Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
19 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Europe and the China Challenge US Dept. of State 19 Jun 2020 -- Speech by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- US Should 'Immediately Enforce' Sanctions on Chinese Officials For Abuses in Xinjiang: Religious Freedom Panel Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump should "immediately enforce" sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for rights abuses in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as authorized by an act of Congress he signed into law this week, according to a panel on religious freedom.
- Hong Kong: Draft law on national security must comply with rights obligations UN News 19 Jun 2020 -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that her office was closely following developments as China's top legislative body, the National People's Congress, holds talks on a proposed national security law for Hong Kong.
- Australia Says it Has Been Target of 'State-Based' Cyberattacks VOA 19 Jun 2020 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday that a major cyberattack by a "sophisticated state-based actor" has hit the nation.
- China's CDC experts investigate Xinfadi market three times, announce groundbreaking virus tracing discovery Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- An initial epidemiological survey shows the coronavirus strain detected at the Xinfadi market in Beijing came from Europe, yet it has existed longer than the current coronavirus strain circulating in Europe, Chinese virologists inferred. They say it is possible that the virus did not mutate during transport as it has been sealed in frozen food, stored in cold and damp conditions.
- China submits latest genome sequence to WHO at record speed Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- From Beijing's Xinfadi market, where the capital's outbreak flared up, virologists from China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took substantial coronavirus-positive samples three times and published a groundbreaking discovery that the virus causing Beijing's latest outbreak came from Europe, yet it has existed longer than the coronavirus strain in Europe, or may be more contagious.
- Food and packaging can be contaminated with coronavirus, expert warns Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- Food and packaging can be contaminated with coronavirus if the nearby environment has been polluted, a food safety expert warned at the regular news briefing in Beijing on Friday, adding that virus pollution could occur in wholesale markets and supermarkets.
- China provides coronavirus sequence data from Beijing on new platform Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- China published the genome sequencing data of Beijing's recent outbreak late Thursday on a national novel coronavirus information system, China's first coronavirus sequence information sharing platform built amid the Wuhan outbreak. Chinese health experts said it improved China's technology shortcomings in dealing with infectious diseases, and is also conducive to the open and transparent sharing of coronavirus information globally.
- Scientists suspect existence of COVID-19 super spreader at Xinfadi market Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- A large amount of samples taken from the Xinfadi market in Beijing tested positive for coronavirus. Beijing reported 183 infections within a week, all related to Xinfadi. This propelled experts to speculate that a super spreader may have existed, and finding the spreader is vital to containing the virus in Beijing.
- Virus in Beijing's Xinfadi from Europe, but older: China CDC Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- The novel coronavirus found in Beijing's recent outbreak at Xinfadi market has come from Europe, but it is older than Europe's most recent virus, said Chinese health officials.
- Expert: Beijing's outbreak controlled People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- The recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Beijing is under control as the city has seen a decline in confirmed cases, but the caseload will continue to grow for some time, health expert Wu Zunyou said on Thursday.
- China's economic recovery continues in May with COVID-19 largely under control: expert People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- China's economic recovery continued in May with consumer spending, manufacturing and investment all "bouncing back strongly" and the COVID-19 pandemic largely under control, according to a U.S. investment expert.
- China's Hebei reports 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- North China's Hebei Province reported two new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and one new asymptomatic case on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
- China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic or suspected COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, of which 28 were domestically transmitted and four were imported.
- Beijing reports 25 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported 25 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and two new asymptomatic cases on Thursday, the municipal health commission said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 4 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported four new imported COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,864, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- Beijing reports eight COVID-19 cluster infections related to Xinfadi market People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported a total of eight COVID-19 cluster infections related to the Xinfadi wholesale farm produce market by the end of Wednesday, local health authority said on Thursday.
- Beijing tightens control of personnel flow to curb COVID-19 infections People's Daily 19 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has published a slew of measures to tighten the control of personnel flow following the emergence of several new clusters of COVID-19 infections, a security official said at a press conference Thursday.
- Beijing Pressures Critics as Pandemic Returns VOA 19 Jun 2020 -- As Beijing moves to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities have clamped down on citizen journalists.
- China provides new medical supplies to Sudan to bolster anti-coronavirus fight Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese government on Thursday provided a new batch of medical supplies to Sudan to boost its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
- China says potential US decision to end ties 'will only hurt Americans' Press TV 19 Jun 2020 -- China has responded to President Donald Trump's recent threat to cut ties with Beijing, warning that the move "will only hurt American citizens."
- Trump renews threat to cut ties with China Press TV 19 Jun 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has renewed his threat to sever relations with China, saying Washington could pursue a "complete decoupling from" Beijing.
- Pompeo Says If China Wants to Rise, It Should Do So Based on 'Western Rules Set' Sputnik 19 Jun 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that if China wants to rise, it should do so based on a Western set of rules.
- 2 Canadians prosecuted in China for spying with 'abundant evidence' Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- On Friday, two Canadian nationals, former diplomat Michael John Kovrig, and his intelligence contact Michael Peter Todd Spavor, were prosecuted by the procuratorates in Beijing and Dandong, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, respectively, for spying on China's national secrets and collecting classified intelligence.
- China Charges Canada's 'Two Michaels' With Espionage Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- Authorities in China said on Friday they have indicted two Canadian nationals -- Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor -- on spying charges, after arresting them in the days following the arrest of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
- China's Local Bond Binge Sparks Debt Concerns Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- As China's government seeks to revive the economy, it has so far steered clear of excessive infrastructure spending, hoping to avoid the effects of building binges in the past.
- Hong Kong Protest Leaders to Run in September's General Election Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- Former 2014 protest leader Joshua Wong announced he will run in forthcoming elections for Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo), in spite of concerns that he could be targeted for political reprisals by Beijing.
- US Uygur bill can't disrupt Xinjiang's stability: regional spokesperson Global Times 19 Jun 2020 -- The government of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and people of all ethnic groups denounce and oppose the US Uygur bill, and by no means can it disrupt Xinjiang's prosperity and stability, Xinjiang regional government spokesperson told a press conference on Friday.
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