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09 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Flu vaccine supplies to increase amid COVID-19 pandemic Global Times 09 Sep 2020 -- Facing the dual threat of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu, which has always occurred in the autumn and winter, China is expanding the supply of flu vaccines this year to meet the expected increasing demand. Experts believe the flu vaccine will not be in short supply and the national arrangement will be finished in two months.
  • Wuhan lockdown, a game-changing decision in China's fight against COVID-19 People's Daily 09 Sep 2020 -- As China held the meeting to commend role models in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, it is especially meaningful to bring to mind a game-changing decision made by President Xi Jinping at a crucial juncture of the anti-epidemic battle: locking down the central megacity of Wuhan.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 09 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
  • In Fresh Flare-Up Along India-China Border Both Sides Accuse Each Other of Firing Warning Shots VOA 09 Sep 2020 -- Tensions increased along the India-China border as both sides accused each other of firing warning shots at their disputed Himalayan boundary, where a military standoff is now in its fifth month.
  • Thousands of Tibetans Driven From Their Homes by China to Make Way For National Park Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2020 -- Plans by China to build a national park in Tibetan-populated areas of Qinghai province are forcing thousands of nomads from their ancestral land, with final removal of the herders scheduled by the end of this year, Tibetan sources say.
  • Chinese Border City Enables Sanctions Evasion, Report Claims VOA 09 Sep 2020 -- A new report says the Chinese border city of Dandong continues to provide a vital lifeline for North Korea's economy, despite United Nations sanctions that have been in place since Pyongyang conducted a nuclear missile test three years ago, an incident that many thought could have led to war on the Korean peninsula.
  • PLA bombers, air defense troops, paratroopers deployed in plateau region amid border tensions Global Times 09 Sep 2020 -- Following renewed border tensions between China and India over the past two weeks due to the latest Indian provocations, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been reportedly mobilizing forces, including bombers, air defense troops, artillery, armored vehicles, paratroopers, special forces and infantry units, from different parts of the country to the bordering plateau region, a move that shows the PLA's capability and determination to safeguard the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, analysts said on Wednesday.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on September 9, 2020 PRC MofA 09 Sep 2020
  • The Hypocrisy of the PRC's Propaganda System US Dept. of State 09 Sep 2020 -- "Today, the Chinese Communist Party's main propaganda newspaper, the People's Daily, refused to run an Op-ed written by our Ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, citing a litany of grievances."
  • Beijing says Australia searched Chinese journalists' houses, seized items Press TV 09 Sep 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry says Australian intelligence agents searched the houses of Chinese journalists and confiscated items from them without explanation.
  • Australia fails to justify raid on 4 Chinese journalists: Chinese FM Global Times 09 Sep 2020 -- Australia has not given a reasonable explanation for why it raided the residences of four Chinese journalists in June and still not returned all the journalists' seized items, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
  • Interview: 'I Got a Midnight Visit From The State Security Police' Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2020 -- Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) and Michael Smith of the Australian Financial Review fled China on Sept. 8 after sheltering for a few days in Australian diplomatic compounds. Their hasty departure came after Chinese police detained Australian national and state-media anchor Cheng Lei pending an investigation in which Smith and Birtles were named "persons of interest." Birtles spoke to RFA's Mandarin Service on Wednesday about his recent experiences in China:
  • China, Carrie Lam, Say Hong Kong Has Been Controlled by Beijing Since 1997 Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday repeated her stance that the city's government is "executive-led" and accountable to the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, amid an outcry over her earlier statement saying there is no separation of powers.
  • Possible US ban on Xinjiang cotton 'coercion' Global Times 09 Sep 2020 -- In an another attempt to taint China's Xinjiang policies, the US government is reportedly mulling a ban on cotton products made in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region over the so-called abuse of human rights. However, reality tells a different story and Western politicians have failed to listen to the true voices of residents in Xinjiang.
  • British MPs Condemn Rights Abuses in Xinjiang, Demand End to Beijing's Policies of Repression Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2020 -- A group of 135 cross-party British members of parliament have written to China's ambassador to the United Kingdom condemning rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and calling for their immediate end.
  • Uyghur Villagers Forgo Washing For Years Fearing Accusations of Performing Ablutions Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2020 -- Uyghur residents of at least one village in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), haven't washed their faces for years for fear they'll be accused of performing prayer ablutions and sent to an internment camp, according to a local official.
  • Global Coalition Calls for Greater Scrutiny of China on Rights VOA 09 Sep 2020 -- A global coalition of 321 civil society groups from 60 countries is calling for China to face greater scrutiny for its alleged systemic and serious human rights violations. The coalition plans to demand an end to China's impunity at the U.N. Human Rights Council, during the council's upcoming session next week.
  • Chinese Refugees Fear Deportation as Thailand Increases Cooperation with China VOA 09 Sep 2020 -- Chinese dissidents fleeing abroad have long used Thailand as a route for escaping repression at home. In recent years, Thailand's government has been cooperating more with Beijing's effort to pursue dissidents overseas, putting them at risk.

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