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25 November 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China donates medical supplies for Sierra Leone's COVID-19 fight People's Daily 25 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese embassy in Sierra Leone on Tuesday handed over a batch of medical supplies to the country's government for its fight against COVID-19.
- Massive needs accelerate worldwide vaccines race Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- November has witnessed an information explosion of global COVID-19 research and development. In the 16 days from November 9 to 25, three Western vaccine producers - Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca - have revealed their interim Phase-III clinical trial data, and two Chinese companies - Sinovac and Sinopharm - separately unveiled plans on data publishing or applications for marketing.
- China alert to COVID-19 risks from containers Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- International containers and imported cold-chain products are posing dual challenges for China to prevent a COVID-19 epidemic resurgence, which has prompted many cities to adopt preventive measures to avoid another large-scale outbreak.
- German pork knuckles 'scapegoat' for N American pig heads in Tianjin infections Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- A health official in North China's Tianjin, who has been dubbed China's Sherlock Holmes, has cracked the mysterious case of the latest COVID-19 infections in the municipality and helped "clear the name" of German pork knuckles, which were previously believed to be the source of recent infections.
- Transmission risk surges as more imported COVID-19 cases found in China Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- China faces an increasing risk of coronavirus transmission with imported cases from more countries being found and more virus-positive imported cold-chain food being detected in the past 30 days, China's health authority said on Wednesday.
- Decision to close Wuhan's Huanan seafood market back in Jan. made 'after heated arguments' Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- The closure of Wuhan's Huanan seafood market early on in the epidemic has been shown to be the right decision made by Chinese experts and government officials, after heated arguments that lasted under 12 hours, a top epidemiologist revealed.
- Sinopharm eyes bringing COVID-19 vaccine to market, says clinical trial results in various countries 'good' Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- China's leading vaccine producer Sinopharm announced Wednesday that it has submitted an application to Chinese authorities for marketization of its COVID-19 vaccine.
- Health official dubbed 'China's Sherlock Holmes' pinpoints pig heads from N. America source of cold-chain infections in Tianjin, instead of German pork knuckles Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- A local Tianjin health official who has been dubbed China's Sherlock Holmes has cracked the mysterious case of the latest COVID-19 infections in North China's Tianjin, and helped clear up suspicions over German pork knuckles, which were previously believed to be the source of the recent infections.
- China likely to approve a COVID-19 vaccine by year end to meet the need of epidemic-stricken countries: experts Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- As Brazilian health officials expressed hope for China to hasten approval process for a China developed vaccine and more countries are laying out vaccination plan, some experts said that it is possible for China to approve a vaccine by the end of this year to meet the urgent need of some countries severely hit by the epidemic.
- Chinese mainland reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 25 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Tianjin lowers COVID-19 risk level for two areas People's Daily 25 Nov 2020 -- North China's Tianjin Municipality adjusted two COVID-19 middle-risk areas to low-risk after no new domestically transmitted cases have been reported for 14 consecutive days there, according to a press conference on Tuesday.
- Beijing confirms jail sentence for Taiwanese professor CNA 25 Nov 2020 -- A retired university professor who was arrested shortly after visiting China in August 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison on national security charges, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) said Wednesday.
- Diehard Taiwan secessionists will be sanctioned by law: mainland spokesperson Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- Mainland authorities have vowed to punish a handful of diehard Taiwan secessionists who keep to instigate confrontation and sabotage peace across the Straits.
- No policy barrier for Taiwan enterprises to list in the Chinese mainland: Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- There is no policy barrier for Taiwan enterprises to list in the Chinese mainland and they will enjoy equal treatment as their mainland peers, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
- China and Japan agree to build maritime and air liaison mechanism to manage risk Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- China and Japan have agreed to establish a maritime and air liaison mechanism to enhance risk management and mutual trust, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday night amid Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi's visit to Japan.
- Amphibious landing ships, stealth missile boats conduct exercises in South China Sea Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently sent three Type 071 amphibious dock landing ships, and multiple Type 022 stealth missile boats to two exercises in the South China Sea, sending a strong message of deterrence to Taiwan secessionists and forces with ulterior motives, analysts said on Tuesday.
- Xi stresses military training to raise capability of winning wars PLA Daily 25 Nov 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday ordered the armed forces to strengthen training under real combat conditions and raise their capability of winning wars.
- China Investment Risk Rises with Ant Group Clash Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2020 -- A costly clash between China's top political and business leaders has highlighted the risks for enterprises and finance in the world's second-largest economy.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on November 25, 2020 PRC MofA 25 Nov 2020
- Xiplomacy shows China's sense of responsibility in time of pandemic, global recession People's Daily 25 Nov 2020 -- As the world grapples with the worst pandemic in a century and a flagging global economy, Chinese President Xi Jinping has taken the world stage to offer China's approach to overcoming these challenges.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping Congratulates Biden On Becoming US President-Elect Sputnik 25 Nov 2020 -- Under the Trump administration, US-China relations have been locked in political and trade disputes. Over the last four years, the US has put protectionist tariffs on Chinese imports, pledged to develop relations with Taiwan and challenged the Chinese Communist Party in the wake of the protests in Hong Kong.
- Chinese President Congratulates Biden on Election Victory VOA 25 Nov 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday for winning the November 3 U.S. presidential election.
- China formally acknowledges Biden win, marks possible return of new major power relations Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his win in the US presidential election in what analysts call a well-timed, goodwill message, after China had adopted a cautious approach toward the highly disputed election results. This is believed to mark the likely return of a new major relationship between the two powers, following a tense period that saw bilateral ties in a downward spiral.
- Chinese embassy fires back at Canadian FM Champagne's 'coercive diplomacy' accusations Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- In response to Canadian Foreign Minister's latest claim that China uses "coercive diplomacy" and "detained foreign nationals at will," Chinese Embassy in Canada urged Canadian side to look at itself in the mirror and stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs using double standards.
- Restoring constitutional order, 'political system from chaos' is priority: Lam Global Times 25 Nov 2020 -- In her 2020 annual policy address, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam stressed the need to restore Hong Kong's constitutional order and restore the political system from chaos, and proposed measures to improve the oath-taking process for civil servants and strengthen legal education for young people.
- Hong Kong's leader vows to restore 'political system from chaos' Press TV 25 Nov 2020 -- Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has vowed to "restore the political system from chaos" in her annual policy address before the city's legislature, further offering economic recovery measures for the global financial hub.
- Carrie Lam Targets Hong Kong's Youth With Changes to Education, Job Scheme Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2020 -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam set out an array of policies on Wednesday targeting the city's youth, including sweeping changes to the teaching of a critical thinking program in high schools, which has been blamed by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for fueling waves of youth-led political movements in recent years.
- Pope Refers To Xinjiang's Uyghurs As 'Persecuted,' China Calls It 'Groundless' RFE/RL 25 Nov 2020 -- Pope Francis has for the first time publicly named Uyghurs, a major indigenous ethnic group in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, among a list of the world's persecuted peoples amid reports of widespread human rights abuses in the region.
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