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13 October 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Qingdao to test 9m in 5 days despite 'low risk' of COVID-19 wide spread Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- After a small cluster of COVID-19 infections was detected, the tourist city of Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province became a new battleground against the coronavirus, having received over 4.47 million visitors during the National Day holidays. However, health experts said the risk of the flare-up in Qingdao spreading to other parts of China is relatively low.
- Qingdao COVID-19 cases may be due to cross-infection in hospital Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- With no clear sign pointing to the source of a recent flare-up of COVID-19 in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, health experts speculated that there might have been a cross-infection within a local hospital, and the apparent absence of other new infections beyond this transmission chain is a good sign.
- China does not manipulate COVID-19 data, say experts Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- China does not manipulate any data related to the number of its COVID-19 infections or deaths, said experts.
- Shanghai strengthens measures over people coming from Qingdao Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- Shanghai will implement new measures that mean those entering the city from COVID-19 medium-risk regions in China will have to undergo 14-day community health management, after new cases were found in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, according to Shanghai Fabu, the official social media account of the municipal government, on Tuesday.
- Update: Over one third of 9 million people tested in Qingdao, no new cases found Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- After a small cluster of COVID-19 infections was detected, the tourist city of Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province became a new battleground against the coronavirus, having received over 4.47 million visitors during the National Day holidays. However, health experts said the risk of the flare-up in Qingdao spreading to other parts of China is relatively low.
- Chinese mainland reports 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Oct 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of 13 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, including six that were domestically transmitted.
- 7th round of China-India military commanders' talks positive, constructive: Chinese Defense Ministry Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesperson, Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, announced on Tuesday night that the 7th round of senior commanders meeting of India and China was positive, constructive and had enhanced understanding of both sides.
- India's infrastructure construction, troop build-up along border cause of tension with China: FM Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- China strongly opposed to India's infrastructure construction in disputed border areas for the purpose of military surveillance, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday, adding that neither side should take actions that will complicate the situation.
- Joint Press Release of the 7th Round of India-China Military Commander-Level Meeting India PIB 13 Oct 2020 -- On 12 October, the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting of India and China was held in Chushul.
- China, India hold 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting PLA Daily 13 Oct 2020 -- China and India held the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting in Chushul on October 12, according to Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday.
- India, China military officials hold 'positive' talks to end border row Press TV 13 Oct 2020 -- Indian and Chinese military commanders have held "positive, constructive" talks on disengaging troops at their remote contested Himalayan border.
- Philippine Military Chief: Situation in South China Sea 'Very Tense' Radio Free Asia 13 Oct 2020 -- Military posturing in the South China Sea has created a "very tense" situation, the Philippine armed forces chief said Tuesday, while in Malaysia, the visiting Chinese foreign minister said the waterway should not be "teeming with warships."
- Japan Urges China to Withdraw 2 Ships From Territorial Waters in East China Sea Sputnik 13 Oct 2020 -- Japan demands, including via diplomatic channels, that two Chinese vessels withdraw from Japanese territorial waters in the vicinity of the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday.
- US attack arms sales shows strategic ambiguity on Taiwan fading: experts Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- The US remains persistent in pushing forward the sales of several types of attack weapons to the island of Taiwan, which experts say shows the US strategic ambiguity on Taiwan is fading, and its policy is gradually leaning toward Taiwan secession.
- US moves forward on arms sales to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition Press TV 13 Oct 2020 -- The United States is reportedly moving forward with three advanced weapons sales to Taiwan in a move that is likely to enrage China and increase tensions between the two world powers.
- Taiwan Slams China's Televised 'Confessions' by Its Nationals Radio Free Asia 13 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan hit out on Tuesday at the airing on Chinese state TV of "confessions" by two of its nationals accused by Beijing of spying for the democratic island.
- Taiwan condemns China as another alleged Taiwanese spy 'confesses' CNA 13 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan on Tuesday condemned China for forcing another Taiwanese national accused by Beijing of spying for Taiwan's government to publicly "confess" on Chinese state television the previous day.
- Taiwan spies use cross-Straits exchanges, mainland think tank meetings to gather intelligence: sources Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan's separatist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority has increased its intelligence gathering activities against the Chinese mainland. Sources with the state security agency of the mainland told the Global Times that two Taiwan spies have been detained in the mainland for providing intelligence about mainland officials, think tank experts and journalists to Taiwan intelligence agencies, and for prying the mainland's internal documents.
- Exposing Taiwan spying a warning, not a prelude to war: observers Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- Three consecutive days of media exposure of hundreds of espionage cases involving spies from the island of Taiwan serves to warn Taiwan separatist forces, rather than a prelude to the use of force in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland, observers said on Tuesday.
- Asking China to participate in "trilateral arms control negotiation" infeasible: Chinese envoy Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese envoy said on Monday that asking China to participate in the "trilateral arms control negotiation" is unfair, unreasonable and infeasible.
- Xi inspects Marine Corps, urges building elite troop PLA Daily 13 Oct 2020 -- President Xi Jinping on Tuesday inspected the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou, south China's Guangdong Province, and stressed building it into an elite troop.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 13, 2020 PRC MofA 13 Oct 2020
- Calls to insert backdoors in encrypted apps expose Five Eyes Alliance's double standards: FM Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- "Isn't this a typical double standard?" Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian asked at a scheduled press conference on Tuesday, responding to news that the Five Eyes alliance, along with government representatives from India and Japan, had demanded tech companies insert "backdoors" in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access.
- US State, Education Officials Call For Review of Confucius Institutes Radio Free Asia 13 Oct 2020 -- The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has called on the country's higher education sector to reconsider their partnerships with cultural and language-teaching institutes run and partly funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- China's Narrow Win of UN Human Rights Council Seat Signals Eroding Support Radio Free Asia 13 Oct 2020 -- China narrowly won a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council Tuesday, prompting a rights group to call the vote "embarrassing" for a country that has worked overtime to whitewash its image and used its growing power to stifle criticism of its persecution of ethnic Uyghurs and Tibetans.
- China warns Asian nations to guard against US strategy of sowing division Press TV 13 Oct 2020 -- China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on Asian nations to remain "vigilant" in the face of the United States' strategy of fueling geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea and other parts of the region.
- China hits back at Pompeo's 'debt-trap' diplomacy claim Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is like a tape machine continuously playing an "anti-China" message, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday, in response to the US politician's claim that China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was a kind of debt-trap diplomacy.
- HK police redefine 'media representatives' to improve local media ecology Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- When a riot broke out in Yau Tsim Mong district on September 6, a cross-dressing man who wore a fluorescent yellow vest which reads "press," fell to the ground and began to tremble, pretending to have been hit by a police pepper bomb. Imaginary dramas like this have been staged repeatedly in Hong Kong SAR since last year.
- National flag, emblem law amended, helping enhance HK patriotism Global Times 13 Oct 2020 -- A draft amendment to the Chinese National Flag Law and National Emblem Law was submitted on Tuesday to the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) for a second review.
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