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18 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Beijing tightens quarantine rules for overseas travelers after reporting 4 new cases this week Global Times 18 Dec 2020 -- Travelers from overseas have to undergo a 14-day quarantine and health monitoring for another seven days after they arrive in Beijing, the Beijing government said on Friday, after the capital reported four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one new asymptomatic case this week.
- US Lawmaker Calls For an Independent Tibet Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- Tibet, a formerly self-ruling Himalayan nation, is illegally occupied by China, a U.S. congressman said in a letter addressed this week to President Donald Trump, calling on the U.S. president to recognize Tibet as an independent country.
- US Navy Threatens to Take 'More Assertive Posture' Against Russian, Chinese Warships Sputnik 18 Dec 2020 -- In early September, a Pentagon report mentioned China as the country with the world's largest navy, enhancing the Chinese military's capability to conduct operations all across the globe.
- Chinese Investors File Arbitration Case Against Ukraine Over Motor Sich Investment RFE/RL 18 Dec 2020 -- Chinese investors have brought a $3.5 billion arbitration case against Ukraine for blocking the sale of a strategic aircraft engine maker whose fate Washington is closely following.
- China to deny entry if Taiwan COVID-19 report mentions 'Wuhan virus' CNA 18 Dec 2020 -- Travelers arriving in China from Taiwan will be denied entry if they provide a nucleic acid report misnamed "Wuhan virus" instead of the name officially designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "coronavirus disease 2019," or COVID-19 in abbreviated form.
- Taiwan airlines to ban travelers' use of 'Wuhan pneumonia' in nucleic acid testing certificates Global Times 18 Dec 2020 -- Two Taiwan-based airline companies have confirmed that all Taiwan passengers to the Chinese mainland should use the right name for the pandemic in the nucleic acid testing certificate - COVID-19 rather than "Wuhan pneumonia," a hostile expression that is used by some pro-secession media outlets in Taiwan.
- Switzerland Confirms Handing Out Schengen Visas to Chinese Security Agents Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- Switzerland has admitted to handing out Schengen visas to agents of the Chinese state, after a report revealed it has scant oversight over what law enforcement officers sent by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) do during their trips to Europe.
- Xi's thinking guides Chinese military toward modernization PLA Daily 18 Dec 2020 -- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has seen China realize its intermediate goal for national defense and military development.
- Qingdao Port rebuilds ro-ro berths for military and civilian dual-use PLA Daily 18 Dec 2020 -- A PLA Navy's landing ship smoothly berthed at a ro-ro dock at the Port of Qingdao in Northeast China on December 15, marking the first military and civilian dual-use dock's official operation .
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on December 18, 2020 PRC MofA 18 Dec 2020
- China's Rift with Australia Raises Regional Risks Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- China's growing concern over energy security may complicate plans to punish Australia for its investment restrictions and political policies toward Beijing.
- Statement from Secretary Ross on The Department's 77 Additions to the Entity List for Human Rights Abuses, Militarization of the South China Sea and U.S. Trade Secret Theft US Dept. of Commerce 18 Dec 2020 -- Today, the Commerce Department added 77 entities to the Entity List for actions deemed contrary to the national security or foreign policy interest of the United States. These include entities in China that enable human rights abuses, entities that supported the militarization and unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, entities that acquired U.S.-origin items in support of the People's Liberation Army's programs, and entities and persons that engaged in the theft of U.S. trade secrets.
- Commerce Adds China's SMIC to the Entity List, Restricting Access to Key Enabling U.S. Technology US Dept. of Commerce 18 Dec 2020 -- The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) added Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) of China to the Entity List. BIS is taking this action to protect U.S. national security. This action stems from China's military-civil fusion (MCF) doctrine and evidence of activities between SMIC and entities of concern in the Chinese military industrial complex.
- U.S. Imposes New Sanctions on People's Republic of China Actors Linked to Malign Activities US Dept. of State 18 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese Communist Party's malign activity at home and abroad harms U.S. interests and undermines the sovereignty of our allies and partners. The United States will use all countermeasures available, including actions to prevent People's Republic of China (PRC) companies and institutions from exploiting U.S. goods and technologies for malign purposes. Today's actions mark yet another sign of our resolve.
- China-Based Executive at U.S. Telecommunications Company Charged with Disrupting Video Meetings Commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre US Dept. of Justice 18 Dec 2020 -- Defendant Coordinated with the People's Republic of China to Target Dissidents and Disrupt Meetings
- China urges US to stop 'oppression' of foreign companies Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- China has urged the United States to stop its "unjustified" crackdown on Chinese companies, following reports that Washington plans to add dozens of Chinese companies to a trade blacklist.
- US angers China by warning pacific nations of 'threats' of undersea cable Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- China says the United States is smearing Chinese companies by accusing Beijing of threatening Pacific island nations' security over a bid to build an undersea internet cable, capable of transferring far greater data than satellites.
- Overseas Activists Plan 'Shadow Parliament' to Represent Hongkongers Overseas Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong democracy activists in exile have revealed plans to set up an overseas "shadow parliament" in a bid to reflect the city's seven million permanent residents internationally amid an ever-widening crackdown on dissent under a national security law imposed by Beijing since July 1.
- European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Uyghurs Clearing Path For China Sanctions Radio Free Asia 18 Dec 2020 -- The European Parliament has voted in favor of a resolution that could allow the EU to target Chinese officials repressing Uyghurs in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) under newly adopted laws that allow international sanctions for human rights abuses.
- China Turns Up Heat on Country's Tech Giants VOA 18 Dec 2020 -- In recent weeks, Chinese regulators have cracked down on some of the country's biggest and most powerful technology companies, illustrating the immense market power of these companies, which has drawn concern from the government.
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