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25 March 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- China Continues Battling Worst COVID-19 Outbreak of Pandemic VOA 25 Mar 2022 -- China's national health officials said Friday the nation is continuing to battle the country's worst COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic, with more than 56,000 new cases counted since March 1.
- Shanghai sees highest daily increase in asymptomatic cases amid calls for home quarantine Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- Shanghai registered its highest daily tally of asymptomatic cases on Friday as the city faces a tough fight against the Omicron variant. Some experts have called for an exploration of home quarantine to free up more medical resources and ease the pressure from increasing COVID-19 cases.
- Chinese mainland reports 1,301 new local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 1,301 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, down from 2,010 on Wednesday, the National Health Commission said Friday.
- Most COVID-19 cases in northeast China's Jilin have mild symptoms People's Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- Northeast China's Jilin Province has logged more than 20,000 local confirmed cases in the latest round of outbreak, with most of those treated in hospital showing mild symptoms, according to the provincial health commission.
- 1st phase of mainland-aided COVID-19 medical facilities completed in Hong Kong People's Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- The community isolation facility (CIF) in Hong Kong's Yuen Long, constructed with the support from the mainland, was handed over to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday, marking the full completion of the first phase of mainland-aided medical facilities in Hong Kong.
- Trucks backed up at Chinese borders in Myanmar and Laos due to COVID restrictions Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- Long lines of trucks have formed at the Chinese borders of Laos and Myanmar, held up by China's restriction of imports in an effort to prevent more coronavirus outbreaks, sources in both Southeast Asian countries told RFA.
- US deploys 3 surveillance ships in South China Sea Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- China has accused the U.S. of intensifying spying activities in the disputed South China Sea after the U.S. Navy deployed three of its ocean surveillance vessels in the region.
- Coast guard reports more Filipino fishermen in disputed Chinese-controlled shoal Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- The Philippine Coast Guard said Friday it had seen more Filipino fishermen operating off a rich fishing ground in Manila's exclusive economic zone, describing this as a "significant milestone" because China has effectively controlled South China Sea waters in that area for the past decade.
- India Tells China Resolving Border Standoff Key to Normalizing Ties VOA 25 Mar 2022 -- India has underlined that restoration of normal ties with China is contingent on restoring peace along their borders during a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in New Delhi, while China said the two countries should work together to promote peace and stability in the region and the world.
- Russia-Ukraine conflict could trigger global food crisis, but China's agricultural security not threatened Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- China's Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (MOA) and the Ministry of Finance issued a notice in recent days, requiring local authorities to mull an "all-out effort" to guarantee the harvest of summer wheat and expand the planting of soybeans "by all means," said a statement on the website of the MOA on Friday.
- U.S. double standards in Ukraine crisis testify to sole purpose of global domination People's Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- A month into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, picturing an endgame is challenging, with the White House poised to heap more pressure on the Kremlin while ignoring Moscow's demands for security.
- China denounces U.S.'s "prior knowledge" claim of Russian military operation in Ukraine People's Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- A Chinese military spokesperson Thursday denounced the claim that China had prior knowledge of Russia's military operation in Ukraine as disinformation.
- China fires back at NATO's ill intention on Ukraine crisis amid anniversary of Yugoslavia bombing Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday said NATO's act of aggression will never be forgotten by the Serbian people, the Chinese people and the people around the world, amid the bitter 23rd anniversary of the Yugoslavia bombing in 1999 and NATO's latest smear.
- NATO needs to reflect on itself, reject Cold War mentality: Chinese Mission to the EU Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- China firmly opposes NATO leaders' groundless accusations, suspicions and calls for NATO to have a good reflection on itself and reject its Cold War mentality, a spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU on Friday said in response to a question concerning the NATO extraordinary summit statement mentioning China.
- Destroyer flotilla of PLA Eastern Theater Command carries out combat training PLA Daily 25 Mar 2022 -- Recently, a group of naval vessels, headed by the guided-missile destroyer Zhengzhou (Hull 151) attached to a naval destroyer flotilla under the PLA Eastern Theater Command, organized a multi-subject 24-hour combat training exercise in waters of the East China Sea.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on March 25, 2022 PRC MofA 25 Mar 2022
- China ramps up pro-Russian propaganda at home but stalls petrochemical talks Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- China, the sole world supporter of what analysts termed a "bizarre" motion from Russia in the United Nations Security Council, has ordered schools to back the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while at the same time suspending talks on potential energy investments in Russia by state-owned Sinopec.
- China, India stress managing border dispute, urge Ukraine peace and dialogue during Wang Yi's visit Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- China and India, two major developing countries and emerging economies, should stick to their own development paths and join hands to safeguard peace and stability in the region and the world, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday during a visit in New Delhi, stressing the two sides should place the border issue in a proper position in bilateral relations and manage conflicts to facilitate the development of relations.
- Presidentâ€‚Xi Jinping Speaks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the Phone PRC MofA 25 Mar 2022 -- On the afternoon ofâ€‚25 March, President Xi Jinping spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone.
- President Xi Jinping Speaks with ROK President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on the Phone PRC MofA 25 Mar 2022 -- On the afternoon of 25 March, President Xi Jinping spokeâ€‚withâ€‚ROK President-elect Yoon Suk-yeolâ€‚on the phone.
- Xi stresses shared responsibility in regional stability during rare phone call with SK president-elect Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday spoke on the phone with South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, during which he stressed China and South Korea's responsibility in defending regional peace and promoting international prosperity, and said that China is willing to work with South Korea in building a fairer global governance system.
- One in four Hongkongers plan to emigrate with most citing political climate: survey Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- Nearly a quarter of Hong Kong residents have plans to leave the city for good, amid ongoing concerns over a lack of personal freedoms and a deteriorating political environment, a leading public opinion research institute said on Friday.
- Uyghurs detained in Saudi Arabia face risk of deportation to China Radio Free Asia 25 Mar 2022 -- Two Uyghur men arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia since November 2020 are believed to be at risk of being forcibly repatriated to China, an international rights group said Wednesday.
- Organization of Islamic Cooperation Accused of Ignoring Uyghur Muslims in China VOA 25 Mar 2022 -- A U.S. declaration that China has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against its mainly Muslim minority in western Xinjiang province appears to have had little impact on the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which this week honored Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a high-level forum.
- Chinese rare-earth firms' capacity cut by at least 25% after border ports with Myanmar close Global Times 25 Mar 2022 -- The capacity of rare-earth companies in Ganzhou, East China's Jiangxi Province - one of China's biggest rare-earth manufacturing bases - has been cut by at least 25 percent compared with last year, after major border gates for rare-earth minerals to ship from Myanmar to China shut down again at the beginning of the year, which has largely affected raw material supply, the Global Times learned.
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