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17 June 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- Chinese scientist: US must be focus of probe into coronavirus origins Press TV 17 Jun 2021 -- More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic turned into a nightmare that haunted the entire globe, key questions about the origins of the virus still remain unanswered. The United States has been seeking to single out China as the place where the disease was born, with the hypothesis of a lab leak from a Chinese research institute gaining momentum recently. Now the Chinese seem to be pointing the arrow back at Washington, saying the US needs to be pushed for clarity on exactly when the virus started spreading across the country.
- Chinese mainland reports four new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported four new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, all reported in Guangdong Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Thursday.
- Equatorial Guinea buys more Chinese Sinopharm vaccines People's Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- The central African country Equatorial Guinea said on Wednesday that it has purchased more Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines which are ready to be shipped to the country.
- China Coast Guard vessels patrol Diaoyu Islands PLA Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- The China Coast Guard (CCG) 2301 fleet conducted a patrol in territorial waters off China's Diaoyu Islands on June 16, according to an online statement by the CCG. This marks the sixth time that Chinese officials announced patrol information in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands since 2021.
- U.S. congressmen reintroduce Taiwan Defense Act CNA 17 Jun 2021 -- Members of the United States Congress on Wednesday reintroduced a bill known as the Taiwan Defense Act in both the Senate and House of Representatives as part of efforts to prevent what they see as a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
- U.S. can 'deter and defeat' Chinese aggression: Pentagon nominee CNA 17 Jun 2021 -- The United States has the ability to "deter and defeat" Chinese aggression, and will continue to ensure that U.S.-Taiwan defense cooperation is "commensurate with the threat" posed by China, a senior Pentagon nominee said Wednesday.
- Japan may be willing to help maintain Taiwan Strait peace: experts CNA 17 Jun 2021 -- Japan's decision to mention the importance of stability in the Taiwan Strait in its upcoming annual defense report for the first time shows that Tokyo is standing beside the United States and may be willing to help maintain cross-strait peace, scholars said on Wednesday.
- Brewing 'Taiwan Peace and Stability Act' an irresponsible political provocation, may worsen cross-Straits ties: experts Global Times 17 Jun 2021 -- While US lawmakers announced a hardline pro-Taiwan bill, Chinese experts view it as an irresponsible political provocation that would put the Biden administration under pressure. And if the bill passes, it would run contrary to its name.
- Astronauts Arrive at China's New Permanent Space Station VOA 17 Jun 2021 -- The first manned crew of China's new permanent space station docked with the outpost Thursday evening.
- China's space station core module receives first group of residents Global Times 17 Jun 2021 -- As the three astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft crew successfully moved into the Tianhe space core module at 6:48 pm Thursday, following the epic rendezvous and docking with the orbiting destination in a rapid and automated fashion, Chinese people have entered its own space station for the first time in history.
- Shenzhou-12 astronauts enter space station core module PLA Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- The three Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship entered the country's space station core module Tianhe on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
- China launches first crewed mission for space station construction People's Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- Three Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-12 spaceship have entered the country's space station core module Tianhe, dedicating to four major tasks in the in-orbit construction of the station in the following three months.
- China launches first crewed mission for space station construction PLA Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- China on Thursday successfully launched the crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12, sending three astronauts to its space station core module Tianhe for a three-month mission.
- China Launches First Crew to New Permanent Space Station VOA 17 Jun 2021 -- China launched the first crew of its new permanent space station into orbit Thursday morning.
- China, Russia invite international partners in lunar research station cooperation People's Daily 17 Jun 2021 -- China and Russia's aerospace authorities have jointly released a roadmap and a guide for the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), inviting all interested countries, international organizations and partners to cooperate in the project.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on June 17, 2021 PRC MofA 17 Jun 2021
- China Bids for Friends in Southeast Asia as US Influence Grows VOA 17 Jun 2021 -- China is showing new interest in working with Southeast Asian countries in the disputed resource-rich South China Sea as its superpower rival, the United States, gains diplomatic momentum under President Joe Biden, analysts in Asia say.
- Poll Says Australians Highly Suspicious of China VOA 17 Jun 2021 -- Australians express deep mistrust of China's government but want their own government to build better relations with Beijing, according to a new survey.
- Hong Kong Police Raid Apple Daily Newspaper, Arrest Executives Over Calls For Sanctions Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- National security police in Hong Kong on Thursday raided the headquarters of a pro-democracy newspaper, the Apple Daily, arresting five top executives on suspicion of "collusion with foreign powers" under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- Update: $2.3 million in Apply Daily assets frozen, editor-in-chief and four directors arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces: HK national security police Global Times 17 Jun 2021 -- The national security police of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region arrested the editor-in-chief and four directors of the Apply Daily newspaper on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces and froze HK$18 million ($2.3 million) in assets during a Thursday morning raid. It is the second time Apply Daily, founded and owned by media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, has been raided since the National Security Law came into force.
- Five executives of Apple Daily arrested on national security charges, shutdown of paper 'can't be ruled out' Global Times 17 Jun 2021 -- The latest arrest of the editor-in-chief of the Apple Daily, along with four other senior executives of Next Digital - the parent company of the newspaper - and the freezing of assets worth millions would have a lasting effect, legal experts said, after Hong Kong police searched again the newspaper's office on Thursday, adding that the worst possible scenario for the paper, which has been in disguise as "fighter for freedom of speech," could be a complete shutdown.
- Hong Kong police arrest paper's executives over 'suspected collusion with foreign forces' Press TV 17 Jun 2021 -- Police in Hong Kong have reportedly arrested five executives of a prominent newspaper over suspected collusion with foreign forces and violating the national security law.
- Consultants Report Surge in Middle-Class Professionals Leaving Hong Kong For Good Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Hong Kong's middle class is leaving, amid a city-wide clampdown on political dissent and a patriotic education program being introduced in schools at the behest of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to immigration and property consultants.
- Interview: 'We Have to Keep Going, If We Want Better For Hong Kong' Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- The imposition by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of a draconian national security law on Hong Kong from July 1, 2020 prompted several high-profile groups working for greater autonomy to disband, for fear of being pursued for subversion, sedition, or secession under the law.
- Hong Kong Police Raid Apple Daily, Arrest 5 Executives for 'Foreign Collusion' Sputnik 17 Jun 2021 -- The Hong Kong National Security Law was passed in June 2020, enacted by the Chinese Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing. It prohibits "separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference" in Hong Kong.
- Uyghur Businessman Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison For Ties to Turkey Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- The Uyghur founder of a grocery store chain with more than 500 food stores and 200 product lines throughout China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) was sentenced in May to more than 17 years in prison for his alleged "suspicious" relations with Turkey, following a three-year investigation, sources outside and inside the region told RFA.
- As Lao-China Rail Line Nears Completion, Some Displaced by the Work Still Wait to be Paid Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2021 -- Lao villagers displaced by construction near Vientiane of the $5.9 billion high-speed rail line linking China with Laos are still waiting for promised compensation though most stations on the line are almost fully built, Lao sources say.
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