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15 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • China's Investments in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir Seen as 'Blow' to India VOA 15 Jul 2020 -- Pakistan and close ally China have formally launched construction at a multibillion-dollar dam in the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed Kashmir region, ignoring rival India's objections to the project.
  • CAAC halts two more flights of foreign airlines over imported COVID-19 cases Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China's civil aviation regulator said on Wednesday that it will halt two foreign carriers' flights for a week, after their flight passengers were tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Hong Kong visitors almost vanish in June, recovery uncertain Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- The woes of Hong Kong's tourism industry worsened in June, with visitor arrivals slumping 99.7 percent year-on-year to 14,600, reflecting the heavy impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on the local economy.
  • Coronavirus found on imported frozen shrimp in Chongqing Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- The outer packaging of imported frozen shrimps in a logistics park in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
  • China's Pingxiang launches testing after residents buy shrimp possibly carrying COVID-19 Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- Pingxiang in East China's Jiangxi Province released a statement which stressed that some locals had purchased Ecuadorian white shrimp imported in the same batch with those that tested positive for coronavirus earlier.Argentina is preparing for the return of face-to-face classes in August in nine of the country's 24 provinces, Education Minister Nicolas Trotta announced on Tuesday.
  • Shanghai reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- Shanghai reported three new imported COVID-19 cases and no increase in domestically transmitted cases on Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, and all of them were imported.
  • Beijing reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for 9th day People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- Beijing reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 6 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported six new imported COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,988, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of six new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, and all of them were imported.
  • Taiwan to allow return of young Chinese children with residence permits CNA 15 Jul 2020 -- Chinese children under the age of 2, who hold long-term Taiwan residence permits, will be allowed to return to the country from Thursday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • Philippine, Chinese Foreign Secretaries Meet after US Warning on South China Sea Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met this week to talk about managing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a day after a stern warning from the United States.
  • South China Sea: Malaysia Urges Nations to Stand Down from 'Military Posturing' Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- Malaysia on Wednesday called for countries to refrain from "military posturing" amid tensions in the South China Sea, two days after Washington announced a tougher stance on Beijing's territorial claims in the contested waterway.
  • US Diplomat Likens Placing China on Law of Sea Panel to 'Hiring an Arsonist' Amid Waterway Dispute Sputnik 15 Jul 2020 -- A senior US diplomat has asked other countries to vote against the candidate for the People's Republic of China (PRC) seeking a judge's seat at the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in upcoming elections, saying the country's actions in the South China Sea should disqualify it.
  • China fears no US sanctions over S.China Sea Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China is not afraid of any sanctions that the US might impose over the South China Sea issue and the US attempt to convince ASEAN countries to confront China and turn itself into a referee in the region will end up in failure, as those countries see no interest in siding with a hegemonic power like the US, Chinese officials and observers said Wednesday.
  • China fears no US sanctions over South China Sea: FM Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China is not afraid of any sanctions that the US might impose over the South China Sea issue and US officials' recent remarks regarding the issue only expose the US plot of creating discord between China and countries in the region and destabilizing the region, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying on Wednesday.
  • China, India make progress in border troops disengagement: Chinese FM Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- The border troops of China and India held their fourth commander-level talks on Tuesday, with the two sides making positive progress in further disengaging the frontline troops in the western section of the border, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • Answer of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 15 Jul 2020 -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on July 15 with regard to a statement of Pompeo, U.S. secretary of State, which denounces China over the issue of South China Sea:
  • Two Chinese spy ships spotted near Taiwan during military drill CNA 15 Jul 2020 -- Two Chinese reconnaissance vessels were seen off the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday, during a live-fire exercise by Taiwan's armed forces, a military source told CNA.
  • Arms sales to Taiwan government-to-government deals: Lockheed Martin CNA 15 Jul 2020 -- U.S.-based weapons supplier Lockheed Martin has described arms sales to Taiwan as government to government deals, in response to China's threat to impose sanctions on the company for selling weapons to Taiwan.
  • China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan: military spokesperson Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese defense ministry on Wednesday voiced strong dissatisfaction and opposition as to the recent approval by the US Department of State of a $620 million upgrade package for the Lockheed Martin-built PAC-3 missile system to Taiwan.
  • China ramps up production of JF-17 fighter jet Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China has ramped up production of JF-17 fighter jet, which was jointly developed with Pakistan. In the first half of 2020, the number of aircraft delivered was the most in the past five years, according to industry reports.
  • New 'world-leading' helicopter missile tested Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China recently test launched a new type of helicopter-based air-to-ground missile, which is at a world-leading level, according to the weapon's developers.
  • Nearly 30,000 troops participate in cross-provincial flood rescue and disaster relief PLA Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- Ordered by the Central Military Commission (CMC), the PLA Eastern Theater Commandon July 14 dispatched additional 16,000 soldiers with rescue equipment from Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and Fujian Provinces to carry out rescue and disaster relief operations in flood-stricken cities including Shangrao, Jiujiang and other areas of Jiangxi Province.
  • US Mulls Ending Deal Underpinning Trading in Chinese Companies VOA 15 Jul 2020 -- The Trump administration is prepared to terminate a 2013 agreement between U.S. and Chinese auditing authorities in a move aimed at increasing pressure on Chinese-listed companies in the United States to comply with U.S. auditing standards.
  • 'Zero chance' for US to isolate China Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- Although China has tried to stabilize its ties and ease tensions with the US, the current situation showed that Washington is unwilling to stop its confrontations with Beijing. Chinese experts on China-US ties said on Wednesday that regardless of what the US did or will do to China, as long as China doesn't make a mistake and keeps on the right track of development, the possibility for the US to crack down on China is "zero."
  • Trump Toughens Talk and Action on China VOA 15 Jul 2020 -- Amid rising concerns that Beijing and Washington are drifting toward a Cold War, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that China's rise is not a positive development for the United States.
  • On the President's Announcement on Hong Kong US Dept. of State 15 Jul 2020 -- "Over the past two weeks, the world has watched as the Chinese Communist Party smothers Hong Kong's freedom."
  • Hong Kongers Vow to Continue Pro-Democracy Pursuits Despite New Security Law VOA 15 Jul 2020 -- Residents in Hong Kong say an atmosphere of trepidation has permeated the Asian financial hub since the enactment of a sweeping national security law imposed by China. But activists say despite new concerns of a clampdown on certain freedoms they will continue their pro-democracy pursuits.
  • Beijing Denounces US 'Hong Kong Autonomy Act', Vows to Retaliate With Sanctions Sputnik 15 Jul 2020 -- Earlier on Tuesday, Trump signed legislation to suspend US preferential treatment for Hong Kong and envisaged sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the implementation of the new Hong Kong national security law.
  • China Vows Retaliation For US Sanctions Over Hong Kong Security Law Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- China hit out on Wednesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of a new law removing Hong Kong's special status and imposing sanctions on officials linked to the implementation of a draconian new security law.
  • HK Act descends into 'hand-to-hand combat' Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- Signing into law the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Act indicates that the game between China and the US has turned into a "hand-to-hand combat" on Hong Kong affairs, which will force China to be more resolute in countering the US, and more intolerant to Hong Kong opposition forces' actions that may violate the national security law for Hong Kong, analysts said.
  • China summons US ambassador in protest over 'HK Act' Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang on Wednesday summoned US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, and lodged solemn representations over the US signing of the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Act and related executive orders.
  • Chinese officials, observers 'not surprised, but prepared' for US sanctions over HK Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- Top Chinese legislators and veteran observers of Hong Kong affairs said they are not surprised to see the US president sign the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which is considered "a piece of scrap paper" by the Chinese government. Observers said that Washington is shooting itself in the foot through the move, which only has "symbolic effect," adding that the top authority in China has made full consideration of the worst case scenarios amid deteriorating China-US ties.
  • China to sanction relevant US personnel and entities over Hong Kong Autonomy Act: FM Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China will impose sanctions against related US personnel and entities in response to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act signed by the US government, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • HK official slams extradition moves Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- It is a highly irresponsible move that undermines the rule of law for countries to drop extradition agreements with the Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) in opposing the national security law for Hong Kong, John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong Secretary for Security, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
  • No capital exodus from HK over new law: SAR official Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- A senior official with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Wednesday debunked fear-mongering narratives pushed by some foreign officials and media outlets that the new national security law for the SAR could lead to a capital exodus from the city and even end its status as an international financial center, arguing that the law will boost the city's financial sector.
  • China summons US envoy to protest Hong Kong sanctions Press TV 15 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has summoned the US ambassador to Beijing over its unilateral sanctions against Hong Kong.
  • China to reciprocate US sanctions after Trump ends Hong Kong special status Press TV 15 Jul 2020 -- China says it will slap retaliatory sanctions on the United States over President Donald Trump's decision to end Hong Kong's special status and impose sanctions on Chinese officials in relation to the semi-autonomous city.
  • Pro-Democracy Activists in Hong Kong Vow to Keep Fighting China's Draconian New Law Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- Opposition activists in Hong Kong on Wednesday vowed to keep up the political fight against a draconian security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, which they blamed for Washington's revoking of the city's special status.
  • Manipulating Hong Kong LegCo election won't be allowed: spokesperson People's Daily 15 Jul 2020 -- A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said Tuesday that it will never allow any illegal manipulation in the Legislative Council (LegCo) election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
  • China Summons US Ambassador Over Move to Strip Hong Kong of Preferential Trade Status Sputnik 15 Jul 2020 -- President Trump enacted two Hong Kong-related measures on Tuesday, stripping the city of its preferential trade status and sanctioning Chinese officials responsible for implementing a new national security law in the autonomous city. Beijing immediately blasted the moves, promising a tit-for-tat response.
  • U.S. Imposes Visa Restrictions on Certain Employees of Chinese Technology Companies that Abuse Human Rights US Dept. of State 15 Jul 2020 -- "The United States of America has long been a beacon of hope for the world's most oppressed peoples, and a voice for those who have been silenced. We have been especially vocal about the Chinese Communist Party's human rights abuses, which rank among the worst in the world."
  • US Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Tech Companies' Employees VOA 15 Jul 2020 -- The United States is imposing visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies, including Huawei, for providing "material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally."
  • Uyghur Exile Groups Seek International Criminal Court Probe of Chinese Officials For 'Genocide' Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2020 -- Two Uyghur exile groups have filed a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, accusing top Chinese officials–including President Xi Jinping–of "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" related to a crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority group in northwestern China.
  • U.S. To Impose Visa Bans On Chinese Tech Firms Over Rights Abuses In Xinjiang, Elsewhere RFE/RL 15 Jul 2020 -- The United States says it is imposing travel bans on employees of the technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies Washington has accused of facilitating human right violations around the world, including in China's western province of Xinjiang.
  • China strongly opposes claim from US business advisory on Xinjiang supply chain Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China has strongly refuted and condemned a statement from the US' Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory, saying the statement is a lie aimed at suppressing Chinese business under the name of human rights and that it will disrupt the global supply chain.
  • US imposes visa bans on Huawei employees citing human rights abuses Press TV 15 Jul 2020 -- US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has announced visa restrictions on a number of employees of Huawei Technologies Co. and some other Chinese companies over what he described as complicity with their government's human rights abuses.
  • Pompeo Says US Will Impose Sanctions on Some Huawei Employees Sputnik 15 Jul 2020 -- On Tuesday, the US Secretary of State said that the UK's decision to ban the Huawei 5G network protects transatlantic security.
  • Huawei readies for 'war'; shift in overseas strategy expected: insider Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China on Wednesday harshly criticized the UK's decision to ban Huawei from the UK's 5G development, painting London as an accomplice in the US' politically driven crackdown on the Chinese telecom giant based on fabricated "national security risks," and vowed to take "all necessary" measures to protect the legitimate interests and rights of Chinese businesses.
  • China to 'comprehensively assess' UK's decision to remove Huawei 5G gear by 2027 Global Times 15 Jul 2020 -- China is seriously concerned about UK government's latest decision to remove Huawei gear from its 5G network rollout by 2027, and will "comprehensively assess" the decision by London, and take "necessary measures" to protect legitimate interests of Chinese companies, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • 'America's dupe:' China slams UK over ban on Huawei Press TV 15 Jul 2020 -- China says the remark by US President Donald Trump that he personally convinced the UK government to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei's 5G network equipment shows that the ban is politically motivated and has nothing to do with security.
  • Huawei blasts UK ban decision 'disappointing, politicized' Press TV 15 Jul 2020 -- Chinese technology giant Huawei has censured as "disappointing and politicized" a decision by the UK to ban the company's 5G network equipment.
  • China Says UK's Ban on Huawei is About 'Politicisation of Commercial Issues' Not 'National Security' Sputnik 15 Jul 2020 -- The United States has been pressuring its NATO partners for some time to abstain from buying 5G tech from Huawei amid concerns that the company could engage in espionage, something the company denies. The UK announced at the start of the year that it will allow Huawei to participate in its 5G rollout, but soon backtracked on its earlier decision.



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