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04 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • WHO admits Wuhan may not be virus origin, offsetting rumor Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- WHO's admission that Wuhan may not be the origin of COVID-19 may put to rest conspiracy theories that have put the central Chinese city and China in a bad light over the virus' origin, Chinese epidemiologists said. They urged for more research on transmission channels and virus host which are vital for epidemiologic studies.
  • WHO team to China concludes mission to lay groundwork to identify origin of coronavirus Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- WHO's director general said the organization's advance team sent to China concluded its weeks-long mission which was to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts at identifying the origin of the coronavirus.
  • Macao tightens epidemic prevention on people arriving from HK Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced upgraded preventive measures at a press conference on Monday in response to the COVID-19 spike in neighboring Hong Kong, which has seen infection numbers surge in recent days.
  • Mainland helps HK design makeshift hospital Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- A Chinese mainland architecture firm is designing a "fangcang" makeshift hospital for Hong Kong, similar to the ones built in Wuhan, to help address the sickbed shortage problem as Hong Kong faces growing epidemic-control pressure.
  • Hong Kong needs city-wide testing to halt coronavirus outbreak: hospital chief Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- City-wide tests for the coronavirus is the best and ultimate way to curb Hong Kong's outbreak of COVID-19, but the city's limited ability to conduct extensive testing and people ignoring virus prevention measures are holding back this option, said University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital chief Lo Chung-mau, noting that he hopes the mainland's assistance would help plug the loophole.
  • COVID-19 spike in Xinjiang caused by a single source: local authority Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- The sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was caused by a single source as shown by gene sequencing samples, Cui Yan from the Xinjiang diseases control and prevention center told a press conference on Tuesday.
  • Wuhan not necessarily where coronavirus crossed from animals into humans: WHO expert People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- Although the first clusters of atypical pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, China, it doesn't necessarily mean that is where the COVID-19 disease crossed from animals into humans, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Monday.
  • WHO advance team to China concludes their mission: WHO chief People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Monday that the WHO advance team that traveled to China has concluded their mission to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus origins.
  • Hong Kong ends 12-day streak of over 100 new COVID-19 cases per day People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, snapping a 12-day streak of more than 100 new cases each day, but a health official stressed that anti-epidemic measures cannot be loosened.
  • Software upgrades for Beidou to continue People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- Designers of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will keep upgrading software on Beidou satellites to improve their capabilities and maintain technological advantages, according to a key figure in this program.
  • Wing Loong-10 drone makes typhoon detection debut Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- The Wing Loong-10, China's domestically developed large, high-altitude drone, successfully conducted its first typhoon detection test flight on Sunday, when Typhoon Sinlaku hit South China's Hainan Province. The test marked a breakthrough in China's typhoon detection and forecast system, reports said on Tuesday.
  • PLA fighter jet breaks flight duration record in first 10-hour patrol mission to South China Sea Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- By having a Su-30 fighter jet complete a 10-hour armed patrol mission to the most remote islands and reefs of the South China Sea, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently broke its record on flight duration in a single sortie by a fighter jet.
  • Flood relief missions demonstrate strong PLA logistic support capability PLA Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- Severe floods have occurred in southern China since July, especially in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and the Chinese military has actively participated in the flood prevention and relief work in areas where they are stationed.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 4, 2020 PRC MofA 04 Aug 2020
  • On the Chinese Communist Party's Extra-Territorial Authoritarianism US Dept. of State 04 Aug 2020
  • Chinese Executive: Forced Sale of TikTok May Be Inevitable Amid US Scrutiny VOA 04 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese company that owns popular video-sharing app TikTok is exploring all possibilities to ensure that its subsidiary can continue operating in the United States, according to a memo sent out Monday by Chief Executive Officer Zhang Yiming.
  • US' 'mafia-style tactic' on TikTok strips last layer of decency Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- US President Donald Trump's latest move to force China-based ByteDance to sell its video-sharing app TikTok to a US company and pay the US government a share of the transaction has been derided by many in China - experts and ordinary citizens alike - as "naked robbery" using mafia-style tactics that strips the last layer of decency from the US, which claims to be free market that upholds the rule of law.
  • Talk of Banning TikTok Sparks Calls For A More Open Internet in China Radio Free Asia 04 Aug 2020 -- Ongoing negotiations between Microsoft and Beijing-based software company ByteDance over the possible acquisition of the Chinese-owned video platform TikTok have highlighted security and privacy concerns among Chinese internet users, while sparking a rare public call to open up the Great Firewall.
  • China advised to target US journalists in HK Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- China could impose visa restrictions on American journalists in Hong Kong as a countermeasure against US suppression, which was aimed at forcing Chinese journalists in the US out of the country by not extending their visas, analysts said.
  • China to be compelled to respond if US refuses to renew Chinese media visas: FM Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- China urged the US to stop the political suppression of Chinese media and journalists and said it will be compelled to make a legitimate response if the US goes its own way as none of the Chinese journalists in the US have received visa extensions after they applied.
  • China to retaliate potential US expulsion of journalists Press TV 04 Aug 2020 -- China says it will retaliate the United States' potential expulsion of Chinese journalists, following a move by Washington to decline to renew their visas.
  • China's Virus Testing Pledge Sparks DNA Fears in Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 04 Aug 2020 -- Concerns are growing in Hong Kong that a mass coronavirus testing program could result in the DNA of Hongkongers being sent to mainland China, potentially for law enforcement and surveillance purposes.
  • France risks becoming a fugitive haven by halting extradition treaty with HK: experts Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- France risked becoming a fugitive haven for desperados after it announced on Monday a halt to the 2017 extradition treaty with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), experts said.
  • Decision to postpone HK LegCo elections tough but fair: Carrie Lam Global Times 04 Aug 2020 -- The decision to postpone the Legislative Council election was not an easy one to make, but considering the risk brought by the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no other way out, said Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam, who expressed the hope that society will not advocate conspiracy theories over the matter.
  • China suspends HK-NZ fugitive deal People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- China has decided to suspend the agreement on surrendering fugitive offenders and the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and New Zealand, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced on Monday.
  • Iran Hardliners Claim China Is Serving Islam By Suppressing Uyghur Muslims Radio Farda 04 Aug 2020 -- Iranian conservatives have been justifying the Chinese government's suppression of Uyghur Muslims in China and keeping silent in the face of systematic violence against Chines Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
  • China urges U.S. to withdraw Xinjiang-related sanctions People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- China on Monday urged the United States to immediately withdraw its wrong decision of imposing sanctions on the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and two relevant officials, vowing to "resolutely fight back" if the U.S. side is bent on behaving like this.
  • Xinjiang Authorities Relocate Camp Detainees to Restricted-Access 'Residential Area' Radio Free Asia 04 Aug 2020 -- Authorities in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have established a special, restricted-access "residential area" to relocate Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities released from internment camps, according to local officials.

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