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02 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese FM calls for reflection why COVID-19 has spread wildly in US after suspending travel with China Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- Why has the COVID-19 spread rampantly in some countries even after China cut off viral transmission routes to the rest of the world, the question deserves deep reflection and investigation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday at a press conference, when asked for comments about the US government's response to the epidemic.
- Xinjiang returns to normal life, preventive lesson learned Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- After being stuck in an Urumqi hotel for more than 40 days, Kurbanjan Samet can finally venture outside to local residential communities to shoot his new documentary on the prevention work of the novel coronavirus around the city.
- Xinjiang to fully restore normal daily activities after no COVID-19 cases reported for 16 consecutive days Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- The Party Committee of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region announced on Tuesday night that city life can return to normal, but epidemic prevention and control measures will not be relaxed even though the city had not recorded a new case of COVID-19 for 16 consecutive days.
- Beijing resumes direct international flights Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- Beijing is opening up to the world again after China has spent over half a year combating COVID-19, with occasional resurgences in some cities. The capital city announced on Wednesday plans to resume direct international flights, starting from Thursday, which signals that locally transmitted cases have been fully contained, leading medical experts commented.
- HK mulls extending universal nucleic acid testing scheme as registration slots fill up: official Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is mulling prolonging the seven-day universal community nucleic acid testing scheme, as registration in some testing centers are fully booked with more than 710,000 residents signing up as of Wednesday morning.
- Public confidence in HK nucleic acid screening rises, more expected to join Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- Public confidence in the nucleic acid testing program for COVID-19 arranged by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is rising as the program received a wide welcome with at least 710,000 residents signing up - and it may be extended to meet demand.
- Xinjiang resumes production, but epidemic measures remain People's Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region resumed normal life order and production but epidemic prevention and control measures will not be relaxed, local authorities announced on Tuesday night.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Hong Kong further loosens social distancing measures People's Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong announced Wednesday further relaxation of social distancing measures so that lives of residents can gradually return to normal as daily new COVID-19 infections remained on a losing streak.
- Hong Kong starts universal COVID-19 screening to stop virus spread People's Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong launched its massive screening program on Tuesday to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and restore the normal lives of residents.
- Indian troops first to cross LAC; blame for border issues lies with New Delhi Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- India's habitual boasts about its military strength, fabrication of victories and cover-ups of its provocations in recent border clashes with Chinese troops, which arise from its domestic need to divert public attention from its government's failure to improve the economy and contain COVID-19, make the whole world question its sincerity in maintaining the stability of the border area, Chinese analysts said.
- India first to provoke, responsibility rests with India: Chinese FM Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- The Indian army's statement admitting that its troops pre-empted the Chinese military activity fully proves that it was the first to illegally cross the border in an act of provocation, the first to unilaterally change the status quo in the border area and the first to violate the important consensus reached by the two sides, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
- Chinese embassy urges India to immediately withdraw troops illegally trespassing border area People's Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday urged India to immediately withdraw its troops illegally trespassing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and immediately halt any move that would escalate tensions.
- Troops Didn't Cross Border to Occupy Ridge at Pangong Tso, Indian Army Says Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- India and China have accused each other of crossing the loosely demarcated Line of Actual Control in Ladakh since 29 August when the two sides were involved in a skirmish in the Chushul Valley.
- India Reportedly Deploys Troops to Arunachal Border Amid Boiling Tensions With China in Ladakh Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- After another face-off between troops in Eastern Ladakh region's Chushul Valley overnight on 29-30 August, India has issued a high alert along the border with China, Nepal and Bhutan. Preempting action from Chinese forces, the troops have been asked to remaintain vigilant, especially at the tri-junction area in Lipulekh.
- No Indian Soldiers Were Killed in the Border Clash in Ladakh, Claims Chinese Foreign Ministry Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- The troops of India and China were engaged in a fierce physical duel on 29 August in Chushul, an area of the Ladakh Union Territory. The two sides have been conducting commanders' level talks for a third consecutive day to diffuse tension in the region.
- New passport design that highlights 'Taiwan' released CNA 02 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan's government has released a new design for the country's passport highlighting the English word for "Taiwan" in the hope of drawing a clearer distinction between Taiwan and China.
- Reactions to passport redesign split along party lines CNA 02 Sep 2020 -- A new passport design announced by Taiwan's government on Wednesday to highlight the name "Taiwan" and minimize the country's official name, the Republic of China, drew mixed reactions that split along party lines.
- Taiwan Introduces New Passport Cover to Draw Distinction From China VOA 02 Sep 2020 -- The Taiwan government released a new design Wednesday for its passport cover, and the island's popularly known name "Taiwan" is noticeably amplified in a bold font to avoid a connection to China, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Taiwan to redesign passports to differentiate from mainland China Press TV 02 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan says it plans to redesign its passports to put greater emphasis on the island's name, amid an increasingly hostile posturing toward mainland China.
- Taiwan Presents Changed Passport Cover to Avoid Confusion With Chinese One Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- The Taiwanese government on Wednesday presented a new design of its passport to ensure it reflects the difference between it and mainland China, the state-owned Central News Agency reported.
- DPP secessionists 'deceive themselves' with new passport Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- With growing tensions and the specter of a military conflict looming over the Taiwan Straits, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-dominated Taiwan island unveiled a new version of its passport, marked by further de-sinicization. Experts from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan believe the DPP's "political smuggling" is pushing the island toward the brink of a military conflict.
- Czech Senate speaker says visit aimed at connecting with Taiwan CNA 02 Sep 2020 -- Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil said during a meeting with Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday that his current visit to Taiwan is aimed at connecting the two countries.
- 'You crossed the line,' Chinese Foreign Minister warns Czech official's visit to Taiwan island Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- Ignoring opposition of China and the Czech government, Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil insisted on visiting the island of Taiwan, instigating secessionist forces, a blatant provocation that "crossed the line," Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
- China's military buildup eroding Taiwan's advantages: Pentagon CNA 02 Sep 2020 -- Beijing's military modernization has eroded Taiwan's potential advantages should a cross-Taiwan Strait conflict occur, even though Taiwan is taking steps to compensate for the growing disparities, the Pentagon said in a report Tuesday.
- Taiwan military's 'overreaction' to report shows it's 'guilty': Beijing think tank Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- The island of Taiwan on Wednesday said a Beijing think tank report on Sunday which claims a US military aircraft may have taken off from a Taiwan-based airfield and flew to Japan was fake news. This is the third time that the Taiwan military authority has responded to the report by the think tank, which recently gained prominence for closely tracking US military activities in the Taiwan Straits.
- China's Military Set to Increase Presence in South China Sea: Pentagon Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2020 -- China is set to greatly increase its military presence in the South China Sea, according to a new U.S. Department of Defense report. China's neighbors can expect to see its newest aircraft carrier, ship-killer missiles, and Marine Corps wade into disputed waters more boldly as the People's Liberation Army focuses on an "expeditionary" capability, facilitated by the increasing militarization of its outposts in the Paracel and Spratly Islands.
- Pentagon Says Parts of China's PLA Have Overtaken US Military Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2020 -- China has strengthened and modernized its military capabilities in recent years to the point where its People's Liberation Army (PLA) is "already ahead of the United States" in some areas, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress published on Wednesday.
- Pentagon Says Tajikistan Among Countries Where Beijing May Seek To Establish Military Bases RFE/RL 02 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Defense says the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan is among the countries China may be planning to set up new military bases as it expands the world's largest standing ground force.
- US Admiral Davidson Calls China 'Strategic Threat' in WWII Victory Anniversary Address Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- US Indo-Pacific fleet Commander Admiral Philip Davidson during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Hawaii accused China of attempting to undermine the international order and characterized the country as being "a strategic threat".
- Pentagon report shows China's nuke strength key deterrence Global Times 02 Sep 2020 -- The latest Pentagon report on the Chinese military development shows that China's nuclear strength is key to deterring US hegemonic activities, Chinese military experts said on Wednesday. The Chinese national defense ministry also criticized the report for stigmatizing China's military modernization, and groundlessly hyping the "China military threat theory."
- Chinese MND: US report on China full of Cold War mentality PLA Daily 02 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese military has expressed opposition to the Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2020, an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Defense.
- Beijing: US report on Chinese warheads filled with bias Press TV 02 Sep 2020 -- China has dismissed a US report that claims Beijing is expected to double the number of its nuclear warheads.
- Beijing Rejects US Report That China is Expected to Double Nuclear Warheads as 'Biased' Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- The day before, the US Defence Department issued a report suggesting that China is pursuing a 'nuclear triad' by developing land, sea, and air-based nuclear weapons systems.
- China Uses Tactics Short of Armed Conflict to Pursue Territorial, Maritime Claims - Pentagon Report Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- Leaders of China's Communist Party want to create a favourable international environment for their country's national rejuvenation, a Pentagon report has told the US Congress. The report, titled "A 20 Year Retrospective on China's Strategy and Armed Forces", revealed the national goal and the role of the Chinese army in achieving it.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 2, 2020 PRC MofA 02 Sep 2020
- Hong Kong, Xinjiang Crackdowns Haunt China FM Wang's Europe Tour Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's five-nation tour of Europe was billed as a charm offensive to court key Western nations amid a deepening China-U.S. standoff, but the trip was dogged by Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang and other issues that have straining Beijing's ties with Washington.
- Advancing Reciprocity in U.S.- China Diplomatic Relations US Dept. of State 02 Sep 2020 -- "For years, the PRC has imposed significant barriers on American diplomats working in the PRC that are far beyond diplomatic norms. PRC authorities implement a system of opaque approval processes designed to prevent American diplomats from conducting regular business and connecting with the Chinese people. U.S. diplomats' attempts to host cultural events, secure official meetings, and visit university campuses are regularly obstructed."
- US State Department imposes restrictions on Chinese diplomats Press TV 02 Sep 2020 -- In a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the restrictions, accusing the People's Republic of China of pressuring US diplomats in the country by subjecting them to "a system of opaque approval processes"
- US Says Will Make Sure All Chinese Embassy Social Media Pages Identified as Government Accounts Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- According to the US State Department, senior Chinese diplomats in the US will now be required to receive approval to visit US university campuses and meet with local government officials.
- Pompeo: Senior Chinese Diplomats Now Need Prior Approval for Travel, Meetings Within US VOA 02 Sep 2020 -- The United States is requiring senior Chinese diplomats to receive prior approval before visiting U.S. university campuses and meeting with local U.S. government officials, citing the need for reciprocity between the two countries.
- China's Top Diplomat Confirms Relations, Projects in Second Myanmar Visit of 2020 Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2020 -- China's top diplomat visited Myanmar this week to reconfirm major infrastructure plans with its Southeast Asian neighbor, his second trip to Naypyidaw in 2020 and a sign Beijing is shoring up relations in the region to help offset deteriorating ties with the West, analysts said Wednesday.
- China, Vietnam Try to Make Amends After Stormy Start to 2020 VOA 02 Sep 2020 -- Officials from Vietnam and China met this week after months of maritime disputes, including a sunken boat and missile tests.
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