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15 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- China Rolls Out Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine, But Doubts Remain Radio Free Asia 15 Dec 2020 -- China is rolling out a homegrown COVID-19 vaccine, with more than a million people receiving the experimental jab earlier this year, but it remains beyond the reach of many, despite the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s anti-poverty drive.
- Chinese FM defends COVID-19 vaccine against accusations from Brazil Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- China always pays great attention to vaccine efficacy and safety, and Chinese companies strictly follow science and related rules in vaccine research and development as well as international cooperation, the Chinese foreign ministry said in response to the Brazilian health authority's accusation that China lacked transparency in approving the emergency use of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine.
- Chinese vaccine producer rehearses nationwide logistics for upcoming mass inoculation Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- China has seen a nationwide logistics rehearsal to prepare for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mass use, as some leading vaccine producers have been conducting large-scale transport drills across the country since Friday.
- First batch of COVID-19 vaccines to be available in Macao by first quarter of 2021 Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- The first batch of 1.4 million doses of vaccines purchased by the Macao Special Administrative Region government are expected to be available by the first quarter of 2021, according to a Macao Novel Coronavirus Infection Response Coordination Center press conference on Monday.
- Beijing reports one imported case from Hong Kong after patient was discharged from 14-day quarantine Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Beijing on Monday reported one imported COVID-19 case from Hong Kong. The patient was diagnosed after he was discharged from 14-day quarantine.
- Virus in Xinjiang's Turpan outbreak belongs to evolutionary subtype of L genotype of European family Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Full virus gene sequencing of samples from Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, shows that the virus from the latest outbreak belongs to an evolutionary subtype of the L genotype of the European family branch, and shares no similarities to previous virus variants discovered in Kashi, Urumqi or other Chinese cities.
- Turkey purchases 50m Sinovac doses as more countries show confidence in Chinese vaccines Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- While Western media have been extensively covering American drug firm Pfizer's vaccine progress in the West, more countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed trust and confidence in Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.
- Two Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 15 Dec 2020 -- Two Chinese military Y-8 aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, marking the 10th day on which such maneuvers have occurred in December, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- China's Yuanwang-5 returns after 3 successful monitoring missions PLA Daily 15 Dec 2020 -- The space-tracking ship Yuanwang-5 returned to the port of the China Satellite Maritime Tracking and Controlling Department on December 14 after successfully carrying out three monitoring missions in the Pacific Ocean.
- West's hyping of CPC 'infiltration' ridiculous and untenable: FM Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday slammed the West's hyping of members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) being potential spies as just another ridiculous and untenable "China threat" theory.
- West hypes 'leaked' list of CPC members to sow discord in foreign institutions Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Some Western media, using an alleged name list of 1.95 million members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), have launched a new round of witch hunts by accusing the people on the list of working in foreign consulates in China and foreign companies' Chinese branches for intelligence purposes, even though the authenticity of the database has been highly questionable.
- China, Russia extend missile launch notification agreement to maintain global strategic stability Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- China and Russia on Tuesday extended their agreement on launch notification of both countries' ballistic missiles and space rockets, which was first signed in October 2009.
- China, Russia extend agreement on notifications of launches of ballistic missiles and space missile carriers PLA Daily 15 Dec 2020 -- Approved by the heads of state of China and Russia, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a video conference and signed a Protocol on the extension of the agreement between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Russian Federation on notifications of launches of ballistic missiles and space missile carriers on December 15, 2020. Both sides stressed that the two militaries would like to strengthen practical cooperation on this basis and further enrich the connotation of bilateral relations.
- J-10, Su-30 fighter jets conduct mock dogfights to coordinate naval aircraft Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- J-10 and Su-30 fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted mock dogfights that experts said on Tuesday not only let pilots better understand other types of aircraft as teammates but also simulated potentially hostile aircraft.
- CMC Equipment Development Department optimizes equipment pricing mechanism PLA Daily 15 Dec 2020 -- The Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) recently launched the regulations on third-party service management for equipment prices, intending to establish a formal and orderly equipment pricing work order.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 15, 2020 PRC MofA 15 Dec 2020
- Australia has politicized trade, investment with China: Chinese FM Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- China's measures on some Australian products conform to Chinese law and international practices and the moves are taken to protect Chinese industry and consumers, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday.
- Hong Kong's Leader Sees Further Fall in Public Support, Confidence Radio Free Asia 15 Dec 2020 -- Public support for Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and her top officials has fallen further in recent weeks, with pollsters citing the freezing of the bank accounts of a former opposition lawmaker and his family as a key factor.
- UPDATE: Jimmy Lai reapplies for bail to HK High Court, set to be heard next Wed Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, the notorious Hong Kong media tycoon who faces a series of criminal charges including fraud and collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, has applied for bail again after being denied twice. He has applied directly to the High Court, and is scheduled to be heard on December 23, Hong Kong media reported.
- UPDATE: Chinese FM and embassy urges UK to stop unwarranted claims on Jimmy Lai case Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- Following the Chinese embassy's urging UK to stop its meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs after British officials made irresponsible comments on Jimmy Lai Chee-ying's arrest, Chinese Foreign Ministry also slammed the UK's interference in Hong Kong affairs and undermining its rule of law shows its colonialist double standards on Tuesday.
- International Criminal Court rejects calls to investigate China for 'genocide' in Xinjiang People's Daily 15 Dec 2020 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday rejected calls to investigate China for alleged genocide and crimes against the Uygurs in the country's remote Xinjiang region, the chief prosecutor office said in a report on Monday.
- Hundreds of Thousands of Ethnic Minorities in Xinjiang Forced to Pick Cotton: Report Radio Free Asia 15 Dec 2020 -- Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being forced to pick cotton by hand as part of a state-mandated labor transfer and "poverty alleviation" scheme, according to a new report.
- Assisting employment is not forced labor, FM said in response to smears against Xinjiang Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday refuted allegations of "forced labor" in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region's cotton production again, pointing out the report was fabricated by infamous anti-China "scholar" Adrian Zenz.
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