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22 June 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Uyghur Diaspora Calls on Trump to Sanction Chinese Officials Over Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 22 Jun 2020 -- Members of the Uyghur diaspora in the U.S. and Canada have called on U.S. President Donald Trump to immediately enact sanctions against Chinese officials complicit in rights abuses in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) under legislation he signed last week.
- China's Virus Tracking Technology Sparks Privacy Concerns VOA 22 Jun 2020 -- While battling a new cluster of COVID-19 infections, authorities in Beijing have been quick to make use of geo-spatial information, collected through mobile tracking devices in people's smartphones to identify and isolate potential virus carriers.
- Beijing outbreak to ease this week Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Experts estimated the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing will ease this week after the capital reported nine new cases on Sunday, the first time the city's daily new cases fell to single digits since June 12.
- Dominant global viral strain found in Beijing cases Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- The coronavirus mutation discovered to be currently dominating the world has been pinpointed as the cause of the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing, which experts say indicates that the virus was imported from outside China.
- Beijing epidemic not second outbreak, cases likely to drop: top expert Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Yang Gonghuan, former vice director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Global Times on Monday that the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Beijing is on a small scale and not the start of second wave of the epidemic, adding that the cases will continue to decline.
- Tianjin hotel staff gets novel coronavirus from asymptomatic chef: local CDC Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Public fear over the mysterious COVID-19 infection case in North China's Tianjin was dispelled after the source of his infection was identified. But experts warned that the novel coronavirus threatens epidemiological investigations.
- Over 40 mysterious respiratory deaths in California could rewrite narrative of COVID-19: report Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- More than 40 California deaths are waiting for a decision by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on whether to test for COVID-19, and any positive finding among them "could dramatically rewrite the narrative of COVID-19" in the country, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
- Shanghai reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- Shanghai reported three new imported COVID-19 cases and no increase in locally transmitted cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.
- China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- No newly confirmed, asymptomatic or suspected COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of 18 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, of whom 11 were domestically transmitted and seven were imported.
- Chinese mainland reports 7 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported seven new imported COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,876, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- China's Hebei reports 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- North China's Hebei Province reported two new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
- Beijing reports 9 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- Beijing reported nine newly confirmed domestically-transmitted COVID-19 cases, two suspected cases and five asymptomatic cases Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.
- Beijing doubles daily nucleic acid testing capacity to over 230,000 People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The daily nucleic acid testing capacity of Beijing had surged from 100,000 to more than 230,000 as of Saturday amid efforts to contain the resurgence of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases.
- Nationalists of India 'blindly optimistic' over Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- The trilateral foreign ministers' video meeting including China, Russia and India, expected to take place on Tuesday, is anticipated to cool down recent China-India border tensions, while Indian media has given rolling coverage of India mobilizing its armed forces towards the frontline on its border in Ladakh.
- Indian, Chinese top military commanders hold talks after deadly border confrontation Press TV 22 Jun 2020 -- Top military commanders of India and China have held a second round of talks amid rising tensions at their contested border.
- India, China Holding Corps Commander-Level Talks in Ladakh - Indian Army Sources Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- Indian and Chinese forces are holding a meeting at the corps commander level in the border region of Ladakh amid the escalated tensions, sources in the Indian Army said on Monday.
- China Sends Ship as Warning to Vietnam: No Court Case, No Oil Drilling VOA 22 Jun 2020 -- China sent a survey vessel through waters claimed by its maritime sovereignty rival Vietnam this month to warn Hanoi against starting new energy exploration projects and filing any motions in an international court, observers say.
- Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ for 8th time in June CNA 22 Jun 2020 -- Two Chinese military aircraft were spotted entering Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday for a second day in a row and the sixth time in seven days according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- US state dept. designates 4 Chinese news organizations as foreign missions Press TV 22 Jun 2020 -- The United States is designating four Chinese media organizations with operations in the US as foreign missions.
- Briefing With Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell On Designating Additional PRC State Media Entities as Foreign Missions US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2020
- US Designates Four Chinese Outlets as Foreign Missions VOA 22 Jun 2020 -- The United States has designated four more Chinese state-run outlets as "foreign missions," a move that U.S. officials said will "not prevent them from reporting legitimate news" but to "increase transparency" relating to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and what Washington called Beijing government's "propaganda activities" in the U.S.
- Designation of Additional Chinese Media Entities as Foreign Missions US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2020 -- "Over the past decade and particularly under General Secretary Xi Jinping's tenure, the CCP has reorganized China's state propaganda outlets disguised as news agencies and asserted even more direct control over them."
- Businessman to serve 9 months in prison for espionage CNA 22 Jun 2020 -- A Taiwanese businessman surnamed Tu (凃), who had implemented a plan more than 10 years ago to obtain and pass on Taiwan military documents to China, will serve a prison sentence of nine months, as the Supreme Court on Monday rejected his final appeal.
- China does not approve of further tension over Iran nuclear program: Foreign Ministry Press TV 22 Jun 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian says his country opposes any measure leading to exacerbation of tensions over the Iranian nuclear program in the wake of the recent adoption of an anti-Iran resolution by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- Beijing Says Maximum Pressure on Iran Won't Resolve Concerns Over Tehran's Nuclear Programme Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- Exerting maximum pressure on Tehran will not help in any way in resolving the situation around Iran's nuclear programme and will not eliminate the concerns of the parties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Monday, commenting on a recent statement from the European countries.
- Chinese military improves blood support capability in peacetime and wartime PLA Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- On the arrival of the 17th World Blood Donor Day, initiated by the Bethune Charitable Foundation and hosted by the PLA General Hospital, a large-scale public welfare campaign sponsored by hundreds of hospitals and blood collection and supply institutions nationwide has been successfully carried out by June 20, 2020. All the PLA's blood centers have widely organized voluntary blood donating activities during the campaign.
- China issues regulations on economic responsibility audit of military officials PLA Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The general office of the Central Military Commission has issued a set of regulations on the economic responsibility audit of senior military officials, which will take effect on July 1.
- China announces name of its deep-sea manned submersible PLA Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- China has named its new deep-sea manned submersible "Fendouzhe," which means "striver" in Chinese.
- Pompeo's accusation reflects Cold War mentality, spreads 'political virus': FM Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday that China continues to oppose groundless accusations by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and urged him to stop spreading "political virus."
- Chinese FM refutes claim prosecution of 2 Canadians 'revenge' for Meng Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday stressed that two Canadians were prosecuted in China for allegedly endangering China's national security, and that there is no such a thing as "arbitrary" detention, refuting accusations that the prosecution is revenge for Huawei's senior executive Meng Wanzhou's case.
- Canada to face consequences when China-US ties improve in the future Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Tighter rules and stepped-up scrutiny of food imports are steps China is taking to curb a resurgence of COVID-19, rather than an excuse to target any specific country for a political reason as some Canadian exporters have claimed, Chinese experts said, urging exporters to respect the nation's rules if they want to make profits in China.
- China: Espionage cases of Canadians irrelevant to Huawei CFO prosecution Press TV 22 Jun 2020 -- Beijing has dismissed Ottawa's attempts to link the espionage charges brought against two Canadian citizens to the ongoing extradition case in Canada of a Huawei senior executive.
- United States Stands with Canada Against China's Arbitrary Detention of Canadian Citizens US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2020 -- "The United States is extremely concerned by the People's Republic of China's (PRC) decision to proceed with formal charges against Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor."
- National security law preserves HK judiciary Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- After the draft law to safeguard national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was reviewed by China's top legislature and some details were released on Saturday , Western countries, media, Hong Kong opposition politicians and some legal professionals said they fear the law would harm the city's judicial independence. But senior Hong Kong legal experts said the draft law is in accordance with the Basic Law.
- National security law essential for Hong Kong: Carrie Lam Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- The national security law for Hong Kong is an essential step that cannot be missed out, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday, calling the law an important measure that will allow firms and individuals to remain confident in Hong Kong.
- China's top legislature likely to enact national security law for HK at next session by July 1 Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Hours after China revealed the details of the draft of the national security law for Hong Kong, the country's top legislature set the date for the next session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, during which the highly anticipated law is likely to be enacted to end the chaos and rampage throughout the city that has become "a base of subversive activities" instigated by the West over the years.
- HK leader highlights confidence in future economy Global Times 22 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong's leader has expressed full confidence in the city's recovery and future rise to an even higher level, as long as it adheres to and improves the "one country, two systems" principle, cracks down on lawbreakers who endanger national security, puts an end to violence and chaos and makes good use of its advantages. The Belt and Road Initiative will also play a vital role for Hong Kong's economy.
- China to Pass Draconian Sedition, Subversion Law For Hong Kong 'Soon' Radio Free Asia 22 Jun 2020 -- China looks set to forge ahead with draconian new legislation targeting acts of "secession, sedition and subversion" in Hong Kong, with a vote likely in its National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee this week, a top adviser to Beijing has said.
- Xinjiang's counter-terrorism, de-radicalization achievements undeniable People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The so-called "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020" recently signed into law by the U.S. deliberately defames the human right conditions in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, slanders the autonomous region's achievements in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization, and grossly interferes in China's domestic affairs.
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