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20 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Lockdown not needed so far in Hong Kong despite outbreak: experts Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong health authority reported 73 new COVID-19 cases on Monday after the daily surge recorded 108 cases the day before, prompting some experts and the public to worry whether the city would impose a lockdown if the situation cannot be brought under control soon.
  • Beijing changes anti-epidemic measures, ready for normal life after downgrading emergency response Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- Beijing is clear of COVID-19 medium-risk regions on Monday, after no new cases for 14 days. The anti-epidemic measures in Beijing changed to promote people's return to normal life on Monday, the first day since downgrading its public health emergency response to Level III.
  • Urumqi reports another 25 COVID-19 infections Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, reported another 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday as the epidemic outbreak in the capital extended to the remote city of Kashgar, one of the westernmost cities in Xinjiang, the local health authority said Monday.
  • Allegation on China's hiding of COVID-19 scale "gross misperception": ambassador People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- The allegation that China hid the severity of COVID-19 during its early outbreak in the country "is a gross misperception," Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai has said.
  • 24 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- The National Health Commission said Monday that 24 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland Sunday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- three in Sichuan Province as well as one in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Shandong Province each -- were reported Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 2,012. Of the cases, 1,929 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 83 remained hospitalized with three in severe condition. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.
  • Hong Kong further steps up anti-epidemic measures amid surging local infections People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- Hong Kong on Sunday announced new anti-epidemic measures, including mandatory face mask wearing in all indoor public places, as daily confirmed cases for the first time surpassed 100 since the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Beijing to lower COVID-19 emergency response People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- Beijing will lower its emergency response to COVID-19 from level II to III starting Monday, an official of the Beijing municipal government said Sunday.
  • Hong Kong Mulls Total Lockdown Amid Sharp Rise in New Virus Cases Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- Authorities in Hong Kong were considering further restrictions on Monday after a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in the city, where Beijing has also imposed a draconian national security crackdown targeting protesters and opposition figures.
  • Coronavirus Infections Mount to Four Dozen in Xinjiang Capital Amid New Outbreak Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- A coronavirus outbreak in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) continued to spread Monday, as the number of cases increased to nearly four dozen in the capital Urumqi and officials confirmed the first case in the city of Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi).
  • Strengthened U.S. military presence undermines stable situation in South China Sea: Chinese ambassador People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said the strengthened U.S. military presence in the South China Sea has undermined the situation in the region.
  • Did China Block Vietnam Offshore Oil Contract? VOA 20 Jul 2020 -- The sudden cancellation of an offshore drilling project commissioned by Vietnam is raising fears that the Chinese government pressured it to stop, part of Beijing's ongoing maritime sovereignty spat with Hanoi.
  • China, Iran Approach Major Accord Amid Deteriorating US-China Relations VOA 20 Jul 2020 -- Beijing is reported to be in the final stages of approving a $400 billion economic and security deal with Tehran, which some analysts say could give China a vast and secure source of energy and a strategic foothold in the Gulf.
  • Photos: China Begins Final Assembly of Next Two Advanced Aircraft Carriers, Aims for 2021 Delivery Sputnik 20 Jul 2020 -- According to photos and reports emerging from China, the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) third and fourth aircraft carriers are having their massive hulls assembled simultaneously. The warships are anticipated to sport electromagnetic catapults, like the US Navy's newest carrier, making them more dangerous than ever.
  • First batch of Air Force pilot cadets flying JL-10 jet trainers graduate PLA Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- The first batch of pilot cadets trained with JL-10, a new type of advanced jet trainer, all graduated with excellent performance from the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy under the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) in early July, qualified for the requirements of combat troops.
  • PLAAF sends Y-9 ambulance aircraft for first medical evacuation mission PLA Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- The air force under the PLA Western Theatre Command dispatched a Y-9 ambulance aircraft for the air medical evacuation of a sick officer from the plateau area to a major city in northwest China on July 16. This is the first time for the Y-9ambulance aircraft to carry out such a mission since its commissioning.
  • PLA conducts maritime attack drills, deploys warplanes in South China Sea amid US aggression Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted maritime target attack drills in the South China Sea and deployed warplanes in an island in the region at a time when the US aggressively sent warplanes for close-up reconnaissance and warships including aircraft carriers for exercises and operations in the name of "freedom of navigation."
  • US urged to reflect and coexist Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- While the world closely watches whether China-US relations - the most important bilateral ties - would drift toward war, the Chinese envoy to the US called on Washington to make a fundamental choice about coexisting with China. The US should act in a restrained manner and give up on challenging the bottom line of China before the situation gets out of control, Chinese observers warned.
  • Rising tensions spark more China-US clash speculation Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- As China-US relations continue fraying amid escalating tensions on a series of topics including Hong Kong, the South China Sea, Huawei and Xinjiang, there have been speculations on whether a hot war between the two major powers is looming. Viewing China as a Cold War-styled rival and hyping extreme anti-China rhetoric are tactics of certain American policy hawks aiming to manipulate public opinion and pursuing elections result, some Chinese observers said.
  • Hong Kong and China: Foreign Secretary's statement in Parliament, 20 July 2020 UK FCO 20 Jul 2020 -- Dominic Raab said the UK will extend the arms embargo that applies to China to Hong Kong, and suspend our extradition treaty with Hong Kong indefinitely.
  • UK on edge after Huawei ban angers China Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- Even though China has not taken any countermeasures, at least publicly, against the UK over its ban on Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its 5G development, many in the UK - from business leaders to scholars - are wary of potential devastating consequences from the move on bilateral ties and on the UK economy, which is already facing what has been described as the worst period in decades.
  • Beijing may target British companies if 10 Downing Street sanctions China Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- The British government has been urged to make a "smart choice" and not to burn bridges by continuing to provoke China on matters such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Huawei and the South China Sea, and dance to the tune of Americans. Otherwise, it will face severe consequences of souring UK-China ties, officials and observers warned.
  • Chinese envoy urges UK to have independent policy rather than 'dance to tune of Americans' Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- It would be a totally wrong decision for the UK government to impose unilateral sanctions on Chinese individuals and if the UK government goes as far as imposing sanctions on any individual in China, China will certainly make a resolute response to it, Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said in an interview on Sunday.
  • Prominent Hong Kong Democracy Activist Files Candidacy for Legislature VOA 20 Jul 2020 -- Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement," is officially running for a seat in the city's legislature, despite the new national security law imposed by Beijing.
  • China urges UK not to go further down wrong path over Hong Kong Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- China urges the British side not to go further down the wrong path to avoid further damage to China-UK relations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said after the UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he may suspend the UK's extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
  • HK cooperates with mainland against 'hypocritical' US acts People's Daily 20 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will fully cooperate with the central government to counter the United States' attempt at hegemony, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Sunday.
  • UK suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong in latest escalation against China Press TV 20 Jul 2020 -- In yet another escalatory step the UK has suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, citing human rights concerns following the adoption of a new national security law by Beijing.
  • China warns UK not to head down 'wrong path' amid Hong Kong-related tensions Press TV 20 Jul 2020 -- China has advised Britain against treading the "wrong path" with regard to Hong Kong and bilateral ties, warning that Beijing will respond to actions that amount to interference in its internal affairs.
  • Security installed at request of Muslims against terrorism: Xinjiang official Global Times 20 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.
  • Claims of 'forced sterilization' in China's Xinjiang utter nonsense: FM Global Times 20 Jul 2020 -- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's claims that China violated the human rights of its Uygur minority in the Northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are complete smears and the so-called "forced sterilization" is "utter nonsense," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a press briefing on Monday.
  • China denounces Britain for comments on Uighur Muslims Press TV 20 Jul 2020 -- China has lambasted as "rumors and slanders" comments by the UK Foreign Office that accused Beijing of committing "gross" human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
  • US Sanctions 11 Chinese Firms for Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday added to its Entities List 11 Chinese companies involved in alleged human rights abuses in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), barring them from access to U.S.-sourced commodities, technology, and other items, a Department announcement said.
  • Scholar Hits Out at China's 'Totalitarian' System in Open Letter Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2020 -- Chinese scholar Xu Zhangrun has penned a passionate call for solidarity among China's embattled dissidents after his release from criminal detention, which came after he published several articles and open letters critical of the ruling Chinese Communist Party and its supreme leader Xi Jinping.
  • 21st Anniversary of the PRC Government's Persecution of Falun Gong US Dept. of State 20 Jul 2020 -- Since 1999, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has sought to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice originating in China, and its peaceful practitioners and human rights defenders who have fought for their right to practice their beliefs.

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