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27 October 2021 - China Special Weapons News
- China-Myanmar border city adjusts travel policy, offers subsidy amid latest flare-up Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- China-Myanmar border city Ruili responded to public concerns over the policy of leaving Ruili and the improper management at quarantine places, reporting what the local government has recently done in COVID-19 prevention and border control.
- Virus strain in Beijing's latest flare-up similar to Inner Mongolia and Gansu Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- Beijing's latest COVID-19 flare-ups are all Delta variant-related, and the virus strain is highly similar to the recent coronavirus cases reported in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Northwest China's Gansu Province, according to the Beijing authorities on Wednesday.
- China-Mongolia border city tightens lockdown controls to curb COVID-19 spread Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- Ejin Banner in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which borders Mongolia in the north and comes under the spotlight for being the suspected source of the virus in latest COVID-19 flare-ups, has tightened lockdown management for stranded tourists and local residents. This comes after the city sacked the Party chief for dereliction of duty.
- Over 2.251 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Chinese mainland People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- More than 2.251 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered on the Chinese mainland as of Tuesday, data from the National Health Commission showed Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports 50 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 50 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Wednesday.
- Residential communities in Chinese city under closed management to contain COVID-19 People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- Authorities in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, have issued orders to place all local residential communities under closed management amid the latest efforts to contain the COVID-19 spread.
- NW China region suspends in-person classes to control COVID-19 People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has suspended in-person classes at 773 schools to control the spread of COVID-19, a regional education department official said on Tuesday.
- Chinese province offers COVID-19 jabs for children aged 3-11 People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- East China's Zhejiang Province has begun giving COVID-19 vaccinations to children aged 3 and above, a local health official said Tuesday.
- ASEAN, Australia elevate strategic ties amid South China Sea tensions Radio Free Asia 27 Oct 2021 -- Indo-Pacific players Australia and ASEAN agreed to upgrade their ties to a "comprehensive strategic partnership," the regional bloc's chair said Wednesday, announcing the type of enhanced relationship with the grouping that China has been coveting since last year.
- US aircraft carrier in South China Sea as ASEAN, China discuss code of conduct Radio Free Asia 27 Oct 2021 -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group have returned to the South China Sea for a joint exercise with a Japanese destroyer as leaders from countries in Southeast Asia hold a virtual meeting to discuss regional issues including a maritime Code of Conduct.
- China, Russia Working Together on Security Threats in Central Asia VOA 27 Oct 2021 -- Eyes in Beijing and Moscow are trained on Central Asia, prompted by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
- Tajikistan Approves Construction Of New Chinese Base As Beijing's Security Presence In Central Asia Grows RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Oct 2021 -- Tajikistan has approved the construction of a new Chinese base near the country's border with Afghanistan as Tajik officials warn of growing threats emanating from its southern neighbor.
- China's Capabilities Growth Shows Why U.S. Sees Nation as Pacing Challenge DoD News 27 Oct 2021 -- Army Gen. Mark A. Milley pointed to China's recent test of a hypersonic weapon system as an example of why the U.S. military is concerned about Chinese intentions.
- Top US General Calls China's Hypersonic Weapon Test 'Very Close' to Sputnik Moment VOA 27 Oct 2021 -- The top U.S. military officer has confirmed reports that China tested a hypersonic weapons system, calling the test a "very concerning" development reminiscent of when Russia launched the world's first artificial satellite in the 1950s.
- PLA attack, transport helicopters spotted near Taiwan for 1st time, 'provide more tactical options' Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- Joining fighter jets and special mission aircraft, attack and transport helicopters of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) were spotted near the island of Taiwan in a drill for the first time on Tuesday, with military experts saying on Wednesday that choppers can provide more tactical options in landing operations, and this displayed the increased combat readiness of the PLA in the region.
- China's Xi looks to allies at UN as global support grows for Taiwan Radio Free Asia 27 Oct 2021 -- Ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping has called for reform at the United Nations amid signs that Washington is increasingly keen to stand up for democratic Taiwan, which lost its place in the U.N. on Oct. 25, 1971, to be replaced by the People's Republic of China.
- Taipei thanks Blinken for backing Taiwan's participation in U.N. CNA 27 Oct 2021 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (è”¡è‹±æ–‡) on Tuesday thanked United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken for voicing support for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations system.
- US risks jeopardizing improving ties with China with Blinken's Taiwan remarks Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- The US is burying the possibility of easing China-US tensions and even escalating tensions due to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's remarks on support for the island of Taiwan's involvement in the UN. Although the US attempt will fail eventually, China still needs to take tougher action, especially military ones, to further warn the US about how dangerous it could be if it continues to challenge China's bottom-line on the Taiwan question, experts said.
- Some people from Czech Republic will suffer consequences if they don't change: Chinese FM said on Taiwan DPP official's visit Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- China will make legitimate and necessary response to Czech Republic's invitation of Taiwan's leader of external affairs for a visit, and urges them to make changes otherwise they will suffer the consequences, Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
- 'Quasi-war-like situation' claims made by Taiwan authorities only reveal hypocrisy of the DPP in creating confrontation across Straits Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- Is there a "quasi-war-like situation" in the Taiwan Straits as Taiwan authorities claimed? The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council responded on Wednesday that the claim only reveals hypocrisy of the DPP in creating confrontation across the Straits.
- Chinese Embassy in US refutes US' support for Taiwan's involvement in UN Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- China resolutely refutes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's remarks calling on support for the island of Taiwan's involvement in the United Nations (UN), spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the US said on Wednesday, pointing out that the question is not one of values, but one of politics, and that the US' support for Taiwan secessionists in "seeking international space" is the biggest threat to the peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.
- Future of Taiwan lies in China's complete reunification: spokesperson People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- It is an ironclad fact that the future of Taiwan lies in the complete reunification of China, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
- FM spokesperson slams DPP official's overseas visit for touting "Taiwan independence" People's Daily 27 Oct 2021 -- A foreign ministry spokesperson on Tuesday lashed out at the visit to Europe by Joseph Wu, an official with Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority, saying that any attempt to seek "Taiwan independence" by brownnosing foreign forces is doomed to fail.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on October 27, 2021 PRC MofA 27 Oct 2021
- HK passes bill to junk movies harmful to natl security Global Times 27 Oct 2021 -- The Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passed a bill that would allow authorities to pull off movies from the screens that run counter to or harm national security. Experts saw the move as a necessary step to ensure the room for creativity in the film industry and maintain social order.
- Hong Kong bans movies deemed 'subversive' or 'romanticizing' protests Radio Free Asia 27 Oct 2021 -- Authorities in Hong Kong are cracking down further on public dissent, requiring film censors to consider whether a film breaches a draconian national security law banning criticism of the government or depictions of scenes deemed 'subversive.'
- Huawei, Offshore Deals, And The Pandora Papers: 'How A Large Chinese Company Operates In Serbia' RFE/RL 27 Oct 2021 -- Against the backdrop of Beijing's efforts to build influence in Serbia, the Chinese technology giant Huawei signed secret deals with people close to the country's state-owned telecommunications company to allegedly win contracts, leaked documents show.
- Chinese Telecommunications Firm Loses Authority to Operate in US VOA 27 Oct 2021 -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has revoked permission for China Telecom a Chinese state-owned telecommunications company, to operate in the United States, citing national security concerns.
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