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14 October 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Qingdao COVID-19 cases related to relaxation in anti-epidemic work in hospitals: experts Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- Chinese medical experts pointed out that the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province may be due to relaxation in daily anti-epidemic work in medical institutes, such as unthorough disinfection, after the local health authority said the source of infection for this outbreak was linked to a hospital.
- Beijing requires 3 nucleic acid tests for overseas travelers Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- Beijing's COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control authorities are requiring three nucleic acid tests for travelers from overseas after the capital city resumed direct international flights.
- Latest COVID-19 outbreak in Qingdao exposes shortcomings; 'wartime status' required Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- The latest COVID-19 outbreak in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, exposed shortcomings and loopholes in epidemic prevention and control, and the city needs to maintain a "wartime status" to battle the virus, the local Party committee said on Tuesday.
- Over 7.5 million people sampled for COVID-19 testing in Qingdao People's Daily 14 Oct 2020 -- Over 7.5 million people had been sampled for nucleic acid testing by 9:30 am Wednesday in East China's Qingdao city, after it began a city-wide testing campaign on Monday.
- International 'Milk Tea Alliance' Faces Down Authoritarian Regimes Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2020 -- Young campaigners for democracy across Asia are increasingly turning to international support on social media via the #MilkTeaAlliance hashtag, issuing calls for support as protesters in Thailand and Hong Kong face off with authoritarian regimes.
- Philippine Communist Leadership Orders Guerrillas to Go After Chinese Firms Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2020 -- The outlawed Philippine communist party directed its armed wing on Wednesday to target Chinese companies involved in infrastructure projects, including state-backed firms that the United States has blacklisted for their part in Beijing's militarization in the South China Sea.
- US State Department Names Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday named Robert A. Destro, a veteran human rights advocate and civil rights attorney, to serve as the department's Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, a position that had gone unfilled since 2017.
- China opposes India building bridges, warns of further tension in border areas People's Daily 14 Oct 2020 -- A commander-level meeting between China's Southern Xinjiang Military District chief and India's 14 Corps commander is held on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control at the China-India border, June 6, 2020. /Xinhua
- Chinese Survey Ship Shows Up Off the Coast of Central Vietnam Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2020 -- China has sent a survey ship with a coast guard escort into Vietnamese waters of the South China Sea, ship tracking data show.
- Latest US arms sale to Taiwan 'cannot change PLA edge' Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- The US is making another arms sale to the island of Taiwan, featuring aerial drones and anti-ship missiles, a day after it moved ahead with the sales of a truck-based rocket launcher, long-range air-to-ground missiles and F-16 sensor pods.
- US raising risk of conflict with China by advancing drone, missile sales to Taiwan: Report Press TV 14 Oct 2020 -- The Trump administration is raising the risk of conflict with China by selling more sophisticated military equipment to Taiwan.
- US moves forward on arms sales to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition Press TV 14 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.
- China Is Biggest Long-Term Threat to Britain, Says UK Spy Chief VOA 14 Oct 2020 -- The head of Britain's domestic spy agency outlined Wednesday a cauldron of threats the country is facing, including from Islamist militancy to rising right-wing extremism, but he emphasized the biggest long-term challenge is presented by China.
- MI5 boss: UK faces a 'nasty mix' of terror and espionage threats Press TV 14 Oct 2020 -- In his first public address since becoming the Director General of the Security Service (MI5), Ken McCallum has talked about a growing threat from violence by terror groups and espionage by foreign intelligence services.
- Two more alleged Taiwanese spies 'confess' on China's CCTV CNA 14 Oct 2020 -- Two more Taiwanese nationals found guilty by Chinese courts of spying for Taiwan's government made public "confessions" on Chinese state television Tuesday night.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 14, 2020 PRC MofA 14 Oct 2020
- Release of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report US Dept. of State 14 Oct 2020 -- The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically dismantled the autonomy that Beijing promised to the Hong Kong people and the world in a UN-registered treaty. Through the imposition of the National Security Law, the CCP has crippled democratic institutions, human rights, judicial independence, and individual freedoms in Hong Kong.
- Accusing China of interfering in US policy via think tanks shows US politicians' hypocrisy, weakness: Chinese FM Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- In response to the US Department of State's accusation that the Chinese government is trying to interfere with US foreign policy through think tanks, Chinese FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday stressed that cultural and people-to-people exchanges between Chinese and US think tanks are transparent and legal, and the accusation reveals certain US politicians' hypocrisy and weakness.
- China elected to Human Rights Council for 2021-2023 Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- China on Tuesday was elected as a member of the Human Rights Council for the term 2021-2023 in the election held at the 75th United Nations General Assembly.
- Xi Jinping Sets Out Economic Plan to Replace Hong Kong With Shenzhen Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2020 -- Ruling Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out plans to have the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen at the heart of an integrated economic zone that will include the former colonial cities of Hong Kong and Macau.
- Xi charts Shenzhen's new mission Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- With a new blueprint laid out by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Shenzhen, the southern city that has been viewed as a paragon of China's economic miracle over the past 40 years, is now embarking on another historic mission - to lead the country's process of socialist modernization, build a new pattern to deepen reform, and expand opening-up on all fronts.
- Shenzhen granted new role in 'one country, two systems' Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- President Xi Jinping on Wednesday further elevated the role of Shenzhen, a pioneer of China's decades of reform and opening-up that lifted the country from poverty to global prominence, giving the city a historic mission to further implement the "one country, two systems" through integrated development with the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
- Xi summarizes experience of Shenzhen and other SEZs' reform and opening up Global Times 14 Oct 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the valuable experience from the development miracles of the special economic zones (SEZs) including Shenzhen, while delivering a speech at a gathering marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen SEZ on Wednesday.
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