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19 January 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese Vice Premier urges Hebei authorities to learn lessons that religious gatherings cause virus spread amid epidemic Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- The Justice Department, along with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and U.S. Army Counterintelligence, announced today the arrest of a private first class in the U.S. Army, on federal terrorism charges based on Bridges' alleged efforts to assist ISIS to attack and kill U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.
- Heilongjiang punishes 16 officials for neglecting duties in viral fight, latest show of China's increasing strict accountability mechanism amid epidemic Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province held 16 officials accountable for being slack in anti-epidemic control work, seen by many as the latest example of China's increasingly strict accountability mechanism to build strong state governance and Party discipline.
- Beijing suburb puts over 1,000 people from local school under collective quarantine after a new case reported Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- After Beijing's southern district Daxing reported one confirmed COVID-19 case and one asymptomatic patient on Monday, local authorities have put a total of 1,081 faculty members and students from a school where the confirmed patient studies under collective quarantine in 17 hotels for further health status monitoring, local officials said on Tuesday.
- Hebei hopes for inflection point in local COVID-19 outbreak given recent downward trend of new cases Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- An epidemiologist and director of the emergency response office of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of North China's Hebei Province said on Tuesday that the province is still at a critical point in epidemic prevention and control, but a turning point is expected given the downward trend in new cases from Sunday.
- Two Hebei hospitals held accountable for failing to prevent COVID-19 cross-infection Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- Relevant personnel in two hospitals in North China's Hebei Province were held accountable for failing to prevent COVID-19 cross-infection from occurring within the facilities amid the fresh outbreak, the China National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday.
- Beijing's neighbor city Langfang restricts travel to capital Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- The city of Langfang in North China's Hebei Province, a city neighboring Beijing, has urged residents and vehicles to avoid going to the capital after Beijing's Daxing district reported new COVID-19 cases.
- 'No best, but better' on public health crisis response: Chinese FM on interim report on WHO COVID-19 response Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- In response to questions related to an interim report that said China could have done better in January to stop the COVID-19, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that for China, there is always "no best but better" on a public health crisis response, and every country in the world should strive to do better.
- First batch of makeshift rooms in medical observation center delivered within 98 hours in N China's Shijiazhuang People's Daily 19 Jan 2021 -- As part of the important measures to cope with the recent COVID-19 resurgence, the first batch of 1,008 makeshift rooms in Huangzhuang apartment, a centralized medical observation center in Shijiazhuang city, north China's Hebei province, were delivered on the afternoon of Jan. 17, only 98 hours since the observation center broke ground.
- Chinese mainland reports 118 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 19 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Monday recorded 118 new COVID-19 cases â€“ 106 local transmissions and 12 from overseas, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
- China Reports 118 New Covid-19 Cases SPA 19 Jan 2021 -- China reported 118 new Covid-19 cases during the part 24 hours, Reuters reported.
- Turkish doctors hail Chinese vaccine drive as hope against COVID-19 People's Daily 19 Jan 2021 -- Turkish doctors hailed the launch of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine drive, saying that with this immunization process, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel to end the global pandemic.
- Two Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 19 Jan 2021 -- Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) for the ninth straight day on Tuesday, according to Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- China Vows to Take Action Against US Officials for 'Nasty Behavior' in Regards to Taiwan VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- China says it will impose sanctions on U.S. officials who have engaged in what it described as "nasty behavior" over dealings with Taiwan.
- Annual work conference on Taiwan affairs stresses deterrence against Taiwan secessionist forces Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland has listed deterrence against secessionist activities by "Taiwan independence" forces and interference by foreign forces as key work arrangements for the year 2021, said China's top political advisor at an annual work conference on Taiwan affairs.
- China's J-15 fighter jets conduct drills in frigid weather, 'prepare for aircraft carrier exercises' Global Times 19 Jan 2021 -- China's J-15 aircraft carrier-based fighter jets recently conducted a series of free air combat drills in temperatures below -20 C, proving the warplane's strong environmental adaptability, given that Chinese aircraft carriers will need to sail to all kinds of places around the world, experts said on Tuesday.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 19, 2021 PRC MofA 19 Jan 2021
- US Can 'Outcompete' China, Secretary of State Nominee Blinken Says VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy team vows to work with partners around the world to take on pressing challenges ranging from receding democracy to the growing rivalry with China, Russia and other authoritarian states.
- Secretary of State Nominee Blinken Sees Strong Foundation for Bipartisan China Policy VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy team is vowing to work with like-minded partners around the world to take on pressing challenges, ranging from receding democracy to the growing rivalry with China, Russia and other authoritarian states.
- US Declares China's Policies Toward Uyghurs Amount to 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity' Radio Free Asia 19 Jan 2021 -- China's repression of Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), including its use of internment camps and forced sterilizations, amounts to "genocide" and "crimes against humanity," the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.
- Determination of the Secretary of State on Atrocities in Xinjiang US Dept. of State 19 Jan 2021 -- "The United States of America has led the world in holding the perpetrators of the most heinous human rights abuses accountable. From the Nuremberg Trials, to the creation of the Genocide Convention in 1948, to the declaration of ISIS's recent genocide against the Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Americans have given voice to those who have been silenced by evil, and stood with the living who cry out for truth, the rule of law, and justice."
- US Classifies China's Policies Toward Uighurs as 'Genocide' VOA 19 Jan 2021 -- In the final hours of the President Donald Trump's administration, the United States on Tuesday formally labeled the Chinese government's policies targeting ethnic Uighur Muslims and other minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang as "genocide."
- Oath Requirement Will Have 'Chilling Effect' on Hong Kong Civil Servants Radio Free Asia 19 Jan 2021 -- More than 180,000 civil servants in Hong Kong are being forced to choose between their jobs and being able to speak and act freely outside the office, as the city's government insists they take an oath of allegiance that includes a pledge not to "undermine the government."
- Indonesia Invites China as Investor For Extended High-Speed Railway Radio Free Asia 19 Jan 2021 -- Indonesia will go ahead with plans to extend construction of the Chinese-backed Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway to Surabaya despite Japan refusing to join the enlarged project, the investment ministry said Tuesday.
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