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07 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China Pays Premium to Control Petroleum Pipelines Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- China's biggest energy shakeup in years has turned into a guessing game as analysts wonder why the state agreed to pay so much for assets that it already owns.
- HK to provide free COVID-19 testing to all residents Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong will provide free coronavirus tests for its 7.5 million residents taken on a voluntary basis starting in two weeks' time in collaboration with the central government, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Friday, as the city has been hit by a third wave of coronavirus cases.
- Schools in China to start new term as COVID-19 curve flattens Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- Schools in China are about to welcome new and returning students when the fall term begins in about three weeks with strict epidemic control measures, including arranging for students to return in separate batches and at different time slots, the head of the Beijing Education Commission Wang Ning said on Wednesday.
- Hong Kong to launch massive COVID-19 testing People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Friday that a mass screening for COVID-19 will be launched and any resident can take the testing voluntarily.
- All COVID-19 patients from Beijing wholesale market outbreak cured People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- With the last patient discharged from hospital, all of the 335 people screened in new clusters of COVID-19 related to Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale farm produce market have been cured and discharged, according to the municipal health commission Friday.
- Beijing reports one new COVID-19 case People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Beijing reported one new COVID-19 case Thursday, the municipal health commission said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, including 27 locally transmitted.
- COVID-19 vaccine production workshop passes biosafety inspection People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- A production workshop for inactivated COVID-19 vaccines in Beijing has passed biosafety inspection and is qualified for use, according to the China National Biotec Group (CNBG).
- HK expands free testing to speed up screening for COVID-19 in community People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong announced Thursday a decision to expand its community testing scheme to more districts in a bid to screen COVID-19 patients faster, as another 95 cases were reported on Thursday, taking the total in Hong Kong to 3,849.
- Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including 3 from China, now in phase-3 trials: WHO People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including three from China, have entered phase-3 trials, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.
- No comment from Taiwan on potential sale of advanced drones CNA 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan had no response Friday to a Reuters report that the United States is in negotiations to sell at least four advanced aerial drones to Taiwan, which would be the first sale of such drones to Taipei.
- Reported US drone sale to Taiwan a political stunt: experts Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- China on Friday sharply criticized a reported plan by the US to sell military drones to the island of Taiwan, saying that the move seriously undermines China's sovereignty and security interests. Mainland experts noted that the potential sale is more of a political stun that has little military value.
- US Arms Sales to Taiwan Violate One China Principle, Beijing Says on Reports of Possible Drone Deal Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- Beijing's statement comes in response to reports suggesting that Washington is looking to surreptitiously sell four SeaGuardian surveillance drones to the breakaway province.
- Taiwan Deploys F-16s With Live Anti-Ship Missiles Amid China's Rumored Island Invasion Drills Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's Republic of China Air Force launched two multirole F-16 fighters fitted with anti-ship missiles from Hualien Air Force Base this week following reports that forces from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) would be holding drills simulating the capture of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands, which Beijing calls the Dongsha Islands.
- Taiwan analysts play down China military drills CNA 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan security analysts on Friday played down the importance of a military exercise to be staged by China in the East China Sea, and ruled out a link between the drills and an upcoming visit by a U.S. official to Taiwan.
- 'Everyone Should Update Their Understanding of China': Taiwanese Diplomat Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's newly appointed representative to its trade and economic office in the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, has said she will go to bat for the democratic island as a "battle cat" to counter China's aggressive, "wolf warrior" style of diplomacy.
- China's defense minister warns US over 'dangerous moves' Press TV 07 Aug 2020 -- China has warned the United States against taking "dangerous moves," on Taiwan after Washington announced it was sending a senior official on a diplomatic visit to the self-ruled island.
- Chinese defense minister holds phone talk with US counterpart PLA Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe held a phone talk with the US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Thursday. The two sides exchanged views on the relations between two countries and two militaries, as well as the military exchanges in the next stage.
- China's military hospital train gets exclusive railway tracks and station PLA Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- A hospital train with six carriages pulled in the platform of Xinqiao Hospital Railway Station on August 6, marking the opening of China's first railway line and railway station exclusively dedicated to the military hospital train.
- Ceremony held to honor Chinese naval hospital ship PLA Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- A ceremony was held on Friday to honor the Chinese naval hospital ship, Peace Ark.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 7, 2020 PRC MofA 07 Aug 2020
- Universities Round the World Fail to Stand up to China: Report Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- Universities and colleges around the world are "unprepared" to deal with threats to freedom of speech on campus and academic freedom among their scholars as a result of political pressure from Beijing, a New York-based rights group said on Friday.
- Full text of Yang Jiechi's signed article on China-US relations Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- A signed article by Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee was published Friday.
- China's chief diplomat slams US politicians' efforts to undermine China-US ties Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- A signed article by Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, was published Friday, calling for stable ties and mutual respect. It also criticized US politicians who deliberately distort and attempt to undermine China-US relations.
- China Threatens Retaliation for US Denial of Journalist Visas VOA 07 Aug 2020 -- China has threatened to retaliate after the United States did not renew visas for some 40 Chinese journalists, whose 90-day permit to work in the U.S. expired Thursday.
- TikTok Threatens to Sue after US Moves to Ban App VOA 07 Aug 2020 -- TikTok reacted to President Donald Trump's executive order barring U.S. companies and individuals from doing business with its parent company, ByteDance, by threatening to take legal action and urging its U.S. users to lobby on its behalf.
- TikTok owner vows to sue over crackdown by 'modern-day pirate' Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- In a white-knuckle move that has led analysts to label him a modern-day pirate, the Trump administration issued an executive order on Thursday blocking all US deals with TikTok's Chinese parent ByteDance after 45 days, even as Microsoft is in talks to secure a deal for the hugely popular video-sharing app in the US.
- US executive orders targeting Chinese apps a 'shameless' act of hegemony: FM Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- The US will eventually taste the bitter fruit of choosing self-interest over market principles, intl rules, which will only lead to the decline of morality, national image, and intl trust: Chinese FM on US executive orders targeting TikTok and WeChat .
- US' rising tech war targets WeChat Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- Tencent Holdings, one of the largest tech firms in the world based in China, has now become another target of Washington.
- Trump Bans US Transactions With Chinese Parent Companies of TikTok, WeChat Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- President Donald Trump has issued a ban on U.S. transactions with the Chinese parent companies of video-sharing app TikTok and messaging app WeChat, citing threats the two subsidiary firms present in harvesting the data of U.S. citizens.
- Citing Security Concerns, Trump Orders Bans on TikTok, WeChat VOA 07 Aug 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday ordered sweeping bans on two Chinese consumer apps.
- The United States Designates Individuals in Hong Kong for Curtailing Promised Freedoms US Dept. of State 07 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree of autonomy that Beijing itself promised to the Hong Kong people and the United Kingdom for 50 years. President Trump has made clear that the United States will therefore treat Hong Kong as "one country, one system," and take action against individuals who have crushed the Hong Kong people's freedoms.
- Treasury Sanctions Individuals for Undermining Hong Kong's Autonomy US Treasury 07 Aug 2020 -- Today, the Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on 11 individuals for undermining Hong Kong's autonomy and restricting the freedom of expression or assembly of the citizens of Hong Kong.
- US Sanctions Hong Kong Leaders VOA 07 Aug 2020 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong's pro-China government leader and other Hong Kong officials for allegedly suppressing freedom in the former British colony.
- US Slaps Sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam and Chinese Officials Sputnik 07 Aug 2020 -- In late June, President Xi Jinping signed into effect the new law, which criminalises secession, subversion, collusion, and terrorism in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The law was welcomed by Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, but was opposed by a number of nations, including the United States.
- Disqualified candidates should be banned from possible temporary LegCo: analysts Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- The standing committee of China's top legislature is likely to approve a resolution during the four-day session starting Saturday on 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.
- US Freezes Assets of Hong Kong Leaders, Chinese Officials Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- The United States on Friday announced sanctions against Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other senior officials for their role in curbing the city's promised freedoms, and in implementing a draconian national security regime.
- Xi stresses combination of top-level design, public advice in compiling 14th Five-Year Plan People's Daily 07 Aug 2020 -- President Xi Jinping has underlined the need to combine top-level design and public opinions in compiling the 14th Five-Year Plan.
- China's rare-earth exports drop by 44% in July amid pandemic Global Times 07 Aug 2020 -- China witnessed a steep decline in rare-earth exports in July as the global epidemic resulted in weak demand.
- Xinjiang's Restricted-Access 'Residential Area' For Uyghurs Accused of Lighter 'Offenses' Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2020 -- A special, restricted-access "residential area" in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) was established to relocate internment camp detainees accused of lighter "offenses," and requires study of Mandarin Chinese, while employing detainees in several on-site factories, sources told RFA.
- Ex-Lawmaker Raises Rare Criticism Of Iran's Silence About China's Abuse Of Uyghurs, Other Muslims RFE/RL 07 Aug 2020 -- A former Iranian lawmaker has started a big controversy by raising rare criticism of China's treatment of its Muslim minority population.
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