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15 October 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Beijing on alert amid world virus resurgence Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- Amid a global COVID-19 resurgence and the approaching cold winter that increases the occurrence of respiratory diseases, as well as a recent flare-up in Qingdao, Beijing has stepped up management of overseas arrivals and enhanced testing capacity to tackle the risk of a second wave.
- 10.94 million people tested in Qingdao so far, no new cases found Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province has so far collected 10.94 million nucleic acid samples during its citywide testing campaign for all 11 million residents, which the city has vowed to complete by Friday.
- Qingdao top health official, hospital head deposed for coronavirus outbreak Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- Sui Zhenhua, Party secretary and director of the Qingdao Health Commission, has been suspended from his post pending further investigation, according to an official notice released by the city's Party committee on Thursday.
- Over 8.8 mln sampled for COVID-19 testing in China's Qingdao Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- Over 8.82 million people have been sampled for nucleic acid testing, as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, in east China's city of Qingdao, after it began a city-wide COVID-19 testing campaign on Monday.
- Beijing strengthens entry management over COVID-19, warns against unnecessary travel Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- Beijing is strengthening management of entry into the capital by requiring screening and testing for anyone entering the city from mid- and high-risk regions, among other prevention and control measures, a meeting participated by top municipal officials decided on Wednesday.
- Hong Kong sees zero increase in COVID-19 cases, HK Phil musician preliminary positive People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- Hong Kong reported zero increase in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday due to a tropical cyclone that suspended specimen collection services on Tuesday, but a Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) musician tested preliminary positive, according to the Center for Health Protection (CHP).
- US' Tibet coordinator 'a vain try' Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- The US' appointment of a Tibet coordinator, a position that has been vacant since the start of President Donald Trump's term in 2017, is a vain try as China has never admitted the position nor will it have any contact with the "coordinator," a former senior official on Tibet affairs said.
- Chinese Military Aircraft Fly Repeatedly Near Taiwan Outpost in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 15 Oct 2020 -- China's air force has conducted an unprecedented number of flights into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone near the isolated Pratas atoll, one of Taiwan's few outposts in the South China Sea, according to the self-governing island's defense minister.
- Taiwan Needs More Homegrown Military Efforts to Counter China, Experts Say VOA 15 Oct 2020 -- The reported U.S. plan to go ahead with three sales of advanced weapons to Taiwan is not likely to prepare Taiwan to deal with China as well as additional homegrown arms and stronger training of soldiers would, military experts say.
- U.S. confirms that Navy destroyer passed through Taiwan Strait CNA 15 Oct 2020 -- The U.S. Navy confirmed Wednesday that the USS Barry, an Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed through the Taiwan Strait that day.
- US warship transit through Taiwan Straits to instigate secessionists, attempt to obstruct China's reunification futile: experts Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) had a US warship under surveillance when it made a provocative transit in the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday, as the PLA was conducting live-fire exercises near the region. The US' high profile move was meant to lend support to Taiwan secessionist forces, but its attempt to interfere in China's internal affairs and obstruct China's reunification will be futile, Chinese mainland experts said on Thursday.
- PLA monitors US warship transiting in Taiwan Straits: spokesperson Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command organized naval and air forces and tracked and monitored the USS Barry destroyer for the entire course when the US warship sailed through the Taiwan Straits on Wednesday, the command announced on Thursday.
- PLA warns US to stop stirring up trouble in Taiwan Straits People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- The Chinese military urged the United States to stop indulging in rhetoric and negative actions related to the Taiwan Straits, senior colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesman of the People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command, said on Thursday.
- US is urged to stop sending wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" forces PLA Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- The US destroyer, USS Barry, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on October 14, and the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) sent the naval and aerial forces to conduct whole-process tracking and monitoring on the US destroyer, said Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command on Thursday.
- China warns US against 'provocative actions' in Taiwan Strait Press TV 15 Oct 2020 -- China has warned the United States to stop its "provocative actions" in the Taiwan Strait, after an American Navy destroyer sailed through the strategic waterway.
- Taiwan supply plane denied entry to 'dangerous' airspace over Pratas CNA 15 Oct 2020 -- A civilian aircraft from Taiwan chartered by the military was advised by Hong Kong air traffic controllers Thursday not to enter the airspace over a group of islands in the South China Sea because "dangerous activities" were in progress in the area, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
- HK rejects Taiwan charter plane carrying 'defense personnel,' reflects one-China principle: observer Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- A charter plane carrying Taiwan personnel from "coast guard and defense authority" was reportedly rejected and forced to return by the management authority at Hong Kong's flight information region (FIR) in the South China Sea on Thursday, which observers said reflects the one-China principle and cross-Straits tensions.
- Mainland warns Taiwan not to become part of Trump's 'October Surprise' Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- "Don't say you have not been forewarned!" The Chinese phrase, which has been used by the Chinese mainland previously before going to war, reappeared on Thursday in a commentary posted on the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, the People's Daily. The commentary demanded that Taiwan intelligence organs stand on the right side of history, and not to serve the Trump administration to create any "October Surprise" before the November US presidential election.
- 'Don't say we didn't warn you': People's Daily commentary issues stern warning to Taiwan secessionists Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- "Don't say we didn't warn you." China's national newspaper the People's Daily addressed intelligence agents on the island of Taiwan in a commentary published on Thursday, urging them to cease rampant spying activities on the Chinese mainland or face consequences.
- Taiwan's govt insists HK sign accord before it accepts murder suspect CNA 15 Oct 2020 -- The Mainland Affairs Council on Thursday reiterated its stance that Taiwan and Hong Kong must first clarify jurisdiction-related issues between the two sides before Taiwanese authorities accept a Hong Kong murder suspect who wants to turn himself in for allegedly killing his girlfriend in Taiwan in 2018.
- Taiwan demands correction of designation as 'Province of China' by IMF CNA 15 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan said Thursday that its designation by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a "Province of China" was regrettable, and it called for an immediate correction.
- US Seriously Undermining Peace and Stability in the Taiwan Strait, China Says Sputnik 15 Oct 2020 -- The statement follows a recent escalation in the Taiwan Strait after the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducted what it called a "routine Taiwan Strait transit", but was monitored with suspicion by the Chinese military.
- PLA tests truck-based rocket-propelled mine launchers in plateau region Global Times 15 Oct 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command recently conducted live-fire test training exercises with its latest truck-based multiple rocket-propelled mine launchers at a high altitude. This type of weapon will allow a rapid regional lockdown during combat, and it is much more efficient than manual work, analysts said on Thursday.
- PLA Daily: Focus on war preparedness and combat capabilities PLA Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- The army is born with war, and military forces are trained for war. Combat readiness is always the core function and main responsibility of the people's army.
- Chinese navy fleet returns from escort mission PLA Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese navy flotilla returned to the port city of Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang Province Wednesday after completing its mission of escorting civilian vessels in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia.
- Video: China Tests Launching Suicide Drone Swarm From Truck, Helicopter Sputnik 15 Oct 2020 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently tested launching suicide drones from a variety of platforms, including dropping them from a helicopter and launching them from the back of a truck fitted with dozens of launchers.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 15, 2020 PRC MofA 15 Oct 2020
- Hong Kong Reassigns Judges Denounced by Pro-China Lawmaker, Papers as 'Pro-Protest' Radio Free Asia 15 Oct 2020 -- Judicial authorities in Hong Kong have reassigned a magistrate publicly criticized by supporters of the ruling Chinese Communist Party for alleged pro-protester bias to a tribunal in charge of deciding what constitutes an obscenity.
- China Vows to Retaliate Over U.S. Sanctions On Hong Kong, Chinese Officials Radio Free Asia 15 Oct 2020 -- China on Thursday said it would take countermeasures to U.S. sanctions against top officials in charge of Hong Kong after Washington moved to implement laws punishing officials responsible for curtailing the city's freedoms with visa restrictions and other measures.
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