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21 October 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese vaccines in sight, providing promising solution to conquer COVID-19 Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese COVID-19 vaccine has been proven safe according to results from the latest phase III clinical trial in Brazil, reflecting the increased efforts China is making to advance vaccine development to make them available to the public as soon as possible.
- COVID-19 vaccine development unaffected by mutation: Chinese official Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- Studies have shown that the development of COVID-19 vaccines has not been affected by how the virus has mutated, a Chinese official said Tuesday.
- China's COVID-19 vaccine capacity to reach 610 million Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- China's total annual production capacity of COVID-19 vaccines will likely reach 610 million doses by the end of the year, a Chinese official said on Tuesday.
- 60,000 volunteers receive Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in phase-3 trials People's Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- A total of about 60,000 volunteers have been given Chinese COVID-19 vaccines as part of phase-3 clinical trials, with no severe side-effects reported, a Chinese official said on Tuesday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported across the Chinese mainland on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Qingdao to conduct COVID-19 testing on cold-chain products People's Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- The eastern Chinese city of Qingdao will conduct nucleic acid testing on all imported cold-chain products to enhance the prevention and control of COVID-19, local authorities said on Tuesday.
- India releases Chinese soldier detained at tense border Press TV 21 Oct 2020 -- China says India has released a Chinese soldier who had been detained along their disputed Himalayan border, where the two sides have been locked in a tense standoff in recent months.
- Indian Army Hands Over Chinese Soldier Who Got Lost Looking for Yaks in Ladakh Sputnik 21 Oct 2020 -- India and China have been engaged in their most recent border stand-off since April of this year. In 15 June violence, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan valley of the Ladakh region and Beijing's People's Liberation Army reportedly captured at least 10 Indian soldiers in the clash.
- NSA alleging China involved cyber theft is an irony in the extreme: FM spokesperson Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday that it is indeed ironic that the US National Security Agency (NSA), as the main implementer of the PRISM program and the world's largest cyber espionage agency, publicly accuses other countries of cyber espionage.
- US Designates 6 More China-based Propaganda Outlets as Foreign Missions VOA 21 Oct 2020 -- The United States has designated six additional China-based propaganda outlets as foreign missions, the newest push to counter communist propaganda.
- Designation of Additional PRC Propaganda Outlets as Foreign Missions US Dept. of State 21 Oct 2020 -- Over the past decade, and particularly under General Secretary Xi Jinping's tenure, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has asserted greater control over China's state-backed propaganda outlets while trying to disguise them as independent news agencies.
- Pompeo Vows No Change on US Policy in Taiwan Strait VOA 21 Oct 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the State Department is not changing its Taiwan policy amid calls to depart from a long-standing strategic ambiguity in the Taiwan Strait.
- Retired military officer detained for passing intel to China (update) CNA 21 Oct 2020 -- The Taipei District Court on Wednesday afternoon granted a prosecutors' motion to detain a retired colonel from the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) as part of an ongoing investigation into espionage allegations targeting at least three former MIB officials.
- Tibetan militia transport unit sends supplies to PLA troops near border using mules, horses Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- Besides using advanced technologies like drones, Chinese troops, including Tibetan militia transport units, also use mules and horses as a practical approach to deliver supplies to troops stationed at high-altitude bases with harsh environments near the border.
- Prison term, fine for defense firm executive 'deterrent to corruption' Global Times 21 Oct 2020 -- A former senior executive of an aviation institute responsible for the development of China's key large warplanes - including bombers, transport aircraft and special mission aircraft - was recently sentenced to jail and fined for corruption and bribery, a case that will serve as a deterrent for others in the defense sector at a time when the country is facing increasing external military pressure and boosting national defense expenditure, analysts said on Wednesday.
- Chinese Defense Minister holds phone talks with S. Korean counterpart PLA Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe on Wednesday held phone talks with Suh Wook, defense minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 21, 2020 PRC MofA 21 Oct 2020
- 'People Are Increasingly Likely to Take Action': Benny Tai Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2020 -- Former Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai, who was among the instigators of the 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement, has warned that the ruling Chinese Communist Party has ushered in a new era of semi-authoritarian rule with the imposition of a draconian national security law on the city from July 1.
- US-Sanctioned Hong Kong Shipping Lines Linked to Single Shanghai Resident Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2020 -- Four Hong Kong shipping companies sanctioned this week by the U.S. Department of State for doing business with an Iranian state shipping line have been traced to a single name, purportedly belonging to a person based in Shanghai, an RFA investigation has revealed.
- Finland Suspends Extraditions to Hong Kong, Triggering Rebuff From Beijing Sputnik 21 Oct 2020 -- In the words of Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, further extradition could "entail closed trials or, in the worst-case scenario, the threat of the death penalty" in mainland China. In response, Beijing urged Finland to stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs.
- Canada's Parliament Labels China's Abuses in Xinjiang 'Genocide,' Urges Government Action Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2020 -- Canada's parliament on Wednesday labeled China's actions targeting Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) "genocide," calling on Ottawa to adopt the designation and sanction Chinese government officials responsible for rights violations in the western region.
- Interview: Under Xi, 'Confrontation Will Only Worsen And Intensify'-Scholar Cai (Part IV) Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2020 -- Cai Xia, a retired professor of the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party, was expelled from the party and had her pension stripped on August 17 for "serious violations of political discipline of the Party" following her criticism of the increasingly authoritarian policies of Xi Jinping, party chief and state president. The dissident in-house scholar called the CCP a political zombie and likened Xi to a "gang boss".
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