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17 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Taiwan Warns Off Two Chinese Aircraft in Fourth Recent Incident Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- In the fourth such incident in just nine days, Taiwanese aircraft on Wednesday warned off two People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft nearing the island's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
- Yet Another S. China Sea Survey by China, near Taiwan-occupied Pratas Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- China has begun a new deep sea survey in the South China Sea, near the Taiwan-occupied feature of Pratas, ship-tracking software shows.
- Trump Signs Uyghur Rights Act Into Law, Authorizing Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 into law on Wednesday, authorizing the use of sanctions against Chinese officials deemed complicit in the persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- China Imposes New Coronavirus Restrictions To Control New Outbreak VOA 17 Jun 2020 -- China's capital imposed new coronavirus restrictions Wednesday to try to control a new outbreak, while Brazil reported a record daily increase in confirmed cases and the number of deaths in the United States surpassed those the country suffered in World War One.
- How the Coronavirus Turned Southeast Asia into China's Top Trade Partner VOA 17 Jun 2020 -- A bloc of Southeast Asian countries has become China's biggest trading partner this year as economic activity picks up on both sides while slowing in wealthier parts of the world because of coronavirus outbreaks.
- Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 starts, Xi chairs PLA Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday chaired the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 in Beijing.
- Beijing beefs up testing ability Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has conducted nucleic acid tests on 356,000 people since Saturday, said a government official, noting that the city will round up key groups for testing, such as medical workers, those who live around residential compounds where confirmed infected people reside, and teachers and students who have already returned to school.
- Man cleaning frozen seafood at Tianjin Conrad hotel catches COVID-19 virus Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Tianjin reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case on Wednesday night, a 22-year-old man working at Tianjin's Conrad hotel. The patient has been washing dishes in the hotel since May 30, occasionally cleaning frozen seafood.
- Beijing suspends all schools as emergency response elevated to second highest level Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Students in Beijing were once again studying from home on Wednesday following the suspension of on-campus classes after the city's emergency response to a COVID-19 outbreak was elevated to the second highest level on Tuesday night.
- 31 provinces, regions tighten health checks on Beijing arrivals Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- As Beijing raised its response to Level II from Level III against the COVID-19 infection spike, and after four provinces reported confirmed cases related to the capital city's new outbreak, 31 provinces and regions in China have tightened health checks on arrivals from Beijing.
- Beijing's latest outbreak may have occurred a month earlier: head of Chinese CDC Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese experts differ on when the new outbreak in Beijing began and where exactly the virus originated. In the latest speculation, Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CDC), said the outbreak probably did not occur in early June or late May, but probably a month earlier.
- Beijing ramps up testing in wake of recent COVID-19 outbreak Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has conducted nucleic acid tests on 356,000 people since Saturday, said a government official, noting that the city will round up key groups of people for testing, such as medical workers, those who live around residential compounds where confirmed infection cases reside, and teachers and students who have already returned to schools.
- China CDC remobilizes P3 lab to facilitate COVID-19 nucleic acid testing in Beijing Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) on Wednesday remobilized its mobile P3 lab to facilitate COVID-19 nucleic acid testing in Beijing amid a renewed outbreak, according to China's state broadcaster.
- Beijing disinfects, conducts nucleic acid testing on all food markets, restaurants, canteens Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- On the first day that Beijing went back to emergency response level II, Beijing officials announced that the city would conduct comprehensive epidemic prevention inspection, environmental disinfection and nucleic acid testing on all food markets, restaurants and dining halls.
- Chinese foundation donates COVID-19 testing equipment to Greece Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- China's Mammoth Foundation has donated key laboratory testing equipment for COVID-19 to Greece to assist the country's fight against the pandemic.
- Chinese government donates 6th batch of anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to Pakistan Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese government on Tuesday donated the sixth batch of anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to Pakistan at the Islamabad International Airport to help the country fight against the pandemic.
- Chinese government donates 6th batch of anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to Pakistan People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese government on Tuesday donated the sixth batch of anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to Pakistan at the Islamabad International Airport to help the country fight against the pandemic.
- Cities step up measures as new outbreak puts Beijing into 'soft lockdown' Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- More COVID-19 cases connected to the capital's latest cluster of infections have been reported outside Beijing, as cities take further measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Five restaurant staff in Beijing confirmed contracted COVID-19 Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Five employees at a Sichuanese restaurant in Beijing's Fengtai district are now confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. Fengtai is where the Xinfadi wholesale food market is located, where the new outbreak of COVID-19 was discovered.
- Beijing COVID-19 patients develop atypical symptom of joint discomfort Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Medical workers have observed that some COVID-19 patients in Beijing have developed atypical symptoms such as joint discomfort.
- Beijing expands lockdown on residential communities amid new outbreak Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing is expanding its strict closed-off management to all residential communities, as the city raised its COVID-19 emergency response level to 2 from 3.
- High technology plays key role as Beijing combats new COVID-19 outbreak Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- As Beijing has raised the COVID-19 emergency response level to II from III, high technology including big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing is in play to help screen for the virus and prevent further spread.
- Beijing residents rush to take COVID-19 tests, as city tries to stifle new outbreak Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- As demand for nucleic acid tests surges in Beijing amid the latest COVID-19 outbreak, pressure is mounting on local medical care providers. Experts say residents not in high-risk communities should opt for tests at private third-party facilities to prevent cross infections and avert straining the city's public health care system.
- Outbreak in Beijing forces people to cancel plans, seek refunds Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- New COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing is likely to deal a blow to the revival of its tourism sector, with an analyst predicting a 30-40 percent year-on-year drop in revenue during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday next week.
- Beijing raises emergency response level People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing raised its public health emergency response from the third to the second level due to the new cluster of local COVID-19 infections and the number of confirmed cases in the city exceeding 100 over the past five days, a senior official announced on Tuesday.
- China's Guangdong conducts COVID-19 inspections on farmers' markets, restaurants People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- South China's Guangdong Province has started COVID-19-prevention inspections at over 1.9 million dining spots and 5,000 farmers' markets in the province, local authorities said Wednesday.
- Beijing suspends sports events, closes gyms due to COVID-19 spread People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports issued an urgent notice on Wednesday, suspending sports events as well as closing certain gyms as the capital city of China upgraded its emergency response to COVID-19 from level III to II.
- Beijing conducts nucleic acid tests on around 356,000 people People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has conducted nucleic acid tests on around 356,000 people as efforts to contain the resurgence of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases continue, local authorities said Wednesday.
- China's resolve to bolster COVID-19 global medical cooperation a boost to multilateralism, says expert People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- China's efforts to bolster COVID-19 medical ties with the rest of the world is strengthening global multilateralism, an expert said on Wednesday.
- Nine questions about Beijing's latest COVID-19 outbreak People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has reported 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday at midnight since the city reported the first case in the latest outbreak on last Thursday. Why did the outbreak happen in Beijing and what has the city has done after the outbreak began?
- North China's Hebei reports one new confirmed COVID-19 case People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- North China's Hebei Province reported one new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 case and three new asymptomatic cases on Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.
- Beijing reports 31 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 31 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and six new asymptomatic cases on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 11 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported 11 new imported COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,856, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 44 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 44 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, of which 33 were domestically transmitted and 11 were imported.
- China's Gansu reports 10 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Northwest China's Gansu Province reported 10 new imported COVID-19 cases from 8 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the provincial health commission said on Tuesday.
- Beijing Cancels Flights, Closes Down Schools as New COVID-19 Cases Surge Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- Beijing's two major airports canceled two-thirds of all their flights Wednesday, and the government has also shut down schools as the Chinese city faces a new COVID-19 outbreak.
- China urges India to investigate border incident Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- China demands that India carry out a thorough investigation into the incident, severely punish those who should be held accountable, strictly discipline Indian frontline troops, and immediately stop all provocative actions so as to ensure that such incidents do not happen again, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the Indian foreign minister during a phone call on Wednesday regarding the Monday border confrontation that caused casualties on both sides in the Galwan Valley.
- Chinese FM, Indian external affairs minister talk on phone over border conflicts Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese FM, Indian external affairs minister talk on phone over border conflicts.
- China, India are resolving border clashes through diplomatic, military channels: Chinese FM Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday that China and India are in close communication on resolving the border issues through diplomatic and military channels, after a fatal encounter, which Chinese experts called the most severe situation China and India have experienced along the border in decades, broke out on Monday between the two countries' border defense troops in the Galwan Valley.
- China, India in close communication over border conflicts: FM Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- China and India are in close communication on resolving relevant issues through both diplomatic and military channels, Chinese Foreign Minsitry spokesperson said on Wednesday on the recent border conflicts between the two countries.
- 'Soft landing' expected for China-India border clash: analysts Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- The latest border conflicts between China and India will likely see a "soft landing" just like many previous ones, despite the deadly clash on Monday, as both countries have kept a clear and careful mind to keep all frictions in check, which was highlighted by both sides' restrained statements and the fact that both countries' troops did not use guns, analysts said.
- English rendering of PM's remarks on the situation in India-China Border areas India PIB 17 Jun 2020
- Chinese military urges India to return to correct track of dialogue, negotiations People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson said Tuesday the Indian side should strictly restrain their frontline troops and return to the correct track of dialogue and negotiations to resolve the differences.
- China says willing to avoid further clashes with India in border dispute Press TV 17 Jun 2020 -- China has reiterated its intention to avoid any further confrontation with India in a border dispute that has resulted in their first deadly clashes in almost five decades.
- Sino-Indian Border Clash Unlikely to Escalate Further: Analysts Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- China's and India's foreign ministers spoke by phone following a military clash at their shared border in the western Himalayas, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday, as analysts said neither country will likely allow the situation to escalate.
- Not a Shot Fired: How the Skirmish That Killed 20 Indian Soldiers Unfolded Sputnik 17 Jun 2020
- India, China Trade Blame After Deadly Border Clash VOA 17 Jun 2020 -- The deadliest confrontation between India and China in nearly five decades that killed 20 Indian soldiers represents a dangerous escalation of their long-simmering border dispute and the path to a resolution will not be easy for two countries led by nationalist leaders, say analysts.
- China Orders Prayer Flags Taken Down in Tibet in an Assault on Culture, Faith Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese authorities in Tibet have ordered the destruction of prayer flags in many parts of the region in one of China's most direct assaults to date on visible symbols of Tibetan culture and religious belief, sources in the region say.
- China sends new high-resolution remote sensing satellite into space Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- China successfully sent another high-resolution remote sensing satellite, the Gaofen 9-03, into designated orbit on Wednesday via a Long March-2D carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
- Russia, China Put at Risk US Military Space Superiority, Pentagon Says Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- The United States maintains a lead over Russia and China in military space capabilities, but is challenged by the pace of their development, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Stephen Kitay told reporters on Wednesday.
- Phone call between External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi India MEA 17 Jun 2020 -- The External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China, H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, had a phone conversation this afternoon on recent developments in Ladakh.
- China launches revised regulations on education in military academies PLA Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), signed an order a few days ago to launch the newly-revised Regulations on the Education in Military Academies(Trial). The new regulations will take effect on July 1, 2020.
- Chinese peacekeepers complete camp cleanup tasks for UNAMID in Sudan's Darfur PLA Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- China's construction engineering contingent to Darfur in Sudan have completed the cleanup tasks for 10 camps of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) as of June 15. This move will better benefit the local people and lay a solid foundation for the camp handover, which is of great significance for the continuous promotion of peace-building in the Darfur region of Sudan.
- Chinese peacekeepers in Sudan complete environmental clean-up task in 10 UN camps PLA Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- China's 15th batch of peacekeeping force of engineers to Darfur in Sudan has completed the environmental clean-up task in ten camps of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) on June 15.
- China Pledges to Cancel African Debt Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, President Says Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- China will cancel the debt of several African countries in the form of interest-free government loans and will accelerate the construction of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) headquarters, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, amid the global coronavirus disease epidemic.
- Statement by the President The White House 17 Jun 2020
- Trump Signs Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 Allowing US to Impose New Sanctions on China Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- The act is set to impose sanctions against entities and individuals in China that are allegedly responsible for "human rights abuse" against Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang, which China repeatedly denied.
- G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Hong Kong US Dept. of State 17 Jun 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union.
- Top legislature may propose draft of natl security law for HK at this week's session: HK coalition head Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- China's top legislature will speed up formulating the national security law for Hong Kong, a senior official from the legislature said.
- Official allays concerns over HK security law Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, Hong Kong secretary for justice, told the Global Times on Tuesday that, based on the understanding of the fourth item of the decision made by National People's Congress on May 28, the Department of Justice of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Court will take the main responsibility for prosecution and judicial work after the national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) is established.
- Hong Kong's unemployment rate hits record high in over 15 years Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong's unemployment rate increased to 5.9 percent in the period from March to May 2020, surpassing the peak in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis and hitting a record high in more than 15 years, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Tuesday.
- Rights Groups Call on Beijing to Scrap Hong Kong Subversion Law Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- More than 80 human rights groups from around the world have called on Beijing to scrap its plan to impose draconian subversion legislation on Hong Kong, saying the move will destroy freedoms promised to the city under the 1997 handover agreement.
- China urges India to restrain Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- In an event that Chinese experts call the most severe situation China and India have experienced along the border in decades, a fatal physical clash broke out on Monday between the two countries' border defense troops in the Galwan Valley.
- Update: PLA warplanes conduct consecutive missions near Taiwan Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes have approached Taiwan island at least four times in just nine days, with the latest being aircraft including J-10 fighter jets and Y-8 aircraft again entering the island's southwestern "airspace," media reported Wednesday. This shows that this kind of operation by the PLA has become normalized and will put huge pressure on secessionists, analysts said.
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