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18 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Mainland China Reports 32 New COVID-19 Cases VS 9 A Day Earlier SPA 18 Sep 2020 -- Mainland China reported 32 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 17, up sharply from 9 cases reported a day earlier, Reuters quoted the Chinese national health authority as saying today.
- Herd immunity to be achieved through mass vaccination over one to two years: top experts Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- Top Chinese disease experts said the COVID-19 pandemic is very likely to continue to spread throughout the spring months and herd immunity should be achieved through world-wide vaccination.
- Manila-Shanghai flights suspended as more imported COVID-19 cases from the Philippines reported Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- China Eastern Airlines announced on Friday that it would suspend flights MU211 and MU212 between Shanghai and Manila, the Philippines, effective from Friday following Shanghai's reporting of 12 imported cases of COVID-19, nine from the Philippines, two from Jamaica and one from India.
- Coronavirus found on outer packaging of frozen ribbon fish imported from Indonesia Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- China Customs announced to suspend imports from Indonesian aquatic product manufacturer PT.PUTRI INDAH for one week, effective from Friday, after novel coronavirus was discovered on one outer packaging sample of frozen ribbon fish of the company.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 18 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- India building tunnel in Himalayas to get soldiers to Chinese border in 10 minutes Press TV 18 Sep 2020 -- India has stepped up an infrastructure program on the disputed Himalayan region to bring to an end the construction of a tunnel that will provide an all-weather route for its troops to get to the border with China in only ten minutes.
- Map Flap: Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims After Islets Vanish from US Facebook Page Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2020 -- Vietnam has reaffirmed its claim over the disputed Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea, after the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi edited the islands out of a map of Vietnam it had posted on its Facebook page for a recent diplomatic event.
- China Named in Ambitious New Anti-Illegal Fishing Strategy for the U.S. Coast Guard Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2020 -- The United States Coast Guard has called out China's massive distant-water fishing fleet for its extractive practices in the waters of its Southeast Asian neighbors and off the coasts of Central America and West Africa.
- Taipei Scrambles Fighters to Monitor Chinese Jets That 'Crossed Mid Line of Taiwan Strait' Sputnik 18 Sep 2020 -- Earlier this day, Beijing stated that it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, citing the need to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- China Reportedly Carrying Out Military Exercises Near the Taiwan Strait Sputnik 18 Sep 2020 -- The report came amid the planned visit of US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Keith Krach to Taiwan, despite Beijing's objections.
- China Sends Warplanes Over Taiwan as US Envoy Visits VOA 18 Sep 2020 -- China sent almost 20 warplanes into Taiwan's airspace in an unusually large show of force as a response to a senior U.S. official's visit to the self-governing island.
- China warplanes keep pressure on Taiwan amid U.S. official's visit CNA 18 Sep 2020 -- Multiple Chinese warplanes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait or entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Friday as an American official was visiting, according to Taiwan's Air Force.
- PLA starts real combat-oriented drills in Taiwan Straits amid Krach's visit, approaches island from four directions Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is holding joint maritime and aerial exercises and combat-readiness patrols in the Taiwan Straits starting Friday, as media on the Taiwan island reported concentrated PLA warplane activities near the island's "airspace" in four directions around the island on Friday morning. The news comes against the backdrop of US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach's visit to the island of Taiwan where he is reportedly set to attend the memorial service of former Taiwan regional leader Lee Teng-hui, known as the "Godfather of Taiwan secessionism."
- Military analysts predict PLA maneuvers in potential Taiwan takeover Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- Amid US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach's visit to the island of Taiwan, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is holding joint maritime and aerial exercises and combat-readiness patrols in the Taiwan Straits starting Friday, as media on the Taiwan island reported concentrated PLA warplane activities near the island's "airspace" in four directions around the island on Friday morning.
- Chinese military conducts exercise near Taiwan Strait: spokesperson People's Daily 18 Sep 2020 -- A Chinese military spokesperson on Friday announced a real-combat military exercise of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) near the Taiwan Strait.
- PLA conducts combat-ready patrols and exercises in Taiwan Straits PLA Daily 18 Sep 2020 -- Recently, the naval and air forces assigned to the Eastern Theater Command (ETC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conductedthe combat-ready patrols and joint air-sea exercises in the Taiwan Straits to test the joint operations capability of multiservices and arms, said Air Force Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, in a written statement on Friday morning.
- China kicks off another military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan Press TV 18 Sep 2020 -- China has launched military drills near the Taiwan Strait as a senior US official is visiting the self-ruled island in Washington's latest move to bolster its support of the island in defiance of Beijing.
- President Tsai describes U.S. official's visit as 'milestone' CNA 18 Sep 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Friday described American Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taiwan as a "milestone for a deepened Taiwan-U.S. relationship" during a banquet she hosted for Krach and his delegation, who are in Taiwan for a three-day visit.
- U.S. Rep. calls for scrapping 'one China' policy, resuming ties with Taiwan CNA 18 Sep 2020 -- A U.S. congressman on Thursday announced that he has introduced legislation urging the government to re-establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan and to end its "outdated and counter-productive 'One China policy.'"
- Taiwan urges restraint in wake of China's provocations CNA 18 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan on Friday called on China to exercise self-restraint, saying that the country's provocative military activities around Taiwan only further tarnish its international image.
- Taiwan's hopes for US visit 'wishful thinking', to get nothing Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taiwan can infuriate the Chinese mainland, and he avoided touching on the trade and investment agreement with the island, which can benefit the people of the island, said experts, noting that the US is just making use of rather than helping Taiwan.
- Lhasa Braces For Air-Raid Drill as China Responds to Indiaâ€™s Purchase of French Jets Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2020 -- Chinese authorities in Tibetâ€™s regional capital Lhasa will conduct an air-raid drill on Saturday as China calls for combat readiness amid rising tensions along its undefined Himalayan border with India in the mountainous region of Ladakh.
- China issues white paper on its armed forces' participation in UN peacekeeping operations PLA Daily 18 Sep 2020 -- China on Friday released a white paper on the participation of the country's armed forces in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.
- 30 years on, China has become an important part of UN peacekeeping missions Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- This year marks the 30th anniversary of China's armed forces participating in UN peacekeeping missions. Over the past three decades, China's peacekeeping capacity has been greatly improved in all aspects. On Thursday, a Global Times reporter visited a training base of the department of peace missions under the Ministry of National Security in Beijing, where officers and soldiers who once participated in peacekeeping missions shared their personal stories.
- Chinese Developer in Cambodia Sanctioned 'Unfairly' by US, Cambodia's Defense Minister Says Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2020 -- A Chinese company sanctioned this week by the U.S. Treasury Department for land grabs, rights abuses, and corruption in Cambodia has been targeted unfairly and is operating in line with the country's laws, Cambodia's defense minister said on Friday.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on September 18, 2020 PRC MofA 18 Sep 2020
- China advises US's Pompeo to drop 'arrogance' after remarks on South America trip Press TV 18 Sep 2020 -- China has criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments about Chinese commercial projects in South America, accusing the US official of "smearing" Beijing and urging him to abandon "arrogance."
- Police Step Up Patrols in Northeast China As Korean Phased Out of Schools Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2020 -- Authorities in northeastern China have stepped up security in areas with a significant population of ethnic Koreans as the ruling Chinese Communist Party introduces changes to the national curriculum that will phase out Korean-language teaching from the region's schools.
- China becomes EU's largest trade partner Global Times 18 Sep 2020 -- China has become the EU's largest trade partner for the first time, latest data shows, highlighting that the economic ties of the close comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the EU are intertwined with each other's industrial chain.
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