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12 November 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Tianjin suspends frozen food market after virus found on products for two consecutive days Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- North China's Tianjin Municipality on Thursday suspended the operations of a local market after finding COVID-19 on its cold-chain products for two consecutive days.
- Tianjin coronavirus cases belong to European strain, similar to Beijing and Hebei flare-ups Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- The COVID-19 strain taken from samples of the confirmed case found in North China's Tianjin shows that the virus belongs to the L genotype of the European branch, sharing a high similarity to the confirmed cases in Beijing's Xinfadi market and Hebei Province from June to July.
- Over 70,000 stranded Chinese citizens brought back home amid pandemic Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- China has brought back home more than 70,000 Chinese citizens stranded in 92 countries amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the deputy minister of the Chinese foreign ministry said, assuring the public that the Chinese government pays a lot of attention to the living conditions for Chinese people overseas.
- Hong Kong residents in Guangdong, Macao can return without quarantine from late November People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government decided on Wednesday to launch the "Return2hk" travel scheme which allows Hong Kong residents returning from neighboring Guangdong Province or the Macao SAR to be exempted from a 14-day quarantine on meeting certain requirements since Nov. 23.
- China's Qingdao cleared of COVID-19 cases People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- The eastern Chinese city of Qingdao has seen the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases drop to zero, the local health commission said Thursday.
- Chinese mainland reports one new locally transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported one new locally transmitted COVID-19 case in northern city of Tianjin, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- China's Xinjiang reports no new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic cases were reported in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday, the regional health commission said Thursday.
- Central Chinese city reports one imported asymptomatic COVID-19 case People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- The city of Qianjiang in central China's Hubei Province reported one new imported asymptomatic COVID-19 case Tuesday, local authorities said Wednesday.
- Xinjiang reports no new confirmed, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases for 3 days People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has reported no new confirmed or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 for three consecutive days, as of Tuesday.
- Tibet drug firm inks deal to sell Russia's Sputnik V vaccine Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- Shanghai-listed Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical Holding Co said its subsidiary Topridge Pharma has entered into a deal on the registration, import, production and sales of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in China in a cooperation deal valued at $9 million.
- Biden Reaffirms Commitment to Back Japanese Claims to Senkaku Islands â€“ Reports Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has held a phone conversation with projected US President-elect Joe Biden, with the latter having reaffirmed the US commitment to support Japan's claims to the disputed islands of Senkaku, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
- Biden probes China on Diaoyu Islands, woos allies for Asia-Pacific 'rebalance' Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- US president-elect Joe Biden on Thursday held a phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, covering security issues concerning the Diaoyu Islands, over which Japan has had disputes with China.
- Indian media's reports on detailed border disengagement plan with China 'inaccurate': sources Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- Indian media's reports that detailed arrangements for a proposed disengagement plan are being discussed and finalized by Chinese and Indian militaries are inaccurate and not helpful for the two sides to reach their established goals, the Global Times has learned from sources.
- Chinese aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ for 9th time in November CNA 12 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane flew into Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday morning -- the ninth such intrusion this month and the 39th since mid-September, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- 90% of Taiwanese oppose Chinese military threats: MAC poll CNA 12 Nov 2020 -- More than 90 percent of Taiwanese oppose China's military threats against the country while nearly 80 percent believe maintaining cross-strait peace is the responsibility of both sides, according to a poll released Thursday by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top China policymaking body.
- PLA actions "stern response" to DPP's attempts to seek "Taiwan independence": spokesperson People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday urged pro-independence secessionists in Taiwan not to make provocative attempts that could lead to historic blunders with catastrophic consequences.
- University Researcher Pleads Guilty to Lying on Grant Applications to Develop Scientific Expertise for China US Dept. of Justice 12 Nov 2020 -- A rheumatology professor and researcher with strong ties to China pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal authorities as part of an immunology research fraud scheme.
- Spying for Hire: US Using Civilian Contractor Planes to Monitor Seas Off Chinese Coast- Think Tank Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- Where it was previously known to be flying spy planes near China disguised as civilian aircraft, now the US military has been revealed to be contracting civilian firms to fly spy missions for them in the region. The US has dispatched three such planes to the western Pacific in recent months, according to a new think tank report.
- China's latest unmanned combat systems to enter service, aim to win future wars for PLA: reports Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems intended to win future wars, and their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service.
- China adopts law to strengthen support for veterans People's Daily 12 Nov 2020 -- China's top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new law to strengthen protection over the legitimate rights of veterans.
- UK Slams Beijing Over Ouster of Hong Kong Democratic Lawmakers Radio Free Asia 12 Nov 2020 -- The United Kingdom on Thursday hit out at China's disqualification of four pro-democracy members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo), saying that the country is in breach of a 1984 treaty promising to protect the city's freedoms.
- Foreign Secretary declares breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration UK FCDO 12 Nov 2020 -- Following the disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong, the UK Government has declared China in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
- China Has Breached Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong, UK's FM Says Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the day before that the removal of four opposition lawmakers from Hong Kong's Legislative Council by the Special Administrative Region government represents a "further assault" on the former British colony's autonomy.
- Disqualification of Pan-Democratic Lawmakers in Hong Kong US Dept. of State 12 Nov 2020 -- "Beijing's onslaught against Hong Kong's freedoms and liberties continues. The United States strongly condemns the "patriotism" resolution passed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee on November 11, which disqualified four members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council for exercising their mandates as lawmakers."
- US threatens China with more sanctions over Hong Kong new law Press TV 12 Nov 2020 -- The United States has accused China of "flagrantly violating" its international commitments over a new law that disqualified four opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong, threatening Beijing with more sanctions.
- Canada to Announce New Measures for Citizens in Hong Kong as National Security Law Enforced Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- The United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada have criticised a move by Beijing to disqualification of four Hong Kong legislators under the powers set out in the new National Security Law.
- Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Stage Final Act of Defiance Before Mass Resignations VOA 12 Nov 2020 -- Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong staged one final act of defiance in the city's Legislative Council on Thursday before going through with a mass resignation over the dismissal of four of their colleagues.
- China says resignation of Hong Kong opposition MPs 'a farce' Press TV 12 Nov 2020 -- China says the resignation of some Hong Kong opposition legislators is "a farce" and an "open challenge" to Beijing's authority and the Basic Law, the semi-autonomous city's mini-constitution.
- Unqualified, unjustified, unmarketable: FM rebukes Western criticism of disqualification of unpatriotic HK lawmakers Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- A few Western countries have no qualification and no reason for criticizing China's top legislature's latest decision to set a legal structure for disqualifying unpatriotic lawmakers from the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo), the Chinese FM warned on Thursday.
- Central authorities slam mass resignation of HK opposition lawmakers as political farce Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR have criticized the move by opposition lawmakers of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) to "resign en masse" as a "farce" that exposes their stubborn stance against the central government.
- No country tolerates lawmakers who don't pledge allegiance to state Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- No country tolerates public servants who do not recognize their national identity or do not sincerely swear allegiance to the state in assuming office and carrying out their duties, Chinese officials and experts said on Thursday, dismissing some Western politicians' accusations over the Chinese top legislature's latest decision on the qualifications of Hong Kong LegCo members.
- Hong Kong must be governed by patriots Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- The decision adopted by China's top legislature Wednesday on the qualification of local lawmakers in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has clarified the legal basis for "patriots governing Hong Kong."
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on November 12, 2020 PRC MofA 12 Nov 2020
- Statement from National Security Advisor Robert C. O'Brien The White House 12 Nov 2020 -- "Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to protect American investors from funding Communist Chinese military companies, including those designated by the Department of Defense in June and August of 2020."
- Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 12 Nov 2020
- Trump Issues Order Barring Americans From Investing in Firms Tied to Chinese Military Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order prohibiting Americans from investing in nearly three dozen firms that do business with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).
- Trump administration unveils move to crack down on US investments in Chinese firms Press TV 12 Nov 2020 -- The administration of President Donald Trump has unveiled an executive order banning US investments in Chinese firms that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
- Biden Likely to Continue Hardline Policy Toward China on Security Issues VOA 12 Nov 2020 -- U.S.-China relations are at their lowest point in years following conflicts over trade and coronavirus during the administration of President Donald Trump. That is creating intense interest in President-elect Joe Biden's China policy plans.
- Xi's participation in upcoming key diplomatic events illustrates China's commitment to multilateralism with practice Global Times 12 Nov 2020 -- China's top leader's participation in a series of major multilateral diplomatic events in the coming weeks shows once again China's resolute support for relevant international organizations and multilateralism through actual practice despite the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, experts said on Thursday.
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