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04 November 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Xinjiang may launch more massive tests to curb COVID-19 Global Times 04 Nov 2020 -- Chinese public health experts said that further rounds of massive nucleic acid testing may be coming in epidemic-stricken places in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region as a large number of silent virus carriers are being discovered, increasing the difficulty of epidemic prevention and control.
- Chinese mainland reports 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- Chinese health authorities said Wednesday that they received reports of 17 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, including two that were domestically-transmitted and 15 imported.
- Macao SAR gov't to spend 52.61 mln USD on COVID-19 vaccines People's Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government will spend 420 million patacas (about 52.61 million U.S. dollars) to buy COVID-19 vaccines for all Macao residents, the SAR's health chief said on Tuesday.
- Xinjiang reports 2 confirmed, 116 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases People's Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 116 asymptomatic cases, all in south Xinjiang's Kashgar Prefecture, between the end of Monday and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a press conference held by the regional government.
- Railway Planned For Tibet Will Strengthen China's Regional Control: Experts Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- A new railway linking western China's Sichuan province with central Tibet's Nyingtri prefecture will boost tourism and trade along a previously unconnected southern route, but will also strengthen Beijing's control over a disputed region bordering India, state media and other sources say.
- Philippines: South China Sea Exploration Can Proceed Without Beijing Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- Oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea can proceed immediately even without Beijing as a partner, the Philippine energy chief said Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte recently lifted a six-year ban on such activity in the contested waterway.
- Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea VOA 04 Nov 2020 -- The Philippine government's lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe.
- Taiwan's defense chief links Beijing's incursions to ADIZ plan CNA 04 Nov 2020 -- The frequent incursions of Chinese military planes into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) could be part of China's plans to set up an ADIZ in the South China Sea, according to Taiwan's defense chief.
- Chinese military firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan: Spokesperson PLA Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese military has voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to US approval of selling MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Taiwan.
- Border Reopening Rumors Follow North Korean Repatriation of Stranded Chinese Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea and China have temporarily reopened customs offices on their border to allow a group of Chinese stranded since the frontier was closed over coronavirus fears in January to return home, sources on the Chinese side of the border told RFA.
- Type 075 amphibious assault ship spotted on doorstep of South China Sea, near Taiwan island: report Global Times 04 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese mainland's first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was recently spotted on the doorstep of the South China Sea, close to the island of Taiwan, Taiwan media reported, leading Chinese mainland military experts to say that the vessel could be conducting another sea trial session in the more challenging sea region of the South China Sea.
- China to accelerate modernization of national defense, armed forces People's Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- China will accelerate the modernization of its national defense and armed forces, according to the full text of the Communist Party of China Central Committee's proposals for formulating a new five-year development plan and long-range objectives.
- Guilin Joint Logistic Support Center deploys drones to improve battlefield support PLA Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- A logistic support exercise was conducted by the Guilin Joint Logistic Support Center in southwest China at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea level in the autumn of 2020.
- New armored assault vehicles deployed to troops in Xizang PLA Daily 04 Nov 2020 -- According to news on November 2 published by "Plateau Warrior", the official WeChat account of the PLA Tibet Military Command, a battalion under the command held a ceremony for the recent receiving of new-type armored assault vehicles. Commanding officer of the battalion emphasized that it is necessary to get familiar with the new equipment and develop combat effectiveness as soon as possible.
- Xi expounds on CPC proposals for China's new development plan Global Times 04 Nov 2020 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday unveiled in full text the Party leadership's proposals for formulating the 14th Five-Year Plan and long-range goals.
- Xi to announce achieving moderately prosperous society in H1 of 2021 Global Times 04 Nov 2020 -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee released Tuesday the full text of proposals for mapping out a blueprint for China's development in the next 15 years, on which the top leader said the CPC Central Committee will announce the achievement of building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects after a systematic assessment and review in the first half of 2021.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 4, 2020 PRC MofA 04 Nov 2020
- China Pulls Plug on Ant Listing After Summoning Jack Ma Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- China on Wednesday unceremoniously pulled the plug on the U.S.$37 billion listing of Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma's Ant financial group, after its financial regulators hauled Ma and other senior executives in for a meeting on Monday.
- China Intensifies Crackdown on Officials Who Bring Banned Books Back Home Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is stepping up a crackdown on high-ranking officials found in possession of banned books and magazines with "sensitive" political content.
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