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24 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China to prioritize Mekong countries for COVID-19 vaccine People's Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- China will give priority to providing COVID-19 vaccines to Mekong countries once a vaccine is developed and put into use, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday.
- Zambia commends Chinese CDC for building capacity in COVID-19 testing Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- The Zambian government on Saturday commended the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention(Chinese CDC) for helping build the capacity of laboratories to test for COVID-19.
- Volunteers in China-Russia vaccine trial to be vaccinated by end September Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- Volunteers participating in a China-Russia COVID-19 vaccine trail are scheduled to have all been vaccinated by the end of September and results will be released by late autumn, Petrovax, a leading Russian pharmaceutical products developer, told the Global Times on Sunday.
- Shanghai expert explains low COVID-19 death rate Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- Shanghai has been able to keep the COVID-19 death rate low by analyzing the time from illness onset to death, a top Shanghai medical expert revealed on Monday.
- Urumqi eases COVID-19 lockdown, outdoor activities allowed in some communities as infections subside Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- Thirty-seven days after Urumqi, capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, pressed the pause button to contain the COVID-19 resurgence, the city has gradually lifted its lockdown by allowing residents of some local communities where there have been no COVID-19 patients to engage in outdoor activities within the community as infections have gradually subsided.
- China's Xinjiang reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic cases were reported in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sunday, the regional health commission said in its daily report.
- Official: Emergency use of coronavirus vaccines authorized People's Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- China has already authorized emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines developed by domestic companies, a senior health official said on Saturday.
- Mekong River: China Pledges to Share Data on Year-Round Flow Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- China's prime minister assured five of its Mekong neighbors Monday that Beijing would share year-round data on water flows into the river, a pledge welcomed by the Southeast Asian countries that have received information during the rainy season only and are increasingly impacted by drought and upstream dams.
- Premier Li urges wider Mekong cooperation Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- China brought a series of proposals, including offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Mekong countries as a priority, in the latest move of China's promotion of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC), which observers see as a sign of closer ties among the six countries amid the pandemic. The proposals represent expanding cooperation, from water resource sharing to other sectors, analysts said.
- China, Vietnam pledge peaceful, friendly border of common development PLA Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- China and Vietnam on Sunday vowed to make their border areas peaceful and friendly for cooperation and common development.
- India Ready for Military Action If Talks on Ladakh Fail With China, Reports Claim Sputnik 24 Aug 2020 -- Last week, Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) met for the 18th time to discuss disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control. The status quo ante needs to be restored to that of before May 2020. The troops have been in a border stand-off for almost five months.
- Tibetan Uncle and Nephew Arrested For Urging Resistance to Chinese Land Grab Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- A Tibetan community leader and his nephew were arrested this weekend in Qinghai's Tridu county after defying Chinese authorities by advising local Tibetans not to sign away their rights to grazing land, Tibetan sources said.
- Security cooperation between Washington, Taipei a 'dark history' of interfering in China's internal affairs: FM Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese mainland authority on Taiwan Affairs on Monday urged the US obey the one-China principle and stop sending the wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" forces, after an American diplomat attended a commemoration of a battle near Kinmen in the 1950s, which was also known as the start of the second crisis across the Taiwan Straits.
- US military tactics over Taiwan exposed as PLA stands ready Global Times 24 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been holding consecutive, concentrated military drills in all four major Chinese sea regions since mid-August, which is seen as a direct and strong response to the recent negative moves by Taiwan secessionists and the US, but the US military has not restrained its provocations and even bolstered its military operations around the island of Taiwan.
- NASA Researcher Arrested for False Statements and Wire Fraud in Relation to China's Talents Program US Dept. of Justice 24 Aug 2020 -- Texas A&M University Professor Working on U.S. Space Projects Allegedly Hid Affiliations with Chinese State Owned Academic and Commercial Institutions
- Texas Professor, NASA Researcher Arrested for Hiding Links With China, US Justice Department Says Sputnik 24 Aug 2020 -- A Texas A&M University professor working on projects for NASA has been arrested and will be charged for allegedly hiding his affiliations with Chinese state-owned academic and commercial institutions, the US Justice Department said in a statement on Monday.
- China Holds Trio of Military Drills, Including in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- China's military is holding three separate naval exercises and live-fire drills simultaneously this week, with one of them covering parts of the South China Sea disputed between China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
- Chinese military's role in domestic humanitarian assistance and disaster relief PLA Daily 24 Aug 2020 -- Humanitarian relief and disaster relief have become increasingly important missions for Chinese army forces domestically.
- Photos: Mystery Helicopter UAV Spotted as China's New Type 075 Carrier Returns From Maiden Voyage Sputnik 24 Aug 2020 -- Photos posted on social media of the Type 075 amphibious assault ship's return to Shanghai at the end of its maiden voyage revealed some of the first clear images of a new model of unmanned helicopter sitting on the dock, which may become part of the ship's air wing.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on August 24, 2020 PRC MofA 24 Aug 2020
- US unilateralism, hegemonic acts doomed to fail: China Press TV 24 Aug 2020 -- China has vehemently dismissed Washington's move to trigger the so-called snapback mechanism and restore the United Nations sanctions against Iran despite its departure from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, saying the US administration's unilateralism is unpopular and its hegemonic acts are doomed to failure.
- Large Numbers of Hong Kong Residents Leave Amid National Security Crackdown Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- As Australia relaxed visa rules for thousands of Hong Kong residents studying and working in the country, analysts say many more will likely emigrate from the city in the wake of a draconian national security law imposed by China following months of pro-democracy protests.
- English-Language News App Censored Tibet, Dalai Lama References Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- An English-language news app connected to major Western media sources routinely censored references to Tibet, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and other key words deemed politically sensitive by the app's Chinese owners, sources say.
- China 'Will End' Mongolian-Language Education Starting This Semester: Reports Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- China's ruling Communist Party is to end Mongolian-medium education in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, which borders the independent country of Mongolia, according to an overseas-based rights group.
- Former Camp Detainees Serving 'Deferred' Jail Sentences in Xinjiang's Korla City Radio Free Asia 24 Aug 2020 -- A number of former Uyghur internment camp detainees in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are now serving 'deferred' jail sentences, likely due to overcrowding in the region's prison system, according to sources.
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