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17 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • China Dominates Steel Market as Pandemic Slows Competition Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- As China's government highlights signs of an early economic recovery, it is making a strong case with record production of steel.
  • Xinjiang conducts intense screening, but virus controllable with China's experience in epidemic control fight Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- Despite concerns over Xinjiang's newly reported COVID-19 cases, epidemiologists advised the public not to panic as Xinjiang is unlikely to be the new epicenter of a second-wave outbreak, given China's fruitful experience in previous rounds of epidemic.
  • Xinjiang tightened control after COVID-19 home cases revealed Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- Xinjiang should take strict measures to curb the virus spread, prevent imported cases and strengthen testing in densely populated areas, Xinjiang's Party chief Chen Quanguo said on Thursday at a Party meeting after one symptomatic and three asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported in Urumqi, the capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
  • Shenzhen, Zhuhai require nucleic acid tests and 14-day quarantine for people traveling from HK Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- People who travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Zhuhai in South China's Guangdong Province are from Friday required to present valid negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test results and undergo a 14-day medical quarantine.
  • 18 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- The National Health Commission said Friday that 18 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Thursday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 9 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported nine new imported COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,998, the National Health Commission said Friday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, of which one was domestically transmitted.
  • Xinjiang Capital Urumqi on Lockdown Amidst New Outbreak of Coronavirus Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- Authorities in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have ordered a lockdown, cancelling nearly all flights in and out of the city, after confirming at least 17 cases of infection from the coronavirus.
  • Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act US Dept. of State 17 Jul 2020 -- The Department of State joins the Department of the Treasury in announcing the designation of four People's Republic of China foreign nationals - Ji Songyan, Zhan Longbao, Cheng Guifeng, and Zheng Guangfu - and one Chinese entity - , and Global United Biotechnology Inc. - for their support to and involvement in the international drug trafficking operations of Chinese synthetic opioid traffickers Zheng Fujing and Yan Xiaobing and the Zheng Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO).
  • Treasury Targets Chinese Persons Involved with Drug Trafficking Organization Moving Fentanyl US Treasury 17 Jul 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four individuals and one entity pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The four individuals were designated for providing support to the Zheng Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), which is run by Chinese synthetic opioid trafficker Fujing Zheng. These designations include Songyan Ji, Longbao Zhang, Guifeng Cheng, and Guangfu Zheng, all located in China. OFAC also designated Global United Biotechnology Inc. for being owned or controlled by the Zheng DTO. OFAC previously identified Fujing Zheng and the Zheng DTO as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in August 2019.
  • What China's Asian Maritime Rivals Expect from Bolder US Support VOA 17 Jul 2020 -- Asian countries who feel pinched by China over competing maritime claims expect the U.S. government to step up aid following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's words of support this week, but only in severe cases and without risking conflict, scholars in the region believe.
  • Nimitz, Reagan Stand with Allies and Partners in South China Sea NNS 17 Jul 2020 -- The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups continue integrated exercises and operations while deployed to the South China Sea.
  • Teamwork in the South China Sea: Nimitz, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups Continue Exercises NNS 17 Jul 2020 -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group continued high-end dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea July 17.
  • US Navy Flexes Military Muscle With Renewed Dual Carrier Strike Group Drills in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Jul 2020 -- The United States deployed a quarter of its carrier fleet to the Pacific a month ago amid soaring tensions with China over Hong Kong, coronavirus, trade and Beijing's entrenchment in the South China Sea. Chinese media have warned that the country could deploy "countermeasures" against the US warships, including carrier-killing ballistic missiles.
  • US deploys aircraft carriers to South China Sea amid rising tensions with China Press TV 17 Jul 2020 -- Amid escalating tensions with China over a number of issues, the United States has deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea.
  • Eight Chinese Fighter Jets Show up at Woody Island in the South China Sea Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- Eight Chinese fighter jets were visible Friday at its key military base in the disputed Paracel Islands, as two U.S. aircraft carriers performed their second exercise in the South China Sea in two weeks amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing.
  • Vietnam to Fine Drivers With License Plates That Lack Map of South China Sea Islets Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- Police in Vietnam will begin fining drivers for using an older version of license plates showing a map of the country that does not include the disputed Spratly and Paracel island chains, local news reported Friday.
  • British Lawmakers Seen Pushing for Earlier Huawei Ouster VOA 17 Jul 2020 -- The British government's decision to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G telecom network beginning in 2027 is only the "opening salvo" of what is to come, according to a leading expert on U.S.-British relations.
  • Long March-5 rocket in position for China's first Mars probe Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- China has taken another major step toward its first Mars probe mission, Tianwen-1. The Long March-5 Y4, the carrier rocket commissioned for the probe, was vertically transported to the launch area at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan Province on Friday morning ahead of the launch scheduled to take place between the end of July and the beginning of August, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA.)
  • China prepares to launch Long March-5 rocket for Mars mission PLA Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- The fourth Long March-5 rocket, to be used to launch China's first Mars exploration mission, was vertically transported to the launching area at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province on Friday.
  • Book, Report Spark Concern Over China's UK Elite Influence Operations Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- Concerns are growing over Chinese influence in the U.K. after a prominent member of a Chinese Communist Party-backed "friendship" organization was able to meet with five prime ministers and several members of the royal family, according to a recent report in the Daily Mail newspaper.
  • PLA Air Force's pilot cadet recruitment campaign in 2020 in full swing PLA Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- According to authoritative release of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, the pilot recruitment campaign in 2020 is in full swing. More than 3,800 fresh high school graduates who have passed the preliminary and second round of selection are now in the final-stage test.
  • Eighth Chinese peacekeeping contingent to Mali sets out for new mission PLA Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- The servicemembers of the 8th Chinese peacekeeping troops to Mali attended the setting-out ceremony conducted by troops assigned to the PLA 79th Group Army on July 16, in blue berets and new-style combat camouflage uniforms.
  • Transcript of Attorney General Barr's Remarks on China Policy at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum US Dept. of Justice 17 Jul 2020
  • US officials have 'gone mad' in dealing with China: Beijing Press TV 17 Jul 2020 -- China says US officials have "lost their minds and gone mad" in dealing with Beijing, in the strongest verbal reaction from China to the ratcheting up of tensions by Washington.
  • FM refutes US official's groundless accusations about China 'replacing the US' Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- China has never sought to confront or replace the US as the top power in the world, but has the right to fight back against "malicious slander" and attacks by the US, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a regular press conference on Friday.
  • What is the CPC? US needs to be taught: Global Times editorial Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- The New York Times report "US Weighs Sweeping Travel Ban on Chinese Communist Party Members" published on Wednesday has set public opinion ablaze in no time. The idea is incredibly absurd. Who in Washington were the first to propose it? Do they understand the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese society?
  • Beijing Warns Travel Ban on CPP Members Would Put US at Odds 'With 1.4 Billion Chinese People' Sputnik 17 Jul 2020 -- On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was considering introducing across-the-board travel restrictions against members of China's Communist Party and their families, with the reported proposal targeting as many as 270 million people.
  • Firms Must Ensure Imports Are Forced Labor Free: CBP Official on Seized Xinjiang Hair Products Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- On July 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of New York/Newark detained a shipment of products believed to be made with human hair originating in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), which the agency said indicated potential human right abuses of forced child labor and imprisonment. The products were part of shipment of nearly 13 tons of hair products worth more than U.S. $800,000. The seizure followed a withhold release order on hair products manufactured by Lop County Meixin Hair Product Co. Ltd. and the CBP's June 17 instruction to all ports of entry to detain such products, citing information that indicated they had been made with the use of prison labor.
  • Security installed at request of Muslims against terrorism: Xinjiang official Global Times 17 Jul 2020 -- As requested by local Muslims, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region installed security facilities to protect believers, as a big number of violent terrorist attacks had been launched at religious sites around the world in recent years, a Xinjiang official said at a press conference on Friday.
  • Canada Awaits Arrival of Hong Kongers With Canadian Passports VOA 17 Jul 2020 -- More than 300,000 Hong Kongers are believed to hold Canadian passports, and while Canada has yet to join Britain, Australia and Taiwan in making it easier for Hong Kong residents to immigrate or seek asylum because of a harsh new security law for the partly autonomous Chinese territory, Ottawa is waiting to see how many will show up.
  • Hong Kong Loses Its Shine as Asia Media Hub VOA 17 Jul 2020 -- Hong Kong's new national security law is prompting international media outlets to reconsider their presence in the Chinese territory, signaling the likely end of its status as a regional media base.
  • What Do Hong Kong Officials Have to Lose From Sanctions? Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- A number of family members of high-ranking Hong Kong officials are holders of foreign passports and have assets in other countries including the U.S. and the U.K., RFA has learned.
  • Top posts at Taiwan's HK office empty as ties get worse: sources CNA 17 Jul 2020 -- The acting director-general of Taiwan's representative office in Hong Kong has left the Chinese special administration region after its government refused to extend his work visa.
  • Taiwan's "Han Kuang Exercise" ends up with most military fatalities PLA Daily 17 Jul 2020 -- An OH-58D Kiowa light observation helicopter participating in the 36th Han Kuang exercise crashed on July 16, 2020, killing two pilots. United Daily News, a newspaper in Taiwan, reported that together with Taiwan marine corps' boat overturning accident, which killed two officers and left one in a coma, this year has seen the worst casualties in the history of the Han Kuang exercises.
  • 'Changsha Three' Rights Activists Secretly Indicted For 'Subversion' Radio Free Asia 17 Jul 2020 -- Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan have secretly indicted the "Changsha Three" non-governmental organization (NGO) workers, family members and rights groups said.

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