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17 November 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Fighting COVID-19 pandemic, fueling economic recovery high on agenda of BRICS summit: observers Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Leaders of BRICS countries urged to enhance cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and uphold multilateralism during the BRICS Summit 2020 video conference on Tuesday.
- Two people under quarantine in Tianjin tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tue Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Two cold-chain industry employees in Tianjian tested positive for COVID-19 on Tue.
- COVID-19 outbreak risk low after 1,660 close contacts of imported patient test negative: Chengdu authorities Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Health authorities in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, said Tuesday that 1,660 people were tracked and all tested negative for COVID-19 after one imported asymptomatic patient was discovered on Saturday, noting the risk of a further outbreak is low.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese mainland on Monday reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- China's Xinjiang reports no new COVID-19 cases for 9 days People's Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases or asymptomatic cases were reported in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Monday, the regional health commission said Tuesday.
- China increases efforts to block COVID-19 through imported foods People's Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- The Ministry of Transport has released a guideline to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 through imported cold-chain foods in road and water transportation.
- Japan, Australia eye defense pact; a potential 'Indo-Pacific NATO' could be formed against China Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Japan and Australia have reached a broad consensus on their bilateral defense pact as a prelude to forming an "Indo-Pacific NATO" against China, amid Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's two-day visit to Japan.
- Australia, Japan Reach Deal on Defence Treaty to Counter 'Increasing Tensions' in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Nov 2020 -- Australia and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on a defence treaty that is expected to strengthen their security ties and facilitate cooperation between defence forces, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.
- Leaders of separatist forces 'should be blacklisted' as report says Chinese mainland to sanction Taiwan secessionists: analysts Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- After a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Sunday that the Chinese mainland will formulate a blacklist of "stubborn Taiwan secessionists," both sides of the Taiwan Straits wondered who will make the list, as mainland experts said the blacklist should include the leaders, influential personnel of the secessionist forces, and the head of Taiwan's executive body.
- China operates first deep-space antenna array system in Xinjiang region Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- China has completed building the country's first deep space antenna array system at a ground station in Kashi, Northwest China's Xinjiang, which will be directly used for spacecraft tracking and monitoring missions, including the Tianwen-1 Mars probe and the upcoming Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center, the Kashi station's operator, announced on Tuesday.
- BeiDou system passes verification standard of ICAO Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- China's domestically developed BeiDou satellite navigation system, or BDS, has passed an assessment of critical standardization work at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported Tuesday, citing the Chinese civil aviation authority and China Satellite Navigation Office.
- China's Tianwen-1 Mars probe travels over 300 million kilometers PLA Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- As of the early morning of November 17, 2020, China's first Mars probe Tianwen-1 has been in orbit flight for 116 days, with a flight mileage of over 300 million kilometers and a distance of about 63.8 million kilometers from the earth, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The probe is in stable condition with normal energy balance. Some sub-systems have completed self-checks, and all systems are working well.
- China Bans Smoke Offerings Outside Lhasa's Jokhang Temple Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- China is now banning offerings of burnt juniper boughs and other fragrant smoke outside the iconic Jokhang temple in Tibet's regional capital Lhasa, with authorities citing concerns over air pollution, sources in the city say.
- China ready to help bring long-term peace to Sahel region: envoy People's Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- China is ready to continue working with the international community towards long-term peace, stability and prosperity in the Sahel region, said a Chinese envoy to the United Nations (UN) on Monday.
- Military-civilian mobilization exercise shows China can quick switch industrial output Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- A city in China recently held a military-civilian mobilization exercise, during which civilian firms temporarily shifted production to make combat vehicles and modified trailers to transport tanks. The move demonstrated China's industrial potential in wartime, analysts said.
- China's Y-20 tanker variant spotted conducting aerial refueling for J-20 fighter jet: report Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- The development of the aerial tanker variant of China's domestically developed Y-20 large cargo plane is apparently entering the final stages, as a recent photo captured what seems to be a Y-20 tanker variant conducting aerial refueling for a J-20 stealth fighter jet, media reports said.
- Night stay at new mobile insulated cabin in alpine area PLA Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- Recently, the correspondent walks into a new-type self-powered thermal insulation cabin in a border defense company under the PLA Xinjiang Military Command. Developed by the PLA Army Engineering University, the thermal insulation device is mainly designed for troops stationed in plateau and alpine regions with inconvenient transportation and insufficient logistics support.
- Photos Emerge of China's J-15 Fighter Sporting Gear for New Carrier's Catapult Launch System Sputnik 17 Nov 2020 -- The electromagnetic launch system (EMALS) on China's Type 002 aircraft carrier presently under construction could give the heavy J-15 fighter a second life in naval aviation.
- US Reports 'Substantial Progress' in Countering Chinese Security Threat VOA 17 Nov 2020 -- The Justice Department is touting the success of its "China Initiative," saying it has achieved "substantial progress" in disrupting and deterring Chinese efforts to subvert U.S. economic and national security.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on November 17, 2020 PRC MofA 17 Nov 2020
- World expects Biden to 'fix ties with China' Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- Expectations around the world on Joe Biden to fix China-US ties from the damage caused by the Trump administration have risen, as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger urged Biden to restore lines of communication with China.
- China Says Changes Coming to Hong Kong Charter VOA 17 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese official says Beijing is considering changes to Hong Kong's mini-constitution after imposing a series of moves tightening its control on the semi-autonomous city.
- 'Right and proper' to allow only patriots govern Hong Kong: deputy director of HKMAO Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- It is "only right and proper" to demand that those who govern Hong Kong must be patriots, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office (HKMAO) Zhang Xiaoming said in a speech delivered at a forum, while defending the national security law for Hong Kong and the recent decision to disqualify a number of unpatriotic Hong Kong lawmakers.
- China Signals Judicial 'Reform,' Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent in Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has signaled a further clampdown on dissent in Hong Kong, with a public denunciation of a pro-democracy group and apparent plans to make changes to the city's judiciary.
- Chinese embassy slams Czech criticism of disqualifying Hong Kong lawmakers Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic said Tuesday that China expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the statement from the Czech Republic's Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning China's Hong Kong and criticizing China's decision to disqualify four local Legislative Council members.
- Xi stresses sticking to socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- President Xi Jinping has called for staying on the path of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics, and promoting the modernization of China's governance system and capacity along the path of the rule of law.
- China removes 41,700 bully-like village cadres: anti-mafia authority Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- China is stepping up its efforts to promote social stability and order at the grass-roots level by investigating and dealing with malign forces in villages across the country. As of October, China has cracked down on 1,175 mafia-like organizations and 13,422 criminal gangs in rural areas, removing 41,700 village cadres who were subjected to criminal punishment or involved in evildoings while in positions of powers at the grass-roots level, according to recent statistics released by the national anti-mafia authority.
- US, International Lawmakers Urge UN to Launch Probe of Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- Four U.S. Congressmen have led a group of international lawmakers in calling on the head of the United Nations to appoint an expert to investigate rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
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