Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
01 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- HK mass testing 'best way' to normalcy Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) officially kicked off universal nucleic acid testing on Tuesday, which is considered the best way for the southern Chinese city to put epidemic under control, reopen its economy and resume normalcy. As local officials and residents have expected, the local opposition forces have mounted constant campaign to smear government-led preventive measures and politicize the epidemic at the cost of public health.
- 10,000 tested hours after COVID-19 universal community nucleic acid screening launch in HK: Carrie Lam Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- Over 10,000 residents had been tested hours after the community nucleic acid testing scheme kicked off in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Tuesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said, while rejecting attempts by some medical personnel from the Hospital Authority to discredit the scheme and urging the relevant organizations to hold back their opposition.
- New school year in China begins with strict COVID-19 measures People's Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- With a mixture of nerves and excitement, many students in China kicked off a new school year on Tuesday.
- China's Xinjiang reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic cases were reported in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Monday, the regional health commission said Tuesday in its daily report.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Monday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- Hong Kong's daily COVID-19 cases back to single digit People's Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- The number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong dropped to single digit once again since the start of the third wave of outbreak in early July.
- China issues plan to bolster COVID-19 testing capacity People's Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- China will further beef up its capacity of nucleic acid testing of novel coronavirus, according to a newly released work plan.
- Tibetan Soldier in Indian Army Killed in Weekend Incident at Contested Border with China Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- The commander of an all-Tibetan company in India's Special Frontier Force was killed and another soldier was wounded by a land mine while patrolling the border with China in Ladakh in disputed eastern Kashmir over the weekend, sources in the region told RFA Tuesday.
- Channels of dialogue open, China will not be first to escalate China-India border dispute: Wang Yi Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that China has always been committed to maintaining stability along the China-India border and will not be the first to complicate or escalate the situation.
- China, India hold talks after border flare-up Press TV 01 Sep 2020 -- Indian and Chinese military commanders have held talks for a second day to ease tensions that flared up recently along their contested border in the Ladakh region.
- China Pursues Own Nuclear Triad, Doubling of Nuclear Capability DoD News 01 Sep 2020 -- Over the next 10 years, it's expected China will double the number of nuclear warheads it possesses, while embarking on an effort to expand the ways it can deploy its nuclear capability, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China Chad L. Sbragia said at the American Enterprise Institute.
- DOD Releases 2020 Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China DoD 01 Sep 2020 -- The Department of Defense announces the release of its annual report on "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China." The congressionally mandated report serves as an authoritative assessment on military and security developments involving the PRC.
- Pentagon: China Expected to Double Nukes in Next Decade VOA 01 Sep 2020 -- A new Pentagon report predicts that China will "at least double" the size of its nuclear warhead stockpile over the next decade as it pursues its own nuclear triad to conduct nuclear strikes by land, sea and air.
- Pentagon claims China aims to double its nuclear arsenal Press TV 01 Sep 2020 -- The US Defense Department claims that China aims to double its nuclear arsenal "over the next decade."
- China's first homemade carrier Shandong sets out for exercises Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- The Shandong, China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier - the country's second overall - set out from shipyard on Tuesday for military exercises, which will reportedly be held in the Bohai Sea in the next 22 days. Experts expect the carrier to integrate with J-15 fighter jets that were newly produced for it, as it continues to establish actual combat capability, and it will hopefully become combat-ready by the end of 2020.
- China's first carrier-based, fixed-wing early warning aircraft makes maiden flight: reports Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- China's first aircraft carrier-based, fixed-wing early warning aircraft, reportedly called the KJ-600, successfully made its maiden flight in late August, foreign and Chinese media reported. This type of plane will become far-reaching eyes and significantly boost the comprehensive combat capability of Chinese aircraft carriers, which currently only have helicopters for early warning purposes, Chinese experts said on Tuesday.
- China's first-generation guided-missile destroyers all retire from service PLA Daily 01 Sep 2020 -- A naval flotilla under the PLA Southern Theater Command last Friday held a decommissioning ceremony for two destroyers, the Zhanjiang (Hull 165) and the Zhuhai (Hull 166), both of which had served in the PLA Navy (PLAN) for nearly 30 years. The ceremony marked the final retirement of all the Type-051destroyers, as China's first-generation guided-missile destroyers independently developed and built by China, from active service.
- US can 'assure Taiwan nothing' Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned the US not to go any further on a "wrong and dangerous path" on Tuesday, after the US declassified its detailed documents showing illegal assurances that were made by Washington to the island of Taiwan in 1982 and posted them on the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT) website on Monday.
- US steps up support for Taiwan in defiance of China Press TV 01 Sep 2020 -- The United States has stepped up its support for Taiwan in defiance of China, which views the self-ruled island as part of its territory.
- Springer Nature Journal Rejects Article by Taiwan Doctor Over Country Name Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- Top academic publisher Springer Nature has once more sparked concerns over its censorship of topics regarded as politically sensitive by Beijing.
- US Adjusts Taiwan Policy, Declassifies Cables VOA 01 Sep 2020 -- The United States is adjusting its Taiwan policy and declassifying cables on Taiwan arms sales as China ramps up pressures on Taipei.
- Czech Senate president invokes Kennedy, says he's 'a Taiwanese' CNA 01 Sep 2020 -- Visiting Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil praised Taiwan's democracy and freedom in a speech at the Legislature on Tuesday and invoked John F. Kennedy's "I am a Berliner" speech by calling himself "a Taiwanese."
- Czech Republic Pushes Back on China Over Senate Visit to Taiwan VOA 01 Sep 2020 -- Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček Monday pushed back on his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi's assault over the Czech Senate delegation's visit to Taipei – signs, observers say, that suggest the tide is turning against China in Europe.
- Czech Senate Leader Declares 'I Am a Taiwanese' in Speech to Self-Ruled Island's Parliament VOA 01 Sep 2020 -- The head of the Czech Republic's Senate has openly offered support for an independent and democratic Taiwan during a visit to the self-ruled island, triggering an angry backlash from China, which was already furious about his visit.
- HK has no 'separation of powers': HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong has no "separation of powers," and a high degree of autonomy does not equate to full autonomy, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said, after Hong Kong's liberal studies textbooks removed the phrase "separation of powers."
- 'No Separation of Powers' in Hong Kong: Leader Carrie Lam Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said the once semi-autonomous city no longer has any separation of powers -- a mechanism found in liberal democracies to ensure that lawmakers and judicial systems remain free of executive control.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 1, 2020 PRC MofA 01 Sep 2020
- US is world's top telecom spy while bluffing with 'China threat': FM Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- While the US was bluffing the world with its "China threat" policy, and warning that Beijing could steal their data, Washington has been the world's top source of telecom espionage all the time, Hua Chunying, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry, told the Global Times at a press conference on Tuesday, urging some US politicians to stop smearing China immediately.
- Ejection of Chinese scholars latest 'example of US sabotaging cultural exchanges': Chinese FM Global Times 01 Sep 2020 -- It's "another example of the US deliberately sabotaging China-US cultural exchanges" that the University of North Texas abruptly ejected Chinese scholars, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Tuesday.
- Philippines says will not comply with US sanctions on China Press TV 01 Sep 2020 -- The Philippines says it will not comply with the United States' sanctions against China over regional disputes in the South China Sea, even though Manila itself is involved in one such dispute with Beijing.
- Philippines: Won't Stop Doing Business with Chinese Firms Blacklisted by US Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- The Philippines is not a "vassal state of any foreign power" and won't cut business ties with Chinese firms that Washington has blacklisted for their roles in Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday.
- 660 Lawyers in Hunan Have Law Licenses Revoked in China Attorney Purge Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- A sexual assault case in April involving a licensed lawyer who was also a senior executive of a Shandong province oil enterprise prompted China's Ministry of Justice to launch a mass purge of lawyers that has toppled more than 660 lawyers in Hunan province, legal sources said.
- Ethnic Mongolians in China Face Crackdown as Protests Intensify Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2020 -- Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia have imposed a curfew in Lubei city in the region's Zaruud Banner, according to a video clip posted online by a New York-based rights group.
- China, Russia Deepen Their Ties Amid Pandemic, Conflicts With The West RFE/RL 01 Sep 2020 -- Russia has begun work on one of the world's largest polymer plants, an $11 billion project that has its sights set on the Chinese market as economic ties between Beijing and Moscow grow.
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