Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
18 June 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- Over 966 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in China People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- More than 966.65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission said on Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 1 new locally transmitted COVID-19 case People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported one new locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Guangdong Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Friday.
- China refutes accusation of COVID-19 leak from Wuhan lab People's Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- The first identification of the gene sequence of COVID-19 by Chinese scientists does not mean that Wuhan is the source of virus, nor can it be inferred that the virus was made by Chinese scientists, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.
- Tibetan Scholar Arrested for His Writings Has Been Held Without Trial for Three Years Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- A Tibetan writer arrested on unspecified charges three years ago has still not been brought to trial, and family members are being kept in the dark about his fate, Tibetan sources say.
- Will the Philippines Take Sides as US, China Send Military Units to Disputed Sea? VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- A wave of U.S. and Chinese military activity in the contested South China Sea is making it challenging for the Philippines, at the heart of the maritime dispute, to stick with the neutral foreign policy it has formulated over the past half-decade, analysts say.
- China's Plans in Afghanistan Following US Troop Withdrawal VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- Military officials and security analysts foresee the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan â€” due for completion in the coming months â€” as an opportunity for China and Russia to compete for influence there.
- China unlikely to try seize Taiwan in near future: top U.S. general CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- The top United States general claimed it was unlikely China would seek to seize Taiwan by force in the near term, saying on Thursday he saw "little intent" Beijing planned to pursue such a course of action.
- PLA J-7 fighters fly over Taiwan for first time, sparking interpretations PLA Daily 18 Jun 2021 -- The Taiwan air force published the PLA military aircraft dynamics on June 17, stating that one Y-8 stand-off jamming aircraft, two J-16 fighter jets, and four J-7 fighter jets entered the southwest airspace of Taiwan that morning.
- Seven Chinese military planes enter Taiwan's ADIZ CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- Seven Chinese military aircraft, including fighter jets, entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Thursday, the fourth consecutive day in which such incidents took place.
- Drone Sales, Flight of Pigeons Banned Over Beijing Ahead of CCP Centenary Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- Online sales platform Alibaba has temporarily suspended the sale of drones in China ahead of celebrations for the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s centenary on July 1.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on June 18, 2021 PRC MofA 18 Jun 2021
- China says 'wolf warrior' diplomacy a 'justified defense' against Western pressure Press TV 18 Jun 2021 -- A Chinese ambassador says the country's stance adopted by its diplomats since 2020 is a "justified defense" against heightened pressure from the West and its hostile efforts to hamper Beijing's rising influence across the world.
- Lines Form at Hong Kong Newsstands to Buy Apple Daily After Police Raid Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- Hongkongers stood in line in the early hours of Friday morning to buy print copies of pro-democracy newspaper the Apple Daily after it was raided by national security police on Thursday and several of its top executives arrested under the national security law.
- Taiwan slams Hong Kong for arresting media executives CNA 18 Jun 2021 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top government agency handling China policy, on Friday slammed the Hong Kong government for the recent arrest of media executives, describing it as an attack on press freedom.
- China Policies Could Reduce Millions of Uyghur Births in Xinjiang: Researcher Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- China appears to be taking measures to sharply reduce ethnic minority population growth in the southern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) under "population optimization" policies amid its crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslims, according to a new report by a German researcher.
- Jakarta Deepens Ties With Beijing Mainly for Economic Gain, Analysts Say Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2021 -- Ties are growing between Indonesia and China on the back of increasing investment and trade, but analysts say these will not develop further at the expense of Jakarta's relations with other powers or its sovereign interests in the South China Sea.
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