Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
23 July 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Experts warn of cold chain risks after new COVID-19 surge in Dalian Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- The confirmation that COVID-19 was spread among employees working at a seafood processing company in the coastal city of Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning Province has had a domino effect on the city, with more than 190,000 residents preparing to receive coronavirus tests, although the source of the infection is unknown.
- China requires negative nucleic acid tests for imported meat products Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China's State Council announced that all imported meat products are required to have nucleic acid test certificates attached before being put into processing in a new guideline published on Thursday.
- Multiple coronavirus vaccine doses necessary to protect world from coronavirus People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- People could need multiple vaccine doses to immunize themselves against the coronavirus and deploying a vaccine will require a global effort, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said on Wednesday.
- Hong Kong tightens measures as COVID-19 cases hit new high People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- Hong Kong will mandate face masks at indoor public places and add two countries including the United States to the high-risk list, as its daily increase of COVID-19 cases hit a new high on Wednesday.
- US sends spy planes to S.China, Yellow seas for info on PLA submarine, aircraft carrier moves: experts Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- On the same day news came out that the US asked China to close its Consulate General in Houston, the US military sent reconnaissance aircraft to the South China Sea and Yellow Sea, a move likely aimed at gathering intelligence on possible submarine and aircraft carrier movements by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), experts said on Thursday.
- China rejects Japan's protests against CCG patrol in waters off Diaoyu Islands PLA Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- According to Japanese media report, Chinese coast guard ships have been patrolling in waters off Diaoyu Islands for 100 consecutive days, setting a record for the longest consecutive cruising period of time since Japan's so-called nationalization of Diaoyu Islands in September 2012.
- Trump tells Putin hopes to avoid US-Russia-China arms race Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that he will avoid an "expensive" US arms race with Russia and China.
- China marching to Mars for humanity's better shared future People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- the United Arab Emirates, China and the United States -- have either launched or prepared to send up unmanned spacecraft to the planet more than 55 million km away.
- China's successful launch of Mars mission heralds new era of deep-space probes beyond the Moon Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China successfully launched its first Mars probe, named Tianwen-1, via a Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China's Hainan Province into planned orbit on Thursday. The move heralds a new era in China's deep-space exploration, which has steadily progressed beyond moon probes to interplanetary missions, mission commanders and developers said.
- China successfully launches first Mars mission PLA Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- China launched a Mars probe on Thursday, designed to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one mission, taking the first step in its planetary exploration of the solar system.
- Taiwan closely monitors U.S.-China tensions: President Tsai CNA 23 Jul 2020 -- Taiwan's government will closely monitor the development of the latest round of the Washington-Beijing frictions and take necessary actions to respond to the situation, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Thursday.
- Taiwan will deal with Hong Kong visa issue based on parity: MAC CNA 23 Jul 2020 -- The Taiwan government said Thursday that it will deal with the issue of work permits for Hong Kong officials based on the principles of parity and reciprocity, after several Taiwanese officials in Hong Kong were denied work visa extensions and had to return home.
- Researchers Charged with Visa Fraud After Lying About Their Work for China's People's Liberation Army US Dept. of Justice 23 Jul 2020 -- China's San Francisco Consulate Harboring Known Fugitive from Justice
- Chinese Scientist Wanted for Visa Fraud Hiding in San Francisco Consulate, US Prosecutors Say VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- U.S. prosecutors say the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco is harboring a scientist who hid her affiliation with the Chinese military.
- First pilot cadets from Chinese advanced trainer jet program graduate with high scores Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- The first batch of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force pilot cadets trained on the JL-10 advanced trainer jet program recently graduated with high scores.
- Communist China and the Free World's Future US Dept. of State 23 Jul 2020 -- Speech by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Longtime Engagement with China No Longer Working, Pompeo Says VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Nearly 50 years of U.S. engagement with China is no longer working and a different, tougher approach is needed, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
- Sec State Pompeo Signals Break on China Policy, Suggests US-led Alliance Against Beijing Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- Washington must make a clean break with its existing policy of trusting China and should lead a global "alliance of democracies" to counter its increasingly aggressive actions, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, in the latest of a series of hawkish Trump administration speeches about Beijing.
- US Closure of Chinese Consulate Expected to Bring Retaliation VOA 23 Jul 2020 -- Analysts say China is likely to soon order the closure of a U.S. consulate in China - possibly in the cities of Shenyang or Wuhan – in retaliation for the U.S. decision to close China's consulate in Houston, Texas, by Friday.
- FM slams Pompeo's IP theft slander against Chinese Consulate General in Houston Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- Chinese consulates in the US, including the one in Houston, have always been dedicated to enhancing the bilateral friendship and abided by international and local laws, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a press briefing on Thursday.
- Expelling US consular spies an option for China: analysts Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China on Thursday defied widespread expectations for announcing looming countermeasures against the US order to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, indicating what analysts call China's "strategic patience and calm" to ensure that its response is both proportionate and painful for the US.
- U.S. request to close Chinese Consulate General in Houston "political provocation": Chinese embassy People's Daily 23 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. government's request to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston is "a political provocation," and "an outrageous and unjustified move which sabotages China-U.S. relations," said the Chinese embassy in the United States on Wednesday.
- China says US closure of consulate "severely harmed" Beijing's relations with Washington Press TV 23 Jul 2020 -- China has warned that it will be forced to respond and take reciprocal measures after Washington ordered Beijing to shut its consulate in the Texan city of Houston over spying allegations, noting that the move has done severe damage to bilateral relations.
- China Slams Closure of Its Houston Consulate by Washington Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- China's state media reacted on Thursday to what it called the "shocking" decision by Washington to shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston.
- US consulate in HK loathed as 'spy center' Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- The US consulate in Hong Kong and Macao tops social media polls on the "US consulate in China most likely to be closed," after the US asked the Chinese consulate in Houston to close, which observers said reflects the Chinese public's anger over US meddling in Hong Kong affairs and a warning to American "intelligence hegemony."
- China may not recognize BNO passport as viable travel document: FM Global Times 23 Jul 2020 -- China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that China is considering not recognizing British National (Overseas) passports as a viable travel document after the UK released more information on the new Hong Kong BNO visa that allows their holders to move to the country for residency.
- Experts Warn Cambodia's Trade Deal With China is Poor Substitute For EU Scheme Radio Free Asia 23 Jul 2020 -- Cambodia's bid to offset the partial loss of a European Union preferential trade scheme by pursuing a free trade agreement (FTA) with China will leave the country poorer and beholden to Beijing, unions and analysts said Thursday, ahead of an expected signing of the deal next month.
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