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15 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Disabled Tibetans Must Denounce Dalai Lama to Get Jobs Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- Disabled Tibetans seeking low-paying jobs in Chinese government departments must now pass political tests to qualify for employment, with applicants required to reject "ethnic separatism" and denounce Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a state directive says.
- Calls Mount in Europe For Reciprocal Access to Tibet Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- Calls are mounting in Europe for member states of the EU to enact legislation demanding that European diplomats, journalists, and researchers be granted access to travel in Tibet, a region largely restricted to outsiders while Chinese nationals can freely travel throughout European countries, a Tibet advocacy group said in a new report on Monday.
- COVID-19 updates: China tightens Beijing restrictions as global cases near 8 million mark Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- As the number of coronavirus cases nears the eight million mark worldwide, China has reintroduced strict lockdown measures and begun mass testings in some areas of the capital, Beijing, where a never-before-seen cluster of the virus has added to concerns of a new wave of the outbreak.
- Coronavirus Resurgence in Beijing Mars China's Self-Proclaimed Success in Containing It VOA 15 Jun 2020 -- A resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Beijing has ended the capital city's two-month-long virus-free period and threatened to cloud China's self-proclaimed success in combating the pandemic.
- WHO Confirms Surge of COVID Cases in Beijing VOA 15 Jun 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Beijing shows that even places that have successfully suppressed the virus must remain vigilant against a resurgence.
- Beijing fights infection cluster in 'wartime mode' Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- All communities in Beijing entered the "wartime management mode" on Monday as the capital city undertakes strict prevention and control measures following the latest outbreak of COVID-19 cluster that was first detected at a local seafood market in the city's Fengtai district.
- Xi says China ready to strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation with Laos Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Laos in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic, said General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday.
- Beijing outbreak may be more infectious than Wuhan one, rich anti-epidemic experience in place: virologist Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- The coronavirus found in Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale market is probably more infectious than that detected in Wuhan's Huanan seafood market, where the first wave of epidemic in the country was detected, given a significant number of cases confirmed in only four days in the capital city, a virologist said on Monday.
- Beijing launches large-scale COVID-19 test Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing tested 76,499 people on Sunday for coronavirus and found 59 positive cases. In total, 79 new COVID-19 cases had been reported as of Monday, Beijing health authorities announced.
- Beijing turns into 'no-go zone' amid new cases, residents lower travel plans Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- After Beijing sees COVID-19 infection spike, it seems that the capital has now become a "no-go zone" for other parts of China, as many places have raised alert to travels to Beijing and strengthened health check on arrivals from Beijing.
- Source of Beijing cases renews speculation over COVID-19 origin Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Evidence shows that the source of infection in Beijing's new coronavirus outbreak points at Europe, seemingly casting new doubt over the origins of the COVID-19 epidemic, with some netizens and experts speculating the outbreak that occurred in Wuhan's Huanan seafood market may also relate to imported food or animals.
- Beijing communities enter wartime status following fresh COVID-19 spike Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- All communities in Beijing have entered into "wartime" status, with nearly 100,000 social workers joining the fight against COVID-19. As of Monday, authorities have screened nearly 200,000 people who had been to Xinfadi wholesale market, where the latest cluster occurred.
- Nearby city Baoding declares wartime status after Beijing sees spike in COVID-19 infections Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Baoding, a city in North China's Hebei Province, declared it was entering wartime status due to its geographic proximity with Beijing, which has seen a spike in local infections.
- Beijing reports 36 new COVID-19 local cases Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 36 new COVID-19 local cases on Monday, bringing the total number of active confirmed cases in the city to 79 as of press time.
- Infections related to Beijing cases emerge in three provinces Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Three provinces - Northeast China's Liaoning, North China's Hebei and Southwest China's Sichuan - have reported more COVID-19 cases that had close contacts with infections in Beijing.
- Beijing tested 76,499 connected to Xinfadi on Sunday, 59 found positive Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has tested 76,499 people with connections to Xinfadi Market on Sunday, of whom 59 tested positive for COVID-19: Beijing health authority.
- Beijing clustered infections at high risk of spreading: vice premier Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- The risk of the Beijing epidemic spreading is very high, warned Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who urged officials to adopt decisive measures to curb the epidemic.
- Demand for COVID-19 tests is surging, following latest Beijing outbreak Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Demand for nucleic acid tests is surging in Beijing, with local service providers receiving increased orders after the latest COVID-19 outbreak relating to the Xinfadi Wholesale Market in its southwestern Fengtai district.
- Grocery prices jump in Beijing as new outbreak shuts wholesale markets Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Groceries in Beijing see sharp price rises following the shutdown of six major wholesale markets in the Chinese capital city of more than 20 million.
- Returnees from mainland, Macao, Taiwan to HK exempted from 14-day quarantine Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Nearly 10,000 people returning from Chinese mainland, Taiwan Island and Macao to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) had been exempted from the compulsory 14-day self-isolation as of Friday, as Hong Kong eased quarantine rules, data showed.
- Beijing swift to curb new COVID cases People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing is taking swift steps to curb a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections that has led to more than 50 new cases in the past four days, including shuttering a major wholesale market linked to all new infections, imposing a partial lockdown in its vicinity and ramping up mass testing and screening in key areas.
- 76,499 people screened for COVID-19 in Beijing People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing on Sunday conducted nucleic acid tests on 76,499 people, with 59 testing positive for COVID-19, according to a press conference held Monday.
- Officials sacked over misconduct during COVID-19 control in Beijing People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Two officials in Beijing have been sacked after the city recently reported dozens of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, the municipal authorities said Monday.
- Beijing reports 8 more COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Beijing from midnight to 7 a.m. on Sunday, municipal authorities said.
- Chinese mainland reports 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of 49 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, of which 39 were domestically transmitted and 10 were imported.
- Beijing reports 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 36 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- Beijing Shutters Wholesale Market Amid Fresh Coronavirus Outbreak Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- Authorities in the Chinese capital have locked down a wholesale produce market amid a fresh wave of coronavirus cases.
- China Declares Martial Law in Baoding Over New COVID-19 Cluster Detected at Beijing Market Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- Chinese authorities have declared martial law in the city of Baoding, Hebei province, amid the new COVID-19 cluster at the Xinfadi, the largest wholesale market in Beijing, local municipal authorities said on Monday.
- Chinese Ministry of National Defense slams U.S. military plane flying over Taiwan PLA Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- On Monday afternoon, a Chinese defense spokesperson slammed the flight by a U.S. C-40 military transport aircraft over Chinese territory without Chinese side's permission on June 9, calling it an extremely wrong and dangerous action.
- Final Beidou satellite ready for launch People's Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- A Long March 3B carrier rocket sits on the launchpad at Xichang Satellite Center in Sichuan province, ready to send the last satellite of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System into space.
- Chinese military to conduct exams for civilian positions PLA Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese military will conduct examinations on August 23 to recruit candidates for its civilian positions, the military authority said Monday.
- PLA Xizang Military Command holds coordinated exercise in plateau region PLA Daily 15 Jun 2020 -- An infantry battalion of a brigade under the PLA Xizang Military Command organized infantry and tank coordinated exercise at the elevation of more than 4,700 meters, to comprehensively test the troops' coordination and rapid response capacity.
- China Adds Six Times More Nuclear Warheads Than India in a Year, Report Reveals Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- New Delhi (Sputnik): India is the third-biggest military spender in the world after the US and China; it spent at $71.1 billion (up 6.8 percent) in 2019. But the country lags behind its arch-rivals, China and Pakistan, in terms of its nuclear arsenal as per the report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
- Hong Kong, Arms Control on Agenda of Planned US-China Meeting VOA 15 Jun 2020 -- Top diplomats from the United States and China are planning for a closed-door meeting Wednesday in Honolulu, as anti-U.S. propaganda from China's state-controlled media outlets intensifies, exacerbating rising tensions between the two countries.
- Central govt has jurisdiction over serious cases in HK on natl security: official Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- A senior official of the central government in charge of Hong Kong and Macao affairs said the central government should retain its jurisdiction over "specific serious cases" in Hong Kong that grossly compromise national security, but that the city government will shoulder the "major" responsibility in enforcing the national security law after it is enacted.
- HKSAR gov't finance chief appeals for putting aside conflicts, focusing on economy Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Paul Chan on Sunday appealed to relevant people to put aside conflicts and focus on the region's economic development.
- Hong Kong is the bridge between the world, Chinese mainland: HKEX chief Global Times 15 Jun 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), one of the world's most important financial hubs, will continue to play its role as a bridge between the Chinese mainland and the world, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) Chief Executive Charles Li Xiaojia said on Monday.
- China: Hong Kong security law will apply to extremely rare cases Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- A senior Chinese official has assured Hong Kong's residents that the national security legislation, which has sparked fresh protests in the semi-autonomous territory, will grant the mainland special jurisdiction over "some extremely rare" security cases there.
- Crowds Gather in Hong Kong to Mourn Anniversary of Protester's Death Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- More than 1,000 people turned out on Monday in defiance of a ban on public gatherings to mark the first anniversary of the death of Hong Kong protester Marco Leung Ling-kit.
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