Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
13 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea US Dept. of State 13 Jul 2020 -- The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region - the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.
- US Toughens Stance on South China Sea, Calls Chinese Claims Illegal Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- The United States on Monday announced a tougher stance against China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea, declaring them illegal and accusing Beijing of treating the disputed waters as a "maritime empire."
- US: China's Claims in South China Sea 'Completely Unlawful' VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- The United States said Monday China's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are "completely unlawful," as is Beijing's campaign of bullying to control them.
- How Discovery of Fresh Water Bolsters China Claims in Disputed Sea VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- Discovery of a rare freshwater reserve under one of its land holdings in a widely disputed sea gives China a boost in occupying the islet and offers it a new defense for its sovereignty claims if they land in international court.
- Oil Company Pulls Out of Vietnamese Oil Field as China Puts the Squeeze on Vietnam Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- Vietnam has cancelled its contract with an oil rig originally meant to begin exploring at an oil field near Vanguard Bank, off Vietnam's southeastern coast, the owner of the rig has confirmed.
- A Reporter Looks Back: China Should Never Underestimate India Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- The current standoff between the Chinese and Indian Armies in the Himalayas took me back nearly five decades to a time when India was battling its then arch-rival Pakistan.
- China Imposes Harsh Controls on Anniversary of Revered Lama's Death Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- Authorities in western China's Sichuan province have imposed tight controls on the movements of Tibetans in Lithang, hometown of revered lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, five years after the well-loved religious teacher's death under suspicious circumstances in a Chinese prison, Tibetan sources say.
- Chinese firm's upgrade of Tanzania's largest port set to bolster handling capacity Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Large vessels from across the world will soon be able to anchor in Tanzania's largest Dar es Salaam Port following upgrades undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).
- Two WHO experts arrive in China as part of global coronavirus tracing work Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Two experts from the WHO have arrived in China to carry out coronavirus tracing work, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Monday, adding that China and the WHO have reached a consensus that virus tracing is a matter of science, and the organization will conduct similar investigations in other parts of the world.
- HK blood donor confirmed with COVID-19 Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- A confirmed COVID-19 patient in Hong Kong was revealed on Monday to have donated blood before being confirmed infected, and the news sparked fear of coronavirus infections through blood transfusions, as the city reels from a rebounding epidemic and is stepping up efforts to curb the spread of the new outbreak
- China prepares for epidemic rebound in autumn, winter Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Chinese cities such as Wuhan and Beijing are planning for a new wave of the coronavirus epidemic in the autumn and winter as the nation - where the epidemic has been basically brought under control - still faces risks.
- Beijing clears epidemic high-risk area in wake of new coronavirus cluster Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing municipal authorities announced on Monday that the only high epidemic risk area, Huaxiang, located in Fengtai district, lowered its risk level to medium, bringing the total number of medium-risk areas in the capital to seven.
- Beijing sees zero new COVID-19 for seven consecutive days Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing saw zero newly confirmed COVID-19 cases for the seventh consecutive day on Sunday, with 14 more patients being discharged from hospitals.
- 80,000 environmental samples in Wuhan test negative for COVID-19 Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Central China's Wuhan in Hubei Province has collected over 80,000 environmental samples in a month, all of which have tested negative for COVID-19.
- Beijing residents suggested to wear gloves while shopping for fruit, veggies and seafood Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing health authorities suggest residents wear gloves while shopping and handling vegetables, fruits and seafood after the novel coronavirus was detected on the packaging of imported shrimp.
- HK govt announces toughest social-distancing rule to combat COVID-19 flare-ups Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has adopted the most drastic social-distancing rule and vowed to expand the city's testing amid COVID-19 infection flare-ups, which experts called the most serious situation the city has faced since the outbreak.
- Work starts on Zhejiang's COVID-19 vaccine production base Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Construction started on the first COVID-19 vaccine production base in East China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday in the Ningbo Free Trade Zone, and the facility is expected to be put in use in March next year.
- China-developed monoclonal antibody treatment targeting COVID-19 completes subject dosing in phase 1 trial Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- All human participants in a phase 1 clinical trial for a China-produced monoclonal antibody treatment targeting COVID-19 have received the treatment, announced one of its developers, Chinese biopharmaceutical company Junshi Biosciences, on Monday. No dose-limiting event (DLE) has been observed as of Sunday, the company said, indicating good tolerability and safety.
- China recalls Ecuadorian shrimp from three companies after COVID-19 risks found Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- Local authorities and e-commerce platforms have started to recall Ecuadorian white shrimp after it was announced on Friday that shipments from three companies had tested positive for coronavirus, according to media reports.
- Digital technologies help China curb spread of COVID-19 People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- At eight o'clock in the morning, just weeks after Beijing's recent COVID-19 outbreak, 26-year-old art student Jiang Shan decided to visit the reopened National Museum of China. To enter the museum, he had to pass three checkpoints, get his ID card scanned, and most importantly, show his green health code to the guards.
- Shanghai reports 1 new imported COVID-19 case People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- Shanghai reported one new imported COVID-19 case and no increase in domestically transmitted cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said Monday.
- China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic, or suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports 8 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported eight new imported COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,979, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, and all of them were imported.
- Beijing reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for 7th day People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Monday that it received reports of eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, and all of them were imported.
- Beijing reports no new COVID-19 case for seven straight days People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing recorded no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 case on Sunday for the seventh day in a row. The total number of cases stands at 335 since a cluster outbreak was discovered at Xinfadi market on June 11, the municipal health commission said on Monday.
- Explainer: Anger Among Iranians Over Long-Term Deal With China RFE/RL 13 Jul 2020 -- Iran is negotiating a controversial 25-year agreement with China that has led to accusations that parts of Iran are being sold to Beijing.
- FM spox says foreign elements behind attacks to Iran-China 25-year draft document IRNA 13 Jul 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Monday said the smear campaign against the 25-year draft document for comprehensive cooperation between Tehran and Beijing has foreign roots.
- Iran-China ties to enter new phase by correct track laying: Mousavi ISNA 13 Jul 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that Iran- China relations will enter a new phase by the correct track laying.
- Iran-China deal to ditch dollar, bypass US sanctions: Leader's advisor Press TV 13 Jul 2020 -- An advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says a pending roadmap for strategic partnership between Iran and China is to help ditch the dollar in bilateral trade and bypass illegal and unilateral US sanctions.
- Zarif Dismisses Criticism Of China Pact As 'Rumors' By Ill-Wishers Radio Farda 13 Jul 2020 -- A top lawmaker in Iran has said that foreign minister Javad Zarif defended the Iran-China cooperation pact proposed document and told parliament today that talk about selling an island and cheap oil to China are mere rumors.
- 'Iran open to long-term roadmaps for cooperation with friendly countries' Press TV 13 Jul 2020 -- The Foreign Ministry says Iran is ready for setting out roadmaps similar to the one that is in the works with China, with other friendly countries, saying attacks targeting the pending arrangement with Beijing are definitely being orchestrated from abroad.
- China Rejects US Nuclear Talks Invitation as Beijing Adds to Its Arsenal VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- China has rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear talks with the United States and Russia, raising fears that nuclear weapons will become a new issue of contention between Washington and Beijing.
- 19th Chinese peacekeeping multi-functional engineering detachment to Lebanon ready to set out People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- On the morning of July 10, a gathering was held to mark the establishment of the 19th Chinese peacekeeping multi-functional engineering detachment to Lebanon.
- Chinese tracking ship Yuanwang-6 sets sail on monitoring missions PLA Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- China's space tracking ship Yuanwang-6 departed from a port in east China's Jiangsu Province Monday for multiple spacecraft monitoring missions.
- China mass producing advanced J-20B warplanes as tensions rise with US Press TV 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing has reportedly begun mass producing a modified version of its fifth-generation Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jets amid escalating China-US tensions, which have given rise to fears of a military conflict between the two sides.
- Beijing Places 'Heavy Orders' as J-20B Stealth Fighter Enters Mass Production Sputnik 13 Jul 2020 -- The world's third operational fifth-generation aircraft, the Chengdu J-20 "Weilong," has entered mass production, according to insider reports. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has reportedly placed a large order, now that many of the jet's early problems have been sorted out.
- Hong Kong to Probe Democratic Camp Primaries For Subversion Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Monday said the authorities are investigating whether or not the weekend's primaries, which saw more than 600,000 people show up to select pro-democracy candidates in September's Legislative Council (LegCo) elections, were in breach of a draconian security law recently imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
- Over 600,000 Hong Kongers Vote in Opposition Primary VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- Over 600,000 Hong Kongers cast their ballots in the democratic camp primaries elections over the weekend, far exceeding the organizer's expected turnout in a poll widely seen as a sign of continuing opposition to the new national security law imposed by Beijing.
- HK 'opposition camp primaries' 'a political farce' Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- The "Hong Kong pan-democracy camp" or opposition camp's so-called primary election is a political farce and mobilization for disrupting Legislative Council (LegCo) elections in September, mainland analysts said.
- HK to prepare for spike in youths in correctional facilities: dept chief Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- The head of Hong Kong's Correctional Services Department (CSD) said a large number of young people are expected to be put into correctional institutions in the future, and the CSD will expand manpower and strengthen civic education for them.
- China Announces Sanctions Against US Lawmakers Over Uighur Issue VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- China has imposed sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers in retaliation for Trump administration's sanctions imposed over Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.
- China imposes reciprocal sanctions on US officials, organization over Xinjiang-related issues Global Times 13 Jul 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Monday announced sanctions against the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, US Senator Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Republican Chris Smith, following the US' sanctions on Chinese officials over the Xinjiang issue.
- China sanctions US officials in retaliation for bans over Uighur Muslims Press TV 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing has slapped sanctions on US officials, including two senators, in response to Washington's recent bans against senior Chinese officials over allegations of mistreating the Uighur Muslim community in the western Xinjiang region.
- China Levels Retaliatory Sanctions on US Officials Over Xinjiang Measures Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- Beijing announced sanctions Monday on U.S. officials and a government agency in retaliation for ones leveled last week by the Trump administration against Chinese officials deemed responsible for abuses in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- China Sanctions US Officials, Including Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz Over Uighur Issue Sputnik 13 Jul 2020 -- In late May, the House of Representatives passed a bill stipulating sanctions against a number of Chinese officials over the alleged detention and torture of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, an autonomous territory in the northwestern part of the country.
- Chinese Activists Mark Liu Xiaobo's Death Alone, Silently Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2020 -- In the three years since the death in prison of Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, the ruling Chinese Communist Party has succeeded in suppressing free speech and public dissent to unprecedented levels, fellow activists said on Monday.
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