Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
25 January 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Inactivated vaccine effectiveness against complications caused by the Delta variant reaches 51% Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Preplanned studies on the effectiveness of vaccines for people who had already completed their primary course of vaccination with inactivated COVID-19 vaccines against COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 pneumonia, and severe COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant were 51 percent, 61 percent, and 82 percent respectively, a new thesis published in the Chinese CDC Weekly shows.
- Chinese port cities hit by new round of COVID-19 flare-ups Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Some of China's port cities, which have been at the frontline in fending off the risks of imported COVID-19 cases over the past two years, were again caught in a resurgence of coronavirus cases in recent days.
- Beijing tightens airport restrictions, suspends bus lines amid latest flare-ups Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Beijing has strengthened anti-epidemic measures by tightening entry restrictions to Beijing Capital International Airport and suspending some bus lines amid the city's latest round of COVID-19 flare-ups as the capital city reported 15 new local infections in four districts on Tuesday.
- China-Russia border city escalates anti-epidemic measures after reporting 3 new COVID-19 cases Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Suifenhe, a major China-Russia border port city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, reported three new COVID-19 cases and nine asymptomatic cases on Tuesday. The infected individuals have all been transferred into designated hospitals for further treatment.
- HK remains open to mainland's assistance in fighting new wave of COVID-19 Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Amid new cluster outbreaks in Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, vowed to push forward a vaccine bubble plan and mass vaccination. With a daily testing capacity that can increase to 150,000, Lam said she remained open to assistance from the Chinese mainland when asked by reporters during a weekly briefing on Tuesday. Hong Kong's neighboring city Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong also beefed up epidemic control measures in requiring arrivals from Hong Kong to undergo strict 14 plus 7 quarantine measures.
- Shanghai should prepare for caseload of COVID-19 five or ten times higher: Zhang Wenhong Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- Shanghai should prepare for a scenario where the number of COVID-19 cases might surge five or 10 times the current level, as global efforts in fighting the pandemic has been waning and tiring, suggested China's Dr. Fauci, Zhang Wenhong. He added that the preparations should include drills for such a situation and enhance building up medical and technological platform for dealing with COVID-19.
- Chinese mainland reports 18 new local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 25 Jan 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Monday recorded 18 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, which remained the same as that of Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
- China Records 45 New COVID-19 Cases SPA 25 Jan 2022 -- China reported 45 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
- Beijing 2022 adjusts criteria to make COVID test positive results stricter, a 'balance between epidemic prevention and Games' Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee and the Chinese authorities have refined the Games' COVID-19 countermeasures, including adjusting the criteria for determining nucleic acid test results and shortening the length of time that close contacts must be put under restriction.
- Beijing outbreak 'controllable' People's Daily 25 Jan 2022 -- China's top economic planner on Monday unveiled plans for a modern distribution system over the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025).
- China, Russia hold joint anti-piracy drills in Arabian Sea Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- The navies of China and Russia on Monday conducted joint anti-piracy drills in the northern part of the Arabian Sea with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of the two countries' militaries in safeguarding strategic maritime routes, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- China and Russia hold joint naval anti-piracy drills in Arabian Sea PLA Daily 25 Jan 2022 -- On January 24, 2022, the Chinese and Russian naval forces held a joint maritime anti-piracy exercise in the northern waters of the Arabian Sea. A total of five naval vessels, ship-borne helicopters and marines from the two sides participated in the joint exercise.
- Chinese military holds high-level disciplinary inspection and supervision work meeting PLA Daily 25 Jan 2022 -- The enlarged meeting of the Disciplinary Inspection Commission of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) was held in Beijing on January 22. General Zhang Youxia, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice chairman of the CMC, attended the meeting. General Zhang Shengmin, a member of the CMC and secretary of the CMC Discipline Inspection Commission, made a report on the disciplinary inspection and supervision work of the Chinese military.
- North Korean officials fight over cargo space on trains from China Radio Free Asia 25 Jan 2022 -- North Korean agencies are fighting with the military and one another over cargo space on trains that are now once again bringing in goods from China, after two years of closed borders left a vast shortage of supplies, officials told RFA.
- Slovenian Trade Group Reports Chinese Backlash After PM Praises Taiwan VOA 25 Jan 2022 -- A Slovenian business group has said its members are facing a Chinese backlash days after Prime Minister Janez Jansa publicly discussed his hopes for closer ties with Taiwan during an interview. It marks the latest case of China refusing to tolerate dissent on the issue of Taiwan's autonomy.
- China sends electronic warfare planes into Taiwan's ADIZ Radio Free Asia 25 Jan 2022 -- China has kept up pressure on Taiwan by dispatching for the first time into the island's Air Defense Identification Zone its latest electronic warfare aircraft designed to disrupt radar systems, analysts said.
- Taiwan Reports First Sighting of Two Chinese J-16D Electronic Warfare Aircraft Near Island Sputnik 25 Jan 2022 -- Taiwan's de facto defense ministry said on Monday it had detected two advanced Chinese electronic warfare jets flying near the island for the first time. The fighters can jam enemy communications and radar systems, blinding air defenses to an incoming attack.
- PLA's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft spotted for 1st time near Taiwan Global Times 25 Jan 2022 -- The J-16D electronic warfare aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force was spotted for the first time in an apparent exercise near the island of Taiwan on Monday, right after two US aircraft carriers sailed from waters east of the island into the South China Sea a day earlier.
- Shamkhani: Moscow, Beijing, Vienna complementary in securing Iran's interests Press TV 25 Jan 2022 -- Iran's top security official says the Islamic Republic powerfully pursues the strategy of balancing its foreign relations, adding the country's dealings with Russia and China and its talks in Vienna to remove sanctions are complementary in securing Tehran's national interests.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on January 25, 2022 PRC MofA 25 Jan 2022
- Australia calls on China's Tencent to give back prime minister's WeChat account Radio Free Asia 25 Jan 2022 -- Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his official account on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, sparking concerns that Beijing may be continuing its attempts to wield political influence in the country.
- China's Xi Pledges Aid, Vaccines To Central Asia In Bid To Improve Ties RFE/RL 25 Jan 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged $500 million in aid over the next three years to the countries of Central Asia to bolster their economies and security.
- Laos says Chinese firm can explore for rare earth minerals Radio Free Asia 25 Jan 2022 -- Lao government officials have cleared a Chinese firm to dig for rare earths on farm and grazing land in a northeastern province of the country, with compensation for displaced villagers not yet settled, Lao sources say.
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