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14 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Orders fall for PPE supplies as profitability ebbs Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- The once-hot medical protective equipment industry in China is facing a drastic drop in domestic and export orders due to the containment of the coronavirus and tighter regulation of exports, industry insiders said, and many producers are leaving the industry as profitability plunges.
  • SW China border ports enter wartime status after two imported COVID-19 cases confirmed Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- Authorities in the city of Ruili, which borders Myanmar in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, Monday called on border places in the city to enter wartime status requiring them to enhance border management and crack down on illegal border crossings after the city reported two imported COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
  • Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Sunday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Monday.
  • Universities cut holiday to prevent spread of COVID-19 People's Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- A number of universities have reduced holiday for the coming National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival as students are encouraged not to leave the campus for nonessential travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Mainland COVID-19 testing team works 24/7 to help fight COVID-19 in Hong Kong People's Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong's Fire Eye Laboratory located at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Center has been busy, with boxes of COVID-19 testing samples being sent in continually since the universal screening was launched in Hong Kong on Sept. 1.
  • Indonesia Protests Presence of Chinese Ship in Its Waters Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- Indonesia said on Monday that it had protested to Beijing about the intrusion of a Chinese coast guard ship in its exclusive economic zone off the Natuna Islands, as ship tracking data seen by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, revealed a Chinese fishing fleet entered the area around the same time.
  • China to work with ASEAN members to stabilize S.China Sea Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe has concluded his visit to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines, as Chinese analysts said Sunday that paying visits to these Southeast Asian countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic proves the importance and solidity of China's ties with these nations.
  • Taiwan Aims to Help Foreign Air Forces Fix F-16 Fighter Jets, a Stab at China VOA 14 Sep 2020 -- A new Taiwanese maintenance center for F-16 fighter jets hopes to service the American-made aircraft belonging to multiple countries, a goal that would outrage China and shake up Asian military diplomacy if realized, experts say.
  • KMT pulls out of cross-strait forum over Chinese TV comment CNA 14 Sep 2020 -- The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan's main opposition party, announced on Monday that it will not send an official delegation to an annual cross-Taiwan Strait forum this year due to inappropriate comments by a Chinese state-owned broadcaster.
  • KMT cancels delegation to Straits Forum Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- The Kuomintang (KMT), an opposition party in the island of Taiwan, announced on Monday that it will not send a delegation to attend the Straits Forum that is scheduled to be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province, because it felt "insulted" after a mainland TV news program said the KMT is asking the mainland for peace amid the intense cross-Straits situation.
  • Chinese Nuke Arsenal Next on Beijing's 'To-Do' List, US Commander Warns VOA 14 Sep 2020 -- The commander in charge of the U.S. military's nuclear arsenal has warned that increasing China's nuclear stockpile is "next" on Beijing's "to-do list."
  • PLA launches more than 30 sea drills amid US, Taiwan exercises Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced new maritime exercises in the Yellow Sea on Monday, the dayas the US launched the Valiant Shield exercises around Guam, and the island of Taiwan started the computer-aided war games phase of the Han Kuang drills, with media saying both the US and Taiwan drills are aimed at the PLA.
  • Chinese navy escorts Indian oil tanker in dangerous waters amid strained ties Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese navy on Saturday successfully escorted an Indian oil tanker carrying 31 Indian crew members to a designated sea area in the Gulf of Aden and received a thank-you note from the tanker's captain, the Global Times learned on Monday. The escort came amid the recently strained diplomatic ties between China and India on the border dispute.
  • Chinese military launches campaign on cybersecurity PLA Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese military on Monday kicked off its maiden campaign aimed at raising awareness on cybersecurity.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 14, 2020 PRC MofA 14 Sep 2020
  • Pompeo Says Chinese Companies Follow Predatory Practices in Mekong Region Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said China's state-owned companies engage in predatory business practices in the Mekong River region and the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for much of the boom in trafficking of persons, drugs and wildlife there.
  • Xi urges sound ties with Europe Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- Chinese, German and EU leaders reaffirmed that they will further strengthen cooperation from trade to epidemic control during a virtual summit on Monday, sending what experts call a resounding signal that the parties remain committed to pursuing pragmatic engagement rather than differences, as some ill-advised officials and pundits in the US are actively pushing for.
  • China, EU should pursue healthy partnership growth, Xi says PLA Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- China and the European Union should unwaveringly pursue the healthy and steady growth of their comprehensive strategic partnership and uphold openness, cooperation and multilateralism, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.
  • NGOs Urge EU To Tackle Legal Breaches By Chinese Firms In Southeastern Europe RFE/RL 14 Sep 2020 -- Civil society groups working in Southeastern Europe are calling on the European Union to step up its actions on legal violations of EU law by Chinese state-owned enterprises in Europe.
  • Xi clarifies stance on HK, Xinjiang during summit with EU leaders Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping clarified China's stance on Hong Kong and Xinjiang affairs, saying they involve China's right to defend its sovereignty, security and unity and that China firmly opposes anyone and any force that attempts to sow instability, secession and unrest in China.
  • China Says 12 Fleeing Hongkongers Held in Shenzhen Are 'Separatists' Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- Twelve activists detained in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen after they tried to flee Hong Kong in a speedboat have been accused of "separatism" by a foreign ministry spokeswoman in Beijing.
  • Hong Kong: Dealing with 12 detained separatists China's business Press TV 14 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong says it will stay away from China's detention of a dozen individuals it calls "separatists" who sought to flee to Taiwan, arguing that handling the case is within the jurisdiction of mainland China.
  • HK informs families of violations of 12 residents, guarantees legal aid Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong's Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu stated that Hong Kong police and immigration authorities have contacted the families of 12 Hong Kong residents suspected of entering the Chinese mainland illegally and explained to them the related laws and regulations. He added that one of those arrested is suspected of violating the national security law for Hong Kong.
  • EU Calls For Xinjiang Observer Mission, as US Targets More China Firms Over Forced Labor Concerns Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- The European Union on Monday called on China to allow independent observers to visit the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to investigate treatment of the Uyghurs, amid growing concerns about the fate of the 1.8 million or more believed have been sent to internment camps.
  • DHS Cracks Down on Goods Produced by China's State-Sponsored Forced Labor DHS 14 Sep 2020 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) today on products from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The products subject to the WROs are produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities.
  • US Blocks Goods Made in China's Xinjiang to Combat Forced Labor Sputnik 14 Sep 2020 -- The United States has moved to block the import of goods made in China's Xinjiang to combat alleged forced labor practices, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.
  • US to Block Imports of Goods Made in China's Xinjiang to Combat Forced Labour, DHS Says Sputnik 14 Sep 2020 -- The United States has moved to block the import of goods made in China's Xinjiang to combat alleged forced labour practices, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.
  • CBP's Continued Enforcement Actions To Combat Forced Labor in China US Dept. of State 14 Sep 2020 -- The Trump Administration has led the world in calling attention to the Chinese Communist Party's egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and we've taken action to back up our rhetoric.
  • Ambassador Branstad to leave Beijing, fails to soothe strained China-US ties Global Times 14 Sep 2020 -- The US Embassy to China on Monday confirmed to the Global Times that Ambassador Terry Branstad will retire and leave Beijing in October after three years as the US envoy to China, when China-US relations underwent unprecedented tensions and confrontations. Chinese analysts said Branstad's departure shows that despite his personal intention to soothe tensions, he failed to repair the increasingly rocky ties.
  • US ambassador to China leaving post amid heightened tensions Press TV 14 Sep 2020 -- United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Beijing over a whole host of issues.
  • Nine Die, Thousands Arrested Amid Crackdown on Protesting Mongolians: Group Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- Nine people have died and thousands have been detained as the authorities launched a region-wide crackdown on ethnic Mongolians protesting an end to Mongolian-medium education with class boycotts and street protests, a New York-based rights group reported on Monday.
  • Huawei's Survival at Stake as US Sanctions Loom VOA 14 Sep 2020 -- Starting Sept. 15, China's telecom giant Huawei – once a symbol of Chinese technology prowess – will be cut off from essential supplies of semiconductors. Without those chips, Huawei cannot make the smartphones or 5G equipment on which its business depends, business analysts say.
  • Changsha Rights Defenders Tried in Secret For 'Subversion' Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2020 -- Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan have secretly tried three non-governmental organization (NGO) workers, family members and rights groups said.

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