Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
29 March 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- China toughens up to battle COVID as local cases surpass 70k in mainland since March Global Times 29 Mar 2022 -- Since March 1, China has recorded more than 70,000 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, mostly caused by the highly contagious Omicron and its sub-variant, with 28 provincial-level regions affected. Epidemiologists said that such a rapid increase in cases in this short timeframe indicates the difficulty of quashing this wave quickly and returning the country to a state of zero-COVID as has been the case with previous waves.
- Yangtze River Delta copes with pressure from epidemic in Shanghai Global Times 29 Mar 2022 -- Shanghai's implementation of staggered closed-off management amid the COVID-19 resurgence is generating some knock-on effects on a broader extent, not only adding pressure to surrounding areas in the Yangtze River Delta by disturbing economic links like logistics and personnel exchanges, but also raising concerns for global energy demand.
- Shanghai screens over 8 mln people in new round of COVID-19 tests People's Daily 29 Mar 2022 -- Shanghai tested more than 8.26 million residents in a new round of nucleic acid testing on Monday, a municipal health official told a press conference on Tuesday.
- Moscow threatens US with 'severe consequences' over 'cyber aggression' Press TV 29 Mar 2022 -- Russia says the United States has unleashed a massive cyber operation against it, threatening Washington with "severe consequences."
- Shanghai lockdown leaves hundreds stranded, wipes 'billions' from economy Radio Free Asia 29 Mar 2022 -- A Swissair flight from Zurich to Shanghai was canceled 20 minutes before departure on Tuesday, leaving more than 200 Chinese passengers stranded, as Shanghai's COVID-19 lockdown begins to bite.
- Chinese mainland reports 1,228 new local COVID-19 cases People's Daily 29 Mar 2022 -- The Chinese mainland on Monday reported 1,228 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission's Tuesday report showed.
- Number of positive COVID-19 cases found in Hong Kong's mandatory tests on decline: Carrie Lam People's Daily 29 Mar 2022 -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Monday that the positive COVID-19 cases found from mandatory tests in Hong Kong has shown a downward trend.
- Alleged PLA Navy ship's port call in Djibouti 'contributes to regional stability' Global Times 29 Mar 2022 -- Foreign media on Tuesday claimed that a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship recently docked at the PLA Support Base in Djibouti "for the first time," in an obvious attempt to hype the "China threat" theory. But analysts said that such a docking would be normal so the PLA vessels that carry out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia can get replenishment, and the Chinese military presence contributes to regional peace and stability, not the other way around as some foreign media claimed.
- Philippines lodges new diplomatic protest against China over close encounter at sea Radio Free Asia 29 Mar 2022 -- The Philippines lodged a new diplomatic protest against China after a Chinese coast guard ship maneuvered dangerously close to a Filipino vessel in the disputed Scarborough Shoal in early March, a senior official said Tuesday.
- China's new rocket makes successful maiden flight Global Times 29 Mar 2022 -- Long March-6A, China's new-generation medium-sized launch vehicle, conducted a successful maiden flight at 5:50 pm on Tuesday from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China's Shanxi Province, sending two satellites into preset orbits.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on March 29, 2022 PRC MofA 29 Mar 2022
- China to Host Multilateral Talks on Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan VOA 29 Mar 2022 -- Starting Wednesday, China will host a series of multilateral meetings, featuring delegates from the United States and Russia, to discuss ways to stabilize Afghanistan and convey to its Islamist Taliban rulers the need to moderate polices and "earnestly" fight terrorism.
- China warns Nepal about 'outside interference' following US grant Radio Free Asia 29 Mar 2022 -- China warned Nepal this month against what it called interference from outside forces following Nepal's ratification of a U.S. development grant, while China-tied projects in the country continue to stall, media sources say.
- With US-ASEAN summit postponed, 4 top diplomats travel to China Radio Free Asia 29 Mar 2022 -- Four Southeast Asian foreign ministers are traveling to China this week while a U.S.-ASEAN summit that was due to take place in Washington appears to have been postponed indefinitely, prompting Chinese state media to carp that the region prefers to speak to China instead of the U.S.
- US Congress Moves Closer to Passing Major China Legislation VOA 29 Mar 2022 -- The U.S. Congress is one step closer this week to passing major legislation addressing competitiveness with China. The America Competes Act passed the U.S. Senate on Monday on a vote of 68-28, setting the stage for the legislation to be reconciled in the U.S. House of Representatives for final passage. A significantly different version of that legislation passed the U.S. House in February on a vote of 222-210.
- Rear admiral Lai Ruxin appointed political commissar of PLA Hong Kong Garrison PLA Daily 29 Mar 2022 -- Navy Rear Admiral Lai Ruxin, former deputy director of the political work department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Northern Theater Command, was appointed political commissar of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, said Colonel Wu Tao, spokesperson for the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, on March 28, 2022.
- Shale oil being developed on large scale on Qinghai-Xizang Plateau Global Times 29 Mar 2022 -- Shale oil is being developed on a large scale on the Qinghai-Xizang Plateau for the first time, as a pilot project with an initial capacity of 100,000 tons was established on Monday. Experts hailed it as an important move to guarantee China's energy security.
- Feature: Chinese-built port, highway in Cameroon boost economy, regional trade People's Daily 29 Mar 2022 -- When the Chinese arrived in Cameroon in 2011 to begin building the first phase of Kribi Deep Seaport, the Central African nation was hopeful of having a new transport corridor that would link its vast southwestern coastal area and neighboring nations.
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