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31 August 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Hawaii Businesswoman Pleads Guilty to Facilitating Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Foreign National to China US Dept. of Justice 31 Aug 2020 -- An American businesswoman with international ties pleaded guilty today for her role in facilitating an unregistered lobbying campaign of the Administration of the President of the United States and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of foreign principals in exchange for millions of dollars.
- Sign-up for COVID-19 tests beyond expectations in HK, defying opposition's politicization Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- Two days before Hong Kong activates a mass nucleic acid testing program on Tuesday, the city has seen at least 400,000 sign up for the free COVID-19 tests with some testing centers already fully booked, a slap in the face of some opposition forces who are trying to discourage residents to register and politicize the issue.
- High vigilance as schools fully return 8 months since epidemic Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic first hit China, schools from kindergartens to colleges are finally headed toward a full resumption in the fall semester. While students are excited to meet their classmates and teachers again, society faces a big test in epidemic prevention and control.
- China strengthens COVID-19 testing capacity nationwide ahead of flu season Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China's virus prevention authority published a plan to further strengthen the country's capacity for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing by specifically deploying facilities in local regions, which experts said will fully prepare the country for any potential recurrence of the COVID-19 ahead of an upcoming flu season.
- Volunteers receive China's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate from insect cells Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China's first recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine made from insect cells was recently injected in volunteers, who said they felt good and have had no adverse reactions so far, the Global Times learned from the vaccine developer on Monday.
- Anti-epidemic efforts demonstrate China's great strength People's Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- While the world continues to struggle with the impact of the sudden COVID-19 epidemic, China has taken the lead in controlling the outbreak, achieving economic recovery and advancing international anti-epidemic cooperation.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- Gov't officials eye universal COVID-19 testing to help Hong Kong return normal People's Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- Officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government called on residents to actively participate in the upcoming universal community testing of COVID-19 and expected the testing will help Hong Kong return normal at an early date.
- China dismisses India claims of military 'provocation' at disputed border Press TV 31 Aug 2020 -- Beijing has dismissed India's claims of "provocative" military movements by Chinese troops at the contested border line dividing the two Asian neighbors.
- Fresh Clash Erupts Between Indian-Chinese Troops in Pangong Tso Sputnik 31 Aug 2020 -- India and China have been in a border stand-off along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control since the last week of April. The violent face-off between the troops of the neighbouring countries in Pangong Tso on 15 June left 20 Indian army soldiers dead, resulting in a series of disengagement talks at the diplomatic and military level.
- India Accuses Chinese Troops of Attempting to Encroach Himalayan Border VOA 31 Aug 2020 -- Indian authorities say their troops thwarted an attempt by Chinese soldiers to change the status quo in the northern Ladakh region, where both sides have been locked in a tense standoff along their disputed Himalayan border for more than four months. China has dismissed the allegations.
- Indian troops' illegal crossing of LAC will 'escalate tensions' Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China strongly opposes Indian troops' illegal crossing of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday, which is a severe violation of the consensus reached before at the multilevel talks between the two countries, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Command said on Monday night.
- India's illegal crossing of LAC a severe violation of consensus: PLA Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China strongly opposes the illegal crossing by Indian troops of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday, which is a severe violation of the consensus reached at the multilevel talks between the two countries previously, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theater Command said on Monday night.
- China demands India to withdraw troops that illegally trespassing LAC and avoid escalation on border PLA Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- India troops on Monday illegally trespassed the Line of Control (LOC) again at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and near the Reqin Mountain and conducted flagrant provocations, said Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, urging that the Indian side should immediately withdraw its troops and avoid any escalation in the situation.
- Beijing says in talks with India to solve border dispute amid latest accusation PLA Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that its troops have never crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid a China-India border standoff, after the Indian army alleged that China's troops violated the previous consensus.
- Tibet's Exile Government Slams Call by China's Xi Jinping to 'Sinicize' Tibetan Buddhism Radio Free Asia 31 Aug 2020 -- Tibet's India-based exile government hit back this week at a call by China's President Xi Jinping to Sinicize the Tibetan people's Buddhist religion, describing the move as an attempt by China's ruling Communist Party to destroy Tibet's unique national identity.
- Xi sets out plans for new era in Tibet People's Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- China has set the policy direction for developing the Tibet autonomous region in the new era, focusing its Tibet-related work on safeguarding national unity and strengthening ethnic solidarity while improving people's well-being.
- Declassified cables reveal U.S. assurances on Taiwan's defense CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Washington's release of two declassified cables from nearly 40 years ago on its security assurances to Taiwan reflect the United States' commitment to Taiwan at a time when it is under threat from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday.
- Military allocates budget to buy tactical UAVs, boost radar capability CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Taiwan's military has allocated budgets to buy Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (TUAVs), underwater vehicles, and to improve its radar surveillance and camouflage capabilities in response to the increasing military threat from China, according to a defense budget proposal it submitted to lawmakers for review on Monday.
- PLA's electronic warfare capability serious threat to Taiwan: MND CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- The buildup and deployment of advanced electronic warfare units by the People's Liberation Army along China's southeastern coast could potentially pose a serious threat to Taiwan's defenses, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Monday.
- U.S. destroyer transits Taiwan Strait CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- An American destroyer sailed south through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in a "regular operation," the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
- US intends to force China to 'fire first shot' over Taiwan Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- A US military aircraft appeared in the skies over Taiwan on Sunday, which was suspected of taking off from a Taiwan-based airfield and flew to Japan, although the Taiwan "air force" said it was against the facts. The incident took place as the island's military claims that the Chinese mainland does not possess "enough capabilities" to launch an all-out attack on Taiwan.
- Taiwan, Czech choose to live in democracy: Czech senate president CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Visiting Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil said on Monday that the biggest feature shared by Taiwanese and Czechs is that they both choose to live in democratic and free societies.
- Czech Senate president witnesses MOU signings in Taiwan CNA 31 Aug 2020 -- Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil on Monday witnessed the signing of three documents on smart industry cooperation during an economic forum, the first official activity of his six-day visit to Taiwan.
- China summons Czech envoy, warns Czech officials of paying 'heavy price' for Taiwan visit Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- China has summoned Czech Ambassador to China to protest over Czech senate speaker's visit to Taiwan while Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his ongoing visit to Europe made a rare strongly worded response to the speaker's act, sending a strong message to other European countries that playing tricks with Taiwan island will pay a heavy price.
- Chad Sbragia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China Press Briefing on the 2020 China Military Power Report DoD 31 Aug 2020 -- Chad Sbragia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense
- China's Coast Guard cruises for high seas fishery in North Pacific PLA Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- Recently, the China Coast Guard (CCG) dispatched two Coast Guard vessels to the North Pacific Ocean to carry out a 31-day high seas fishery law enforcement cruise mission, with a total voyage of 11,189 nautical miles and a cruising area of approximately 74,000 square nautical miles.
- Wang Yi: Anyone who challenges one-China principle will pay 'heavy price' Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his visit in Germany on Monday that anyone who challenges the one-China principle will pay a heavy price, referring to the Czech Senate speaker's Taiwan visit.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on August 31, 2020 PRC MofA 31 Aug 2020
- Chinese Foreign Ministry says US' anti-Beijing schemes doomed to fail Press TV 31 Aug 2020 -- Beijing says anti-China schemes by the United States are doomed to fail after a top US official urged other countries to confront what he called the "challenges" of China.
- Chinese FM slams US for harassing, interrogating Chinese students Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the US for using judicial force to harass and interrogate Chinese students in the US, or even to arrest and prosecute them on trumped-up charges, after US media reports claimed the Chinese military had sent students to study in the US "under false pretenses" in recent years, and many have been arrested this year on suspicion of visa fraud.
- China and US not in war for power; US on wrong side of history: Chinese FM during Europe visit Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- The fundamental disagreements between China and the US are not about power, international status or social systems, but about whether to support multilateralism or unilateralism, and advocate win-win cooperation or a zero-sum game. It is clear to the world that the US is now on the wrong side of history, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) conference in Paris on Sunday (French time) during his week-long visit to Europe.
- China-U.S. divergences not about power contest: Chinese FM People's Daily 31 Aug 2020 -- The divergences between China and the United States are not about power, status or social system, but about the choices of multilateralism or unilateralism, win-win cooperation or a zero-sum game, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Sunday.
- Natl security law shows strong deterrence, police force confident in dealing with challenges: HK police chief Global Times 31 Aug 2020 -- The commissioner of police of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Chris Tang Ping-keung, said that the police force will spare no efforts in investigating acts and activities that endanger national security and enhance communication with its counterparts in the Chinese mainland, as the social unrest in 2019 has united the Hong Kong police force more than ever.
- Riot Police Fire Pepper Balls at Hong Kong Protesters Radio Free Asia 31 Aug 2020 -- Thousands of people clad in black with white mourning flowers gathered on the streets of Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Monday to mark the anniversary of an attack by riot police on passengers at Prince Edward MTR station at the height of last year's protest movement.
- Mass Protests Erupt as China Moves to End Mongolian-Medium Teaching in Schools Radio Free Asia 31 Aug 2020 -- Tens of thousands of ethnic Mongolian students and parents are demonstrating in northern China over unannounced plans by the Chinese government to phase out Mongolian-medium teaching in the region's schools.
- China no longer interested in expensive Saudi oil: Report Press TV 31 Aug 2020 -- China has significantly reduced its imports of crude oil from Saudi Arabia in recent months, shows a report, adding that the Saudis are no longer among the top suppliers of crude to China.
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