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02 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China sets up traceability web, covers 90% of cold-chain food imports Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) vowed to comprehensively promote the establishment of a traceability platform on imported cold-chain food in light of rising imported COVID-19 infections.
- Manzhouli to start third round of complete COVID-19 testing after cluster of infections found Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- North China's port city of Manzhouli, China's largest land port bordering Russia, announced on Wednesday it will undergo a third round of nucleic acid COVID-19 testing for all its 30,000 residents, after the city had suffered from local COVID-19 cases since late November.
- E.China's Qingdao to test, disinfect all imported cold-chain food in wake of COVID-19 cases Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong Province, will test and disinfect every batch and piece of imported cold-chain food after people working in the industry have been continuously found to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
- China, Pacific Island nations agree to deepen anti-coronavirus cooperation: FM Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- China and Pacific Island nations have agreed to deepen cooperation and strengthen multilateral coordination in combating the coronavirus pandemic during the second Vice Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.
- Tianjin finds no new COVID-19 cases from new tests People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- North China's Tianjin Municipality found no new cases of COVID-19 from its latest round of nucleic acid testing involving six groups of people in the Binhai New Area, local authorities said Tuesday.
- China's Qingdao reports one new COVID-19 asymptomatic case People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- One new asymptomatic case of COVID-19 was found Tuesday in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said Wednesday.
- China's border city to launch new round of citywide nucleic acid testing People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- This border city of Manzhouli in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will launch the third round of citywide nucleic acid testing starting Thursday, local authorities said Wednesday.
- China's border city reports 2 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- China's border city of Manzhouli reported two new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past day, local health authorities said Wednesday.
- Kenya says Chinese infrastructure projects in Kenya are viable People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- Chinese infrastructure projects being undertaken in Kenya are viable because they will have a positive effect on the economy, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
- China's Chang'e-5 lands on moon to retrieve samples People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 spacecraft successfully landed on the near side of the moon late Tuesday and sent back images, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.
- China calls for faithful implementation of JCPOA People's Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- The maintenance and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) should be the basic prerequisite for any political solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.
- China seeking influence in Biden administration: US intel official Press TV 02 Dec 2020 -- A top US intelligence official says China has stepped up efforts gain more influence within the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
- New-type hospital ship commissioned to PLA Navy PLA Daily 02 Dec 2020 -- PLA Navy's new hospital ship Nanyi-13 was officially commissioned at a military port on China's Yongshu Reef, Nansha Islands on November 30, 2020.
- PLA commissions hospital ship at Nansha Islands, showcases regional presence Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently commissioned a newly developed hospital ship, which will serve as a mobile medical force in the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea in missions including military and civilian medical support, international humanitarian aid and emergency rescue.
- 'Victim complex' drives NATO to view China as a rival Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers will hold a virtual session on Wednesday, with the attendance of non-NATO colleagues, to address a rising China that has become a "full-spectrum systemic rival," for which analysts warned China to get prepared for possible coercion from the organization and its non-member partners although NATO's influence and relevance have been declining.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 2, 2020 PRC MofA 02 Dec 2020
- US to Detain Cotton Imports Produced by Xinjiang Paramilitary Group, Citing Forced Labor Concerns Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. announced Wednesday that it will detain all shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC)â€”a key paramilitary group in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR)â€”citing forced labor abuses.
- DHS Issues Detention Order on Cotton Products Made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Using Prison Labor DHS 02 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).
- China calls on US to avoid politicizing securities regulation Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- China firmly opposes US actions to politicize securities regulation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday, when asked about a bill proposed by US Congress that could force Chinese companies to forego their listings on American stock exchanges.
- Its China Ties Corroding, Australia to Sign Military Deal with US Ally Japan VOA 02 Dec 2020 -- Australia plans to sign a military exchange deal with U.S. ally Japan so troops from both sides could pool their firepower if needed to counter China, which has become enmeshed in disputes with Australia over the past two weeks.
- Taiwan backs Australian wine campaign in stand against China CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwanese diplomats and officials are taking part in a global campaign to purchase Australian wines as the country stands against intense pressure from China, which has imposed heavy taxes on Australian wine as Sino-Australia tension has intensified.
- Patience, Engagement Key to Rebuilding Australia's Damaged Ties with China, Expert Says VOA 02 Dec 2020 -- China is engaging in a so-called "tongue war" against Australia as an example to other countries, according to analysts. Relations have deteriorated in recent years over allegations of Chinese interference in Australian politics and cyberespionage. There's been disagreement over Beijing's military expansion in the South China Sea and democracy in Hong Kong. Canberra's call for a global investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus â€” first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan â€” was interpreted as an infuriating slight against China.
- Three anti-government figures sentenced to jail in Hong Kong Press TV 02 Dec 2020 -- Three anti-government figures in Hong Kong have been sentenced to prison for inciting violent rallies in the Chinese territory last year.
- Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam Jailed For Protest Outside Police HQ Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2020 -- A court in Hong Kong on Wednesday handed down jail terms of up to 13-and-a-half months to three prominent democracy activists for their role in a mass protest that laid siege to police headquarters on June 21, 2019 for several hours.
- Dominic Raab Urges China Not to 'Stifle' Hong Kong Opposition Leaders as UK-China Ties Hit New Lows Sputnik 02 Dec 2020 -- Britain's foreign secretary made the comments just hours after the sentencing of three high-profile activists in China's top special administrative region amid worsening ties between London and Beijing.
- Sentencing of 3 Hong Kong activists: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 02 Dec 2020 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab comments on the situation in Hong Kong following the sentencing of three pro-democracy activists.
- Three Hong Kong Activists Jailed Over 2019 Protests VOA 02 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong's influential pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam were sentenced Wednesday to jail terms after pleading guilty to unlawful assembly charges in connection with the city's pro-democracy protests last year.
- Joshua Wong and fellow HK secessionists sentenced over police HQ siege Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong secessionist Joshua Wong Chi-fung has been sentenced to 13.5 months in prison on two charges related to the siege of police headquarters in June 2019. Fellow secessionist Agnes Chow received 10 months, and Ivan Lam seven months.
- Prison sentence against HK activists regrettable: Taiwan government CNA 02 Dec 2020 -- Taiwan's government said Wednesday it is regrettable that three pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison in a court ruling that was damaging to freedom, stability and prosperity in the special administrative region of China.
- Sentence of Joshua Wong, fellow HK secessionists rings bell for HK youngsters Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- The sentences given on Wednesday to three high-profile Hong Kong secessionists, including Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, were termed by observers as an "alarm-ringing" lesson for the city's youngsters, some of whom have been poisoned by the rioters' bad influence.
- China's fertility rate falls below warning line, population may decline Global Times 02 Dec 2020 -- Comments by Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs Li Jiheng that the nation's total fertility rate has fallen below the warning line and the population development has entered a critical turning point have sparked wide public discussion, with Chinese demographers warning that China's population will start to decline in the next few years, with little chance of reversing the trend.
- China Proposes New Restrictions on Foreigners, Religious Services VOA 02 Dec 2020 -- China's government is considering requiring foreign visitors who want to hold a religious activity to first provide extensive information about who is attending and what they are reading, before the service can receive government permission.
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