Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
16 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- COVID-19 virus reported for first time on locally-produced food in E China Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- The outer packaging of a batch of domestically-produced chicken drumsticks returned positive nucleic acid test results, Lai'an county in Chuzhou of East China's Anhui Province confirmed on Wednesday. The incident marks the first time that COVID-19 was reported on local cold chain food products from local sources in China.
- Chinese county kicks off COVID-19 vaccine registration for public use Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- Tangyuan county in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday opened registration for the public to sign up for two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines for 420 yuan ($60) in total, becoming the first region in China to officially open early vaccine accessibility to normal residents.
- COVID-19 flares up again in NE China's Dalian port after four loaders found to be silent carriers Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- Four asymptomatic COVID-19 patients working as loaders in an import cold-chain company have been found in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, signaling a possible recurrence of the epidemic in the coastal city this winter.
- Why a Voice from China Admitted That Disputed Artificial Islands Are Hard to Defend VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- A magazine with ties to the Chinese armed forces has acknowledged China would have difficulty in defending its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. Analysts see the article as a signal to the incoming U.S. administration that it should not force Beijing to further fortify the islets.
- US-Backed Mekong Dam Monitor Project Offers Data and Transparency to Mekong Region Radio Free Asia 16 Dec 2020 -- The United States and partners have launched a new program to monitor the Mekong River, to track the impact of Chinese and other hydropower projects and climate change on Southeast Asia's main river system.
- Taiwan military launches new corvette, 'target of PLA aircraft' Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- The island of Taiwan launched its first heavily armed Tuo Chiang-class corvette on Tuesday, with Taiwan media calling it an "aircraft carrier killer," but Chinese mainland military experts said on Wednesday that the corvette's threat to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is limited and will only become a target of PLA aircraft.
- National reunification law? Mainland Taiwan Affairs Office says secessionism will be resolutely smashed Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday that the Chinese mainland will take all necessary measures to resolutely smash any secessionism attempts and safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, in response to a question on whether the mainland will introduce a national reunification law.
- Four Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 16 Dec 2020 -- Four Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, the most planes to engage in such maneuvers on any day in December, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- China's Chang'e 5 Successfully Returns to Earth Carrying Lunar Samples Sputnik 16 Dec 2020 -- Named for a mythological goddess of the moon, Chang'e 5 is a part of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme. China began the project in 2003, and four years later saw its first spacecraft launched.
- China State Media Reports Lunar Probe Landed Back on Earth VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- Chinese state media says a lunar probe containing the first samples of moon rocks and soil since the moon missions of the 1970s has returned to Earth.
- Aussie daily 'turns' Chinese service bureau to spying agency overnight Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- Australian media reports on the Australian embassy's recruitment of Chinese nationals via a Beijing agency as "putting spies into consulates" again exposed their ignorance and sinister motive, insiders and observers said.
- 4th Chinese-built littoral mission ship completed for Malaysian Navy PLA Daily 16 Dec 2020 -- Malaysia will take its fourth delivery of the Chinese-built littoral mission ship (LMS) following its completion, the Malaysian Navy said on Wednesday.
- China ensures comprehensive winter supplies for frontier troops in Tibet PLA Daily 16 Dec 2020 -- Since the beginning of this winter, the Chinese PLA Tibet Military Command has conducted thorough surveys on the demand of the frontier troops and spared no efforts to solve problems related to power supply, drinking water, heating, oxygen supply, healthcare and toileting to ensure winter supplies for troops stationed on the plateau.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 16, 2020 PRC MofA 16 Dec 2020
- Chinese Diplomats' Aggressive Twitter Strategy on Display in Australia Dispute VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- China and Australia have seen tensions rise over the past year, after Canberra demanded an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and China responded by escalating tariffs on Australian imports.
- Australia to File Formal Complaint at WTO over China's High Tariffs on Australian Barley VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- Australia is launching a formal challenge to the World Trade Organization over heavy tariffs imposed by China on its barley exports.
- Prosecution of illegal border crossing suspects in Shenzhen a 'decisive warning shot' to Hong Kong secessionists Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- Twelve Hong Kong residents who had been detained in August for illegally entering into the mainland waters since they wanted to escape to the island of Taiwan to avoid being charged for their acts during the 2019 turmoil in Hong Kong, were formally charged by Shenzhen Yantian People's Procuratorate on Wednesday.
- HK officials pledge allegiance to SAR, vow to uphold Basic Law Global Times 16 Dec 2020 -- All undersecretaries and political assistants of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government took the oath of allegiance to the HKSAR Basic Law and the HKSAR on Wednesday morning, a move that will be completed by all Hong Kong civil servants by the end of next month, Hong Kong media reported.
- China Indicts Hong Kong 12 For 'Illegal Border Crossing' Radio Free Asia 16 Dec 2020 -- Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have indicted 12 Hong Kong protesters detained as they fled to the democratic island of Taiwan on charges relating to "illegally crossing a border," the state prosecutor's office said in a statement on Wednesday.
- China Has More Than 100 Journalists Behind Bars Amid 'Total Control' of Media Radio Free Asia 16 Dec 2020 -- China was among the world's biggest jailers of journalists in 2020, continuing a pattern of total state control over the media begun under ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) "core" leader Xi Jinping.
- China undermining human rights by locking up rights lawyers, UN independent expert says UN News 16 Dec 2020 -- China has mounted a "shocking" five-year assault on lawyers who stand up for human rights, putting them in prison and even torturing them, an expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council said in a statement on Wednesday.
- China Crackdown on Illegal Construction Hits Wealthy Homeowners in Beijing Suburb VOA 16 Dec 2020 -- Last week in Xiangtang Village, a suburb of Beijing, hundreds of men dressed in black arrived, accompanied by a fleet of excavators. They handed residents notices, informing them the government concluded that their properties were illegally built, and that they had seven days to pack their belongings and move out as their homes would be demolished.
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