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08 April 2022 - China Special Weapons News
- Shanghai officials sacked for dereliction of duty over COVID-19 Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- Three officials in Shanghai's Pudong New Area have been dismissed from their administrative posts for dereliction of duty and failure to control the COVID-19 outbreak, Shanghai authorities said on Friday. So far, at least five officials have been punished amid this wave of the Omicron outbreak.
- Shanghai registers 130,000 COVID-19 positive cases amid Omicron outbreak; one in critical condition Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- Shanghai will conduct a new round of city-wide COVID-19 nucleic acid and antigen tests on Friday, as the city has registered over 130,000 positive cases since the beginning of the latest flare-up, with one case in a critical condition, the Shanghai authorities said on Friday.
- China firmly rejects US accusations about hacking Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- China firmly opposes the US government and some cyber security companies spreading disinformation about "Chinese hacking," a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday following a report claiming that hackers suspected of being linked to the Chinese government launched cyber espionage against India's power sector.
- Shanghai to open more temporary hospitals for COVID-19 treatment People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- Shanghai has opened and will continue to construct more temporary hospitals to enhance the city's treatment capacity for COVID-19 infections in its latest COVID-19 resurgence, authorities said Friday.
- Will the armed forces take over Shanghai communities? PLA Daily 08 Apr 2022
- President Xi defends China's 'zero-COVID' policy as cases soar in Shanghai Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- China's President Xi Jinping commended the country's "tested Zero-Covid" strategy on Friday even as Shanghai prepared nearly 130,000 beds for new coronavirus patients.
- Shanghai warns people against 'rumor-mongering' as online pleas for food grow Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- Authorities in Shanghai on Friday warned the city's 26 million residents not to post 'rumors' online amid growing public anger over food shortages amid a citywide COVID-19 lockdown.
- Shanghai Converting Office Buildings into Quarantine Sites as Omicron Outbreak Hits 131,000 Cases Sputnik 08 Apr 2022 -- The lockdown in China's largest city continued on Friday as health authorities registered more than double the number of symptomatic cases. However, the vast majority of cases in the six-week-long outbreak have been asymptomatic, with total cases since March 1 hitting 131,000.
- COVID-devastated Shanghai could clean up cases in the community in as soon as 10 days: CDC chief epidemiologist Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- For a mega city of 27 million people, if one round of city-wide nucleic acid testing is completed in two to three days and up to four consecutive rounds follow closely, the outbreak could be cleared at the community level in as soon as 10 to 15 days, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Thursday commenting on Shanghai's most arduous fight against COVID-19 as the tally of local cases exceeded 100,000.
- Over 17,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in China's Jilin discharged from hospital People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- By the end of Wednesday, a total of 17,859 confirmed COVID-19 cases had been discharged from hospital in northeast China's Jilin Province, local health authorities said on Thursday.
- Shanghai vows to ensure daily supplies amid COVID-19 resurgence People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- Shanghai is taking multiple measures to meet its residents' demand for daily necessities, especially the essentials required by the elderly, mothers and babies, as the megacity is under temporary closed-off management due to COVID-19 resurgence.
- COVID-Hit Pelosi Should Cancel Taiwan Trip Instead of Postponing It, Beijing Says Sputnik 08 Apr 2022 -- US Speaker for the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi should cancel her visit to Taipei instead of rescheduling it, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
- Taiwan wishes U.S. House Speaker speedy recovery from COVID-19 CNA 08 Apr 2022 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday extended regards on behalf of Taiwan to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been forced to cancel a planned visit to Asia, which reportedly would have included a stop in Taiwan.
- Chinese FM makes clear China's position on Pelosi's reported visit to Taiwan People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday made clear China's solemn position on media reports that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would visit Taiwan.
- 'Dangerous precedent': China warns of implications of Russia's suspension from UNHRC Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- China has warned of the implications of Russia's suspension from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the Russian offensive against Ukraine.
- Resolution to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council not open or transparent, aggravatesâ€‚divisionâ€‚amongâ€‚memberâ€‚states: Chinese envoy Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- The resolution to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council wasâ€‚notâ€‚draftedâ€‚inâ€‚anâ€‚openâ€‚andâ€‚transparentâ€‚mannerâ€‚and the hasty move has forced countries to take sides, which will aggravateâ€‚theâ€‚divisionâ€‚amongâ€‚memberâ€‚statesâ€‚and intensifyâ€‚conflicts betweenâ€‚theâ€‚parties concerned, China's permanent representative to the UN, Zhang Jun, said in explanation of China's vote against the resolution on Thursday.
- UN General Assembly adopts resolution to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday that allows the assembly to suspend the Russian Federation's membership in the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
- Manila eyes broader ties with Indo-Pacific nations looking to counter Beijing Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- The Philippines is broadening its relationship with countries that are trying to counter Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region, while it maintains friendly ties with China despite the Asian superpower's incursions into Manila's waters in the South China Sea.
- Philippines: Xi, Duterte agree to 'positive engagements' over South China Sea Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed during a bilateral meeting on Friday to remain "committed to broaden the space for positive engagements" in dealing with disputes over the South China Sea.
- Chinese peacekeepers to Mali build ammunition depot for Jordanian counterparts PLA Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- Recently, the 9th Chinese peacekeeping engineering contingent to Mali has begun the construction of a new ammunition depot for the Jordanian ground element at the request of the Jordanian peacekeeping force to Mali.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on April 8, 2022 PRC MofA 08 Apr 2022
- US should make political decisions, actively respond to Iran's legitimate concerns: China Press TV 08 Apr 2022 -- China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says the United States should make political decisions as soon as possible and actively respond to the legitimate concerns of the Iranian side if it wants a revival of the 2015 Iran deal through the Vienna negotiations.
- China's central govt approves resignation of John Lee who would run for HK Chief Executive Global Times 08 Apr 2022 -- China's central government, the State Council, on the recommendation of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), decided on Thursday to remove John Lee Ka-chiu from the post of Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said on Friday.
- Chinese authorities jail at least 100 Uyghurs from the same Xinjiang hamlet Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- At least 100 residents from the same small community in northwestern China's Xinjiang region have been imprisoned by authorities, a security guard from the area said.
- Chinese official jailed for 11 years over bribes in Qinghai Radio Free Asia 08 Apr 2022 -- A former top official in China's Qinghai province was given 11 years in prison last month for taking more than $3 million in bribes from mining and construction groups, businesses and individuals during his time in office, according to state media reports.
- National security advisers pledge support for Macao SAR in safeguarding national security People's Daily 08 Apr 2022 -- Advisers to the Committee for Safeguarding National Security of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Thursday pledged support for the Macao SAR in better honoring its obligation of safeguarding national security.
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