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09 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese Embassy warns of unknown pneumonia deadlier than COVID-19 in Kazakhstan Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan on Thursday warned Chinese citizens living in the country of a local pneumonia of unknown cause, which has a "much higher" fatality rate than COVID-19.
- Beijing continues to discharge COVID-19 patients as pandemic wreaks global havoc Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in other regions around the globe, Beijing has repeatedly sent out good news - on Wednesday alone, a total of 32 patients in the capital city were cured and discharged from hospitals, the highest number in a single day since the recent outbreak which started in mid-June.
- Beijing reports no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for 3rd consecutive day People's Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- Beijing on Wednesday reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19, the municipal health commission said Thursday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday and all of them were imported.
- Chinese mainland reports 9 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported nine new imported COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,958, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- China seeks international COVID-19 research projects cooperation People's Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- China plans to support international cooperation research projects on drugs, vaccines, test kits, and traditional Chinese medicine to fight COVID-19.
- China, India to hold new round of commander-level talks: Chinese FM Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- The border troops of China and India have been taking effective measures in disengagement, and the two sides will hold a new round of commander-level talks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
- India, China Agree to Continue Dialogue to De-Escalate Border Row, New Delhi Says Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- Indian and Chinese negotiators have agreed to continue holding frank and open dialogue to de-escalate border tension along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh region, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday.
- Chinese Defense Ministry slams Pentagon for South China Sea drill accusation Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- By accusing China's military exercises near the Xisha Islands of causing instability in the South China Sea, the US Defense Ministry disregarded the facts, confused right from wrong, and attempted to alienate countries in the region and reap unfair gains, China's Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
- Taiwan urges citizens to reconsider traveling to China CNA 09 Jul 2020 -- Taiwan's top government agency in charge of China affairs on Thursday called on Taiwanese nationals to avoid traveling to Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, citing the increased risk of facing prosecution on allegations of violating the newly implemented Hong Kong national security law.
- Chinese Fishing Trawlers Cleaning Out The Persian Gulf, Iran Daily Reports Radio Farda 09 Jul 2020 -- Under the cover of night, Chinese vessels are illegally cleaning out fish resources in the Persian Gulf, a pro-reform Iranian daily, Sharq (Orient) disclosed on Wednesday, July 8.
- Researcher Charged with Illegally Using U.S. Grant Funds to Develop Scientific Expertise for China US Dept. of Justice 09 Jul 2020 -- A rheumatology professor and researcher with strong ties to China has been ordered held without bond to face a charge of grant fraud for not disclosing that he was engaged in a sophisticated scheme to use approximately $4.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop China's expertise in the areas of rheumatology and immunology.
- On Arms Control Negotiations with China US Dept. of State 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States welcomes China's commitment to engage in arms control negotiations. As such, prudent next steps will need to include face-to-face meetings between the United States and China.
- PLA holds mock air defense battles amid frequent US aerial reconnaissance Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is holding mock air defense battles in the coastal region of South China's Guangdong Province, a location that has seen frequent aerial close-in reconnaissance operations by US military aircraft in the past few days.
- Department of Arms Control and Disarmament Holds Briefing for International Arms Control and Disarmament Issues PLA Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- On June 8th, 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a press briefing for Chinese and international media outlets. Mr. FU Cong, Director General of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, elaborated China's position on current international arms control and disarmament issues, including China's accession to the Arms Trade Treaty, the so-called China-US-Russia trilateral arms control negotiation, and the Compliance Report on arms control agreements issued by the US State Department.
- China reiterates it will not join so-called China-U.S.-Russia arms control negotiations PLA Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- China on Wednesday stressed that it has no plans to join the U.S. and Russia in their talks to renew a nuclear arms control treaty.
- China Should Meet Russia to Consider Next Steps for Arms Control Talks, US State Department Says Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States recommends that China and Russia hold a meeting soon to discuss next steps in order to launch trilateral discussions on arms control, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Thursday.
- Failure to remove information harmful to national security brings legal liability: HK security chief Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- Publishers, network and service providers who fail to remove information that threatens national security should be held accountable, said Hong Kong's security head, after social media giants, such as Facebook, Twitter and Telegram decided to "pause" the sharing of data with Hong Kong authorities.
- HK government suggests new civil servants sign on to support Basic Law, pledge allegiance to SAR Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government on Wednesday suggested to legislators that new civil servants who joined after July 1 should sign documents to confirm their support of the Basic Law, and pledge allegiance to the SAR.
- China condemns Aussie's HK-related moves as interference in internal affairs Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- China deplores and opposes the groundless accusations made by the Australian government on Hong Kong issue, calling it a violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations and gross interference in China's internal affairs.
- Central gov't firmly supports office for safeguarding national security in HKSAR People's Daily 09 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday voiced firm support for the office for safeguarding national security of the central people's government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
- China says Australia's decision on Hong Kong meddling in internal affairs Press TV 09 Jul 2020 -- China says Australia is meddling in its internal affairs by suspending an extradition treaty with the government of semi-autonomous Hong Kong and extending visas for those of the city's residents who are currently in Australia.
- China Says Reserves Right to Respond to Australia's New Polices on Hong Kong Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- China reserves the right to respond to Australia's new policies of extending immigration options for Hong Kong residents and halting its extradition agreement with the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Thursday.
- Australia Offers Safe Haven to Hongkongers in Wake of Draconian Security Law Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- Australia on Thursday said it was suspending its extradition agreement with China and extending stays for visa-holders from Hong Kong, after the ruling Chinese Communist Party imposed a draconian security law on the city that threatens anyone criticising the authorities or showing support for the protest movement.
- Australia Suspends Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong VOA 09 Jul 2020 -- Australia is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to the new national security law imposed on the city by China.
- US, Allies Increasingly Agree on Need to Confront China VOA 09 Jul 2020 -- U.S. allies are growing increasingly vocal about their willingness to push back against China on the global stage, falling in line with Washington's desires to rein in Beijing despite continued differences on how to move forward.
- China hopes for 'reasonable' US Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- China continues to try its best to convince the US to stop dangerous approaches to deal with the ties, and to be sincere at dialogues to solve problems, said Chinese foreign minister in a speech at an online forum with more than 30 top diplomats and experts around the world on the direction of China-US relations.
- Pompeo's 'nonsense' remarks on China bore audience: FM Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday urged US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stop talking about credibility, truth or responsibility, as the US is the biggest troublemaker and has been morally bankrupt.
- China-US relations face most serious challenge since establishment of ties: FM Global Times 09 Jul 2020 -- China-US relations are facing their most serious challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday, noting that he hoped that the US will build a more objective understanding of China, and a more rational policy toward the country.
- China says relations with US facing most serious challenge ever Press TV 09 Jul 2020 -- China says its relations with the United states are facing the most serious challenge since their establishment, urging the two countries to send out more "positive energy."
- China-US Relations Face Biggest Challenges Since Establishment of Ties, Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- Beijing-Washington relations are at the lowest level since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday during a China-US think tank media forum.
- 'It's Been Years, But There's Been No News': Uyghur Missing 35 Family Members in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- Memetrusul Hesen an ethnic Uyghur from Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) who is currently living in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has not had any form of contact with 35 members of his family, all of whom live back in Kashgar's Kargilik (Yecheng) county, for more than four years.
- Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity and Officials Pursuant to Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act US Treasury 09 Jul 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned one Chinese government entity and four current or former government officials in connection with serious rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- The United States Imposes Sanctions and Visa Restrictions in Response to the Ongoing Human Rights Violations and Abuses in Xinjiang US Dept. of State 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith.
- US Levels Long-Awaited Sanctions on Chinese Officials For Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's administration leveled long-awaited sanctions Thursday against several top Chinese officials deemed responsible for internment camps and other human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- U.S. Sanctions Chinese Officials Over 'Horrific' Abuse Of Uyghurs, Ethnic Kazakhs RFE/RL 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials for "horrific and systematic" human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minority groups in the western Xinjiang region.
- US Sanctions Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, 4 Chinese Officials Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States has imposed Global Magnitsky sanctions on the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB) and four current or former Chinese officials, the US Department of the Treasury said in a press release on Thursday.
- Chinese Lawyers Mark 5th Anniversary of July 9 Crackdown Radio Free Asia 09 Jul 2020 -- China's embattled legal profession on Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of a nationwide crackdown targeting more than 300 law firms, human rights attorneys and associated activists that began with the arrest of lawyers Wang Yu and Bao Longjun and colleagues at the now-shuttered Beijing Fengrui law firm on July 9, 2015.
- China to Further Use Panama Canal as Important Means to Encourage Global Trade, Beijing Says Sputnik 09 Jul 2020 -- China, which actively promotes economic globalization, will further develop friendly relations with Panama and use the Panama Canal to encourage global trade, the office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson said ahead of the centenary anniversary since the canal's official opening to commerce, marked on 12 July.
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