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23 December 2020 - China Special Weapons News
- Tibetan Diaspora to Vote For Next Government-in-Exile Leader on Jan. 3 Radio Free Asia 23 Dec 2020 -- Tibetans living outside their China-ruled homeland are set to hold a vote on Jan. 3 to seat a new political leader, or Sikyong, for their Dharamsala, India-based government-in-exile as the current officeholder's five-year term in office nears its end.
- Update: Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine 'effective' in Brazil trials, though results release postponed Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- The government of SÃ£o Paulo announced on Wednesday that CoronaVac is over 50 percent effective, but has again postponed the release of detailed data on the effectiveness of the vaccine developed by the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute in partnership with the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac.
- Sichuan Airlines suspends UK flights but China yet to impose travel ban Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- Speculation is rising that China may cancel inbound flights from the UK amid the worsening COVID-19 situation there, after China's Sichuan Airlines suspended flights on a UK-China route with a stopover in a third country from Wednesday.
- China begins vaccination sign-ups Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- Signing up to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 has begun in China, as the Global Times has learned that hospitals, schools, police stations and enterprises in Chinese cities are mobilizing people to take the shot against the resurgence of the epidemic.
- Seeking anti-epidemic aid from central government to HK 'a right decision to make' Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- As voices alleging that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is seeking political ends in the fight against the epidemic, some representatives from the city expressed the hope of seeking nucleic acid tests and vaccine assistance from the central government amid the fourth wave of outbreak in the international business hub, saying it is "a right decision to make."
- NE China's Liaoning bans large gatherings amid COVID-19 resurgence Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- Northeast China's Liaoning Province is cancelling all large gatherings, including banquets and training sessions, ahead of the coming New Year's Day and Spring Festival holidays, after some cities in the province entered "wartime mode" in response to a resurgence of COVID-19 infections.
- Chinese mainland reports 1 new locally transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- China's National Health Commission said Wednesday that it received reports of 15 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, including one locally transmitted case and 14 imported ones.
- China's Dalian conducts citywide COVID-19 tests People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- China's northeastern port city of Dalian has started to conduct nucleic acid tests on all its citizens in the wake of new COVID-19 cases reported recently, local authorities said on Tuesday.
- 'Mutual reassurance' needed to avoid Taiwan Strait crisis: U.S. NGO CNA 23 Dec 2020 -- Amid ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan, China and the United States must seek out ways to clearly and peacefully signal their intentions and reduce mistrust in order to prevent conflict, a report issued Tuesday by a U.S. policy organization has argued.
- Chinese envoy asks for efforts to bring Iran nuclear deal back on track People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- A Chinese envoy on Tuesday called for efforts to bring the Iran nuclear deal back on the right track and asked the United States to rejoin the agreement as early as possible.
- China's second Type 075 amphibious assault ship starts first sea trial: reports People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- China's second Type 075 amphibious assault ship reportedly embarked on its first sea trial on Tuesday, just eight months after its April launch.
- PLA Navy's pilot recruitment program enters new phase as demand on the rise Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- The annual pilot recruitment program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently entered a new phase, in which candidates' physical and psychological potential will be put to test.
- PLA Army helicopters switch role from support to main force in cross-sea operations Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army helicopters are reportedly switching from their original supporting role to a main force in cross-sea operations, as helicopters are expected to play vital roles in amphibious landing operations in regions like the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea, analysts said on Wednesday.
- H-6K variant seen at China-Russia strategic patrol Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- A new variant of China's H-6K bomber, which experts said on Wednesday is more powerful than the original version, was spotted in the second joint aerial strategic patrol by the air forces of China and Russia on Tuesday.
- Xi signs order to publish regulations on military logistics PLA Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed an order to release regulations on military logistics, which will serve as the main rules in relevant field.
- China, Russia hold 2nd joint aerial strategic patrol in Asia-Pacific PLA Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- The air forces of China and Russia have held their 2nd joint aerial strategic patrol in the Asia-Pacific region on December 22, according to an announcement jointly released on Tuesday night by the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
- China-Russia strategic ties to be strengthened, sending strong signal to new US govt Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- China and Russia recently sent strong messages, through moves such as having joint aerial strategic patrols and criticizing US unilateralism together, to the US when the Trump administration is setting obstacles for the incoming Biden government to repair US relations with other countries.
- Chinese Defence Ministry Says Joint Air Patrol With Russia No Threat to Other States Sputnik 23 Dec 2020 -- The recent joint Russian-Chinese air patrol in the Asia-Pacific region is part of the annual military cooperation plan between Moscow and Beijing aimed at strengthening bilateral strategic cooperation and global security, and does not target any other state, the Chinese Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on December 23, 2020 PRC MofA 23 Dec 2020
- Chinese Actions Awaken 'The Quad': A Four-Country Indo-Pacific Grouping Radio Free Asia 23 Dec 2020 -- The Economist magazine recently reported that when the United States, Australia, India, and Japan met in 2007 for a quadrilateral dialogue on security matters, many bet that the new grouping would "fizzle."
- 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.
- Ministry blasts US for visa policy attacks People's Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- Beijing slammed the United States on Tuesday for using visa policy as a weapon to disrupt normal bilateral people-to-people exchanges, and it vowed to take necessary and legitimate measures to safeguard its interests.
- Central govt not discussing HK-related issues: NPC delegate Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- The nerve of Hong Kong pan-democratic legislators has been touched after local media said that China's top legislative body is mulling to handle "troublemakers" directly, which later proved to be false as experts said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government should and is able to handle it after recent legislation.
- HK Justice Department appeals HK$10m bail to Lai Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was granted a HK$ 10 million ($1.29 million) bail on Wednesday by the Hong Kong High Court after being charged with fraud and violating the national security law for Hong Kong.
- HK-related issues not being discussed in Beijing: HK delegate to NPC Standing Committee Global Times 23 Dec 2020 -- Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong's delegate to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), told the Global Times on Wednesday that no Hong Kong-related issues are on the agenda of the ongoing meeting of China's top legislative body.
- China's draft law revision safeguards rights, interests of national defense investors PLA Daily 23 Dec 2020 -- Chinese lawmakers on Tuesday began deliberating a new draft revision to the National Defense Law, proposing safeguarding the rights and interests of investors in the national defense sector.
- Hong Kong Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Released on Bail Under House Arrest Radio Free Asia 23 Dec 2020 -- A court in Hong Kong on Wednesday granted bail to pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai, who is awaiting trial under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), placing him under house arrest until his next court appearance in April.
- Hong Kong Media Tycoon and Pro-Democracy Activist Granted Bail VOA 23 Dec 2020 -- Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai has been granted bail after nearly three weeks behind bars.
- Hong Kong Legislator Reflects on Pro-Democracy Struggle as He Seeks Asylum VOA 23 Dec 2020 -- For Hong Kong activists, the past year has been one of despair and dread. Facing possible persecution under the new National Security Law, many have been forced to choose between their political causes and their homes. Former legislator Baggio Leung is one of them.
- UK Lawmakers Urge Action to Hold Chinese Officials Accountable For Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Radio Free Asia 23 Dec 2020 -- A group of lawmakers in the U.K. called on the government Wednesday to "act urgently" in holding Chinese officials accountable for rights abuses against minorities in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- China's Tax Breaks Hope to Lure Investors to Boost Semiconductor Sector Radio Free Asia 23 Dec 2020 -- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has announced a slew of tax breaks for semiconductor makers, in an apparent bid to lure investors from around the world, campaign experts said reflects China's vulnerability to tightening U.S. export controls on technology exports to China.
- Casinos, COVID or Drugs? Why China Is Building a Fence on Myanmar Border VOA 23 Dec 2020 -- Media reports say Chinese authorities are putting up a barrier along their southeastern border with Shan State, a volatile part of Myanmar, a move some analysts believe will stop coronavirus-infected people from sneaking in while deterring Chinese casino gamblers and their debt-collection gangs from sneaking to the other side.
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