times 29 May 2020 -- China's Ministry of Public Security vowed to fully guide and support the Hong Kong Police Force in ending riots and violence while severely cracking down on penetration of subversive and disruptive sabotage by hostile forces and resolutely safeguarding national political security.
  • 9 responses to concerns about HK national security legislation People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- China's National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, adopted a decision on Hong Kong national security legislation on Thursday. The decision has gained attention in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and abroad. Why should this legislation be carried out at the state level? Will it affect Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy? The NPC and relevant departments responded to these questions.
  • China adopts decision to make Hong Kong national security laws People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- China is set to make Hong Kong national security laws as a related decision was adopted at the national legislature on Thursday.
  • HKSAR gov't objects to U.S. report for meddling in Hong Kong affairs People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has expressed strong opposition to a report of the U.S. State Department under the Hong Kong Policy Act of the United States.
  • National security legislation a guarantee of sound investment environment, prosperity, stability in HK: HK businessmen People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- The decision by China's top legislature on the national security legislation for Hong Kong is welcomed and supported by the business community in Hong Kong, who believe the move is helpful in safeguarding the lawful rights of Hong Kong residents, protecting the investing environment and ensuring long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong.
  • US taking UN hostage over Hong Kong law: China Press TV 29 May 2020 -- China says the United States is taking the United Nations (UN) hostage by insisting that Beijing's new national security law be put on the world body's agenda.
  • Xi stresses significance of Civil Code, better protecting people's legitimate rights, interests Global Times 29 May 2020 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has emphasized the full recognition of the significance of the promulgation and implementation of the country's newly adopted Civil Code and better protection of the people's legitimate rights and interests in accordance with law.
  • Government Work Report drafting group explains China's scrapping of GDP target Global Times 29 May 2020 -- This year China did not set a specific GDP growth goal in the Government Work Report released during last week's two sessions due to economic uncertainty in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, said an official from the report drafting group during a press briefing on Friday.
  • Xi's "two sessions" messages reassuring at difficult times People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- Eradicating absolute poverty, upholding people-centered philosophy and seeking new opportunities from challenges, Chinese President Xi Jinping brought reassuring messages at times of uncertainty and difficulty.
  • China adopts milestone Civil Code People's Daily 29 May 2020 -- China's top legislature Thursday voted to adopt the country's long-expected Civil Code, a milestone legislation that will better protect people's rights and offer strong legal support for the country's development.
  • Xi's "two sessions" messages reassuring at difficult times PLA Daily 29 May 2020 -- Eradicating absolute poverty, upholding people-centered philosophy and seeking new opportunities from challenges, Chinese President Xi Jinping brought reassuring messages at times of uncertainty and difficulty.
  • China Draws a Blank on 2020 GDP Target Radio Free Asia 29 May 2020 -- China's controversial decision to omit an economic growth target for 2020 has drawn attention to what the government uses targets for.



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