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10 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Sinopharm plans safe vaccine distribution, license for commercial use 'very likely' this month Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- China's leading vaccine maker Sinopharm announced on Thursday that it has carried out a nationwide logistics exercise to ensure safe and efficient vaccine distributions, with vaccine experts predicting that the COVID-19 vaccine is "very likely" to be licensed and available in the market by the end of December.
- Zhuhai starts emergency COVID-19 vaccine inoculation for high-risk groups Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Zhuhai in South China's Guangdong Province has launched emergency COVID-19 vaccine inoculation for high-risk groups to better tackle imported infections.
- Heilongjiang reports one new confirmed COVID-19 case Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Dongning in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case on Thursday. The patient, surnamed Kong is a 40-year-old company employee from Taihe, Central China's Anhui Province.
- China's Chengdu reports no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- Chengdu, capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province, reported zero increase in new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and asymptomatic cases from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday, while citywide nucleic acid tests are continuing, local authorities said.
- NE Chinese province reports 1 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Thursday reported one new domestically transmitted COVID-19 case, local authorities said.
- China's border city reports 1 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reported one new domestically transmitted COVID-19 case in the last day, local health authorities said on Thursday.
- Chinese mainland reports 1 new locally transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- China's National Health Commission said Thursday that it received reports of 12 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, one of which was locally transmitted in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
- Tibet's Dalai Lama Affirms Plan to Live a Long Life Radio Free Asia 10 Dec 2020 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama declared his intention on Thursday to live a long life, citing an eighteenth-century prophecy that he could live to the age of 113.
- Chinese Defense Ministry Denounces Potential $280 Million US Military Sale to Taiwan Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- After news of yet another potential weapons sale from the United States to Taiwan, China's Defense Ministry warned the US the move could only further damage relations between Washington and Beijing.
- Chinese electronic warfare aircraft enters Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 10 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese Y-8 electronic warfare plane entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Thursday morning -- the eighth such intrusion this month, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- PLA border troops in Tibet receive exoskeleton suits: report Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) border defense troops in Ngari, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, recently received a type of exoskeleton suit that enables them to conduct tasks in harsh, high altitude environments more efficiently, state media reported.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2020 PRC MofA 10 Dec 2020
- China not aggressive nor servile: FM Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday responded to accusations from some Western media and politicians who recently used the term "wolf warrior" to describe China's diplomacy. Hua stressed that China has no tradition of being aggressive, but will also not flinch in the face of bullying and provocations.
- Xi, Macron reach important consensus on China-France cooperation in next stage People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron reached important consensus on China-France cooperation in the next stage during a phone conversation on Wednesday evening.
- Former Macao triad boss sanctioned by US is not a CPPCC member: FM Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday refuted that Wan Kuok Koi, a former Macao-based crime boss is a member of China's top advisory body, as US authorities and media reported.
- US coercing other countries to join 'Clean Network' is dirty business: FM Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Officials from the Trump administration have lobbied all around the world, coercing or luring other countries to shun Chinese high-tech firm Huawei's 5G, and to join US' so-called "Clean Network" scheme, which is actually very dirty, said China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
- China Revokes Visa Exemption for US Diplomatic Passport Holders Visiting Hong Kong, Macau Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- The US moved the other day to impose financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their purported part in adopting a national security law for Hong Kong earlier this year, among other roles.
- China Limits Travel by Some US Officials to Hong Kong VOA 10 Dec 2020 -- China's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it is restricting travel by some U.S. officials to Hong Kong after the U.S. placed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials.
- China to sanction US executive officials, targeted retaliation 'may be permanent' Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- China on Thursday announced decisions to impose reciprocal sanctions against US officials in its executive and legislative branches, non-profit organization (NGO) representatives and their family members in response to the latest US sanctions on 14 Chinese deputy state-level officials.
- China revokes US officials' visa exemption over 'vile' attitude concerning Hong Kong Press TV 10 Dec 2020 -- China says it is to revoke American diplomatic passport holders' exemption from the need to obtain visas to travel to Hong Kong over their "vile" behavior concerning the Chinese territory.
- HK firms see new growth in mainland as city regains stability with national security law Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- The first winter after the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong didn't chill local business as some Western media have claimed; rather, local companies have welcomed hard-won stability and peace in the city, and many businesses have decided to expand their markets beyond Hong Kong.
- U.S. bullying acts draw strong opposition in Hong Kong People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- People from various sectors in Hong Kong have voiced strong opposition to and condemned recent U.S. bullying acts aimed at messing up the situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of China and damaging "one country, two systems."
- Hongkongers in Exile Seek Political Asylum Amid National Security Crackdown at Home Radio Free Asia 10 Dec 2020 -- Pro-democracy activists who have fled Hong Kong amid a city-wide crackdown on peaceful dissent, political participation, and civil liberties say there is a growing need among the city's seven million residents for welcoming immigration policies, including political asylum for those fleeing political persecution in the wake of recent protests.
- Businesses Must be 'Concerned About Issues Related to Forced Labor': CBP Official on Xinjiang Goods Radio Free Asia 10 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week 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.
- Relocation of Ancient Uyghur Village Ruse to Assimilate Residents, Appropriate Resources: Experts Radio Free Asia 10 Dec 2020 -- Authorities in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have relocated more than 1,400 Uyghurs from an ancient desert village, citing destitution and "backwardness," but experts say the move was made to assimilate torchbearers of traditional Uyghur culture and appropriate local resources.
- CCTVs in Xinjiang do not target any particular ethnic minority: Chinese FM Global Times 10 Dec 2020 -- Responding to an inquiry to Intel and NVIDIA CEOs by US Senator Marco Rubio on the sale of advanced computer chips that allegedly power a so-called supercomputer used in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying denounced such a claim, saying the US politician has no sincerity.
- China Puts Rights Lawyers, Families Under House Arrest on Human Rights Day Radio Free Asia 10 Dec 2020 -- Authorities in the Chinese capital have placed a number of prominent rights lawyers and their families under house arrest on Human Rights Day, RFA has learned.
- China Opens Trial of Veteran Activist on International Human Rights Day VOA 10 Dec 2020 -- China opened the trial of a famous lawyer and veteran legal advocate on Thursday, International Human Rights Day, in a move that rights activists denounced as a show of Beijing's defiance of human rights and universal values.
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