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16 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- SW China border city's COVID-19 tests in full swing to quell epidemic risk Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- The China-Myanmar border city Ruili in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, which has ground to a halt after illegal border crossings, has tested more than 80,000 residents so far, aiming to detect COVID-19 infections and nip the spread of the virus in the bud.
- Chinese border city deals with accidental poisoning and new coronavirus cases Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- Ruili, a Chinese border city with Myanmar is facing a second health crisis this week with a deadly, accidental poisoning that has killed one worker just a day after the city reported several coronavirus infections among people who had illegally crossed the border.
- China releases latest version of COVID-19 guidelines, stressing cold chain safety Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- China's Health Commission on Tuesday officially released the 7th version of the COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines, which feature revision of etiological and epidemiological characteristics, epidemic surveillance, epidemiological investigation, close contact management and response.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Hong Kong to ease social-distancing controls with no new local infections recorded People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong will further loosen social distancing measures from Friday to let more entertainment venues reopen as the number of new local infections dropped to zero for the first time since early July.
- FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich's Remarks at Press Conference on China-Related Cyber Indictments FBI 16 Sep 2020 -- FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich delivered the following remarks during a press conference in Washington, D.C. with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other officials announcing charges against seven international cyber defendants, including APT 41 actors, in connection with computer intrusion campaigns against more than 100 victims globally. (Remarks as delivered)
- Remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen at an Announcement of Charges and Arrests in Computer Intrusion Campaigns Related to China US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020
- US Charges 5 Chinese, 2 Malaysians in Global Computer Intrusion Campaign VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges on Wednesday against five suspected Chinese hackers and two Malaysian businessmen in connection with cyber intrusions in recent years on more than 100 companies and other entities in the United States and in other countries.
- India boasts winter war supplies, but its logistics are 'not as good as it claims' Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- India is engaging in psychological warfare by claiming that its army is preparing for winter as tensions between China and India rise, observers said, noting that neither the transportation nor the supplies of the Indian army in the glacier-covered region is as good as India claims.
- Foreign ministers' meeting to provide political impetus to ease border situation: Chinese envoy PLA Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- The recent bilateral meeting between foreign ministers of China and India will provide political impetus to ease the border situation and promote bilateral relations, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said Monday.
- India Denies Chinese Infiltration Despite Ladakh Ingress, '100-200 Rounds of Warning Shots' by PLA Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- The security situation along India's border with Pakistan and China have become tense: New Delhi has accused Islamabad of violating their ceasefire on the western border, and claimed that the China's People's Liberation Army has made multiple incursion attempts on the loosely-demarcated Line of Actual Control.
- India Ramps Up Stockpiles in Ladakh Region for the Long Haul to Address Chinese Threat, Sources Say Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- India was caught by surprise by Chinese aggression in Ladakh in May this year, which led to a violent face-off by mid-June which resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers. While New Delhi, through diplomatic and military channels urged the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to pull back, it remains entrenched at two friction points in eastern Ladakh.
- China Deploys 10,000 Additional Troops Along Ladakh Border, Indian Gov't Sources Claim Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- Both India and China have been amassing troops in the Himalayan territory of Ladakh, where the two rivals have been engaged in a stand-off for five months. The heavy deployment of artillery and military logistics continues while diplomatic talks are underway to diffuse tensions.
- Cases of Infiltration from Pakistan and China India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- The number of cases of attempted infiltration along Indo-Pakistan border during the last six months are as under:
- Krach's visit to Taiwan should be punished: expert Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Wednesday urged the US to stop official exchanges with the island of Taiwan, because the Taiwan question is China's internal affair and not open to interference from foreign forces, as the US is planning to send US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach to Taiwan this week for "economic talks" with the authority of the island.
- Under Secretary Keith Krach's Travel to Taiwan US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2020 -- Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to Taiwan to attend the memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui on September 19, 2020.
- Long March rocket sends 9 satellites into orbit from sea PLA Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- China launched nine satellites on Tuesday with a Long March 11 solid-propellant carrier rocket that blasted off from a ship in the Yellow Sea, achieving the country's first commercial launch at sea.
- PLA Xizang Military Command sends first detachment for UN peacekeeping operations PLA Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- The PLA Xizang Military Command held a ceremony in Lhasa to see off the 24th Chinese peacekeeping medical detachment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on September 10. The medical detachment departed Lhasa on Monday for the DRC to join the 24th Chinese peacekeeping force to the DRC. It is the first time that the Xizang Military Command has dispatched servicepersons for international peacekeeping mission.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 16, 2020 PRC MofA 16 Sep 2020
- FM criticizes US sanctions on Chinese company for 'building military base' in Cambodia Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has criticized the US for groundlessly accusing a Chinese company of assisting in the building of a military base in Cambodia.
- FM slams US attempts to drive wedge between China and other Mekong countries Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry has criticized the US for groundlessly accusing a Chinese company of assisting in the building of a military base in Cambodia.
- Cambodia Slams US Sanctions on Chinese Developer as Attack on Sovereignty Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2020 -- Cambodia's government on Wednesday condemned the U.S. Department of Treasury's decision to sanction a Chinese developer building a massive project in the country's Koh Kong province over graft and rights abuses, calling the allegations "false" and saying the jungle resort plan was going ahead.
- US firms welcome to increase their investment in China: MOFCOM Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- US firms can share China's development dividends and are welcome to increase their investment in the country, China's vice minister of commerce told US business representatives while urging their government to meet China halfway to maintain bilateral ties.
- Aussie spying on Chinese diplomats' communications 'stupid move' Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- Days after it was revealed that Australian police had searched and questioned Chinese journalists and revoked the visas of some Chinese scholars, Australia reportedly accessed the communications of Chinese diplomats using the excuse of foreign political interference.
- China strongly opposes 'infiltration' claims against Chinese diplomats in Australia: FM Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- China has expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to certain Australia media outlets' claim of so-called "infiltration" by the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, saying such accusations are totally baseless and nothing but vicious slanders.
- Experts: China Renewing Effort to Squelch US Influence in Southeast Asia VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese defense chief's whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia this month will start to roll back growing U.S. influence in the region if China follows up with peaceful action, analysts believe.
- US Issues Hong Kong Travel Warning Linked to National Security Law Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. State Department has warned Americans that they should reconsider any travel plans to Hong Kong in the wake of a draconian national security law imposed on the city by Beijing, citing a risk of arbitrary arrest on vaguely-defined offenses under the law.
- China's Ruling Party Moves to Exert Control Over Private Sector Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has issued a directive calling on all private companies to accept its direction when doing business and hiring staff, according to a document published late on Tuesday.
- Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Illegally Exporting Maritime Raiding Craft and Engines to China US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020 -- Yang Yang (34, Jacksonville) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false export information through the federal government's Automated Export System and to fraudulently export to China maritime raiding craft and engines in violation of United States (U.S.) law, and also to attempting to fraudulently export that equipment in violation of U.S. law. Yang faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
- Detainees Endure Forced Labor in Xinjiang Region Where Disney Filmed Mulan Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2020 -- Detainees at an internment camp in an area of northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where Disney shot part of its blockbuster film Mulan, are being subjected to forced labor making socks and crushing gravel, according to a local official.
- UK Parliament Launches Enquiry Into Xinjiang Internment Camps, Questions British Business Ties Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2020 -- Britain's parliament on Wednesday opened an investigation into British business connections with China's internment camps and use of forced labor in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, vowing to find ways to end British firms' support of repression in the region, media and other sources said.
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