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13 January 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- Senior NASA Scientist Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements Related To Chinese Thousand Talents Program Participation And Professorship DOJ - USAG SDNY 13 Jan 2021 -- Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York ("USAO"), William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and Mark J. Zielinski, Special Agent in Charge of the Eastern Field Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Inspector General ("NASA OIG"), announced that MEYYA MEYYAPPAN, a senior NASA scientist, pled guilty today to making false statements to the FBI, NASA OIG, and the USAO. MEYYAPPAN pled guilty in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel.
- China Covered Up Pandemic, Continues Crackdown on COVID-19 'Rumors' Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2021 -- At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese government withheld crucial information from the public, under-reported cases, downplayed the severity of the infection, and dismissed the likelihood of transmission between humans, an international rights group said on Wednesday.
- China Posts Highest One-Day Increase in New COVID-19 Infections Since July VOA 13 Jan 2021 -- China has recorded its highest daily increase of new coronavirus infections since last July after a recent cluster of cases in northern Hebei province.
- NE China's Heilongjiang reports 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 50 asymptomatic infections Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 50 asymptomatic infections as of 7 pm Wednesday and the locked-down Wangkui county in the city of Suihua was adjusted as a medium-risk area, with a township being adjusted to a high-risk area, the local health authority announced on Wednesday night.
- Shanghai announces eight COVID-19 measures targeting people entering the city Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- Shanghai on Wednesday announced eight COVID-19 prevention measures targeting all those who plan to enter the city, effective immediately, and they will continue until March 31, to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus with the Spring Festival, the most important traditional Chinese festival for family gathering, one month away.
- Sinovac inactivated COVID-19 vaccines are safe: CEO Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- Inactivated COVID-19 vaccines made by Sinovac are effective and safe, said Yin Weidong, CEO of Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac Biotech, at a press conference of the State Council on Wednesday.
- Silent carriers will not cause major COVID-19 epidemic in China as long as public takes preventive measures Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- Asymptomatic infections, sporadic cases and outbreaks in a few places will not cause another major COVID-19 epidemic in China, an official from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) told the public at a press conference Wednesday.
- Hebei outbreak sees record daily high, may date back to early November Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- North China's Hebei Province on Wednesday saw record daily infections since the outbreak started on January 2, with 90 confirmed and 15 asymptomatic COVID-19 patients reported. Experts said such high level of daily reported infections, which may actually date back to early November, is likely to last for another week.
- Deliberate concealing of COVID-19 patient's contact information punished in Heilongjiang and Beijing Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- At least two people have been punished for deliberately concealing the travel history of COVID-19 confirmed cases or asymptomatic patients during the recent outbreaks in different cities in China.
- NE.China's Heilongjiang enters COVID-19 emergency amid virus spread Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang has entered a state of emergency after a fresh outbreak from Wangkui county spread to two regions in the province on Wednesday.
- Sinovac's vaccine proven safe and effective in several countries Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- China's CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinovac has been proven safe and effective after phase III trials conducted in several countries, boosting public confidence over its global rollout as Indonesian President Joko Widodo received his first shot of the CoronaVac vaccine on Wednesday.
- China's health authority says domestic COVID-19 situation "complex" People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- A Chinese health authority spokesperson on Wednesday described the country's COVID-19 prevention and control situation as "complex" and "challenging."
- Chinese mainland reports 107 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 115 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, of whom 107 were locally transmitted and the rest arrived from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Beijing reduces COVID-19 medium-risk areas to eight People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- Beijing reduced the number of COVID-19 medium-risk areas in the city from nine to eight Tuesday, a local health official said.
- Northeast China city acts firmly to contain COVID-19 People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in the city of Suihua, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, announced a string of measures on Tuesday to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the wake of newly emerged cases.
- China fights COVID-19 resurgence with stepped-up testing, vaccination People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- China is using a combination of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid the latest resurgence of the virus in Beijing and provinces including Hebei, Liaoning and Heilongjiang.
- Taiwan compatriots on mainland can enjoy free COVID-19 vaccines: spokesperson People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday said that Taiwan compatriots on the mainland can apply for free COVID-19 vaccines.
- US Coordinator For Tibetan Issues Speaks With Dalai Lama in a Virtual Meeting Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues spoke on Wednesday with the Dalai Lama in a virtual meeting, telling him that Washington will continue to urge Chinese authorities to meet with the exiled spiritual leader or his envoys to find ways to protect the region's culture and religion.
- Four Chinese Ships Enter Japan's Territorial Waters Near Disputed Senkaku Islands, Reports Say Sputnik 13 Jan 2021 -- Four Chinese ships have entered Japan's territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Japan's security service.
- China makes progress in developing rocket engines for space missions People's Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- China is creating a new line of rocket engines for its upcoming space missions, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced Tuesday.
- China's WJ-700 drone completes maiden flight, 'creates new drone combat pattern' Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- China's WJ-700, a high-altitude, long-endurance and high-speed armed reconnaissance drone said to be able to create a new pattern for drone combat, successfully conducted a maiden flight test recently, as military experts said the unmanned aircraft is characterized by its large payload and ability to launch large munitions from outside hostile anti-aircraft fire coverage zone.
- China's WJ-700 UAV makes maiden flight PLA Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- The maiden flight of WJ-700, a high-altitude, high-speed, long-endurance integrated unmanned air vehicle (UAV) capable of surveillance and strike, was successfully conducted on January 11, according to its developer, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).
- China reveals powered exoskeleton suit for carrying ammunition Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- China recently revealed another type of military-use exoskeleton suit that is powered and that can be used for carrying ammunition, after a previous type of non-powered exoskeleton suit entered service with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) border defense troops in late 2020 for missions including supply delivery, patrol and sentry duty.
- China's first homegrown 10,000-ton maritime patrol vessel to be commissioned PLA Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- China's first homegrown 10,000-ton class law enforcement and maritime patrol vessel, Haixun 09, will be officially commissioned by the middle of this year, said Lin Kui, deputy director of the Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration (MSA), at a Guangdong provincial government press conference on January 12.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on January 13, 2021 PRC MofA 13 Jan 2021
- Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 13 Jan 2021 -- Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order taking further steps to deal with the threat posed by the People's Republic of China's (PRC) increasing exploitation of United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses which continue to allow the PRC to directly threaten the United States homeland and United States forces overseas, including by developing and deploying weapons of mass destruction, advanced conventional weapons, and malicious cyber-enabled actions against the United States and its people.
- DHS Releases Strategic Action Plan to Confront Threats from China DHS 13 Jan 2021 -- On January 11, then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf approved a Strategic Action Plan that details DHS's efforts to confront the full spectrum of Chinese threats to the Homeland.
- Declassified doc shows Trump pressuring Biden to continue Indo-Pacific policy Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- The declassification of the Trump administration's strategy in the Indo-Pacific region shows it intends to pressure Joe Biden to inherit its hawkish policy toward China, said Chinese observers, urging the upcoming US government, when dealing with issues in the region, not to fall into Trump's trap.
- British Lawmakers Demand 'Coherent' Policy Toolkit to Counter China VOA 13 Jan 2021 -- The world's leading democracies should form a coalition to counter China's human rights abuses at home and its support for authoritarianism overseas, according to a prominent group of British lawmakers.
- Outspoken Chinese Rights Lawyer Who Defended One of Hong Kong 12 Loses License Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Wednesday suspended the license of rights attorney Lu Siwei at a disciplinary hearing, citing his public comments on the case of the 12 Hong Kong activists detained at sea in August 2020.
- Repression of Uyghurs 'Emblematic of Worsening Rights' in China Under Xi Jinping: HRW Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2021 -- China's increased repression of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is "emblematic of the worsening human rights situation under President Xi Jinping," sparking a mounting backlash from the global community, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday in an annual report issued the same day the United States banned all cotton imports from the XUAR over forced labor concerns.
- US Bans Imports of Cotton, Tomato-Based Products From China's Uighur Region VOA 13 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. said Wednesday it would stop importing cotton and tomato-based food products from China's Uighur region as part of a pressure campaign against the Communist Party for allegedly using forced labor from detained Uighur Muslims.
- China urges UK, Canada to revoke Xinjiang imports ban Global Times 13 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged Canada and UK to immediately revoke their measures on imports from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, saying such untenable measures were made based on lies and false information and were only a farce made by a few politicians.
- Beijing Urges London, Ottawa to Cancel Restrictions on Imports From China's Xinjiang Sputnik 13 Jan 2021 -- China is calling on the United Kingdom and Canada to withdraw restrictions on trade with companies from the province of Xinjiang imposed under the false pretext of human rights violations and the use of forced labour, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday.
- Next Myanmar-Bangladesh-China Meeting on Rohingya Repatriation Set For Jan. 19 Radio Free Asia 13 Jan 2021 -- A secretary-level meeting between Bangladesh and Myanmar, mediated by China, will be held on Jan. 19 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on the issue of repatriating Rohingya refugees, the Bangladeshi foreign minister said Wednesday.
- China, Myanmar agree to accelerate construction of economic corridor PLA Daily 13 Jan 2021 -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Min Aung Hlaing agreed here on Tuesday to accelerate the construction of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) to boost bilateral ties.
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