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30 November 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- HK urged to conduct city-wide mass testing as daily infections rise Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will suspend face-to-face classes and school activities in all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools on Wednesday as daily infections rise. Health experts suggested that conducting nucleic acid tests on the city's entire population would be the most efficient way of cutting off the source of infection.
- Manzhouli tightens land ports after virus strain found similar to that in Russia Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- As Manzhouli, China's largest land port in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, rolls out the second round of nucleic acid tests after detecting a virus strain similar to that in Russia, the port city called for tighter restrictions on highway and railway ports along the Chinese border to curb risks brought by imported cases.
- Eastern Chinese city debunks rumor suggesting 'non-locals must leave' for COVID-19 prevention reasons Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in Hangzhou of East China's Zhejiang Province recently addressed a rumor that had widely spread on both Chinese domestic and foreign social media platforms, fighting back against those who slander China's COVID-19 response measures with misinformation.
- Chinese mainland reports 3 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- China's National Health Commission said Monday that it received reports of 18 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Sunday, including three domestically transmitted cases and 15 imported ones.
- China's border city reports 3 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- China's border city of Manzhouli reported three confirmed local COVID-19 cases in the past day, local health authorities said Monday.
- U.S. Sanctions CEIEC for Supporting the Illegitimate Maduro Regime's Efforts to Undermine Venezuelan Democracy US Dept. of State 30 Nov 2020 -- Today, the United States is sanctioning CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime's efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela.
- Treasury Sanctions CEIEC for Supporting the Illegitimate Maduro Regime's Efforts to Undermine Venezuelan Democracy US Treasury 30 Nov 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CEIEC for supporting the illegitimate Maduro regime's efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela, including its efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents.
- China and Malaysia, Usually Friends, Land in Another Maritime Standoff VOA 30 Nov 2020 -- China and Malaysia have entered another quiet but drawn-out standoff at sea where their sovereignty claims overlap, and each side is showing increased resolve to stand tall against the other, analysts following the two countries say.
- Taiwan denies military plane flew too close to PLA aircraft CNA 30 Nov 2020 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday denied a news report that a Taiwanese interceptor had flown dangerously close to a Chinese military plane during a recent monitoring mission.
- PLA warplanes set new record in Taiwan Straits, sorties routine Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- A warplane of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday again approached the island of Taiwan, marking the 26th day the PLA has done so in 30 days in November, and surpassing the frequency record in October, media on the island reported on Monday.
- China's Chang'e-5 probe decelerates again People's Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- EU Mulls Sanctions On State Actors For Spreading Disinformation RFE/RL 30 Nov 2020 -- The European Commission (EC) will propose for the first time that the European Union impose sanctions on "foreign actors" from states such as Russia or China spreading disinformation as it pushes for a tougher oversight mechanism for online platforms, according to a draft document seen by RFE/RL.
- Japanese Universities' Ties to China's Military-Linked Schools Sparks Concern Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- Dozens of Japanese universities continue to have research ties with seven higher education institutions with ties to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Japan's Kyodo News reported.
- CPC leadership reviews regulations on military political work, united front, Party members' rights PLA Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee met on Monday to review regulations on the political work in the armed forces, the Party's united front work and safeguarding Party members' rights.
- Nepalese leaders meet Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe PLA Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister and Minister for Defense K.P. Sharma Oli met with the visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe in Katmandu on November 29, 2020.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on November 30, 2020 PRC MofA 30 Nov 2020
- Trump to add China's SMIC and CNOOC to defense blacklist: Sources Press TV 30 Nov 2020 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is set to add China's main chipmaker SMIC and national offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, Reuters reports.
- Australia Clashes With China Over Fake War Crimes Post VOA 30 Nov 2020 -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is demanding the Chinese government delete a "repugnant" tweet of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. The doctored image appears to shows an Australian soldier murdering a child. It follows a report last week that found Australian special forces had committed at least 39 unlawful killings in Afghanistan.
- Chinese FM rejects Morrison's demand for apology Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying rejected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's demand for an apology from China over a tweet by another Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian showing an Australian soldier murdering a child, saying the Australian government should feel "ashamed" for the crimes committed by its soldiers in Afghanistan.
- Morrison blame game taking China-Australia ties into abyss Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- When Australian companies are tangled with worries of losing the Chinese market - from agricultural products of barley and wine to the pillar exports of iron ore and coal - the Australian government has staged another "juvenile" political stunt by accusing China for violence by Australia's own soldiers in Afghanistan.
- China slaps counter-sanctions on US NGO heads for 'horrible acts' on HK affairs Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Monday sanctions on four Americans as a countermeasure against previous US sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong affairs, stressing that these people are not welcome in China and will be banned from entering the country, including the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
- Last Opposition Lawmakers Leave Hong Kong's Legislature After Mass Resignations Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- The last opposition lawmakers left their offices in Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) on Monday after handing in their mass resignations earlier this month in protest over the disqualification of four colleagues, transforming the formerly lively chamber into a hushed auditorium, where only voices loyal to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are still heard.
- Former Xinjiang deputy governor expelled from CPC for corruption, disloyalty, superstition Global Times 30 Nov 2020 -- Former Xinjiang deputy governor Ren Hua has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and removed from her position for corruption, defying organizational reviews and engaging in superstitious activities, according to China's top disciplinary watchdog.
- Use of Xinjiang satellite images 'misleading' People's Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- Using satellite images to prove the existence of detention centers in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is "absurd" and "misleading", a regional government spokesman said on Saturday.
- Authorities Remove Statue of Uyghur Medicine 'Pioneer' From Xinjiang Hospital Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have removed the statue of a progenitor of Uyghur medicinal science from the site of a hospital in the capital Urumqi, as part of what observers say is an ongoing campaign to eradicate the ethnic group's culture.
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