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05 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese Woman Sues City, Provincial Government Over Virus Cover-up Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2020 -- A woman whose father died of coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has become the fourth person to sue the authorities over their public health response, RFA has learned.
- Asymptomatic coronavirus carrier from Xinjiang sparks wide disinfection in Hangzhou Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang Province has reported an asymptomatic COVID-19 case on Wednesday. The case, a 19-year-old man from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has raised concerns over possible loopholes in detecting potential coronavirus carriers.
- Four in NE China's Dalian on credit blacklist for disrupting COVID-19 test site Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- Four people in Dalian of Northeast China's Liaoning Province were put on credit blacklist after disrupting a local COVID-19 test site on July 25. Two of them were detained for 15 days and the other two for 5 days.
- Dalian reports zero new COVID-19 cases for first time in 14 days Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- The city of Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, which was recently hit by a new COVID-19 outbreak, reported zero new confirmed cases for the first time in the past 14 days, local health officials announced on Wednesday.
- Whether to conduct citywide testing a decision for HKSAR govt to make Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- It is up to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government to decide whether to launch a citywide COVID-19 nucleic acid testing, but as long as they seek help, the central government will actively provide support to them, an official from the national health commission said Wednesday amid heated discussions on whether it is necessary and possible for Hong Kong to have citywide screening.
- China's COVID-19 testing capacity leading the world Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China's COVID-19 testing capacity can fully meet domestic demand and with a very high accuracy rate, authorities said Wednesday, and the most rapid nucleic acid testing products can deliver results within 30 minutes.
- COVID-19 testing capacity in China able to meet full demand Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China's COVID-19 testing capacity can fully meet domestic demand and with high accuracy rate, authorities said on Wednesday, and more fasting testing products are expected before autumn.
- China's daily COVID-19 testing capacity hits 4.84 million Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China's COVID-19 testing capacity can fully meet domestic demand, authorities said on Wednesday.
- Xinjiang COVID-19 resurgence originates from same source People's Daily 05 Aug 2020 -- Epidemiological analysis showed that the COVID-19 resurgence in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region originated from the same infection source, authorities said Tuesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 05 Aug 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, including 22 locally-transmitted ones.
- Chinese medics arrive in Azerbaijan to help fight COVID-19 Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- A team of Chinese medical experts arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan on Tuesday to share their knowledge of and experience in COVID-19 treatment with their Azerbaijani counterparts.
- Chinese Workers and Gamblers Illegally Stream Into Laos to Avoid Quarantine Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2020 -- Laos has detained and deported hundreds of Chinese nationals in recent months for illegally entering the country to sidestep a mandatory 14-day coronavirus quarantine period and head straight to casinos to gamble or work, sources in the country told RFA.
- China Agrees to Fishing Moratorium Off Galapagos Islands, Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry Says Sputnik 05 Aug 2020 -- China has agreed to observe a temporary fishing moratorium off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday.
- US Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan in First Top-Level Visit For Years Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2020 -- U.S. health secretary Alex Azar is to make the first cabinet-level visit of a U.S. official to Taiwan in six years, as Washington vows to take more steps to boost the democratic island, which China has threatened to invade.
- US Health Secretary to Visit Taiwan, Prompting Angry Response from China VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will visit Taiwan "in the coming days," a move that has angered China, which considers the self-ruled island a part of the Chinese mainland.
- U.S. plans first Cabinet-level visit to Taiwan in 6 years (update) CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will visit Taiwan in the coming days, the first trip to Taiwan by a Cabinet-level U.S. official in six years, the department said Tuesday.
- U.S. health secretary to meet Tsai on visit to Taiwan: MOFA CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on an upcoming visit to the country, according to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
- Azar's Taiwan visit intensifies provocation Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- The US health secretary's scheduled visit to the island of Taiwan in a few days, which marks the highest level visit by a US official in more than four decades, shows that Washington is likely to send more officials from sensitive departments, such as foreign affairs and defense, to visit the island, Chinese mainland experts said.
- China urges US to halt official contact with Taiwan island Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan island, and has lodged solemn representations with the US side in Beijing and Washington, the Chinese foreign ministry said, while urging the US not to send wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists.
- In affront to China, US announces highest-level visit to Taiwan in decades Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- The United States says Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar will travel to Taiwan in the coming days, marking the highest-level visit to the self-ruled island in decades, amid escalatory posturing toward China.
- China plans to launch 2 more meteorological satellites in 2021 Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China plans to launch two more meteorological satellites in 2021, sources with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said Wednesday.
- Chinese, Russian Banks Refuse Transactions With Iran Radio Farda 05 Aug 2020 -- A member of Iran's Chamber of Commerce has said that China's Kunlun Bank is refusing to deal with Iran, as warnings from the international watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regarding banking ties with the Islamic Republic have become tougher this year.
- Pompeo's Warning Against Closer China-Iran Ties Highlights Dilemma for Beijing VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest warning that China would destabilize the Middle East by deepening ties with U.S. foe Iran is raising questions about how far Beijing will go to boost its partner Tehran in an emerging deal that would heighten U.S.-China tensions.
- Official Admitted Iran Ignores Suppression Of Chinese Muslims, Former Lawmaker Claims Radio Farda 05 Aug 2020 -- Outspoken former lawmaker Ali Motahari on Wednesday said a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official has admitted to him that Iran remains silent about the suppression of Chinese Muslims -- mainly Uyghurs -- because of economic dependence on China.
- US Lawmakers Ask 6 Top Universities to Hand Over Records of Foreign Donations VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- Three members of the U.S. Congress are asking six of the nation's top universities to hand over records of donations they have accepted from certain foreign nations, including China and Russia, citing concerns that these multimillion-dollar donations present a growing national security threat.
- Taiwanese businessman charged over work with Chinese intelligence CNA 05 Aug 2020 -- Taipei District Prosecutors Office on Wednesday charged a Taiwanese businessman with violating the National Security Act, for his alleged work on behalf of Chinese intelligence, specifically arranging meetings with officials from Taiwan's government and military.
- PLA Army's attack helicopters conduct sea-crossing assault drills on Navy warship Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- Z-10 attack helicopters attached to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army recently conducted a series of sea-crossing assault drills on a Navy warship. The combination of Army helicopters and Navy warships can significantly boost the PLA's amphibious, vertical landing capability and will play a vital role in potential military operations on the island of Taiwan, military analysts said on Wednesday.
- PLA 1st amphibious assault ship appears on maiden voyage, photos show Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China's first Type 075 amphibious assault ship appears to have embarked on its first sea trial on Wednesday, judging from online videos, pictures, and a sea trial notice in relevant waters by the Maritime Safety Administration.
- PLA brigade improves battlefield support efficiency via data flow PLA Daily 05 Aug 2020 -- In a recent live-fire exercise, the logistic support department of a brigade under the PLA 79th Group Army greatly reduced the fuel supplement time for troops in maneuver, through coordinated multi-dimensional supply.
- Video: China's Type 075 Helicopter Carrier Sets Sail for First Sea Trials Sputnik 05 Aug 2020 -- China's first amphibious assault ship, the Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD), has been put to sea for the first time on Wednesday.
- Photos: China Tests 'Carrier Killer' Ballistic Missile as US Fires Off Minuteman III ICBM Sputnik 05 Aug 2020 -- The United States and the People's Republic of China have both recently test-fired long-range ballistic missiles. Although the US has nearly 20 times the number of nuclear weapons as China, the Trump administration has insisted Beijing be included in any new arms control treaties.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 5, 2020 PRC MofA 05 Aug 2020
- US-China war no longer inconceivable: Australia PM Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a war between the United States and China is "no longer inconceivable."
- China to make cool-headed, sensible response to US impulsive moves, anxiety: FM Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China is ready to make cool-headed and sensible response to the impulsive moves and anxiety of the US side, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.
- Chinese Foreign Minister Says Beijing Not Interested in Diplomatic War With US Sputnik 05 Aug 2020 -- Beijing is not interested in a diplomatic war with Washington although China stands ready to defend itself if necessary, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the state-run Xinhua news agency on Wednesday.
- China urges Australian bilateral 'friendly organization' to abandon anti-China activists Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, a foreign affairs agency set up by the Australian government, should not allow anti-China activists to join in the foundation and urged it to correct its mistakes and show sincerity after reports said that members of the foundation were found to receive financial backing by the US government and have ties with illegal cult.
- France's wrong remarks on HK unacceptable: Chinese embassy in France Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China cannot accept France's wrong remarks on Hong Kong, and urges France to stop using the national security law for Hong Kong to interfere in China's internal affairs, the Chinese embassy in France said.
- NPC to help LegCo avoid 'vacuum period' Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China's top lawmakers are expected to soon make a legitimate and reasonable arrangement in accordance with the Constitution over the outgoing Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to avoid a potential "vacuum period" resulting from the postponed LegCo election.
- In Hong Kong, Some Activists Fear Academic Freedom Will Suffer Under National Security Law VOA 05 Aug 2020 -- When lecturer Shiu Ka-Chun received a letter from his university last week, he was shocked to find that he had been effectively fired.
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