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13 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Xinfadi market resumes, closes retail sales after Beijing curbs outbreak Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Xinfadi market in southern Beijing, the largest seafood and agricultural wholesale market in Asia, will shut down its retail business when it resumes operations after 63 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak related to the market, authorities said on Thursday.
- Xi'an reports positive test on frozen shrimp imported from Ecuador Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, has reported that some samples taken from the outer packaging of imported shrimp from Ecuador have tested positive for novel coronavirus in a seafood market, the Shaanxi health authority said on Thursday.
- Cargo train carrying anti-epidemic supplies leaves China's Xi'an for Italy Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- A cargo train with 45 compartments of anti-epidemic supplies left Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, and headed for Italy's Milan Wednesday.
- Chinese envoy warns against unilateralism in responses to COVID-19 People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- A Chinese envoy on Wednesday warned against unilateralism in responses to COVID-19, branding it as "a one-way train heading to a dead end."
- Cured COVID-19 patient tests positive again in China People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- A man tested positive for COVID-19, months after recovery and discharge from hospital, Shanghai municipal health commission said Thursday.
- Chinese mainland reports 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including 11 imported cases and eight locally-transmitted ones.
- China's Hubei reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic or suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported in central China's Hubei Province Wednesday, the provincial health commission said Thursday.
- A glimpse into Hong Kong's inflatable COVID-19 testing lab People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Sixteen white "cocoons" have been neatly arranged in the large gymnasium at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre with protective layers, wires and network cables laid on the wooden floor. Hong Kong's "Fire Eye Laboratory" is about to be put into use.
- Human mobility restrictions effective in controlling COVID-19 spread: research People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Researchers have found that human mobility restrictions could be an effective strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province.
- Third phase of international clinical trials underway for China's COVID-19 vaccine PLA Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- The third phase of international clinical trials is underway for a recombinant COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese researchers, CCTV reported on Wednesday.
- India Rebuffs 'Lies and Half-Truths' of Pakistan's Envoy to China on Jammu and Kashmir Sputnik 13 Aug 2020 -- India and Pakistan have been engaged in squabbling over Jammu and Kashmir, which both countries claim in full, but rule in part. Islamabad launched a diplomatic war against New Delhi after the latter abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019 to strip the erstwhile state of its special status.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on August 13 PRC MofA 13 Aug 2020
- US Designates Confucius Institutes 'Foreign Missions' of China Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- The United States on Thursday designated the Confucius Institute education program as a "foreign mission" of China, setting up the Chinese government-funded language teaching scheme for tougher scrutiny amid worsening relations between Washington and Beijing.
- "Confucius Institute U.S. Center" Designation as a Foreign Mission US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2020 -- Fact Sheet
- US Classifies Confucius Institute Center as Foreign Mission VOA 13 Aug 2020 -- The United States announced Thursday that it would require the center that runs the Confucius Institute to register as a foreign mission of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, alleging the group's Chinese language courses are part of a widespread campaign of influence and propaganda in the U.S.
- Briefing With Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David R. Stilwell and Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Clifton C. Seagroves On Actions Taken to Counter PRC Influence Operations US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2020
- Designation of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a Foreign Mission of the PRC US Dept. of State 13 Aug 2020 -- The Trump Administration has made it a priority to seek fair and reciprocal treatment from the People's Republic of China. For more than four decades, Beijing has enjoyed free and open access to U.S. society, while denying that same access to Americans and other foreigners in China.
- Taiwan's potential deployment of US-made missiles, mines easy to counter: experts Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The island of Taiwan is reportedly in discussions with the US over the purchase of cruise missiles and sea mines, and claimed they will potentially be deployed as coastal defense and amphibious landing deterrence. The intention to purchase these weapons only emphasized Taiwan's outdated war concepts and military technologies, and their potential deployment can be easily countered by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Chinese mainland experts said on Thursday.
- China says military drills near Taiwan were 'necessary' to defend sovereignty Press TV 13 Aug 2020 -- China's military says recent military drills near Taiwan were "necessary action" to safeguard Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- China opposes U.S-Taiwan official interactions under any pretext: FM People's Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday said China firmly opposed any official interactions between the United States and Taiwan under any pretext.
- Taiwan Indicts Three Parliamentary Aides For Spying For China Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- Prosecutors in Taiwan on Thursday indicted three former legislative aides for trying to access President Tsai Ing-wen's medical records for China's state security police.
- Former legislative aides indicted over espionage for China CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- Three former legislative aides were indicted Thursday on suspicion of involvement in developing a spy network in Taiwan for Chinese intelligence.
- Ex-legislative aides indicted for espionage released on bail CNA 13 Aug 2020 -- Two of three former legislative aides charged with spying and developing a spy network in Taiwan for China were released on bail Thursday, hours after their indictment earlier the same day.
- US spy plane following civilian aircraft in S. China Sea risks confrontation: experts Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- A Hong Kong-based media outlet on Wednesday reported that the US military spy aircraft E-8C was first recognized as a civilian flight during a night sortie in the South China Sea, and experts reached by the Global Times noted such a move, if confirmed, will risk involving civilian flights in military confrontations.
- PLA holds consecutive, realistic drills in Taiwan Straits in response to secessionist moves Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command recently systematically sent troops from multiple military branches into multiple directions and organized consecutive, realistic drills in the Taiwan Straits and its northern and southern ends, the command announced on Thursday.
- PLA's 'unprecedented drills' in Taiwan Straits for deterrence, actual combat: observers Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese mainland openly warned Taiwan secessionists by conducting massive military drills in the Taiwan Straits on Thursday. Chinese experts said this is a clear and unprecedented deterrence toward secessionists of the island as well as the US, as the Trump administration has increased its links with the Taiwan secessionist authority, and the possibility of peaceful reunification is decreasing sharply.
- PLA's Eastern Theater Command conducts exercises in Taiwan Straits PLA Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command has recently carried out combat exercises in the Taiwan Straits and surrounding waters to verify and boost its interservice joint operation capability, a military spokesman said.
- Chinese H-6J bomber's S.China Sea deployment 'to suppress US provocations' Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's newly revealed bomber, the H-6J, was recently deployed on Yongxing Island in the South China Sea for the first time, foreign media reported on Wednesday. The move will enable the PLA to suppress and jam provocative US military activities in the region, and its weapons load, potentially including anti-ship ballistic missiles, provides a huge deterrence to US aircraft carriers, experts said on Thursday.
- For first time, Y-20 aircraft uses civil airport to conduct cross-border delivery mission PLA Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- On August 9, a Y-20 military transport aircraft of the PLA Air Force flew from the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport to Russia with a flight of over 7,600 km, carrying a total of 57 soldiers from the PLA Northern Theater Command to participate in the International Army Games 2020.
- PLA's new amphibious bridging and ferrying system makes debut PLA Daily 13 Aug 2020 -- Recently, an engineering detachment assigned to a brigade under the 78th Group Army of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched the in-water training for the new wheeled self-propelled amphibious bridging and ferrying system for the first time.
- China Showcases New H-6J Bomber During Drills in South China Sea, Reports Says Sputnik 13 Aug 2020 -- China's new Xian H-6J bomber has been demonstrated to the public for the first time during drills in the South China Sea, national media reported.
- Is China's Fishing Fleet a Growing Security Threat? VOA 13 Aug 2020 -- China says it has banned its massive fishing fleet from catching squid in parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for three months to help populations recover, after environmental groups warned the country's illegal fishing activities are devastating ecologically sensitive areas such as the Galapagos Islands.
- Apple Daily can't 'represent' free press as freedom of speech needs to comply with law: experts Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- When Western media considered the latest arrest of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai and the Hong Kong police's operation targeting its headquarters after the national security law for Hong Kong came into force as a "severe erosion of free press in Hong Kong," some ignored the essence of this matter, which has nothing to do with freedom of the press, and some have no idea what the fourth estate is about, observers said Thursday.
- HK commerce secretary slams US move to label local goods 'Made in China' Global Times 13 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah on Thursday accused the US of violating WTO rules by deciding to label "Made in Hong Kong" goods as "Made in China" from September 25, saying Hong Kong will definitely take action to protect its rights and interests.
- Hong Kong's RTHK Takes Down Podcast Featuring Activist Who Fled City Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong's government broadcaster has withdrawn a political podcast from its website after being warned that an interview with exiled democracy activist Nathan Law could be in breach of a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
- Despite Arrest, Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Says He Won't Back Down VOA 13 Aug 2020 -- Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, who has been released on bail after his arrest Monday, said Thursday he has accepted imprisonment as his "destiny" and that the widespread support he has received proves his struggle for democracy is a worthy cause.
- Public Toilet Erected on Former Site of Razed Xinjiang Village Mosque Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- A public toilet has been erected on the site of a demolished mosque in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to a local official, as part of what some observers believe is a campaign aimed at breaking the spirit of Uyghur Muslims.
- China Lending Bangladesh Almost $1 BN For Teesta River Project Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2020 -- Bangladesh is to receive a loan of nearly U.S. $1 billion from China for a project to maintain levels in the Teesta River during the drought season after efforts to approve a water-sharing deal with India failed, government officials said.
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