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24 February 2022 - China Special Weapons News

  • Over 3.1 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Chinese mainland People's Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- Over 3.1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered on the Chinese mainland as of Wednesday, data from the National Health Commission showed Thursday.
  • Chinese mainland reports 85 new local COVID-19 cases Wednesday People's Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 85 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.
  • Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers Amid Unprecedented COVID-19 Case Numbers VOA 24 Feb 2022 -- The Hong Kong government has invoked emergency powers to fight unprecedented COVID-19 caseloads as other parts of the world see declines in transmission. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced mandatory citywide testing will begin in March, as Hong Kong tries to achieve a "dynamic zero-COVID" policy in line with mainland China's approach.
  • HK's budget bolsters efforts to control virus People's Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region unveiled on Wednesday its HK$170 billion ($21.8 billion) budget, with a large chunk allocated to combating the COVID-19 outbreak, and funding for long-term initiatives to boost the city's economy and shore up its strengths in line with the nation's development.
  • Beijing reports 8 new local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- Beijing reported eight locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday, local authorities said Wednesday.
  • China Responds Cautiously to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine VOA 24 Feb 2022 -- China, Russia's most powerful ally, was notably restrained in its initial reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, offering little direct support for Moscow as much of the world seeks to isolate Moscow economically and diplomatically.
  • Western sanctions won't help solve Ukraine crisis: FM Global Times 24 Feb 2022 -- In the wake of the US and Europe unveiling what is believed to be just the first round of sanctions on Russian individuals and institutions in response to Moscow's recognition of two regions in Ukraine as "sovereign states," China said that unilateral sanctions have never been effective in solving global crises, and warned the US not to harm China and other countries' legitimate interests when handling issues related to Ukraine and Russia.
  • China urges all parties involved in Ukraine issue to exercise restraint Global Times 24 Feb 2022 -- A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called on all parties involved in Ukraine issue to exercise restraint.
  • Taiwan Foreign Minister Calls US Help Critical to Deterring War with China VOA 24 Feb 2022 -- As Taiwan continues to face a military threat from China, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said this week the Taiwanese government continues to focus on its "asymmetric defense" capability — including U.S. assistance — to make it an unattractive target, despite its limited military power.
  • China's national reunification must, will surely be realized: spokesperson People's Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- Through joint efforts from compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, China's national reunification must be and will surely be realized, noted a mainland spokesperson Wednesday.
  • DPP mocked of being 'pathetic, desperate' to connect Taiwan with Ukraine for US protection Global Times 24 Feb 2022 -- While the secessionist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority in Taiwan is "self-indulging" in expressing so-called empathy for Ukraine's situation and vowed to enhance military readiness in the island, netizens from across the Taiwan Straits seem to have clearer minds as they mocked the DPP for being pathetic and desperate to believe that the US will stand with them if a war breaks out in the Straits one day, as Taiwan is not Ukraine.
  • Many in China draw parallels between Ukraine and Beijing's claim on Taiwan Radio Free Asia 24 Feb 2022 -- Beijing on Thursday called for restraint following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but said the movement of troops wasn't an invasion, and came against "a very complicated historical background."
  • UAE to buy Chinese L-15 supersonic jets despite US pressure Global Times 24 Feb 2022 -- The Defense Ministry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Wednesday that it is planning to purchase a dozen Chinese L-15 advanced trainer and light combat jets with more being considered in the future.
  • PLA holds landing drills in E.China Sea with new landing craft Global Times 24 Feb 2022 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted landing drills featuring a new type of utility landing craft in the East China Sea, with observers saying on Thursday that this kind of craft can carry armored vehicles and troops, and complement air cushioned landing craft in large-scale landing missions.
  • Asia Pacific not arena for zero-sum game:Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- "What the US report says about China's Taiwan region is a gross interference in China's internal affairs and violation of the one-China principle and the basic norms governing international relations. We are firmly opposed to that," said a Chinese defense spokesperson on Thursday.
  • China participates in HADR training of Exercise Cobra Gold 2022: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 24 Feb 2022 -- The Chinese military personnel had participated in the humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) training exercises, as part of the Exercise Cobra Gold 2022 held in Thailand, via video link from February 18 to 20, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 24, 2022 PRC MofA 24 Feb 2022
  • China says US not qualified to tell it how to respect state sovereignty Press TV 24 Feb 2022 -- China's foreign ministry says the United States is not qualified to tell the Asian country how to respect state sovereignty and territorial integrity after Washington said Beijing had an obligation to urge Russia to back down and de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.
  • Australia's Antarctic Plans Anger China VOA 24 Feb 2022 -- China has condemned Australia's plans to boost its scientific and strategic presence in Antarctica. The government in Canberra on Tuesday announced plans to fly a fleet of surveillance drones and long-range helicopters over the icy continent.

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