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24 September 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Two port workers in Qingdao test positive for COVID-19 after offloading imported seafood Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Two workers who offloaded imported seafood at Qingdao port in East China's Shandong Province have tested positive for the coronavirus and both are asymptomatic, local health authority said on Thursday.
- Beijing expands flu vaccination in preparation for potential COVID-19 wave Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Beijing will launch a full-scale influenza vaccination program at the end of September to avoid dual infections involving COVID-19 and the flu, and avoid a strain on medical resources, as China is on alert for a potential wave of COVID-19 this autumn and winter.
- China's COVID-19 vaccine shows "no side effects" in Russian trials People's Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- China's candidate coronavirus vaccine caused no side effects among recruits in Moscow as part of large-scale clinical trials, reported Russian English-language newspaper The Moscow Times.
- Tibetan Farmers, Herders Given Military-style 'Vocational Training,' Sent to Jobs Far From Home Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2020 -- Chinese authorities are removing thousands of Tibetan farmers and herders from their traditional livelihoods and subjecting them to forced military-style "vocational" training before sending them in groups to faraway places to work at new jobs, according to a new report released by the Jamestown Foundation.
- China's Chang'e-4 probe switches to dormant mode following new discoveries Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- The lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have been switched to dormant mode for the lunar night after working stably for a 22nd lunar day and according to the latest study, the materials detected by the rover, Yutu-2, come from the nearby Finsen impact crater rather than the basalt erupted from the lunar mantle.
- China's Chang'e-4 probe switches to dormant mode People's Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- The lander and the rover of the Chang'e-4 probe have been switched to dormant mode for the lunar night after working stably for a 22nd lunar day, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration.
- Senator urges U.S. to boost Taiwan's defense against Chinese invasion CNA 24 Sep 2020 -- The United States should help Taiwan boost its own defense capability to prevent China from launching an invasion, Senator Marco Rubio said Wednesday amid rising military coercion from Beijing toward Taipei.
- Diplomatic allies voice support for Taiwan in U.N. debate CNA 24 Sep 2020 -- Leaders of Taiwan's diplomatic allies voiced support for Taiwan's participation in special agencies under the United Nations on Wednesday during the second day of the general debate of the 75th U.N. General Assembly.
- Chinese warplane again intrudes into Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 24 Sep 2020 -- A Chinese military Y-8 anti-submarine airplane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, the seventh intrusion since Sept. 16, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said.
- Military flyby rehearsal staged over Taipei CNA 24 Sep 2020 -- A large number of helicopters and fighter jets, including F-16Vs, flew over Taipei as part of a rehearsal for the National Day Parade flyby on Thursday.
- Taiwan not seeking formal ties with U.S. at present: foreign minister CNA 24 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (å³éç®) told American media on Sunday that the country is not presently seeking formal ties with the U.S., despite a recent significant improvement in relations between the two sides.
- Returning US forces to Taiwan will 'trigger reunification-by-force operation' Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Amid ongoing large-scale exercises by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the Taiwan Straits targeting foreign interventions and Taiwan secessionists, an article recently published in a US military journal urged the US to consider returning US forces to the island, a move that would break the Three Joint CommuniquÃ©s between China and the US that stipulated all US forces and military installations withdrawn from the Chinese island.
- PLA aircraft's moves target "Taiwan independence" secessionists: Spokesperson PLA Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, and the PLA will resolutely defeat the "Taiwan independence" forces attempting to separate Taiwan from China, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), at a regular press conference in Beijing on September 24.
- Pompeo 'Outs' Chinese Consulate in NYC as Another 'Hotbed for Espionage' Sputnik 24 Sep 2020 -- In July, the US closed a Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, declaring the location an espionage hot spot and a centre for attempting to steal medical data related to the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
- Chinese Soldier Handed 'Early Retirement' for Sharing Army Secrets on Unregistered Cellphone Sputnik 24 Sep 2020 -- A Chinese soldier has been kicked out of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) after he shared military secrets with friends and family via an unauthorized cellphone.
- Tibet live-fire drills part of annual training: defense ministry Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- China's National Defense Ministry said Thursday the recent combat trainings conducted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command were part of the annual regular training program, and not targeted at any particular country.
- Military drills in Tibet are scheduled, not target any country: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- The drills conducted by the Tibet Military Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in recent days are within the annual training plan and not targeted at any specific country, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, new spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.
- Two Chinese aircraft carriers complete routine training and sea trials PLA Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- Chinese naval aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong have recently completed routine training and sea trials respectively, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, new spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at the regular press conference on Thursday.
- China's two aircraft carriers wrap up exercises, trials Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- The two aircraft carriers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, the Liaoning and the Shandong, have recently completed regular exercises and sea trials respectively, China's Ministry of National Defense announced on Thursday.
- First female army pilots to graduate soon PLA Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- The first 10 female flight students trained by the People's Liberation Army Ground Force are expected to graduate and join operational units in 2021.
- Unreliable entity list depends on foreign companies' behavior: MOFCOM Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Which enterprises will be put on China's unreliable entity list, which has been viewed by some as a measure by Beijing to counter the US crackdown on Chinese companies, depends on the behavior of the enterprises themselves, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Thursday.
- China-Vatican deal could further 'ease ties' Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- The renewal of an agreement between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops will contribute to the development of Chinese Catholic churches, and signal to the world that China's Catholic churches could continue healthy development under the agreement, according to religious practitioners and experts.
- Chinese FM slams Pompeo for having anti-China paranoia Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for having anti-China paranoia after he warned US politicians to be vigilant around Chinese diplomats, who he said could be trying to woo them as part of China's espionage campaign.
- Pompeo's quest to redefine human rights draws intl suspicion as US loses moral high ground Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Many countries remain skeptical about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's proposal for other countries to join the alternative US view on human rights. Observers said that as a practitioner of the Cold War mentality, Pompeo is politicizing human rights issues of other countries to serve US interests, and his attempts to gain leadership of the discourse system on human rights may not succeed, as the US has fallen from the moral high ground.
- China hopes US will face reality and handle bilateral ties correctly PLA Daily 24 Sep 2020 -- China firmly opposes the US Defense Secretary Mark Esper's false accusations and unfounded speculations about China and the Chinese military, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), at a regular press conference in Beijing on September 24.
- Entry ban on two Australian scholars is within China's sovereignty: FM Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Whether a foreign national is allowed to enter China is a matter entirely within China's sovereignty, and China opposes any attempt to smear and attack it under the guise of academic research, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said after China banned the entry of Clive Hamilton and Alexander Joske, two anti-China Australian scholars.
- HK lawyer urges bail denial for Joshua Wong ahead of trial Global Times 24 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong riot leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who is out on bail, was detained temporarily on Thursday for attending an illegal gathering on October 5, 2019, and for violating the anti-mask ordinance. Lawyers urged that bail be denied for Wong, as he may have a strong intention to flee Hong Kong as his multiple offenses could add to his sentence if convicted.
- Hong Kong Police Arrest Joshua Wong Over Mask Ban Protest Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2020 -- Police in Hong Kong have arrested prominent democracy campaigner Joshua Wong in connection with an "unauthorized assembly" during last year's protest movement.
- 'Don't Fall For the Chinese Communist Party's Divide-And-Rule Tactics' Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2020 -- The trial of Ren Zhiqiang marks a major turning point in Chinese politics, and represents a huge crackdown on internal opposition within the ranks of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
- Study Finds 380 Camps in Xinjiang's Still Expanding Internment Program Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2020 -- China has built 380 internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since 2017, and is still constructing facilities, despite claims by Chinese authorities that the "re-education" program is wrapping up and the trainees have "graduated" and returned to society, an Australian think tank has found.
- Uyghurs Under 65 Now Banned From Daily Prayers Required by Their Faith Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2020 -- Authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang region are forbidding practice by ethnic Uyghurs of the daily prayers required of observant Muslims, allowing only those 65 years of age and older to fulfill their religious obligations, sources say.
- China Expanding Detention Camp Network In Xinjiang, Researchers Say RFE/RL 24 Sep 2020 -- China's network of detention centers in the northwest Xinjiang region is much more extended than previously thought and has been expanded in recent years, according to research unveiled by an Australian think tank.
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