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15 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Myanmar, China target illegal crossings after confirmed cases in Ruili Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China and Myanmar have agreed on a joint fight against COVID-19 and a crackdown on illegal border crossings after two out of six people who crossed from Myanmar to Southwest China's Yunnan Province illegally were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
- Beijing plans more, earlier flu shots to fend off COVID-19 cross-contraction Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- Beijing is rolling out this year's influenza vaccination program early in a bid to increase the injection rate across the city. Experts say that the move seeks to reduce the risk of people contracting the flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, which both see high incidences in fall and winter.
- China's COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for public in November Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- Ordinary Chinese residents could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as November, an expert from the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control revealed.
- Hong Kong finishes mass COVID-19 testing, prepares for health QR code Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong is braced for a new health tracking QR code system that will come into use soon after the city completes its citywide COVID-19 testing program, during which a total of 1.719 million people have been tested and 26 new confirmed cases have been identified.
- HK lifts some COVID-19 restrictions after no new local infections reported following city-wide testing Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong's health authority said Tuesday there had not been a domestically-transmitted coronavirus infection in the previous 24 hours for the first time since early July, and numerous restrictions would end.
- Hong Kong completes mass COVID-19 screening, 1.78 million tested People's Daily 15 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong on Monday evening completed its mass COVID-19 screening program launched two weeks ago, with the participation of some 1.78 million residents in total.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Likely Available for Public Use in November, Top Chinese Scientist Says Sputnik 15 Sep 2020 -- COVID-19 vaccines being developed in China might be available for use by the general public as early as November, according to a top scientist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- UAE approves urgent use of China-developed COVID-19 vaccine after test on 31,000 volunteers Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday granted emergency approval for use of a coronavirus vaccine developed in China, six weeks after human trials on the vaccine started in the country.
- China-India border tension could 'extend to winter' Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- In a speech before the Indian parliament on Tuesday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the border dispute with China remains "unresolved" for now, and blamed China for "violating" the border agreement with India.
- Text of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh's Statement in Lok Sabha on September 15 Regarding Situation on Eastern Border in Ladakh India PIB 15 Sep 2020 -- "I would like to take some time first to briefly provide some details of our boundary issue with China. As the House is aware, India and China are yet to resolve their boundary question. China does not accept the customary and traditional alignment of the boundary between India and China. We believe that this alignment is based on well-established geographical principles confirmed by treaties and agreements, as well as historical usage and practice, well-known for centuries to both sides. The Chinese position,however, is that the boundary between the two countries has not been formally delimited, that there exists a traditional customary line formed by the extent of jurisdiction that they claim was exercised historically by each side, and that the two sides have different interpretations of the position of the traditional customary line."
- India says ready for all eventualities amid border tensions with China Press TV 15 Sep 2020 -- India's defense minister says his country is prepared to deal with all contingencies amid ongoing border tensions with China.
- India's Defence Minister Points to Lack of 'Mutually Acceptable Solution' to China Border Conflict Sputnik 15 Sep 2020 -- India and China have been engaged in a border stand-off for five months, but despite several military and diplomatic-level talks, the tensions are boiling over in the Eastern Ladakh sector along the Line of Actual Control. Meetings between the defence and foreign ministers of the two countries have not resulted in disengagement.
- Vatican says its accord with China will not affect Taiwan ties: MOFA CNA 15 Sep 2020 -- The Vatican had given the assurance that its extension of an accord with China on the appointment of Catholic bishops will not affect its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
- Mutual goodwill, equal footing key to China exchanges: KMT chair CNA 15 Sep 2020 -- Cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges should be based on mutual respect and held on an equal footing, the head of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) said Tuesday, a day after his party pulled out of a forum in China because of what it saw as a demeaning remark by a Chinese commentator.
- Nation conducts second seaborne space launch Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China conducted its second seaborne space launch early Tuesday morning, with a Long March-11 solid propellant light launch vehicle lifting off from a mobile floating platform in the Yellow Sea, in waters off the coast of East China's Shandong Province.
- Former Employee At Los Alamos National Laboratory Sentenced To Probation For Making False Statements About Being Employed By China US Dept. of Justice 15 Sep 2020 -- Turab Lookman, 68, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was sentenced on Sept. 11 to five years of probation and a $75,000 fine for providing a false statement to the Department of Energy. Lookman is not allowed to leave New Mexico for the term of his probation.
- China's Y-20 cargo planes hone strategic power projection capability in Russian drills Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China has deployed groups of domestically developed Y-20 large cargo aircraft for transporting heavy equipment including infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers to Russia for the first time, as all Chinese forces that will participate in Russia's Kavkaz-2020 strategic military drills starting next week arrived in the country on Monday.
- China's J-20 fighter jets show superiority over previous generation counterparts Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- Despite being heavily outnumbered, a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) pilot scored a 17:0 victory against opponents with a newly commissioned fighter jet in a recent combat exercise. Many clues suggest that the aircraft the pilot flew was likely the J-20, China's most advanced stealth fighter jet. If the speculation turns out to be true, the exercise result again demonstrated the absolute superiority the J-20 has over its previous generation counterparts, media and experts said on Tuesday.
- China military: Years of evidence proves US biggest threat to world order, peace Press TV 15 Sep 2020 -- China's Defense Ministry says many years of evidence shows that the United States is the biggest threat to global order and peace.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 15, 2020 PRC MofA 15 Sep 2020
- The United States Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Entity for its Role in Corruption in Cambodia US Dept. of State 15 Sep 2020 -- China is the world's largest emitter of environmental pollution including of greenhouse gases and the exploitation of natural resources around the globe.
- Treasury Sanctions Chinese Entity in Cambodia Under Global Magnitsky Authority US Treasury 15 Sep 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one Chinese state-owned entity, Union Development Group Co., Ltd. (UDG), for seizure and demolition of local Cambodians' land for the construction of the Dara Sakor development project.
- US attempts to turn Mekong into another anti-China battlefield like S. China Sea Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- With $150 million initial investment, the US claimed to launch a Mekong-US partnership as an integral part of its "Indo-Pacific vision," which observers believe shows its accelerated pace in politicizing the water resources issue in the region to curb China's growing influence in Southeast Asia.
- US Treasury Sanctions Chinese Developer For Land Seizure, Graft in Cambodia Project Radio Free Asia 15 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned a Chinese developer for the "seizure and demolition of local Cambodians' land" during construction of the Dara Sakor project in Cambodia, which has been touted by Beijing as one of the key pieces in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.
- Dim Future for US-China Engagement as US Ambassador Plans Exit VOA 15 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, announced on Monday that he would step down in early October, ending his three-and-a-half-year tenure in Beijing.
- China extends tariff exclusions for US imports by an additional year Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China extended tariff exclusions for US imports that are subject to China's counter measures against the US Section 301 action by an additional year from Wednesday, the due date, to September 16, 2021.
- EU-China Summit Has Some Germans Rethinking Relations With Beijing VOA 15 Sep 2020 -- A high-profile virtual summit among Chinese and EU leaders this week has spurred some influential Europeans to rethink their continent's relationship with Beijing, and especially whether economic considerations have been overemphasized at the expense of human rights.
- China Rejects Human Rights Criticism as EU Seeks Trade Rebalance VOA 15 Sep 2020 -- Europe has called on China to take down trade barriers and rebalance their economic relationship, following a virtual summit held Monday among EU leaders and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- China to arrange Xinjiang visit for EU diplomats: FM Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China has agreed to and will arrange for European Union (EU) diplomats in China to visit Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in response to the diplomats' request, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.
- China denounces US bans on imports from Xinjiang Press TV 15 Sep 2020 -- China says bans by the United States on imports of some products from the region of Xinjiang sabotage global supply chains.
- U.S. Blocks Imports From China's Uyghur Region Over Suspected Forced Labor RFE/RL 15 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. administration has issued orders to block the import of cotton, apparel, computer parts, and hair products made by "forced labor" in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, a move Beijing called an attempt to sabotage global supply chains.
- China urges US to stop restrictions on Xinjiang cotton exports Global Times 15 Sep 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday excoriated the new US restrictions on imports of cotton and apparel produced in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, painting US allegations of forced labor as fabrication and political manipulation and calling on Washington to stop using Xinjiang affairs to undermine China-US business cooperation.
- Twelve Hong Kong Detainees 'Not Oppressed' in Chinese Detention Center: Carrie Lam Radio Free Asia 15 Sep 2020 -- Twelve Hongkongers who fled the city amid an ongoing crackdown on participants in last year's protest movement weren't "democracy activists being oppressed," the city's leader Carrie Lam told journalists on Tuesday.
- Interview: 'The West . . . is Dealing With a Murderous Regime' Radio Free Asia 15 Sep 2020 -- Dissident author, poet, and musician Liao Yiwu fled China in 2011 to live in Germany after suffering harassment, imprisonment, torture, and abject poverty for years as a result of his criticism of the ruling Chinese Communist Party. He has published a string of books and article collections exposing the darker side of life under single party rule in mainland China, and continues to write and publish in exile. He spoke to RFA's Mandarin Service about his latest book about the emergence of COVID-19 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is soon to be published in Taiwan:
- Chinese Dissenters Who Were Helped by Geng Xiaonan Return the Support After Her Arrest Radio Free Asia 15 Sep 2020 -- Artist Geng Xiaonan for years quietly helped dissidents and liberal intellectuals who'd crossed China's Communist Party and lost their jobs or their freedom – most recently ordering online groceries for former Tsinghua University scholar Xu Zhangrun, who was blacklisted by vendors following his arrest in July.
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