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16 October 2020 - China Special Weapons News

  • Dialogue Between the Dalai Lama and China a 'Major Challenge': Interview Radio Free Asia 16 Oct 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Oct. 14 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. Destro, now Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, will serve in both positions simultaneously. On Oct. 16, RFA Tibetan Service reporter Tashi Wangchuk spoke by phone with Destro to discuss his goals and plans for his new role:
  • China's Qingdao completes city-wide COVID-19 sampling Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, has completed a citywide nucleic acid testing covering all its 11 million residents starting Monday, after a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections emerged.
  • Improper disinfection at hospital causes new COVID-19 cluster infections in Qingdao Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- Inappropriate disinfection in the CT room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital led to the new cluster of COVID-19 infections in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, a local health official said Friday.
  • Eastern Chinese cities to offer ordinary citizens COVID-19 vaccines Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- With the safety and effectiveness of China's homegrown COVID-19 vaccines gradually being proved through numerous tests and pilot injections, some local Chinese governments are trying to offer more people voluntary injections ahead of the coming autumn-winter period, a traditionally peak season for respiratory infections.
  • Qingdao finishes city-wide testing, finds no new COVID-19 cases Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province, has completed city-wide nucleic acid tests for its nearly 11 million residents in five days as promised and no new infections were found, indicating that the risk of community transmission could be ruled out, deputy mayor of Qingdao Xue Qingguo said on Friday.
  • China's Qingdao tests 11 million after local COVID-19 cases emerge People's Daily 16 Oct 2020 -- Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, has vowed to complete a citywide nucleic acid testing campaign covering all 11 million residents within five days starting Monday, after a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections emerged.
  • Largest African delegation seeks vaccine offer in visit to Chinese developer Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- A delegation of 51 African diplomats and senior representatives on Thursday visited the Beijing manufacturing workshop of one of China's main COVID-19 vaccine developers to get firsthand knowledge of the latest developments of the desperately-needed vaccines, while seeking more offers from China.
  • Chinese anti-submarine plane enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 16 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese military anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday morning, the 19th such maneuver since mid-September, according to Taiwan's defense ministry.
  • Chinese military aircraft nears Taiwan again, 18th time in a month CNA 16 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday night, the 18th such incursion since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
  • Taiwan releases records to rebut HK's claim it abandoned its flight plan CNA 16 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) on Friday disclosed a full transcript of the communications between Taiwanese and Hong Kong air traffic controllers, rebutting the latter's claim that one of its planes had voluntarily abandoned its flight plan, and insisted that it was the Hong Kong side that had denied permission for the plane to proceed to the disputed Dongsha Island claimed by both sides.
  • China urged to respect rules after denying entry of Taiwan plane CNA 16 Oct 2020 -- Taiwan's defense minister called on Beijing on Friday to respect international aviation rules and refrain from undermining the international aviation order after an incident close to the Hong Kong Flight Information Region (FIR) a day earlier.
  • Mainland blasts DPP for distorting facts of espionage cases Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Friday blasted the mainland affairs council on the island of Taiwan for distorting facts of recently revealed espionage cases in an ill attempt to deflect responsibility and blame the mainland.
  • China's Shipyards Expanding to Keep Up With PLA's Nuclear Submarine Plans Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- As China's navy continues to expand, it's pushing existing shipyards to the limit. Recent satellite images show the country's only facility for building nuclear submarines is undergoing considerable expansion.
  • Fu Cong reiterates China's stance on nuclear issues PLA Daily 16 Oct 2020 -- Fu Cong, director-general of the Department of Arms Control of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expounded China's stance on issues such as China's policy related to and development of nuclear power and the trilateral China-US-Russia arms control negotiation in an interview with Russian newspaper Kommersant on October 15, 2020.
  • China to pass new law on tech export control Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- China's top legislature is expected to pass a new export control law on Saturday, aiming to restrict the export of relevant national security-sensitive technologies that offers a "timely solution" to plug loopholes in China's regulation, as the tech war between China and the US intensifies.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 16, 2020 PRC MofA 16 Oct 2020
  • FM denounces Pompeo's pompous populism featuring never-ending vilification of China Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's groundless accusations of human rights volitions during his visit to the International Republican Institute (IRI) where he called on US' European allies and the US-funded IRI to unify against China.
  • China warns Canada against granting asylum to Hong Kong 'criminals' Press TV 16 Oct 2020 -- China has warned the Canadian government against granting asylum to Hong Kong "criminals," who fled a national security law after taking part in last year's violent protests in the Chinese territory.
  • China Warns Canada Over 'Health And Safety' of Its Nationals in Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 16 Oct 2020 -- China's ambassador to Canada has warned that Ottawa's granting of political asylum to democracy activists fleeing a national security crackdown on Hong Kong could put some 300,000 Canadians in the city at risk.
  • Canada Rejects Chinese Warning Against Granting Asylum to Hong Kong Protesters VOA 16 Oct 2020 -- China has warned Canada not to grant political asylum to Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, labeling them violent criminals and saying the action would constitute interference in China's internal affairs.
  • HKSAR gov't strongly opposes US Secretary of State's report Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Thursday voiced strong opposition to a report released by the US Secretary of State on Oct 14 (US time) under the so-called "Hong Kong Autonomy Act".
  • Four Uyghurs Facing Persecution After Deportation by Saudi Arabia to China Identified Radio Free Asia 16 Oct 2020 -- Saudi Arabian authorities have deported at least four Uyghurs to China over the past four years who were either visiting the country as part of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca or living in the country legally, putting them at risk of extralegal detention back home, according to relatives and other sources.
  • Chinese Police Target Muslim Minorities Using Digital Forensics: Researcher Radio Free Asia 16 Oct 2020 -- An app developed by Chinese digital forensics giant Meiya Pico is used in the mass surveillance of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, Ningxia and Yunnan, according to an anthropologist who has spoken with a former Kazakh security officer, one among some 90,000 who now patrol the streets of Xinjiang, searching people's devices. Darren Byler, a postdoctoral researcher in anthropology at the Asian Studies Center at the University of Colorado, explained to RFA's Mandarin Service how the app is used on the ground:
  • Chinese FM dismisses German scholar as US' hatchet man over Xinjiang claims Global Times 16 Oct 2020 -- So-called claims of China "oppressing Muslims in Xinjiang" is a farce made by anti-China forces, who are using the fake and sensational topics to attack and slander China, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry told a press briefing on Friday.
  • China's High-Carbon Plans Clash With Climate Pledge Radio Free Asia 16 Oct 2020 -- China has yet to explain how it can reconcile plans for thousands of high-polluting projects with President Xi Jinping's pledge to achieve "net-zero" carbon emissions before 2060, energy and environmental experts say.

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