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25 October 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- China-Mongolia border city under lockdown amid COVID-19 spike Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- The China-Mongolia border city of Ejin Banner, one of the regions hit the hardest in the latest coronavirus flare-up, issued an emergency notice on Monday asking all residents and tourists in the city to stay indoors to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further, as the city reported another 12 new confirmed cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 43.
- Beijing advises residents to not leave city amid COVID-19 flare-ups Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- Beijing on Monday stepped up its management of personnel leaving or arriving into the capital city amid dual pressure from imported COVID-19 cases and domestic flare-ups. In addition, the city's residents are being advised to not leave Beijing unless necessary and not travel to high- and medium-risk regions where confirmed cases have been reported, Beijing authorities announced on Monday.
- China' s top authority suspends group trips under successive transmission links Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- China's top authority has pushed to put a pause on group trips in mid- and high-risk areas based on the fact that nearly 80 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been related to the travel groups in the recent flareup.
- 300,000 Swedes believed to have impaired sense of smell due to COVID-19 People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- An estimated 300,000 Swedes suffer from an impaired sense of smell due to COVID-19, Swedish national TT News Agency reported on Sunday.
- China calls for tightened response as new COVID-19 outbreak affects 11 regions People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- A total of 11 provincial-level regions have been affected within a week as a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in China, a spokesperson with the National Health Commission (NHC) said Sunday.
- New local COVID-19 cases attributable to Delta variant: health official People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- Epidemiological investigation and viral genome sequencing results in hand have indicated that this new round of COVID-19 infections in China was caused by viruses transmitted from abroad, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).
- Chinese mainland reports 35 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 35 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Monday.
- Over 1.06 bln people in China complete COVID-19 vaccination People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- Over 1.06 billion people in China had completed their vaccination against COVID-19 as of Saturday, showed official figures unveiled Sunday.
- China's Inner Mongolia adds 12 local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- Ejina Banner, a county in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, reported 12 new locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the local health commission.
- Beijing reports five local COVID-19 cases from Saturday noon People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- Beijing reported five locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases from 12 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, local health authorities said Sunday.
- Chinese COVID-19 vaccines boost Ethiopia's inoculation drive People's Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- The latest batch of Chinese-donated Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, totaling 800,000 doses, arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Sunday, giving a boost to the East African nation's vaccination efforts.
- Latest COVID-19 resurgence triggered by new imported Delta variant source Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- The latest COVID-19 resurgence, which has spread into 11 Chinese provinces in just one week, was triggered by a new imported source identified as being of the Delta variant, according to officials from China's top health authority. Some Chinese epidemiologists see the current sporadic outbreaks hit the largest scale since the epidemic flare-up in Nanjing in late July that was the worst since the 2020 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
- Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi to meet Afghan Taliban in Qatar in first high-level meeting with Afghan interim govt Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet a delegation of the Afghan Taliban interim government in Qatar to exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and other topics of concern for both sides. It is a continuation of communication between the two sides since their meeting in North China's Tianjin in July, Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.
- China's Foreign Minister To Meet With Taliban During Visit To Qatar RFE/RL Gandhara 25 Oct 2021 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Taliban representatives during a visit to Qatar, in their latest high-level talks since the withdrawal of U.S.-led international forces in August.
- Vietnam rail debt to China comes due, but trains don't run Radio Free Asia 25 Oct 2021 -- Debt owed by Vietnam to China for construction of a rail line in the capital Hanoi is now due for repayment, but the project remains behind schedule and trains are still unable to run, government sources say.
- China's 'bullying' in S. China Sea helped advance US-Vietnam ties, says former envoy Radio Free Asia 25 Oct 2021 -- The disputed South China Sea features prominently in the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, and bullying by China of it neighbor helped deepen relations, the former U.S. ambassador to Hanoi has revealed.
- 'One-China principle' only route for Taiwan island to attend international events Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- As the Chinese mainland celebrated on Mondaythe 50th anniversary of the restoration of the People's Republic of China's (PRC's) lawful seat in the United Nations (UN), Taiwan secessionist authorities and the US have used the occasion to hype the topic of "seeking international space" for the island of Taiwan to challenge the widely recognized "one-China principle" and provoke the PRC on the issue of sovereignty.
- China urges US to stop sending wrong signals to 'Taiwan independence' forces Press TV 25 Oct 2021 -- China has urged the United States to stop sending wrong signals in any form to the so-called "independence" forces of the Chinese Taipei after Washington said it attempts to enable the self-ruled island to take part meaningfully at the United Nations.
- In China-US Space Race, Beijing Uses Space Diplomacy VOA 25 Oct 2021 -- China's is extending its space program to other countries in ways that its superpower rival, the United States, finds hard to match and that stand to isolate the U.S. on earth, experts say.
- Chinese border troops in Xinjiang get new all-terrain vehicle for winter logistics support Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Xinjiang Military Command has received a new type of all-terrain vehicle, which is expected to ensure logistics support to plateau border defense troops as winter draws close and as China-India border tensions again risk rising after the latest military talks failed to reach an agreement due to unrealistic Indian demands.
- Chinese legislators adjust national defense mobilization laws amid tense China-US ties Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- Chinese legislators passed a decision to temporarily adjust the application of relevant statutory provisions during the reform of the national defense mobilization system, which expert said is not only an important part of China's military reform, but a necessary move given the increasingly tense military environment China faces, especially the strained China-US ties.
- China, Vietnam Coast Guards carry out 2nd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf this year PLA Daily 25 Oct 2021 -- The members of the China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Vietnam Coast Guard have recently conducted their second joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf within the year, in an effort to deepen the friendly relations between the China-Vietnam coast guards, promote bilateral practical cooperation in maritime law enforcement, and jointly maintain the order of maritime operations in the Beibu Gulf.
- Chinese, Russian warships tackle Japanese close-in recon, 'display confidence' in 1st joint sea patrol Global Times 25 sOct 2021 -- A Chinese-Russian naval flotilla tackled external challenges, including close-in reconnaissance by Japanese forces, during the fleets' first joint sea patrol over the past week.
- PLA conducts 1st underwater port demolition test providing data for future combat Global Times 25 Oct 2021 -- In the first of its kind in China, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted an underwater explosion test which simulated an attack on a hostile high-piled wharf.
- Full text: Xi's speech at the conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the Restoration Of the Lawful Seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations PLA Daily 25 Oct 2021
- Former Air War College Professor Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements About Relationship with Government Official in China US Dept. of Justice 25 Oct 2021 -- A civilian professor at the Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal agent.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on October 25, 2021 PRC MofA 25 Oct 2021
- US and Allies Blast China's Trade Policies in WTO Forum VOA 25 Oct 2021 -- The United States and a number of its closest allies have used a periodic review of China's trade policy by the World Trade Organization to vent their anger at Beijing's unwillingness to conform with rules meant to establish a level playing field for all participants in the global exchange of goods and services.
- International rights group will leave Hong Kong amid crackdown on dissent Radio Free Asia 25 Oct 2021 -- London-based rights group Amnesty International has announced it will shut down its offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent under a draconian national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- Amnesty International to Close Hong Kong Offices VOA 25 Oct 2021 -- Amnesty International says it is shutting down its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year because of the effect of the national security law that Beijing imposed on the city.
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