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16 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Packages of Ecuadorian white shrimp test positive for COVID-19 in Yunnan Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- As of Tuesday, 3 packages of 2,750 samples of frozen South American white shrimp imported from Ecuador have tested positive for COVID-19 in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, while the shrimp itself and contacts tested negative, Yunnan health commission said on Thursday.
- Chinese vaccine candidate effective against all known coronavirus strains: Sinopharm Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- A Chinese-developed inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate is effective against all detected strains of the virus so far, with lower chance and degree of adverse reactions than same-typed vaccine candidates under research, the head of the vaccine candidate's producer told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Monday.
- China approaches zero confirmed COVID-19 cases, open dialogue key to pandemic response: experts People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese mainland is approaching zero COVID-19 patients despite sporadic outbreaks, which is attributable to an open communication between Chinese scientists and the leadership as well as the speed with which close contacts of patients had been isolated, wrote South China Morning Post on July 13, citing China's top epidemiologists.
- China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic or suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Wednesday, the provincial health commission said Thursday.
- Shanghai establishes first outdoor station for COVID-19 testing People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- Shanghai established the city's first outdoor station to test for COVID-19 at Shanghai East Hospital affiliated to Tongji University on July 15, as demand for testing grows, news portal ThePaper reported.
- Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases but one imported case on the Chinese mainland Wednesday.
- Beijing reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for 10th day People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- Beijing reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the municipal health commission said Thursday.
- 26 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- The National Health Commission said Thursday that 26 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Wednesday.
- Shanghai reports 1 new imported COVID-19 case People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- Shanghai reported one new imported COVID-19 case and no increase in domestically transmitted cases on Wednesday, the municipal health commission said Thursday.
- Lebanon And Its Hezbollah Follow Iran, Hoping For A Chinese Rescue Radio Farda 16 Jul 2020 -- While beating on the drums of war for years by Lebanon's Hezbollah has driven major foreign investors out of Lebanon, the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah has called for turning to China to rescue the country's failing economy.
- India Lodges Protest Against Pakistan, China Over Diamer Bhasha Dam Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- The day before, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Kashmir and announced that the government would move towards building more dams on rivers to generate low-cost hydel power.
- India and China Military Level meeting on 14 Jul 2020 India PIB 16 Jul 2020 -- India and China have been engaged in discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the prevailing situation along the LAC.
- Indian Army Says Complete Disengagement With China 'Intricate' but Remains Committed Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- After a violent standoff between the armies of India and China on 15 June in Ladakh region, both the countries have been engaged in military and diplomatic-level negotiations to disengage from friction points. The fourth round, army commander-level meeting was held on Wednesday (14 July).
- Any motive to muddy waters in South China Sea doomed to fail People's Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- China is firmly opposed to and strongly dissatisfied with the so-called statement concerning the South China Sea released by the US Department of State on Monday.
- US announces policy of all-out support for China's rivals in territorial disputes Press TV 16 Jul 2020 -- The United States says it will do everything it can to support China's rivals in territorial disputes, setting a one-size-fits-all, openly hostile policy toward Beijing.
- Chinese-Backed Copper Exploration Plans in Myanmar Rekindle Fears Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- The recent approval of plans by a Chinese-backed mining firm to explore a vast swathe of northwestern Myanmar for copper has alarmed residents who fear losing their farms in a repeat of earlier bitter clashes over land rights, pollution, and compensation that gripped the region.
- FM Zarif: Iran-China cooperation plan in negotiation phase IRNA 16 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the 25-year cooperation plan between Iran and China is presently in the negotiation phase and waiting for further approvals.
- Iran will not give 'even a handspan' of its soil to China, any other country: Zarif Press TV 16 Jul 2020 -- Iran's foreign minister says the Islamic Republic will not cede even "a handspan" of its soil to China or any other country, dismissing rumors and anti-Iran reports that a 25-year agreement with Beijing entails cession of some parts of the Iranian territory to Chinese contractors.
- Maritime version of China's CH-5 drone makes first test flight Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- China recently conducted the first flight test of a maritime version of the domestically developed CH-5 drone, its developers said on Thursday.
- Chinese military increases targeted procurement to help poverty alleviation PLA Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- Recently, relevant departments under China's Central Military Commission (CMC) have issued policies requiring military units to purchase agricultural and sideline products from poverty-stricken regions, in a bid to help poverty alleviation.
- Chinese medical peacekeepers in Lebanon participate in emergency defense drill PLA Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- The medical company of the 18th Chinese peacekeeping troops to Lebanon participated in an emergency defense drill, codenamed "hedgehog", organized by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Sector East on July 14.
- Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on China Policy at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum US Dept. of Justice 16 Jul 2020
- US Attorney General: China Engaging in 'Economic Blitzkrieg' Against US VOA 16 Jul 2020 -- China is engaged in an "economic blitzkrieg" to supplant the United States as the world's only superpower, Attorney General William Barr declared Thursday -- the latest in a series of scathing comments about Beijing by top Trump Administration officials.
- Is new Cold War emerging between China and US? FM spokesperson suggests two countries work together Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- Is a new Cold War emerging between China and the US? The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the current US policy is based on a strategic misjudgment that lacks factual evidence, and is full of emotional catharsis and McCarthy-like paranoia. China has always believed that the two countries should not seek to transform each other, but jointly explore ways for their different systems and civilizations to peacefully coexist, and this requires the US to work with China in the same direction.
- US Considering Ban on Millions of China's Communist Party Members, Report Claims Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- The United States has already imposed several rounds of travel restrictions on various groups of Chinese nationals in the past year, though the current proposal, if implemented, could affect an unprecedented number of people.
- US travel ban on CPC members 'paranoid,' risks dragging ties to 1972: analysts Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- The Trump administration is reportedly considering banning members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and their families from traveling to the US, a paranoid and McCarthyist move driven by ideological bias that will drag bilateral ties back to 1972, analysts said.
- China denounces US for clampdown on employees of Huawei, other Chinese firms Press TV 16 Jul 2020 -- China has lambasted as "dirty play" the US clampdown on Chinese telecom giant Huawei, a day after Washington announced fresh sanctions on the company and other firms of the Asian country.
- US pressure on allies to ban Huawei 5G is 'dirty trick': FM Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- The US move to pressure its allies to ban Huawei 5G is a "dirty trick, dirty play," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday, responding to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's rhetoric that countries banning Huawei would become "clean countries".
- 'The Party Has Stretched Its Arms Into All Corners of Uyghur Life': Scholar of Uyghur Culture Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- Timothy Grose is a professor of China Studies with expertise in ethnic policy at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. He recently wrote an article entitled,"If you don't know how, just learn: Chinese housing and the transformation of Uyghur domestic space," in which he argues that policies implemented by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are part of a bid to "hollow-out a Uyghur identity that is animated by Islamic and Central Asian norms and fill it with practices common to Han [Chinese] people."
- Critics Wary of Beijing's Pick to Enforce Hong Kong Security Law VOA 16 Jul 2020 -- As mayor of Shanwei city in Guangdong in 2011, Zheng Yanxiong oversaw mass arrests of citizens protesting corruption. He lashed out at "untrustworthy" foreign media coverage. A village representative detained during the unrest died in custody; his family claimed he was beaten to death.
- US sanctions 'gangster logic and bullying': China's top Hong Kong office Press TV 16 Jul 2020 -- China's top representative office in Hong Kong has condemned the US' "unreasonable meddling" in the Asian financial hub.
- Hong Kong Expels New York Times Correspondent Amid Ongoing Media War Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- Authorities in Hong Kong have refused to renew the work permit of New York Times journalist Chris Buckley, in another indication that the city's reputation for press freedom is likely a thing of the past.
- US to Shutter High-Profile Fulbright Scheme in China, Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration would end a flagship educational exchange program in China and Hong Kong as part of U.S. sanctions against Beijing, but stopped short for now of listing high-ranking officials for asset freezes or visa bans.
- Law education base for HK, Macao youths set up Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- China is gearing up to carry out national security education for Hong Kong and Macao youths, as China's first juvenile education base for the Constitution and Basic Law of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SARs) was set up in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday.
- Those who see China as 'systemic rival' have got it all wrong: China's UK ambassador Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- Those who see China as a "systemic rival" or a "potentially hostile state" have got it all wrong: they have chosen the wrong target and they are heading in the wrong direction, Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said on Wednesday.
- Xi voices confidence in China's economy, pledges wider opening-up PLA Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- The fundamentals of China's long-term sound economic growth have not changed and will not change, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday in a reply letter to global CEOs.
- China increases oil and gas outputs, imports in H1 Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- Chinese oil and gas imports soared in the first half of 2020, partly driven by lower international oil prices, but experts warn that the industry could face sluggish demand in the second half of the year.
- Taiwan's counter-landing drill with PLA in mind a 'naïve, meaningless show' Global Times 16 Jul 2020 -- A counter-landing drill, as part of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang exercises, was held on Thursday. It simulated a joint operation featuring land, naval and air troops against incoming landing forces, which obviously attempted to represent the Chinese mainland's People's Liberation Army (PLA).
- Chinese military firmly opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan PLA Daily 16 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese military Wednesday voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to US plan of selling Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles to Taiwan. "This move by the US side seriously jeopardizes China's national sovereignty and security," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
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