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21 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Barricades 'on Every Corner' in Xinjiang's Kashgar Region Amid New Coronavirus Outbreak Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- Residents of a county bordering the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's (XUAR) Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city said Tuesday that they are under a strict lockdown as authorities struggle to control the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak.
- Growing number of Chinese nationals in Kazakhstan infected with coronavirus: Chinese Embassy Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- The COVID-19 epidemic situation in Kazakhstan is very serious, and the number of Chinese nationals infected in Kazakhstan continues to increase, according to the Chinese Embassy in that country which warned Chinese nationals there to ensure personal safety.
- Urumqi launches citywide free COVID-19 testing Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is giving free COVID-19 tests to all 3.5 million people in the city in the wake of a new outbreak of the disease.
- Safety and Immunogenicity of a China-developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate proved in phase 2 clinical trials Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Chinese researchers proved safe and able to induce immunogenity with low does, according to a report released on The Lancet on Monday.
- ASEAN, China, Japan, S. Korea to strengthen cooperation on combating COVID-19, prompting recovery Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- Chinese mainland reported 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (8 in Xinjiang), and 6 new asymptomatic COVID-19 patientsThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN Plus Three) have agreed to promote effective cooperation in order to improve capacity coping with COVID-19 while minimizing its impact and promoting recovery and sustainable development.
- China's phase 2 trial finds COVID-19 vaccine safe, inducing immune response - The Lancet People's Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- "The phase 2 trial adds further evidence on safety and immunogenicity in a large population than the phase 1 trial. This is an important step in evaluating this early-stage experimental vaccine and phase 3 trials are now underway."
- Chinese mainland reports 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, including three imported cases and eight locally-transmitted ones.
- Beijing cleared of medium-risk areas for COVID-19 People's Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- Beijing has been cleared of medium-risk areas for COVID-19, with the last medium-risk area being downgraded to the low-risk category, a municipal health commission official said on Monday.
- Hong Kong extends social distancing measures as COVID-19 cases increase to 1,958 People's Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced the extension of social distancing measures on Monday, as 73 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported here, bringing the total cases to 1,958.
- Daily new coronavirus cases in US surpass China's total Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- The US passed a terrible milestone Sunday with 80,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in one day, exceeding the total number of cases in all of China, as Chinese experts predict the peak has yet to be reached.
- Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers Remarks for Press Conference on United States V Li, Et Al. (EDWA) US Dept. of Justice 21 Jul 2020 -- Today, the Justice Department unsealed charges in a significant national security cyber matter. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington (EDWA) and the National Security Division (NSD) have charged two Chinese hackers working with the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS), including the Guangdong State Security Department (GSSD) of the MSS, with a sweeping global computer intrusion campaign. In making this announcement, I'm joined here by Dave Bowdich, Deputy Director of the FBI, Bill Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, and Raymond Duda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Seattle Field Division.
- Two Chinese Hackers Working with the Ministry of State Security Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaign Targeting Intellectual Property and Confidential Business Information, Including COVID-19 Research US Dept. of Justice 21 Jul 2020 -- Indictment Alleges Two Hackers Worked With the Guangdong State Security Department (GSSD) of the Ministry of State Security (MSS), While Also Targeting Victims Worldwide for Personal Profit
- US Charges 2 Chinese Nationals in Global Hacking Campaign VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- Two Chinese nationals working with China's state security ministry have been charged with a decade-long global campaign targeting intellectual property and confidential business information at hundreds of entities, including COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research conducted by U.S. firms.
- US Indicts Two Chinese Hackers For Vast, 10-Year Global Theft Campaign Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- A U.S. grand jury has indicted two hackers affiliated with China's Ministry of State Security for a 10-year global campaign in which they broke into computer systems of hundreds of companies, and recently targeted firms researching a coronavirus vaccine, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
- US Unveils Criminal Charges Against 2 Chinese Hackers Accused of Targeting COVID-19 Vaccine Research Sputnik 21 Jul 2020 -- A newly unveiled United States indictment against two Chinese hackers alleges that they targeted companies in at least ten countries, Assistant US Attorney General for National Security John Demers announced in a press conference.
- 'Forced to Take Countermeasures:' Beijing Practices Airstrikes on Ships as US Carriers Drill Nearby Sputnik 21 Jul 2020 -- While two US Navy carrier strike groups drilled in the South China Sea last week, Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) jets practiced anti-ship attacks nearby.
- Air force missile brigade gets zero non-combat attrition rate in days of flood fight PLA Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- Troops of a ground-based missile brigade of the air force under the PLA Eastern Theater Command have been fighting the flood in south China for nearly half a month. Up to now, no service members got ill and the non-combat attrition rate is zero, in spite of the troops' long time flood-fighting efforts in high temperature and high humidity.
- After US Toughens South China Sea Legal Stance, China Deploys More Survey Ships Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- Multiple Chinese survey ships have intruded into the exclusive economic zones of other South China Sea claimant states since the United States last week resolved to help safeguard the resource rights of Southeast Asian nations facing pressure from China.
- US hawks sanctioned by China keep interfering in various global issues Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's attacks on China escalate, observers noted that some US politicians are joining him to push China-US ties to the brink of a clear r upture. Anti-China US hawks are not only infamous in China, but also despised by many US progressives, according to observers.
- US, Britain Increasingly See Eye-to-Eye on China VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tuesday as tensions escalated between the United States and China over trade, the status of the South China Sea, the origins of the novel coronavirus and the Chinese response to the virus when it first emerged in the city of Wuhan.
- Riot Police Detain Politician For Holding up Banner in Hong Kong Protest Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- Riot police moved in on Tuesday to disperse protests marking the anniversary of a brutal mob attack on passengers at a train station in Hong Kong's Yuen Long district, arresting a district councilor for violating a draconian security law after he held up a banner with the words "Free Hong Kong! Revolution now!" blazoned on it.
- China Hits Out at UK Over Suspension of Hong Kong Extradition Treaty Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- China has warned that the U.K. will "bear the consequences" of its decision to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong amid fears that the city's courts are no longer independent of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
- Beijing Promises to 'Resolutely Respond' to UK Interference in Chinese Internal Affairs Sputnik 21 Jul 2020 -- A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the UK urged the UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs, which China considers its own internal affairs.
- Hong Kong Security Law Prompts International Organizations to Consider Relocating VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- The controversial national security law imposed by China on Hong Kong has brought deep concern among its robust civil society and non-governmental organizations who use the territory as regional hub, prompting some to relocate their staff while others fear over their fate under the new legislation.
- Beijing vows to strike back forcefully in response to London's wrong deeds: Chinese FM Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with British officials and some Hong Kong secessionists fleeing to the UK on Tuesday during his visit to London amid growing US-China tensions. Abandoning an independent foreign policy and yielding to the pressure of Washington, the Boris government has taken a harsh stance on Hong Kong, Huawei and other China-related matters. The policies will eventually backfire and London's policies won't be followed by the rest of Europe, observers said.
- Little effect on China as UK ends extradition treaty with HKSAR to please US: experts Global Times 21 Jul 2020 -- The day US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in London, kicking off his short visit to the UK amid deteriorating China-UK ties, the British government announced that it would suspend its extradition treaty with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), a move which further enflames the row with China.
- China strongly condemns UK's suspension of extradition treaty with HKSAR People's Daily 21 Jul 2020 -- According to a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London, "any attempt to pressurize China and obstruct the implementation of this Law (the national security law for the HKSAR) will meet the strong opposition of 1.4 billion Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, and such attempt is doomed to failure."
- China vows 'forceful counterattack' to UK's withdrawal from Hong Kong treaty Press TV 21 Jul 2020 -- China has called on Britain to "correct its mistakes" and promised a "forceful counterattack" to London's unilateral withdrawal from an extradition treaty with Hong Kong.
- Nike Says China-based Supplier Sent All Uyghur Workers Home Amid Forced Labor Allegations Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- A China-based supplier to Nike has stopped hiring employees from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and sent all workers from the region back home, the footwear giant said in a statement on Tuesday, amid scrutiny over possible links between its supply chain and forced labor.
- Broken Levees Trap Thousands in China Floods VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- Broken levees left over 10,000 people stranded in eastern China on Tuesday, as flooding across the country becomes more severe.
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