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17 August 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- Phased progress as Sinopharm speeds up developing Delta-specific vaccines Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- An institute in Wuhan, under the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of Sinopharm, has isolated the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus and is accelerating development on Delta-specific vaccines, its director told the media.
- Latest data shows Sinopharm vaccine is safe, effective Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- Chinese vaccine producer Sinopharm's inactivated COVID-19 vaccine does not increase the risk of thrombosis or thrombocytopenia in recipients and the latest real world data form Argentina shows that the vaccine has an 84 percent death-protection efficacy among people aged 60 and above, according to a statement from China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of Sinopharm.
- China strives to bring current COVID-19 outbreak under control by the end of August: Director of the National Health Commission Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- With the upcoming return to school and a series of major events to be organized in some provinces in September, Ma Xiaowei, Director of China's National Health Commission, told media on Monday that China will strive to control the current COVID-19 epidemic by the end of August to get life back to normal as soon as possible.
- Over 1.87 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in China People's Daily 17 Aug 2021 -- More than 1.87 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in China by Monday, the National Health Commission said Tuesday.
- Macao to reopen recreational facilities with eased COVID-19 situation People's Daily 17 Aug 2021 -- The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) will reopen certain recreational facilities on Wednesday as the COVID-19 situation in the SAR gradually eased, according to an instruction signed by Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng.
- Hong Kong to tighten COVID-19 quarantine on travelers from 16 countries People's Daily 17 Aug 2021 -- Hong Kong decided on Monday to tighten health quarantine arrangements on inbound travelers from 16 countries to fend off the more infectious Delta coronavirus variant.
- China-US cooperation in Afghanistan depends on US' China policy: Global Times editorial Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden spoke about the current situation in Afghanistan. He claimed that he stands squarely behind his decision of the US exit from Afghanistan, noting that the US mission in Afghanistan "was never supposed to be about nation-building." Instead, it was about "preventing a terrorist attack on American homeland" all this time. "American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves," said Biden.
- China: US has left an 'awful mess' in Afghanistan Press TV 17 Aug 2021 -- China says the United States has left an "awful mess" in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the country 20 years after the militants were removed from power following a US-led invasion.
- China Says It's Ready to Work With Taliban VOA 17 Aug 2021 -- With the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan, China says it is ready to move ahead in its relations with the Taliban, but foreign policy experts say Beijing remains apprehensive about what comes next and may not devote a vast security and economic commitment to Afghanistan in the near future.
- Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan operating normally; Taliban promises safety of embassy: ambassador Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan is operating as normal, and the Taliban has pledged to guarantee its safety, the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan told the Global Times, who sent a photo of Chinese national flag waving in front of the embassy building.
- US role in Afghanistan lies in destruction, not construction: Chinese FM Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- "US President [Joe] Biden said the US' mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building, and it's true," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday, slamming the US for leaving turbulence and chaos wherever it goes. "The role of US lies in destruction, not construction."
- China willing to settle Afghan upheaval with US on the premise of mutual respect: Chinese FM Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan has caused a severely adverse impact on the situation in Afghanistan and it would not be responsible if it continues to create new problems, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a phone talk with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. Wang said that China is willing to coordinate with the US on the premise of mutual respect.
- China, Russia should encourage Taliban to build inclusive political structure: Chinese FM Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- Exchanging views on opposing the politicization of tracing of the origins of the coronavirus, safeguarding the achievements of World War II, and strengthening coordination on current Afghan situation, the phone call between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, covering major issues that concern the two countries and the world, shows the high-level mutual trust and solid partnership between China and Russia, and their joint contribution in safeguarding regional stability, analysts said.
- China, US, Russia share consensus in Afghanistan, but Washington 'should correct its mistake to exchange cooperation' Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The US has discussed the situation in Afghanistan with China, Russia, Pakistan and its European allies on Tuesday to seek cooperation following its hasty retreat. This was not the first time Washington openly expressed to China its request on the issue, which shows a better attitude that is very different from the US hostility against China in other intense areas.
- Taliban's rapid victory embarrasses US, smashes image, arrogance Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The Afghan Taliban have successfully returned to Kabul and are ready to set up a new government while the hasty US retreat, which had caused deaths to locals, makes the end of the 20-year-long war look increasingly embarrassing to the US.
- 11 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan's ADIZ as both sides stage drills CNA 17 Aug 2021 -- Eleven Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) Tuesday morning, as Taiwan's military and its Chinese counterparts were staging separate drills near the area.
- PLA holds joint live-fire assault drills near Taiwan island Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday launched joint live-fire assault drills in multiple locations near the island of Taiwan in response to recent collusion and provocations by the US and Taiwan secessionists.
- PLA holds joint live-fire assault drills near Taiwan island in direct response to collusion, provocations by US, secessionists Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday launched joint live-fire assault drills in multiple locations near the island of Taiwan as a direct response to the recent collusion and provocations made by the US and the Taiwan secessionists.
- PLA Eastern Theater Command conducts live-fire drills off Taiwan Island PLA Daily 17 Aug 2021 -- On August 17, the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted joint live-fire drills involving forces of multiple services including naval warships, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter jets in the sea and airspace surrounding the southwest and southeast of the Taiwan Island, in a bid to test the troops' capability of integrative joint operations, Army Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, said on a written statement on Tuesday.
- Beijing holds assault drills near Chinese Taipei in response to 'provocations' Press TV 17 Aug 2021 -- Beijing has held military assault drills near Chinese Taipei, in what its armed forces described as a show of force against "provocations" and "external interference" in the mainland's affairs.
- Chinese Army Says Conducting Military Drills Near Taiwan in Response to US, Taipei Actions Sputnik 17 Aug 2021 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting military drills in the waters and airspace near Taiwan in response to alleged provocations by the United States and Taipei, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, the spokesman for the PLA's Eastern Theater Command said on 17 August.
- China urges US to cut off military connection with Taiwan on 39th anniversary of publishing of August 17 CommuniquÃ© Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- The US arms sales to the island of Taiwan has reached nearly $70 billion, violating the three communiquÃ©s that lay the basis for China-US relations, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday, which marks the 39th anniversary of the August 17 CommuniquÃ© published jointly by Beijing and Washington.
- China Foreign Ministry Urges US to Stop Official Contacts With Taiwan and Cease Arms Sales Sputnik 17 Aug 2021 -- China is calling upon the US to stop official contacts and end arms sales to Taiwan and fully abide by the one-China policy in order to avoid further damaging relations between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.
- North Korea Threatens to Punish China-Based Workers Moonlighting for Local Companies Radio Free Asia 17 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has banned its trade representatives in China from making money on the side to support themselves and will punish those who violate the restrictions for betraying the party and the country's leader Kim Jong Un, sources in China told RFA.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on August 17, 2021 PRC MofA 17 Aug 2021
- Beijing's Row With Lithuania Sets The Stage For Shaky New Era of Europe-China Ties RFE/RL 17 Aug 2021 -- A diplomatic spat between Lithuania and China over Taiwan has pushed Europe's relations with Beijing back into the spotlight as the European Union struggles with how to define its increasingly shaky relationship with the world's second-largest economy.
- Hong Kong's Public Broadcaster to Promote Patriotism Through State Media Partnership VOA 17 Aug 2021 -- Plans by Hong Kong's public broadcaster to partner with Chinese state media have furthered fears that it is aligning closely with Beijing.
- Lam warns HK Law Society of not letting politics override professionalism Global Times 17 Aug 2021 -- Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, warned the Hong Kong Law Society of not letting politics override its professionalism, otherwise the government would consider ending cooperation with it.
- China to Discuss Imposing Foreign Sanctions Law on Hong Kong Radio Free Asia 17 Aug 2021 -- China looks set to add its recently passed foreign sanctions law to Hong Kong's statute book this week, after sanctioning a slew of rights activists and former U.S. officials in July.
- Hong Kong's Leader Warns Lawyers to 'Stay Out of Politics' Radio Free Asia 17 Aug 2021 -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday warned a lawyers' professional association that it should stay out of politics, while calling on civil society organizations to disband if they cross political "red lines" laid down by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- Interview: Taliban Sharing Info with China 'Poses a Danger for Uyghurs' Radio Free Asia 17 Aug 2021 -- Political analyst Bradley Jardine is winding up a two-year fellowship at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center in Washington, with a focus on China's expanding economic and political presence in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Sino-Russian security issues in Central Asia. He spoke to Kurban Niyaz of RFA's Uyghur Service about the impact on the Uyghurs in Afghanistan and Xinjiang of the fall of the Afghan government to the Taliban.
- China Axes Hundreds of Joint Courses With Foreign Universities Radio Free Asia 17 Aug 2021 -- The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is axing hundreds of Sino-foreign university cooperation arrangements, including around 60 joint programs with universities in the United Kingdom.
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