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16 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Beijing Under Partial Lockdown As Virus Cases Keep Rising Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- Authorities in the Chinese capital on Tuesday imposed travel restrictions on people considered high-risk amid a fresh outbreak of coronavirus cases centered on a now-shuttered wholesale produce market.
  • Chinese Survey Vessel Venturing Near Vietnam's EEZ Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- A Chinese government-owned survey vessel appears to have been sent into Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, vessel-tracking data shows, in a move that could stir more tensions in the South China Sea.
  • China Expands Its Clampdown in Tibet: Report Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- China's clampdown on Tibetan rights and freedoms increased during last year, with a growing use of surveillance and online monitoring to suppress political dissent, and strengthened restrictions on Tibetan children's right to classroom instruction in their own language, a new report by a Tibet advocacy group said Tuesday.
  • 'Turn Away Immediately': Taiwan Says It Drove Away Chinese J-10 Fighter Nearing Island's Airspace Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- Another Chinese aircraft was intercepted by Taiwanese jets near the autonomous island on Tuesday, just the latest in a string of similar encounters. Meanwhile, several American military aircraft were spotted near the island as well.
  • Beijing Returns to Lockdown After 106 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Recent Days VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures and conducting mass testing of residents after a fresh cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged in one of its largest wholesale food markets.
  • Beijing's 'wholesale aircraft carrier' Xinfadi market, under the microscope for COVID-19 risks Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- After four consecutive days of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 being reported among staff and visitors to the Xinfadi food market in Beijing, the so called "wholesale aircraft carrier" has caused widespread public concern over the high risk the distribution center poses to the city and even the country due to its high volume of traffic, mobility of people and connections to other places in China.
  • Nearly 40 pct of flights to and from Beijing canceled after emergency response level upgrade Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Hundreds of flights to and from Beijing have or are likely to be canceled on Wednesday after Beijing raised its emergency response to Level II, under which Beijing residents who want to leave the city are required to show they have had a negative nucleic acid test within seven days of departure.
  • 100 medical workers rushed to help treat Beijing COVID-19 patients Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- A hundred medical workers from 19 local hospitals have been deployed since Monday to aid the designated hospital for centralized treatment of COVID-19 patients from Beijing's new outbreak, which has led to 106 registered confirmed cases as of press time.
  • Chinese-developed inactivated COVID19 vaccine becomes first worldwide to report positive immune response Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- A Chinese-developed inactivated vaccine for COVID-19 has presented positive preliminary results in phase one and two clinical trials, becoming the first vaccine candidate in the world to show favorable immunogenicity and safety.
  • Beijing raises COVID-19 emergency response level to II from III Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing raised its COVID-19 emergency response to Level 2 from Level 3, reinstating closed managements on communities, requiring people to have temperatures taken, register, and check health codes before entry. Communities, sub-districts, streets in high/middle risk areas would ban outsiders and cars from entering; and communities of high risk sub-districts would have closed-off management, allowing no one to leave.
  • Beijing will not be 2nd Wuhan; lockdown unlikely: expert Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Since the latest outbreak of COVID-19 was first uncovered in Beijing's largest wholesale food market on Thursday, Beijing reported a total of 106 confirmed cases as of Tuesday.
  • Beijing beefs up measures to curb coronavirus spread Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Since the latest outbreak of COVID-19 was first uncovered in Beijing's largest wholesale food market on Thursday, Beijing reported a total of 106 confirmed cases as of Tuesday. In just five days, the capital city has been beefing up its prevention measures to curb the spread of the virus by locking down 29 residential communities, putting four large districts into "wartime mode," disinfecting 276 food markets, shutting down 11 underground and semi-underground markets, screening over 200,000 people within 72 hours and postponing classes in schools and closing entertainment venues.
  • Beijing's Chaoyang district calls for promotion of facial recognition to strengthen COVID-19 prevention and control Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing's Chaoyang district has called for the promotion of facial recognition technology, automatic temperature checking facilities and other hi-tech measures to strengthen local COVID-19 prevention and control, as the capital faced a grim situation after 106 confirmed cases have been reported since June 11.
  • Shanghai requires 14-day quarantine for travelers from COVID-19 high-risk regions in China Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Travelers making their way from coronavirus high-level risk regions in China will be subject to undergo a 14-day centralized quarantine before entering Shanghai, and will also be required to undergo nucleic acid testing twice during their mandated quarantine period, health authorities in Shanghai announced on Tuesday, with Beijing recently putting 29 of its local communities into "lockdown" as the city's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to 106 as of Tuesday.
  • China, WHO collaborate closely to control COVID-19 pandemic Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that given the recent resurgence of the coronavirus cases in Beijing, the organization is collaborating closely with China to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Wuhan declares zero COVID-19 asymptomatic carriers and close contacts Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, declared zero COVID-19 silent carriers and close contacts on Tuesday as the last three asymptomatic patients were officially released from isolation after being tested negative twice for coronavirus, according to the Wuhan Health Commission.
  • Beijing raises its emergency response to Level II Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Since the latest outbreak of COVID-19 was first uncovered in Beijing's largest wholesale food market on Thursday, Beijing reported a total of 106 confirmed cases as of Tuesday. In just five days, the capital city has been beefing up its prevention measures to curb the spread of the virus and decided to raise the emergency response from Level III to Level II on Tuesday night.
  • Beijing conducts mass testing People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing tightened measures to cope with the new cluster of local COVID-19 infections as the number of confirmed cases in the city rose to 79 from Thursday to Sunday and up to 100,000 social workers joined communities' epidemic control work.
  • Beijing disinfects 276 farm produce markets amid COVID-19 fears People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has disinfected 276 farm produce markets and closed 11 such underground and semi-underground markets as of 6 a.m. Tuesday to better curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chen Yankai, deputy director of the municipal market supervision bureau, told a press conference on Tuesday.
  • Wuhan clears all asymptomatic cases of novel coronavirus People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- The last three asymptomatic cases in Wuhan, once hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic, were released from medical observation on Monday after they turned negative in nucleic acid tests.
  • North China's Hebei reports 4 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- North China's Hebei Province reported four new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and one new imported asymptomatic case on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
  • China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic, or suspected COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which 32 were domestically transmitted and eight were imported.
  • Shanghai reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Shanghai reported three new imported COVID-19 cases and no increase in locally transmitted cases on Monday, the municipal health commission said Tuesday.
  • China's Chongqing reports 2 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality reported two new imported COVID-19 cases and four new imported asymptomatic cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.
  • China's Hubei reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- No new confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Monday, the provincial health commission said Tuesday.
  • Beijing strengthens community prevention, control as COVID-19 cases reappear People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has strengthened community-level disease prevention and control in response to the resurgence of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases.
  • Chinese mainland reports 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which 32 were domestically transmitted and eight were imported.
  • Beijing reports 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 27 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Monday, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
  • UN Urges Restraint Along India-China Border VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- The United Nations is urging China and India to "exercise maximum restraint" after a violent fight broke out Monday between soldiers from both sides of a remote Himalayan border.
  • At Least a Dozen Killed in Clash Between Chinese, Indian Security Forces Along Disputed Border Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- A clash between Indian and Chinese security forces in a disputed area of the Himalayan mountains has left at least 12 people dead and possibly dozens injured, reports said Tuesday, marking the first time soldiers have been killed in a confrontation between the two militaries in more than four decades.
  • India-China Troop Clash: Ruling BJP Says New Delhi Has Political Will to Make Appropriate Reply Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- In unprecedented border skirmishes with Chinese troops, India lost three soldiers, including one officer. According to army sources, however, the real death toll in Monday night's faceoff could be 20 Indian soldiers, as many are said to now be in the custody of the Chinese army. Chinese casualties have also been reported.
  • At Least 20 Indian Soldiers Killed in Ladakh Skirmish With China, Source Says Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- Earlier in the day, the Indian Army said in a statement that one officer and two soldiers from India were killed during clashes on the border with China in the Ladakh region.
  • Beijing Accuses India of Violating Border After Three Indian Soldiers Killed in Ladakh Face-Off Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- Last week, Indian media reported that New Delhi and Beijing had decided to disengage at multiple points in eastern Ladakh, where troops on either side were reinforced during the past several weeks of a standoff.
  • India Says 20 Soldiers Killed in Clash with Chinese Troops along Disputed Border VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- India said Tuesday that 20 of its soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops along the disputed border of the two nuclear-armed nations, the first military casualties between the two countries in 45 years.
  • PLA Western Theater Command urges Indian army to stop provocative action on border Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson said on Tuesday that Indian troops have broke their promises and again crossed the line of actual control in the Galwan Valley region on Monday evening and purposely launched provocative attacks, leading to severe clashes and casualties.
  • China slams India over provocative border attacks amid talks Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- A clash broke out on Monday between China and India's border defense troops in the Galwan Valley after the Indian troops crossed the border for illegal activities and launched provocative attacks against Chinese personnel, and the Chinese side has lodged a strong protest and solemn representation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Chinese military demands Indian border troops stop infringing and provocative actions PLA Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- On the evening of June 15, in the Galvan Valley area on the China-India border, the Indian military, reneging on its commitments, crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) once again and deliberately launched provocative attacks, which caused violent physical clashes between the two sides and casualties, said a Chinese military spokesperson on Tuesday.
  • First 'deadly' border clash in decades reported between Indian, Chinese forces Press TV 16 Jun 2020 -- An Indian military officer and two soldiers have been killed in a "violent face-off" with Chinese troops on the disputed border between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, India's army says.
  • Chinese Workers Pour Into Chamdo, Displacing Tibetans Living There Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- Thousands of Chinese migrants seeking work in infrastructure projects have poured into Tibet's Chamdo prefecture over the last four years, displacing Tibetan residents whose farms and homes have been taken over to make room for high-rise housing, Tibetan sources say.
  • China fighter jet enters Taiwan's air defense identification zone CNA 16 Jun 2020 -- A Chengdu J-10 fighter jet from the Chinese military entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday before being chased off by Taiwanese patrol planes, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • PLA Tibet military command conducts drills targeting hostile hubs in mountainous region amid border tensions Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese military recently conducted joint exercises aimed at the destruction of key hostile hubs in a high-elevation mountainous region, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command revealed on Tuesday after a fatal clash broke out on the China-India border on Monday.
  • New unit to enforce national security law in HK not secret police: secretary for security Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- A new unit to be set up by Hong Kong police to enforce the upcoming national security law in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) won't be a secret police, and the national security branches set up by central authorities in the SAR won't replace the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF), as those two would be connected with "a special bond" to handle relevant cases, Hong Kong secretary for security John Lee Ka-chiu told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
  • National security legislation to restore stability in Hong Kong: Carrie Lam People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said Monday that the national security legislation will help restore stability in Hong Kong, and protect the life and property, basic rights and freedoms of the overwhelming majority of residents.
  • Protesters Mark Hong Kong's 'Two Million March' as Lam Defends Subversion Law Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- Protesters gathered in parks, malls, and other public places in Hong Kong on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of a two-million-strong mass protest, as the city's leader hit out at widespread opposition to a draconian national security law.
  • Rhetoric or Reality? Britain's Hong Kong Passport Offer Angers China VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- Britain and China are engaged in a heated dispute over plans to make it easier for some Hong Kong residents to emigrate to Britain.
  • China's Plan to Take Charge of 'Serious' National Security Cases in Hong Kong Sparks Concern VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- China must take charge of "serious" cases in Hong Kong that breach national security, a senior Chinese official said this week as Beijing prepares to impose new national security laws in the city.
  • US plane's flight over Taiwan 'erroneous and dangerous', says defense ministry PLA Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- A recent unauthorized flight by a United States naval transport aircraft over Taiwan was "extremely erroneous and dangerous", Ministry of National Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said in a statement issued on Monday.
  • China starts COVID-19 tests on seafood markets Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- Major seafood markets in China have launched massive nucleic acid tests for their working staff and environmental samples as a quick response to the new COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing which was uncovered at the city's largest wholesale food market last week. Although there's no proof that salmon was the source of the sudden spike in Beijing, the latest research shows that the virus "came from Europe," and virologists believe the epidemic was most likely caused by contaminated food.
  • Next three days are critical to curbing Beijing's COVID-19 outbreak: CDC expert Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- The Beijing's COVID-19 outbreak likely began around the end of May and the next three days will be critical and decisive for China's capital to curb the epidemic, a top expert from China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
  • Beijing identifies 22 subdistricts as mid-risk Global Times 16 Jun 2020 -- The Beijing Municipality government identified 12 new subdistricts as COVID-19 middle-risk areas, bringing the total number to 22. Huaxiang subdistrict in Fengtai, where the Xinfadi wholesale market is located, is the only area of high-risk in China.
  • Chinese PLA provides epidemic prevention supplies for militaries of 6 countries PLA Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- Approved by China's Central Military Commission (CMC), the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on June 13 delivered COVID-19 prevention and control supplies including protective clothing and surgical masks by rail and sea transportation to the armed forces of six countries at the request of armed forces from these countries.



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